Crock Pot Ranch Chicken Tacos (or Pressure Cooker)
Fall= crock pot season. My crock pot has been living on my counter these last few weeks. I love how easy it makes my life! Throw a bunch of crap in the pot, turn it on, and come home to a delicious dinner. How awesome would it be if there were crock pots for other things in life? Like…cleaning your house, paying bills, jury duty, you know, pretty much one for everything you hate doing in this world.
Let’s talk tacos. Tacos are rad. I could eat tacos every day…maybe….
These crock pot ranch chicken tacos are pretty flippin’ awesome! The chicken is so flavorful, I could just eat it with a fork and totally skip the tortilla. Aside from tasting awesome, they are also low in fat! Choose your toppings wisely and you will have yourself a healthy and seriously tasty meal! These tacos are in our regular dinner rotation in my house and we make them 2-3 times a month. And while I used to make this all the time in the slow cooker, I now make it in my Instant Pot in 25 minutes so I’ve included instructions to make it either way!
The ranch flavor isn’t too overwhelming in these, but you can definitely taste it. If you want a stronger ranch flavor, you can use less of the taco seasoning and/or extra ranch seasoning. Or you could also drizzle some ranch dressing on your tacos in place of sour cream! And of course, this chicken can go in more than just tacos! Use it for nachos, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, or on a Mexican salad. I have also found that leftovers freeze wonderfullyjjjggg with some of the leftover liquid) and reheat easily in a pot on the stove!
Crock Pot Ranch Chicken Tacos
These easy chicken ranch tacos can be made in the slow cooker OR the Instant Pot! Also great for salads, enchiladas, and bowls!
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breasts
- 2 cups low sodium, fat-free chicken broth
- 1 package low sodium taco seasoning
- 1 package ranch seasoning mix
- 6 Flour or corn tortillas
- Toppings: shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream, lettuce, avocado
- Place the chicken into the slow cooker. In a bowl, whisk together the chicken broth, ranch seasoning mix, and taco seasoning. Pour the mixture over the chicken.
- Cook the chicken on low for about 3 1/2 hours or 1 1/2 hours on high in the slow cooker. If using a pressure cooker (Instant Pot), than cook on high pressure for 25 minutes and do a quick release when done. Remove the chicken and shred with a fork. Place the shredded chicken back into the slow cooker or pressure cooker and let sit for 10-15 minutes before serving.
- Use a slotted spoon and spoon the chicken onto a tortilla and top with desired toppings.
Nutrition estimate below includes 2 tacos per serving including chicken and 2 flour tortillas. Does not include toppings.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 358Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 886mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 41g
Nutrition estimate includes 2 tacos per serving including about 2-3 tablespoons chicken per taco and 2 flour tortillas. Does not include toppings.
72 Comments on “Crock Pot Ranch Chicken Tacos (or Pressure Cooker)”
I will vote for you my friend I absolutely love your dish today :)
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This looks absolutely incredible! I’m going to hop over and vote for you right away :)
I love the flavors of ranch with meat… and these tacos fit that bill!! I love your description of a crockpot..”throw a bunch of crap in and turn it on”. LOL! I know what you mean. :) Have a wonderful weekend. ~ Ramona
I love chicken in a crockpot, it’s one of my favorite ways to have it. My Husband on the other hand doesn’t like it that way at all!! Your tacos look amazing and i love that you used the Ranch dressing seasoning!
Crock pot recipes are the best! I love the ranch seasoning!
So easy. Definitely bookmarking this for next week’s dinners. And ranch seasoning–I freaking love the stuff.
I voted for you on Skinny Scoop!! :)
I love tacos and my slow cooker…definitely time I combined the two like this :) Congrats on the Skinny Scoop nomination too, you absolutely deserve it!!
I’ve never made tacos in a slow cooker before! I’m not sure why b/c crock pot recipes are a LIFESAVER! You’re going to rock it on skinny scoop for sure.
I love how simple crockpot meals are, and this one looks fantastic! I’ve made chicken like this with taco seasoning before, but never thought to add ranch. So smart!
Sadly, I have been living without a crockpot for the last year and a half as no one uses them here! I love how simple this recipe is though! I’ve got some homemade ranch mix at home that I need to use before we move and this would be perfect! My kids would love this too!!!
Thanks for sharing this recipe! Dumb question, but do you put the chicken into the crock pot raw or already cooked? I’ve never cooked meat in the crock pot before, so I wasn’t sure if it would be enough to cook the chicken. Thanks!
Not dumb at all, Lin! You put the chicken in raw. If it’s defrosted, it should take about 3 hours to cook. You can also put the chicken in frozen, but it will take longer to cook.
Can I use ground chicken breast in the crock pot instead? How long would I good that?
Hi Brandy, I have to admit that I have never tried using ground meat in the slow cooker so I’m not totally sure how it would turn out. If you use it, I would be sure to try to break it up into smaller pieces as much as possible before cooking. I would think the cook time would be about the same, but you might want to start keeping a closer eye during the last hour. Let me know how it turns out!
This was ok but I don’t see why the ranch seasoning is it in as the taco seasoning took over and I couldn’t taste the ranch at all…seems like a waste of ranch mix.
Sorry to hear you didn’t love the recipe, Karen. The ranch flavor is definitely not overwhelming in this one. If you want to try it again sometime, you can try adding additional ranch seasoning and/or maybe less of the taco seasoning and that might help the ranch flavor come through a little more.
Stephie! I made these tacos tonight and my husband and I loved them like crazy! Lets just say I made a whole recipe and we finished it all. My only problem was that the tortillas got super soggy and fell apart, but I just took out my tortilla chips and ate the chicken with the chips. I also added a can of corn in when I shredded the chicken, it was great.
I’m so glad you guys liked it, Kimmy! Sean has the same issues with the sogginess. I use a fork to get the chicken out so that it drains some of the juice away and it doesn’t make the tortilla get too soggy.
If you put a big piece of lettuce (like romaine) on the tortilla before putting the chicken or any other tacos first it’ll help stop the sogginess!
Hope that helps : )
That’s a great idea, Danielle!
What a great recipe idea to prepare taco’s on crock pot with simple ingredients too.
These look incredible. I love the crockpot idea, brilliant.
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Has anyone tried using actual ranch dressing instead of the packets??? Bc I have everything on hand, except the packets.
Hey Stacy, you can try just stirring in some ranch dressing instead, or you can just cook the chicken in the taco seasoning and just drizzle ranch on after!
Thanks Stephanie, I’ll try adding it in towards the end.
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Any idea how long to cook the chicken on high? It’s getting late and I’m craving these…can’t wait 3 1/2 hours! :)
Lena, 3 1/2 hours is the recommended time for cooking on low. On high, it would be about 1 1/2 hours. Sorry for any confusion in my first response back to you!
In your original instructions you say to cook for 3 1/2 hours on low but here you said 3 1/2 hours is the recommended cooking time for high. Which setting (high or low) is appropriate setting for this recipe?
Hi Lauren, it’s 3 1/2 hours on low or 1 1/2 hours on high.
Do you think I could use water I have everything but the broth some how I ran out
Hi Amber. You could use water, but just know that the broth adds a nice flavor to the chicken. The recipe should still turn out just fine with water though.
Definately in our dinner rotation! I personally don’t like an overwhelming taco flavor so used a little over half of the seasoning packet. It had a great balance of taco and ranch. Also these are a huge hit with my kiddos 4 and 2, and the hubby.
I’m glad the whole family liked it, Beth!
I made these tonight! They were soo easy and soo tasty! Definitely added to the dinner rotation. Thanks!
Yay! So glad to hear it! :)
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I was wondering if you can put in the chicken frozen or if it needs to be thawed??
Tried this last night and it was great! Super simple! We didn’t have tortillas on had so we just poured it over rice instead. Used my own taco seasoning and will probably lighten up on that next time to let the ranch come through a bit more. Also put some black beans in there and it added some nice texture to the dish. Will definitely be making this again!
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Being italian you are my kind of cook. Love your recipies.
Aw, thanks so much Marlene! Glad you are here! :)
Hi! How long in the croc pot if the chicken is frozen? High or low?
I liked where this was going but omg so salty. I used enough chicken, too.
Hi Jade, did you use low-sodium chicken broth? I have found that it helps with the saltiness. If you want to give it a try again, you can also try using less taco seasoning or low sodium taco seasoning. I’ve started using homemade seasoning for this recipe so I can control how much of each ingredient goes in.
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Has anyone tried doing this on the stove top instead of crockpot?
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I have made this several times with chicken and we love it! Has anyone ever tried it with any other meat?
Love this recipe! Thanks so much!
In my crock now
Planning on serving over rice
I hope you enjoyed it!
When cooking in the instant pot, could I just do 1 cup of broth to cut down on the liquid?
Sarah, you could try that, I haven’t tried it myself. I like being able to let the chicken kind of soak in the liquid for a bit after shredding it so it really gets moist and more flavorful.
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This was SO good! Beyond easy and quick! Even my picky 3 year old who rarely ever will eat more than 3 bites of chicken kept asking for more! THANK YOU!!! Definitely going on my list of easy, delicious meals to make!
I’m so glad, Lauren! It’s a favorite in my house too!
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