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Crock Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken

February 3, 2016 (Last Updated: April 12, 2020)

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Crock pot Mexican Shredded Chicken is perfect for tacos, burritos, salads, or nachos.  

A bowlful of shredded chicken with chunks of tomatoes.

Are you ready for the BIG game?  I have more than enough food planned.  I’ve briefly entertained the idea of having fancy appetizers for the super bowl….like these stuffed mushrooms….or maybe baked brie ….or even corstini with goat cheese.

It’s hard to break out of a traditional mode of beer with dips and finger foods you’d find in a bar.  I mean…we are watching football….and all those fabulous commercials.

So at our house we are having Mexican layered dip with baked corn tortilla chips.  I need to balance the junk food so I will also have a HUGE tray of fresh veggies with hummus.

We also need something a bit more substantial, I will have a taco bar with this Crock Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken.

Chicken in a blue and white bowl.

The beauty about this shredded chicken is it is made in a crock pot.  That and it can be made ahead of time….oh, and you could totally freeze this and have enough chicken for another night!

 Can you ask for anything more?  Well, you could…but WHY?  I used a whole chicken because we raise, butcher and process our own chickens and we only actually cut up a few chickens.  The rest are left whole.

We have a ton of whole chickens in our freezer.  I try to use a whole chicken with any opportunity.  If you don’t have a freezer full of whole chickens and don’t want to buy a whole one, this could also be made with a cut up chicken, chicken thighs, or boneless chicken breasts.  The choice is all up to you!

A plateful of shredded chicken.

Not only did I use a whole chicken, but I used a whole frozen chicken.  Yep, I never even thought about pulling the chicken out of the freezer ahead of time to thaw.  

Sometimes my planning is….well….very last minute (another way to say no planning at all!)  Lucky for me this worked perfectly even with  frozen chicken!  Just keep in mind, that the cooking time will vary if you use a frozen chicken.

I used our homemade canned stewed tomatoes but store bought canned tomatoes work great too.  For the chilies, any kind of roasted chili will work. I used Anaheims because we grow them and they are fairly mild.  I keep a batch of roasted chilies in our freezer after the summer harvest. Another option is using green chili sauce

Canned chilies are also available at the grocery store and can be purchased with different levels of heat….mild or hot!  This recipe is really flexible.  You can add what you have on hand and tailor it to your tastes!

This shredded chicken would work perfectly in these chicken burritos from Gimme Delicious. 

Don’t forget to PIN for later! A blue and white bowl filled with chicken and tomatoes.

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Shredded Chicken made in a crock pot.

Crock Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken

Shredded chicken can be used in tacos, burritos, salads or nachos
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs 5 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 12 people
Calories 61 kcal


  • 3-4 pounds chicken (whole or cut up)
  • 1 quart stewed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 whole roasted Anaheim chilies
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • Place all ingredients, except chicken in crock pot. Stir together.
  • Place chicken on top
  • Cook on high 4-5 hours or low 8 hours
  • Remove chicken and let cool just enough to handle
  • Remove skin and chicken from bones.
  • Shred chicken with two forks
  • Add chicken back into crock pot and heat through.


Calories: 61kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 4gFat: 2gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 386mgPotassium: 208mgSugar: 2gVitamin A: 240IUVitamin C: 6.5mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 1.5mg
Keyword chicken recipes, crock pot chicken, Mexican chicken, shredded chicken
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  • Reply
    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    February 4, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    5 stars
    Yes to a taco bar with this shredded chicken!! Love it and love that it’s made in the crockpot too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      February 5, 2016 at 4:55 am

      The crock pot makes it so easy!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    February 4, 2016 at 8:48 am

    We grew Anaheims last summer, too. Actually I think it was 2 summers ago. Either way, I digress. This chicken looks so incredibly tasty! I’m thinking we need to make a big pot and turn them into delicious tacos. (My mouth is seriously watering just thinking about that right now…haha!)

    • Reply
      February 5, 2016 at 4:58 am

      It is very tasty and perfect in tacos!

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    February 4, 2016 at 5:33 am

    I am definitely ready for the big game… because we are going to a neighbors house, so all I have to do is shower and get dressed. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think I can handle that much. lol. LOVE this shredded chicken! Mexican flavored anything makes my taste buds tingle! Plus hello crock pot easy! Yesss! Cheers, Kathy and happy almost weekend!

    • Reply
      February 5, 2016 at 5:00 am

      We eat a lot of Mexican food in our house. Love it!

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    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    February 4, 2016 at 4:56 am

    Again, I’m just laughing at this post (at myself not you!) because my Mom is always getting on me about having shredded chicken on hand. She is always telling how useful it is and all the wonderful things you are saying in this post =) You’re both right!

    • Reply
      February 4, 2016 at 5:31 am

      You should always listen to your mother! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Melanie @ Melanie Cooks
    February 3, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    5 stars
    Love the crockpot meals! There are so many yummy things I can make with the shredded chicken, can never have enough of it!

    • Reply
      February 3, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      I don’t use my crock pot nearly enough!

  • Reply
    Meghan | Fox and Briar
    February 3, 2016 at 11:41 am

    5 stars
    I love that you can just throw everything in the crock pot and go! I am just like you, planning ahead is not always my thing. So often it is almost dinner time and the meat is still frozen! I love this simple recipe, definitely going to try!

    • Reply
      February 3, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      I think you are going to love it! Delicious and easy!

  • Reply
    February 3, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Cooking a whole chicken in the crockpot is my favorite go to meal. This Sunday I’m going to try the queso recipe you posted last year.

    • Reply
      February 3, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      Perfect game watching food!

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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    February 3, 2016 at 8:09 am

    5 stars
    Dear Kathy, what a great staple recipe! I can only imagine how good this tastes with your own fresh chicken and garden Anaheims. I also love that it’s a slow cooker recipe. Just the word slow cooker and my breathing relaxes. Seriously. The slow cooker is my best friend and helps keep things calm at meal times. Thanks for this great, flexible recipe!

    • Reply
      February 3, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      I love coming home and having a meal all ready to go!

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