Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken

Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken has perfectly seasoned, fall-apart chicken with sweet corn, black beans, and salsa. The perfect blend of spices pulls it all together while it cooks slowly in your crock pot — just set it and forget it.

Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken

I like nothing better than to get my work done and over with, then the rest of my day is easy.

Enters the crock pot. Yay!

Make your dinner before lunch, then later, when you’re tired and don’t feel like cooking, BAM!, there it is.

Two tacos with shredded chicken, corn, black beans, and salsa cooked in a crock pot.

Making Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken

Start by lining your crock pot with a liner. If you’ve never tried these, they’re awesome.

They really make cleaning up afterwards much easier.

So, ok, let’s cook. Mix all the spices together in a small bowl, and pour roughly half the salsa in the bottom of the crock pot.

Season both sides of the chicken and put the chicken into the crock pot.

You can either, 1) use all the seasonings on the chicken, or 2) season both sides and sprinkle any leftover spices into the mix.

Either way, it all gets stirred together in the end.

Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken

Drain and rinse the black beans, then add them to the crock pot along with the corn, remaining salsa, and water.

In fact, after pouring in the rest of the salsa, add the water to the salsa jar, put the cap back on, and give it a good shake.

Then pour that into the crock pot. It seems like the best way to get all the salsa out of the jar.

Anyway, once everything is in there, that’s it. Cover it and set the timer.

If you have the time, I recommend setting it on LOW for 6 – 8 hours.

It is, after all, a “slow cooker,” so let it cook slowly. The chicken will be extra tender and literally fall apart.

If you don’t have the luxury of time, set the timer for 3.5 – 4 hours on HIGH. It tastes just as good, I just don’t think it turns out as tender.

Ultimately, the chicken is done when the internal temperature has reached 165°.

Chunks of fall-apart chicken, salsa, corn, and black beans.

How to Serve Fiesta Chicken

This dish is great, because it’s flexible. You can eat it as it is…delicious. Trust me, once you try it, it’s hard to stop nibbling.

You can also make it into tacos. Just heat a corn tortilla (or three) and add some shredded cheese on top.

It’s also perfect in a bowl over a bed of rice, which is similar to my 30-minute Fiesta Chicken and Rice made on the stove top.

You could also serve it with a side of beans and rice, restaurant style. Don’t forget the chips and salsa!

Oh, and it freezes well. Store it in a sealed container for about 2 months. Viola!

Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken

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You might have guessed, but yeah, I love using my crock pot.

In fact, I’m working on Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken. It turned out great, I can’t wait to share it with you.

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Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken

Fall-apart chicken with corn, black beans, and salsa, all perfect spiced.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword: crock pot, easy dinner
Servings: 6
Calories: 306kcal
Author: Sweet Ordeal


  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 16 oz. salsa
  • 1 1/2 lbs. skinless, boneless chicken breast, (2 medium chicken breasts)
  • 15 oz. black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup water


  • Line your crock pot with a liner if you have one. This is optional, but makes for easy clean-up.
  • In a small bowl, mix all the spices together (chili powder through oregano). Pour half the jar of salsa into the crock pot.
  • Season both sides of the chicken with spices and place in the crock pot. Pour rest of salsa on top of the chicken, along with the black beans, corn, water, and any remaining spices. Stir gently, then cover.
  • For best results, heat on LOW for 6 - 8 hours, or on HIGH for 3.5 - 4 hours. Internal temperature should be 165°.
  • Once cooked, shred chicken with 2 forks. Stir and serve. Enjoy!


Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 994mg | Potassium: 1100mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1174IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 5mg
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Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken

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  1. 5 stars
    This was absolutely fantastic! I am lucky enough to be a neighbor of Lori’s. I am a lover of good Mexican food.

    This dish hit all the right spots! It had the welcoming aroma and the mouth watering look. I was very pleasantly surprised at the flavor and the tenderness of the chicken. This combination was delicious! Remember to add the avocado and the sour cream for a complete treat!