Recreate your favorite Mexican restaurant meal right at home! Slow cooker chicken fajitas are a hearty and satisfying meal that everyone will love, especially when there are plenty of toppings to choose from! This recipe easily feeds six people, so it’s a great family-style dinner idea.
Crockpot Chicken Fajitas
Dinner is going to be a sizzling delight! Well, not exactly sizzling this time around, but you get the idea 🙂
When you make chicken fajitas in your slow cooker, you can skip the hot skillet and just let the crock pot do all the work.
This recipe is a fun twist to your Taco Tuesday! Fresh, crispy peppers, tender chicken, and any other veggies that you want to add. Then, all you have to do is warm up the tortillas, set out some toppings, and dinner is ready!
Why you’ll love Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas
Budget-friendly – All of the ingredients are easy to find at your local grocery store. You can often find store-brand options that will save you money. No matter what, you’re still saving your wallet by making a homemade, yet restaurant-style dinner!
Versatile – Make the chicken fajitas as spicy or as mild as you want. The ingredients are easy to change based on how you like yours or what toppings like you to add.
Easy – You literally add everything to the slow cooker, stir it, and let it cook! Then, just start layering and creating your fajitas – that’s it.
Equipment you’ll need
Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe, why you need them, and possible substitutions. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card with measurements.
- Chicken Breasts – Use boneless skinless chicken breasts and trim any excess fat. They’re easy to slice or shred and won’t take as long to cook as bone-in breasts.
- Rotel – This is a brand of tomatoes that comes in a variety of spice levels. Look for a can of fire-roasted tomatoes and green chilis that will add the perfect amount of spice.
- Taco Seasoning – Use your favorite brand or make homemade taco seasoning with a few simple spices.
- Bell Peppers – Fajita veggies always need a variety of bell peppers! Slice them into thin strips.
- Onion – A sliced, white onion adds zest to the fajitas. In traditional fajitas, the veggie combination of onions and bell peppers is so good!
- Tortillas – Use fajita-size flour tortillas. These are softer and thinner than corn tortillas, and smaller than burrito-sized tortillas.
How to make Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas
This section shows you how to make this recipe, with process photos showing the steps to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Step One: To the basin of a 6 quart slow cooker, add the Rotel, half of the sliced peppers, and half of the onions.
- Step Two: Lay the chicken on top of the peppers and onions. Sprinkle half of the taco seasoning evenly over the chicken. Top the chicken with the remaining peppers and onions and sprinkle the remaining seasoning over the top.
- Step Three: Cover and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours. Once it’s done, slice the chicken into strips.
- Step Four: Drain most of the liquid from the slow cooker then put the sliced chicken back in the crockpot to toss together with the peppers and onions. Assemble the fajitas with your favorite toppings and a squirt of fresh lime juice!
Every slow cooker runs differently. Times given are a general recommendation and should be tested in your own slow cooker and adjusted as needed.
What to serve with Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas
This is a bold chicken recipe that rivals anything you can get at a Mexican restaurant. Serve it with a side of cilantro lime rice for the perfect dinner.
Start your meal with some chips and fresh salsa just like you would for Taco Tuesday.
I also like to have a variety of favorite toppings so that everyone can load up their own! Things like:
- Sour Cream
- Shredded Cheese
- Red onion
- Guacamole or Avocado Slices
- Pico De Gallo
- Lime Wedges
Tips & Suggestions
- Instead of Rotel, you can use your favorite salsa, or a 10 oz can of diced tomatoes and a 4 oz can of green chiles.
- If you prefer shredded chicken, you can shred the chicken instead of slicing it into strips. Do this with two forks or a hand mixer (seriously it works!).
- Homemade taco seasoning or a packet can be used. Salt and pepper may need to be added depending on your pick.
- Heat the tortillas before adding the toppings. Stack them on a plate and warm them in the microwave.
- Add some sliced jalapenos to make the fajita filling spicier.
How to reheat and store Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas
How to store leftovers
Store the leftover chicken fajitas in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
How long will chicken fajita filling last in the fridge?
This easy chicken recipe will stay fresh in the refrigerator for about four days. If you run out of tortilla shells you can always enjoy the filling with rice, salad, or all on its own!
Can I freeze fajita filling?
Yes, you can freeze chicken fajitas! Store them in a freezer bag or a freezer-safe container for up to six months.
How to reheat easy crockpot chicken fajitas
It’s best to reheat the chicken fajitas in a large skillet over low heat. If you have just a bit of the chicken left over, you can use the microwave too.
Your chicken could be tough if you overcook it. Most slow cookers run pretty hot these days so I generally recommend cooking on LOW and sticking to the set cook times. Once it hits 165° internally, it is done.
Another reason it can be tough is if you’re using a crockpot that is too big. I almost always use a 6 quart but I include the recommended size in the recipe.
Yes, it does. When you cook chicken for a long time over low heat, it becomes very tender.
You can overcook chicken in a slow cooker, which will leave it dry and tough. I recommend getting to know your specific slow cooker so you can better gauge cook times. Check for doneness early so it doesn’t overcook.
The easiest way to make chicken fajitas spicier is to add jalapeno or poblano peppers to the slow cooker. If it’s still not spicy enough, add some hot sauce at the end when you’re assembling them.
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