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Slow Cooker Chicken and Cheese

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This Slow Cooker Chicken and Cheese with Black Beans recipe will really put you in the mood for a fiesta!  The salsa turns up the spice and the cream cheese really makes it  so worth the calories. LOL!

If you’re all about the chicken in the slow cooker, be sure to check out these Crockpot Roast Chicken Recipes. There’s so much to make and so many awesome recipes–you’ll never run out of easy family meals.

southwest chicken corn beans dinner with melted cheese

My kids say this Tex-Mex crockpot cheesy chicken looks a bit “different” because the cream cheese and salsa give it an orange color, but they seriously love it… all of them!

Down to the wire, though? Or just a hectic weeknight? That’s ok. These Slow Cooker School Night Dinner Ideas are going to be the staple you didn’t know you were missing in your weeknight meal planning!

Crockpot Chicken and Cheese:

But back to this awesome southwest chicken and cheese made in the crockpot. You guys, this is seriously one yummy recipe.

It’s the mixture of the cheese, the salsa, the chicken and everything that just makes for a really fun dinner.

Some crockpot chicken and cheese recipes are much more complicated with bell pepper, cream of chicken soup (or cream of mushroom) and green chiles. But really, that’s just a shadow of the fabulous tex-mex chicken you get with this recipe.

So, if you’re ready to make the best crockpot chicken dinner, grab your slow cooker and let’s get cookin’!

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How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken and Cheese with Black Beans

Ok. So, just a few tips before you scroll all the way down to the recipe and just get to it.

First, I prefer chicken breasts, but I prefer that stiffer texture, especially with a slow cooker recipe. It’s not going to be dry because it’s such a slow and low temperature it’s cooking at, but that stiffer texture will hold up better in the crockpot.

Now, that being said, you’ll notice there’s not a ton of liquid in this recipe. There’s no chicken broth or any soups. And no cheddar cheese.

The reason: you’re not making cheddar cheese soup with chicken in it. You’re wanting a more casserole texture. So, there’s not supposed to be a lot of liquid.

The last step in the recipe is to add the cream cheese, then cover and cook for a bit longer. You don’t have to cook for a million years or anything–just until the cheese is melted.

Then add a little salt and pepper to taste, maybe a little garlic powder (how much will vary based on what you like your tex mex chicken to taste like).

You can top with a little sour cream or corn salsa, but really, you don’t need anything else–just serve over rice!

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Make it a Meal:

Vegetable Side: Healthy Salad Ideas

Starch Side: Red Beans and Rice

Refreshing Drink: Strawberry Smoothie

Don’t forget Dessert: Peanut Butter Brownie Pizza

southwest chicken and cheese in the crockpot

Best Slow Cooker Recipes:

Once you make this Slow Cooker Chicken and Cheese with Black Beans Recipe, you’ll be wanting all the recipes you can make in the slow cooker while you do other, more important, things (like relaxing). Good news is that I pulled together the best slow cooker recipes right here just for you.

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More Chicken Recipes:

If you’re all in for the chicken, but you don’t care if its made in the crockpot or not, here’s some awesome chicken recipes you’re going to really enjoy.

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Cheese

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes

My kids say it looks a bit "different" because the cream cheese and salsa give it an orange color, but they seriously love it... all of them!


  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 15 1/2 oz can black beans, drained
  • 1 15 oz can corn, drained
  • 1 15 oz jar salsa, any kind
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese


  1. Place chicken breasts in slow cooker. Add the black beans, corn and salsa.
  2. If breasts are fresh, Cook on high for 4 1/2 hours or until meat is cooked through.
  3. If the breasts are frozen, you will need to cook on high for 6-7 hours.
  4. Add cream cheese and cook for 30 minutes more or until melted and warm. Stir and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 6 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 399Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 1108mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 8gSugar: 8gProtein: 34g

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Saturday 15th of July 2023

Hey Kelli !! This recipe looks great !!The first step says put the frozen chicken breasts in but the ingredients don't say frozen chicken breast. I got fresh, is that going to alter the cooking time with them not being frozen or should I just freeze them first ?

Kelli Miller

Monday 2nd of October 2023

Thank you for your comment and bringing up a good point. I apologize for the confusion in the recipe. I have updated the blog post to include the correct information for both frozen and fresh chicken breasts.

For fresh chicken breasts, the cooking time may vary compared to frozen chicken breasts. It is important to adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure they are fully cooked.

I appreciate your feedback, and I hope you enjoy making this recipe with your fresh chicken breasts! Let me know if you have any other questions.


Friday 3rd of May 2013

This looks delicious!

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Friday 3rd of May 2013

I am going to have to give this a try! I am a new follower from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully you will want to follow me back! Happy weekend, Nicole!

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