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Slow Cooker Tequila Lime Chicken Tacos

Boneless chicken slow cooks all day absorbing the flavors of the cooking liquid. When you're ready to eat the meat is falling apart tender and ready to be added to your favorite tortilla. If you prefer not to use tequila then pineapple juice will work just fine. Serve this dish with rice, refried beans, and a tangy frozen margarita or pitcher of fruity sangria. 
Course Main Dish - Chicken
Cuisine American - Southwest
Keyword lime, slow cooker, tender, tequila, tex-mex
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 163kcal
Author Marye Audet-White


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

Taco Fixings

  • 12 corn tortilla
  • red onion , chopped
  • avocado , diced
  • cilantro , chopped
  • queso quesadilla cheese grated or crumbled
  • salsa
  • 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.


*Nutrition information is for the Tequila Lime Chicken only and not the tortillas or toppings.


Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 130mg | Vitamin A: 590IU | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg