4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

This incredible slow cooker salsa chicken is a deliciously cheesy flavor-packed dish. It’s perfect if you need to feed some fussy eaters as it’s so damn delicious.

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

By the end of cooking, you should have some deliciously tender chicken in a flavor-packed salsa sauce. There will also be a generous amount of cheese on top.

You only need four very simple ingredients to make this delicious dish. In fact, if for some reason you decide against the cheese, then just salsa, taco seasoning and chicken will suffice. It’s undoubtedly one of the easiest slow cooker chicken recipes that you will find around.

Tweaks to this Recipe

There are a couple of variations that you can do to this recipe to make it more to your liking. I will go through just a few of my favorite tweaks.

The type of salsa that you use for this dish is entirely up to you. If you love spicy food, then feel free to use a spicy salsa as it should still turn out great. If you love the heat, then add a tablespoon or two of some chopped jalapenos.

Salsa Chicken with Mexican Rice

You can leave the chicken as whole pieces and then shred it at the end of cooking. This change will give you a different texture but still be incredibly flavorsome.

I would love to hear of any changes that you have made to this recipe, especially if they make the recipe even better.

What to have with Salsa Chicken

There are many ways that you’re able to eat this chicken dish, including just on its own. Below are just a couple of suggestions on how you can serve it.

If you have spare time, I highly recommend that you try cooking some Mexican rice to go with this delicious salsa chicken. They go so well together, and you will get even more serves out of one lot of this salsa chicken recipe.

Salsa Chicken

Some diced avocado is an excellent addition to this dish. Just scatter over the top after you have served the chicken. It’s the perfect combination if you love avocado.

Sour cream or refried beans also pairs well with some salsa chicken especially if you have used a spicy salsa and added some more jalapenos into the mixture. Much like the avocado, it’s best added after you have served the dish.

There are a countless amount of accompaniments that you can serve with this dish, and I have only mentioned a couple. If you have a combination, then please don’t hesitate to share it by leaving a comment.

Leftovers are worth Keeping

Keep the leftovers as they will certainly come in handy the next day for lunch or dinner. Simply reheat in the microwave or a hot oven.

The leftovers should last for a few days in the fridge if they’re stored correctly. You can also freeze it, but cheese often doesn’t freeze very well.

The video in the middle of this page will take you through all the steps you need to know to make this delicious slow cooker dish. Alternatively, you can find the recipe right below or in our fantastic slow cooker cookbook.

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Recipe

Prep time
10 Minutes
Cook time
6 Hours
Total time
6 Hours & 10 Minutes


  • 1 kg (2 lb) chicken breasts, large cubes
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 2 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. In a slow cooker, add the cubed chicken breasts and the taco seasoning. Mix, so the chicken is coated with the seasoning.
  2. Pour the salsa over the chicken.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  4. Add the cheese on top of the chicken, cook for a further 30 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  5. Serve & Enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • The chicken thigh can be used instead of the breast, but there isn’t a huge difference between the two. It just comes down to what you have available and the cut of chicken you prefer.
  • You can leave the taco seasoning out of the recipe, but it really does help add lots more flavor into the recipe.
  • The taco seasoning can be made at home if you don’t have any packet mixes. It’s super easy to do and might save you money not having to buy expensive pre-made mixes.

Nutritional Information

The nutritional information for this incredibly easy salsa chicken is right below.

Please keep in mind this information is just an estimate and may vary if you’re using different brands of salsa, cheese, and the quality of the chicken.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 294g (10.37 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 474 Calories from Fat 254.7
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28.3g 44%
Saturated Fat 11.8g 59%
Trans Fat 0.6g
Cholesterol 145mg 48%
Sodium 1164mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 45g 90%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

More Mexican Inspired Recipes

If you like Mexican styled dishes, then there are quite a few that you’re able to do.

The slow cooker chicken enchilada stack is one of my favorites and surprisingly easy to put together. It’s great if you have some leftover shredded chicken that you need to use.

Another recipe that I highly recommend making is the chicken taco mix. At the end of cooking, you will have delicious shredded chicken flavored with taco seasoning that works perfectly in a taco.

This slow cooker salsa chicken is pretty straightforward, so I hope that it comes out as great as it did for me. If you have any thoughts, tips, or anything else, then please feel free to leave a comment towards the bottom of this page.

Note: I use a 5.5L (6 Quart) slow cooker for all the recipes that I have on this website unless specified. If you have a smaller or larger slow cooker, then you might need to adjust the ingredients.


  1. Donna on

    Is it possible to make rice with the chicken at the same time? If so, what are your recommendations on how to do so?

    1. Gus on

      You can cook the rice with the chicken in the slow cooker, I have done it before in the chicken jambalaya.

      After 5 hours of cooking, switch the slow cooker to high and add 1 cup of rice and 1 cup of chicken stock (hot). Cook for 45 minutes or until the rice is cooked all the way through.

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