Two-Ingredient Chicken Tacos

Is anyone else out there feeling end of summer stress? Or is that just me?

Doodle starts kindergarten next week, and I still have a million things left to do.

Including having a semi-nervous breakdown. How is my kiddo old enough to be in kindergarten?

We went to an open house at the school a few nights ago, and he refused to hold my hand or walk next to me.  What’s up with that?  I thought I still had a few more years before he was too embarrassed to be seen with me.

So, would it be weird if I stalked his classroom during the week?  You know, just to make sure he’s doing okay and hasn’t forgotten about the person who gave birth to him.

In the meantime, I’m on the look-out for quick and easy weeknight meals as we start our new schedule for the school year.  And it doesn’t get much easier than this recipe.  Chicken, a jar of salsa, a crock pot, and my pie-hole.

What’s your favorite easy weeknight meal?

Two-Ingredient Chicken Tacos
  • 2 to 3 pounds boneless chicken breasts
  • 16 oz jar salsa
  1. Place chicken in the bottom of your crock pot and pour the salsa on top. Cover and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours, until chicken is tender.
  2. Shred, and serve in taco shells with your favorite toppings.

If you have leftovers, add shredded chihuahua cheese (a Mexican melting cheese; smoked Gouda or Monterrey Jack would also work well) to your chicken. Roll the mixture up in corn tortillas, and place in a baking dish. Top with additional cheese, and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes. Serve with salsa verde and your favorite toppings!




  1. Shirley

    This is perfect for a easy quick dinner. And who doesn’t like tacos.

  2. Melissa

    I have been doing this for a year or so. I don’t do it in the crockpot though, so I will have to try that when school starts and we get super crazy. I boil my chicken and shred it and then cook it down again with the salsa for a minute or two. It’s great because those trace packets are so salty to me andi found I didn’t like it. A can of rotel tomatoes also works well. And the kids don’t realize they are eating some veggies! My pumpkin starts kindergarden in a week- and I’m not happy about it. She is though, I went to book day and her teacher sent a note and she slept with it!

    • Ashley

      That is so sweet that she slept with the note! I think the start of kindergarden is harder on moms than it is for the kiddos! I like your idea, too, to boil the chicken and then add the salsa. Still quick and easy!

    • Ashley

      I am all about simple and yummy! 🙂 Hope you try it!

  3. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    Haha “so he never forgets about the person who gave birth to him.” I doubt Doodle would ever forget someone like you–you make him incredible treats like these tacos and all those delicious baked goods 🙂 still, I don’t even know Doodle and *I* can’t believe he’s in kindergarten! What a cutie! And OMG, I am loving these tacos. 2 ingredients? That’s screaming my name after a hellish long day of work.
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    • Ashley

      Oooh, Amy, I hope you like the crock pot. I do actually use mine quite a bit, especially for soups and stews in the fall/winter. And this chicken taco recipe is one of my faves because it requires zero effort.

  4. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    this is probably the weirdest thing you’ll ever read but chicken and salsa are two of my favorite foods. Even though salsa is sorta kind a condiment, I could DEFINITELY eat an entire jar. Thank goodness i’m going out for Mexican tonight with Kevin because you got tacos on my mind today!!
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    • Ashley

      Sally, I don’t think that’s weird AT ALL. ‘Cause I’ve been known to eat an entire jar of salsa in one day…by myself. And yeah, I like chicken, too, especially WITH salsa (and a margarita).

  5. Natalie D.

    So first off, I love your blog. I still think about those cheesecake pops you make awhile back. So gorgeous and easy! Now, second. I don’t cook. I bake. This recipe is from heaven. Two ingredients?! Even I can do that. Thanks!
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  6. Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking}

    Great minds think alike, Ashley! We always have chicken tacos and wraps. They’re so delicious. I too, use salsa from a jar and salad. I usually do a whole feast of salad stuff from lettice, cucumber, tomatoes, red/green peppers, and somtimes cheese too.

    Next time I make these, I want to use Tzatziki. Yum! Thanks for sharing.
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  7. Back For Seconds

    I just made chicken tacos the other day. I can’t believe how simple these are! Too bad I didn’t see this post earlier :/ btw, I am totally against kids growing up. Who do they think they are?
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  8. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    My youngest did that when he went to kindergarten too! It was the saddest day when he wouldn’t let me walk him to his class!!! Seriously? We are the momma’s and I say stalk his class every week:-) And 2 ingredient tacos…love it!! Perfect dinner after a day of stalking our kids!!!!
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  9. Shannon Pierron

    My home health nurse gave me a recipe similar to this last week. Cooked it Friday and my family went CRAZY over it! Just a couple of changes-
    Instead of salsa, I used a large jar of picante sauce and added an envelope of chicken taco seasoning. That was all her recipe called for. BUT, due to health problems and me on a high protein diet, I decided to add in a can of rinsed black beans and a can of drained whole kernel corn. We had soft and crunchy tacos. AMAZING DISH!!!



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