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 jalapeños, 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.

Crockpot salsa chicken recipe, from Cheap Recipe Blog

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Crockpot salsa chicken recipe, from Cheap Recipe Blog

Crockpot Salsa Chicken Recipe

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

I raided my fridge and freezer for appropriate ingredients to add to this salsa chicken. This recipe could be as basic as combining the chicken, salsa, and spices. But for something heartier, add the veggies and beans. Either way, it's going to taste great.


  • 1 1/2 lbs. chicken breast
  • 2 cups tomato salsa (16 ounce jar)
  • 1 cup pinto or black beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a crockpot. Add 1/4 cup of water. Make sure that the liquid is covering the chicken. Place lid on and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.
  2. Right before serving, shred the chicken with a fork (this will happen very easily, just by stirring). See above for serving suggestions. Freeze any extra chicken for up to two months.

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