Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken makes an easy one-pot Mexican dinner! These Crockpot burrito bowls are loaded with shredded chicken, beans, corn, tomatoes, rice, and southwest seasoning making them an instant family favorite. Try this simple slow cooker meal that can’t be beat!
Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken
This Crock Pot dinner is made with pantry staples that transform into a delicious dinner! If you are looking for a recipe filled with flavor and only takes a few minutes to prep Crock Pot Chicken Santa Fe is the meal for you! You will love this Mexican casserole because you can toss everything into the slow cooker in the morning and have a filling dinner ready for the whole family.
Santa Fe Crock Pot Chicken
Mexican food is always a win in my house! I love making easy fiesta chicken, salsa chicken, and tater tot taco casserole for any night of the week. This recipe came about because there was no cream cheese at the grocery store when I went to make my weekly fiesta chicken recipe. I already had black beans and corn in the pantry along with cream of chicken soup so a new variation was made into Sante Fe chicken.
What is Crock Pot Chicken Santa Fe?
Crock Pot Chicken Santa Fe has quite a lot of variations to it once I realized it was already a recipe! The basic recipe involves chicken, black beans, corn, Ro-tel tomatoes, and Mexican spices. Since I couldn’t really find where the name came or where the orginal recipe was created I had to dig a little deeper. The most likely reason for the name is that New Mexican food combines food from indigenous peoples, Spanish influences, and neighboring Mexico to create their own delicious food fusion! They often feature corn, cumin, and green chiles which are all found in this recipe.
Santa Fe Chicken Crock Pot Recipe
This version of Santa Fe Chicken is my spin on it. I added cream of chicken soup and rice to the recipe since everything is better with Cream of Chicken soup. You can make it just like that without the Cream of Chicken soup but I like my recipes have a little more creaminess to them.
I added rice mixed into my chicken so it would be more filling and only one pot. When I went to the grocery store I couldn’t find the microwave Mexican rice I usually use. I was striking out that day, first no cream cheese and then no microwave rice. But no problem because my second favorite kitchen tool is my rice maker. I love my rice maker because it has a timer just like my crockpot so I turn everything on at the same time and dinner is taken care of.
Feel free to use microwave rice if you can find it because it makes it much easier at the end of the day to just heat that up and pour it into the Santa Fe chicken. And you don’t get another dish dirty!
Healthy Crockpot Recipe
This crockpot chicken is a great healthy recipe. Even with the cream of chicken soup it is filling and healthy. Santa Fe Chicken with black beans and corn makes a meal that is packed with tons of protein and veggies.
A great part of this recipe is it is super versatile. You can add more veggies if you want. I think peppers, zucchini, and green chilies would be a great addition.
If you don’t like to use Taco Seasoning Packets you can make your own Taco Seasoning. I use to make this before McCormick came out with Gluten Free Taco Seasoning. It is always nice to have a quick recipe on hand to make taco seasoning at home in case you forgot it at the store or want to make it at home.
- Chicken breasts
- Cream of Chicken soup
- Taco seasoning packet
- Black beans
- Sweet corn
- Diced tomatoes with green chiles
- Green chiles
How to serve Santa Fe Chicken?
We usually serve this as a stand-alone dish the first night we make it. I mean have you heard of Chipotle, this is basically the same as their famous burrito bowls. It is filling and easy for a quick dinner. However, the leftovers are another story! You can take this recipe and turn it into so many meals.
- Burritos- Wrap this all into a burrito for a fun dinner. We use these gluten free flour tortillas.
- Tacos- Same as the burritos but use taco shells.
- Nachos- We love to make anything into nachos! We take this and add it to tortilla chips and top it with shredded cheese. Put it under the broiler for a few minutes and loaded chicken nachos are made.
- Soup- Make this into a weeklong side dish by adding chicken broth to the meal. I love how it stretches the meal with just a can of chicken broth!
Toppings for Crock Pot Shredded Chicken Burrito Bowls
If you are doing burrito bowls I like to have lots of toppings. I usually just look through my refrigerator whenever we serve this and find leftover items that need to be used. This is what I have served before.
- Shredded cheese- Colby Jack cheese is my go-to for all Mexican dishes.
- Sour cream- Add a dollop of sour cream, use low fat if trying to keep it healthy.
- Avocado- Slice the avocado and add to the top.
- Diced tomatoes- I love the cherub tomatoes that are a little bit sweet and usually have them to snack on throughout the week.
- Jalapenos- Fresh or pickled jalapenos add some heat.
- Shredded lettuce- This adds a little crunch to the dish.
- Cilantro- Chop up some cilantro for extra Mexican flavor.
Easy Crock Pot Party Food
Everyone loves Mexican Food at a party, or at least I do! You can easily make this affordable and delicious dinner to feed a crowd. I am a big fan of any version of a taco bar because it gives your guests so many options to make their food just how they like it. Since my husband, who is allergic to gluten, often goes to parties and can’t eat the food I am hyper-sensitive to food allergies and make sure people can customize a dish at a party. You can’t cover every allergy but I try to do my best!
I usually leave the rice out at the end when I make this for a party. Instead, I put out corn tortillas, tortilla chips, and rice and they can choose how they want to eat their yummy Santa Fe chicken. Add all the toppings I listed above in individual bowls and guests will make their own favorite meal.
How to Make Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken
Step 1. Add chicken breasts to the slow cooker.
Step 2. Pour corn, beans, green chilies, Rotel, and cream of chicken on top of chicken breasts.
Step 3. Sprinkle with Mexican spices. Stir ingredients until combined.
Step 4. Cover and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 4-6 hours on low.
Step 5. Once finished cooking shred the chicken with two forks in the slow cooker.
Step 6. Add cooked rice to the slow cooker and stir to mix everything together.
Step 7. Serve with desired toppings.
Swap chicken breasts for chicken thighs for even more flavor.
Use cauliflower rice instead of regular rice to keep it low carb.
Use any kind of beans if you don’t like black beans.
If you want less spice use Rotel mild tomatoes and if you want more spice use Rotel hot tomatoes.
All of the ingredients I use are gluten-free. My husband has celiac disease, which means you are allergic to gluten. My recipes are all tested with only gluten-free ingredients.
If you are not gluten-free feel free to use whatever ingredients you would like!
Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken
- 2 pounds chicken breasts boneless, skinless
- 10.5 oz cream of chicken soup gluten free
- 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
- 1 can sweet corn rinsed and drained
- 10 oz diced tomatoes and green chilies
- 4 oz green chilies
- 1 Mexican Seasoning Packet gluten free
- 8.8 oz rice or 1 cup uncooked rice Spanish Style Rice Microwavable Pouch
- Add chicken breasts to slow cooker.
- Pour corn, beans, green chilies, rotel and cream of chicken on top of chicken breasts.
- Sprinkle with Mexican spices. Stir ingredients until combined.
- Cover and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 4-6 hours on low.
- Once finished cooking shred chicken.
- Add cooked rice to the slow cooker and stir to mix everything together.
- Serve with desired toppings.