All Purpose Slow Cooker Tex Mex Chicken

You need only two ingredients to make this incredibly easy all purpose slow cooker Tex Mex chicken.  It’s perfect for whipping up any of your favorite Mexican inspired dishes like tacos, nachos, or burritos.  This dish is my go-to for feeding a crowd or tailgating before games.  

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School is most certainly back in session.  Along with homework and tests (hello, fourth grade!) there are activities on top of activities written all over my calendar.  I know a lot of you are in the same boat because I talk to you at swim practice, and soccer practice, and the book fair, and open house, and all the places in between.

Even though my family has a busy schedule it’s still really important to me that we’re eating a healthy diet free of artificial ingredients.  I love using easy meals like these chicken tostadas to make sure that happens.

I use my favorite all purpose slow cooker Tex Mex chicken to make things come together so quickly.  There are only two ingredients needed to serve up this effortless kitchen staple – chicken and a jar of salsa.  That’s it!Tostadas sauce

Lately I’ve been switching out the salsa for this New Mexico Taco Skillet Sauce by Fronteraand I love how much flavor it has.  There are several flavors to choose from.  This one with roasted tomato and mild red chile is my favorite right now.  All of the Frontera sauces are made from all natural ingredients.  They’re one of my favorite tricks when it comes to fast, fuss free dinners.  (By the way, this is NOT a sponsored post and there are no affiliate links, I’m just sharing one of my tried-and-true shortcuts for getting dinner on the table!)

Whether you use the Frontera sauce or just a bottle of your favorite salsa, you will love the flavor of this ridiculously easy chicken!

To make this all purpose slow cooker Tex Mex chicken, just put both ingredients – chicken and sauce (or salsa) into the slow cooker.  There’s no prep needed at all.  So easy, right?!

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My family loves assembling their own meals so these tostadas are always a hit.  I’ve found that kids are much more willing to eat their vegetables when they’re the ones choosing them, so let them pile the toppings on themselves.

This chicken is perfect for so many different Mexican inspired meals – tacos, burritos, and nachos are also quick and easy dinner time favorites.  I like to put any leftovers on top of a salad the next day for a healthy lunch.  In my book there’s nothing better than cooking once and eating twice!

This recipe is so easy and versatile it would be perfect to make on game days.  Since it can easily feed a crowd it’s a great recipe to make for tailgating before your favorite game.

All Purpose Slow Cooker Tex Mex Chicken

All Purpose Slow Cooker Tex Mex Chicken

Serving Size: 4

A recipe for easy All Purpose Slow Cooker Tex Mex Chicken that everyone will love! Use this simple method to make quick tostadas, tacos, burritos, enchiladas - anything your heart desires!


  • 1 lb - 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken (breasts or thighs)
  • 12 oz salsa or 1 pouch Frontera Skillet Sauce
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • Toppings (optional):
  • organic refried beans, heated
  • shredded lettuce
  • diced red onions
  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • black olives
  • diced tomatoes
  • salsa or pico de gallo


  1. Place chicken in slow cooker.
  2. Pour salsa (or sauce) over the top of chicken.
  3. Cover and heat on Low for 6-8 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Individually place corn tortillas onto a baking sheet. You may lightly coat with oil if desired.
  6. Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until lightly crispy and golden brown.
  7. While tortillas bake shred chicken using two forks (and heat refried beans if using).
  8. Top each tortilla evenly with refried beans and shredded chicken.
  9. Serve family style with the toppings so every one can choose their own.


Serve with a side of corn and/or fresh cut fruit to round out the meal

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Want even more super quick Tex Mex meals your family will love?  Check out these favorites!

Easy Gluten Free Crunchy Baked Tacos

One Dish Tex Mex Skillet

Stacked Vegetable Enchiladas

Slow Cooker Tex Mex Beef



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  1. Dawn says

    what kind of slow cooker do you have? It seems like whenever I try to use mine, even on the low setting, stuff gets overdone, so I think it runs too hot! so i think i’m in the market for a new one!

    • says

      I have the Ninja 3-in-1 cooking system – I love it! It has a “stovetop” setting so you can brown meat right in the slow cooker. I got it as a gift almost 4 years ago and I use it just about every week.