Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken & Black Beans for Tacos for #SundaySupper


#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

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken & Black Beans - only 3 ingredients, for the easiest, yummiest Tacos, Nachos & More | | #mexican #slowcooker #crockpot #glutenfree

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.

Well, I should say it was home to all of those things a couple months ago. Then I had to start making Christmas cookies and candies and treats and twelve dozen pierogies.

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!

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken & Black Beans - only 3 ingredients, for the easiest, yummiest Tacos, Nachos & More | | #mexican #slowcooker #crockpot #glutenfree

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.

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken & Black Beans - only 3 ingredients, for the easiest, yummiest Tacos, Nachos & More | | #mexican #slowcooker #crockpot #glutenfreeJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

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Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken & Black Beans for Tacos for #SundaySupper
Just toss three ingredients into your slow cooker to make moist, tasty chicken & black beans for tacos, nachos, enchiladas, salads, rice bowls...
Recipe type: Slow Cooker, Main
  • 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.
  1. 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.
  2. Pour salsa over the chicken.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  4. 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.
  5. Serve with your favorite taco, nacho, rice bowl, or salad fixings.
Double or triple to make a big batch for the whole gang, or to keep in the freezer.


Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken & Black Beans - only 3 ingredients, for the easiest, yummiest Tacos, Nachos & More | | #mexican #slowcooker #crockpot #glutenfree

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  1. says

    Such a flexible and delicious recipe – my girls would have it as tacos and I would have a soup. Chuckling because I dread going out to my freezer these days. I definitely need to make up some recipes with the back log!

  2. says

    I love making recipes like this in the crock so you can have some yummy shredded chicken for any recipe later that week! Now I just need to do it every week! I too have a freezer in the garage that I have tons of frozen soups and sauces in and I always forget about them!!

  3. says

    HaHaHa! I can so relate about my basement freezer being a food abyss. Thankfully I just cleaned mine out before the holidays so I’m starting with a clean slate for the new year. I give me about two months before it’s back to being a freezing, black hole!
    Anyway, I digress. Your tacos sound super flavorful and easy. My kind of slow cooker recipe!

  4. says

    Our deep freezer is a disaster. I really need to clean it out, but just haven’t made the time. That’s really the last thing I want to do when it’s already below freezing outside! These tacos are just our style–simple, a little spicy, and a healthy meal for a weeknight!

  5. says

    Ugh, I hear you on the freezer abyss. I don’t even have a chest freezer – just a normal one that is crammed to the gills. The worst is freezing something that you KNOW won’t make it out edible. You KNOW you’ll be throwing it away in 6 months. Yet I keep doing it. hahaha.

    This is such a great, versatile recipe to have around. I could make it a big batch of this and eat it three different ways, three days in a row!

  6. says

    Love a recipe that’s scrumptious and made from a foundation of 3 ingredients…BTW Brianne thanks to you I’m now thinking about rice bowls =)

    Thank you, too, for sharing the adventures of rummaging through freezers…You are a good storyteller =)

  7. says

    I have been afraid of my crock pot for a year so it’s sat useless in its box on a high cabinet. I made this recipe as my first foray into crockpotting last night and just had it for lunch. AMAZING! So delicious and so simple!

    Please share your other favorite crock pot recipes!

    • says

      Oh wow, that is so awesome! So glad I could get you to use this super-helpful appliance and try something new. Here is my Slow Cooker Obsession Pinterest board. All of my crockpot recipes are on there, plus others that I pinned that I think look awesome.

  8. says

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s freezer seems to get crowded with things and things stay in there way longer than they should. Brilliant way to use up the salsa and black beans hanging around in the pantry (which is another issue like the freezer).

    • says

      You have no idea with the beans and other canned goods. My hubby insisted on stocking up for an emergency, and I don’t even like canned veggies really, so we have cases just sitting there.

  9. says

    My freezer is a very scary place. I think I should simply go to the store and buy some fresh chicken to make this fabulous dish. At least, I know we will not be ill from expired chicken and that we will all enjoy a delicious meal!

  10. says

    Hi! I made this last night and added more veggies to it. It was a hit at my house! Would you mind if I shared your recipe with my additions on my food blog if I give you credit for the original with a link to your recipe included? Great idea! Thanks for helping us moms out!

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