Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken

Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken. Easy, low fat and can be used for so many dinners! |

This Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken os the perfect weeknight meal. Use it for nacho toppings or a rice bowl..there are so many possibilities!

This recipe is a standard in our house.

I love anything Tex-Mex-ish…

I love anything that’s Slow Cooker…


I love anything that’s only a few ingredients…

and I LOVE anything that’s versatile.


And this Fiesta Chicken is totally versatile.  It’s one big post of Shredded Chicken that you can use in FIVE Different ways.

Seriously love that.


It also makes a pretty big pot of chicken, so you can get multiple meals for the week!

Rice Bowls, Nachos, Burritos, Tacos or Enchiladas are the five that I have used this recipe as a base for.


Let me show you how easy it is…

Grab about 2 pounds of chicken breasts and plop them into your slow cooker…

Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken. Easy, low fat and can be used for so many dinners! |

Grab a few cans of diced tomatoes and dump them in, undrained…

You could use Ro-Tel for this too!

Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken. Easy, low fat and can be used for so many dinners! |

I like my Fiesta Chicken with some corn.  Just a preference.  Add it or don’t…totally up to you.

Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken. Easy, low fat and can be used for so many dinners! |

My kids help me make this because it’s literally just a “dump it all into one pot” recipe.

Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken. Easy, low fat and can be used for so many dinners! |

A can of drained and rinsed black beans…

Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken. Easy, low fat and can be used for so many dinners! |

Add one pack of taco seasoning and mix it up.

If you want to make your own taco seasoning here is a great recipe!

Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken. Easy, low fat and can be used for so many dinners! |

Cover it and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8 hours.  The chicken will easily shred.

That’s all you do!  Just shred the chicken and mix it up with all the other ingredients.


Today I’m showing you how to use it in rice bowls, because they are one of my favorite meals.

Just prepare some rice, add it to your bowl, top with your Fiesta Chicken and then a little cheese!

Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken. Easy, low fat and can be used for so many dinners! |

I like to add sour cream and a little guacamole too!

Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken. Easy, low fat and can be used for so many dinners! |

This is a perfect topping for nachos and tacos too!

For burritos, just add you Fiesta Chicken, some rice. lettuce, sour cream and guac and fold up!  Or for Enchiladas roll the filing up with some cheese into tortillas, place them seam side down in your baking sheet, top with enchilada sauce and more cheese, bake and you have a meal!

Oh and hey so as I am typing this my friend just texted me and said that this would work great as a pizza topping or even a taco salad!  So yeah…lots and lots of possibilities 🙂

So many options for this quick and easy dish!



serves 8


  • 2 to 2-1/2 lbs chicken breasts, fat trimmed
  • 2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 (10 oz) cans corn, drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning mix


  1. Combine all ingredients in your slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8 hours.
  3. Chicken will be very tender when ready.
  4. Shred chicken with a fork and stir to combine.
  5. Serve over rice, top with cheese and serve!


Additionally this can be used as taco or enchilada/burrito filling, or as nacho topping.


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Jenny Flake

Great quick and easy slow cooker dinner! Love dinners like this, my boys go nuts for them 🙂


I can totally see why this is a go-to. Slow cooker and Tex-Mex. I’m all in!


A friend sent me a very similar recipe that I like over baked potatoes. I also like to add peppers and onions to it. 🙂

Tracy | Pale Yellow

I need all the open and dump slow cooker recipes! I love when it takes virtually no time to make a tasty dinner!


I make this all the time, instead of canned tomatoes I use I big container of Margaritaville Salsa and leave out the taco seasoning, the possibilities are endless and it freezes well too. I also makes a great nacho topping.


Umm.. this is perfect! I love tex-mex too, so I am all over this!

Becca @ Crumbs

This looks amazing and SO simple! Thanks for sharing =)

Betsy |

Wow. This looks so yummy! I think I’m putting this on the menu for next week!!


I am solo all over trying this recipe!

Erin @ Texanerin Baking

I’m here for the word plop. Plop plop plop.

I wish I liked Tex-Mex because this sounds like an amazingly quick and easy thing to make!


I am pulling out the slow cooker right now. It is so easy but look like it took a massive amount of effort. too delicious and cheesy!


Loooove this!!! So quick and easy, my favorite kind of dinner!! 😀

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

I made something similar to this – so easy, love it!

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist

I make something similar almost every week just to have an easy few meals out of the whole she-bang. I need to add more stuff to it though like yours because this looks SO good! Definitely need to add the corn 🙂


I’m making this tonight before the cold weather rolls in. I love reading your post as much as making them!!! My word of the week “plop”.


I make this and variations alot. I sometimes use this as a filler for quissidalla’s. I have found that when adding Ro*tel or salsa to add at the end of cooking because like with seasonings, if you add to soon, you lose the flavoring. So I add these when I shut off slow cooker.I do add regular canned tomatoes at beginning of cooking

Becky N

This recipe looks and sounds delicious! I am looking forward to making it soon. I am loving all of your dinner recipes! Keep ’em coming! 🙂

Shashi @

5 ingredient fiesta chicken – now thats a win win!


This is crocking at my house right now. I can’t wait to try it!

Lisa G

Looks yummy! When I make southwestern type food, I also like to caramelize the corn first. Just throw in a skillet with a little melted butter. Stir occasionally until browned a little. Adds a nice smokey, sweet flavor. Can be cooking while getting the other items in the crock pot 🙂

Luv What You Do

Yum! I have a fantastic black bean, tomato, and corn salsa recipe and adding chicken and cheese sounds unreal! I’m pinning this now. Love me some crockpot dinners!

melissa D

do you drain the corn?


Love it! For a little extra “fiesta” I substituted diced peppers for one can of corn. I mixed the taco seasoning with the tomatoes and then mixed in the other vegetables. Then I layered chicken and the mix in the crockpot. Yum!


In the description it says to use 2 lbs of check breasts, but in the recipe it says 2 2-1/2 lbs chicken breasts, which sounds like 5 lbs. Which is it? Can’t wait to try it!


This was so easy and very delicious. My kids loved it and my youngest has already asked me to make it again. Thanks!


Does the chicken have to be thawed out before you put it in the crockpot or can you just add the frozen chicken breast along with everything else?


I just made this for my family. My 2 year old ate a double serving and was saying YUM the whole time which can be hard to get out of a little one like that unless it’s sugar or ice cream. It really is easy and delicious! This is definitely going into my favorite recipes box! Thank you!!!


Is there anything you can substitute for the black beans or maybe just leave them out? My family will not eat them.

Brionne Griffin

It’s snowing like mad in DC today, so I’m working from home. I put this in my crockpot when I woke up today, and now my house smells so delicious! Can’t wait to taste it!


I don’t have canned tomatoes can I use fresh?


This looks so good! I am planning on making this sometime next week. Also I’m pinning this to my Pinterest board. Found this recipe from Ashley at Sweet Carolina Belle.


I made this overnight and it is delivious! So easy! I added a few garlic cloved and a little bit of salsa at the end and it turned out perfect. It would be great on its own, with rice, with tacos, or as tortilla chip dip! A perfect, simple recipe. Thank you!!


I have this cooking right now for a quick meal before softball practices. hahaha. this is the first time I’ve made it so i’m really excited to try it. It smells amazing!!!


I had 8 oz of fat free cream cheese for the last 30 minutes. It is ALWAYS a hit around here.


Made this today and it’s now in my “best recipes” folder! Left out the corn. Some of us had it over rice, with cheese, avocado and sour cream. Some used it as burrito filler with rice and cheese added in the wrap. My son says he will make this himself when he goes back to school. That will be something just short of a miracle! Have to get him a crockpot, but it will be worth it if this eliminates the $9/day Chipotle tab that shows up on the credit card!


super simple, super versatile, SUPER TASTY!

A life from scratch

Easy and delicious – perfect busy weeknight winter meal, will be trying soon!!


I make this all the time. Add a can of diced green chilies. Or use mexicorn. YUM!


Definitely using this for enchiladas! Similar to what my family calls “Stupid Chicken” — ’cause you would have to be stupid if you can’t make it. Chicken breasts, diced or stewed tomatoes, tomato paste and Italian seasoning. Put it over pasta with parmesan topping. We love easy slow cooker meals!


Another option…. Add a 32 oz carton of chicken stock and don’t drain the corn. Then you have soup! Top with shredded cheese and some crumbled tortilla chips.


I made this yesterday. Ummmmm….SO good! I’m having leftovers for lunch and it’s killing me waiting on lunch time just thinking about how good it’s going to be!!


I’ve made this before and loved it… I just made it and it’s watery… What the heck did I do and can I fix it??


What kind if rice did you use? Is it like a spanish rice, yellow rice, or white?


Hello, trying to watch my carbs. Would you suggest any substitutions for the corn?


I am a newlywed learning to make things that both my husband and I love. This recipe was a hit!!! I will definitely be making this at least once a month.


I fix this all of the time except I use a jar of salsa in place of the tomatoes. We have ate it on white rice, brown rice, and tortilla chips and my family loves it any way it is fixed!!


This sure makes a lot of food…is it really 8 servings? That seems like a lot of food…does anyone know what is the total yield on it? (in cups of possible)


How well would this freeze? I plan on making a batch for a friend with terminal cancer. She has teenagers and I’d love to give them easy healthy options. I was thinking of making a large batch and then bagging up in manageable portions for them to heat up and add to tortillas or rice as needed.


I add a can or two of enchilada sauce, one hot , one mild and drain the juice from tomatoes! So good in enchiladas!