10 Southwest-Inspired Slow Cooker Recipes

By Alissa Harb on February 16, 2016

Ten ways to set the scene for your next Tex-Mex occasion–each recipe spiced to perfection and simmered low and slow in your Crock-Pot.


Slow Cooker Taco Chicken Bowls

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Rounding out at a mere $1.33 per serving, this easy, cheesy, freezer-friendly recipe was practically made for Sunday meal prep.

Budget Bytes


Slow Cooker Jalapeño Chicken Taquitos

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Chicken breasts, cream cheese, jalapeños and a Mexican spice blend marry to form the ultimate filling for these crispy taquitos—dipping sauces optional.

Creme de la Crumb


The Greatest Queso That Ever Lived

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For Velveeta cheese dip devotees, this variation is a must-try. Guests will never guess the secret ingredient.

Tasty Kitchen


Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

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All the goodness of chicken enchiladas, simmered into a soup and served up in piping hot bowlfuls, topped with any of your favorite Tex-Mex garnishes.

Gimme Some Oven


Queso Blanco Dip

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This take on slow cooker queso begins with a base of melted white American and cream cheeses.

I Heart Naptime


Easy Crock-Pot Carnitas

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Generously spiced pork shoulder, slow-cooked until fork tender. Equally delicious rolled up inside tortillas, or heaped on a plate alongside beans and rice.

Pinch of Yum


Crock-Pot Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Perfectly spiced, simmered and portioned, these stuffed peppers are one of the more fun ways to insure the kiddos take down a full serving of veggies.

No. 2 Pencil


Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

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Beef brisket simmers in a savory broth overnight, then makes itself right at home wrapped in a tortilla, finished with tomatoes, onion and fresh lime wedges.

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Slow Cooker Cheesy Enchilada Quinoa

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For a healthier take on your favorite southwest-inspired dishes, incorporate ancient grains like quinoa!

Chelsea's Messy Apron


Crock-Pot "Refried" Beans

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What's a good Tex-Mex fiesta with a generous serving of beans? These require only a handful of inexpensive ingredients—and a potato masher.

Pennies and Pancakes