Healthy Ranch Chicken Tacos

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Ranch Chicken Tacos

Who doesn’t get that warm feeling inside when you think of ranch flavored anything! This healthy ranch chicken tacos recipe is amazing because of the flavor and convenience it offers! You can prep this meal in minutes!

Make cool ranch crockpot chicken tacos or tostadas tonight!

Its also a great freezer meal so prep one to cook for dinner tonight and then freeze a meal so you have an easy weeknight meal ready to go in the freezer. Dump freezer meals make dinners easy and will take stress away from you having to think about dinner.

Today I had one of those, oh crap I forgot to plan dinner moments, so I spent 60 seconds pulling out a crockpot freezer meal and dumping it into the crockpot. All done! 

No stress, no mess and I only spent 5 minutes when I did prep the crockpot chicken ranch tacos!

When you think of ranch chicken tacos does your mind immediately go to hidden valley ranch chicken tacos?! Mine used to, in fact I didnt realize you could enjoy ranch anything preservative free. Until I discovered you can make your own cool ranch chicken tacos with spices!

Clean eating is extremely important to me and seasoning packets contain all sorts of stuff im not interested in putting into my body. Its so simple to throw a bunch of seasonings together and worth the health!

Why you will love this ranch chicken tacos recipe. 

  • 10 Minutes to Prep
  • Super Easy
  • Extremely Tasty
  • Healthy (Soy Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free)
  • Family Friendly
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Are tacos healthy?

Yes! It all depends on what you top off the chicken with. I love to use avocados, fresh veggies, salsa and guac on top of a gluten free tortilla or rice. You can also use any kind of tortilla that works with your dietary preferences. Lots of cheese and/or sour cream can take you in a different direction depending on your diet and portion size. 

Although I love to top off the taco with a bit of cheese at the end. 

The best thing about tacos is they are all about you and what you like! Avocado ranch chicken tacos are my fav!

 

Ingredients you will need for this healthy ranch chicken tacos recipe. 

  • chicken thighs (bone-in)
  • olive oil
  • chili powder
  • pepper
  • salt
  • cumin
  • red pepper flakes
  • paprika
  • oregano
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • dried parsley
  • dill
  • tortillas (dietary preference)
  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • avocados

What about the ranch seasoning?

Your ranch seasoning flavors come out in the seasonings hand picked for this recipe. Ranch seasoning packets involve a mixture of spices to get the flavor we all know and love. But sometimes in prepackaged mixes there can be fillers and preservatives.
 
Thats the great thing about this ranch chicken recipe. No fillers or preservatives, just spices from your cabinet. Enjoy this clean version of cool ranch chicken tacos. 
 

How to make ranch seasoning?

SUPER EASY! Just blend together all the spices for the ranch chicken tacos recipe and then use as directions to coat chicken in recipe. 
 

How to make this sloppy joe recipe in the slow cooker?

Just throw everything into a slow cooker and let it cook for you. No mess, no fuss and a delicious home-cooked dinner!
 
These chicken ranch tacos are a great weight watchers option according to your needs. 
 
 

 

What kind of meat can I use?

You can make a ground chicken ranch taco if desired. Or try it with chicken breasts. Any cut of chicken will work in this recipe but remove skin so that the recipe is not overly fatty.
 

What to serve with tacos for a party?

Have you ever seen an amazing crockpot chicken ranch tacos pinterest picture and got excited immediately?! But then comes the moment of a full dinner…
 
…What else to serve?
 
I love adding in chips and salsa or chips and guac when it comes to tacos. But my newest favorite side for taco Tuesday is deconstructed Mexican corn. Its amazing!
 

How to store this healthy ranch chicken tacos recipe?

After cooking store in fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
 

Do I need a slow cooker for this recipe?

You can use a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe. These crockpot chicken tacos with salsa and ranch turn out amazing!
 
It is designed to be fast and easy so you do not have to take the time to cook all night.
 

Can I use an instant pot instead?

Of course! Instant pot ranch chicken tacos are so good too!
 
If you are tight on time or a last minute cook then throw everything in the instant post and adjust cook time. For slow cooker to instant pot conversion times click here to get a simple instant pot cheat sheet. You will never have to guess or research an instant pot cook time again!
 

*See FAQ’s and specific tips following recipe below. (so you don’t have to scroll for a million years to find the food 😉 ).

How do you make this Ranch Chicken Tacos Recipe? 👇 

Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Tacos

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 261kcal

Ingredients

Main:

  • 2 lb Bone-In Chicken Thighs, no skin*
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes*
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp Dried Parsley
  • 3/4 tsp Dill

Fresh Ingredients (Needed Day of Cooking):

  • 12 Medium tortillas of dietary preference
  • 2 cup Lettus, chopped
  • 1 Bunch fresh cilantro, diced
  • 2 Tomatos, chopped
  • Any other favorite taco toppings!

Supplies for freezing:

  • 1 Gallon Freezer Bag

Instructions

Directions:

  • Add all main ingredients into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  • Shred chicken, remove bones, and stir back into sauce in slow cooker.
  • Serve in preferred tortillas or over cauliflower rice with favorite taco toppings!

Freezer Directions:

  • Label gallon freezer bag with recipe name, cooking from freezer directions and expiration date (todays date plus three months).
  • Add all main ingredients to labeled freezer bag (fresh ingredients are not needed until day of cooking).
  • Seal bag, removing as much air as possible and freeze for up to three months.

Cooking from Freezer Directions:

  • If desired, Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Dump contents of gallon freezer bag into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  • Shred chicken, remove bones, and stir back into sauce in slow cooker.
  • Serve in preferred tortillas or over cauliflower rice with favorite taco toppings!

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How freezer meals will change your life.

Makes homecooking Easy

Only spend one hour in the kitchen for a whole week of dinners. Day of, throw your freezer meal in the slow cooker or instant pot and enjoy dinner!

feel confident

Knowing you have a fool proof systen for something that is easy and works gives you confidence in the kitchen. So wether you're a seasoned chef or occational home cook the method of freezer cooking will work for you!

Eat Healthier

Because you're prepping the freezer meals with fresh foods you're eating healthier. Anytime you cook at home instead of eating out you get the benefits of healthier food.

Enjoy less stress

Have you ever felt the pressure of forgetting about dinner, or having to cook at the end of a long day?! No more, just grab something out of the freezer and you're good to go.

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Frequently asked questions

No problem! Just throw the freezer meal in your slow cooker and you’re all set. If it doesn’t fit thaw it for a few minutes in warm water. (You may need to add an extra 30 minutes cook time if completely frozen when cooking).

If you’ve ever wondered what sides go with tacos then here is the best answer.

All your favorite taco toppings! I also love to serve vegan cashew sour cream, fresh guacamole, salsa and Mexican corn. You cannot go wrong when it comes to taco Tuesday!

Comment below and tell me what do YOU serve with tacos?!

Sure! If you prefer to use a ranch seasoning packet and taco seasoning packet you can. Just replace the seasonings listed with one of each packet and follow instructions for chicken taco prep. 

A serving size assumes 1/2 cup of chicken taco mix at 261 kcal per serving. 

Absolutely. You may have to play around with cook times. If you’re interested in an instant pot cheat sheet for cook times click here!

They are preservative free and you control the extras and toppings. Add fresh veggies and a tortilla of dietary preference. This recipe is paleo friendly, whole 30 approved and gluten free. 

No, these ranch chicken tacos are not spicy. But feel free to crank up the heat by adding extra chili powder if you prefer. 

The perfect rolled chicken tacos are like taquitos! You can use this ranch chicken tacos recipe as the perfect filling for any rolled tacos recipe!

Don't forget to pin this recipe and save it for later! 👇

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