Crock Pot Shredded Mexican Chicken (Tinga de Pollo)

Crock Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken (Tinga De Pollo) is made easy using the slow cooker [paid link]. This incredibly flavorful chicken can be used in so many recipes like salad, wraps, tacos, nachos, and more! You’re family will love this quick and easy recipe. 

I have really been relying a lot more on my Crock Pot lately. With the right ingredients and attention to cooking times, the flavors you can coax out of a crock pot meal are pretty amazing. This Crock Pot Shredded Mexican Chicken Tacos (Tinga de Pollo) is certainly no exception.

I like to make a large batch and use it a couple of days of the week and a few different applications. It’s really incredibly easy and the spiciness of the tacos can be easily adjusted which is great so if you like spicy turn up the heat!

If you’re not a fan, we can tweak that, too! The best part is this Crock Pot Shredded Mexican Chicken is EASY to use in so MANY recipes. SCORE!

Crock Pot Shredded Mexican Chicken is EASY to use in so MANY recipes. SCORE!

The chicken is so tender it shreds with a pair of forks. Then I dump all the meat back into the cooking liquid and give it a good stir. This allows the meat to get back in there and mingle and get totally coated in all that yummy sauce.

I’m drooling just thinking about it.

Crock Pot Shredded Mexican Chicken is EASY to use in so MANY recipes. SCORE!

Just look! Tender, juicy and delicious! Want a taste? This bite is just for you…YUMMMM!

A close up image of shredded chicken tinga on a fork.

Cinco de Mayo is coming up soon and we’re using this recipe for Baked Chicken Tacos, Burritos, flautas, taquitos and chicken quesadillas just to name a few. Chicken taco salad? Yes, please!

One simple recipe with unlimited options on how to use it.

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Crock Pot Shredded Mexican Chicken is EASY to use in so MANY recipes. SCORE!

Crock Pot Shredded Mexican Chicken

Ronda Eagle | Kitchen Dreaming
Tinga de Pollo is a Mexican Shredded Chicken. This version is made easy in the slow cooker and can be used in so many recipes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 10 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 10 servings
Calories 142 kcal


  • 2 pounds chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa , see notes
  • 1 4 oz. can mild green chilies
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes , drained
  • 2-4 tablespoons Chipotle in Adobo , use more or less for desired spiciness
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • hot sauce to taste


  • Add the chicken breasts into the bottom of your slow cooker. Add all of the remaining ingredients except for the hot sauce over the top pf the chicken. Cover and cook on high for 2-4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours. Cooking times vary based on the model and size of your crock pot.
  • Remove chicken to shallow pan or cutting board. With two forks, shred the chicken completely. At this point, return the chicken aback into the crock pot to mingle and get coated with the flavorful cooking liquid. Taste and adjust salt and pepper. Add hot sauce to taste, if desired.


Use this recipe for Baked Chicken Tacos, Burritos, flautas, taquitos, chicken quesadillas and chicken taco salad. 


Serving: 11/10 portionCalories: 142kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 20gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 878mgPotassium: 534mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 416IUVitamin C: 8mgVitamin D: 1µgVitamin E: 1mgVitamin K: 3µgCalcium: 33mgFolate: 9µgIron: 1mgZinc: 1mg
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18 thoughts on “Crock Pot Shredded Mexican Chicken (Tinga de Pollo)”

  1. This looks amazing! I’m using my Crock Pot a lot more these days too. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop. Shared on our H&S Hop Facebook page.

  2. Yum! I’m hosting a Cinco de Mayo party next week, and this recipe is definitely in the running! Thanks for sharing on FoodieFriDIY! I also like the looks of that Mexican macaroni salad! :)

  3. I rely on the crock-pot all year long!! And we love Mexican at our house, so I know this would be a hit!


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