Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

Incredible flavor. Incredibly tender. Fantastic aroma. This slow cooker Mexican chicken has knocked my long-time easy go-to beef taco mixture off the podium and replaced it at #1. And rightfully so.

This is the perfect mixture for tacos, nachos, burritos, chimichangas, you name it. Anything. Heck you can throw it on a bun and serve it as a sandwich. Or add it to a grilled cheese sandwich for something totally different.
Slow Cooker Mexican ChickenI prefer using fire-roasted green chiles and tomatoes in dishes like this slow cooker Mexican chicken. The roasting adds so much more flavor to the vegetables. I leave it up to you if you want to drain the tomatoes. I added the juices in since I wanted to make sure the chicken stayed very moist. You can keep the juices and actually eat this as a soup. Just add some cheese and tortilla strips, and maybe a dollop of sour cream.

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

Course Main
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 pounds


  • 4 pounds chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup hot salsa
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 4 ounce cans fire-roasted chopped green chilies
  • 2 14 1/2 ounce cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes, drained or not
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • Hot sauce to taste


  • Rub the chicken with the oil and place into a slow cooker set on low.
  • In a large bowl stir together the remaining ingredients. Pour over the chicken and cover.
  • Cook for 7 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Carefully remove chicken (it should be falling apart tender at this point) to a cutting board and shred or chop as desired.
  • Return to the slow cooker and cook another hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Depending on the dish, you may want to drain the chicken before using.

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