Today’s recipe is an all purpose one and super versatile. Chicken breasts are cooked in the slow cooker with chili verde sauce, chicken stock and pantry spices. It’s so easy, it’s silly. It’s Taco Tuesday and Shredded Green Chili Chicken Tacos are on the menu!

Taco Tuesday |

It might be Taco Tuesday but I’m thinking about renaming it to Tired Tuesday. What do you think? I could easily write an entire series about being tired and not having enough time. I wrote on my Facebook page yesterday that I was having a pity party for one. It seems like my to do list never ends. I cross things off only to add 2-3 more things. Just when I think I have the balance thing down, I go and sabotage myself by committing to something else. When will I ever learn? Will I ever learn? For the love of all things, please say I’ll learn.

Slow Cooker Green Chili Chicken |

Is there such thing as balance when you have little ones? Just when I feel like I’m in the groove, BAM, it’s gone. I slowly make my way back to a place I feel good about and BAM. Out of whack again. But perhaps that’s what being a mama is all about. Maybe I’m over thinking this whole balance thing. As I lay in bed last night, I started to wonder that maybe it’s ok I’m always on the go. Sure, I’d love a day to stay in my pj’s all day and catch up on Scandal and Parenthood but I’m not so sure my personality supports that. I might be busy all the time but I’m pretty good about not only committing to the things that have to be done but also the things I really love to do. In the midst of my often hectic life, it’s pretty rare that I’m not having fun. No matter what, I take time for myself. Whether it’s tennis, snowboarding, or reading a book I’m not afraid to ditch in to do’s in lieu of something that makes me happy.

Slow Cooker Green Chili Chicken Tacos |

It’s crazy how powerful perspective can be. I felt like I was on the verge of a meltdown yesterday and today I’m feeling ok. I’ve owned the chaos if you will and feeling good about the place I am. I have a million and one things to do today: return emails, unpack (from two trips), edit photos, buy dog food, and unload the dishwasher. But I also need to snuggle with my babes, go for a hike in the fresh snow and I’m 3/4 done with a great book that’s taunting me every time I walk by. So today, I will do it all. I will cram my day with a balance of things that I need to do and the things I want to do. Because that’s how I do it.

Slow Cooker Green Chili Chicken Rice Bowls |

On those hectic days, take some help from the slow cooker. This is truly a dump and go kind of recipe. Full of flavor, it’s a take on my all purpose slow cooker shredded chicken. Made with chili verde sauce this is great in a taco, thrown over rice for a burrito bowl or warmed and topped on greens for a salad. Happy Tuesday, everyone!!

Slow Cooker Green Chili Chicken for Tacos

This shredded chicken from the slow cooker is super versatile and freezes really well too!


  • 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 16 oz of your favorite chili verde sauce
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Put all the ingredients in the base of a slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 4-5 hours.
  3. Take chicken and out and place in a large bowl. Using two forks, pull chicken apart until it's shredded. Put chicken back in slow cooker and cook on low for another 45 minutes or so until ready to serve.
  4. This is great in tacos, over rice and topped on a salad.
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19 Responses to Slow Cooker Green Chili Chicken for Tacos

  1. Gina Saunders says:

    This looks so delicious. I can’t wait to make it. Easy, too! Do you have a chili verde sauce that you can recommend?

  2. Mmm tacos. And for some reason, the purple cabbage looks particularly good even though it’s barely visible. Haha think I’m craving fresh veggies. And chicken 😉

  3. If you discover how to balance life will you please, please let me know?!? I am feeling just like you, tired!
    This chicken is perfect! Wishing it was cooking in the crockpot now!

  4. I feel like this weather has catapulted me into major tired-fest! But I’m hoping these green chili chicken tacos will perk me up!

  5. Aggie says:

    I love your taco Tuesday posts and want to eat each and every recipe 🙂
    This looks so delicious!

  6. Love these tacos! Enjoy having crock-pot recipes like this one!

  7. Angela says:

    This looks great! i’m always looking for new slow cooker recipes. thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. ooooh, pulling out my crock pot for the season now. This seems like a perfect debut recipe. Also – balancing life? It hasn’t happened for me yet. Some days I’m juggling so much I surprised i even remember to go to the bathroom.

  9. kelly says:

    I make this too, but I thrown in a can or two of rinsed and drained hominy, which soak up all that delicious chili verde flavor. We eat it as chili or taco fillings with dollops of light sour cream or plain Greek yogurt.

  10. I made this yesterday and it got rave reviews from my family. I stirred cooked black beans, corn kernels and diced red bell pepper into the mixture about 20 minutes before serving. We served this up as burritos (used a slotted spoon so that we didn’t get too much liquid). A little cheese, a little cilantro…we were good to go! Thanks for this, Kelley!

  11. Debbie says:

    I am trying to find a way to use a giant jar of just green chiles, a crockpot and chicken. Every recipe I see says to use Salsa Verde.

    • Sharon says:

      I used cans of whole chilis. When I shredded the chicken I used my hand blender to chop of the chilis then added back the chicken.

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