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Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Thighs

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These easy Mexican chicken thighs have all of your favorite Tex-Mex flavors in one easy dish. This is a super easy and hassle-free dinner idea you’ll make regularly. 

crockpot Mexican Chicken Thighs in slow cooker with salsa and veggies is a perfect no hassle main dish recipe

Mexican Chicken Thighs

These are good. When I was trying to come up with a title for them, I thought of Latin America. The cilantro and corn remind me of food from that region. 

But after I made them, I realized they weren’t “Latin” because I was thinking of the Latin language they speak in Rome! 

So to clear up the confusion, I’ll call them Mexican chicken thighs.

Now I love chicken in my Mexican-Inspired recipes, but if tonight you prefer beef, you can learn how to make the best crock pot taco beef here as well. Either way, you will be so happy!

How to Make Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Thighs

This is the kind of slow cooker meal I enjoy. You literally put everything in and let it cook all day. That’s it. The thighs were juicy and delicious.

Ingredients:

  • chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper
  • sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2″ pieces
  • black beans
  • corn
  • chicken broth
  • salsa (mild, medium or hot)
  • cumin
  • minced garlic
  • allspice
  • chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:

Spray the slow cooker crock with nonstick cooking spray or use a nonstick slow cooker bag (these are amazing, my mom uses them!)

Add chicken to crock and season with salt and pepper.

chicken thighs in slow cooker seasoned with salt and pepper

Top with sweet potatoes, beans and corn.

add black beans to corn and sweet potatoes in your crock pot or slow cooker

Add broth, salsa, cumin, garlic and allspice in a mixing bowl.

spicy salsa makes the perfect Mexican CHicken Base

Mix together and pour over mixture in slow cooker.

slow cooker mexican meal

Place the lid on the slow cooker and heat on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3.

Serve topped with chopped fresh cilantro and on a bed of cilantro lime rice.

How to Serve Mexican Chicken Thighs

You can easily just serve them right out of the slow cooker, with the sweet potatoes, beans, and corn on the side. 

Some other recipe ideas include: 

  • Make slow cooker chicken tacos – put everything in a taco shell and top with some pico de gallo. Yum!
  • Shredded Mexican chicken – If you use boneless chicken thighs, you can shred the chicken. If you use bone-in, you can still shred it, but it’s a lot more difficult and time-consuming. 

How to Make It Spicy

If you like your meals to have a little kick to them, just add a few slices of jalapenos. That will really jazz it up with a lot of heat. You can also make sure you use salsa that has major kick! 

How to Store it

I have a personal aversion to leftovers, so I try not to store things for very long. But you can shred the chicken and remove the bones. Then, you can reuse the chicken for another meal. 

The sweet potatoes, beans, and corn will all last about a week in the refrigerator. 

Can you make Mexican Chicken Thighs ahead of time? 

This main dish dinner makes a simple freezer meal. Just put all the ingredients in a zippered freezer bag. You’ll need a gallon size for all 4 chicken thighs. 

Put the recipe name and date on it. 

Then when you are ready to cook it, let it thaw out the night before in the refrigerator.

Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker and it will be ready to cook. 

Is this recipe Keto Friendly? 

This is not a keto-friendly recipe. The sweet potatoes and the corn have too many carbs. 

If you want to make Keto Mexican chicken thighs, you can just omit those veggies and focus on the chicken. 

What type of chicken thighs do you use? 

I used bone-in thighs, with skin attached. However, you can use skinless chicken, boneless chicken, or chicken breasts. All of them will taste amazing in it. 

More Mexican Recipes

Mexican is one of my favorite types of food (isn’t it everyone’s??). Here are some more recipes my family and I love. 

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Thigh Recipe
4.91 from 11 votes

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Thighs


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
These easy Mexican chicken thighs have all of your favorite Tex-Mex flavors in one easy dish. This is a super easy and hassle-free dinner idea you'll make regularly. Of course a slow dish dinner is one that everyone loves so dump your chicken, veggies, and Mexican Spices right in this pot for a meal you can enjoy with no hassle tonight!

Ingredients
 

  • 4 chicken thighs -I used bone in with skin. You can use skinless, boneless, or breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 can 15 oz, black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can 15 oz, corn, drained
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup salsa mild, medium or hot
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions

  • Spray the slow cooker crock with nonstick cooking spray. Add chicken to crock and season with salt and pepper. Top with sweet potatoes, beans and corn.
  • Add broth, salsa, cumin, garlic and allspice in a mixing bowl. Mix together and pour over mixture in slow cooker.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and heat on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-Serve topped with chopped fresh cilantro.
  • Serves 4

Nutrition

Serving: 1Servings | Calories: 610kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 168mg | Sodium: 1021mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 12g

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Mexican chicken thighs with sweet potatoes corn and black beans covered in cilantro

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  1. AMAZING slow cooker recipe. Wow, we were really impressed. It was so flavorful. The chicken was tasty and cooked perfectly, and the veggies were wonderful with it. Definitely a 5 star recipe.