Crockpot Chicken with Enchilada Sauce

If you’re looking for an easy way to make slow cooker chicken enchilada filling or taco seasoned chicken for any Mexican dish- this is the easiest moth by far! By making crockpot chicken with enchilada sauce you can get tender and flavorful chicken with no effort. Who doesn’t want an easy dinner?

Shredded enchilada chicken in a crockpot with a fork holding up a scoop for a closer view
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Why I Love Crockpot Chicken For Enchiladas

This super easy slow cooked chicken is so fast to prepare that you can have it cooking in under 5 minutes. After it finishes cooking, you can shred it together in under 30 seconds with the help of an electric mixer!

This means that you get all of that extra time in your day to do what you want. It also means you can make a big batch and keep shredded Mexican chicken on hand for various meals throughout the week like nachos, casseroles, and soups!

enchilada sauce, taco seasoning, and chicken ready to be cooked and used

Slow Cooker Enchilada Chicken Ingredients

  • Enchilada Sauce
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Chicken Breasts

What You’ll Need to Make This Slow Cooker Enchilada Recipe

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3 raw chicken breasts in a slow cooker liner

Tips for Making Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Filling

Making this chicken can’t possibly get any easier so there aren’t many tips to share. But my favorite tip of all is to use a handheld mixer to shred up the chicken. Just two beaters on a mixer can have all your chicken shredded in under 30 seconds flat!

Most people already have a handheld mixer in their house already, so this is a nifty trick that saves time and dishes because otherwise, you’d have to remove the breasts and shred them with two forks on a cutting board.

Don’t worry about the extra liquid in the crockpot when it finishes cooking, it gets absorbed up by the shredded chicken and disappears rather quickly.

taco seasoning sprinkled over the top of the chicken breasts in a slow cooker liner

Can You Freeze Slow Cook Chicken for Enchiladas?

Absolutely! After your chicken has completely cooled, place it in an airtight container or freezer safe bag and keep it stored until you’re ready to use. Then simply let it thaw and reheat to use as desired.

Can You Substitute Fajita Seasoning for Taco Seasoning?

Yes you can! While the flavors of the two seasonings are both similar and different, you can use either one for this shredded chicken recipe. Just keep the flavors in mind when you go to use your chicken and look for ways to use it that will taste great (this shouldn’t be a problem). 😉

chicken in crockpot covered in enchilada sauce

How to Make Crockpot Chicken with Enchilada Sauce

  • Place your chicken breasts in a crockpot.
  • Top with taco seasoning.
  • Pour a can of enchilada sauce over the top of your chicken.
  • Cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 5-6.
  • Shred while it’s in the slow cooker, or remove and then shred before adding it back.
  • Use slow cooker shredded chicken for enchiladas, tacos, nachos, or whatever else you have in mind.
electric mixer beaters shredded chicken in a crockpot

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Slow Cooker Enchilada Chicken

Delicious, tender, and flavorful shredded chicken for your Mexican dishes. You're going to love this simple recipe.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy chicken recipe, Mexican recipes, shredded chicke, slow cooker recipe
Servings: 5
Calories: 145kcal
Author: Beeyond Cereal


  • 3 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 3 large chicken breasts
  • 1 14oz can of enchilada sauce


  • Place chicken breasts in slow cooker.
  • Top with taco seasoning, evenly sprinkling it over the breasts.
  • Pour the enchilada sauce over the top.
  • Cook on low or 7-8 hours or on high for 5-6 hours.
  • Shred chicken and serve/use as desired.
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Serving: 5g | Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.9g | Protein: 23.8g | Fat: 2.7g | Saturated Fat: 0.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.7g | Cholesterol: 74.5mg | Sodium: 590.3mg | Potassium: 340.7mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 3.5g | Vitamin A: 9.2IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 5.1mg | Iron: 0.8mg

How to Use Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Meat

Your flavorful shredded chicken would be great in just about any fiesta inspired dish. With a nice lime dressing you can have a southern style salad, or you top a baked sweet potato and add in other toppings to make a taco potato bake. Using 1 cup of meat in a taco soup could also be a great way to stretch the meat into several meals.

Can I Use Homemade Enchilada Sauce?

Of course! Use your favorite enchilada sauce and you know that you’ll love this chicken that much more! I recommend using about 1 cup or 1.5 cups of the homemade sauce because that should be about the same amount as what you’d get in a can.

3 ingredient slow cooker enchilada chicken. Making shredded chicken in your crockpot doesn't get any easier. Get a delcious batch of tender and juicy chicken for your tacos, nachos, soups and casseroles with hardly any effort! #beeyondcereal

You’re going to love how easy this slow cooker chicken with enchilada sauce is. With so much free time on your hands, you can do the things you want and feel happy knowing that dinner is taken care of.

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