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Slow Cooker Beer Chicken Tacos

Course: Entree | Beer Style: Lager

Slow Cooker Beer Chicken Tacos

These chicken tacos are easy to make (10 minutes of prep time and four hours in the slow cooker is all you need), but they look and taste like you spent all day in the kitchen. The leftovers are delicious the next day too.

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Prep Time: 10 minues


  • 2 pounds trimmed, skinless chicken tenderloins
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion
  • ¾ cup beer (a refreshing, Mexican-style lager works well)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • (2) 10-ounce cans of diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 14.5-ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • (2) 6-ounce cans of tomato paste
  • Limes or lime juice to taste


  1. Place chicken in the slow cooker.
  2. Peel and dice the onion, then add it to the slow cooker
  3. Pour the beer into a vessel and stir in chili powder, cumin and garlic powder.
  4. Cover chicken and onion mixture with beer and spice mix.
  5. Drain tomato and chili mixture slightly before adding to the slow cooker.
  6. Open and lightly drain excess liquid from the tomatoes. Add them to the slow cooker. (Some liquid is fine.)
  7. Stir so that everything in the pot is evenly covered by liquid.
  8. Cook on high for four hours or low for eight hours, stirring about halfway through. Shred the chicken with a fork 30 minutes before serving.
  9. Add two cans of tomato paste and stir well.
  10. Continue to cook on low so that the chicken can absorb tomato paste and additional juices.

Alicia Underlee Nelson is a freelance writer and photographer who covers craft beer, travel, art, entertainment, history and breaking news for Thomson Reuters, Food Network, USA Today, Delta Sky Magazine, AAA Living Magazine, Midwest Living, Beer Advocate, trivago, Matador Network and numerous other publications. Her first book, titled “North Dakota Beer: A Heady History,” was published in 2017. Follow her adventures across the American Midwest, prairie provinces of Canada and beyond at You can also find her (and photos of what she’s drinking) on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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