Easy Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken

Santa Fe Chicken, Crock Pot
Diana Rattray
Ratings (6)
  • Total: 3 hrs 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 3 hrs
  • Yield: 6 servings

Here's a delicious chicken recipe using only five ingredients. The Tex-Mex flavors stand out in this tasty dish, and the crock pot makes it super easy. Make easy Mexican-style rice to go with the chicken and serve it with warm tortillas or cornbread. This recipe can be easily scaled up or down. 


  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 cans (12 to 15 ounces each) whole kernel corn (drained)
  • 1 cup bottled thick and chunky salsa or Pace Picante Sauce, divided
  • 5 or 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Steps to Make It

In a 3 1/2- to a 5-quart slow cooker, combine the black beans, corn, and 1/2 cup of the salsa.

Top with the chicken breasts and then pour the remaining 1/2 cup salsa over the chicken.

Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until the chicken is tender and white throughout. Do not overcook or the chicken will be dry.

Sprinkle cheese over the chicken; cover and cook until the cheese melts, about 5 to 15 minutes longer. 

Tips and Variations

Whether it be adding certain ingredients or altering those in this recipe, you can make changes while keeping the integrity of this dish. Consider some of these variations and tips:

Replace the chicken breasts with boneless chicken thighs. 

Slice an onion and add it to the slow cooker with the beans and corn.

Omit the cheese or use a Cheddar Jack or Mexican blend of cheeses, or use pepper Jack or taco-seasoned cheese. 

Another way to serve this dish is to chop or shred the chicken after it is cooked and place it on soft tortillas with the salsa mixture. Top with shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream, if desired. 

Avoid cooking the chicken breasts for much longer than the recommended time. Chicken breasts are very lean, so they tend to dry out when overcooked. If you must cook it longer, try the recipe with boneless chicken thighs.

Other Southwest Chicken Recipes

If you and your family are fans of the Tex-Mex flavors, you may also love these delicious recipes. Slow cooker chicken thighs, Tex-Mex-style is very similar to this recipe but without the cheese and rich-tasting thighs instead of chicken breasts. For a chicken dish with a bit of a kick, try Mexican-style chicken breasts—chicken seasoned with sweet and spicy peppers and Mexican spices.