What could be easier than a make-ahead slow cooker meal? This salsa chicken recipe is so flavorful and can be used in many different ways, from burritos to tacos to nachos and more.Crockpot salsa chicken bowls, from Cheap Recipe Blog

I’m finally sold on the idea of crock pot dinners (I know what you’re thinking: “What took you so long?”).

This recipe for crock pot salsa chicken was strangely easy. Considering how good it tasted, I would have expected it to complex and labor intensive. But that was simply not the case.

This recipe was inspired by Budget Byte’s slow cooker taco chicken bowls. The end result is an extremely flavorful shredded chicken that can be used in a variety of different ways (see below).

I’m still scratching my head, trying to figure out how something so delicious could be so easy to make. But I guess that’s just the nature of slow cooker meals!

Crockpot salsa chicken to make salsa chicken bowls

Serving Suggestions

  • Make chicken salsa bowls with rice, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, etc. (pictured above)
  • Make chicken nachos, adding cheese, pickled jalape├▒os, and other appropriate toppings
  • Add to a taco salad
  • Use in these enchilada stacks
  • Make salsa chicken sliders
  • Use as a filling for burritos, enchiladas or tacos

And don’t forget to freeze any leftovers. This chicken tastes great even after it’s been frozen and reheated.

Looking for a creamier recipe? Check out this creamy crockpot chicken with only 4 ingredients! Fewer ingredients keep costs down.

Crockpot salsa chicken recipe, from Cheap Recipe Blog

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Crockpot salsa chicken. Throw everything in the slow cooker and let your meal make itself!

Crockpot Salsa Chicken Recipe

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

To save money, you can use skin-on chicken breasts or thighs. Start by searing in a pan with a bit of oil, until skin is browned. Then proceed with slow cooker instructions.


  • 1 1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast or chicken thighs
  • 2 cups tomato salsa (16 ounce jar)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes


  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a slow cooker. Place lid on and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or on low for 5 to 6 hours.
  2. When the chicken is cooked and easily shreddable with a fork, remove from slow cooker and place in a large bowl to cool slightly. If you used skin-on chicken, remove skin before shredding. Shred chicken with two forks.
  3. There should be plenty of liquid left in the slow cooker. Remove all but (approximately) one cup of the liquid. You can use this liquid for soup or another use.
  4. Return shredded chicken to the slow cooker and let the chicken simmer in the broth for about 30 minutes.
  5. Remove chicken from slow cooker with a slotted spoon. See above for serving suggestions. Freeze any extra chicken for up to two months.

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