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Crockpot Queso Chicken

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If you are looking for an easy and delicious way to change up your taco game, these crockpot queso chicken tacos or rice bowls are the way to go. Made with shredded chicken, diced tomatoes and green chilies, queso and taco seasoning, this recipe is loaded with flavor.

Bowl of rice topped with queso chicken, herbs, tomatoes and sliced jalapenos.

Of course slow cooker recipes are always great for busy nights. This queso chicken recipe is a great option that the whole family is going to love.

It is perfect served in tortillas as cheesy tacos. Or serve it on top of rice as a burrito bowl.

Tacos made from small tortillas filled with shredded queso chicken, more queso, and some chopped tomatoes.

You can even serve it on a bed of lettuce and enjoy it as a salad. Or try may favorite and turn it into nachos with some tortilla chips. Queso chicken is really versatile, super easy, and oh so tasty.

It’s a straightforward recipe that doesn’t require a lot of prep. All you have to do is dump the ingredients into the crockpot, set the timer, and let the slow cooker do all the work while you go about your day.

Tips and Tricks

Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts. They shred easily and don’t have excess fat.

Drain most of the extra liquid after the chicken is cooked. If you don’t drain it, your tacos will be too wet.

The chicken will have absorbed so much flavor while it cooked. Shred it with a couple of forks to get it to the texture you like.

If the chicken is cooked through, it should shred really easily. If it doesn’t shred, cook it a little bit longer and try again.

Once the chicken is shredded and the excess liquid is drained, stir on some more queso. That will give you that rice and creamy finish.

Topping Ideas

Whether you are eating the queso chicken in a taco or as a burrito bowl, you need great toppings to take it to the next level. Experiment with your favorites or try some of these ideas:

  • Diced tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Jalapenos
  • Salsa
  • Shredded lettuce
Rice bowl topped with shredded queso chicken, ready to eat.

More Great Tex-Mex Recipes

If you like southwestern flavors, you might like crockpot salsa chicken as well. Is is another easy recipe that is perfect with tortillas or as a burrito bowl.

For a fresh option, try making a southwestern chopped salad. It is loaded with beans, corn, jalapenos and a creamy BBQ style dressing.

Queso chicken and rice bowl served with iced tea with queso chicken tacos in the background.

Southwestern chicken and rice skillet is a great one pan meal. Or try making a tamale pie, which is a casserole that boasts similar flavors to its namesake.

Bowl of rice topped with queso chicken, herbs, tomatoes and sliced jalapenos.

Slow Cooker Queso Chicken

Carlee
If you are looking for an easy and delicious way to change up your taco game, these crockpot queso chicken tacos or rice bowls are the way to go. Made with shredded chicken, diced tomatoes and green chilies, queso and taco seasoning, this recipe is loaded with flavor.
5 from 7 ratings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes
Course Dinners
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 399 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 10 ounce can Rotel or similar
  • 15 ounce jar queso cheese dip

Instructions
 

  • Place chicken in the slow cooker. 
    3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • In a medium mixing bowl combine the taco seasoning, rotel, and half of the jar of queso. 
    1 envelope taco seasoning, 10 ounce can Rotel
  • Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours. 
  • Discard most of the liquid from the slow cooker. Shred the chicken.
  • Stir the other half of the jar of queso into the chicken.
  • Serve with more queso for topping. 

Notes

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 
Add jalapenos or more green chilies for a spicier dish. 
Add sliced onions and peppers while cooking if desired. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 399kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 71gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 196mgSodium: 577mg
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Recipe adapted from the original slow cooker queso chicken.

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Sandy ReesSandy

Friday 2nd of June 2023

Looks very tasty!

Carlee

Friday 2nd of June 2023

It is, and so easy!