Cooking with Kids: Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

By Bree Hester /

Every once in a while this mom needs a night off.

As much as I love to cook, getting dinner on the table each night takes nothing short of a miracle. We have busy lives, and I spend a lot of time shuffling kids around from after-school activity to activity. And that is not taking into account work events, PTO meetings, and other things that I have going on.

Sometimes I need a little help. I don’t want my kid’s to have dinner in the car from the drive-thru or have a pizza delivered.

I had a few tried and true recipes printed onto magnets that live on the fridge. They are made with mostly fridge and pantry staples and can be made with minimal effort. When I need some help, I point to the fridge and let dad or the kids pick a recipe leave it to them to make all on their own. Everyone wins. I get a night off from dinner duty, dad and the kids have fun cooking, and everyone eats a great dinner.

This recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos is really simple. You simply add everything to a slow cooker and turn it on. 3 to 4 hours later, you have a flavorful base for tacos, burritos, nachos, or taco salad. You can make this ahead of time and reheat it, or even freeze it. There will be a lot of liquid leftover from cooking, I like to reserve some if I do reheat it to keep it moist.


6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cups salsa (salsa verde is my favorite, but any kind you like will work) 1 bottle beer
3 cloves minced garlic
½ teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons honey 2 Tablespoons lime juice

For serving – corn tortillas, cheese, tomatoes, cilantro, sour cream, chopped onion, sour cream, pickled jalapenos.

Add chicken, salsa, beer, garlic, oregano, cumin, salt, and honey to the insert of a slow cooker. Cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or HIGH for 3 hours.

Using a fork, shred chicken. Add lime juice. Add to warm tortillas and top with cheese and other toppings.

About the Author

Bree Hester is the blogger, photographer, and videographer behind Baked Bree is a place where you will find great recipes and inspiration for your next family adventure. Follow along with all of her adventures on Instagram @BreeHester

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