Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas

Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas

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Oh. My. Word. These are amazing. Actually, amazing doesn’t even cover it. They are stupendous! Spectacular! Dreamy! Totally Tubular! You want to make these soon. Very soon. In fact, you’re already too late. Gosh, you’re so slow……cooker. Slow cooker, get it? Okay, sorry.

I found three marked down peppers at Food City so I knew immediately I’d make fajitas with them…..then I decided to use my crockpot too. Y’all are sure bossy and keep asking me for more crockpot recipes. GOSH! The color of the peppers doesn’t matter, but the orange and yellow sure are pretty. You also need an onion, chicken, chicken broth, chili powder, cumin, salt, lime juice, tortillas, and tortilla fixings…really simple stuff that combines to make something totally tubular. You can count on hearing that at least two more times today.

Slice your veggies. It helps them not disintegrate in the crockpot…..or something like that. Actually, it just makes it easier to serve – and it’s easier to slice than chop. Unless you’re like me and have a stinking awesome Slap Chop.

Throw your peppers and onions into the bottom of your crockpot (grease it first) and put your chicken breast on top. I left mine whole because I knew I was going to shred it. I just like shredded chicken. Most fajita recipes tell you to slice the chicken…..and you can do that if you like, but I like to be different……or weird. One of those.

Pour 1/4 to ½ cup of chicken broth over the ingredients. Normally you don’t add water to a crock pot recipe, but I wanted to make sure there was plenty of moisture down in there. It really helps the chicken be nice and moist….no one likes tough chicken.

Sprinkle the chicken with the chili powder, cumin, and salt. I love cumin…..I use it regularly. It will seem like a lot of seasoning, but it’s really not. It’s just right.

*NOTE – see recipe for other seasoning options.*

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You’ll need to squirt lime juice over the top of the chicken. I just used bottled lime juice since I didn’t have any fresh limes. If you do, you’re totally tubular. It was probably one or two tablespoons that I squeezed in there. It really gives it a great flavor. I should grow a lime tree. I should grow any tree……actually, I should just grow SOMETHING.

You’re going to cover the crockpot and let it cook on low for 4-8 hours (depending on the cut of chicken used). It’s going to make your house smell good all day long. You’ll get belly growls. Your child will chant “Yum, yum!” all day long. Your neighbors will come knocking.Instead of standing around and twiddling your thumbs, waiting for it to be done, why don’t you make up a batch of homemade cleaner and attack the floor? I hear that works for some people.

It will look like this when it’s done. Yes, I realize this looks nothing like something you would want to serve for dinner. It looks like something that’s been on the buffet line too long. It’s not burned… just looks burned. Well, I hope yours isn’t burned. Mine wasn’t.

Shred your meat with two forks and then it will look lovely and delicious like this. Oh yeah, baby. Come to Mama! Stir the meat back down into the juices and veggies.  Serve it with a slotted spoon. I used my spaghetti spoon and it worked great.

Here is what we had with ours – tortillas, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, and salsa. Oh yeah. Fixings. I just like saying it….but around here it sounds more like “Fixuns.”

It’s going to be messy. They are very moist and juicy, which I LOVE. You’ll make a big mess while eating it. I served ours with rice and just let my juice drip on the rice, making it delicious and totally tubular. This isn’t something you want to serve on a first date or if you’re trying to be prim and proper….it’s something you want to serve to your best friend who doesn’t care if you’re still in your pajamas at 6pm. They are really great leftover too. I took a big ole bite of cold meat before I warmed it up and it was so good I almost stood at the counter to devour the bowl cold.Totally Tubular.

The leftover chicken works GREAT in Fiesta Chicken Nachos from 20 Minute Meals.

**If you like this recipe, you should also check out Crock Pot Beef Fajitas. Beef. It’s what’s for dinner.**


If you like this post and love your slow cooker, you’ll likely enjoy my posts of 100 Days of NO Processed Meals: Crock Pot Style and 100 Crock Pot Dessert Recipes as well. And while I’m thinking of what you might like, I’d bet you’d enjoy my books: Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook and Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook – both are available in print or as eBooks. ;-) Shameless book plug.

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.

  • Kim

    Hi Stacy, I think you mentioned you freeze this recipe sometimes? May sound like a dumb question, but do you freeze before or after cooking? We have made this at least 3 times and it is a family favorite. Thanks!

    • Stacy

      That’s not a dumb question at all. :-) I prefer to freeze it AFTER I’ve cooked it…because then I just have to thaw and eat – and sometimes I need a quick meal. But you could likely freeze it before with all the spices and just add the peppers fresh.

      • Kim

        Thank you!

  • Erica

    I’m trying this recipe today. I brought my chicken breast this morning so I’m thinking I’ll cook it for four hours on low.

    • Stacy

      I hope you love it!!

  • Tracy

    Love this! I bought two packs of chicken breast which amounted to 6 breasts. ( I have two teenage boys). I left other ingredients the same. It was great! Chicken shredded perfectly. I made a rice,corn, black bean, and cilantro as a “fix in” and refried black beans and sour cream, my 17 year old said it was better than Chipotle!! Thanks sooo much! God Bless!

    • Stacy

      I just love Chipotle. Yummy.

  • Carrie

    I make these all the time. I use 1/4 can chicken broth and 1/4 can enchilada sauce as wella as cumina and garlic salt and they are super yummy. Great as chicken tacos :)I love your site thanx

    • Stacy

      Sounds delish!

  • Sue

    I made this tonight knowing that not all three kids would eat it since that’s just the way it is at our dinner table. Holy Cow! Was I wrong. And happy to be wrong. They even asked for seconds. Hallelujah! It’s always nice to add a recipe to my short list of meals that everyone will eat. Thanks for a great recipe. Not only did my kids like it but it was super easy and healthy!

    • Stacy

      :-) That just makes me grin like an idiot. Thanks!

  • Michelle

    Hi Stacy-

    I’ve been trying to use my crock pot more so I can’t wait to make these tacos! They look awesome! I used to use the “two fork” shred method too but I want to pass along a trick that I learned recently. Just to save you a bit of time and effort, if you put the cooked chicken in your stand up mixer with the paddle attachment – it will shred it beautifully!!! I haven’t tried it with other meats but I’ll bet it would also work just as well. Happy cooking.

    • Stacy

      We’re having them for dinner! :-)

  • Kristin

    I just cooked this for a group of kids and my husband and everyone loved it!! It was so good and tender.

    • Stacy

      I’m so glad it was a hit!

  • Mama Bear

    I have the 3 qt crock pot, it is not wide but it is deep. the recipe doesn’t call for much liquid (1/2 c of broth) will my chicken be very dry?

    • Stacy

      Nope, that should be plenty of liquid. :-)

  • Serena

    I am trying to count calories and would like to know how many servings this recipe is and how many calories per serving?

    • Stacy

      I’m not sure – we don’t count calories. You could try plugging it into My Fitness Pal and see.

  • Leah

    Hi Stacy, here’s a really silly question…why did you grease the pot? I mean, later you added chicken broth anyway? Im wondering if greasing the pot is necessary… Thanks! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Stacy

      I just always do…because when I don’t, I seem to have a bigger mess to clean up. Is it necessary? Probably not…but I hate extra scrubbing. ;-)

      • Leah

        Gotcha! Thanks for the quick reply! I usually fill the pot with water and leave it for a while then it becomes super easy to clean:)

        • Stacy

          I do that, too. :-)

  • Marilyn Burroughs

    I am offended by your remark about school food. I work in a school cafeteria and our food is very good and appealing.

    • Stacy

      Marilyn, please do not be offended. :-) It’s a joke between my mother and I. She was a cafeteria worker my entire school life – and I hold the utmost respect for her and her colleagues.

  • Tiffany

    Thanks so much for the recipe! I have never had my peppers and onions turn out as perfect as they did in the crock pot in these Chicken Fajitas. I did have less time to cook it so I used chicken tenderloins and cooked it on high for 2 hours, but it still turned out great! I look forward to trying some of your other recipes!

    • Stacy

      I hope you love them too!

      • andrea schultz

        This recipe looks yummy! Thanks! Question, my chicken breast tenders are frozen. Can I just throw it in frozen?

        • Stacy

          I’ve heard it does work just fine. I’ve not tried it, but some readers have. :-)

          • andrea schultz

            Thanks a bunch! :)

  • abigail lucs

    What if I only have chicken tenderloins? Is the cooking time still the same?

    • Stacy

      Nope, it’ll be much less. :-) Try 4 hours.

  • Wayne

    Hi. How many people will this serve? Need to feed 8 adults. Will this be enough?

    • Stacy

      I don’t think it will serve 8 adults…especially if they are hungry (eat more than 2 or use a lot of filling). I would probably double it. :-)

  • Dawn

    Very clever idea! I’d never think to make fajitas in the crock pot. I will definitely give this a try! Thanks for sharing.

    • Stacy

      You’re welcome – hope you enjoy!!

  • Alison Boddie

    Supa cool idea!! Im super big on incorporating as many fruits and veggies as possible so I added some mango and a little sliced carrot… We will see how it turns out! Thanks! :D

    • Stacy

      That’s an EXCELLENT idea! Keep me posted!

  • Stacy

    I have never done it with frozen chicken – because I just don’t like to crock frozen meat…but a lot of people have said it worked for them.

  • DarkSolona

    I stumbled across this recipe several months ago, and it’s been in the back of my mind to make it since then. I recently moved back in with my family, and now that I have a lot of people to cook for, I figured today was the day to make this!! It’s been cooking for three hours so far and it’s making our house smell so delicious. We cannot wait to try it :))) Thank you so much for your awesome ideas! :)

    • Stacy

      I really hope everyone loves it as much as we do! It’s a staple around here. :-)

  • SwSunshine

    It’s a cloudy day here on the border….and this looks perfect! I have never thought of this and we make tacos with just about anything. Thanks for the great idea….and easy too!

    • Stacy

      I love easy – especially crock pot easy. :-)

  • Nancy

    I made this recipe last night and my husband and I both agreed – it was wonderful! It was not over spiced – but perfectly spiced! I love how easy it was! BTW, I added a tsp. of cinnamon to the spices. (I love a hint of cinnamon with chicken.) I am going to be making this again and again. Now I must look at your other crock pot recipes and see what else I can find. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

    • Stacy

      Hooray! :-) Thanks for the review!

  • Stacy

    Really? With all that seasoning it was bland? That’s odd. Hmmmmm. Yes, frozen breasts would definitely make more liquid. I always serve mine with a slotted spoon. :-)

  • Katie

    What is the serving size for this? Trying to load it into myfitnesspal

    • Stacy

      I’d say about 6…I’ve never really calculated. :-)

  • Danica

    I’ve made this before and it’s in the crockpot again for dinner. Oh my word is it DELICIOUS! Yes, it is a bit soupy, but if you use a slotted spoon it works great! Plus, with the broth and extras you can just eat it as soup. So yummy! Thank you for the delicious meal!

    • Stacy

      Leftovers? Who has leftovers?! :-)