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Crockpot Mexican Style shredded chicken February 13, 2012

Filed under: crockpot — meier1014 @ 10:59 am

I love mexican food! It’s delicious. Plain and simple. But we have two little kids and we’re usually pretty broke, so going out to eat isn’t typically an option. I found the recipe for the chicken a couple months ago, but it called for a packet of taco seasoning. I was pretty upset. We didn’t have any taco seasoning and I was CRAVING shredded chicken tacos. So after a little research, and using what we had, I created my own taco seasoning mix. I have to say, it’s better than the store bought stuff AND you can control the sodium content.
This recipe has so many possibilities. I have always simply made it for tacos, but we ALWAYS have leftovers. I have used it in a veggie salad, we use it on nachos, I am sure it would be amazing as chicken enchiladas. Heck, I used it as a tortilla chip “dip” while my Hubby was making the nachos (I was starving lol). The best part of this chicken really has to be the fact that I ALWAYS have the ingredients on hand, not to mention you’re house will smell amazing all day long! Ok, in to the recipe.

Crockpot Mexican Style Shredded Chicken

Ingredients
-1.5-2 lbs chicken breast (I put mine in straight from the freezer)
-1 recipe/packet taco seasoning
-1 cup salsa
-1 cup chicken broth/stock or water
-mexican style hot sauce, to taste (I used Tapatio)

Taco Seasoning:
-2 tsp chili powder (I found some hot mexican chili powder that was delicious!)
-1 1/2 tsp paprika
-1 1/2 tsp cumin
-1 tsp onion powder
-3/4 tsp garlic salt
-cayenne, to taste (we like it kinda spicy so I used approx a 1/2tsp)

Directions

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Place chicken in the crockpot and sprinkle taco seasoning over the top

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Add the salsa and the chicken broth

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Cover and cook on low for approx 8hrs or on high for approx 4hrs. You will know the chicken is done if it falls apart when you try to pick it up with a fork.

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Pull out some of the chicken and use 2 forks (or your hands, but it will be REALLY hot) to pull it apart. This should be really easy, I can usually just smash it with one of the forks and call it good. Return the chicken to the crockpot and repeat until it is all shredded up. Let the chicken sit in the crockpot, on low, until you’re ready to use it.

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It will be extra flavorful and juicy now. Use it whatever way you see fit.

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We chose tacos, and they were AMAZING!!!!!

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