Shredded Chicken Taco Salad


Shredded Chicken Taco Salad with Chipotle Ranch Crema recipe from Tastes Better From Scratch, for I Heart Naptime.

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Hey readers, my name is Lauren and I blog over at Tastes Better From Scratch, where I share simple, homemade recipes your whole family will love. Just like the name of my blog, I truly believe that everything really does taste better from scratch. And not only does it taste better, it’s usually less expensive and better for you too!

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Taco salads are a go-to at our house because they’re so adaptable, depending on what you have on hand. I especially love this Shredded Chicken Taco Salad because it’s super easy to throw together and your slow cooker does all the work in cooking the chicken! You can find the recipe for easy Slow Cooker Chicken here. I honestly just top my salad with whatever fresh veggies I have in the fridge. If I don’t have black beans I’ll use pinto beans or red beans. And the chipotle ranch crema is amazing on top—but if you’re short on time you could add some salsa and regular ranch or sour cream.

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Sometimes I’ll make my taco salad into more of a burrito bowl with a tortilla on the bottom, the shredded chicken, some cilantro-lime rice, and then the lettuce and vegetables.  However, you choose to adapt your shredded chicken taco salad, it will be delicious! It’s perfect for picky kids, and I’m telling you the whole family will love it!

Shredded Chicken Tacos Salad with Chipotle Ranch Crema

Yield: Serves 6


2 lbs slow cooker shredded chicken

2-3 romaine hearts, chopped (about 9 cups of chopped lettuce)

1 cucumber, peeled and sliced

1 large red or yellow bell pepper, diced

3 green onions, chopped

2-3 roma tomatoes, chopped

1 avocado peeled, seeded and chopped

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 can corn, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup chopped cilantro, for topping

tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips, for topping

Chipotle Ranch Crema:

1 1/2 Tbsp Hidden Valley Ranch Mix

3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 chipotle chili powder

1/4 tsp sugar

1 Tbsp lime juice

Salt and pepper to taste


Make the chipotle ranch cream by combining all ingredients and mixing until smooth. This can be made a few days in advance.

For the tacos salads, place a big handful of lettuce in the bottom of each serving bowl. Top with a spoonful of black beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, green onions, and bell pepper. Add a big spoonful of shredded taco chicken. Top with some chopped cilantro and tortilla strips. Drizzle with chipotle ranch crema. Top with tortilla strips of crushed tortilla chips.


I hope you’ll stop by Tastes Better From Scratch, or follow me on Pinterest, Facebook or Instagram, for some more yummy recipes like:

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Teriyaki Bowls

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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad on iheartnaptime.netApplebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad

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Huge THANKS to Taste Better From Scratch for sharing this yummy recipe during our Hello Summer Event! Click HERE to see more ideas from the event.

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  1. Michelle posted on July 7, 2015 at 12:27 pm (#

    I have been craving a good taco salad recipe! I can’t wait to give this one a try!


  2. Paige posted on July 7, 2015 at 1:20 pm (#

    This salad looks delicious! Perfect for a summer weeknight meal!



  3. Rachel posted on July 15, 2015 at 5:05 pm (#

    The measurement for the chipotle chile powder was left off.  
    How much? 


    • Laura Capello replied on July 16th, 2015 at 7:40 am

      Hi Rachel! The chipotle chili powder is in the dressing, and it’s 1/2 chipotle chili powder. Let us know if you make it! :)