Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Recipe -
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Recipe
  • READY IN 6+ hrs

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

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"This is one of my favorite recipes. Easy to make, healthy, and full of flavor. Just put all the ingredients in a slow cooker and let the machine do the work. There are infinite variations as to how to use the finished product, and your family is guaranteed to like each one."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    6 hrs

    6 hrs 20 mins


  1. Put chicken into the crock of a slow cooker. Sprinkle taco seasoning over the chicken. Layer diced tomatoes with habaneros, onion, celery, and carrot over the chicken, respectively; top with salsa. Pour water over the entire mixture.
  2. Cook on Low until the chicken is easily shreddable, 6 to 8 hours. An instant-read thermometer should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
  3. Shred the chicken with 2 forks and stir with the salsa mixture.
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  • Cook's Notes:
  • As a low-carb option just serve in a bowl, similar to stew, and top with grated cheese, sour cream, cilantro, and chopped scallions.
  • Great for filling tacos and burritos or even as the meat for a tortilla soup. Use your imagination to create other menu ideas.
  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 31, 2014

This is a keeper for sure! Easy, delicious, and filling. Used salsa style fire roasted diced tomatoes instead of the Rotel because it's what I had. Used it tonight as a filling for tacos. Thinking about using the leftovers in soup of some kind. The husband who rarely rates any recipe high gave this one 5 stars! He thought it was better in a hard corn tortilla as opposed to a soft one.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 13, 2014

I hated it. It was soupy, and the chicken was rather dry.


13 Ratings

Feb 23, 2014

I followed suggestions and used fire roasted tomatoes & used fire roasted salsa. I lightly sautéed the onions, celery and peppers before putting in the crock pot. This was delicious!! Served with fresh cilantro and sour cream on warmed tortillas. Excellent!!!!

Feb 21, 2014

I had high expectations about this recipe, but it just didn't turn out for me. After tasting it and deciding I had to do something...I added some salt, pepper and some mixed dried herbs after draining some of the liquid out of it and shredding the chicken. I then let it slow cook for another hour and it was better. I really think it was the salsa I used and maybe if I had used the fire roasted diced tomatoes that Paula suggested in her review it might have been a lot better. My suggestion? Use a really flavorful salsa and the fire roasted tomatoes and you might have a winner. Thanks Carajeanne for submitting this as it has great potential using the right ingredients. **Addendum 9-21-14--Because mine turned out extra spicy I added it to some cooked white rice...and...Viola! made a great tasting "Spanish Rice"! So, you never know what a difference one ingredient can make!

Mar 26, 2014

I only used 1 pound of chicken and added a can of black beans. I kept the rest of the ingredients the same amount of the 8 servings. It was the perfect amount of chicken for all the other ingredients. I thought I would put it over rice but it's so hearty I haven't needed to add anything. Will definitely add this to my regular rotation.

May 27, 2014

Since going back to school my life has gotten increasingly busy. It is hard to make a meal every night and especially something that is at least a little bit healthy. My mom had given me a crockpot after she found a really good deal on it so I started asking people for great recipes that could be made in a slow cooker that were not all that unhealthy. A coworker introduced me to the Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken recipe on AllRecipes so I tried it. I have since made the recipe about 20 times, I am absolutely in love with it and I make sure I have all of the ingredients on hand. I have substituted the diced tomatoes with green chilies with plain diced tomatoes if I don’t have the ones with chilies; it still tastes just as good. This is such a super easy recipe to make and there aren’t many ingredients to it. I have used this concoction in burritos, on top of rice and even on top of a salad. It is such a versatile meal that tastes different depending on how you prepare it. I would highly recommend this slow cooker meal to anyone I know and as a matter of a fact I do tell everyone who asks me about a great recipe about this one.

Jan 19, 2015

Good recipe. Used chicken thighs with bones and just picked it out.

Aug 01, 2014

Hubby gave this a 5 star rating; I only give it 4, but I'm super stingy with 5 star ratings. I did use fajita seasoning instead of taco seasoning because its what I had in the house. I used a hot salsa, so I left the habaneros out (would have used them with a mild salsa). The chicken totally shreds itself with no effort. So soft and yummy!


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  • Calories
  • 148 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.5 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 59 mg
  • 20%
  • Fat
  • 2.4 g
  • 4%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 23.1 g
  • 46%
  • Sodium
  • 540 mg
  • 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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