Slow Cooker Beer Chicken Tacos with Jalapeno Slaw

Slow Cooker Beer Chicken Tacos

I’ve often been accused of going overboard.

Of being one of those people who just does too much. But it’s all smoke and mirrors in a way. I’m not as organized or even as interesting as I’d like you to think. I leave dishes in the sink far too long, my pantry is a mess and I am incredibly behind on what should be common business practices.

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But I always make tortillas from scratch, so that’s impressive, right? I still have to figure out how to organize my life, and I can often be a little too relaxed with the domestic chores, but I will dazzle you with soft tortillas that took way less time than you think. And the five minutes it takes to get this in your slow cooker will make you think I have this all under control.

Because taco nights and beer fix most minor life crises.

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Slow Cooker Beer Chicken Tacos with Jalapeno Slaw

Yield: 4 servings


    For Jalapeno Slaw
  • 1 cup shredded green cabbage
  • ½ cup red onions thinly sliced
  • 2 jalapenos, chopped (seeds and membrane removed)
  • 2 tbs IPA beer
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ½ tsp salt
  • For the Chicken
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • pinch cayenne
  • ¾ cup pale ale
  • 3 tbs tomato paste
  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs* cut into bite sized pieces
  • tortillas for serving


  1. In a small bowl gently stir together the slaw ingredients, refrigerate until chilled.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together cornstarch, cumin, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, brown sugar, cayenne, beer and tomato paste.
  3. Add the chicken to a slow cooker, pour the beer mixture over the chicken.
  4. Cook on low for 6 hours or until chicken is cooked through. Stir at least once during cooking.
  5. Spoon chicken into tortillas, top with slaw.
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24 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Beer Chicken Tacos with Jalapeno Slaw

  1. Heeeeeyyyyyyyy! You can’t tease with “I make tortillas from scratch” and then not link us there!! I wanna know your secret! 🙂

    1. If you click on the words “tortillas from scratch” it’ll take you to my recipe 🙂 I never tease when it comes to food!

  2. These look great but how spicey are we talking??? I’m somewhat of a wuss with too much hotness. Could I eliminate 1 jalapeño???

  3. Jalapeno slaw with IPA in it? Yes, yes please. I’m pretty sure I could just eat that and not notice I’m missing meat, ALTHOUGH this chicken looks equally incredible. Love that you used thighs!

  4. I’m at work and lurking on the internet and stumbled across your site in my search for “desserts with beer”(you know, normal search terms when you’re at work) — I don’t have much time (and having to minimize the screen every time someone pops up nearby makes in depth reading difficult) but I’ve read pretty much the first 3 sentences of every entry on your home page and I think you’re my new best (blog) friend….really….. I’ve already had to stifle my laughter and try not to snort so I’m really looking forward to reading everything when I get home. And if I sound weird, we’ll just blame it on Monday!

  5. Brilliant simplicity – that’s what it’s all about. As soon as I can access my slow cooker again (it’s in the storage shed behind all the outdoor plants being protected from winter coldness), I’m making these chicken thighs! 🙂


  6. Delicious! I goofed at the store and bought red instead of green cabbage, but I think it turned out ok! Made these for my beer and spice loving husband and he couldn’t get enough. I added some roasted corn and avocado to mine for lunch today, yum!

  7. Omg(2) X 2,000= these tacos!!!

    I can’t say enough about this recipe- we made tonight with chicken breasts and fresh corn tortillas… I made myself sick… I ate 4 freakin’ tacos! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe- I am a new fan of your site!!

  8. I can’t wait to try these! They’re going on the menu for the weekend. Recently got an instant pot and I’m going to try these in it.

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