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Reinventing taco night with these Slow Cooker Chipotle Orange Street Tacos. Shredded chicken (or pork) in a sweet and spicy chipotle orange sauce, all made in the slow cooker or instant pot. Done up right with lime smashed avocado, cheese, and a little spicy pineapple slaw, for the best “street” tacos at home, any night of the week.

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I’m constantly on the lookout for new taco inspiration. They’re one of my favorite foods, not only to make, but to share with you guys! I’ve said many times over, tacos are one of those childhood foods that I’ll always love. My dad would make ground beef tacos on a weekly basis. And to this day the idea of a taco dinner still delights me. Of course, I’ve upped my taco game since my youth, by sharing what I think are some pretty incredible tacos. Like these delicious vegetarian mushroom tacos, these tropical fish tacos, and my taco salad from a couple of weeks ago.

You see? It’s safe to say I really do love a good taco. Which brings me to today’s street tacos. These tacos were very much inspired by the tacos you might find on the streets of southern California. Or maybe even all the way down from the calles de Mexico. It’s a little hard for me to say for sure, as I’ve only been to one area of Mexico, and oddly, I didn’t have any tacos!

Basically, what I’m trying to say, is that this recipe is my take on street tacos. And they’re healthy, easy, and beyond good.

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Slow Cooker Chipotle Orange Street Taco meat in instant pot

I wanted to develop a taco that was sweet, spicy, and a little tangy. But without added sugars and ingredients that just aren’t necessary. I also wanted to share a taco recipe that could be quickly thrown together. Either in the morning before work, or when in a pinch, after work.

And that’s where these tacos come into play. I threw a few chicken breasts into my slow cooker. Then I added in onions, garlic, spices, chipotle peppers, and my favorite Florida’s Natural® Brand Orange Juice (which I love because it’s made with only Florida oranges, no added sugar or artificial ingredients). I cooked everything together low and slow until the chicken was falling apart and extra flavorful. The chipotle peppers give the chicken that spicy, smoky, authentic Mexican flavor. And the sweet and tangy orange juice helps not only to balance the heat, but also keeps the chicken from drying out.

No street taco is complete without a little slaw, so I mixed up a very simple one with colorful purple cabbage and pineapple. The slaw adds just the right amount of crunch. Every bite is bursting with sweet pineapple and a little spice from the fresh jalapeños. The perfect colorful topping for any taco. But especially perfect if you’re trying to get in some more vegetables this January!

And finally, I finished each taco off with avocado, and yes, a little bit of cheese too. Both are musts in my book.

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If you make these chipotle orange street tacos, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Slow Cooker Chipotle Orange Street Tacos.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 261 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs or pork shoulder
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2-4 chipotle peppers in adobo, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Florida's Natural® Brand Orange Juice
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • corn or flour tortillas, queso fresco, and mashed avocado, for serving

Spicy Pineapple Slaw

Instructions

Slow Cooker

  • 1. In the bowl of your slow cooker, combine the chicken, onion, garlic, oregano, salt, chipotle peppers, and orange juice. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-7 hours or on HIGH for 4-6 hours. Once the chicken is done cooking, shred with two forks and stir in the lime juice and cilantro. 
    2. To make the slaw, in a bowl, combine the cabbage, pineapple, jalapeño, cilantro, olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, and a pinch of salt.
    3. Stuff the chicken into the warmed taco shells and top with slaw, cheese, and mashed avocado. Enjoy!

Instant Pot

  • 1. In the bowl of your instant pot, combine the chicken, onion, garlic, oregano, salt, chipotle peppers, and orange juice. Cover and cook on high pressure/manual for 10 minutes. Once done cooking, use the natural or quick release function and release the steam. Shred with two forks and stir in the lime juice and cilantro. Follow steps 2 and 3 above.

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  1. 5 stars
    These are amazing! I’m definitely adding it to my taco rotation. I used 4 peppers and added the entire can of sauce on a whim, so spicy and delicious! The slaw complemented the tacos well and was so good.

    1. Hey Kristen,
      Happy Thursday! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

    1. Hey Amy,
      Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a go, I am delighted that it was enjoyed! Sorry about the spice. xTieghan

    1. Hey Alexis,
      Happy Monday! I am so glad this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for making it! xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    This was amazing! I made it tonight and it has been the best thing I have made in a while. I am on the whole thirty and limited to certain foods. I made this and just ate the chicken and salad with avocado. My husband loved it as well! He said the slaw was his favorite part. We will definitely be making this again! Thank You!

    1. Hey Marina,
      Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I am so glad it was enjoyed. Have a great Wednesday! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    I just made this over the weekend; it was delicious! It served a hungry group of five and got rave reviews. I followed the recipe exactly as written. I used two chipotle peppers and about a tablespoon of the adobo sauce. I think next time (and there is definitely going to be a next time) I’ll use 4 peppers. Everyone loved the slaw and when the meat was gone, folks finished it off alone because it was so good. Great recipe, thank you, Tieghan!

    1. Hey Jenny,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a go, I am thrilled that it was enjoyed! Have a great week:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Kiki,
      Yes, I would recommend cutting the recipe in half. I hope you love the recipe. Please let me know if you have any other questions and Happy Holidays! xTieghan

    1. Hi Ashlee,
      I would do 350 for 3-4 hours. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    The chicken is obviously amazing! The orange flavor is a nice change to the usual tacos I make at home. The real winner for me was the slaw… My boyfriend and I are in love with it! Already planning what other meals I already make that the slaw would be good with. It’s super flavorful and really brings together all the flavors. Thanks so much for another amazing recipe!!

    1. Thank you Natalie!! I am so glad this turned out so well for you!! I hope you continue to enjoy my recipes! xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    Made the chicken (left out the slaw) for Cinco de Mayo last night and it was a hit!! So tasty and simple. Literally took 5 minutes to throw everything in the crockpot and then another 5 to shread. Thanks Tieghan!

  6. Hi there, when I shred the chicken, do I keep it in the slow cooker juices? Or do I remove the chicken, then shred and add the lime juice and cilantro? Thanks!

    1. Hi Nicole,
      You can just shred the chicken in the slow cooker. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  7. These look great! How do you adjust the cook time for pork instead of chicken? Any advice for that? Thanks so much, can’t wait to try!

    1. Hey Megan, no need to adjust the cook time. It’s listed correctly! Just cute the pork into 2 inch chunks. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

    1. Hi! I heat them over an open flame on my gas oven! But watch them closely, they cook fast! Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  8. 4 stars
    Fantastic, though I’m going to punch up the heat in the slaw next time, since my family likes spicy. I loved the way my house smelled when I came in today after a long walk with our dog and baby. They were even better tasting than they smelled. My one question- how did you keep your slaw so bright? Mine went straight to purple when I added the vinegar.

    1. Hi Jennifer! I photographed the slaw pretty soon after mixing, so it just didn’t have time to fade in color I think. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I so glad you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

    1. HI! Try using shredded cheddar or crumbled feta cheese. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  9. LOVE LOVE your recipes! Can I modify this to cook for 7-8 hours on low? (Say I leave the house at 7:30 and get home at 5 – will it be ruined?)

    1. Hey Chloe! 7-8 hours on low will be great!! I always say the lower, the slower, the better 🙂 Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ??

  10. 5 stars
    Made this a few nights ago and we loved it! The slaw absolutely made it and the extra chicken was perfect for quesadillas the next day. I’m making more and more of your recipes and loving them! Thank you!

  11. 5 stars
    My husband and I loved these tacos. They were super yummy! I made the slaw, too, but we found out that we liked it without the slaw, because the taste of the chicken was enough!!

  12. Have you tried freezing it once cooked? If so do you have any specific suggestions? Thanks the recipe looks great!

    1. Hi Stefanie, I have not frozen this, but I am sure that will be great. I would recommend cooking the chicken, allowing it to cool, and storing the chicken in a freezer safe container for up to 3-4 months. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jessie, if you are using 2 pounds of pork shoulder (cut into 2-3 inch pieces), the cook time will not vary at all and you should follow the directions as listed. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  13. 5 stars
    This is my family’s new favorite taco! I made this recipe once for a taco party and again for a summer lunch. The flavors are wonderful, and I love the spicy crunchy slaw with the chicken. Thanks for an awesome recipe!

  14. 5 stars
    These were amazingI used fresh squeezed oj. The kitchen smelled divine while they were cooking. Thank you for another winner.

  15. we make a version of these tacos with the addition of adobo peppers and yellow mustart. Topped with lime juice, cilantro and sour cream. YUMMMMM

  16. 4 stars
    I added a tablespoon of brown sugar to the crockpot to help cut the heat of the chipotles. I also reserved some of the sauce, to which I added extra orange juice and another pinch of sugar. I reduced it by half and added it to the shredded chicken. My family won’t touch pineapple slaw, so I subbed a bag of chopped cheddar-chipotle salad (with dressing). We liked it so much that I’m adding this edited recipe to our monthly menu rotation. Thanks for sharing it!

  17. 5 stars
    These were AMAZING! I made them when we had friends over for dinner. We enjoyed your chocolate dipped peanut butter cookie ice cream sandwich recipe for dessert….YUM!!

    1. HI Anna! Yes, mangos will be delicious! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  18. Made this last week. Turned out great, Loved the slaw, I used angel hair green cabbage from a bag.

  19. 4 stars
    Oh my god! They were fantastic! I don’t really like pineapple and found this slaw is amazing! So fresh and bright. This is definitely going to be enjoyed many times this summer! With fresh margaritas too!

  20. If I use pork shoulder would you recommend cooking it whole in the crock pot or cutting it?

    Thanks so excited to make this!

    -Hayley

    1. HI! I would cook the pork whole, just add an hour or so of cooking time depending on the size of the pork. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  21. Excited to try these they look delicious! I recently found your blog and all of the dishes look amazing. Question about the nutrition facts. Are these only for he chicken and slaw or are the tortillas included? Thanks!

    1. Hey Meg! The tortillas are included! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  22. 5 stars
    These were *so* good. I used a cubed up pork butt and the flavors were perfect. I crisped it up under the broiler after slow cooking. I’m excited to try it with chicken next.

    1. Thank you so much Alyssia! I am so glad you enjoyed this and I hope you love it with chicken! xTieghan

  23. We really enjoyed this one! First night as tacos, and then the rest of the week for lunches at bowls. I added black bean/quinoa mix for the bowls, and it was delicious!

  24. 3 stars
    I think I added too much OJ. The flavor was good but I think next time I will attempt to cook this on the stove & simmer the chicken

    1. Hi Emily! I hope you try this again with less and hopefully it turns out better! Do you have any questions I could answer? xTieghan

  25. 5 stars
    This was so good and flavorful. I was worried cooking the chicken in the orange juice would be sour but the flavors in the slaw balance everything out. Going to double the chicken next time and freeze it!

  26. 5 stars
    I haven’t made these yet, but I’m still giving this recipe 5 stars. All your other recipes are amazing! Quick question on these tacos. How many tacos can I get out of these recipe? Thanks!

    1. Hi there! This will make enough for about 6-8 tacos! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  27. 5 stars
    Had to come back and rate after making. They were delicious! The pineapple slaw was a gorgeous compliment,and the chicken was slow cooked to tender perfection. Will definitely make again!

    1. Hi Aline! Thank you so much! I am so glad these tacos turned out amazing for you and I hope you love other recipes as well! xTieghan

  28. 5 stars
    These were fabulous! Made them in the slower cooker and served them over black beans w the slaw on top along w some salsa verde. Easy and delicious!

  29. 5 stars
    Not sure why this recipe hasn’t gotten as much love as it deserves! Made this last night and it was amazing. The sweetness of the pineapple in the slaw made everything come full circle for me. Delish!! I did buy the queso but forgot to put it on. I’ll remember tonight when we demolish the leftovers!! PS I used my IP which I’m still getting used to, was super easy and fast! Thanks again!

  30. these sound delicious! I don’t have a slow cooker or instant pot; could I make these in the oven or in a pot on the stove?

    1. Hey Melissa! Sure! I recommend pan searing the chicken in a large pot, then adding the remaining ingredients, covering and simmering on the stove for 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  31. 5 stars
    I made this last night using the Instant Pot! Dinner was ready in less than a half hour – so easy and oh my it was delicious, packed with so much flavor! Thanks again for another great recipe.

  32. These look delicious. What do you think beasts vs thighs. can’t decidemwhat to pick up…Thanks for another great recipe.

    1. HI! I love using a mix, I’d try 1 pound breast and 1 pound thighs for a great texture and taste! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  33. These look amazing! I have to modify for my toddler who won’t touch anything spicy; If I use some adobo sauce without the pepper, will I get the smoky flavor without the heat, or should I just leave that out?

    1. HI! Yes, just use a little of the sauce and leave the peppers out. I would think that should be just perfect! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  34. Looks beyond mouthwatering!! Tacos are one of my all-time favorite foods and I love that this recipe has a little sweetness to it. YUUUUUMMMM!

  35. Sounds delicious!!! Printing this out to make for Friday night. And since I am going to have fresh pineapple, the Pineapple Margarita Sparklers you posted at the end of last year!

  36. 5 stars
    I also have sweet memories of taco night from when my children were young and we would spend the evening enjoying good food and a movie. I love the “orange” take on your street tacos. And in my estimation, you just cannot have tacos without slaw. Your pineapple slaw looks fabulous. Thanks for reminding me of great memories of yesteryear.

  37. Hi Tieghan, theae look wonderful and I would love to make them but I’m vegetarian. Do you think jackfruit would work in place of the protein?

    1. Hi Jessica! I have not tried jackfruit in place of the meat, so I am not sure how it will turn out! I am really sorry about this! I hope you try this recipe and let me know how it turns out for you!