Crockpot Fiesta Chicken and Rice

When you’re in the mood for a creamy, cheesy, and perfectly taco-seasoned supper, make this easy and scrumptious crockpot fiesta chicken and rice recipe.

Spoonful of crockpot fiesta chicken and rice.

I’ve been on a roll lately with slow cooker chicken and rice dishes and I couldn’t resist bringing you just one more today. Being in a mood for Mexican food, I worked up a slow cooker fiesta chicken recipe that’ll have you doing the Mexican hat dance – if you know the Mexican hat dance. Umm, which I don’t.

I’ve been to Mexico more times than I can count. I love the food, atmosphere, sounds, and sights. And I especially love that Donald Duck is such a big supporter of the whole country, lending his name and talents so that folks everywhere can know what a wonderful place Mexico is. I suppose at this point I should clarify that the Mexico I go to is more of a kiosk version of the original, located in Disney World’s Epcot. It’s still lots of fun though…

Now, back to this crock pot fiesta chicken recipe! This ticks all my boxes: it’s ridiculously easy, delicious, and family-friendly. The ingredients include chicken (of course), cream of chicken soup for that creamy texture, corn and black beans, salsa, and taco seasoning mix for that quintessential Mexican flavor. Just pop all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and let it work its magic.

I’ve included recommendations below for how you can make this crockpot salsa chicken recipe your own so it suits your family. You can add heat, subtract heat, add veggies… go wild! You will also find lots of other easy-peasy crockpot recipes below because they just might be my favorite, but here are 10 slow cooker recipes with chicken breast to get you started. Alright, let’s get cookin’!

Labeled ingredients for crockpot fiesta chicken and rice.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Boneless skinless chicken breast
  • Cooked rice
  • Cream of chicken soup (use fat-free if you like)
  • Corn kernels
  • Black beans
  • Salsa (I always use mild salsa but you can spice this up by using hot if you prefer).
  • Taco seasoning mix

How to Make Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken and Rice

Place chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker.

Place your chicken in the bottom of your slow cooker.

Pour cream of chicken soup into slow cooker.

Pour the can of cream of chicken soup over the chicken in the slow cooker.

Add corn to slow cooker.

Then add the corn…

Add black beans to slow cooker.

Black beans…

Add salsa to slow cooker.


Add taco seasoning to slow cooker.

And the taco seasoning to the crockpot.

Stir ingredients together in the slow cooker.

Give these ingredients a quick stir.

Don’t worry about being thorough here and don’t feel that you have to spread the cream soup evenly or anything.

Crockpot fiesta chicken and rice.

Now cover that up and cook it on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

Before serving, mix cooked rice into the slow cooker.

When that is done, right before serving, stir in your cooked rice.

Spoonful of crockpot fiesta chicken and rice.

Give that a good stir. By now your chicken is really tender and will just break up into shredded chicken perfectly when you stir it.

Top crockpot chicken and rice with sour cream and cheese before serving.

I love to top a bowl of crockpot fiesta chicken and rice with cheese, chopped green onion, and a dollop of sour cream. But I’ve included more serving suggestions below.

Fork digging into crockpot fiesta chicken and rice.



Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days and reheat in the microwave. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months before thawing overnight and reheating in the microwave.

Recipe Notes

  • Now as far as chicken goes, you can use anywhere from one chicken breast to five or six. It’s totally up to you and depends on what you have on hand and what your budget is. Normally I would just use two and that is plenty for my whole family because we’re going to break them up a bit after they are done cooking. That is the thing I love about meals like this, they really allow you to stretch your meat budget. A little chicken or a lot, no one will ever know.
  • As promised, here are some ways to make this crockpot fiesta chicken recipe your own:
    • Substitute the cup of salsa for canned tomatoes or a can of Rotel tomatoes and green chiles if you want the added spice.
    • Instead of taco seasoning, use a spicy or fiesta ranch seasoning mix.
    • For a creamier dish, substitute the cream of chicken soup for a packet of cream cheese.
    • If you want to add more veggies, opt for diced onion and bell pepper (I love the frozen blend).
    • Substitute the black beans for pinto beans or kidney beans.
    • Add 1/4 cup of chopped fresh cilantro.
    • Substitute the cream of chicken soup for an extra can of diced tomatoes to make this a dairy-free fiesta chicken recipe.
  • Here are some serving suggestions too:
    • Instead of burrito rice bowls, make a burrito with a tortilla.
    • Use crunchy taco shells instead.
    • Serve with tortilla chips.
    • Add diced fresh tomatoes, pico de gallo, lime juice and/or guacamole on top, along with the sour cream and cheese.
    • Spoon chicken mixture over baked potatoes.

Check out these other scrumptious slow cooker recipes:

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Italian Chicken and Potatoes

Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken

Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice

Chicken Fajitas in Crock Pot

Slow Cooker Angel Chicken (Gluten-Free and Low-Carb Pasta Options)

Crockpot fiesta chicken and rice.

Crockpot Fiesta Chicken and Rice

This family-friendly and easy crockpot fiesta chicken and rice recipe is a deliciously creamy, cheesy, and perfectly taco-seasoned supper.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: chicken, crockpot, rice, slowcooker
Servings: 4
Calories: 356kcal


  • 2-4 chicken breasts whatever you have on hand and however much meat you want to use
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup can use fat-free
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • cheese or other desired toppings


  • Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker. Top with the cream of chicken soup, corn, black beans, salsa, and taco seasoning. Stir lightly.
    2-4 chicken breasts, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 can corn, drained, 1 can black beans, drained, 1 cup salsa, 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • Cover with the lid and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. When ready to serve, stir in your cooked rice.
    2 cups cooked rice
  • Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy! This heats up really well too.
    cheese or other desired toppings


Calories: 356kcal
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  1. This is delicious! I had a ton of leftovers, so the next night I put it in a casserole dish, covered it with a can of crescent rolls and some shredded cheese and baked it for 30 minutes! Hubby said it was great!

  2. Made this the other night and it was wonderful. I used boneless skinless chicken thighs, about 9 or 10 of them, as I also doubled the recipe. My family really liked it. The first night we were so hungry after work, that I forgot about the rice but hey…. they never knew the difference. I added the riced the next day and my husband said it was better like that. lol… but yes this is a keeper.

  3. Christy this was heavenly! I’ve made some changes to it by putting the uncooked rice in the slow cooker first, then the chicken, then everything else. I double the corn, because I can’t get enough of it and it makes me feel like I’m eating my veggies! I also added more taco seasoning because I like it a little more flavorful, but I think if I was making this for kids I might leave it just as you had it. Since I added the rice, I wanted to make sure I had enough liquid to cook everything, so I added a can of diced tomatoes (juice and all), and a second can of black beans (with liquid). I used 1 & 1/2 cups of medium/hot chunky salsa, and I cut up 2 onions and tossed that in as well. It’s fantastic!! The rice cooks just fine and saves me the step of coking it separately. We eat this with cheese, salsa and a little sour cream and scallions the first night, and then the second night we use it as taco or burrito filling. YUM! We’ll be eating comfort food tonight in Brooklyn NY! Thanks so much!!

  4. This looks gross. The Fiesta Chicken recipe is chicken breasts, corn, black beans, salsa and towards the end Philly cream cheese to make it creamy. Yours looks like a soupy mess and not creamy at all.

    1. What a completely useless comment. I found five different variations of this recipe before reading this one, so who is to say which is THE fiesta chicken recipe? Certainly not you, with that nasty attitude. If you don’t like this recipe, take a hike!

  5. omgeeeeeeeeeeeeeee sounds fantabuous……….reckon you could to this as a regular casserole dish and instead use diced rotisserie in 9 x 13 pan, stir tog all other ingredients….pour n top….cover w foil and bake?/ oh my the possibilities……………………….did i telll u ur the best? i just did. L~

  6. I made this a few weeks ago and it was amazing!
    I will be making this again. I just put in frozen chicken breast because we were going to be gone for about 10 hours, and it was perfect!
    We decided to not add the rice and to put it on tortillas and it was delish!
    Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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