Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Recipe

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos Personally, tacos are my favorite food. Well, my second favorite food. Spaghetti with meat sauce is my favorite food, but tacos are way easier to make…at least the Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Taco recipe is…I mean it’s right there in the name!

Anyway, I came up with this idea after eating some really tasty chicken tacos at a holiday party last year. The best part is that they were in a slow cooker!

So, I researched a few recipes and put together my own version of chicken tacos. One of the things I love about slow cookers is that they don’t heat up the house, so feel free to make this any time during the year. The only thing it requires is time.

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Tips:

  • Use frozen chicken.
  • Re-season the chicken once it’s done. It will probably be a bit bland. That’s why I suggest two (or one and a half) packets of taco seasoning.
  • Have both crunchy and soft tortillas for this dish. It’s great either way!
  • Use slow cooker bags to help with clean up.

On to the recipe!

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Recipe
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 8 servings
Tasty chicken tacos you make in the slow cooker
  • 4 Frozen Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Packets of your favorite taco seasoning
  • 1 14 oz can of Chicken Broth
  1. Place frozen chicken breasts in slow cooker.
  2. Pour one packet of taco seasoning on top of chicken.
  3. Pour can of chicken broth on top of chicken & taco seasoning.
  4. Cover slow cooker.
  5. Place on low for at least 6 hours. Depending on your machine, it could take as few as 5 hours or up to 8 hours.
  6. After 5 hours, check to see if chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165° Fahrenheit (75° Celsius).
  7. Once chicken has reached the safe temperature, place chicken breasts in serving dish and shred with a fork (or two).
  8. Open up the second packet of taco seasoning and season to taste. Stir it up with the meat well. It might not take much.
  9. Pour/ladle a little of the juices from the slow cooker into the serving dish and stir for moist chicken.
  10. Serve with tortillas and your favorite taco accompaniments. For side dishes, I suggest you keep it simple and serve tortilla chips.
Feel free to play with this recipe. You can add in garlic, cumin, or chili powder at the end instead of a second packet of taco seasoning.


Hidden Valley Ranch: Partying on the Ranch

HiddenValleyRanch-WTF-AmyI’m always looking new recipes to include in my repertoire. My husband is a super picky eater. He doesn’t like mashed potatoes or rice. How can you not like rice? Anyway, you can see how challenging it is to find something we both like, much less is healthy.

So, when got the opportunity from Crowdtap to host a Hidden Valley Ranch party, I was so happy. He loves Ranch Dressing!

The party came with a few recipes. We tried out the grilled chicken, but I modified it a bit. We don’t have a grill and all I had in the house was some frozen pre-cooked chicken breasts. So, I grabbed an oven safe dish, doused the chicken in the olive oil, lime juice, and Ranch Dressing and put it in the oven.

He loved it! It smelled wonderful while cooking too. I served the chicken with some refrigerator biscuits. I think next time I will cut down on the olive oil. The recipe is meant to just marinate the chicken, not cook it in the mixture.

My friends loved it too. We ate chicken and biscuits, drank wine and laughed about silly things that happen in the kitchen…like my plumbing fiasco a few weeks ago. It’s gross. Don’t ask. One of my friends said she had never used a packet of Ranch Dressing before. She only had dressing from a bottle. I remember a time before the dressing came pre-made. You could buy a special carafe to make it in with a Hidden Valley logo on it. When it finally was sold already made in the stores, it changed food as we know it. Ranch dressing was no longer relegated to special events. It could be had every day.


So, I asked my friends what other recipes or foods would be good with a Ranch Dressing boost. See the notes above. What do you think would be good with a packet of Ranch Dressing in the recipe?

Travel Tips: Finding a good hotel

Travel Tips: Finding a good hotel via @WineTrvFoodHow do you find a good hotel? Sure, you can look at various review sites, but maybe there are somethings you don’t think about when finding a good hotel in a strange city. Here are a few strategies I use to find a good hotel:

Finding a good hotel tip #1: Proximity to Starbucks.

Hotel coffee usually sucks. When traveling, the local chains might not be what you like, but Starbucks are the same pretty much everywhere you go.  Even if you aren’t a coffee drinker, you can use this tip.  Seriously, have you ever seen a Starbucks in a bad neighborhood? It’s rare.  If you can find a hotel near a Starbucks, you’re probably in a good part of town. Continue reading

Recipe Roundup: Summertime Lunches

Recipe Roundup: Summertime lunches via @WineTrvlFoodWhat should I have for lunch? This question plagues us all year long, but summertime lunches should be light and easy to make. I tend to crave salads or sandwiches, so I tracked down some yummy recipes to share.

Summertime lunch recipe #1 German potato salad.

Ok, yes, I know German potato salad is warm, but this one has bacon in it and it looks so delightful that I had to share it.

Summertime lunch recipe #2 Caribbean Salad with Sweet Orange Vinaigrette

Finding a salad without tomatoes is a challenge. I love them, but can’t eat them. This is a yummy recipe without tomatoes, but chock full of other good veggies. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a good homemade dressing?

Summertime lunch recipe #3 Rotisserie Chicken Wraps

You know those chickens pre-roasted and for sale near the deli in most large grocery stores? This recipe uses that stuff in five different ways.

Summertime lunch recipe #4 Chinese Cabbage Salad

The dressing alone on this salad makes it worth trying. I’m a big fan of dressing. Hooray for peanut butter!

Summertime lunch recipe #6 No Mayo Avocado Chicken Salad

Finally, we have a recipe I featured on the blog not too long ago, but I love it so much that I have to share it again. If you love avocado, this is the sandwich for you. Many of the spices and nuts can be switched out for whatever you have in your cabinet or whatever you like.

Do you have a recipe you’d like me to share? Post a link in the comments and I’ll check it out.

Wine Review: Robert Hall Viognier 2009

Robert Hall Viognier: Wine ReviewWhile shopping for wine on my birthday at Sunfish Cellars here in Saint Paul, one of the guys in the shop recommended I try the Robert Hall Viognier.

For those not familiar, Robert Hall is a winery in Paso Robles, California. Now, I consider this to be part of southern California, technically, it’s central California. Pretty much everything south of Santa Cruz is SoCal to me. Let’s put it this way, what baseball games are on the radio when you are in Paso Robles? It’s not the Giants or the A’s.

But, I digress. Paso Robles has been gaining fame as a wine region over the past decade and a half. No, this is not the Sideways area. It’s close, but have I mentioned I don’t like that movie? It’s kind of a downer…regardless, this area is a bit north of that movie setting.

The nice thing about the Paso Robles wine region is that most of the 200 wineries are small, boutique ones. I prefer small wineries because they feel less intimidating and more personable. I’m in no way a connoisseur and I like to learn about wines. Small wineries just seem more conducive to a good time.

Interesting fact about Robert Hall, he’s from Minnesota. Maybe that’s why I found his wine here?

Robert Hall Viognier: The wine

So, what was this wine like? It’s fruity, a hint of citrus, and a little bit sweet. Tasted like it would go well with cheese. It tasted like summer. It had more heft or depth of flavor than a sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio. It wasn’t oaky or buttery like a chardonnay. It was somewhere in between those wines.

According to my research, a Viognier is close to a Gewürztraminer. It comes from the Rhone region and was almost extinct, but some folks in California have been helping to make it more popular.

Over the course of the few days that I drank it, I liked it more and more. I kept hearing myself say, “This is good wine!” I will definitely be getting more wine from this winery in the future.

Is your car road trip ready?

Road trip checklistSummertime means road trips for millions of Americans. Before heading out on that 8 hour drive, you should check your vehicle to ensure it will make the trip. Here is a quick road trip checklist of what to do or look for on your car before a lengthy trip:

Road trip checklist #1 Check the tires for wear.

Do they look worn out? After you’ve been driving for two decades, you’ve seen your fair share of bald tires. Still not sure if they are up to speed? Do the penny test. Take the coin and put it in one of the gaps between the treads with Lincoln’s head down. If you can see the top of his head, you need new tires. Continue reading

Recipe: No Mayo Chicken Salad Sandwich

No mayo chicken salad sandwich uses avocado insteadAbout 12 years ago, my sister concocted a recipe for chicken salad without mayonnaise. That’s right. For those of us who dislike mayo, there is a better alternative. Maybe this is paleo, maybe this is gluten-free, but Brenda threw together this recipe from things in her pantry before those buzzwords were all over social media and before social media.

What’s the mayonnaise replacement? Avocado. Holy crap this is one great sandwich.

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