Chicken Taco Salad

Chicken Taco Salad

Fresh, crispy, and crunchy taco salad! Easy week night dinner meal that everyone will enjoy because it is so versatile and easy to make.

If you love tacos and salad then you will fall in love with this chicken taco salad recipe! It’s the perfect combination to get my healthy Mexican styled fix for the week. Everyone likes to put different ingredients in their tacos which is why taco salads can be so versatile. Make it your own and experiment with different flavors! This recipe is perfect for a mid-week dinner meal because all you have to do it throw your chicken and salsa in the crockpot to let sit and cook all day. By dinner time it will be ready to enjoy and add your favorite topics to!

Chicken taco salads are perfect to prepare after having Mexican styled food the night before. Add some lettuce to your tacos and you will then have your very own taco salad. Check out what I like to put on mine:


Easy Dinner Idea

This easy chicken recipe is started in the crockpot by tossing in only 2 ingredients, chicken and salsa. Cooking these for a few hours prior to dinnertime will give you the perfect base for the chicken taco salad.

This recipe can be made healthier by not adding the tortilla strips or serving it just on a bed of lettuce. You can also do pork or beef instead of chicken if you prefer!


Tips for making the chicken

This one is super easy! Throw chicken breasts and salsa in the crockpot and cook! It’s as easy as that! Don’t worry about cutting it into small bits or shredding it until after it has cooked. It will be way easier this way!


Quicker way to make the chicken

If you don’t have time to wait for the crockpot you can always grill the chicken and dice it up! Or you can buy pre-cooked chicken from the grocery store and call it a day!


How to assemble a Taco Salad

  • Grab the shell
  • Spread refried beans on the bottom
  • Sprinkle with cheese
  • Top with the salsa chicken
  • Add the lettuce
  • Sprinkle with toppings
  • Drizzle dressing

You do not have to do this in this exact order, however this is the way I have found most success!

Chicken Taco Salad


  • Taco salad shells
  • refried beans, heated up
  • shredded cheese
  • lettuce, thinly shredded or sliced
  • tomatoes, diced
  • jalapeños, de-seeded and diced
  • sour cream
  • avocado
  • other toppings
  • Salsa Chicken Ingredients
  • 3-4 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cup salsa

Place chicken and salsa in the crockpot on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours. When it is done shred the chicken the way you like it.

Salsa Ranch Dressing


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 Tablespoon Ranch Salad Dressing Mix
  • 2 teaspoons cumin

Whisk all ingredients together. Then pour over the rest of the salad.

If you loved this recipe you will also love these chicken dishes:

Make this recipe your own by adding more of your favorite ingredients and switching your proteins! Also, check out my cookbook for more fun recipes like this one:


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