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Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken for Burrito Bowls

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Make a delicious Mexican inspired meal while you do other things. This salsa chicken is so full of flavor and makes the best burrito bowls. Dinner is served.

burrito bowl consisting of rice toped with salsa chicken, avocado, sour cream, salsa and more.

Everybody needs a couple of really simple to make really big on flavor recipes in their box of tricks.  This is a simple dump and go slow cooker recipe that results in a delicious dinner.

Come home, make some rice and you have burrito bowls in no time. You could also use tortillas to make fun tacos or burritos.

Flavorful easy dinners are always in high demand. Making a yummy recipe in the slow cooker is not only simple but you have the benefit of knowing you are coming home to something tasty.

Salsa chicken is a perfect example of that. Just load up the slow cooker in the morning and go about your day.

While you are doing your thing, the chicken is getting tender. The beans, corn, salsa and seasonings blend into the perfect meal.

slow cooker filled with salsa chicken ingredients ready to cook

It is fabulous served over cilantro lime rice or Mexican rice as burrito bowls. Just pile it on top of the rice and top with sour cream, cheese, guacamole or more salsa if you want.

Alternatively, stir a little rice in and load it up in a tortilla. It makes a fabulous burrito as well.

This has to be one of the recipes we make the most at our house. So it is shocking I haven’t revisited the post to share it with you again.

I did share an instant pot salsa chicken recipe, but I know there are still a lot of crock pot lovers out there.

So I wanted to make sure my slow cooker slayers haven’t forgotten about this gem. It had some new pictures and a little video too.

Of course you don’t really need it. This recipe is as simple as can be.

crock pot full of cooked shredded salsa chicken with black beans, corn and cilantro.

All you have to do is throw the ingredients in the slow cooker and let it go.  When you are ready to eat, shred the chicken, stir in some cilantro and make some cilantro rice.  Yum!

Simple dump and go slow cooker recipes like this are always great for busy weekdays. There is nothing like coming home to having dinner mostly ready.

You can make it with dry black beans if you have them. Otherwise it is great with a couple of cans of beans as well. 

Just make sure to adjust the water accordingly. The recipe as written is for dry beans but the canned beans adjustments are in the notes.

I sure hope you give it a try and see for yourself!

Bonus recipe for easy Mexican rice in the Instant Pot

If you are looking for a super simple way to make a yummy version of Mexican rice, you are in the right place. This recipe only takes 3 ingredients and one of the is water!

This is a great side dish for enchiladas, tacos or chimichangas.  It is also a great base for burrito bowls topped with the salsa chicken!

Mexican Rice Ingredients:

  • 2 cups white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup salsa
  1. Put water, rice and salsa in instant pot. Pressure cook on high for 4 minutes.
  2. Let pressure naturally release for at least 5 minutes, then release the pressure.
  3. Fluff with a fork and serve. 
plate filled with lime cilantro rice topped with slow cooked salsa chicken, slices of avocado and sour cream.

More great slow cooker recipes:

Put an Italian flavor spin on crock pot chicken with slow cooker chicken cacciatore soup. The soup will make your house smell amazing and it has the perfect balance of pasta, chicken and veggies.

Make super fun pita pocket sandwiches filled with slow cooker Greek chicken. Add some creamy cucumber salad on the side and you have a perfect light and bright meal.

Creamy chicken and gravy in the slow cooker is like making a plate of diner comfort food at home.  It is so easy to make and will make you feel are warm and full inside!

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burrito bowl consisting of rice toped with salsa chicken, avocado, sour cream, salsa and more.

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Servings: 8 Servings
Author: Carlee
Make a delicious Mexican inspired meal while you do other things! This salsa chicken is so full of flavor and makes the best burrito bowls. Dinner is served!
4.92 from 24 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 10 minutes



  • cups dried black beans*
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • cups frozen corn
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 pound Chicken Breasts
  • cilantro to taste


  • Place black beans in the bottom of slow cooker.
    1½ cups dried black beans*
  • Add diced onion, corn, salsa, taco seasoning and water. Stir to combine. Add chicken breasts.
    1 pound Chicken Breasts, 1½ cups frozen corn, 1 cup salsa, 1 package taco seasoning, 3 cups water, 1 medium onion
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • Using forks, shred chicken and stir in cilantro.
    cilantro to taste
  • Serve over rice and top with your favorite toppings. We like guacamole, a little more salsa, sour cream, cilantro and cheese.


*You can use 2 cans of black beans and cut the water to 3/4 cup if you’d like



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 265kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 27gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 331mgFiber: 7gSugar: 4g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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4.92 from 24 votes (23 ratings without comment)
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Liz Wyllie

Sunday 15th of January 2023

I made a rookie mistake and still added 3 cups of water after using a can of black beans. I misunderstood the instructions as the beans just needed to be dried off?!? Lol. Anyways, I doubled up on beans and corn, added tahini seasoning and onion powder. Before shredding the chicken, I added a half cup of heavy whip to soak up some of the water and not take away the flavor. Didn’t turn out exactly like the recipe (obvi) but it was absolutely delicious! Creamy and we couldn’t get enough. Thank you!!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Tuesday 24th of November 2020

This slow cooker salsa chicken looks so good Carlee. I am going to make this for my family. Thanks for the recipe. Hope you have a nice Thanksgiving.


Friday 4th of December 2020

Thank you, I hope you enjoy it!

Amy (Savory Moments)

Sunday 22nd of November 2020

This is my kind of easy and delicious dinner! I love making burritos and burrito bowls and letting everyone customize them to their liking with toppings.


Tuesday 24th of November 2020

Me too, they are so easy and so tasty!

Andrea Nine

Friday 20th of November 2020

I make this exact same things but omit the corn. My fam loves corn but not in there salsa, lol. We just love it in rice bowls. Happy Weekend!


Tuesday 24th of November 2020

Isn't it so tasty?! We love it too!

Frugal Hausfrau

Saturday 2nd of January 2016

Hi again, Carlee! I just wanted to stop by and check this recipe out - a must have for busy winter days! Thanks for bringing this by to our Throwback Thursday Link Party - I'll be pinning this to our board, too, and Happy New Year!


Saturday 2nd of January 2016

Thank you so much! I need to make another batch of this soon!