There's something about the slow cooker that makes me feel like I'm playing the grown-up game right. Like I'm somehow tricking the world into thinking I've got these amazing time management skills.
"She made that great looking dinner after a 10-hour work day!? On a Monday?" Well... no, not really. I just dragged myself out of bed about 10 minutes earlier than usual and plugged in the crockpot. :)
Which means dinner almost done before I've even made it home. & Slow cooker meals also mean lunches for the next day, which is a huge blessing in my book... Because who wants to finish cooking & cleaning dinner, just to start prepping another whole meal for lunch!? Not me.
On top of the whole slow cooker easiness, I used pre-packaged (yet still clean) ingredients to keep this dish super simple yet packed with flavor.
Now, if you've got time on your hands: feel free to slice up your own veggies or create your own smokey Mexican spice blend. This is just my simplified version to make things extra "doable" for a weeknight meal. :)
Be sure to check out my "Notes" section below for tips & details~ and let me know if you try this out! Hope you enjoy!
- 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 (14 oz) package Trader Joe's "Fire Roasted Peppers and Onions"
- 2 cups chicken broth or water
- 1 Tbsp Kouzini "Picante Sweet Chipotle" spice blend
- salt & pepper, to taste
- slow cooker
- Add the chicken to the bottom of a slow cooker and cover with salsa. Cook on "low" for 6-8 hours.
- Use two forks to break up the chicken into bite-sized shreds.
- Stir in the pepper & onion mixture, chicken broth, and spices, and cook for an additional 30 minutes on "high". Feel free to add more liquid to your preference.
- Serve hot, topped with avocado or cilantro, or just as it is! Enjoy!
- I used 1 lb of chicken breasts, 1 lb of thighs. You could use whatever cut you like!
- Either red or green salsa will work great! I used green in the pictures above.
- Chicken bone broth is our favorite nutrient-dense ingredient~ but water makes a great substitute if you're in a pinch and don't have any broth on hand.
- Although I love & recommend the Kouzini spices, feel free to substitute any Mexican or chipotle spice blend you have on hand. You could also combine a mixture of cumin, paprika, and chili powder to make your own.