Slow cooker chicken taco bowls with cilantro lime rice


Slow cooker chicken taco bowls with cilantro lime rice… a super-yummy and easy recipe! Easy to make in the slow cooker, and dinner is ready when you are!

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday! It’s back to the daily grind. Today I’m sharing a super yummy recipe: Taco chicken bowls!

Slow cooker chicken taco bowls with cilantro lime rice... a super-yummy and easy recipe! Easy to make in the slow cooker, and dinner is ready when you are!


Today’s post is an oldie but a goodie reposted! This is one of our favorite meals to make and is on our monthly (sometimes weekly rotation).

These chicken taco salad bowls are delish and my whole family loves them!
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?

Slow cooker taco chicken bowls with cilantro lime rice

Why I Love These Chicken Taco Bowls…

  •  You can throw it all in a crock pot (in less than 5 minutes).
  • It’s some-what healthy!
  • You can use brown rice or quinoa to make it healthier.
  • 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 leftover shredded chicken also works great in tacos or burritos!
  • You can customize with your favorite toppings.
  • My kids love them (which is the main reason I love to make these so often).

Slow cooker chicken taco salad bowls with cilantro lime rice

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Slow cooker chicken taco bowls with cilantro lime rice

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Slow cooker chicken taco bowls
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours
Servings: 6
Calories: 410 kcal
Author: Jamielyn

Slow cooker chicken taco bowls with cilantro lime rice... a super-yummy and easy recipe! Easy to make in the slow cooker, and dinner is ready when you are!




  • 1 1/2 lb chicken I used 4 frozen chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh salsa
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder more to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt more to taste
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 can corn drained
  • 1/2 lime juiced about 1/2 TB
  • Optional toppings: avocado salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped cilantro

Cilantro Lime Rice:

  • 2 tablespoons 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. 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 high for 3-4, or until chicken easily shreds. Is using fresh chicken it should only take 3 hours on high and 4-6 on low.
  2. Make the rice: 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. Add more chili powder and salt if desired.
  3. Serve chicken over rice. Optional: top with cheese, avocados, sour cream and serve with tortilla chips.

Recipe Notes

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).

Nutrition Facts
Slow cooker chicken taco bowls with cilantro lime rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 410 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 1171mg 49%
Potassium 436mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 12.5%
Vitamin C 11.6%
Calcium 4.3%
Iron 10.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Slow cooker chicken taco bowls with cilantro lime rice... a super-yummy and easy recipe! Easy to make in the slow cooker, and dinner is ready when you are!

Original photo 2013



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Jamielyn Nye

of I Heart Naptime

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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62 comments on “Slow cooker chicken taco bowls with cilantro lime rice”

  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 :)

  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.

  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! :)

  4. Looks delish! Do you shred the chicken after it has cooked?

  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!

  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!!

  7. I hear ya on getting back to the grindstone. And routins. These taco bowls sound delish!!

  8. Looks yummy! Think I will put this on our plan for next week. Pinning, thanks!

  9. Kimm at REINVENTED Reply

    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. :)

  10. Love this!! We are watching carbs, so we just made the chicken and put it on romaine leaves! Yum!!!!

  11. I think these look fantastic! I think my son and his friends would all like them too; especially after a day of sledding :)

  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.

  13. 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!!!

  14. Soooo yummy! Made these tonight, and they’re a definite addition to my recipe rotation!

  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!

  16. In the Crockpot right now! Smell divine! Can’t wait :)

  17. Tried it and loved it. Thank you!!

  18. This looks and sounds so delicious! I also love all of your cleaning tips that you just posted. Such great ideas :)

  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

  20. sounds really good. do you kno the nuttrition fcts

  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!

  22. 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!

  23. This looks great! I just got back from Texas and I am obsessed with all things Tex-Mex. Thanks for sharing

  24. 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.

    • 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! :)

  25. 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!

  26. I’m super late to the party and just found this recipe now, so I’m not even sure if you will see this question.  Do you chicken breasts need to be frozen or can I use fresh chicken?

  27. Have you ever tried going beef instead of chicken?

  28. Thank you for this recipe! It turned out great for me. I cooked it on high for 4 hours and it came out perfect. I LOVE that you don’t have to thaw the chicken. I also made the rice and I LOVE it. My 2 yr old ate it and my friend’s 9 yr old and 7 yr old ate it too so it’s been a winner for me for adults and kids alike! My husband preferred to make a burrito/taco out of it with a tortilla rather than as a rice bowl, but he loved it nonetheless! My cousin who ate it compared it to eating a bowl at Chipotle! This one is a keeper! :) Thank you!

  29. I’m cooking this now but there seems to be a lot of water left in the crock pot. I seem to always have this issue when cooking anything frozen. Am I doing something wrong? Should I cook it longer? The chicken is done and falling apart but the beans and corn are floating in water.

    • Hi Dara,
      Since you have this issue when you cook anything from frozen, then your slow cooker is likely cycling off more than than it should be, which would allow for less steam to escape. If you like to cook from frozen a lot, it might be time to replace your slow cooker.

  30. I made these for our family on Monday night and they were SO DELICIOUS! The Hubs and The Littles, as well as myself, ate it up. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  31. I love this recipe of yours. I am going to be doing it for a bridal shower as a topping for nachos. If I triple it in my crock pot will I need to adjust the cooking time or will it be the same?

  32. I have a clarifying question. Your recipe says to use 1 1/2 pounds of chicken, but then you state you use four large chicken breasts. I just bought four large chicken breasts at the store today and the package says they equal just over 4 pounds. So, which amount should I go by when making this recipe?

  33. This looks so delicious! I also like that you can modify the meat and some of the other ingredients. Thank you so much for the great content, I am going to the grocery store tonight and buying the ingredients!

  34. These look so good! You had me at cilantro lime. Such a great flavor combination. Thanks for the dinner idea!

  35. Hey Jamielyn, I will definitely cook this today. This looks so delicious and mouth watering. I loved the way you have defined each and every step. Do share more recipes. Thanks for sharing this blog.

  36. I love chipotle but cannot eat there as much as I’d like, too much eating out isn’t great for the budget. But I love this recipe, reminding us that we can make our favorites right at home! I like mixing my cilantro lime rice with lemon and lime juice but I hadn’t used the zest of the lime and I’m definitely trying that out next time. Thanks!

  37. I have made many of your recipes over the past year and each has been a keeper. I cook supper for my children & their families several times a week. I’m now a retired teacher but I remember how hard it was to get a tasty meal on the table quickly since everyone would be famished after school. I’ve made this recipe many times and it is a family favorite, even with my younger grandchildren. Thank you so much.

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