Make your life easier by cooking enough taco chicken and turning it into multiple recipes! Whip up our easy shredded chicken taco recipe for a quick weeknight meal. Save the leftovers and use them in 9 different meals your family will go bananas over. We'll show you how!
If you've been following us for about 2.5 seconds, then you know we love to make dinnertime easy while also serving our family homemade meals that are so much cheaper than going to a restaurant. One of the best ways to do that is by making a versatile meat and turning it into multiple meals!
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Our favorite shredded chicken taco recipe is one of those meats. Make enough of it and you'll be able to make it work for at least 10 different meals. Yes, you read that right, TEN! Chicken tacos, taquitos, a southwestern salad… You're going to love the options we're throwing at you. But first, let's talk chicken tacos!
WHAT TO SERVE WITH OUR SHREDDED CHICKEN TACO RECIPE
- Shredded cheese
- Sour cream
- Pico de gallo
- Green onions
- Bell pepper
Your biggest problem will be deciding if you want to use soft or crunchy tortillas!
WHAT TO DO WITH LEFTOVER CHICKEN TACO MEAT
It will last at least 4 days in the fridge or up to 6 months in the freezer. This gives you enough time to meal plan it into your weekly leftover night or stick it in the freezer for later.
If you did double, triple, or even quadruple your chicken taco recipe (which we are totally on board for!), you need to package it the proper way to prevent freezer burn. Put a meal's worth (a pound is usually good for us) into a freezer quart baggie and get out as much air as possible before sealing. Label and date before you throw that bad boy into the freezer!
LEFTOVER SHREDDED CHICKEN RECIPES
Just because you have leftover chicken taco meat doesn't mean you have to eat the same chicken tacos day in and day out until they're gone! If you're throwing out leftovers, you might as well be tossing dollars straight in the trash.
With a little creativity and a few alternate ingredients, you really can repurpose those leftovers that you would otherwise be sick of eating! Try out some of these leftover shredded chicken recipes… They may just become your new favorite way to eat that crockpot chicken taco meat! Try pairing them with refried beans or Mexican rice and you'll really feel like you're bringing the restaurant home.
Grab some tortillas, put a line of shredded cheese in the center of the tortilla and top with small amount of leftover chicken taco meat. Roll up and place seam-side down on a lined and greased cooking sheet.
Spray the tops with cooking spray and broil on low for a few minutes until lightly browned and crispy. Don't turn your back on them or they'll burn! Serve with salsa, avocado, or any other Mexican-inspired extras you have on hand.
Use the same ingredients as your chicken tacos, but turn them into tostadas and you have a completely new meal. Spray both sides of your tortillas with cooking spray, lay on a lined baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with salt. Bake at 400°F for 5 minutes, flip, and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until the tortillas are crispy. Top with beans, taco meat, veggies, and cheese and be amazed at how good they are!
SOUTHWEST CHICKEN SALAD
You can basically take all your toppings from the chicken tacos and turn it into a southwestern chicken salad! Make a bed of lettuce and add the chicken taco meat, tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, cheese, tortilla chips, and anything else you may want on there. Top it with a salsa/ranch dressing or make a cilantro ranch dressing by blending some cilantro, lime juice, and ranch together.
CHICKEN TACO SOUP
We looooove a good bowl of taco soup, no matter what time of the year! Make our favorite taco soup recipe and use your leftover chicken taco meat in place of the ground beef. You won't be sorry!
Take a warm flour tortilla (the larger, the better) and fill it with beans of choice, rice, the chicken taco meat, cheese, sour cream, avocado, and anything else that your heart could desire. Fold the bottoms in, then roll and enjoy!
If you love crispy, then you're going to love this! We're basically quesadilla masters around here because it's a great way to stretch whatever meat you have leftover that wouldn't be enough for any other type of meal. Just use our favorite quesadilla recipe!
Grab a tortilla and top it with cheese, chicken taco meat, beans, rice, and any veggies you want. Top with cheese and another tortilla, then throw on a greased pan, flipping when golden brown. Serve with sour cream and salsa or any other dipping sauce you want!
CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP
It's so easy to make this soup using your leftover chicken taco meat and it comes together quicker since the meat is already cooked. Sauté whatever veggies you want in your pot (onions, jalapeños, and garlic work great).
Add chicken broth, diced tomatoes, and black beans and bring to a simmer. Throw in the chicken, some cilantro, and lime juice and simmer until it's heated all the way through. Serve with tortilla strips, chips or leftover tostadas, some cheese, and avocado.
Chips, chicken taco meat, beans, veggies, cheese, how could you go wrong with this?! Make enough for the whole family on a lined baking sheet and throw it in the oven 'til the cheese is all melty and gooey. Just try not to press your nose up against the oven door while they're cooking, mkay? 😉
CHICKEN RICE BOWL
Oh man, if you've never had a rice bowl, then you haven't lived yet! It is hands down our favorite way to stretch some meat. Rice, the chicken taco meat, veggies, cheese, avocado, lettuce, the sky's the limit! It's a great way to get some good nutrition into your family without breaking the bank.
SUPER EASY SHREDDED CHICKEN TACO RECIPE
Alright, are you ready for the easiest chicken tacos on the planet? Throw all the ingredients into your slow cooker and let it do all the work while you focus on other important things, like taking a nap. (Ha, if only!)
Crockpot Chicken Taco Recipe
For the Chicken
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1-2 cups salsa, to taste
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can corn, drained
- 1 pkt taco seasoning
For the Tacos
- Sour cream
- Shredded cheese
To Make the Chicken
- Place the chicken in a greased or lined slow cooker.
- Mix together salsa, black beans, corn, and taco seasoning. Pour on top of chicken.
- Cook on low for 5 hours or until chicken is fully cooked.
- Shred chicken with 2 forks, then place back in slow cooker to continue simmering in the juices for another 30-60 minutes.
To Make the Tacos
- Add chicken to warmed tortillas and top with desired toppings.
- Enjoy the fiesta in your mouth!
See, told you it was crazy easy! Feel free to double or triple the recipe if you're feeding a large crowd or want to have leftovers. Remember, you can easily turn them into something else! Because let's be honest, we're all about making dinner easy by cooking extra and making it into a new meal here at Fun Cheap or Free!
What's your favorite way to eat chicken taco meat? Share them with us in the comments below!
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