With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, you need this smokey slow cooker chicken taco recipe in your arsenal. I know, the weather is getting warmer. Summer is right around the corner, and you all are ready to bust out your grills. But trust me, these spicy, smokey tacos are so amazing, you should really give your slow cooker one last hurrah before you forget about her for the summer.
So here’s the thing. I love spicy food. I mean, I really love it – the hotter, the better. I also love smokey flavors. Smoked meats, smokey eggs, even smokey wines (is that a thing?). This smokey slow cooker chicken taco recipe perfectly melds earthiness and a little heat to create what is sure to become your next dinner obsession. Spicy, smokey shredded chicken deliciousness blanketed within a soft corn tortilla. I can literally feel the tender chicken melting in my mouth as I write this post. Need I say more?
The key ingredient in these chicken tacos is chipotle peppers. Did you know that chipotle peppers (the kind you purchase in a can) are actually dried jalapeno peppers? Pretty neat. The combination of the spicy chipotle peppers and the wonderfully smokey, sweet adobo sauce turns plain old chicken tacos into something spectacular. If you have never used chipotle peppers before, take note that they can pack quite a punch. Start by using a few peppers, especially if you have little ones in your family. You can always add more heat later. I usually prepare a milder version of this recipe, portion out what my kids will eat, then go back and jazz it up with extra chipotle peppers and some of that scrumptious adobo sauce. We serve these on homemade corn tortillas and garnish them with a cilantro-lime slaw, diced avocado and cilantro.
This recipe makes enough shredded chicken to serve 6 adults. I always freeze any leftovers to use on a busy weeknight – in quesadillas, on top of grain bowls, or in tacos again! To freeze, simply allow chicken to come to room temperature and put into a freezer safe container. Chicken will last approximately 3 months in the freezer.