This Copycat Recipe For Cafe Rio Crock Pot Chicken Tacos Makes Super Flavorful And Easy Tacos Your Family Will Love! A Great No Prep Crockpot Dump Recipe!

Cafe Rio Crock Pot Chicken Taco

There are few things that I love as much as I LOVE tacos.  A good shredded chicken taco really makes me happy.  I searched for a long time to find a great recipe for tender yet and flavorful chicken meat for my tacos.

Well…guess what? I found THE recipe for me! It’s supposed to be a “knock off” recipe of Cafe Rio’s chicken.  Honestly, I’m not sure I find it to be an accurate copycat recipe, but, it’s an amazingly delicious recipe for a Mexican style chicken filling.  When I first looked at the ingredient list I was beyond skeptical.  They didn’t seem like ingredients I’d try to combine together to achieve a Mexican flavor chicken, but I really liked the blog I found this recipe on, so I figured I’d give it a try!  Thank heavens I did! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made this since it first went into my crockpot!


Cafe Rio Crock Pot Chicken Taco


Cafe Rio Crock Pot Chicken Taco
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Cafe Rio Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

This Copycat Recipe For Cafe Rio Crock Pot Chicken Tacos Makes Super Flavorful And Easy Tacos Your Family Will Love! A Great No Prep Crockpot Dump Recipe!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 141 kcal
Author kathleen


  • 4 Large Boneless Chicken Breast Halves
  • 1/2 Cup Prepared Zesty Italian Dressing
  • 4 Large Garlic Cloves Minced
  • 1 Prepared Packet Dry Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Dried Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Dried Ground Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Smoked Paprika


  1. Add the chicken to a crock pot.
  2. Combine the Italian dressing, garlic, and package of Ranch mix in a small bowl then pour over chicken.
  3. Cook on high 3 hours or on low for 6 hours.
  4. Remove chicken from crock pot and shred.
  5.  Add the shredded chicken to the crock pot and combine with the liquid left in the crock pot. Turn off the crock pot and allow the chicken to rest in the liquid for about 10 minutes to absorb the flavors.
  6. Now go make some delicious tacos...or burritos....or taco salad.... or quesadillas....or whatever your little heart desires!

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Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
Cafe Rio Crock Pot Chicken Tacos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 141 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 307mg 13%
Potassium 332mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 2g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 7.7%
Vitamin C 1.9%
Calcium 1.7%
Iron 4.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe Notes For Cafe Rio Crock Pot Chicken Tacos: 

This is one of those wonderful recipes that essentially all you do is throw your ingredients in the Crock Pot and let it do its thing.  You don’t have to brown the chicken ahead of time and there isn’t a bunch of ingredients to chop.  NO, this delicious crock pot chicken is super delicious and super easy! My favorite combination for a weeknight meal 🙂

Don’t skip the last step of letting the chicken rest in the juices after you shred it or you won’t get the best results. The chicken absorbs a lot of flavor and moisture during this step.  If by chance you happen to have any leftover, actually it’s even better the day after you make it.  Leftovers are the bomb!!!

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Source: Real Mom Kitchen