Crockpot Fiesta Chicken

The other night we were supposed to have some friends over for dinner.  Their daughter ended up getting sick and they didn’t get to come but since I already had everything ready to go I decided to go ahead and make our meal.  This recipe started in my head as I was looking through recipes on Pinterest.  I found one that looked pretty tasty.  It was an enchilada recipe.  As I was thinking about our friends that were coming over I realized how nice it would be to make something that was more of a “filling” for various things rather than just enchiladas.  That way each person could create their own meal.  So I came up with what I’m calling Crockpot Fiesta Chicken.  Basically it’s just a chicken mix that can be used in burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, soft tacos, hard tacos, as a topping for nachos, in a taco salad or even as a topping for a baked potato or sweet potato.  This recipe makes quite a bit so it would be great for feeding a large group.  Plus you can make a taco bar of sorts with hard and soft shells, lettuce for salads and chips.  Then set out all your toppings and everyone can make their own meal.

Crockpot Fiesta Chicken
A versatile chicken dish that can be used in hard or soft tacos, nachos, taco salad, on top of a potato, or in burritos, enchiladas, or quesadillas.
Serves: 8-10
  • 1½ lbs boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1½ cups frozen corn or 1 can, drained
  • 16 oz salsa*
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 T onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
  • (You can substitute 3 T taco seasoning for the last 6 ingredients. Just be careful of the taco seasoning you choose. Many pre-made packets have ingredients you might want to avoid, like MSG.)
  1. Put chicken in the bottom of the crock pot. Add in the corn, beans, salsa, garlic and spices. Stir to make sure all the ingredients are combined.
  2. Cook on high 3 hours or low 6 hours. (My crockpot is notorious for cooking quickly so I started mine on high and then switched to low when I realized it would be done too early.)
  3. Using a large fork, shred the chicken in the crockpot and mix all the ingredients together.
  4. Serve in tacos, nachos, on a salad or potato. Or make enchiladas, burritos or quesadillas with the chicken mix.
  5. Garnishes: cheese, lettuce, cilantro, avocado, guacamole and sour cream.
  6. This can be frozen for future meals as well.
*You can use jarred salsa or more of a fresh pico de gallo. You may need to add about ¼ cup water if you use a fresh version that has less liquid. The better quality salsa you use the better the final outcome!


Crockpot Fiesta Chicken Toppings

Garnishes are the best part of any meal!

Here are some good ideas for serving:

  • In a hard or soft taco shell with garnishes.
  • On top of a white or sweet potato.  Add a little sour cream or greek yogurt and salt and pepper to the potato and then top with the fiesta chicken.  Add desired garnishes.
  • Top nachos with fiesta chicken, cheese, guacamole and/or sour cream.
  • Make a taco salad with lettuce, fiesta chicken, and dressing of your choice.  I think a dressing with lime juice, olive oil, garlic and cumin would be delicious!
  • Make enchiladas or burritos by mixing the fiesta chicken with some cheese and/or sour cream.  Stuff tortillas with the mixture, top with cheese and bake in the oven.  Or you can fill the tortillas with the chicken mixture with no added ingredients.  Top with cheese and bake.
  • Add some cheese and make quesadillas on the stove.
  • Serve the fiesta chicken in a bowl with added garnishes and use chips for dipping.
Crockpot Fiesta Chicken Recipes

Fiesta chicken used as a topping on a sweet potato (left) and in a soft taco (right.)

crockpot fiesta chicken for freezer

Ready for the freezer!

Real Food Tips:

  • Corn is a heavily genetically modified crop.  When your budget allows, buy organic corn.  I usually stock my freezer with frozen organic corn when it goes on sale.
  • If your budget allows, organic or pastured chicken is healthiest.  You can avoid antibiotics in your chicken when you go organic.  I find a pretty good deal on organic chicken at Costco.
  • It’s not too difficult to find clean jarred salsa.  Just look at the ingredient list and try to avoid brands with artificial ingredients or ingredients you don’t recognize.  They are unnecessary!

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