Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Tacos with Blue Cheese Slaw


I feel like my crock pot is undergoing a bad case of deja vu. About this time last year I realized that spring is right around the corner and comfort foods will be pushed aside for the next many months. While I welcome the change of seasons and seasonal variations in food, I want to enjoy the cold, comfort food months while they’re here.

I’ve had great luck with fun twists on Mexican food — people go bananas for the Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas I posted about back in September. I figured this BBQ spin on tacos was bound to be a hit, and the blue cheese slaw…well, I tend to inhale all things with stinky cheeses and absolutely, positively love cole slaw.


That said, the next time I make these I’m going to go with a more traditional slaw so as to keep longer – sadly, the blue cheese slaw was just not the same after an over-night stay in the fridge. And as much I love the blue cheese, the sodium content can be reduced by cutting it out. A few calories, too!

The chicken takes about 3 minutes to throw into the crock pot and cole slaw is assembled in less than 10. All-in-all, you can’t get a much quicker, homemade meal with this much flavor! It’s like a backyard barbecue in a taco! Summer food…made comfort food.


I’m working a short day and squeezing in a workout before we go to the Illini/Ohio State game tonight. Gina is going to be there, too…so we’re going to meet up at half-time :) I am HOPEFUL we don’t get our butts kicked…we’ll see! Go Illini!

Check back tomorrow for one OUTSTANDING, must-make, heart-healthy recipe for the entree portion of the Love Your Heart series!

Be well,


  1. After our game against Michigan, I don’t have a whole lot of confidence, BUT I still think we will win :) I mean….I have to have some Buckeye pride, right?!

    We’ll stop over and ea these leftovers before we go tonight. You wouldn’t mind right? Oh wait…no leftovers? Just make them again please ;)

    Actually Nick and I have decided to get hotdogs and diet coke (even though diet sodas have now been linked to heart attack and stroke). PErfect combination, right?!

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Well, we’ve only won one game in the past 9 games-ish. So I’m not feeling very confident. Should be a good game both coming off bad loses, anyways! I will be in ORANGE :) We are in the lower bowl – text me your seat section!

  2. I love blue cheese coleslaw! This looks delicious.

  3. If nothing else, I will definitely be making that blue cheese slaw! I love blue cheese and I love coleslaw! :-)

  4. My friends and I are considering slow cooker bbq for our next “champagne un-brunch”. I’m trying to convince people it’s SO EASY…

  5. I’ve been going stew and soup crazy lately and now I’m thinking it’s because of some kind of reaction to the warmer weather…need to get in as much as I can before summer comes! This sounds like one tasty meal. It’s so sad that the slaw didn’t survive the night in the fridge!

  6. Umm.. that blue cheese cole slaw is MY FAVORITE. I swear, I am only making that for slaw for the rest of my natural born life. It is delicious with BBQ chicken or pork. Thanks for the shout out!! ps..great pics!!

  7. Is it chili crab?? ;) I’ve been waiting for that one….. I hope it turned out ok. I am going to miss the food in Singapore but look forward to maybe making a few of your recipes that always look so good!

  8. Great flavors and looks gorgeous!I have to get a slow cooker for all kinds of amazing recipes that can be made :)

  9. I’m always a fan of beer in recipes!!!! Looks awesome Nicole. The blue cheese twist sounds perfect too. Winner winner! Enjoy your shorter day :)

  10. I used to hate blue cheese, now I love it! Looks like I’ll have to pull out my crock pot for this one! :D

  11. You had me at blue cheese! Nice spin on something traditional.

  12. This recipe is incentive enough for me to finally buy a slow cooker! I know my hubs would absolutely love these tacos.

  13. You had me at blue cheese. I’ve actually never had blue cheese slaw before, but I can pretty much guarantee that I would love it. These look perfect to throw together for the marathon March Madness viewing that I’m looking forward to in a few weeks. Best of luck to the Illini in their game tonight. I’m hoping my alma mater (Kentucky) wins it all this year!

  14. ooh, what a great taco! love how you cooked the chicken in the crockpot. bet you could keep the blue cheese on the side and add it to each taco at the time of serving ;)

  15. Nooo, I turned down a ticket for tonight’s game! Have fun, girls :)
    And go Bucks!

  16. I don’t know how you manage to make things I don’t usually like look so good, but you do it every time. I’m not a blue cheese fan, but that slaw sounds amazing.

  17. Oh boy…I love blue cheese…but my family not so much. I recently bought some maytag blue cheese, have you ever had it? Oh my word. So freaking good. Creamy to the max with just the right bite. I usually get the cheap stuff in the container by the dairy section..but now I am spoiled by GOOD blue cheese! I will have to make the slaw sometime for myself! :)

  18. Bummer the slaw doesnt keep well. I hate when leftovers just don’t stay well.
    This looks incredible though!! Have fun at the game!

  19. There’s a fabulous bbq restaurant by me that does bbq chicken tacos and burritos. And even with that I’ve never even thought of doing it at home!


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