Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos


Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos, a recipe that tastes like it came straight from a Mexican restaurant. The best part? It only takes 5 minutes to prep!

Last month I visited Nashville with the Old El Paso freshest bloggers and went on a walking food tour through the city. We ate at 4 different taco shops in 4 hours. I ate some of the best tacos of my life that day. Holy cow. I needed to be rolled out of there by the time it was over. ;) I think everyone needs to put a walking food tour on their bucket list. I’m thinking Chicago and NYC would be fun cities to do next! So much fun.

I had the most delicious chicken tinga tacos on this tour and knew I had to try and recreate the recipe at home to share with you. At another restaurant I tried the most amazing feta crema sauce on a taco as well, so I thought I would take the two and make one amazing taco. These tacos did not disappoint. They taste like they came straight from a Mexican restaurant and take no time at all to make.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos, a recipe that tastes like it came straight from a Mexican restaurant. The best part? It only takes 5 minutes to prep!


Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos are so easy to prep!

All you need is 5 minutes and 5 ingredients to make the sauce. You’ll place the tomatoes, peppers, garlic, onion and seasonings in a blender and pulse 5 times. The peppers and Old El Paso taco seasoning adds just the right amount of heat.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos... sauce ingredients

Then you’ll pour the sauce of the chicken in the slow cooker and cook for about 4 hours. Once the chicken simmers in the sauce it will have a nice smoky chipotle flavor. Such a simple dish packed with so much flavor.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos in the slow cooker... this recipe is so easy!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos

Yield: 6 ot 8 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 4 to 6 hours


  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 diced onion
  • 3-4 chipotle peppers in adobe (more if you like heat)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Old El Paso taco seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste

Feta crema:

  • 4-ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tablespoons feta cheese
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Whole milk, if needed

For serving:

  • Tortillas
  • Diced onions
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Crumbled feta or cotija cheese
  • Lime slice


Place the chicken breast in the slow cooker.

Add the tomatoes, onion, peppers, garlic, taco seasoning and salt to a blender. Pulse 3 to 5 times. Then pour over the chicken. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours, or until you are able to shred the chicken. Shred and then cook an additional 15 to 30 minutes. Place on warm until ready to serve.

For the feta crema, stir the cream cheese, feta and lemon juice until smooth. Add milk in needed to thin it out.

Serve the chicken tinga inside of tortillas. Add your favorite toppings such as, onion, cilantro and feta cheese.

The feta crema sauce seriously takes the chicken tinga from ordinary to extraordinary. It’s worth trying, and only takes a couple extra minutes to make. Promise!

Feta Crema Sauce - only 3 ingredients to make and tastes amazing on my Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos.

I placed crema in a zip top bag and then cut off the top to drizzle over the chicken tacos. It’s a little thick, so you could also just add a big dollop to the center of the taco. :)

Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos, a recipe that tastes like it came straight from a Mexican restaurant. AMAZING!


Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos with Feta Crema Sauce - an incredibly easy dinner that takes just a few minutes, and tastes like it came from the most fantastic Mexican restaurant!

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet posted on June 28, 2016 at 1:33 pm (#

    My Hubby will absolutely love these spicy tacos! I just got Old El Paso taco boats so I will definitely be making these! Pinned!

  2. Megan | Allergy Free Alaska posted on June 28, 2016 at 2:25 pm (#

    Ha ha!! I can only imagine… 4 taco eateries in 4 hours?! Best. Day. Ever. ;) And who doesn’t like super easy recipes? This one looks delish!

  3. Rachel @ Rachel Cooks posted on June 28, 2016 at 2:59 pm (#

    You nailed these! They look amazing!

  4. Des @ Life's Ambrosia posted on June 28, 2016 at 11:13 pm (#

    Shut the front door feta crema?! That sounds wonderful!!

  5. Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life posted on June 28, 2016 at 11:54 pm (#

    Just looking at those is making me hungry! We are such Mexican food addicts here! I need to try these!

  6. Angie | Big Bear's Wife posted on June 29, 2016 at 10:44 am (#

    My brother is literally a Mexican food freak! He literally eats it almost every day! I gotta make this for him! 

  7. Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen posted on June 29, 2016 at 12:53 pm (#

    Feta crema? Please! There is so much flavor going on here. Looks amazing!

  8. Nutmeg Nanny posted on June 30, 2016 at 8:46 pm (#

    These tacos looks awesome! All that flavor packed into these babies are awesome and I wish I had one for dinner right now!

  9. Laura posted on July 17, 2016 at 7:04 pm (#

    What kind of chicken– Breasts or thighs?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on July 18, 2016 at 10:05 am (#

      Whichever you prefer – or both! :)

  10. tia posted on April 9, 2017 at 7:13 pm (#

    These are fantastic!!!! TY so much for posting this recipe! My family loved it too