Crockpot Salsa Chicken

A bowl filled with salsa shredded chicken with a fork and lime wedges

This crockpot salsa chicken recipe makes tender, flavorful shredded chicken that can be used in a wide variety of ways. An easy recipe with few ingredients!


  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 16-oz jar Newman’s Own Mild Salsa
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped


Prep the chicken. Place the chicken in the bowl of the slow cooker and season with the salt, cumin, and smoked paprika. Drizzle the seasoned chicken with olive oil and massage with your hands to coat the chicken.

Add salsa. Pour the salsa over the chicken and give the whole thing a stir.

Turn on your crockpot. Cook in the slow cooker on high for 4 hours. You can also cook on low for 8 hours, but I find this breaks down the chicken a bit more than I’d like.

Shred the chicken. At the end of the cooking time, use 2 forks to shred the chicken in its juices.

Garnish with cilantro. Add the chopped cilantro to the shredded chicken and mix to incorporate.

Serve! Use as a taco, burrito, taquito, or enchilada (the list goes on) filling.

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