Simple Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Happy Monday everyone!  You better believe it was a celebratory night at my house yesterday after the Broncos beat the Patriots to secure a spot in the Super Bowl.  I literally don’t know if I have ever seen my husband so excited! Tim and Tebow Celebrating Broncos AFC Championship Win Today I will be on Living Dayton at noon sharing both a meal planning segment, as well as an easy go-to dinner for weeknights.  If you are new around here, I share my weekly meal plans every Sunday here on the blog, while also hosting a link-up so we can all easily check out other bloggers’ meal plans as well!  For example, if you missed yesterday’s meal planning post, make sure you stop by and check it out.

WeeklyMealPlanLinkUp.pngAlso, I have wrote about how I find meal planning inspiration here, and I also wrote how I grocery shop on a budget here in case you are interested in past posts that I refer to in today’s segment.


Grocery Shopping on a BudgetWhen I was asked to cook a recipe that would be perfect in a meal plan, using a slow cooker immediately came to mind.  I literally use mine at least a couple times a week and I love using simple recipes that don’t take a lot of prep work before the ingredients go into my slow cooker.  This recipe I am sharing today is simple and packed with plenty of protein and fiber, and even a hint of a spicy kick too!  (By the way, this is the first recipe I am sharing that I used my Canon Rebel to take the pictures.  I am very happy with how they turned out for my first time and I am so excited to keep practicing with it!)

Simple Slow Cooker Chipotle Tacos

Simple Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tacos


  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 lb. chicken breast
  • 4 oz. chopped green chilies
  • 1 can black bean, drained (or 1 ½ cups dried and prepared beans)
  • 1 can pinto bean, drained (or 1 ½ cups dried and prepared beans)
  • 1 can sweet corn, drained (or 1 ½ cups fresh corn)
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. Chipotle Powder

Directions Place all ingredients into the slow cooker beginning with salsa, then followed by the rest of the ingredients in the order listed above.

Simple Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tacos Collage

Cook on low 8 hours, or high 4 hours.  Shred the chicken and stir until all ingredients are combined.  Serve with desired toppings like sour cream and cheese, along with tortilla chips, in a tortilla wrap, or on a bed of lettuce.

Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Conversation Time.

  • I have been looking for some more cook books to draw meal planning inspiration from.  What are some of your favorites?  Any you suggest I invest in?
  • Are you a fan of spicy foods?  If so, what are some of your favorites?
  • What are your favorite recipes to make in the slow cooker?


  1. Paula says:

    This looks really great. Those pictures are really crisp and clear. Nice!!!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thanks so much! I am obsessed with my camera! I wonder how many girls are blessed enough to have such a great brother? 🙂

  2. We love making these!! The recipe we use also calls for cream cheese, so that thickens it up some! Good luck on your tv segment! I wish I lived closer so I could see it live 🙂
    Sarah @ Sweet Miles recently posted…Gimme S’more of ThatMy Profile

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Oh yum! I love the idea of using cream cheese! I think that would make the recipe more ‘dip’ like and would be great football food! You are so sweet friend! 🙂 I will share the link!

  3. I’ve been wanting to bring out the slow cooker and make more recipes! This has inspired me to get on it! Looks amazing!
    Charissa recently posted…One ChangeMy Profile

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thanks so much Charissa! I am obsessed with my slow cooker and use it at least a couple times a week. It is my favorite busy-girl assistant! 🙂

  4. Mmmm this looks simple and delicious – right up my alley! Not to mention, I LOVE Mexican food!

    I rarely even use cookbooks anymore to be honest. There’s a couple I’ll occasionally look at if I need some inspiration or there’s a specific recipe I’m looking for, but I typically end up going to Pinterest and always find a ton of great recipes.
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ahh me too! The only thing that picture needs is a little avocado or guac and we are good to go! 🙂

      That is what I have found recently too. I love cookbooks and think they are gorgeous and fun to look at, but I tend to consistently go back to Pinterest for recipes because it is organized and quick for finding a meal I want. However, cookbooks that are simple and full of colorful pictures always draw me in and make me want to cook the dish more! If there are no pictures, then I probably won’t make it!

  5. Such a cute pic of your man and your pup 🙂 Those tacos look amazing too!

    I recently got a cookbook from my friend called Cooking with Coconut Oil and it has some really yummy and interesting recipes! Here’s a link if you’re interested: http://www.rakuten.com/prod/cooking-with-coconut-oil/251280643.html?listingId=326918436&s_kwcid= xoxo
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ha ha thank you friend! I think they are just the cutest! 🙂

      Thank you so much for sharing that link! I am just really getting into cooking with coconut oil and I love finding new ideas. I may need to invest in this book, or see if my library carries it!

  6. I make something like this, one of my favorite simple crock pot meals. I find that crock pot meals like this are really good for budgeting too!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      I totally agree with you! I think that is why I love crockpot cooking even more now that sticking to a grocery budget is part of my household goals for 2014. I love meals like this because it produces a huge pot of food for not a lot of money since we are substituting items like corn and beans for a ton of meat. Volume that is cheap! 🙂

  7. Mmm these look delicious! Good luck today! I love using my crock pot so this is perfect!
    Heather @fitncookies recently posted…A Calm Weekend: MIMMMy Profile

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thanks so much Heather! 🙂 I love using my crock pot too and am always looking for new fun ways to mix-it-up a bit!

  8. Lindsey B says:

    Definitely making this recipe this week Jana! 🙂 xoxo!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Love you friend! Let me know how it goes if you decide to make them! 🙂

  9. So fun that your TV segments seem to becoming slightly more of a regular thing! What a neat opportunity. I’m definitely going to have to try out those chicken tacos. My husband is a sucker for ANYTHING chipotle related. And in the slow cooker? Doesn’t get any better! Thanks girl!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thanks Sarah! I appreciate that, it really does feel like such a blessing to have that sort of fun opportunity!

      I always seem to like recipes that much more when they are in the slow cooker because I am always looking for new meals to make in mine!

  10. Definitely want to try this! Where can you find Chipotle powder at? I don’t think I’ve ever seen it before.
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      I actually just found mine at a local Kroger’s in the spice aisle! 🙂 It’s called ground chipotle chili powder!

  11. Megan says:

    I made these tonight for dinner and Sam and I loved it!! We ate it as taco salads and will definitely make again!!! Thanks for the great recipe I LOVE crock pot recipes!!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ahh Megan! Your comment seriously made my night, I am so glad this recipe worked out well for you! I agree, crock pot recipes really are the best and I will try and come up with some more good ones to share since I utilize my crockpot a lot too! 🙂


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