Until yesterday chile con queso was the only “dish” that had ever been cooked in my crock pot. My sister is a huge fan of crock pot meals and she and her college roommates are constantly coming up with great recipes. I wasn’t quite aware that you could cook anything but pot roast (which I don’t like) in a crock pot so when my mom emailed me this recipe I was excited to try it! See the recipe after the jump.
My mom and sister had already made it so they were able to give me some good tips on how to make it better and adjust the recipe. (The recipe below includes the changes we made.) The only prep work involved was to get the beans soaking in water the night before and less than five minutes of throwing everything else together in the morning before work!
The crock pot mixture turned out fabulously and it made the whole apartment smell amazing! We put the chicken and beans on soft tacos with cheese and Mexican rice but there are tons of options on how to serve it. The best part about for me is I have leftovers for the rest of the week! Today for lunch I made a taco salad with my leftovers. It was deli-sh!
Crock Pot Black Bean Chicken Recipe
Feeds 4-5 people, or 2 people and plenty for leftovers for the week.
3 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, frozen
3/4 bag of black beans, more or less depending on your taste*
1/2 a packet of taco seasoning
1 can of diced tomatoes with green chilies (RoTel tomatoes work great.)
Optional: Mexican Rice, Tortillas, Shredded Cheese
Put black beans in bottom of crock-pot. Place frozen chicken on top of beans. Sprinkle with taco seasoning. (Use as much or as little as you want, according to your taste.) Pour can of tomatoes with juice over chicken. Cook 8-10 hours on low. Shred chicken with fork and stir with beans and tomatoes. Serve with rice and make into burritos, or make a chicken salad!
*I used dry black beans and soak them overnight for this recipe. It’s much healthier than using canned beans.
** My mom suggested coming home at lunch and adding 1/3 cup water. I didn’t get the chance to do that so my chicken a tiny bit dry. Not a big deal, but if you can it might help!
I’d really recommend trying this recipe. It is quick, easy, healthy, and inexpensive to boot!