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Crock Pot Mexican Chicken
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For the busy American, quick and easy are musts in today's everyday menu. Here is a great recipe that you can make in the crock pot with very few ingredients. Take fifteen minutes to throw the food in, then turn it on before you go to work and voila, come home to a tasty smelling dinner. This Mexican dish is both easy, tasty, and low maintenance. It takes only fifteen minutes before you go to work and fifteen minutes when you get home. The crock pot does the bulk of the work.
Mexican Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe
- 4 Chicken Breasts, either canned or chopped up
- 2 cups Salsa
- 1/2 envelope Taco Seasoning
- 2 cans Black Beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 Green Peppers, diced or sliced
- 1 can or cup Corn, canned or frozen
- 4 cups Rice
- Shredded Cheese
- Sour Cream
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Slower Cooker Chicken and Rice Instructions
- Put chicken breast, salsa, taco seasoning, green peppers, and black beans in the crock pot.
- Turn on low for six to eight hours.
- If you use chicken breast instead of canned chicken, once the chicken is cooked thoroughly take a fork and break apart. Although canned chicken is easier, chicken breast is more moist!
- Add corn to crock pot, continue to heat until warm.
- Prepare rice on stove.
- Serve a half cup of rice with chicken breast mixture, then top with cheese, sour cream, and any other toppings.
Traditional Mexican Appetizer
Mexican Traditional Foods
When we think of the traditional Mexican foods, most of us think of tacos, salsa, and jalapeno peppers. Although these are very Mexican in nature, often fast food restaurants trying to imitate the culture have strayed far away from the true nature of a Mexican dish.
Asia has rice, Europe has flour, Central America has corn, which is why one of their staples has become the tortilla. Corn is believed to have originally come from Mexico, and Mexico is still the leading producer of corn today. This vegetable has spread across the world and assimilated into many other cultures, from making sugar to feeding our cattle.
Second to corn, tomatoes are also native to Mexico. For this reason, salsa has become a common Mexican appetizer. Salsa basically means a conglomeration of food, which is why there are so many variants of the dish.
Although today, we will put beef and chicken in our tacos, in early Aztec times, they usually ate turkey, dog, deer, rabbit, or fish. This changed once Spain arrived. Now, beef is used frequently in the northern parts of Mexico, whereas chicken is primarily used in the southern part of the country.
Want to make this dish more true to its heritage?
- Add one of Mexico's most famous fruits, the jalapeno pepper!
- Chicken was not a typical mexican food until much more recently; replace it with turkey and the dish has become more pure to the Mexican culture.
- Replace the rice with a tortilla. Rice did not become popular in Central America until after the Spanish landed there in the 16th century. Tortilla's have been used for much longer.
- Have chocolate for dessert. The cocoa bean originated in Mexico, which was a valued food for the Aztecs.
Map of Mexico
© 2012 Angela Michelle Schultz