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. Hi Christy: I made this tonight for dinner and my husband and I loved it. I don’t like black beans – so I substituted canned pinto beans and I used tomato/green chilis. It was great and we’ll make this again very soon. I hope you keep doing slow cooker receipes. Judy

  2. You might want to change tomatoes to salsa:
    On top of your chicken pour your:

    * cream soup
    * tomatoes (juice and all)

    I’m making this RIGHT AWAY!! Low-fat and easy and yummy-looking!

    Thanks for all you share with us,

  3. Yummy! I am going to fix this tomorrow night for dinner! Thanks for posting! I look so forward to your recipe posts.. I am going to be getting your recipe book soon!

  4. Christy,

    This sounds wonderful. My sons will love it.

    I thought about you yesterday when i went to Aldi. (discount grocery store) I stocked up on brown sugar, flour, sugar, baking powder, oil – all generic brands. You have really helped me get back into the enjoyment of cooking. Due to some health issues, standing at the stove and sink for a long time can cause me some pain. I have not tried a lot of new recipes in a long time. Your recipes are so easy, take little time, and are SO GOOD!! My family loves all of the new recipes.

    Thank you for helping bring back joy in my cooking. You are such an uplifting person, so full of joy. It is contagious!! Every time i read your posts I want to comment. We are so blessed and the very best things are the times with your family, and being such a part of your children lives. I don’t regret one minute that I spent at home with my boys. Money was tight at times, but oh how it was worth it. God always provides a way.

    God bless you sweet friend!

  5. That looks great and for the lady who doesn’t like black beans I am sure canelli or kidney beans or even green limas would work. That is the beauty of these kinds of recipes…you can use what you like or have on hand. I actually have my ‘true’ Rival crockpot from when they first came on the market. I got mine in 72 or 73 and I still use it often and I still love it. The liner is non-removable which makes it a bit difficult to clean, but I much prefer the glass lid as they are now plastic. Mine is harvest gold and I bought my sister the olive green one for babysitting my first son while I was off to the hospital to have number two. The original crock pots are much slower to cook but I never get a hot spot or stuck on food. I have updated an have a larger oval Hamilton Beach but it cooks faster, hotter, and less evenly.

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