February 16, 2013

Slow Cooker Tomatillo Chicken Tacos

 This taco filling recipe came out of my 365 Days of Slow Cooking Cookbook.  It was stamped one of the "Cook's Favorites" and was the first things that caught my eye.

I thought it turned out really good.  It has a nice flavor and the sauce helped keep the chicken moist.  I didn't think it was spicy and I think your kids might even like it, which is always a plus.

Slow Cooker Tomatillo Chicken Tacos
2 chicken breast halves
3 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat
8-10 medium tomatillos, husks removed,
    rinsed well and halved
1 onion, diced
1 jalapeno, stemmed, seeded & coarsely chopped
1 poblano chile, stemmed, seeded & coarsely chopped 
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. ground cumin, plus more if needed
2 Tbl. canola or vegetable oil
salt and pepper
juice of 1/2 a lime
tortillas, for serving

Season chicken with salt and pepper.  Place in slow cooker along with the tomatillos.  Combine the onion, jalapeno, poblano, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, 1/2 teaspoon cumin and oil in microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave for 4-5 minutes or until onion is soft.  Transfer to slow cooker.  Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.  Remove chicken and shred with 2 forks.  Strain the liquid in the slow cooker into a bowl.  Puree the strained solids in a blender and add to the shredded chicken.  Add more cumin, salt and pepper to taste and fresh lime juice.  If needed, add in some of the strained liquid.  Serve the filling wrapped up in tortillas with desired toppings (sour cream, chopped cilantro, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, etc. . . ).  Serves: 4-5  

Jenn's Notes:  I cut the recipe in half and used one large chicken breast.  I did not add the chicken thighs.  I used 5 tomatillos and I used an anaheim pepper instead of the poblano, since that is what my grocery store had.  I didn't have much liquid at the end, so I just pureed the solids and liquid all together and added it back to my shredded chicken.   


  1. This looks delicious hummmmm...

  2. Oh this looks like a great dinner! We Love Mexican in our home. I will be sure to try it!

  3. These sound good. I think the flavor of tomatillos is growing on me. I'll have to try this one.

    We're having a party at Tumbleweed Contessa - What'd You Do Last Weekend? I'd love it if your brought these over.

    Thanks for sharing and have a great week,

    1. They do have a unique taste, huh? I love it! Thanks for the invite.

  4. YUM! I love love love any sort of taco. Delish!

  5. Tomatillos are so yummy & this sounds absolutely perfect! Would love for you to come share this & any other recipes over at Sweet & Savory Saturdays! http://dessertnowdinnerlater.blogspot.com/2013/02/sweet-savory-saturdays-1.html
    Hope to see you there!

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!


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