Everyday Mom's Meals: Mexican Night Via Crock Pot

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Mexican Night Via Crock Pot

We love Mexican food, but I will admit not many of the recipes I make include the words Crock Pot. Honestly, with the exception of my Taco Soup and Chicken Enchiladas, I can't think of any others! So when a friend told me about this "go-to" recipe she makes, I figured it was worth a try to add another to that short list. She couldn't remember the entire recipe off the top of her head, but she did know it had cream cheese and black beans in it. Well, with the Internet, there really is nothing you can't find. Just by typing those two ingredients plus chicken into a search engine, I found something I had to believe was close to what she makes...and indeed I was right.

Now I will be honest with you. The original recipe calls for the chicken breasts to be added to the Crock Pot frozen, and while I can understand the convenience of that, (Heck, I forget to thaw meat out all the time!), I'm just not comfortable with it. I think it will cook more evenly, and to a safer temperature if it's thawed beforehand. But that is my hang up, so if it's something you do and feel okay about, then by all means, skip the browning steps below and throw those suckers in rock solid!

This is a great Mexican dish as is, or served over rice, which is what I did. Or you could shred the chicken and have a fantastic filling for tortillas! It truly is very versatile. I could even see shredding the chicken, mixing everything together and keeping it warm for a party. Set out a stack of tortillas or chips and let your guests make their own burrito or nachos.

Mexican nights at our house are always a good time, and something we look forward to. But I especially look forward to them when they are this easy and turn out so incredibly delicious!

Crock Pot Creamy Chicken and Black Beans
4 boneless chicken breasts, thawed
2 TBS olive oil
Garlic Salt
Shallot-Pepper Seasoning Blend (Any grill seasoning would work)
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz.) can corn, drained
1 (15 oz.) jar salsa
Salt and Pepper to taste
8 oz. cream cheese, cubed
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 c. cilantro, chopped
Cooked Rice, optional

In a large skillet, heat oil to medium heat. Season both sides of chicken with garlic salt, seasoning blend, salt and pepper. Brown chicken in oil for 2-3 minutes on both sides. Combine corn, black beans and salsa in Crock Pot. Lay chicken on top. Cook on HIGH for 1 hour. Reduce to LOW and cook for 4-5 hours until chicken in cooked through. Remove chicken from Crock Pot. Stir in cream cheese and mix well to combine. Replace chicken and cook for 20-30 minutes until cream cheese melted and mixture is smooth. About 5 minutes before serving remove chicken, add green onions and mix well. To serve, divide cooked rice among 4 plates. Top each with a chicken breast. Spoon bean mixture over chicken and garnish with cilantro.

Shared on Mandy's Recipe Box Feb. 26, 2013
Shared on Lady Behind The Curtain Feb. 27, 2013
Shared on Miz Helen's Country Cottage Feb. 28, 2013
Shared on The Country Cook Mar. 1, 2013


The Weary Chef said...

This looks great! I recently made a similar recipe I found on Pinterest, and I did indeed use frozen chicken. I thought that was a bonus because I often forget to thaw meat, and I thought it would help the chicken not get overcooked in the slow cooker, which is common in other recipes I have tried. Starting with frozen meat was a new one to me too!

I also love Mexican food, and we have "Fiesta Night" at our house every week. I recently posted a slow cooker carnitas recipe that I love. Maybe you could add that one to your short list too, but before you know it, your list won't be very short after all! :)

Bella @ Bella before and after said...

Looks pretty good, and of course easy, gotta love that!!

I ADORE my mexican food too, and you are right, crock pot and mexican typically don't go hand in hand, but i've come to realize you can cook JUST about anything in a crock pot. So why not mexican too???

Thanks for sharing your recipe, and I too get a little weirded out about adding frozen meat in there, but you know by the end of the day, it is all good :)

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Miz Helen said...

What a great recipe for the Crock Pot and a cold winter day. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
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