Hunk of Meat Monday: Crock Pot Chicken Taco Bowls

Once again I have a recipe that can feed a crowd, is effortless, and gluten free for my friends who need it. Love these chicken taco bowls that are easy to make thanks to the crock pot.

Chicken Taco Bowls
The great thing about this recipe is how versatile it can be to make and use.

crock pot ingredients for chicken bowls
The basics to the recipe is a pound to a pound and a half of meat, which I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs but can easily have breasts, beef or pork roast substituted, Rotel, canned tomatoes, green chiles, black beans, corn and taco seasoning. If you don’t like corn or chiles, they can easily be left out. I also doubled this recipe, so I started with three pounds of chicken thighs.

chicken things in crock pot with garlic clovesI smashed and peeled five garlic cloves after I placed the chicken thighs in the bottom of the crock pot. Then I began pouring in the rest of ingredients.

tomoatoes over chicken in the crock potSince I used three pounds of chicken, I poured one can of Rotel and two 14.5 ounce cans of diced tomatoes over the chicken.

black beans and chilesThen I poured over one 4 ounce can of green chiles and one can of black beans. Since I was making this for a crowd, I didn’t double the beans or chiles in case someone didn’t like beans or chiles it would be easier for them to pick them out.

corn and taco seasoningI poured a 16 ounce bag of frozen corn over top followed by a 1/2 cup of taco seasoning. I but my seasoning in bulk. I think this would be 2-3 envelopes of taco seasoning.

ingredients stirred upThen stir the ingredients up leaving the chicken settled on the bottom of the crock pot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

cooked taco bowl ingredientsAt this point you want to break up the meat. Use a large spoon or fork to stir up the ingredients and shred the chicken apart.

shredded chicken toppings for taco bowlsAt this point you can eat or let it set on low till you are ready to eat. If it starts to get a little dry, just add chicken broth or water so it doesn’t dry out. This will give you time to cook the rice and prep the toppings. Use the same toppings you would for your tacos.

taco bowl toppings
Here are some of my toppings. I also had lettuce, cheese and avocados I cut right before eating so they would wouldn’t brown.

To make the bowls, just layer rice followed by the chicken and then your toppings.

Chicken Taco Bowls
On a low carb diet? No problem!

Chicken Taco SaladJust use lettuce as your base and make a chicken taco salad.

Leftovers? Turn it into enchiladas. Or freeze the chicken to pull out later on. Add more chicken broth to the chicken mixture and make it into a chicken tortilla soup.

Hunk of Meat Monday: Crock Pot Chicken Taco Bowls

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Serves: 4

A recipe that can feed a crowd, is effortless, and gluten free for friends who need it. If you love Chipotle, you will love this recipe.
  • 1.5lb chicken breasts and/or thigns (turkey breast, beef or pork roasts can be substituted)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic (smashed and peeled)
  • 1 can Rotel (10 ounce can of diced tomatoes with green chiles)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounce can)
  • 1 can green chiles (4 ounce can)
  • 1 can black beans (15 ounce can)
  • 1 cup frozen corn (8 ounces)
  • ¼ cup taco seasoning (1 envelope)
  • rice for four servings
  • taco toppings (cheese, veggies, sour cream, etc)
  1. Place chicken on the bottom of the crock pot and put garlic cloves on top of chicken.
  2. Pour remaining ingredients over top and stir together leaving chicken settled on the bottom. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  3. Stir ingredients and shred chicken. Eat immediately or continue to cook on low adding water if liquids begin to evaporate.
  4. Cook rice according to package directions and build bowls by layering rice, then chicken mixture and top with vegetables, cheese, sour cream or other ingredients you would typically put on tacos.

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  1. says

    This is a very nice chicken dish. Would you be happy to link it in to my Chicken Edition of Food on Friday? This is the link . I found you via Melt in Your Mouth Monday.


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