Crock-Pot Tex-Mex Shredded Chicken

Crock-Pot Tex Mex Chicken Recipe

Crock-Pot Tex-Mex Chicken will shred easily and is perfect for tacos, enchiladas, chicken tortilla soup, quesadillas, burritos, a taco ring, and nachos. Save the chicken broth from the crock-pot and use it in your dishes. The broth has a great flavor.

This Crock-Pot Tex-Mex Chicken is so easy and delicious, but the best thing about this chicken is the endless possibilities for using it.  I use this Mexican shredded Chicken for tacos, a taco salad, enchiladas, tortilla soup, quesadillas, burritos, a taco ring, nachos, and more.  We enjoyed nachos this week using this chicken.  I will be adding my nachos recipe soon.  Crock-Pot Tex Mex chicken works great on a buffet where everyone can build their own favorite tacos, burritos, or a taco salad.  By cooking this chicken slowly in the crock-pot, it will just fall apart, which is perfect for all these Mexican dishes. When making this chicken, you could also double the recipe.  After shredding the extra chicken, store it in a zip-lock freezer bag and keep in your freezer to have ready for a quick meal.  When the chicken is finished in the crock pot, it is so easy to prepare tacos, nachos, and more QUICKLY.  You could have dinner ready in a snap. This chicken is quick to prepare in advance and has saved me many times when I had no time to prepare a meal.

Crock-Pot Tex-Mex Shredded Chicken recipe

Crock-Pot Tex Mex Chicken Recipe

Season the chicken well and layer it into the bottom of a crock-pot that has been sprayed. Add the finely chopped onion, chicken broth, and lime juice.  Cook on low 4 to 6 hours until the chicken falls apart.  

One of my favorite Bible verses talks about being quick to listen.  If we are quick to do anything, we need to practice being a quick listener. Over the years it has helped me so much to remember this Bible verse when I am wanting to be quick to give a solution. When we are quick to listen, it shows others that we really do care about them.  It also helps us to be able to understand the entire picture of what is really happening. Jesus was all about caring for others and He was very quick to listen.  I recall the story in the Bible where everyone was accusing a women of some really bad things.  Jesus patiently listened without saying a word.  Then, without speaking He began to write in the sand.  You can read more at John 8:3-11. Our challenge everyday is to be quick listeners. 

James 1:19 “You must understand this, my dear brothers. Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”

Crock-Pot Tex-Mex Shredded Chicken (Tex-Mex Seasoning Recipe)

Crock-Pot Tex-Mex Shredded Chicken (Tex-Mex Seasoning Recipe)


  • 4 to 5 Chicken Breasts
  • Tex-Mex Seasoning Recipe: Combine the following ingredients. 2 Tablespoons equal 1 pack of seasoning.
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • You will also need:
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • juice of 1 lime.


  1. Wash the chicken and generously season the chicken breast on both sides with your favorite Mexican seasoning. You can use a prepared Taco seasoning or Fajita seasoning mix. I like to make my own Tex-Mex seasoning using the following recipe.
  2. Mix together the Tex-Mex seasoning.
  3. Season each chicken breast very well.
  4. Place the seasoned chicken breast in the bottom of a crock-pot.
  5. Add 1 large chopped onion
  6. 1/3 cup chicken broth
  7. juice of 1 lime.
  8. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or until it is completely falling apart.
  9. It should shred easily using a couple of forks.
  10. You may want to add some of the liquid from the crock-pot back into the chicken.
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  • dianeroark May 23, 2014, 2:59 PM


    This is a great recipe to freeze. I usually double it. I use it in my quesadillas, tacos, Nachos, and more.

    Thanks for your support!!

  • Shari Eckstrom May 23, 2014, 10:57 AM

    I am always in search of a great recipe I can cook up now and put in batches to freeze for later… so many uses for this delicious looking and simple chicken recipe. Love this! Blessings…Shari

  • dianeroark April 20, 2014, 9:05 AM


    Thank you so much for including this in your RoundUp. I am excited for the pretty large turn out on our Mexican link up.

    Blessings and have a wonderful Easter,
    Diane Roark

  • Jamie @ Coffee With Us 3 April 19, 2014, 10:23 PM

    Hey Diane, I love this recipe! Crockpot chicken is so moist and delicious, and your seasonings sound fabulous! I will be including this recipe in my Cinco de Mayo roundup on Friday.

  • dianeroark March 4, 2014, 3:52 PM


    If I had a little liquid back to it, it would depend on what I was fixing. I do like to save the broth for Chicken tortilla soup or chicken taco soup. I freeze the chicken without any liquid and use it for Nachos, Tex-Mex Casserole, and more. I have also used this chicken in a Tex-Mex salad and burritos.
    When I freeze this chicken, I add some in the bottom of a large zip lock bag and roll the bag up tight getting the air all out.

    I hope this helps. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving me a comment.
    If you have not already, I would love for you to follow my blog if you do not already. I send out a monthly newsletter with cooking tips.
    Diane Roark

  • Joann March 4, 2014, 3:23 PM

    This Tex-Mex looks delicious can’t wait to try it with some of your other recipes. I do have a question, you said after you cook the chicken and shred it, you say to add a little liquid back to the chicken, if I’m going to freeze some of it do I also add a little liquid? Just want to make sure so I don’t mess it up. :) Also the recipe for the seasoning how much does that make? May double or triple so I will have it when I need it. :) :). Thanks again…

  • dianeroark March 4, 2014, 10:00 AM


    I often double this recipe because it in so many other recipes. If you get a chance check out my post on Nachos, Tex-Mex Casserole, and more.

    I have a large 6 quart crock-pot. I squeeze the chicken breast side by side on the bottom of the crock-pot. I have never stacked the chicken breast on top of each other. I not sure how the top pieces would cook.

    I hope this helps. Thank you so much for your support and leaving me a comment.
    Diane Roark

  • Carole Pierce March 4, 2014, 3:30 AM

    Just to confirm that this would work all right with a doubled recipe? Would all of the proportions stay the same? I think if I made it, I would want more than 4 – 5 pieces.

  • dianeroark January 20, 2014, 9:18 AM


    This Tex-Mex chicken is a great time saver. I love it because you can use it for so many different meals.

    Blessings and have a Marvelous Monday!
    Diane Roark
    I am a southern food & travel blogger. Please consider follow my blog, if you do not already.

  • Faye Hight January 19, 2014, 10:55 PM

    Can’t wait to try the Shredded Tex-Mex Chicken, a great time saver also

  • dianeroark November 8, 2013, 9:47 AM


    When my kids were little that is truly all I had time for. I have lots of crock pot recipes. I have 3 boys and 2 girls.
    I look forward to checking out your blog and supporting your social medias. Please stop by my FABULOUS FRIDAY BLOGGERS LINK UP and share your favorite post and social media.

    Blessings and thank you for your support!
    Diane Roark

  • April November 8, 2013, 8:44 AM

    I’m so excited about these crock pot recipes. That’s all I can fit into my day with 4 little boys running around! Thank you!

  • dianeroark November 1, 2013, 10:13 AM


    Thank you for stopping by. Thank you also for linking up your recipe. It sounds wonderful too. I hope others will check out your great blog at:
    Diane Roark

  • Teresa @ Living Natural Today November 1, 2013, 9:55 AM

    I love slow cooker recipes! Especially ones that can be used for multiple meals. This sounds tasty. Thanks for sharing!

  • dianeroark October 26, 2013, 1:04 PM

    Thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment. This Crock pot Tex Mex Chicken is not only easy but it truly has so many possibilities. I make some using this chicken at least once a week. We had Nachos this past week and last night we had a taco ring. Both of these dishes were quick and easy using this chicken. I may not have mention it but this chicken freezes well.
    I hope you will consider following my blog if you do not already. You can sign up to follow me on the top right hand corner of each page. I am working on five different giveaways starting 10/30/13 to the middle of December. I will be giving away a cutting board and 4 different great cookbook.

    Blessings and thank you again for letting me know about the meatloaf.
    Diane Roark

  • Carol Smith October 26, 2013, 9:23 AM

    Can/t wait to try the shredded Tex-Mex chicken! Love your posts.

  • dianeroark October 26, 2013, 7:29 AM

    You are so welcome! This recipe saves me so many times. I normally always have some of this chicken on hand. We had tacos and a taco ring this past week. I usually making something Mexican at least once every week.

    I hope you have a great weekend!

  • Janine Huldie October 26, 2013, 7:14 AM

    Totally found my weakness on this one. I love tex-mex and probably my favorite types of food. We just had fajitas last night and this would have worked perfectly. I just pinned to my crock pot recipes and so going to use this one the next time I need to make chicken for one of my tex-mex recipes. Thank you so much Diane and have a wonderful weekend now!! :)

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