Last modified on December 21st, 2017 at 11:20 AM

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

Slow cooker mexican chicken is delicious, packed with flavor and easy to make! Serve it over rice, quinoa, or even in a taco salad! Instant Family Favorite!

Finished slow cooker mexican chicken over rice on a white plate.

I am so excited about this slow cooker Mexican chicken! It is one of the easiest recipes I make and it is so versatile. We usually serve it over rice but it is fantastic over couscous or quinoa and even as part of a taco salad.

The best thing about this meal is how quick it is to throw together. Here is the line up of ingredients:

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken!

Don’t be scared by all the spices, you can totally sub a packet of taco seasoning if that is more your jam!! Additionally, you can sub a can of diced green chilies instead of the jalapeno. All of these little deets are outlined in the recipe card. 🙂

Step one is to chop the onion, jalapeno, and dump all the cans in the slow cooker! Obviously you can just dump them on top of each other…but I love pretty pictures!

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken!

And then I mix it. Because it kind of drives me crazy when I see recipe videos and they don’t mix it. Definitely not something that is life or death but it drives the detail-oriented side of me insane!

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken!

Annnnd this looks good enough to eat! Almost like a salsa. After it is mixed, I place the chicken breasts on top. I use 3-4 for my family depending on how large they are. Nestle them down in there!

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken!

Then, mix up the seasonings. I know this looks like a lot but it is basically just taco seasoning. You can follow the directions in this recipe for the spices I used here, just buy a packet of taco seasoning, or add 4-5 tablespoons of my homemade taco seasoning.

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken!

Mix those babies up before you spread them on the chicken so everything gets evenly flavored.

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken!

This dish packs a mild spice, so amp it up with more jalapeno or some cayenne pepper in that spice mix.

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken!

Cover the slow cooker and let it do it’s magic, carefully turning the chicken over halfway through. I typically don’t like to let chicken go in the crockpot for 8 hours, I think it gets dried out. I prefer low temp for 6 or high temp for 3.

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken!

When the chicken is fully cooked and tender, it’s time to dress it up! Sprinkle on some cheese and let it melt for 5-10 minutes.

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken!

Then serve it any which way you choose! My favorite is taco salad style but my family loves it over rice.

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken!

Plated slow cooker mexican chicken over rice.

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 342 kcal
Author: Longbourn Farm • Alli Kelley
This slow cooker mexican chicken is delicious, packed with flavor and a breeze to throw together! It is super versatile and can be served over rice, as part of a salad or anything else!


  • 3 medium chicken breasts
  • 15 oz corn 1 can, drained (see note)
  • 15 oz black beans 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz diced tomatoes 1 can, NOT drained
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 small jalapeno minced (or substitute 1 4-oz can of diced green chilies)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder see note
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 chicken bullion cube
  • 1 cup colby jack cheese shredded, see note


  1. In a large slow cooker, combine corn, beans, tomatoes, onion, and jalapeno.
  2. Nestle chicken breasts into the vegetables and add bullion cube.
  3. Mix seasonings together (see note) and sprinkle over the top of everything in the slow cooker.
  4. Cook on low 6-8 hours, or high 3-4 hours.
  5. If possible, turn chicken breasts and give everything a light mix halfway through cooking.
  6. After the cooking time is up, top chicken breasts with cheese and cover for 5-10 minutes until the cheese is melted.
  7. Garnish as desired and serve over rice, over lettuce as a salad, or any other way else you choose!

Recipe Notes

Can weights will vary, close to 15 ounces is fine. It's just the normal can size. 

All of the spices can be substituted our for 1 packet of taco seasoning.

Cheddar or montery jack or a combination of both can be used instead of colby jack.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 342 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 618mg 26%
Potassium 857mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 6g
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 22%
Vitamin C 18.5%
Calcium 21.9%
Iron 20.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Slow cooker mexican chicken is delicious, packed with flavor and easy to make! Serve it over rice, quinoa, or even in a taco salad! Instant Family Favorite!

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    Sammi Windley
    December 30, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    Chicken is such a fun meat to explore different flavors with! Love this recipe.

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