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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

Servings 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


  • In a small bowl gently stir together the slaw ingredients, refrigerate until chilled.
  • 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.
  • Add the chicken to a slow cooker, pour the beer mixture over the chicken.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours or until chicken is cooked through. Stir at least once during cooking.
  • Spoon chicken into tortillas, top with slaw.

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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel January 24, 2014 um 7:40 am

I can be a total wuss about some spicy food but I’d definitely give this a try! And now you have me wanting to make homemade tortillas!


Sophia @ NY Foodgasm January 24, 2014 um 8:06 am

Love the sweet and savory thing happening here, YUM!


Eileen January 24, 2014 um 9:52 am

I see nothing wrong with going overboard, especially if the result is a gigantic plate of these tacos. TACOS! I’m just saying. 🙂


ashley – baker by nature January 24, 2014 um 10:02 am

I looooove spicy food! I want 350,000 of these tacos right now!


rachel January 24, 2014 um 12:37 pm

Wow, this looks so good!!!


Jenna January 24, 2014 um 1:58 pm

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


Jackie January 24, 2014 um 3:34 pm

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


Meredith in sock monkey slippersdith January 24, 2014 um 2:28 pm

I could practically inhale those tacos!!


Tieghan January 24, 2014 um 8:16 pm

I love me some spice!! These sound and look incredible. Ditto what Meredith said. I would inhale these!!


Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen January 25, 2014 um 5:27 am

Hahaha! So true –>Because taco nights and beer fixes most minor life crises.

These tacos look amazing Jackie! I am so impressed you make your own tortillas! I need to try that some time!


Kelly January 25, 2014 um 6:06 am

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


Jackie January 25, 2014 um 9:11 am

Most of the heat in a pepper is in the seeds, so just remove the seeds and it’ll be fine.


Paula – bell’alimento January 25, 2014 um 12:32 pm

Oh my, oh my! These chicken tacos sound amazing! I love the flavors!


Rachel @ Bakerita January 25, 2014 um 1:43 pm

1) Totally impressive that you make your own tortillas, and 2) I NEED these right now! They look so darn good, pinned!


Danguole January 26, 2014 um 4:19 pm

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!


kristin January 27, 2014 um 7:14 am

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!


Jackie January 27, 2014 um 9:20 am

thank you Kristin!


addie | culicurious January 28, 2014 um 6:07 pm

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! 🙂



Robyn February 4, 2014 um 11:21 am

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!


Jennifer March 16, 2014 um 7:28 pm

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!!


Jackie March 17, 2014 um 4:06 pm

Thank you so much!


plasterers bristol June 8, 2016 um 10:27 am

Oh delicious, i love this sort of food, Great recipe.



Jessica January 8, 2019 um 6:47 am

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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