Shredded Chicken Tacos

October 11, 2011

I love quick and flavorful meals for weeknight dinners.  Quick and easy being key words here.  I found this recipe and it fit the bill perfectly.  I had leftover chicken from a Sticky Chicken in the crockpot (be sure to look at the link, I’ve updated the recipe with new pictures) and couldn’t resist making these.  Though these could simply be made with chicken breasts cooked and shredded like the original recipe calls for.

Ingredients: 2 cans tomato sauce, 8 ounces each, 2 teaspoons white distilled vinegar, 2 teaspoons garlic, minced, 1/2 onion, diced, 3 1/2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, 2 teaspoons oregano, 1/2  teaspoon sugar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 4 cups shredded cooked chicken (I like to use sticky chicken), 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped, 1/2 onion, diced, flour or corn tortillas

I am using leftover sticky chicken meat for this recipe.

Dice 1 whole onion and 2-3 cloves of garlic.

In a large skillet over medium high heat, add olive oil and 1/2 of the diced onion, cook 3-4 minutes.

Then add in the minced garlic and cook another 1-2 minutes.

Add in both cans of tomato sauce.


and spices.

Mix well.

If you’re lucky enough to have a helper, don’t forget the sugar.

and shredded chicken.

*Little W is always my kitchen helper.  Little Chef in training I say.

Mix together well, and cook another 3-5 minutes, until sauce thickens.

Then add in the other 1/2 diced onion and chopped cilantro, stir, and let cook 1 more minute.

Then serve on warmed tortillas, with your favorite toppings.

We love pico de gallo and sliced avocado.

Some shredded cheese or sour cream would be excellent as well.


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Shredded Chicken Tacos

Adapted from

2 cans tomato sauce, 8oz.
2 teaspoons white distilled vinegar
2 teaspoons garlic, mined
1/2 onion, diced
3 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons oregano
1/2  teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups shredded cooked chicken (I like to use sticky chicken)
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 onion, diced
flour or corn tortillas

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil and diced onions to sauté about 3-4 minutes, then add in minced garlic to cook for another 1-2 minutes. Then add in tomato sauce, vinegar, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and sugar. Mix well.  Then add in 4 cups of shredded cooked chicken.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until sauce has thickened, about 5 minutes.  Add cilantro and diced onion and cook 1 more minute until fragrant.
Serve over warmed tortillas with your favorite toppings.  We like pico de gallo and avocados.

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Sticky Chicken in Crock Pot October 11, 2011 at 10:15 am

[…] Use for any recipe that calls for cooked chicken like Enchiladas De Pollo Y Queso , Chicken Spaghetti , Creamy Spinach Enchiladas, Chicken Corn Chowder, Barbecue Chicken Pizza,Stuffed Corn Tortillas,  Pumpkin Enchiladas, and shredded chicken tacos. […]

Helene October 11, 2011 at 10:55 am

Those look SO good!! My chicken tacos never look that delicious! I would’ve never thought to use tomato sauce!! Oh and I’ll have to check out the new post for your Sticky Chicken!


Miz Helen October 14, 2011 at 10:54 am

Hi Sweet Pea,
Wow these look awesome, I will take two of those for lunch please. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
Miz Helen


Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free October 19, 2011 at 8:19 pm

These tacos looks so good — I’m putting them on my menu plan! Thanks.


Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free October 19, 2011 at 8:20 pm

…oh yes, and I love your pictorial directions, too.


Shannon October 19, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Those look great! Been craving Mexican food since we moved from Texas to Colorado. ;o)

Thanks so much for linking up to MomTrends this week! :o)


Miz Helen October 20, 2011 at 6:43 am

Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great week and enjoy your new Red Plate!
Come Back Soon,
Miz Helen


Vicki V October 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm

These look fantastic! I usually make chicken enchiladas when I’m rushed, but I love your tacos and the tomato sauce that they cook in would be a nice change! I’m pinning this.


Leah @ Beyer Beware November 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm

These look absolutely fantastic. Especially since they utilize leftovers or I can grab a rotisserie chicken on the way home on a weeknight. I included these in my 25 quick meal ideas blog post I did today. Come check it out!


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