Crockpot Chicken Tacos

Monday evenings are one of my favorite times in the week. Although we are back to the wind and grind of work, both Nate and I are usually able to finish work around 4:30PM and the rest of the evening can be spent doing whatever we want – as long as we are spending time together. We’ve tried to make a fun date night of it, but some evenings after cooking for an hour or two neither of us are really in the mood to leave the house. We just want to be lazy instead. So this week I decided that we would have a lazy man’s dinner and that way we would be able to go out and enjoy the evening together.

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

So, before work I decided to quickly throw some chicken in to the crock pot with some simple seasonings, and when I got home the chicken just needed to be shredded and was ready to go.

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

On this particular night we decided to go to Nicklecade. Unless you live in the Provo or Orem, Utah area you are probably not familiar with this fantastic place. But it has become one of our favorite activities. Its an arcade (and granted parts of it are a little ghetto and make us sad – but we love it anyway) and instead of needing  1 or 2 or 3 quarters to play the games, you use nickles. So that makes the evening a little cheaper, and with a not to steep entrance fee of 2.25, its a great place to go for a fun and cheap evening. We usually start the night off with some shooting or racing games and end the night with the ticket winning games. Its our way of gambling, but not actually losing hundreds of dollars.  This time we were able to get 400 tickets and with our tickets we bought an awesome potato gun. (You just shove it into the potato to get a little piece stuck inside and shoot away). (For a hilarious video of our cat’s reaction to the gun look here. But if you are easily taken back by offenses of animal rights then don’t look – or at least don’t judge us, the cat was fine.)

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

My point is, even if you don’t have a Nicklecade in your area you should look for an arcade in your area (or even a Chuckie Cheese) and go on a date with your spouse (or significant other – or friend!) and

let it renew the child with in you.

And to make your night even simpler, enjoy it with this delicious crock-pot chicken which can be enjoyed as tacos, enchiladas, nachos, burritos, or whatever you like.

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

Crockpot Chicken Tacos


  • 1 TBS chopped garlic
  • 1 TBS cumin
  • 1 TBS chili powder
  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • water (enough to cover the chicken)
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • tortillas
  • taco toppings (example, rice, black beans, corn, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, salsa, cilantro, etc)


  1. Put garlic, cumin, chili powder, chicken and water in the crock pot.
  2. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-7.
  3. Shred the chicken (a new trick I learned is to put your cooked chicken into your kitchen aid mixer with the flat beater and mix on low speed for about 10 seconds – you will have perfectly shredded chicken. If you don’t have a kitchen aid you can shred your chicken using 2 forks).
  4. Mix salsa in with the chicken, and return to crock pot until ready to serve.
  5. Top tortilla with chicken, and your favorite toppings.
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Enjoy this easy recipe that will become a new family favorite!

Crockpot Chicken Tacos



  1. Oh my YUM!!!! That looks SO SO SO good! :)

  2. yum, love tacos and my crockpot! if you ever come down to las vegas, we have a pinball hall of fame where you can play! wish we had a nickelcade!

  3. We make this same chicken recipe, however instead of adding water to the salsa, we add a brick of cream cheese. We call it Pink Chicken and it is one of my kids’ favorite meals. Not as healthy for sure but delicious!

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