If there has been one thing to steal my heart from the wonderful clouds of smoke from my grill this year, it has been my slow cooker. I have always loved having a magic dinner-ready-when-I-walk-into-a-house-filled-with-tummy-growling-awesomeness tool but this year I really feel in love with it. And why? BBQ nachos waiting for me at 9:30 at night after a long day of work, creamy soups comforting me when I can’t chew, and this cookbook.

America’s Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution has been my most used cookbook this year. I am constantly flipping through it tabbing more and more pages. I have expanded my slow cooker collection to one large one, two small, and now one of those fancy triple ones for parties (thank you, Santa) and there are days when I feel like I could possibly use all of them. Every time I think I can walk away from this cook book for a little while, I am drawn back in by one more recipe I just have to try.  (Heck, I have made two from it this week alone!)

Now, because this is a book from America’s Test Kitchen (cough, Cook’s Illustrated) even this slow cooker book is not for a novice chef. It’s not dump everything in and walk away, poof, dinners ready 7 hours later. There is prep work, though it’s not terribly much. There may be some browning, or some simmering before hand but because its a ATK book, you know they did some crazy amount of research to make that simmering and browning 100% worth it.  Every recipe I have tried from the 336 page thick book has been mouth watering, hearty, and satisfying.

No, the following recipe is not from Slow Cooker Revolution. It’s a simple, fast, and painless kind of meal with no prep work and the product of some quick rummaging through the pantry. But I did want to get you all excited about the book. Why? Well I guess you will just have to scroll down a bit more.


Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos


  • 1 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken (breasts or thighs, whichever you prefer)
  • 1 8oz can enchilada sauce
  • 4 teas taco seasoning (I love this recipe)
  • a few dashes of tabasco sauce
  • 1/8 teas pepper
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Whole wheat soft taco shells


  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • black beans
  • salsa
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • guacamole
  • sour cream


Toss chicken in slow cooker with enchilada sauce, taco seasoning, tabasco sauce, and pepper. Cook on low for 5-7 hours, until chicken is easily shredded with two forks. After shredding, stir in cream cheese and cheddar until melted.

Serve with soft shell tacos and desired toppings.


I’m sure many of you are wondering where the pomp and circumstance when when I hit 2000 fans on facebook like I said was coming. I didn’t forget! Promise. Life just got, well, you know how it is…. So now, to celebrate 2100 fans – I am giving away a copy of Slow Cooker Revolution.

This post was not sponsored by anyone buy my piggy bank and me. This is a giveaway I am hosting to thank you for being great readers and to share my own enthusiasm for this book.

To enter to win a copy of Slow Cooker Revolution

Leave a comment here telling me a slow cooker recipe you would love to see featured on PtS.

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Entries accepted through March 25th at Midnight EST. Winner will be announced on 3/28/12. The winner will be notified by email and allowed to choose a digital copy for Kindle or a paperback copy.



  1. I’d love to see some more slow cooker recipes using chicken, especially ones that can be easily turned into leftovers–I love having extra portions to eat throughout the week. 🙂

  2. I’ve also pinned this recipe because I need to remember to make it. Looks delish. Also, I never know how to photograph tacos, but yours are fantastic looking!

  3. I love this recipe. I’ll always take some help from the slow cooker. The chicken looks so flavorful!

  4. Barbara Lyons says:

    I love my slow cooker, and have made nearly every type of dish in it. I love how American cooks are “coming around” to this invaluable tool. I prefer recipes that *don’t* call for pre-browning, so less dishes are dirtied in the process. I also enjoy your FB posts – keep ’em coming!

  5. You are the sweetest thing. And quite popular too!! I see I am not the only devoted fan!! Thanks for all you do my friend. Those tacos are making me hungry. 🙂

  6. I was just about to add this cookbook to my Amazon shopping cart before I realized you were giving it away! Time to stash it into the wishlist in case I don’t win ;-). Slow cookers are amazing, I love coming home to the smell of dinner ready to eat. A slow cooker recipe I would love to see you make would be maybe a chicken bacon and corn chowder?

  7. I’d love to see a basic recipe for homemade chicken stock. I’ve heard you can make it in the crock pot.

  8. I would like to see a slow cooker recipe for pot roast featured….. when I was growing up, my mom used to make this amazing pot roast in the slow cooker, but she’s one of those cooks who doesn’t use a recipe!

    I’m following Pass the Sushi on Twitter : )

  9. I love shredded meat tacos. Somewhere I saw a slow-cooker blueberry oatmeal that looked divine. Would love to try that!

  10. Ok, I don’t know how possible this is to make in a slow cooker, but I want to make bread in it… I know, probably not possible to make a legitimately tasty bread.. but, you asked 😉 Also, I’ve been loving the slow cooker too, we make tacos like this once a week, at least!

  11. Mmmmm, these look delicious! I always love tacos, but as always, own no slow cooker. Darn!

  12. These tacos sound incredible. Seriously I’m a huge chicken taco fan. Congrats on hitting such a fantastic # of fans on FB! Hmm … I’d love to see you experiment with dessert slow cooker recipes.

  13. Making this for dinner tonight!

  14. Nikki Dowl says:

    I have a crock pot that I never use because I dont have any recipes! I would love to see breakfast recipes.

  15. I would love to see slow cooker desserts like cakes – sometimes, you want CAKE on a hot day, and doing it in a slow cooker wouldn’t heat up the kitchen or the house.

  16. I am really , really slow cooker deficient. At one time I owned three of them and all three when for years without being touched. I gave away two and still have one sitting unused in the cupboard. Hmmm… what recipe? How about a breakfast oatmeal recipe so that I could just get up and eat?? Beautiful photos as always!

  17. I would like to see BBQ ribs recipe with slow cooker! Yummy!!!

  18. Pinned and Liked on Facebook!! I would love a good pork loin/tenderloin recipe.

  19. Thanks for the chicken taco recipe. It sounds great!
    I would love to see some slow cooker recipes using your triple cooker. I got one of those as a gift and don’t know what to do with it.

  20. Slower cooker dessert recipes would be great!

  21. I subscribe via email.

  22. I follow you on Twitter.

  23. I need to learn how to cook with my slow-cooker more! Thanks for the recipe.

  24. I would love any slow cooker dessert recipe! I also follow you on facebook.

  25. I think these tacos are enough to make me want to run out and buy this book pronto! But I’ll see if I win it first =) Hehe – seriously, these tacos are calling my name, big time!

  26. oooh I didn’t know ATK had a slow cooker cookbook! I’ve been wanting some white chicken chili lately.

    Also liked on FB and following in my RSS feed 🙂

  27. I would like to see some desserts that would be fancy enough to serve at parties.

  28. I love seeing any dinner time recipes that makes dinner quick and easy!

  29. I follow @passthesushi (@cmouse01)

  30. Sail2byzantium says:

    Slow cooker chicken tikka masala or butter chicken? I will do all the above for extra credit!

  31. Would love to win this book. I’d love some more appetizer recipes.

  32. Do you have a recipe for enchilada sauce for slow cooker? That seems like the perfect recipe to make in bulk and save for recipes like this one.

  33. Wow, those look amazing. I love the color of those chilis, too; such a deep, rich shade. There’s something almost magical about chilis, isn’t there?

  34. Do you have any recommendations for enchilada sauce substitution? My hubby isn’t a huge fan, but loves the shredded chicken at mexican restaurants and has been begging me to find a good recipe for home!

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