It’s Taco Tuesday and this week I’m sharing a slow cooker recipe for buffalo chicken tacos. Shredded chicken is kicked up a notch with bottled wing sauce and topped with a cold and creamy blue cheese coleslaw.

buffalo chicken tacos with blue cheese slaw, #tacotuesday

Last month I asked on my Facebook page what kind of recipes you wanted to see here on Mountain Mama Cooks and I got a handful of requests that called for slow cooker recipes. Initially I was surprised as I usually think of the slow cooker for making hearty roasts and stews- perfect for the colder months. But after thinking of it more and more I decided you all are genius. It’s such a great alternative to the oven, making it a perfect choice for making dinner during the heat of summer. I’ve definitely used my slow cooker during the summer but truth be told, there wasn’t much thought behind it. I don’t think I’ve ever deliberately pulled out the slow cooker to avoid the heat. BUT, the past few weeks, I’ve used my trusty old slow cooker 4 times- I think I’m a summer slow cooker convert!

crockpot chicken tacos with blue cheese coleslaw,

These tacos couldn’t be any easier. Like dump and run easy. Like once the chicken is cooked, dinner is on the table in 10 minutes easy. Like you almost don’t need a recipe easy. Silly easy. I start with my basic slow cooker shredded chicken and for the last 15 minutes of cooking, I added some bottled wing sauce and melted butter. Boom done. The tacos are topped with a cold, crispy and tangy coleslaw made with ranch dressing and blue cheese. These are the best of both worlds- hot & spicy and cold & crunchy. A (very) cold beer to wash it all down, I like to think of these tacos as the portable (and much less messier) version of the iconic bar food.

slow cooker buffalo chicken tacos with blue cheese coleslaw, #tacotuesday

If you’re feeling especially lazy (it’s all good, we all have those days) bypass my recipe for making ranch home made and buy a jar of ranch dressing (make it the good stuff, pretty please?) and use 1/2 cup of that mixed into pre-made coleslaw mix. Instead of dinner on the table in 10, it’s now on the table in 5. I suppose you could use corn tortillas but I like the fluffiness and comfort of a flour tortilla- the ones I used happen to be gluten free but any will work. The leftover chicken is a wonderful topper on a salad and pretty good as a dip for tortilla chips (lazy lady’s lunch).

slow cooker buffalo chicken tacos with blue cheese coleslaw, #tacotuesday

Shredded chicken in the slow cooker has endless possibilities for tacos… you should see the list I have going on my iPhone! Have a great day everyone! And be sure to come back next week to see what taco’s I’m cooking up!

Taco Tuesday: Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Tacos with Blue Cheese Slaw

Taco Tuesday: Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Tacos with Blue Cheese Slaw


    For the Chicken:
  • 1 lb organic boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup your favorite wing sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • For the Coleslaw:
  • 16 oz package coleslaw
  • 4 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon dried ranch dressing mix
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles


    For the Chicken:
  1. Place the chicken in the slow cooker with chicken stock, garlic powder, onion powder, and kosher salt. Cook on low for 4-5 hours. When chicken is cooked, shred with two forks. Add wing sauce and butter. Mix thoroughly and let cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  2. For the Coleslaw:
  3. While chicken is cooking, prepare coleslaw by placing the cabbage, celery and sliced onions in a large bowl. Make the dressing by mixing mayonnaise, buttermilk, dried ranch dressing mix and sugar in a small bowl. Add to cabbage mix and toss to coat cabbage. Add blue cheese and stir just to combine. Coleslaw can be made up to a day ahead.
  4. When ready to serve, scoop chicken into a flour tortilla and top with desired amount of coleslaw. Garnish with extra blue cheese crumbles and ranch dressing if desired.
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27 Responses to Taco Tuesday: Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Tacos with Blue Cheese Slaw

  1. Aggie says:

    These are the kinds of recipes I need in my life right now. I have been craving buffalo sauce (have been scared to eat it b/c of pregnancy stomach issues) so I’m dying to try this!! That slaw looks and sounds amazing over the chicken. I am loving this series so far 🙂

  2. You’ve got me drooling over these tacos and the gorgeous pictures! I just ate lunch, but really wish these chicken tacos had been my lunch instead. Loving your Taco Tuesday theme friend!

  3. Kiersten says:

    I made this tonight for dinner – AMAZING!!! This is definitely going in our rotation. Thanks for the awesome recipe!! 🙂

  4. Karista says:

    I too am totally loving your Taco Tuesdays! We love, love tacos at my house and these would be a hit. 🙂

  5. Leslie H says:

    Girl, you’re totally nailing the taco posts! We do taco Tuesdays here at my house, too, but you’ve really added some inspiration with these non-standard versions. You have a gift, my friend! And I’ve been slightly obsessed with Buffalo chicken lately, so these excite me.

  6. Shannon says:

    What side dish did you make with this to make a complete meal?

  7. Natalie says:

    I made this today and am in love!!!! So great and quick/easy to make. Will definitely be making this on a regular basis. One note though… I’d double the chicken. 🙂

  8. Liz says:

    Thank you for the lovely recipe and have a Great Week!

  9. Abby says:

    These look great! I imagine they’d be good on buns as well. How many do you think this would serve?

  10. Rachel says:

    I’m going to try this recipe, we love anything with buffalo sauce. What brand of GF tortillas do you buy? We eat gf and have yet to find a decent tortilla. Thank you!

  11. Sarah says:

    In your opinion, do you think the leftover shredded buffalo chicken could be saved and frozen in the freezer to pull out and make anothrt quick meal for next time?

  12. Abby says:

    Can’t wait to try these!! How many to you think this would serve?

  13. sunny says:

    Made these a few times. Big hit at my house. I unfortunately have to leave out blue cheese (I love, husband hates it). Can’t even sneak it in

  14. Tina says:

    Very ease to make ,delicious ! I plan on making this all trough the summer thank you

  15. Laura rietmann says:

    I took a chance and made these for the first time at a family reunion. They were amazing and everyone loved them. One of my new favorite recipes. And the best part was how EASY they were to make! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  16. Julia LeGrand says:

    Hi Kelley,
    I’ve made these for friends a few times and everyone loves them. Wondering what it would look like to make these for a babies ‘n beer co-ed shower I’m hosting next week. What should I beware of if I were to triple or quadruple the recipe? Would these translate better in a party setting to a slider? I think about thirty people are coming.


    • Kelley says:

      I think you’d be ok tripling the recipe. Though if you can get hold of a second slow cooker, it might be best to do 1 1/2 in each. Three times the recipe might be too much in one slow cooker! Let me know how they turn out!

      • Julia LeGrand says:

        Hi Kelley,

        They worked out well. I did four pounds of chicken in two slow cookers and it was tender and yummy. I used Marie Sharp’s hot sauce (which I LOVE but is much hotter than Frank’s) so a few people got a bit sweaty from the heat. The buns were easy and cheap to purchase at Costco for the crowd and I just plugged in the slow cookers on the buffet so it was an easy way to serve “hot wings” for a party. Thanks!


  17. Morgan says:

    How many does this serve?

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