Easy Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken

Santa Fe Chicken, Crock Pot
Diana Rattray
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 3 hrs
Total: 3 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
510 Calories
10g Fat
49g Carbs
60g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 510
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 133mg 44%
Sodium 689mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 10g 37%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 60g
Vitamin C 9mg 43%
Calcium 92mg 7%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 1068mg 23%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 2 (15-ounce) cans whole kernel corn, drained

  • 1 cup chunky salsa, or Pace Picante Sauce, divided

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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

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

  4. 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.)

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

  6. Serve and enjoy.


  • 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.

Recipe Variations

  • 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.