This cheesy and delicious Southwest crock pot chicken and rice recipe is freezer friendly and super easy in the slow cooker. Come home to the best comfort food ready to enjoy for dinner.

This cheesy and delicious Southwest crock pot chicken and rice recipe is so easy in the slow cooker. Come home to the best comfort food!

Southwest crock pot chicken and rice

I have a delicious and super easy crock pot freezer meal for you today – Southwest Crock pot Chicken and Rice. You are not going to believe how easy this is to make. If your family is anything like mine, this is going to become a go-to meal, just like this Crock pot Chicken and Dumplings recipe.

The chicken is so tender and the crock pot does all of the work. The southwest flavor is amazing!

If you like this Southwest Crock pot Chicken and Rice dinner, try my other Crock pot Freezer meals. They really are very easy to throw together.

This cheesy and delicious Southwest crock pot chicken and rice recipe is so easy in the slow cooker. Come home to the best comfort food!

You will need a good crock pot to make this southwest chicken and rice.

If you are in the market for something new, I really love my Ninja cooker. The nice thing about this is you can brown the meat in the same slow cooker.

It is so handy to just have the one pan to clean. It has become of my favorite kitchen appliances.

Another favorite is this programmable crock pot  for when I am am not at home all day. I love coming home to a nice meal ready and waiting!

I also like to use crock pot liners to make clean up a breeze. These are worth every penny and save a ton of time.

This cheesy and delicious Southwest crock pot chicken and rice recipe is so easy in the slow cooker. Come home to the best comfort food!
This cheesy and delicious Southwest crock pot chicken and rice recipe is so easy in the slow cooker. Come home to the best comfort food!

Ingredients for southwest chicken and rice:

  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • ½ Onion diced
  • 1 can Black Beans Drained and Rinsed
  • 1 can Corn Drained
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Taco Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 3 cups Cooked White Rice
  • 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese Shredded
This cheesy and delicious Southwest crock pot chicken and rice recipe is so easy in the slow cooker. Come home to the best comfort food!

How to make southwest chicken and rice in the crock pot:

Place the chicken at the bottom of a crock pot. Top with the beans, corn, tomatoes, cream of chicken soup, milk, paprika, taco seasoning and pepper.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

Remove the chicken, shred and return it back to the crock pot. Stir in the cooked rice and 1 cup of the shredded cheese.

Top with the remaining cheese. Cover and allow the cheese to melt (3-5 minutes).

Serve immediately and store the leftovers in an air tight container. Enjoy!

This cheesy and delicious Southwest crock pot chicken and rice recipe is so easy in the slow cooker. Come home to the best comfort food!

How to Freeze:

1. If you are going to freeze this, make sure you write “Southwest Crock pot Chicken and Rice” on the bag before you add your food. It’s a little easier that way. 😉

2. Put all ingredients in your labeled freezer bag and place in the freezer. I told you it was easy!

3. Once you are ready to make this, place the contents of your freezer bag in your crockpot (ingredients can be thawed or frozen). Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Shred chicken and add 2 cups of cooked rice right before you serve.

I love to keep a few bags of this in the freezer for easy meals during the week. It is so nice to just be able to grab and toss in the slow cooker.

This cheesy and delicious Southwest crock pot chicken and rice recipe is so easy in the slow cooker. Come home to the best comfort food!

Tips for southwest chicken and rice recipe:

We love to make things even easier. This recipe is already simple but you can save even more time with these tips.

I use a small food chopper or processor to quickly and easily dice the onions.  If you do not have one of these, I highly recommend them.

They are such a time saver.

I usually just chop the entire vegetable and freeze what I don’t need. It’s so nice to be able to just take diced onion or bell peppers out of the freezer for recipes.

This is how I meal prep. It’s so quick and easy and helps get dinner on the table fast.

Learn how to freeze peppers and  how to freeze onions and you will save so much time in the kitchen!

This cheesy and delicious Southwest crock pot chicken and rice recipe is so easy in the slow cooker. Come home to the best comfort food!

Little things like this make life much easier during the week. It all adds up to a lot of time savings and you can spend more time with your family.

You can save even more time and learn how to freeze rice and you can make this meal even easier.

I love to grab the rice from the freezer and use in recipes.  Brown rice is also delicious in this recipe. We do this for lots of meals and it helps put together a quick meal. It is so easy and helpful for busy weeknights.

I love tips that save time and help make dinner time even easier. You can spend more time with your family!

Print this southwest chicken and rice crock pot recipe below:

Southwest Crock pot Chicken and Rice

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Try this easy Southwest Crock pot Chicken and Rice recipe. It is easy, freezes great and tastes amazing. You will love this version of crock pot chicken and rice. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs 5 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 15 mins
Servings 6 – 8
Cuisine Mexican
Course Main Course
Calories 680
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 Onion diced
  • 1 can Black Beans Drained and Rinsed
  • 1 can Corn Drained
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Taco Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 3 cups Cooked White Rice
  • 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese Shredded

Instructions

  • Place the chicken at the bottom of a crock pot. Top with the beans, corn, tomatoes, cream of chicken soup, milk, paprika, taco seasoning and pepper.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  • Remove the chicken, shred and return it back to the crock pot.
  • Stir in the cooked rice and 1 cup of the shredded cheese.
  • Top with the remaining cheese. Cover and allow the cheese to melt (3-5 minutes).
  • Serve immediately and store the leftovers in an air tight container. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This Southwest Crock Pot Chicken and Rice is easy to make and packed with tons of flavor! 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 680kcal, Carbohydrates 65g, Protein 56g, Fat 22g, Saturated Fat 11g, Cholesterol 144mg, Sodium 828mg, Potassium 1269mg, Fiber 10g, Sugar 8g, Vitamin A 1071IU, Vitamin C 13mg, Calcium 386mg, Iron 4mg

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Remember, you can assemble and make this Southwest Crock pot Chicken and Rice now, or you can assemble it and freeze it to cook later. Either way, it is super easy!

Try Dirty Rice Recipe for an easy and perfect one pot meal any night of the week. The beef and veggies blend for the best flavor and make the rice so filling and delicious.

If you are looking for another easy freezer crock pot meal, try my Easy Crock pot Chicken Alfredo.

We also love Crock Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe with tender chicken and cheesy rice.

This cheesy and delicious Southwest crock pot chicken and rice recipe is so easy in the slow cooker. Come home to the best comfort food!

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This cheesy and delicious Southwest crock pot chicken and rice recipe is so easy in the slow cooker. Come home to the best comfort food!
This cheesy and delicious Southwest crock pot chicken and rice recipe is so easy in the slow cooker. Come home to the best comfort food!
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  1. Is this a soup? It looks like you have it in a bowl Or a casserole? Thank you for all of the recipes, tips and short cuts I have found on your site.

  2. 5 stars
    Hey Carrie there is nothing that you make that is not exquisite I am trying so many recipes from you they are superb please keep them coming and can’t wait for the cookbook hint hint

  3. 5 stars
    I made this dish for my family the other day and they absolutely LOVED it. My S/O wants me to make it once a week now lol ????????

  4. 5 stars
    So easy to make and ready when I got home from work. There were no left overs for my lunch the next day!

  5. 5 stars
    Love, love, LOVE this recipe! So simple and easy. We turn this into burritos and my husband approved of eating the leftovers the next night.

  6. 5 stars
    Made this a few weeks ago and loved it. It was simple to throw together and had leftovers for days!!

  7. I want to try this recipe because I love crock pot recipes and my family loves Southwest Chicken!

  8. 5 stars
    This was really good!!! The whole family loved it. I used only 3 chicken breasts and that was plenty. I also used only half as much of the Taco Seasoning and Paprika that the recipe called for. We don’t eat super spicy food and it still had plenty of flavor. Will definitely make again.

  9. I’m so glad you enjoyed it – Thank you so much for leaving a review and comment!

  10. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe. The second time I made it
    I added a can of Campbells Cheddar soup and instead of adding the rice, I left it like that & used as Chicken Tortilla soup. Great on a rainy day.