Crockpot Mexican Chicken and Black Beans

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A big batch of Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken is the ultimate weeknight recipe for a busy family. Toss a few ingredients in your crockpot, then pile this tasty shredded Mexican chicken on tacos, salads, nachos, and more!

Mexican chicken and black beans in a bowl to make tacos

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken – Easy Shredded Mexican Chicken

Flexible family meals truly save my day. Life was definitely busy when I had little tiny ones at my feet. But I am starting to think it’s actually crazier as they get older and have to be run around in different directions in between getting homework done.

That’s why staples like this Mexican shredded chicken are essential!

It’s easy – just throw a few ingredients in your slow cooker, and by dinnertime, you’ll have moist and tasty chicken you can pile on all of your favorite Tex-Mex meals

It’s versatile – it can be used in many different dishes, from enchiladas to tacos to nachos, plus so much more. And when a family had different diets and preferences, one person can enjoy it in taco shells while another uses gluten free flour tortillas even if someone else prefers lettuce wraps.

It’s foolproof – besides being simple to prepare, it also stays warm in the crockpot, can be doubled, and freezes well. So everyone can enjoy a hot meal regardless of when they have time to eat.

Once you try it, I’m sure you’ll have it in your regular dinner rotation too!

Bowl of salsa chicken and black beans

Mexican Chicken Ingredients

Here is a quick list of what you’ll need for this recipe so you can check your pantry. The full amounts are in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts.
  • Chili powder.
  • Cumin.
  • Salt and pepper.
  • Salsa. Use your favorite brand of jarred salsa, your preference of whether you like it mild, medium, or hot
  • Black beans. One can, drained and rinsed, really stretches this recipe so you can feed more people in a budget-friendly way. However, these can be omitted for a keto and paleo recipe.
Ingredients to make slow cooker salsa chicken spread out on a marble countertop wirth the raw chicken breasts in a crockpot.

How to Make Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

All it takes are a few simple steps and your crockpot does the hard part. Let’s get started.

Add ingredients. Place the chicken in the slow cooker and sprinkle it with chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Then pour the salsa over the top.

Let it cook. Cover and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours.

Finish the chicken. Use two forks to shred the chicken. If you are using black beans, stir them in now. Cover and cook for another 20 to 30 minutes to heat everything through again.

Make it a Meal

A single batch makes enough for a couple of meals in my family. But if you have to feed a crowd or want to do some meal prep

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Mexican Party Favorites

Of course, you can put out a big batch of chicken at a party with taco shells, tortilla chips, lettuce leaves, rice, and your favorite toppings for a DIY Mexican food buffet. But it’s also fun to use in these party appetizers:

Be sure to add some Easy Cheesy Mexican Dip and let the adults enjoy Skinny Grapefruit Margaritas.

Storing and Reheating Leftovers

Leftover Mexican chicken can be kept sealed in the refrigerator for up to 3 or 4 days. Be sure to discard it if you notice any unusual odors.

It also freezes well if you want to make a double batch and store in your freezer. Let cool and place in an airtight freezer-safe container or plastic freezer storage bag. It is best to use it within 1 to 2 months.

In order to reheat it, be sure to take it out of the freezer the night before and place it in the refrigerator if you have frozen it. Then it can be reheated in the microwave or in a pot on the stove. You can also put it back in the crockpot on low for a couple of hours to heat through.

shredded chicken with black beans in a bowl with tacos in the background

What Size Slow Cooker Should I Use?

You can make this in your basic 4-quart slow cooker. It’s also fine to use a 6-quart slow cooker, and I especially recommend that if you are going to double it to feed a crowd or freeze leftovers.

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A bowl of salsa chicken and black beans
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Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken with Black Beans

A big batch of Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken is the ultimate weeknight recipe for a busy family. Toss a few ingredients in your crockpot, then pile this tasty shredded Mexican chicken on tacos, salads, nachos, and more!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2-2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 16 oz. jar of your favorite salsa, mild, medium or hot, as desired
  • 15 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed (can omit for low carb)

Instructions

  • Place chicken in a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker and sprinkle with chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour salsa over the chicken.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • About 20-30 minutes before you plan to eat, remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred with forks.
  • Return the chicken to the slow cooker, stir in the blank beans, if using, replace the lid and cook on Low for another 20-30 minutes or until heated through.
  • Use to make tacos, nachos, salads, lettuce wraps, rice bowls, and more.

Notes

The recipe is easily doubled to feed a large group.
Nutrition is based on one serving of the chicken and black beans with 1 cup of brown rice. It does not include toppings, so you will need to adjust based on your choice of rice and toppings.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken with Black Beans
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 244 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 813mg34%
Potassium 778mg22%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 420IU8%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimers: Please discuss your individual dietary needs (i.e. gluten free) with a physician. Even when not specified, be sure to verify all ingredients are gluten free, if needed, by reading labels on all packaging and/or confirming with the manufacturer this varies by brand and can change at any time. Nutrition information shown is an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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2 Comments
  1. Alicia

    I like this recipe but I have to make for 2 persons. Can I cut all of these ingredients to less and would it be lower in sodium.

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