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Easy Crock Pot Salsa Chicken Thighs

This crock pot salsa chicken recipe could not be easier to make.   Super tasty with the addition of one of my new favorite salsas,  but the dish tastes like you spent hours making it.

Which you did, except that you can do other things while it is simmering in the crock pot! Go, crock pot recipes!!

This recipe is so versatile.  It is all done in the crock pot with just a few ingredients and then assembled later in the day into tacos, burritos, or even a salad.

The sky is the limit on what you can use for toppings for the tacos, burritos, or other wrapped dishes. Avocados, tomatoes, greens, cheese, and sour cream all work well.

Soft taco wrap filled with salsa chicken and chicken salsa on a plate.

Simple to Make Crock Pot Salsa Chicken.

I don’t think I have ever made a recipe that is so ridiculously simple to do. 

Just place the chicken first, layer with the salsa, season with the spices, and cook on low for 4 hours, then shred and assemble later.

Crock pot salsa chicken thighs

Once the chicken has cooked it is really tender and easy to shred with a couple of forks.

Shredded salsa chicken

The mix is so versatile.  You can put it on tortillas or burrito wrappers and add some salad and sour cream.

crock pot salsa chicken tortillas

It makes the best-tasting tacos ever!

Crock pop salsa chicken tacos.And if you plan to use the mixture on a salad you can can add fresh oranges for a bright flavor. They complement the spice of the salsa nicely.

Crock pot chicken salsa salad

I chose the Serrano salsa because I like a spicy salsa that is not too hot. This one from Salsa crazy is perfect. My husband loves it and he likes hot salsa, and I adore it and I like salsa more on the mild side.

I don’t know how they managed to combine their spices to make it fit us both, but they sure did.

 Now, off to do something else while I wait for this to cook as it fills my home with a delicious aroma!

Yield: 6

Easy Crock Pot Salsa Chicken Thighs

Shredded salsa chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes


  • 1-1/2 lbs lean boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup Serrano salsa
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup of frozen corn


  • 12 large taco shells
  • shredded lettuce
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • diced avocados
  • sour cream
  • sliced tomatoes
  • any veggies you like!


  • Season the chicken with the kosher salt, then place in the crock pot, add the corn, and top them with the salsa, garlic powder and 1/2 tsp of the cumin.
  • Cover and cook LOW for 4 hours. Remove the chicken and set it on a large plate; and use two forks to shred it.
  • Pour the liquid into a bowl and set it aside for later.
  • Place the shredded chicken back into the crock pot, adjust the salt and pepper to taste and add the remaining 1/4 tsp cumin.
  • Pour 3/4 cup of the reserved liquid back into the crock pot and keep on low until ready to serve.
  • Makes about 2 3/4 cups chicken.
  • Can be used in hard taco shells, or made as burritos, or soft tacos.
  • For an exciting twist, use the mixture on the top of salad greens for a spicy and hearty salad.
  • Notes

    Recipe adapted from one that I found on Skinny Taste.

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