Why haven’t I made these before?! Everyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I’m a sucker for convenience and speed. We are so busy around my house, with two parents working outside the home, extra-curricular activities, a menagerie of animals to care for, and basic ranch upkeep, that as much as I would love to be able to make home cooked meals every single day, it just doesn’t happen that often. Not that we don’t cook, because we do, we’re just assisted with a frozen dish, boxed, or canned goods to get the job done. Don’t judge. Anyway, I’m always looking for recipes and solutions that help me make something a little more wholesome for the family while still fitting in with my daily time crunch and of course budget restrictions. Today I’ve come across a real jem. I know some of you may have seen similar recipes floating around the net, because hey, let’s be honest, I don’t exactly have the time to create brand new recipes from scratch, and there’s really no reason to re-invent the wheel. For those of you who haven’t tried this yet, I wanted to share one of my new family fave’s – my variation of Crockpot Chicken Tacos.
Here’s what you need:
3-4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (I used frozen because I always have some of those on hand, but fresh would work too if you’re really ambitious)
1 – 16 oz. jar of salsa (whatever kind you like is fine – we had Pace Mild in the pantry already so that’s what we used)
1 Packet of Taco Seasoning
Tortillas or Taco Shells and sour cream, cheese, olives, cilantro, or any toppings that your family likes. What you use is really up to you and can be tailored to your families tastes.
All you have to do is put the chicken breasts in your crockpot (frozen is fine), dump the jar of salsa and the packet of taco seasoning on top and turn it on. I put mine on warm for 9 hours because I work all day, but you could also cook them on high for about 4 hours and get the job done. It really doesn’t get easier than that!
We always have tortillas on hand because my husband and son use them for sandwiches instead of bread all the time. Sour cream is pretty common too, and taco seasoning because tacos are a pretty common go-to at my house. If your household is anything like mine, you probably have at least ½ the stuff you need to make these one hand at any given time and that’s part of what makes these tacos an awesome, healthy, budget friendly option for a great family meal. These would also be great for a party or potluck since they’re simple, not overly common, and everyone could top their tacos to their liking.
These turned out awesome! I must say I was pretty proud of myself, and there are plenty of leftovers for lunch tomorrow which is always an added bonus. Next time I think I’m going to try a Verde salsa and see how that turns out.
What’s your favorite easy and cost effective crock pot creation? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!
Angie Nelson saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 7:40 am
I love slow cooker recipes. And tacos! I can’t wait to try these out.
Alison saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 7:59 am
They’re pretty awesome – and sooo easy. I’m a slow cooker fan too, but I’ve found a lot of the really good slow cooker recipes take quite a few ingredients, and often its stuff that I don’t normally buy so this one was awesome. Few ingredients, all pretty common ones, and it tasted fantastic! You’re going to love these!.
Alexis saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 8:53 am
Yum! I love, love, love my slow cooker and I’m always on the lookout for new, easy (that’s key!) recipes to try. Adding this one to the file!
Cherie @ incherieswords saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 8:59 am
You’re like me, I keep a lot tortillas, sour cream, taco seasoning, etc. in our home because it’s a family favorite. Now all I need is chicken. I’m starting to use my slow cooker a lot more to make my life a little easier at home. Thanks for sharing. Pinned!
Brandi saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 9:35 am
Always looking for more crockpot recipes. Thanks!! <3 http://www.sweeetanddownlow.com #SITSblogging
Leslie saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 9:41 am
I love my crockpot! This sounds like a must ty. Thanks for sharing!
Amanda - A Cookie Named Desire saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 11:18 am
This sounds so yummy! I tried a chicken taco recipe before that just did not work out for me. It tasted good, sure, but nothing about it screamed “Taco” to me. I think the addition of salsa is a great idea! I planne don making chili tomorrow, so I will try out your recipe.
Amanda R saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 11:26 am
Oooo.You had me at slow cooker. Perfect for my upcoming time at home with baby #2.
Adrienne saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 11:54 am
These look amazing! I love anything I can make in a crockpot. I can’t wait to try these!
Angela @ The Southern Fried Bride saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 12:46 pm
I enjoyed this post. Thank you for the inspiration.
Alexa saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 12:59 pm
You had me at crockpot! Love chicken tacos, love crockpot! Pinning! #SITSblogging
Alison saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 1:37 pm
My crockpot is my best friend in the kitchen. It makes me look like Super Wife putting wholesome, delicious, budget friendly dinners on the table each night after work and chicken tacos happens to be one of those meals quite frequently! lol 🙂 Thanks for sharing your version!
Ashley saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 2:12 pm
The Winey Mom saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 3:30 pm
Yay for crock pot recipes! We are a taco loving family and this is so perfect for us.
Anthea saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm
I use our crock pot almost every day! But I’m vegie and hubby’s not, so unfortunately he doesn’t get any slow-cooked dinners! 🙂 Unless he has some of my beans, but for some reason he sticks to baloney sandwiches. Oh well…
Kay saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 4:54 pm
Love crockpot meals, and these sound easy and tasty
LiZ saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 5:05 pm
Wow, so quick and easy! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for posting that. I would love to have more time to cook but we just don’t have it lately.
Amee @ didsomeonesaychocolate.com saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 6:35 pm
I have chicken in a crockpot right now, so I’m feeling all supermom like you! We’re like you…always have taco stuff on hand. I’m using mine for an enchilada soup. Your taco version sounds like a great idea that I’m sure to try. Thank you for sharing! Visiting from #sitsblogging and the state below ya!
Alyssa // Runway Chef saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 6:45 pm
I love a good crockpot meal! These look too easy and super delicious!
Albion saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 7:17 pm
My crockpot is my best friend. I will be making these this week! Thanks!! #SITSBlogging
Katrina @ Enchanted Savings saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 7:29 pm
I love tacos but have never made chicken tacos. I definitely need to try these since we have lots of chicken breast.
Gabrielle@MamaGab saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 7:58 pm
That sounds great! I’m in a crock pot stage of life, so I need to give this one a try. Found you via SITS.
Allegra Sinclair saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 9:29 pm
Hi Alison, I used to brag quite proudly that I didn’t cook. But then in late December I decided that I wanted to learn to make some meals and I fell in love with my Crock Pot. So now, as a practicing crockpotologist I am always on the lookout for great recipes. I think this is going into rotation this Sunday! My favorite recipes usually involve chicken! Thanks for sharing this one.
anne saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 10:49 pm
Those sound delicious. We are big fans of all things taco at our house so I will have to try this soon. #SITSBlogging
Aisha Holley saysFebruary 11, 2014 at 11:08 pm
I should always keep a jar of salsa in my pantry that way when I see recipes like this, I can just make it. I would love to try this some time. #SITSBlogging
Alyssa saysFebruary 12, 2014 at 1:16 am
I really need to invest in a slow cooker. It’s amazing the recipes I find. Thank you for sharing!
Hausfrau saysFebruary 12, 2014 at 5:20 am
Isn’t it nice when you find such an easy recipe that is also so healthy and flavorful? I love things like this!
Does the “warm” setting on your slow cooker get the chicken hot enough to kill bacteria? I know that years ago, this is why many people didn’t like slow cookers–they thought the food would not reach the correct temperature. I think slow cookers are made better these days.
By the way, your link on my SITS comment love page has a capital “H” in the http, so the link doesn’t work. You might want to let them know. If people aren’t paying attention, they might not realize why the link didn’t work and just move on. I’m starting to wonder if this happened with my link as well.
Ashley saysFebruary 12, 2014 at 11:12 pm
I love finding new Crockpot recipes, especially ones that will give me plenty of leftovers! I’ll be trying this recipe soon! Thanks for sharing.
Erlene saysFebruary 13, 2014 at 2:45 am
I love how easy this recipe is. It’s going on my pin board 🙂 Stopping by from MaMade Blog Hop
Kyomm (Vow. Move. Live.) saysFebruary 13, 2014 at 3:17 am
I should be having a slow cooker stashed somewhere.. hmmm I would like to give this a go somethime.. thanks for sharing.. i totally love easy recipes #SITSBlogging
Alma @ A Conquered Mess saysFebruary 13, 2014 at 3:35 pm
Easies dinner I’ve ever planned to make! Thanks for sharing! I’ll be making it soon 🙂 #SITSBlogging
Michelle @ The MaMade Diaries saysFebruary 13, 2014 at 5:53 pm
Thanks so much for linking up with us at the MaMade Blog Hop! Don’t forget to stop back again and link up again next week and see if you’ve been featured! 🙂 Have a great week 🙂
Emmy saysFebruary 13, 2014 at 10:11 pm
Sounds like my kind of recipe! So easy and I bet my kids would totally love it too. I am all about supplementing with things to make recipes easier, I am more a fan of frozen vegetables over can though as some can seem to get that tinny taste. Stopping by from #Sitsblogging
Deana saysFebruary 14, 2014 at 8:01 am
This has kid friendly written all over it! Stopping by from #SITSblogging
Alison saysFebruary 14, 2014 at 8:14 am
Yes it was great with the kids! They love anything that they can add their own toppings to and “customize” their food and you can’t go wrong with chicken…healthy and tasty! Thx for stopping by!
Desperate Houselife saysFebruary 15, 2014 at 10:07 am
These look delicious!! I love all things mexican. Yumm! #SITSBlogging
Shannon Gosney saysFebruary 17, 2014 at 4:55 pm
Those sound super yummy and like they’re easy to use! Thanks for sharing the recipe. #SITSBlogging
Sandy@beingcontentwhereweare saysFebruary 18, 2014 at 3:55 am
Pinned…I see these on next week’s meal plan. I can’t wait to try them.
Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations saysFebruary 18, 2014 at 7:16 pm
This looks and sounds amazing! I pinned it to my food recipes.
Thank you so much for posting and sharing on What ya got cookin’ ~ Love it.
Alison saysFebruary 18, 2014 at 10:17 pm
I was awesome – I must say I think it will probably be on our menu at least a couple times a month because it was so easy and everyone loved it! I must say, some of the projects on your blog really motivate me to get back to work on my little house — they are fabulous and some I think I could even do! Thank you for stopping by!
Amanda Smith saysFebruary 19, 2014 at 3:53 am
I’m going to make these Thursday. It’s what for dinner. Thanks for the idea!
Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations saysFebruary 24, 2014 at 3:37 pm
Thank you for submitting to “What ya got cookin’ ” recipe link up! It was chosen top featured! Stop by to grab your pin 🙂
NEPAMOM.com saysFebruary 24, 2014 at 5:58 pm
Thank you for linking up on the Wonderful Wednesday/Get Inspired Linky Party! Can’t wait to see what you link up next!
Val @ Love My DIY Home saysFebruary 27, 2014 at 10:28 am
Going to make this right now! Simple, quick, yummy. That’s what I do too – love crock pot meals.
Erinn S saysFebruary 27, 2014 at 10:38 am
How easy! I have all of these ingredients so real simple!
Janelle @ Run With No Regrets saysFebruary 27, 2014 at 12:41 pm
I love cooking with the Crockpot! I made Skinny Taste’s Chicken Ropa Vieja about a month ago and it turned out great!
Sarah Fuller saysFebruary 28, 2014 at 3:24 pm
Love the simplicity of this recipe.