#SundaySupper is slowly easing into 2014 with a menu of recipes to make in your slow cooker. With only three basic ingredients (plus a few shakes of some spices), this recipe makes it easy to feed the family for dinner on a busy night or the whole gang you have over for the big game. You’ll be all ready to make a taco bar, rice bowls, burritos, nachos, and more. Fire up the crock pot to make…
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken & Black Beans
Do you have a deep freezer or chest freezer? I swear, those things are like a food abyss. Things go in and mysteriously get sucked into a parallel universe, only to reappear when they are well past their expiration date, or a freezer burned beyond recognition. It’s like The Matrix for food.
Mine currently is home to a small stash of milk for the baby and frozen cubes of homemade baby food. And frozen shrimp, for when I need a quick meal. And gluten free bread. And these breakfast sandwiches The Hubby always buys at Costco. And a dwindling stash of mini muffins that The Bug is still willing to eat, even though they have become a bit dry (mom of the year!). And some various and sundry cuts of chicken and beef that I stock up on when they are on sale.
Soooo, I had to start a conscious effort to use up some of the inventory in order to fit everything that I would be making. Such is the life of a food blogger, I suppose. We’ve made a pretty good dent, and now that the holidays are over, we are down to one remaining dozen pierogies, a few random cookies that I’ll be sending into work with The Hubby (I’d rather sabotage their New Year’s resolutions than my own), and a dwindling supply of baby food cubes.
Except that all the space that the goodies were taking up are now being filled with an ever-growing layer of ice from opening the freezer eleventy-billion times. Which means it is time to defrost the freezer. That is even scarier than digging through to find something to make for dinner. I’m totally expecting to find something that expired in 2004. Fun times!
This recipe (if you can even call it a recipe) was first “created” as I was trying to use up some meat I had in the basement freezer, and some random things in my pantry. And seriously, doesn’t everybody have a can of black beans and a jar of salsa lying around pretty much all the time? You can season up your chicken a bit with chili powder and/or cumin if you want some more smokiness or spice, pick the heat level of your salsa, totally customize it just how you like it. And adding in the beans adds some extra fiber, and stretches you dollar a little bit, too. See, you can hit on all of your resolutions – cook more at home, eat healthier, save money, save time! #winning
We’ve mainly been using it to make tacos, but The Hubby threw together a rice bowl a la Chipotle, I’ve made taco salad, and when I made a ginormous batch (yes, you can easily double or triple the recipe if you have a big crock pot) for New Year’s Day, I saved some leftovers that I used for enchiladas. I’ll share that recipe soon.
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Tell me I am not the only one who has food disappear into a freezer abyss.
- 1½-2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder
- one 16 oz. jar of your favorite salsa, mild, medium or hot, as desired
- one can of black beans, drained and rinsed
- Taco fixings - tortillas, shredded cheese, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, etc.
- Season your chicken with salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder, as much as you like depending on how spicy you want your chicken, and how spice your salsa is (I usually just use a little sprinkle), and place in your slow cooker.
- Pour salsa over the chicken.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- About 20-30 minutes before you plan to eat, shred the chicken with forks, add the black beans, and mix everything thoroughly before replacing the lid.
- Serve with your favorite taco, nacho, rice bowl, or salad fixings.
Need some more crock pot recipe that only need a few ingredients? Try these…
- Super Simple Slow Cooker Steak Pizzaiola
- Slow Cooker BBQ-Rubbed Turkey Breast
- Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork
Plus the #SundaySupper team has you covered to slow cook any meal!
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- Turkey Stew from Magnolia Days
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- Pumpkin, Chickpea & Lentil Stew from Take A Bite Out of Boca
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- Chicken and Broccoli from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Tacos de Lengua from The Texan New Yorker
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- Chinese Chicken from The Ninja Baker
- Slow Cooker Beef Brisket French Dip Sandwiches from Neighborfood