Crockpot Salsa Chicken: an easy recipe for a 4-ingredient slow cooker meal

Total time: 3H20
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 8 people
By Cookist
boneless skinless chicken breasts
taco seasoning mix
2 tsp
chunky red salsa
2 cups
lime wedges

This crockpot salsa chicken recipe is beautiful in its simplicity. It's similar to baked salsa chicken, but with even less work involved. You only need 4 ingredients: chicken, salsa, and taco seasoning, plus some fresh lime to garnish and add a zesty touch to the dish. It's a delicious, effortlessly easy Mexican recipe you can make in your crockpot and makes a perfect hearty, filling dinner you can throw together in 5 minutes then leave to cook away while you go about your day. Slow cooking the chicken makes it meltingly tender and infuses it with the flavor of the salsa and taco seasoning. Serve it with rice, beans, and tortillas, or as a filling for tacos or burritos. However you choose to eat it, you're sure to love slow cooker salsa chicken!

How to Make Crockpot Salsa Chicken

Cooking crockpot salsa chicken couldn't be easier. Put the chicken breasts in your slow cooker and generously season them with taco seasoning. Flip them around so they're well-coated. This will infuse the chicken with more flavor. Next, pour 1 cup of the salsa over the chicken. Put the lid on and set your slow cooker to high and cook for 3 hours or low for 6 to 8 hours. You'll know your chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

When the chicken has finished cooking, grab two forks and shred the meat. Pour in the remaining cup of salsa and give everything a good stir, and serve with a lime wedge and your favorite sides.


What to Serve with Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken 

Stick with the Mexican theme and serve your crockpot salsa chicken over rice, over nachos, in a burrito bowl, or as a taco, burrito, or quesadilla filling. Enjoy it with a light salad, beans, and veggies like grilled corn or zucchini to make a complete meal.

Tips for Easy Crockpot Salsa Chicken

– Boost that delicious homemade flavor by making the salsa yourself rather than picking up store-bought options.

– Sprinkle a little fresh cilantro over your salsa chicken as a garnish. It adds a wonderfully bright flavor to the dish.

– You can use other cuts of chicken in this recipe. For a heartier cut, try chicken thighs.

– Using salsa verde instead of red salsa is a tasty twist to try.

– If you plan on using frozen chicken, let it thaw before cooking it in your crockpot. This is the safest way to cook it and avoid potential food poisoning.

How to Store Crockpot Salsa Chicken 

Keep leftovers their freshest by transferring them to an airtight container and storing it in the fridge. Enjoy within 3 days.

Can I Freeze Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken?

Absolutely! Place your slow cooker salsa chicken in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.


Place your chicken in the slow cooker. Season with taco seasoning then pour 1 cup of salsa over the chicken. Cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours.

Use 2 forks to pull apart and shred the chicken. Pour in the remaining sauce, stirring to combine. Serve with fresh lime wedges.


You can use either store-bought or homemade salsa to make your slow cooker salsa chicken.

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