i should be mopping the floor: Slow Cooker Enchilada Tacos

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Slow Cooker Enchilada Tacos

Easy chicken tacos with a Tex Mex twist are just the thing for busy nights. Throw the meat in the slow cooker in the morning and come home to a house smelling like a Fiesta at the end of the day! 

Slow Cooker Enchilada Tacos with Chili-Lime Sour Cream {an easy "throw in the slow cooker and walk away" meal}
I love this recipe not only because it's crazy easy, but there's endless options to put your own spin on it by changing up your ingredients.

Slow Cooker Enchilada Tacos with Chili-Lime Sour Cream {an easy "throw in the slow cooker and walk away" meal}
I have used it with carnitas, pork tenderloin and, what I'm sharing here today, chicken. You can also add onions, jalapenos, diced green chiles or whatever else you like to the slow cooker as you throw in your meat and enchilada sauce.


Slow Cooker Enchilada Tacos with Chili-Lime Sour Cream {an easy "throw in the slow cooker and walk away" meal}
Start by making the sauce first {is it weird that I dream of bathing in this sauce? It's kind of crazy good}. You'll want to make it several hours before serving your meal so the flavors can marry {I prefer to make it as I put my chicken in the slow cooker in the morning}. 
You'll need:
- 8 oz. sour cream
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- juice of one lime 


Slow Cooker Enchilada Tacos with Chili-Lime Sour Cream {an easy "throw in the slow cooker and walk away" meal}
To be completely honest, I'm usually a "lil' of this, lil' of that" kind of cook. The measurements above are approximates and totally to your own taste. If you can't find the smoked paprika, it's no biggie to leave it out {but it is kind of woot, woot...if ya know what I mean}.

Mix it all up. Cover and refrigerate. 

Slow Cooker Enchilada Tacos with Chili-Lime Sour Cream {an easy "throw in the slow cooker and walk away" meal}
Throw your chicken {2 pounds} in the slow cooker...I used thighs here, but normally would go for boneless, skinless breasts. Cover with one can of enchilada sauce. Feel free to add chopped onions, jalapenos, diced green chiles or whatever else you like. Or don't. For me, this recipe is yummy with or without the extras...it just depends on whether I feel like chopping onion in the early morning {which is my least favorite time of day to cry onion tears}.

Cover and cook on low six to eight hours, until meat is cooked through. Remove the chicken to a bowl and shred. I like to add back in a couple of tablespoons of the enchilada sauce to the shredded chicken to make it really moist.

Serve in tortillas with chopped cilantro and crumbled Queso Fresco.

Slow Cooker Enchilada Tacos with Chili-Lime Sour Cream {an easy "throw in the slow cooker and walk away" meal} 

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Slow Cooker Enchilada Tacos with Chili-Lime Sour Cream {an easy "throw in the slow cooker and walk away" meal}









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24 comments:

  1. These tacos look amazing Kristi and I just love that you can make them in your slow cooker! I HEART my slow cooker :) Pinned!

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  2. Delicious!! I never thought of putting the enchilada sauce in with the chicken. I have used taco seasoning before. I will be adding this to my recipes!! Thanks so much!!

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    1. Thanks, Crystal! I hope you enjoy it. It's an easy one. :)

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  3. These look delicious, Kristi! Totally our kind of meal....pinning so I can make it! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Cathy! Let me know how you like them!! :)

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  4. Yum, Kristi!! Yum!! Extra queso on mine, please :)
    kim @ *Soliloquy Of Food & Such*

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    1. Oh, you and me both, Kim!! :)
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  5. Looks great - I'm all for meals you can throw together and then walk away :) Pinned!

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  7. YUM! These look delicious! I love meals that I can throw together quickly!

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  8. Oh yeah, Kristi - this is right up my alley! We love quick and delicious over here and this is totally it! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. OK. These look absolutely fantastic and sound amazing!!! Pinned!

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  10. Oh my this looks amazing!!! I just ate lunch but now I'm hungry again ;D

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  11. Girl! Matt has been dying for something like this...making them this weekend! YUM!

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  12. Can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing!!

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  13. Can't wait to try this recipe! I love slow cooker meals. We have one every Sunday! I'll have to add this one to the list. Yum! :)

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  14. I am making this tonight and am SO excited for dinner time! Thank you!

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  15. I will be trying these soon as I love Mexican food and that sauce does sound good! But I will hold off bathing it ;)

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  16. Question..... can i use frozen chicken? I totally didn't take it out of the freezer last night and the kids were looking forward to trying this.

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  17. Hi, I guess this recipe has been awakened again! I have a question, is the sour cream sauce used to top the tacos or to cook it in the chicken? I want to make this! Thanks!

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  18. When do you add the sour cream with the spices??

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