Slow cooker tequila lime chicken tacos are an easy Tex-Mex dinner that cooks right in your crock pot all day long. The flavors absorb into the meat during the long cooking process so that when you’re ready to eat you’ve got delicious chicken that just melts in your mouth. Perfect weeknight recipe anytime of the year!
For this recipe you’ll need: boneless chicken breast or thighs, tequila (or pineapple juice), lime juice, garlic cloves, chipotle in adobo, chili powder, liquid smoke, cumin, oregano, ancho chile, smoked paprika, corn tortillas, red onion, avocado, cilantro, queso quesadilla, salsa, limes
This is one of my favorite recipes and one that I’ve included in my Mexican Slow Cooker Cookbook. It’s so unbelievably easy that it will quickly become one of your family favorites. There’s almost no preparation time – you toss all of the tequila lime chicken ingredients in the slow cooker and turn it on then do whatever you have on your to-do list for the day. When you open the door and walk back in the house you’ll be met with one of the most amazing aromas you’ve ever experienced.
Seriously – they should make a candle.
I’ve included instructions for preparing the taco fixings the night before so that when it’s time for dinner you only have to put it all on the table and go ahead and eat. I like to just put all of the toppings in small bowls and let people build their own tacos – it just doesn’t get easier.
I just drop the dried ancho in the slow cooker and let it simmer along with the chicken. If you like things a little spicier just add another dried ancho or use a dried chipotle. You don’t have to take it out and discard it before you shred the chicken – it will be soft and you can shred it right along with the meat if you want to.
Suggested Menu For Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
This is a super easy menu for a weeknight supper that looks like you slaved away! Make the cake 2 days before you’re ready to serve and let it sit in the fridge. The sangria goes together the night before. When you get home you can put the rice in the rice cooker (omg if you don’t have one GET one – such a time saver!) and warm the beans up.
- Slow Cooker Tequila Lime Tacos
- Rice (Make this in a rice cooker while you are getting everything set out – it takes about 20 minutes)
- Refried Beans from Don’t Waste the Crumbs are made in a slow cooker – super easy if you have 2 slow cookers or make them ahead of time and warm up when you need them!
- Lime White Chocolate Tres Leches Cake (make up to 2 days before)
- Sangria (make the night before)
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Slow Cooker Tequila Lime Chicken Tacos Recipe
I love these and I think you will, too. You can also double the recipe and freeze it in meal sized portions. Definitely try serving these with homemade flour tortillas! If your family is in more of a sandwich mood try these slow cooked Texas style cheesesteak sandwiches!
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Tequila Lime Chicken
- 1-1/2 pounds boneless chicken thighs, , or boneless chicken breast
- 3/4 cup tequila, , may substitute pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 2 cloves garlic, , chopped
- 2 tablespoons chipotle in adobo, , mashed
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 ancho chiles, , dried
- 12 corn tortilla
- red onion, , chopped
- avocado, , diced
- cilantro, , chopped
- queso quesadilla cheese, grated or crumbled
- lime wedges
- shredded red cabbage
- chopped tomatoes
- sour cream
Night Before (if you want to prep ahead of time)
- Peel and chop onion. Add to airtight storage container and refrigerate.
- Dice tomatoes and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- Cut limes in wedges and seal in an airtight container - refrigerate.
- Pit, peel, and dice avocado. Toss in lime juice and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- Chop cilantro fine. Add to a storage container and refrigerate.
- Shred cabbage. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Tequila Lime Chicken
- Combine all of the tequila lime chicken ingredients in your slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 8 hours.
- Remove the ancho chile and discard.
- Shred the chicken and return to the slow cooker for 15 minutes.
- Warm the tortillas in a damp towel in the microwave.
- Add some of the shredded chicken.
- Top with your prepared toppings and squeeze a little lime over it just before eating.
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