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Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Recipe

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Tender slow cooker salsa chicken recipe for tacos nachos and more! Fall apart shredded chicken made fork tender with a jar of salsa and cans of corn and black beans. For more yummy recipes seem my Mexican Recipes page.

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Recipe

This fantastic recipe is a weekly family favorite around my house. The slow cooker makes the chicken so tender and full of flavor, you won’t be able to eat just one!

The chicken is cooked in the salsa until it’s falling apart, then shredded and served in tacos or burritos and nachos. It’s a quick, easy, and healthy meal that the whole family will love.

This simple slow roasted chicken is the perfect dish for busy weeknights or lazy weekends. We use it to make tacos or amazing nachos. With only a few items, its hard to believe how great these basic ingredients can make the chicken taste so great!

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Recipe

Original post was the Slow Cooker version. Updated post (2022) is cooked in a Dutch oven in the oven at 350°F for 3-4 hours. Both ways this recipe comes out great!


  • 1 can of black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of corn drained
  • 1 package of taco seasoning 
  • 4-5 skinless chicken breast
  • 1 bottle of salsa {I use Pace Mild Chunky Salsa}
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Fresh cilantro


  • Add the chicken breasts to the bottom of the slow cooker or dutch oven.
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Slow Cooker version – Dutch Oven version
  • Pour the beans, corn, salsa, taco mix, water covering the chicken breasts.
  • Cover and cook on Low for 3-4 hours in a slow cooker, or 3-4 hours in a Dutch oven at 200°F.
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  • Shred the chicken with two forks to make pulled chicken.
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  • Scoop mixture into bowls and sprinkle with cabbage mix and fresh cilantro and serve!

MAKE AHEAD: Place leftover chicken in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

FREEZER: Place chicken and all ingredients in an airtight container or freezer bag until ready to make. Freeze up to 3 months.

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Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Super easy recipe to make in a Slow Cooker or Dutch Oven pot
Servings: 6 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Calories: 196


  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of white corn
  • 1 pkg of taco seasoning, {I use McCormick Taco Seasoning Mix}
  • 3-4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 16 oz bottle of salsa, {I use Chunky Pace Mild Salsa}
  • ½ cup water
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped


  • Place beans, corn, salsa, taco mix, water and chicken in your slow cooker covering the chicken breasts.
  • Cook on Low for 3-4 hours.
  • Shred the chicken with a fork.
  • Scoop mixture into bowls and sprinkle with cabbage mix and fresh cilantro and serve!


Dutch oven pot directions: Cover and place in oven. Cook at 200° for 3-4 hours. 
This dish is great over nachos, in tacos or in burritos. 


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 539mg | Potassium: 506mg | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 2mg

The nutrition info provided is only an estimate. See my nutrition disclaimer for more info on how the data is collected for recipes.

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Slow cooker salsa chicken is a delicious, easy-to-make dish that can be tailored to suit your families tastes. By using a slow cooker, the chicken will be cooked to perfection and you’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy your meal. Enjoy!

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  1. Thanks so much for having Dutch oven instructions!

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