Delicious chicken taco bowls

Aright friends… it’s back to the daily grind. Today I’m sharing a super yummy recipe: Taco bowls! I admit I’m having a bit of post holiday depression. Do you ever get that way? I always love a new year for a fresh start, but I’m a little sad the holidays are over. Not to mention my inbox is terrifying. It felt really good to take a week off, but now it’s time to catch up. Someone give me motivation! ;)

I do have a super yummy recipe for you today. These chicken taco bowls are delish! My husband even declared them his new FAVORITE dish. Now that’s saying something. I think I’ll be adding this meal to my menu again this month. Speaking of… would you guys like me to post my menu’s again?

Okay so there are a few reasons why I love this dish…

1. You can throw it all in a crock pot (in less than 5 minutes).

2. It’s healthy!

3. You can freeze the leftovers. Just place the chicken in a freezer zip lock bag and pull it out when you need a quick meal.

The shredded chicken also works great in tacos or burritos!

Chicken taco bowl

Delicious chicken taco bowls


  • 11/2 lb chicken 4 large frozen chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh salsa
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 can corn drained
  • 1/2 lime juiced about 1/2 TB


  1. Place chicken in a large crock pot and pour water and salsa over the chicken. Next add in chili powder, cumin, salt, garlic, lime juice, black beans and corn. Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours, or until chicken easily shreds.
  2. Serve over rice. Optional: top with cheese, avocados, sour cream and serve with tortilla chips.


When I’m in a hurry I’ll throw a brown rice bag in the microwave (they’re from Costco and they only take 3 minutes to cook)… but if I have some time I will make cilantro lime rice (the BEST).

Cilantro lime rice


  • Cilantro Lime Rice
  • 2 TB butter
  • 1 cup uncooked white long rice
  • juice and zest 1 large lime
  • 1 14 oz can chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • ¾ teaspoon salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a skillet melt butter with rice. Add the chicken broth and the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

Enjoy!! Let me know how you like it.

You’ll love these too:

Stuffed bell pepper with quinoa

Taco soup

Green chile enchiladas 

Hope you guys are having a happy new year! xo


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  1. I don’t know why I don’t think of doing a taco bowl like this more often! They seem much easier than doing individual tacos. Winner, for sure :)

    posted by Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen on January 2, 2013 at 1:07 pm (#
    • Thanks Loretta! They are definitely easier than tacos and just as yummy! Winner for sure! :)

      posted by Jamielyn on January 2, 2013 at 10:02 pm (#
  2. This looks delicous! Where in Costco do you find the brown rice bags? I would love to pick some up but have not seen them before.

    posted by Tiffany Best on January 2, 2013 at 1:48 pm (#
    • Thanks Tiffany! I found them in the freezer section next to the vegetables.

      posted by Jamielyn on January 2, 2013 at 9:54 pm (#
  3. YUM! Jamielyn, this looks awesome. I love to make Cilantro Lime Rice, but hadn’t thouhgt of trying a taco bowl too. Thanks for sharing! :)

    posted by Amanda @ Serenity Now on January 2, 2013 at 1:52 pm (#
  4. Looks delish! Do you shred the chicken after it has cooked?

    posted by Eliza on January 2, 2013 at 3:02 pm (#
    • Yes, I usually stir it with a fork right before serving and the chicken falls apart really easy. Hope that helps!

      posted by Jamielyn on January 2, 2013 at 9:53 pm (#
  5. I saw this on facebook earlier today- the taco bowls look GREAT and I am excited to try them! However, I am having a bit of trouble seeing the recipe. It may be my computer, but I can see the cilantro lime recipe, so I’m not sure. Thanks for any help with this!

    posted by Katie on January 2, 2013 at 4:42 pm (#
  6. Yes! sounds delish! the best part is that I don’t have to thaw the chicken!! Totally need more recipes like this. Thank YOU!!

    posted by Jennysue on January 2, 2013 at 5:28 pm (#
  7. I hear ya on getting back to the grindstone. And routins. These taco bowls sound delish!!

    posted by Aimee @ ShugarySweets on January 2, 2013 at 6:24 pm (#
  8. Looks yummy! Think I will put this on our plan for next week. Pinning, thanks!

    posted by KC @ The Real Thing with the Coake Family on January 2, 2013 at 7:57 pm (#
  9. Love this recipe, and it’s perfect for busy families! I am determined to get serious about menu planning this year, so I, for one, would be quite grateful if you posted your menus. :)

    posted by Kimm at REINVENTED on January 3, 2013 at 4:44 am (#
  10. Love this!! We are watching carbs, so we just made the chicken and put it on romaine leaves! Yum!!!!

    posted by Donna Howard on January 3, 2013 at 5:26 am (#
  11. I think these look fantastic! I think my son and his friends would all like them too; especially after a day of sledding :)

    posted by Kristen Rikli on January 3, 2013 at 11:47 am (#
  12. This sounds fantastic! I buy frozen chicken tenders at costco all the time to use in recipes. Very easy to just pull a few pieces out and throw in a pot for soups or recipes like this one. Have some picky eaters in my house but I think this one they will love. Will be trying out this week. And yes please post your menu again. I am a new reader here. Just found you a few days ago and love my daily emails.

    posted by DianaD on January 3, 2013 at 11:27 am (#
  13. Soooo yummy! Made these tonight, and they’re a definite addition to my recipe rotation!

    posted by Meghan on January 3, 2013 at 2:57 pm (#
  14. This is a new recipe that I need to try!!! I would love for you to link it up at my linky party, – My readers would also love this recipe!!!

    posted by Jenny on January 3, 2013 at 3:07 pm (#
  15. This sounds so yummy….and easy! And yes, please post your menus again. I love getting new ideas for my menus. By the way, I love your blog!

    posted by Terri on January 3, 2013 at 9:28 pm (#
  16. In the Crockpot right now! Smell divine! Can’t wait :)

    posted by Jennysue on January 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm (#
    • *smells*

      posted by Jennysue on January 4, 2013 at 4:50 pm (#
  17. Tried it and loved it. Thank you!!

    posted by Julia on January 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm (#
  18. This looks and sounds so delicious! I also love all of your cleaning tips that you just posted. Such great ideas :)

    posted by Becky @ Sugar-n-Spice Gals on January 5, 2013 at 10:53 am (#
  19. I made this and enjoyed it as a taco bowl but I had some lefted over and I put it in a quesadilla – it was the bomb

    posted by linda payne on January 11, 2013 at 11:35 am (#
  20. sounds really good. do you kno the nuttrition fcts

    posted by shari on January 17, 2013 at 10:32 am (#
    • Hi Shari! These bowls are about 300 calories per serving without any extra added toppings. :)

      posted by Jamielyn on January 18, 2013 at 10:48 pm (#
  21. Made this tonight and had a little bit of BBQ sauce in a bottle, so I mixed that with the water. It added a nice zing to it! Super easy recipe and super delicious!

    posted by Ann on January 20, 2013 at 7:35 pm (#
  22. I made this the other night – here’s what I thought!

    posted by Jill on February 3, 2013 at 2:56 pm (#
    • Glad you enjoyed it! :)

      posted by Jamielyn on February 3, 2013 at 8:55 pm (#
  23. I have made these twice now and just had to come back to say how much we love them!! My husband doesn’t usually rave about food even when he likes it but he couldn’t stop saying how “Super yummy” this was. The chicken itself is wonderful and can be used so many ways (tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, salad, etc.) but with that cilantro-lime rice it is absolutely awesome. AND it is so easy to make :) Thank you!

    posted by Jennysue on February 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm (#
    • How many does this serve? thanks :-)

      posted by Sheila on October 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm (#
      • It serves about 4-6! :)

        posted by Jamielyn on October 20, 2013 at 8:26 pm (#
  24. This looks great! I just got back from Texas and I am obsessed with all things Tex-Mex. Thanks for sharing

    posted by kelly on January 4, 2014 at 9:54 pm (#
    • Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoy these! :)

      posted by Jamielyn on January 8, 2014 at 3:04 pm (#
  25. I’m from South Texas & like a lot flavor in my food. I did triple the spices in this recipe. This is really good and I made enchiladas out of some of the leftovers. My grandson raved over the enchiladas. With the rest of the leftovers I’m going to try making taco soup. I’ll add chicken broth and then tear up a few corn tortillas and throw those in the last few minutes. This made several meals for us. I just divided it up and put it in the freezer. It freezes very well.

    posted by Betty on March 4, 2014 at 6:21 pm (#
    • I’m glad you got so many meals out of this chicken! Thanks for your comment Betty, it is always nice to hear new ways to use my old recipes! :)

      posted by Jamielyn on March 5, 2014 at 5:19 pm (#
  26. Recipe looks great, I have it in the slow cooker now. I added chopped onion, jalapeno and some ground pepper. Going to chop up some cilantro to add on top after it’s finished. Can’t wait until it’s ready!

    posted by CB on May 22, 2014 at 3:28 pm (#
    • I hope you enjoyed these! Such a yummy meal! :)

      posted by Jamielyn on June 3, 2014 at 6:08 pm (#