Rotel Crock Pot Chicken Recipe

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Crock Pot slow cooker Rotel chicken recipe

Slow cooker Rotel chicken recipe

This chicken Rotel recipe is easy and delicious! Basically throw it all in the Crock-Pot or slow cooker and let it cook. A great taco seasoned chicken for tacos, salads, nachos, etc. Even better in tacos when you add the avocado black bean spread and shredded cheese. Yum! Check out these other Rotel recipes.

I have no idea where I got this recipe, so I’m not sure who to credit it to. Might have been from a friend years ago, or from an old cookbook. Regardless, I’m so happy this recipe has stayed with me.

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I almost always use this homemade taco seasoning recipe now. It is really easy to whip up and I feel like it is a bit healthier than the store-bought packets, but still delicious. Either way you go with the taco seasoning, this chicken Rotel recipe is going to be delicious.

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It may seem like there is a lot of liquid in the slow cooker at first, but once you get the chicken shredded the broth gets soaked up and distributed over all of the Rotel chicken pieces.

Cooking with a slow cooker is nice when you make time to prep in the morning and can just let it cook all day. So easy. Can this be made in an Instant Pot? I haven’t tried it yet, but I think there’s a good chance it would work with a little more broth added. Or you can check out this tried and true Instant Pot Mexican shredded chicken recipe.

Slow Cooker Tip:

I love using a slow cooker liner when I cook in my slow cooker to make clean up even easier. I’ve used both Reynolds and PanSaver brands with success.

avocado black bean rotel chicken taco

Mashed black beans and avocado may seem weird, but it’s almost like an easy guacamole spread or just like having avocado and black beans added to your taco. They just happen to be mashed and mixed together, which actually makes it even easier to eat. 😉

What is Rotel?

In case you’re wondering, Rotel is a brand of canned diced tomatoes that includes green chilies and spices.

Rotel Crock Pot chicken recipe

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easy Rotel chicken crock pot recipe

Crock Pot slow cooker Rotel chicken recipe

Rotel Crock Pot Chicken

Enjoy this easy Rotel chicken in tacos, on salads, nachos, and more!
4.55 / 5 ( 105 Reviews )
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
Serves: 6
Adjust Servings: 6


  • Slow Cooker



  • Place chicken breasts in slow cooker.
  • Mix Rotel, chicken broth & taco seasoning together, then pour over chicken. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Shred chicken, then mix with the remaining Rotel/broth mixture from slow cooker.
  • Drain and rinse black beans. Warm the beans, if desired. Mash them with a fork, leaving mixture chunky.
  • Scoop out contents of avocados and mash, leaving mixture chunky.
  • Mix mashed beans & mashed avocado together. Spread mixture evenly on warm tortillas (warm tortillas in pan on stove over med-low heat). Sprinkle with cheese. Add a scoop of chicken mixture and a dollop of sour cream.
  • Roll and enjoy!


Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 12g | Sodium: 616mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 3g
Ingredients: Avocado, Beans, Cheese, Chicken, Chicken Broth, Rotel, Sour Cream, Taco Seasoning, Tomato, Tortillas
Meal Type: Main Dish, #StayHome, Clean Eating, Egg Free, Gluten Free
Categories: Meat and Poultry, Mexican, Slow Cooker

Comments & Reviews

  • What is rotel? this sounds so good but I have never heard of rotel and i am lost. THanks

  • All right, here is my stupid question. 🙂 I have just started using my Crock Pot more and does the chicken need to be defrosted or can it go in frozen? Thanks! 😉

    Also for Andy…It can be hard to find in a grocery store. Sometimes it’s with the Mexican foods (like salsa), the pasta isle (like with the spaghetti sauce jars), or with the canned products (like tomatoes).

    • No such thing as a stupid question! Plop the chicken in frozen! That’s why Crock Pots are sooo FAB! You can use thawed as well. The recipe will work great both ways. And the cooking time is really 6-8 hours, but I like the chicken falling apart. So much easier to shred that way. So if you use frozen, I would cook on the long end!

      • Just a tip, it really depends on your crockpot size. I have the mondo 6 quart crock pot, and a lot of the time if I cook things as long as recipes say, it burns and the chicken gets dry. Soooo you might want to consider that if your crockpot is on the big size!

        • Glad to know it’s not just me! I have been having that problem lately where I cook it even on the short end of what a recipe calls for and the meat is dried out. I just thought it was me. I never even thought of that it might be the crockpot! Lol. So, that makes sense. I have the same issue, as I use a 6-qt as well. Good to know…thanks!

        • I’m convinced that the brand of crockpot makes all the difference.  I’ve had some different ones over the years, but I didn’t love crock-pot cooking until I invested in a really good quality appliance.  I have a waterless slow-cooker by West Bend, and it is awesome! 

          I’ll put in a roast, chicken, turkey, ham, along with some broth (or with ham we like cream of celery soup) and whatever root vegetables I have on hand, turn it on low, and head off to work.  When we get home 10 hours later, dinner is hot and ready, and the house smells wonderful.  It’s especially wonderful to come home to in the winter months when it’s cold and dark by the time we get home.  I’m not exaggerating when I say that the meat is always tender and juicy.  I’ve never burned anything in this pot, unlike other crockpots I’ve owned in the past.  Westbend is expensive, but for me it’s been worth every penny I spent on it.

          • Susan, Thank you so much for the advice about slow cookers! I was going to buy another Crock Pot this week, as my handle broke on mine. I will definitely look into getting a Westbend one instead! Can you tell me what model you bought?

      • This does sound delicious but PLEASE do not plop frozen breasts in the crock pot! I have been told from someone in the food industry that this is not 100% safe with poultry!


  • Awesome 🙂 I’ll have to give this a try this coming week. Thanks for the recipe!

  • My sil taught me a quick way to shred meat. Once cooked, break up once or twice with your fork, then get out your hand mixer. Turn on your mixer and it will shred you meat perfectly. I wasn’t sure about it the first time, but it turned out great. I save tons of time using this trick. Plus spraying the crock pot with pam prior to cooking makes for a quick, easy clean up. I love my Crock Pot.

    • Emmy,
      That’s how I do it! My sister taught me that & I too thought she was crazy. Works like a charm. I’ve been doing it that way ever since!

      I didn’t even think to mention that in the recipe. I think I’ll add it now! Thanks for thinking of it!

    • I LOVE the Reynolds crock pot liners. I got them super cheap with coupons a while back and stocked up so now clean up is a BREEZE!

    • Thanks for this tip! I never would have thought of using a hand mixer to shred meat. We like pulled pork and make it in the slow-cooker quite often. Next time I’m definately using the mixer.

  • So, I just took out some chicken breasts to thaw the day before yesterday and have been wondering what I was going to do with them…well, I’m headed straight to the crockpot right now! 🙂 Lol. Oh, and a friend of mine gave me a very similar recipe a couple of weeks ago, but instead of the Rotel tomatoes, I used a jar of salsa. Also, after you’ve shredded your chicken and shortly before serving, throw in a couple of cubes of Velveeta cheese! It’s scrumptious!

    Thank you for a way to use up some of my Rotel! Woohoo!

  • Thank you! Right after I read your post I fired up the crockpot and threw everything in! WOOT!

  • This is such a great dish. I didn’t know about Rotel tomatoes until Fab. Frugal. I bought some coupons on ebay for Rotel tomatoes. We probably have a stockpile for a year- been collecting since December.
    What a great deal at Albies!

  • Thanks for this. I had some Zaycon chicken I thawed two days ago sitting in my fridge that I had forgotten about. Now it is in the crock pot!!

    • How did it turn out, Sophie?

      • Delish! I also roasted some sweet mini peppers to go with it. I dont like black beans, so I just melted the cheese on the tortillas, layered with sour cream, the chicken, the sweet peppers and avacado on top. It was so good!! And so easy!! This is going in my regular recipe rotation.

  • YUMMY! My mouth is watering!

  • Trying it this week, sounds yummy, thanks for sharing!

  • For those of us that didn’t get the Rotel when it was a great deal (assuming the deal is over), what can you use to replace the Rotel? Diced tomatoes, green chilies and spices?

  • I would love to see a pic of the end result. That way I know what mine is supposed to look like.

  • Very tasty and easy to prepare. It can be cooked in high for 4 – 5 hours with the same results. I removed the excess juice when I removed the chicken to shred. I used 2 – 2.25 pounds of chicken, which was great. I drained the chunky-style Rotel tomatoes before adding the taco seasoning and broth. My family enjoyed it!!

  • Can you use skinless shredded rotisserie chicken instead for those short on time.

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