Easy Slow-Cooker Chicken al Pastor Tacos

Get ready to add a new recipe to your list of slow-cooker favorites! This easy dinner uses tender chicken thighs and canned pineapple for a fun riff on al Pastor that the whole family will love.
Prep 25 Minutes
Total Time 3 Hours 55 Minutes
Servings 10

Ingredient List

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup thinly sliced yellow onion
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut in thin strips
  • 1 packet (.85 oz) Old El Paso™ Al Pastor Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 20 oz boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 can (8 oz) pineapple tidbits in juice, drained
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1 box (4.7 oz) Old El Paso™ Stand 'n Stuff Taco Shells (10 Count), heated as directed on package
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (4 oz)
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • Lime wedges
Recipe Continues Below


  1. In large bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil, the salt, cumin and pepper. Add yellow onion and bell pepper; toss to coat. Spray oval 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Spread vegetable mixture in bottom of slow cooker.
  2. In same bowl, mix remaining tablespoon of vegetable oil and the taco seasoning mix. Add chicken; turn to coat. Place chicken in single layer over vegetables.
  3. Pour drained pineapple over chicken. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours, until chicken is cooked through and easy to shred (at least 165°F).
  4. Drain chicken and vegetables, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid; discard remaining cooking liquid. Shred chicken with two forks; return to slow cooker, and toss shredded chicken and vegetables in reserved cooking liquid to coat.
  5. Divide cabbage among heated taco shells; top with chicken and vegetables, cheese, green onions and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

Expert Tips

  • Boneless skinless chicken thighs are not only more flavorful than breasts—they also stay more tender with longer cooking.
  • Shredded iceberg lettuce makes a nice substitute for the shredded cabbage.


  • 1 Taco Calories 230 (Calories from Fat 100);  Total Fat 12g (Saturated Fat 4 1/2g ,Trans Fat 0g);  Cholesterol 65mg;  Sodium 420mg;  Potassium 190mg;  Total Carbohydrate 16g (Dietary Fiber 2g ,Sugars 4g);  Protein 15g
  • % Daily Value: Vitamin A 8%;  Vitamin C 20%;  Calcium 10%;  Iron 6%
  • Exchanges: 1 Starch;  2 Very Lean Meat;  2 Fat
  • Carbohydrate Choice: 1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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