These freezer-friendly slow cooker chicken taquitos are amazingly easy and cheap & tasty. They are an EXCELLENT premade addition to any freezer for quick dinners, snacks, and lunches.
And the best part is, is that there are several ways to make them, they are super freezer-friendly before AND after cooking too! For cooking the meat you can use the crockpot, a skillet, or your pressure cooker. Then all methods get a quick trip in the oven to finish them off.
I adore all the dishes you can make using chicken, it is one of the most versatile meats for slow cooker recipes. Check out these recipes for a little more slow cooker chicken magic; crockpot chicken and rice, slow cooker chicken and potatoes, or this crock pot chicken & dumplings.
This crockpot chicken taquitos recipe makes an AMAZING freezer recipe. And there are lots of ways to do freezer meals. Making just a couple of freezer meals now and then can save you a ton of money…
In This Article (click headings to jump)
- 1 Spicy Slow Cooker Chicken Taquitos Freezer Meal Options
- 2 How To Make Chicken Taquitos a Little Different
- 3 Shredded Chicken Taquitos Cooking Variations
- 4 More Easy Crockpot Chicken Recipes
- 5 Spicy Slow Cooker Chicken Taquitos [Easy Instant Pot, Crockpot, Freezer & Oven Baked Directions]
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Spicy Slow Cooker Chicken Taquitos Freezer Meal Options
Here are just a few possibilities to begin on make-ahead meals:
- Mix up 2 batches of these homemade chicken taquitos. Make one for supper and freezer the other for next week. Follow this method every few meals for a couple of weeks. Make a note in this
freebie meal plannerand log the date. You will be stocked up in just a couple of weeks.
- Pick out several slow cooker freezer meals. Be sure to set each recipe’s serving options for the mouths you'll be feeding. Prep your grocery list, go shopping if you need to, and toss them together per the freezer meal cooking guidelines on each recipe. If you prep 5 recipes using this method and double it; you obviously get 10. And now! You've got meals made for well over a week.
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The bulk of uncooked freezer meals are good frozen for several months. But for this recipe, 6 weeks is the max I’d go IF you freeze them rolled. Frozen in a bag, like a regular freezer meal, 3 months is fine.
How To Make Chicken Taquitos a Little Different
There are so many reasons I love this recipe. And there are so many ways to make it a little different! I'm not talking about just the differing cooking methods, I mean the ingredients. All it takes is changing up one or two ingredients to have a new, delicious variation.
Southwest Chicken Taquitos Ingredients
The stuff you need for these spicy chicken taquitos are meat, a couple of canned goods, canned beans, spices, and cheese. And your tortillas. That’s it!
Chicken Taquitos Recipe Meat Options
Chicken breasts are the meat we used for this recipe. But, you could also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs OR you can use pork loin, a pork roast, a beef roast, or even beef stew meat!
The roasts will need to be cooked a couple more hours before shredding it. The stew meat would need about the same time as the chicken breasts, maybe an additional hour, but no more.
Canned Goods for Making Chicken Taquitos
- Fire Roasted Tomatoes – There are LOTS of variations here! Chili Ready Tomatoes or Rotel, just a couple of ideas. You could even swap out the salsa for a cream of chicken soup and use Italian Tomatoes. You’d need to swap out the spices of course. But if you wanted to take a super-quick shortcut, you could just use spaghetti sauce.
- Salsa – Any flavor of salsa will work. Or as previously stated, you could use a can of cream of chicken soup. Or if you want to go Italian, use spaghetti sauce.
- Green Chilis - Chilis add a nice bite. They can be too much for some people though. They can be used or left out. If you want to substitute something else then any sort of cooked or canned veggie or pepper would work.
- Black Beans – If you want to stick with a Mexican theme, you could use pinto beans or red beans. If you maybe wanted to go with a Cajun theme, you could use red beans and swap out the spices for a Cajun seasoning. White beans would go very well with an Italian swap out for chicken taquitos…but I guess they wouldn’t REALLY be taquitos anymore. But you get me. You taste combinations are just about endless!
Spices & Seasonings for Taquitos
For these slow cooker chicken taquitos we used cumin, chile powder, garlic powder, and onion powder. Now, I use onion and/or garlic powder in almost all recipes. We love the flavors.
But chili seasoning and cumin are (for me) Mexican or Tex-Mex only. So, if you want to go Italian, a spaghetti seasoning would go best. For Cajun, I’d go with Tony Chachere’s.
Taquitos and Cheese Options
You could stick with cheddar cheese for just about any recipe. Or you could go with a Mexican cheese blend for simplicity's sake. For the Italian/Spaghetti sauce idea, I’d go with Mozzarella.
And if you want to go for a creamy chicken taquito recipe, maybe using cream cheese would be a good option. I’d go with half cheddar and half cream cheese for that.
Why Substitute Ingredients in Your Chicken Taquitos?
And the reason for changing up the recipe a bit? SALES and bulk purchases. Menu planning, sales shopping, and purchasing in bulk are super smart moves you can do for your food budget. And knowing what the heck to do with bulk buys, that is the ticket to get a stock of freezer meals, saving $$$ AND far never wondering what's for dinner again.
This freezer-friendly recipe excursion is part of bulk meal assembly by shopping meat sales. Of course, this isn't intended to eat slow cooker chicken taquitos for multiple meals back to back. That isn’t the goal here. We want to make a stash here.
So, if you can purchase bulk meat for a couple of weeks, you can rotate that stash. AND
we made a printable meal prep calendar you are most welcome to download to keep track of your purchases.
Shredded Chicken Taquitos Cooking Variations
These spicy chicken taquitos recipe is cooked in our slow cooker. But it CAN be made multiple ways.
- Instant Pot
Luckily, all 3 cooking methods use the exact same ingredients. Most of the prepping part of the instructions is the same as well.
And in the end, all 3 methods are rolled and baked. So the most difficult part isn’t difficult at all. It’s a little time consuming for me because I don’t roll burritos/taquitos quickly. It is NOT my gift.
This IS the most time-consuming thing about the whole recipe, no matter the variations. But it’s worth it! Having these prepped and ready any time you need or want them…that’s awesome!
More Easy Crockpot Chicken Recipes
I sometimes marvel at slow cooker chicken recipes. They are quick and easy, stock freezer meals, AND make everyone happy. Here are a few more chicken ideas. Enjoy!
Spicy Slow Cooker Chicken Taquitos [Easy Instant Pot, Crockpot, Freezer & Oven Baked Directions]
- Non-Stick Skillet
- Kitchen Mixer
- Cookie Sheet
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 15- ounces can of fire-roasted tomatoes
- 1 cup salsa your favorite kind!
- 1 small can diced green chilies
- 1 tablespoon chile powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 15- ounces can black beans rinsed well and drained
- 2 cups shredded cheese
- 10 flour tortillas burrito sized
All Cooking Versions - First Step
- Butter the insert or melt over medium-low heat in a skillet.
- Place trimmed chicken breasts into cooking appliances. Pour the fire-roasted tomatoes, salsa, green chilies over the top. Sprinkle with seasonings.
- Cook on low for 4-5 hours, or until the chicken is fully cooked.
- Manual high; 10 minutes for 1 to 1 1/2 inch thick breasts, 15 minutes if thicker. Quick-release, allow some of the steam to escape.
- Turn heat to low and cover skillet. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Uncooked - Combine all ingredients in a 1-gallon freezer bag. Lay flat and freeze for up to 3 months.
- Cooked & Rolled - Lay flat on a cookie sheet so the taquitos are not touching. Allow to freeze firm (at least 4 hours, overnight works). Remove and place in a 1-gallon freezer bag with a note they are good for up to 6 weeks. Heat in microwave on high for 3-5 minutes from frozen. If defrosted, heat in the microwave (1-2 minutes) or oven (350 degrees for 10-14 minutes).
- Rolled & Uncooked - Freeze per the cooked and rolled method shown above.
All Cooking Versions - Last 2 Steps
- Shred the chicken with two forks, or by tossing it into your stand mixer with the paddle or beater attachment and mix on low until shredded. Place meat back into crockpot, and add in the rinsed and drained black beans and cheese. Stir well and keep warm until you fill your tortillas.
- Fill tortillas with chicken mixture and roll it up. Place on a prepared cookie sheet and spray the tops of the tortillas with additional cooking spray.
- Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown and slightly crunchy.