Cheesy Tex-Mex Chicken {Slow Cooker}

Tex mex chicken

Chicken, salsa, corn, black beans, taco seasoning, and green chiles are combined in the slow cooker for a no-hassle, tasteful supper.

When I am looking for a quick and easy supper, often times it involves the slow cooker. What’s not to love about a good slow cooker recipe? You throw everything in, walk away, and hours later not only does your house smell amazing, but you have a delicious meal, just waiting to be eaten.

One of my all-time favorite slow cooker recipes is this Cheesy Tex-Mex Chicken. It is SO flavorful and goes great served with tortillas, or even served on top of rice. Usually, I don’t feel the need to make any accompanying side dishes to go along with it because it’s already so hearty with corn, salsa, and black beans.

This recipe is also versatile because you can make it as spicy as you’d like. I chose a medium/hot salsa because we like things a bit spicy, but you can choose to use a mild salsa to keep this kid-friendly. The best part about this recipe, for me, is the cream cheese that goes in towards the end, about 30 minutes before you serve it. The cream cheese gives it such a creamy, cheesy consistency that I just love.

Here’s a tip for those of you who just don’t seem to have enough time in the morning to throw a slow cooker meal together before you head out. I usually prep everything the night before, and put it in the removable cooking pot that comes with most slow cookers. Then in the morning, all I have to do is place the pot in the “heater housing,” turn it on, and it’s ready to go.

Cheesy Tex-Mex Chicken {Slow Cooker}

Tex mex chicken

Prep Time: 5mn
Cook Time: 6hr
Total Time: 6hr 5mn


  • 2-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (use 2 if they are large in size)
  • 1- 24 ounce jar salsa of your choice, or make your own
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 15 oz can black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 -15 oz can corn- drained
  • 1 – 7oz can diced green chillies
  • 1 8-oz package cream cheese
  • 1-2 teaspoons hot sauce (optional)
  • Tortillas or rice for serving
  • Optional garnishes – shredded cheddar, lettuce, etc.


  1. In your slow cooker, stir together salsa, taco seasoning, black beans, corn, and chills. You can also add hot sauce at this point, if you’d like.
  2. Add raw chicken to the slow cooker and stir.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  4. 30 minutes before you’re ready to eat, cut the cream cheese into cubes and add it to the slow cooker (turn it to low at this point if you haven’t been cooking on low already). Continue cooking for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove the whole pieces of chicken from the slow cooker and dice it or shred it. I usually use two forks to shred the chicken.
  6. Return the shredded or diced chicken to the slower cooker and stir to incorporate the chicken into the mixture.
  7. Serve over steamed rice, or on tortillas. Add any garnishes you’d like including shredded cheddar, green onion, lettuce, etc., or eat it as is.

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  1. Isn’t this already on here or is it a different one?

  2. Good catch!It was originally posted in April, I just updated it with a better picture. :)

  3. Awesome, hope you enjoy Joanne! :)

  4. Yummy, i love mexican food… have to try it out some time

  5. cheese-stuffed meatloaf, au gratin cheesy potatoes, corn and cresent rolls over here. love ur recipes!!!!

  6. Holy moly, sounds delicious!!!

  7. The meatloaf is actually very easy. And the only way ill eat meatloaf now

  8. You should share the recipe with me! I don’t have a meatloaf recipe on CCC yet. :) If you get a minute…

  9. I sent the recipe to you via email. Hope you enjoy it!!!

  10. II can email if you like or you can go to my page and it is there. I am not familiar with hoe to share it to your FB page.

  11. No problem. I love new chicken recipes. Chicken is my favorite food.

  12. I have this in the crock pot right now!

  13. Every time we have this it’s delicious and I love how easy it is!

  14. Michelle Martinez

    I love this recipe! It very easy & very good. I added some fresh jalapenos to add some heat because we like spicy foods. Made it for my husband a.k.a. my picky eater & he loved it! I’ve tried a couple of other recipes from this site & have loved them all. This is my new fave site for recipes! <3

  15. I made this for dinner tonight with your Mexican rice recipe. I have to say that it was so delicious and flavorful that next time I would probably serve it with plain white rice or skip the rice altogether. I used three chicken breasts because I felt like they were mid-sized, but my mixture ended up kind of soupy or almost like a dip. I am wondering if I could have afforded to add a fourth chicken breast in there to thicken it up. Nonetheless, it was a delicious dinner and I am so glad I made it. And I could not agree with you more, the cream cheese absolutely makes it perfect!

  16. I’ve done this and served it over rice. Easy and delicious!

  17. Have you ever tried cooking this on the stove top? With my commute and work hours, it would sit in the crock pot for 12 hours before it’d be dinner time, but I don’t get home early enough to put it on high for 3-4 hours. I’ve transitioned several crock pot recipes and put them on the stove in cases like that, but usually soups or chili. Just wanted to see if you had any experience with this particular recipe on the stove.

    Thank you!

    • PS- I made it on the stovetop and it was fantastic! Good to know for days I won’t be home for 12 hours. This was delicious! We ate it on brown rice, or with tortilla chips, or with lettuce, depending on who it was and when they were eating. It is really good on the chips! I think next time I’ll get some tortillas and make tacos with it.

      • Thanks for letting me know how it turned out making it on the stovetop. I haven’t tried it with rice yet but I’m sure it’s delicious! We typically make tacos with it, but I agree, the chips are delicious too!

      • Jenni,
        Could you please share some details of your ‘stove-top conversion’ of this recipe?

  18. Hi there! How is this left over the next day (or two)? We are going on vacation, and I’d like to make a few things that I can keep around to reheat for quick lunches or snacks…I thought this looked very delicious!

  19. Oh. My. Gosh. This was FANTASTIC!!! I NEVER use ‘store bought’ salsa, but chose to for this recipe. I just used Pace Chunky Mild Salsa. I can’t believe how EASY and how DELICIOUS this recipe is! We have a TON for leftovers. I did read the comment from another reviewer who felt they could have used another chicken breast, so I did use four chicken breast halves (they were fairly large). I served it on flour tortillas with chopped green onion, shredded cheddar, some hot sauce, and additional salsa. It was fabulous! Thank you for yet ANOTHER great recipe! This one really couldn’t have been easier….

  20. In the instructions you said you prep this the night before and put it in the heat housing in the morning. I’m guessing you put it in the fridge over night so 2 questions: what do you include in the prep? All if it? Chicken too? Would this impact flavor? Also, is there a chance of the ceramic breaking once you put it in the heating element?

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