Crockpot Taco Meat Chicken without Salsa [Super Easy Dinner Recipe!]

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One of our favorite quick and easy dinners is chicken tacos! We make crockpot taco meat without salsa once or twice a month! I just throw in chicken and a handful of ingredients in the morning, and supper is ready when we get home!

slow cooker crockpot taco meat without salsa

These crockpot taco chicken is so tender and super easy to make!

You can also use it for so many things too:

  • tacos,
  • burritos,
  • loaded nachos,
  • enchiladas,
  • Mexican pizzas,
  • and so much more!

Ingredients for crockpot taco chicken meat

How to Make Shredded Chicken Tacos

This is such a family favorite recipe, and it’s really simple to make! You just put everything into the crockpot and walk away!

The first thing I do to make crockpot taco meat is to place the chicken into the slow cooker.

chicken breasts in a crockpot

I personally use boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but you could use skinless, bone-in breasts or thighs as well. 

Then I cover the chicken with fajita seasoning mix.

Crockpot taco meat chicken going into slow cooker

Once the chicken is covered with seasoning, I add just enough water to cover the breasts.

making slow cooker chicken for tacos

I then put the crockpot on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.

Crockpot Taco Meat Using Chicken Breast

Once the chicken has cooked, I remove it from the crockpot and shred it up using two forks or these scissors. 

crockpot chicken for tacos

Here’s what it will look like after shredding it up. Now, you can use it for anything from tacos to pizza!

You can eat it immediately or refrigerate any leftovers for 1-2 days. You can also freeze it!

Can You Keep Taco Meat Warm in a Crockpot?

Yes, you can use the warm setting on your crockpot to keep your chicken warm.

Can I Make Taco Meat the Day Before?

You can absolutely make your taco meat the day before. You’ll just want to refrigerate it until you’re ready to heat it back up and serve.

I love to go ahead and make a big pot of it before a party, so that I can just warm it up and then set out toppings for a taco bar.

How Do You Reheat Taco Meat?

You can reheat taco chicken on the stove or in the microwave. I think it tastes best when warmed up over the stove, but we normally microwave a serving of it for about 20-30 seconds because it’s so easy! 

Can You Put Raw Chicken in a Slow Cooker?

Yes, your chicken should be thawed but raw when making this recipe. You’ll love how tender and juicy it turns out!

How Can I Make Keto Crockpot Taco Meat?

Because chicken is naturally low carb, this recipe is also considered keto crockpot taco meat. You just want to add in a healthy fat. We typically top our cooked chicken with avocado, but you could also use full-fat cheese or sour cream!

Healthy Chicken Tacos

Healthy Crockpot Chicken Tacos

While you can use the taco meat for anything, we usually make healthy crockpot chicken tacos with it. 

It’s just so easy and perfect if you have picky eaters!

Crockpot Healthy Chicken Tacos

What Type of Toppings are Good With This Crockpot Taco Meat Recipe?

  • avocado or guacamole
  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • onion
  • diced tomatoes
  • salsa
  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • pico de gallo
  • cheese
  • olives
  • jalapenos
  • cilantro

You can also add beans or rice to your tacos. We prefer black beans because they add in fiber and make the meal stretch a little further.

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Yield: 4

Crockpot Taco Meat Chicken Without Salsa

Keto Crockpot Taco Wrap

You'll love how quick and easy it is to make our crockpot taco meat without salsa! All you need is chicken, taco seasoning, and water, and a slow cooker!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes


  • 1lb Chicken Breast
  • 1 Taco or Fajita Seasoning Packet of Your Choice
  • 2-3 Cups Water
  • 1 Large Avocado
  • 1/2 Cup Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Jar Salsa of Your Choice
  • 1 Large Tortilla of Your Choice


  1. Place chicken breast into the crockpot.
  2. Cover chicken breast with seasoning packet.
  3. Cover chicken with water.
  4. Turn crockpot on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
  5. Once it's cooked, carefully remove the chicken.
  6. Shred the chicken with 2 forks or toss and chop salad tongs.
  7. Place chicken on tortilla and top with toppings of your choice!
  8. Enjoy!


  • The chicken will be super tender coming out of the crockpot. So you may want to remove it with spatula or spoon versus a fork.
  • You'll want to refrigerate any leftovers, but you can eat them the next day.
  • We reheat our taco meat in the microwave typically.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 429Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 570mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 5gSugar: 1gProtein: 43g

The nutritional information shared isn't always accurate.

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  1. So I spontaneously decided I wanted to try out chicken tacos tonight for the first time in the crock pot. (Because let’s be real if I can use the crock pot instead of stove or oven I do it ) lol and all the recipes I looked up included adding salsa which my kids won’t eat (or myself) maybe just on top of taco. So I was so glad to find this. I already put the chicken breasts, taco seasoning and water in as you suggested, but my question is, once it’s done, is the water going to absorb itself? Lol if so then awesome and I’m sure I will find out when it’s done before u receive a reply! Lol just wanted to make sure that’s all that the recipie calls for even though it’s already in there and if so that amen to u !!!

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