Crockpot Cheddar Beer Chicken Tacos.
Cookies without calories this is clearly not.
But I can wish anything into existence!
I threw this in the crockpot at nearly 11PM one night last week. Yes, that is like three hours past my bedtime but I was feeling saucy or something.
Actually, I couldn’t stop thinking about BBQ beer chicken sandwiches and well, beer in general… but since I have a penchant for rarely making the same thing twice I simply threw some Mexican-type seasonings in there. I mean, if it was up to me I’d cook the freaking chicken in sangria or margaritas.
That’s how much I want to marry the cuisine just so my face can be stuck in it forever.
This is good stuff. Really good. It’s cheesy and beery and all-around delicious. You can make it to go in other things too, like um… cheddar beer enchiladas? Cheddar beer chicken soup? Cheddar beer ice cream sundaes? What?
It’s like you don’t even KNOW me.
Orrrr maybe you do.
Because you’re probably wondering why there isn’t more cheese and avocado and sour cream on that taco up there. And even some crushed blue corn chips. And queso. And where is my flippin’ margarita?
I’m right there with you.
Crockpot Cheddar Beer Chicken Tacos
[taco seasoning adapted from allrecipes]
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3/4 cup beer (I used an amber ale)
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
pinch of cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoons pepper
3/4 cup freshly grated cheddar cheese + more for topping
your favorite toppings: greek yogurt, avocado, cilantro, salsa, chopped onion, black beans, shredded lettuce, etc.
In a bowl, mix together chili powder, cumin, garlic, onion, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper. Measure out 3/4 cup of your favorite beer, and whisk 1 1/2 tablespoons of the taco seasoning into the beer.
Place chicken in the crockpot and dump in beer with seasoning. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4 hours.
When you first remove the lid, it will seem as though there is a lot of liquid and the chicken is just sitting in it, but take two forks or kitchen tongs and shred, shred, shred until it all comes together. Taste and season with additional taco seasoning if desired, then let sit in the crockpot for another 15 minutes or so. Turn the crockpot completely off, and right before serving toss in cheddar cheese. Once combined, immediately transfer the chicken to a large bowl so the cheese does not stick to the crockpot. Make your tacos!
Now about those cookies…
154 Comments on “Crockpot Cheddar Beer Chicken Tacos.”
this looks right up my ally, im in love with Chipotle and have been wondering how i could semi make my own at home! this looks like a great start and WILL be next on my cooking list!
this look right up my ally! Im in love with Chipotle and have been wondering how to go about trying to make my own burrito bowl at home, and this looks like a great start!
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you might cringe when I ask this, but would these still be good without the cheese? :-/ I don’t like cheese aside from mozzarella – I know, everyone thinks I’m crazy! I dunno what it is. My boyfriend likes cheese, though, but I think he will end up throwing his Mexican cheese blend on top of his tacos.
This has seriously become my go-to, I’m lazy on a Monday and there’s chicken in the freezer recipe. Twice now, I’ve made this with half frozen chicken (yeah, *I* totally think ahead) and not only are we both still alive, we love this recipe. I’m going to be totally honest, it took all my self control not to shovel the chicken in my mouth straight from the crockpot. All class, this one.
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I made these last night, and although I followed the directions perfectly, the recipe really fell short for me.
First off, there was way too much liquid – like I said, i following the directions closely and only used 3/4 cup of beer.
Also, there really wasn’t much taste at all to the chicken. Maybe it was because it was so watery.
I was so disappointed, I had read such great reviews!
I have these in the crockpot right now and they smell and taste so good. I had a bite as I was shredding the chicken. I love easy recipes like this one. For sure a keeper!
I feel like we are cooking soul mates…your cooking style and tastes are so similar to mine it’s freaky. My husband and I recently moved and I hadn’t been feeling much inspiration in the kitchen. Then I found your site and felt a fresh surge of creativity.
I made these tonight with slight variation on the seasonings- because cheddar and beer anything is awesome in my book- and we loved them! I’ve got two more of your recipes on deck for dinner next week and my husband’s insisted I make the Triple Crunch Oreo bars tonight to “bring to his mom for Mother’s Day.” As if we won’t devour them ourselves tonight!
Thanks for the great recipes ahd inspiration!
This looks delicious…I can’t wait to try this and the crockpot beans…they look perfect!!Have a great Memorial day..
Made this tonight … oh my ……….. was it ever Deee•Licious!!!!! mmmm mmmm mmmm!!!
Made theses today to bring to the yacht club party. All our beer was on the boat so I used a can of O’Douls amber – so these were great even using non-alcohic beer.
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Is it the same amt of cooking time if you double the recipe? I see it serves 4+ and we are having lots of people over.
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Made these tonight! They turned out great. Delicious, easy slow cooker recipe!
Made these today – I added in a can of drained pinto beans and a handful of frozen onions for the last 40 minutes – delicious! Thanks!
Question: How long did you leave chicken in for? Was it dry? Frozen or thawed?
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Making this for dinner tonight so i have more free time to start making my valentines goodies for my friends!!! Thanks for another TASTY recipe!
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I wanted to see if it would be possible to add this recipe to the CraftBeer.com recipe database? http://www.craftbeer.com/food/recipes
Hopefully you’ve been to the site before, but one of our main goals is to bring craft beer back to the dinner table by educating about pairings and cooking with beer.
We would create a post similar to this one: http://www.craftbeer.com/recipes/sea-salted-peanut-butter-stout-brownie-bars and include the link/logo and bio for HowSweetEats.com at the bottom.
Would it be ok to share this recipe?
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