Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken for Enchiladas (and tacos, tortas, and more!)

This slow cooker shredded chicken for enchiladas is exactly what you need to make Mexican meal prep easier

Sure, I designed this recipe to be used in enchiladas. But I also use it on tostadas, in tortas, soups, salads, and more!

I kept this recipe pretty basic (but don’t worry, we still add flavor) so that you can add different seasonings and sauces in the main meal. 

This is my favorite approach to meal prep to avoid boredom. Instead of making one meal from start to finish and eating leftovers for days, I like to make a few core ingredients I’ll use in different ways. 

For example, I’ll probably make this slow cooker shredded chicken, a batch of beans, rice, and salsa. Then throughout the week I’ll make burrito bowls, tacos, tostadas, and soup. 

This drastically cuts down on food waste and prep time during the week, but avoids the trap of eating the exact same thing every day. 

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Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken for Enchiladas

Use this shredded chicken recipe for enchiladas, tacos, tostadas, and more.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time6 hours 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6


  • 1 slow cooker
  • 1 Blender



  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tomato
  • 3-4 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 tsp adobo seasoning
  • 1 tsp chicken bouillon powder
  • 2.5 cups water



  • Place the water, tomato, garlic, adobo seasoning, and chicken bouillon powder in a blender. Blend on high until completely smooth.
    blender with sauce for shredded chicken in the slow cooker
  • Place the mixture from the blender and the chicken breasts into a slow cooker. Set the slow cooker to high and cook for 4-6 hours, until completely cooked through (this will vary a bit based on how thick your chicken breasts are).
  • Remove the chicken breasts from the slow cooker with a slotted spoon. Place in a large mixing bowl.
  • With two forks, pull the chicken breasts apart into long, thin shreds. Use this in any recipe that calls for shredded chicken.
    glass bowl with shredded chicken

What else can you make with this shredded chicken?

I mean it when I say this shredded chicken will be your go-to meal prep recipe.

I often make this chicken without being 100% sure what recipe I’ll use it in next. I’m just confident that I’ll find a good use for it once I have it ready.

ideas for what to make with slow cooker shredded chicken.

Here are some recipes that will make great use of this shredded chicken:

Sopa de Fideo

This sopa de fideo recipe is actually vegetarian. But you can easily turn this side dish into a full meal by adding a handful of shredded chicken in with the vegetables.

Sopa de Fideo
This sopa de fideo will be your new favorite 15-minute meal. It's so simple and nutritious, you'll want to keep this recipe in rotation!
Check out this recipe
sopa de fideo

Chicken Torta

This chicken torta recipe uses storebought rotisserie chicken. But you can just as easily use this slow cooker shredded chicken instead.

Get the torta recipe here.

Chicken Tinga

Chicken tinga adds spicy flavor to basic shredded chicken. Perfect for tostadas.

Get the chicken tinga recipe here.


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