Southwest Chicken Crockpot Recipe

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Privacy Policy.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

This southwest chicken crockpot recipe is one of my most popular recipes of all time!

Southwest Chicken is a mouthwatering, wholesome meal of seasoned shredded chicken, black beans, corn, and tomatoes. This chicken dinner recipe cooks to perfection in your slow cooker!

Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken served in a white bowl with a white towel laying behind the bowl.

Why Are Slow Cookers So Popular?

Slow cookers are one of human’s greatest inventions in my book. No other appliance is quite as low maintenance and no other appliance will cook your dinner for you without any concern at all. Don’t get me wrong, I have an Instant Pot too and I love it. But pressure cookers still make me a little nervous and I never like leaving it alone to cook. Plus, it cooks food so fast there’s no point in really leaving it anyway unless you are using the slow cooking function, which brings me back full circle to how amazing slow cookers are!

Now I will say that older crockpots are not always trustworthy. But the newer ones are pretty darn safe and I regularly leave the house for hours while it does my cooking for me. My slow cooker is my best friend in the kitchen and I don’t see that ever changing!

Somehow, over the years, I got it in my head that using a slow cooker was a cold weather affair. Probably because I usually make slow cooker soups and stews when I’m using it. But after many reader comments, I’ve decided to use my slow cooker this summer. Apparently, many of you use them year round and avoid that hot stove/oven thing during the hot summer months. This is very wise.

An overhead view looking down into a white bowl filled with Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken.

What You’ll Need:

2 lb. chicken breasts – You’ll want these to be boneless and skinless. You can also use chicken thighs if you prefer.

15 oz. can pinto beans  – Or you can use 1 ⅓ cup home cooked beans. If using canned beans, drain and rinse them. If you want to use a different bean, a great substitute here are kidney beans.

15 oz. can black beans – Or you can use 1 ⅓ cup home cooked beans. If using canned beans, drain and rinse them.

28 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes in juice – If you can only find plain diced tomatoes, that’s fine too. That’s how I originally made this recipe. But I have since switched to the fire roasted diced tomatoes because I like the flavor they impart. Either will work though.

1 lb. frozen corn – You can put this in thawed or frozen. While food safety rules will always tell you to never put frozen food in a slow cooker, I have personally found that, because everything else is raw, the corn being frozen doesn’t seem to make any impact at all. The choice is yours. Do what feels right.

12 oz. jar of your favorite salsa – Opt for salsa with no added sugar and pick one that you enjoy the flavor of. The salsa does a lot to flavor this recipe, so the more you like the salsa, the more you’ll like the finished dish.

A white crock filled with Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken.

How To Make Southwest Chicken

This is a super simple dish to throw together last minute before you leave the house.

The first layer in this Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken Recipe, the chicken, placed in the bottom of the crock.

Place the chicken breasts on the bottom of your slow cooker.

The salsa and diced tomatoes layered over the chicken in the crock.

Pour the tomatoes and salsa over that.

The beans layered over the sauce in the crock.

Layer on the beans.

The last layer of this Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken Recipe, the corn, layered over the top of everything in the crock.

And lastly, add the corn.

The lid placed on the slow cooker as it starts to cook this Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken Recipe.

Secure the lid on your slow cooker.

Shredding the Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken with an electric mixer.

Cook on low for 5-7 hours, or until the chicken easily falls apart when the pot is stirred. I used an electric mixer on the slowest setting to easily and quickly shred the chicken without crushing the beans.

The finished Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken served in a white crock. A white towel lays to the side of the bowl.

Serving Suggestions

Another way to enjoy this is to drain off a bit of the liquids and use it to fill tacos. It’s a small twist on the usual taco chicken you make in a slow cooker (see below). It’ll keep your taco night interesting without doing much of anything different. Although if you are using corn tortillas, the added corn may be a bit redundant. But I leave that up to you and your tortillas.

If you’re having a get-together, just set the crock on the warm setting (for up to 1 1/2 hours) and let folks help themselves. A big serving spoon will do the trick and everyone can enjoy it as they like it if you serve some small dishes of toppings like avocado or guacamole and sour cream (greek yogurt?) and even a little fresh, chopped cilantro if you like cilantro. (It’s amazing how many people out there think cilantro tastes like soap! Glad that hasn’t been my experience because I love it so much!!!)

I like to serve southwest chicken and beans over brown rice with a selection of yummy toppings. It’s a really versatile dish and the leftovers (if there are any!) are fabulous the next day.

So bust out that slow cooker this summer and enjoy a home cooked meal without ever heating up your kitchen. It’s the best of both worlds and everyone will be asking for second helpings!

Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken, just shredded and still sitting in the slow cooker.

More Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

Easy Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken – This easy-to-make dish will cook itself, and is wonderful for filling tacos, burritos or adding to a taco salad!

Italian Stuffed Chicken Breasts – Delicious chicken that pairs well with pasta, rice or just veggies.

2 Ingredients Slow Cooker Taco Chicken – A quick and easy prep that makes plenty of filling for tacos!

Tools For Making This Crock Pot Recipe

SUBSCRIBE

Remember to subscribe to my free newsletter to receive all my latest recipes in your inbox. Click here to sign up!

Southwest Chicken Crock Pot Recipe

Copyright Button.
Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken served in a white bowl with a white towel laying behind the bowl.

Southwest Chicken Crockpot Recipe

Southwest Chicken is a mouthwatering wholesome meal of shredded chicken, black beans, corn, and tomatoes. This easy chicken dinner is easy to prep and cooks to perfection in your slow cooker!
4.50 from 16 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, SouthWestern
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 10 cups (approximately)
Calories: 244kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

CLICK TO WATCH THIS RECIPE IN ACTION!

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 15 oz. can pinto beans (rinsed and drained, or 1 ⅓ cup home cooked beans)
  • 15 oz. can black beans (rinsed and drained, or 1 ⅓ cup home cooked beans)
  • 28 oz. can diced tomatoes in juice (low sodium is best)
  • 1 lb. frozen and thawed organic corn
  • 12 oz. jar of your favorite salsa (no sugar added)

Instructions

  • Place the chicken breasts on the bottom of your slow cooker.
    The first layer in this Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken Recipe, the chicken, placed in the bottom of the crock.
  • Pour the tomatoes and salsa over that.
    The salsa and diced tomatoes layered over the chicken in the crock.
  • Layer on the beans.
    The beans layered over the sauce in the crock.
  • And finally, the corn.
    The last layer of this Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken Recipe, the corn, layered over the top of everything in the crock.
  • Cover securely with lid.
    The lid placed on the slow cooker as it starts to cook this Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken Recipe.
  • Set to low temp. Cook on low for 5-7 hours, or until the chicken easily falls apart when the pot is stirred.
    A slow cooker set to it's low setting.
  • When done, shred the chicken simply by stirring everything. If that doesn't do an effective job for you, use either forks, or an electric mixer set to it's lowest speed so as not to crush the beans.
    Shredding the Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken with an electric mixer.
  • Serve on its own, with corn chips, over rice, or even as a burrito filling.
    The finished Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken served in a white crock. A white towel lays to the side of the bowl.

Notes

Please note that the data below is a ballpark figure. Exact nutrition data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 736mg | Potassium: 929mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 404IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 3mg

This post from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 4/23/12.

Image depicting 5-star rating. Image text says, Love this recipe? Give it a star rating in a comment below.

Similar Posts

228 Comments

  1. Crystal Q says:

    I’m making it for dinner tonight! Excited to try it 🙂

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Awesome! Hope you enjoy it!

  2. I just made this and didnt realize i used garlic and oregano tomato ! hoe it comes out ok

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I’m sure it will be fine.

  3. Frozen or unfrozen chicken????

  4. graciouspantry says:

    Never 3 hours with meat. At least 4.

  5. Found this via Pinterest and just wanted to say it was very tasty. We ate it with warm tortillas. Super easy and flavorful. Thanks for sharing.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      My pleasure! So glad you enjoyed it. :0)

  6. Tried this for the first time tonight. I love all the ingredients, so worth a try. I even got a thumbs up from the husband!!!!! It was so easy! The longest part was opening the cans! Dinner was ready when we go home from work. Thank you!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      My pleasure! So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  7. graciouspantry says:

    It might be a little dry…

  8. This will definitely be a repeat recipe for us! We just added cumin and chili powder, and cooked with a little bit of chicken stock. We took the cooked chicken out and shred it in the Kitchen Aid (shreds cooked chicken quickly and perfectly!), then added it back in the crockpot. Put it over cornbread and topped with some cheese… delish!

  9. Rachymo607 says:

    Made this tonight for the family I babysit for. They lOved it! Thanks for sharing!!

  10. Made this the other day; it was really good! Very simple and only requires a few ingredients, even the kids loved it

  11. KitchenNinja says:

    I’m making it right now and it smells awesome! I used a large can of black beans cause I didn’t have pinto so ill see how it comes out 🙂

  12. DELICIOUS!!! I am not very crafty in the kitchen, so I made this exactly how the recipe said and it is Awesome!

  13. This was so good! My family loved this.

  14. This recipe is AMAZING! Made it last night for the first time and it’s delicious. My house smells SO good 🙂 I’ve shared this recipe with numerous friends who have started clean-eating with me!

  15. I made this last week and my husband really liked it. The taste might vary depending on the salsa you add. I put in a mild organic salsa but you could spice up the flavor with a hotter salsa. Next time I might even add some broiled/diced poblano chili’s.

  16. It’s in the slow cooker now. I can’t wait!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  17. i made something similar to this last week, using just chicken and salsa. i used some frozen boneless chicken thighs. my crockpot cookbook says it’s ok to put frozen meat in, but put in about 3/4- 1 cup hot water to help minimize the temp difference when the crockpot starts getting hot and the meat is still frozen. i’ve never had a problem putting frozen meat in mine. the salsa chicken cooked for about 6 hours on high. it was delicious. some in my family would like it according to your recipe with the beans, but some wouldn’t, that’s why i did mine just chicken and salsa. and i’m not a salsa fan, either, but this was good. we served it with rice or on tortillas, with some sour cream on top and a bit of shredded cheddar cheese.

  18. I almost always put a cup of strong coffee into the pot and I add oregano and cumin if it is chicken, turkey or pork. Cilantro too if I have some fresh. I love the brightness the cilantro gives it!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      You cook your chicken in coffee?

  19. I love this and have made several times but I am wondering if this can be frozen after and reheated since I am the only one eating it over here. It is listed as a “freezer meal”in your tags so I guess I am also wondering what that means exactly since that will clarify several of the other recipes. Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sure! Just put it in serving size containers and freeze. Simple! 🙂

  20. Amber Joseph says:

    Tried it! Loved it! Came out somewhat like a soup…put half of it in the freezer for later!

  21. sue hudson says:

    Made this recipe this past week. It is great ! I would recommend it to anyone.

  22. This was delicious! My husband enjoyed it as well. It will become a regular part of my menu planning!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  23. First time to your site and saw this recipe. Made it today, it is delicious and so easy for a work day. It is almost like a chicken chili. I didn’t try, but might add broth next time to make a soup (assume you would add it at the end?). I ate it for lunch with a tiny bit of sour cream and will serve it for dinner with brown rice. Thanks!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Yes, I would add the broth at the end. Glad you enjoyed it!

  24. This is one of my favorite slow-cooker recipes! So simple, delicious and filling!

  25. The “Save Recipe” button is there, but not working

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Just fixed it. Thanks!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.