Mexican Shredded Chicken Recipe

Last week I posted a recipe for shredded beef for tacos, here is another great taco filling recipe, this time for shredded chicken. This recipe combines flavors such as tomato sauce, salsa, cumin, garlic, chili powder and taco seasoning to create some delicious shredded chicken for tacos. If you don’t want to simmer the chicken in a pan, you can do this whole recipe in the slow cooker as well. This makes some great Mexican shredded chicken for your tacos or burritos. Enjoy.


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(Makes 4 Servings)

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Mexican Shredded Chicken Recipe

  • Author: Bobby


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 (4 ounces) can tomato sauce
  • A ¼ cup of salsa
  • 1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • hot sauce (to taste)



  1. In a medium saucepan add chicken breasts and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil; add salsa, taco seasoning, cumin, garlic, and chili powder.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
    Start pulling chicken apart with 2 forks into strings. Cover and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add hot sauce. At this point, you can add water if needed as well if the sauce becomes too thick. Cook until chicken is fully cooked.

13 thoughts on “Mexican Shredded Chicken Recipe”

  1. EXCELLENT! Had these for dinner tonight – the shredded chicken taco recipe I”ve been looking for.

  2. This is my go-to recipe for shredded chicken– I’ve used it in salads, tacos, enchiladas and more. I highly recommend!

  3. Mmmmmm good my husband is hispanic and says that this is the best he has ever had highly recommnded!!!

  4. VERY GOOD!! Simple to make and very tasty! I didn’t have any taco seasoning in the cabinet and substituted extra chili powder and cumin — and added oregano, onion powder a dash of cayenne and garlic powder. Served in a flour tortilla with a little rice, cheese and sour cream. YUM!

  5. I’m a tad confused:( Do I use tomato sauce like in one you would put on a pie or sausage sandwhich. I know it says can but I can’t find a can of it. I Austraila we have cans of chopped tomatoes and pureed tomatoes. Is it pureed canned tomatoes? Let me know I’m cooking this tomorrow night.

  6. Jem- tomato sauce, you should not have a problem finding it. I suppose pureed tomatoes would work though as well.

  7. We’re making quesadillas and thought we’d try this recipe for the chicken. It’s cooking right now. Because of the sauce we’re using in the q’s we didn’t put in the Chili Powder or hot sauce. We’re also using a slow cooker. . . it is delicious. I love flexible recipes. Thanks for posting!

  8. LOVE this recipe! I use your homemade taco seasoning recipe for this and cook it in the slow cooker. I then make flautas with it! I get flour tortillas, put a little of refried beans down the middle, then put a bit of the shredded chicken over the beans, and I put a final layer of cheese on top of the chicken. Roll it up, spray with cooking spray and bake it in the oven till its crispy and serve with guacamole …..sooo good! Hubby raves about it!

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