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My brother & sister-in-law made this dinner one night, while we were on vacation, just as a throw-together meal. Well- we all loved it and have been making it ever since. I will usually stop at Moe’s (restaurant) and pick up a bag of their chips (the “catering size” is $5) and head home to serve this meal with chips.

A bowl of food on a plate.
The kids love it and so do we. It is great left-over and always pleases our family our company. I’ve even put them in tortilla bowls and served them for company that way- so pretty!

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Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Easy slow cooker mexican chicken with salsa - this crockpot meal with only a few ingredients! 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours
Servings: 6


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can drained corn
  • 1 jar salsa
  • 1 can lowfat refried beans
  • sour cream optional


  • In crock-pot, add the chicken breast, black beans (drained), corn and salsa.
    Cook on low heat for 5-6 hours
    Pull the chicken out at the end of the 5 hours and shred it.
    Place it back into the crock-pot.
    Stir in one can of Refried Beans
    Let it cook for just about another 30 minutes to an hour. (If you didn’t have time for this, you could just mix in the beans & serve it and it would be fine, I just like to cook it longer to let the beans heat up a bit)
    Serve with a little sour cream, chips or tortilla shells (the kids love it this way~ served with chips!)
    A bowl of food on a plate.

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This recipe is for a slow Cooker Chicken with salsa.   I posted this a while back, but we had it for dinner tonight, so I wanted to repost it for you!  It is so good! 

This recipe is so easy and SO delicious! My brother and sister-in-law made this on our last trip to the beach and we have been craving it ever since.  I love it because it literally takes just a few minutes to throw together and it tastes great.   Even our kids love to eat it, so I try to make it when I can.

Oh- this is also a GREAT recipe if you are on vacation or if you have to work all day, because it is easy to prepare and is ready when you get home.   You can really make it into a few different meals because you can serve it several different ways, making it even more versatile.

If you have leftovers, serve it tomorrow night in a different way (if you used chips tonight, use tortilla shells tomorrow night.)   You could also make this recipe in a bigger batch and freeze half of it in a freezer bag.  Just throw it into the crock-pot to defrost and you have a great meal… again!

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I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. Oh man! This looks amazing and simple! This mama likes simple!! However I didn’t see where you said for how long does the chicken and all need to stay in the pot before pulling it out and shredding it then placing it back in? I know it says it needs to cook on low heat for six hours. Thanks for sharing! I am pinning and making this soon!! ~Leah~

      1. Awesome! I see where you added it in!! Can’t wait to try it out!!! ~Leah~

  2. What a great fall recipe! Perfect for the busy school/work week or weekends when we are out and about. Thanks!

  3. This sounds so yummy! I feel like I’m always making the same chicken dishes and always love finding new ways to make it! This sounds so comforting and delicious, thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  4. I must try this since I want to learn more about how to cook quick and easy recipes but tastes so yummy!

  5. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe! I know my son will love this! It has been so hard to be busy all day – and come late afternoon try and ‘now’ plan a meal! Ugh. Usually I am tired and ready for a nap! Then I end up to lazy or tired to cook and we end up eating out at a restaurant. (Which is nice because that means no prep or cleanup!) but it’s costly and the kids don’t get that real family time experience at home. I love your tips and ideas! It’s so refreshing to hear another moms meal planning ideas and perspective on ‘fun parenting!’ Thanks! Kelly

  6. This looks delicious! I’m going to try it this week.
    Quick question though…what size is the jar of salsa? 16 oz, 18 oz, 24 oz, 32 oz? I’m guessing maybe 18? Wouldn’t it be nice if there was just one standard size across all brands and varieties? At least it would make recipes easier. 🙂

      1. Thanks! I used about 19-20 oz from a bigger jar. It turned out great! My kids (ages 7, 4, and 1) liked it too! We had some leftover, so I added some brown rice and monterrey jack cheese and rolled it up in tortillas….this stuff makes great burritos!

        1. I’m glad that you liked it!! I love the burrito idea!! Doing that next time.

  7. This was awesome! i tripled the recipe and it filled our crock pot to the max. It made a ton for a big party and we still had leftovers. Great served with some shredded lettuce and sour cream.