Our Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken Taco recipe combines two of the best types of recipes – taco recipes and slow cooker recipes – into one delicious and easy to make meal.
Why use salsa verde? Because it makes a flavorful meal that is “lighter” tasting than tomato based salsas. You get bold, zesty flavors that perfectly complement chicken and provide something different than usual.
While we agree, that tomato based red salsas are delicious, there is also a place for salsa verde, a green colored salsa, made with tomatillos, peppers, and more. The roasty and spicy flavors of a good salsa verde are hard to beat!
You can make your own salsa verde at home using a recipe like this one, or purchase pre-made jarred salsas that are delicious! There are plenty of good ones out there, so don’t feel bad about going the store-bought route. Target makes one that I really like!
One of my favorite parts about eating tacos is the topping bar. What’s better than assembling your own taco with just the right mix of ingredients? For this taco, we recommend having queso fresco (instead of shredded cheddar cheese), quick pickled red onions, chopped cilantro, more salsa verde, and limes.
You can easily quick pickle red onions by slicing a red onion thinly, then submerging it in a mixture of 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup vinegar, 1 tbsp. sugar, and 1 tsp. salt for 30 minutes. You’ll end up with a tangy, crisp topping for your tacos that perfectly accents the roastiness of the salsa verde.
Let us know what you think of this recipe in the comments below. Did you make any additions or changes? How did you top your taco? We love hearing from you!
- 2 lb LGCM Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
- 1 Tbsp Salt
- 1 Tbsp Cumin
- 2 tsp Chili Powder
- 2 tsp Black Pepper
- 12 oz Beer (a light beer like Corona is great)
- 1 Yellow Onion (small – chopped)
- 2 clove Garlic (minced)
- 16 oz Salsa Verde (plus more for serving)
- 12 Tortillas (warmed – your choice of flour or corn)
- 1 Red Onion (quick pickled)
- Queso Fresco
- Cilantro (chopped – for serving)
- Lime Wedges (for serving)
Season the chicken breast with the salt, cumin, chili powder, and black pepper. Pour the beer into the bottom of the slow cooker, then add the chopped onion, and minced garlic. Place the chicken breast on top, and cook on high for 3 hours.
If you don’t want to use beer, you can substitute water or chicken broth, no problem!
After cooking for 3 hours, shred the chicken apart with 2 forks. Add 16 oz. salsa verde and stir to mix together. Continue cooking on high for 30 more minutes to warm the mixture through.
Serve the chicken on warmed tortillas with pickled red onion, queso fresco, cilantro, and squeezes of fresh lime. Enjoy your Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken Tacos!
PS – the leftover meat is great to use as a filling for quesadillas, empanadas, or on top of tortilla chips for chicken nachos!