This Leftover Chicken Taco Stuffed Avocado is the crave-worthy meal you have been craving. You only need a handful of ingredients and they are ready to devour in just 10 minutes.
If you are a regular to the blog, you noticed that last week we posted about the Slow Cooker Burrito Bowls and we mentioned that we will be having several posts on what else you can do with the meat. This is the first one in the series!
What I love the most about this meal is it is (honest to goodness) ten minutes from start to finish! You are sitting down to eat in a flash!
🍗 Why This Recipe Works
Easy Taco Tuesday: Rarely do I meet anyone who doesn’t like Mexican food, so this is a great substitution for bringing friends over on Taco Tuesday or just any crazy, busy night you have during the week. Add this recipe to your lazy Saturday nights after a full day of hiking, kids sports or an 8-hour work shift! Your stomach and wallet are both going to be happier!
Leftovers Dream Recipe: The other reason that this recipe is phenomenal is I feel like I beat the system! Is that a crack-up or what? But I seriously do! I can look at the kitchen and just say “Boo-ya! Beat you!” I didn’t have to order take out or pull a boxed meal out of the freezer. I didn’t have to eat ramen or cereal. And I got a delicious and healthy meal! We talk about using one large whole chicken to make several meals and this is a perfect example of how using a bit of chicken can now be an entire meal when it is the side kick rather than the star of the show.
10 Minutes: I don’t know how many times I want to scream this out but this is a serious 10 Minute Meal! the chicken is leftover and then you just add the taco toppings you like. This is awesome!
I want to take a moment to break down the main ingredients you need.
Avocado: They are creamy and rich in nutrients. Using fresh avocados as the base gives you a meal idea that’s pretty much perfect. The avocados pair well with all the other ingredients too.
Feta Cheese: I love adding feta because it’s a tangy cheese with bold flavors. If you aren’t a fan of feta, you could use goat cheese, cheddar, mozzarella, or pepper jack.
Slow Cooker Chicken: The chicken makes the meal filling and will keep you satisfied. You’ll need some salsa, cumin, oregano, and garlic to prepare it. When it’s cooking, you will be dreaming of digging into the aromatic chicken.
Instant Pot Shredded Chicken: You can also pre-cook and prep your chicken in the Instant Pot to put in the freezer for meals like this one when you want to take it out and make a meal in minutes!
This recipe can be made with either the Slow Cooker Burrito Bowl chicken or the Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken. Both of them will end up with a great result so it is your choice! We have been fans of the Salsa Chicken for a LONG TIME!
Step One: Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Each serving is two halves, so prep as many as you need. For this recipe, I’ll make two servings which will be two avocados split into half. Use ¼ cup of chicken in each half.
Step Two: Place a ¼ cup of the shredded chicken inside the center of the avocado and top with cheese, olives, jalapeño, cilantro, and sour cream. The toppings are really all up to you! I used Feta cheese this time as I wanted to give it a completely new taste. Use the cheese you like though as they all work out great!
📌 Expert Tips
Prepare the chicken in the slow cooker. I put it in the crockpot in the morning, and have it ready before dinner. I usually add in a few extra pieces of chicken to use for my meal prep throughout the week.
All of the fresh veggies can be cut ahead of time and placed into meal prep containers for when you need them.
The only thing that cannot be prepared ahead of time is cutting the avocado. The flesh will turn brown fairly quickly. Fortunately, it doesn’t take long to cut it in half and remove the pit.
This is one of my favorite recipes to meal prep. It is so easy and is perfect for those busy nights!
👩🍳 Recipe FAQs
Avocados are an incredible way to boost your nutrients. Folate, magnesium, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6, and niacin are just a few reasons to eat it up!
If you aren’t a fan of feta, no problem! Swap it for mozzarella, goat cheese, cheddar cheese, or even pepper jack.
Sure! Add any of your favorite toppings and it will be delicious. Pico de gallo, onions, and cilantro are just a few ideas.
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Chicken Taco Stuffed Avocados
- 2 Avocados
- 4 tbsp Feta Cheese
- ¼ cup Cherry Tomatoes optional
- ¼ cup Black Olives sliced, optional
- ¼ cup Jalapeño Peppers optional
- 2 tbsp Sour Cream optional
For the Slow Cooker Chicken
- 1 cup Chicken
- 16 oz Salsa jarred
- ½ tsp Cumin ground
- ½ tsp Oregano dried
- 3 Garlic Cloves minced
Prepare the Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken
- Spray the slow cooker with non stick spray.
- Place the chicken into the slow cooker and pour a jar of salsa on top of it. Sprinkle the seasoning and garlic on top and close the lid. Cook on low for eight hours or on high for four hours.
- Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred it using two forks. It will virtually fall apart and the actual shredding time is minimal.
Fill the Avocados
- Cut an avocado in half and remove the pit. Fill each avocado with ¼ cup of the shredded chicken from the slow cooker.
- Top with cheese, olives, jalapeño peppers, cherry tomatoes and sour cream. Serve.