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.
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’!
- 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 your chicken in the bottom of your slow cooker.
Pour the can of cream of chicken soup over the chicken in the slow cooker.
Then add the corn…
And the taco seasoning to the crockpot.
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.
Now cover that up and cook it on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
When that is done, right before serving, stir in your cooked 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.
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.
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.
- 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
Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice
Slow Cooker Angel Chicken (Gluten-Free and Low-Carb Pasta Options)
- 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
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I always make a huge mess of this up and freeze it for quick weekday meal
As a single guy who works a lot of hours, slow cooking meals on the weekends for weeknight dinners is essential if I want to avoid eating junk or fast food. This is one of my go-to’s that I make nearly once a month. Thanks for the delicious simple recipe!
I am so glad to hear that you like it Steve!!
This came out perfectly! Instead of a jar of salsa, I used a can of petite diced tomatoes and I used all of the taco seasoning. When there were 2 hours cooking time remaining, I added 1 box of spanish rice (without the included seasonging) & an additional 1/2 cup of water. It came out perfectly! Not mushy. Thanks for the great recipe!
Hey so my hubby loves Mexican food and i like everything but beans, pinto black and most definitely refried beans. 1 can i leave the beans out of the recipe, 2 any hints on how to do Mexican food that tastes like Mexican food without beans in it?
Christy, I told my BFF about this recipe, and she asked, “I would like to try this on a dry run before I would make it to take as a covered dish. Here’s my dilemma.
The canned ingredients don’t specify the can size. Should I assume the family can size (Small) or go with the hungry man size (Large)?”
Can you please help?
I LOVE Fiesta Chicken! I make mine a little differently, I don’t use any soup, and I add cream cheese for the last 30 minutes. Here is a link to my Easy Mexican Chicken Crockpot Recipe in case you are interested!
I think you could roll the mixture up in a warm tortilla, and eat it handheld!!