Slow-Cooker Pepita Salsa Chicken Tacos

Slow-cooker pepita salsa chicken tacos made easily using Trader Joe’s jar of pepita salsa and a handful of other delicious ingredients!

Slow-Cooker Pepita Salsa Chicken Tacos - Dash Of Mandi

If you’re familiar with Trader Joe’s, you know they have a large variety of salsa! The pepita salsa is one of my new favorite salsas from there. It’s so good with plantain chips. It’s a little spicy and smokey. But, loaded with a ton of flavor. I knew I had to make some easy slow-cooker chicken tacos with it!

I’ve made slow-cooker salsa chicken tacos in the past. It’s one of the easiest ways to make tacos! Just throw a handful of ingredients in the slow-cooker and let it cook! The chicken always comes out so tender and perfect. Click here for the crock-pot I use to make these. I love the “keep warm” setting.

Also, it’s all about the toppings! For these slow-cooker pepita salsa chicken tacos I did shredded cotija cheese, pickled red onions, thinly sliced avocado, and chopped cilantro. Then some lime wedges for squeezing! Shredded pepper jack would also be a great cheese option.

How I make easy pickled red onions:

I slice half of a red onion then add it to a mason jar. Then I do 1 part red wine vinegar, 1 part apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper and 1 tbsp sugar or honey.

Trader Joe's Pepita Salsa Recipe

These slow-cooker pepita salsa chicken tacos would be great for a party! Just throw in the chicken and all the ingredients and let it cook on low for a few hours. Then you can do a self serve taco bar! If you need to serve a lot, just double the recipe!

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Slow-Cooker Pepita Salsa Chicken Tacos



Slow-Cooker Pepita Salsa Chicken

3 chicken breasts, about 1.8 lbs.

12 oz. jar of Trader Joe’s pepita salsa

4 oz. can diced green chiles, optional but adds some extra flavor/spice!

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp chili powder

salt and pepper to taste



crumbled or shredded Cotija cheese

avocado slices

chopped cilantro

pickled red onion

lime for serving


Place chicken in the base of the slow-cooker.

Sprinkle with salt, pepper, chili powder and cumin.

Add the salsa and diced green chiles.

Cook on low for about 3.5-4 hours or until the chicken is cooked and can easily be shredded with a fork.

Remove from slow-cooker and shred with a fork, place back in the slow-cooker and mix with the sauce. 

Taste and adjust seasonings if need be.

Assemble tacos with toppings and enjoy!

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