Mexican Style Shredded Chicken

Mexican Style Shredded Chicken is made with chicken breasts, salsa, tomatoes, onion, garlic and authentic Mexican seasonings.  It simmers for about two hours and turns out perfect every time.

Mexican Style Shredded Chicken is made with chicken breasts, salsa, tomatoes, onion, garlic and authentic Mexican seasonings

Learn how to make shredded chicken for authentic Mexican shredded chicken tacos, enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas and taco bowls. 

Mexican Style Shredded Chicken is made with chicken breasts, salsa, tomatoes, onion, garlic and authentic Mexican seasonings

MEXICAN SHREDDED CHICKEN RECIPE

If you like things on the spicy side, feel free to add a little extra chili powder or use medium or hot salsa instead of mild.  I typically make taco bowls with this Mexican shredded chicken and serve it over a bed of plain quinoa or Spanish quinoa with black beans, fresh corn on the cob, tomatoes, avocado, onions and cilantro.

  • 2 pounds chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup mild salsa (Hatch is a good one)
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • freshly ground salt and black pepper to taste

HOW TO MAKE MEXICAN CHICKEN

All of the ingredients for this shredded chicken get added to a Dutch oven, then it’s all simmered for about 2 hours.  As this chicken slowly simmers into an incredible stew-like concoction, it gives off an absolutely incredible aroma and has an amazing flavor.   If you prefer, add the ingredients to a slow cooker and cook on low for a few hours.

  • Add the olive oil to a Dutch oven.
  • Add the chicken to the Dutch oven.
  • Add the remaining ingredients.
  • Bring to a rolling boil, and boil for 3 – 4 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Simmer for about 90 minutes.
  • Remove chicken to a cutting board, and shred.
  • Return shredded chicken to the pot and let cook on low for an additional 20 minutes to absorb some of the liquid.

Mexican Style Shredded Chicken is made with chicken breasts, salsa, tomatoes, onion, garlic and authentic Mexican seasonings

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Originally published 4.2016 – updated 1.2020

Mexican Style Shredded Chicken is made with chicken breasts, salsa, tomatoes, onion, garlic and authentic Mexican seasonings
Yield: 6 - 8 servings

Mexican Style Shredded Chicken

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 12 minutes

Mexican Style Shredded Chicken is made with chicken breasts, salsa, tomatoes, onion, garlic and authentic Mexican seasonings.  It simmers for about two hours and turns out perfectly moist and tender every time.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup mild salsa (I use Newman's Own)
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • freshly ground salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add the olive oil to a Dutch oven.
  • Add the chicken to the Dutch oven.
  • Add the remaining ingredients.
  • Bring to a rolling boil, and boil for 3 - 4 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Simmer for about 90 minutes.
  • Remove chicken to a cutting board, and shred.
  • Return shredded chicken to the pot and let cook on low for an additional 20 minutes to absorb some of the liquid.

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