Kids Cook for Themselves: Crock Pot Pulled Chicken Burritos

by | Sep 1, 2015 | Kids Cook for Themselves, Recipes | 9 comments

Here’s another of our go-to recipes. From scratch, real food, but quick and easy enough to be managed by busy moms, or even kids . . . all on their own.

Jack (13) is a pretty accomplished cook these days. His preference is to grill out <imagine quip about men and fire here> but: Put chicken/brats/burgers on grill. Cook until done. Didn’t seem like much of a recipe post. So, he agreed to share with us his Aunt Jeanne’s Crock Pot Pulled Chicken Burrito recipe.

Here goes . . .

Hey everybody. These burritos are really great. We serve them at parties because they seem pretty complicated. But they’re actually really easy. You just throw a bunch of stuff in the crock pot and in four hours you have pulled chicken.

What stuff, exactly?

This stuff:

Ingredients (exact amounts aren’t important, just fill up your crock pot) . . .

  • Fresh or frozen chicken breasts (no need to defrost if they’re frozen)
  • Diced tomatoes fresh or canned
  • Onions
  • Sweet peppers
  • Chili powder or taco seasoning packet
  • Fresh or dried herbs
  • Fresh or powdered garlic

Slice the onions and peppers.

Plug in the crock pot. Turn it to high. Dump all the stuff in it.

First the chicken:

Then the tomatoes (with juice). And my mom says I should tell you that this can opener
is the best can opener because even little kids can use it. It’s supposed to be for old ladies to be able to use, which I guess means it’s also good for six year olds. I don’t have really strong feelings about it, myself. It’s a can opener. It opens cans.

Then put the seasonings and garlic on top of the chicken, and the peppers and onions on top of that, and the herbs on top of that.

Leave it to cook on high for about four hours, until the chicken is cooked through and it’s all juicy in there. Make sure the chicken is cooked all the way through. Then turn the crock pot off and let it cool down a bit. Then use two forks to shred the chicken.

Serve it right out of the crock pot with tongs, along with tortillas, rice, beans, cheese, salsa, and whatever other toppings you like.

My mom also wants me to tell you to make extra because you can use the leftovers to put in layers in a casserole dish and freeze it. It’s what she usually brings over to moms in our homeschool group who just had a baby. You just have to bring the one pan and a package of tortillas and salad and cookies (always bring cookies) and they can heat it up in the oven and spoon it into the tortillas for instant burritos. Terrific.

Hope you like it.

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  1. Anonymous

    Love this series! Thanks, Kendra!

  2. Elizabeth

    Wait, wait! WHAT herbs? (I'm guessing oregano, but it looked like maybe you had sage up there? And cilantro?)

  3. Ted

    Thanks Jack!

    And I'm also partial to that can opener.

  4. Juliet

    Love this series also! My kiddos are still to young to cook but I certainly benefit from the simpler recipes 🙂

  5. AnneMarie

    Ooh, this looks delicious! I'm definitely going to have this in the near future now; I don't whip out my crockpot often enough!

  6. Tara Darnell

    Ooh I make a recipe like this but instead of doing all that chopping I just dump in a can of salsa. Frozen chicken + salsa = delicious!

  7. Lauren @ Here We Geaux

    Yum, yum, YUM. I've done something similar and I have to say ANYTHING with chicken in a crockpot is bound to be delicious. It will be the most tender, delicious chicken you have ever eaten in your life. Hey…maybe that's what I need to kick the pregnancy chicken aversion that won't seem to go away??

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