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Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Fajitas

Recipe: Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Fajitas

Summary: A slow-cooker, Mexican seasoned chicken faux fajitas recipe that can be used in a rice bowl or as burrito filling.


  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 8 multicolored mini sweet bell peppers, stemmed, seeded and cut into strips (or use 2 full-size peppers)
  • 1 tablespoon Minute Tapioca
  • 1-1 ¼ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into strips
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Meyer lemon juice (or lime juice)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • Don Enrique Hatch Chile Powder [1]2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons medium chili powder (I used Don Enrique Mild Hatch Chili Powder [2])
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 pinches kosher salt
  • Possible finishers or garnishes:
      • Salsa or pico de gallo
      • shredded cheese
      • chopped fresh cilantro
      • avocado cut into chunks


  1. Mist inside of slow cooker insert with nonstick spray. Add onions, peppers and sprinkle with tapioca. (This will thicken the juices as it cooks.)
  2. In a bowl, add chicken, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, chili powder, oregano and salt. Stir well to coat chicken with seasonings. Scrape into slow cooker on top of onions and peppers.
  3. Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Fajitas on ShockinglyDelicious [3]Cover and cook for 3 hours on low. (Do not lift lid to check on it or stir; you will let out too much heat and delay your cooking time.)
  4. To serve, you have options:
    • Serve over brown rice for a fajita rice bowl, with whatever toppings you like (suggestions in recipe)
    • Spoon into a tortilla along with heated pinto beans and toppings and eat like a burrito
    • Instead of rice, serve over shredded lettuce or dark leafy greens, with toppings, for a low-carb fajita bowl.
  5. Serves 4-6, depending on appetites.


Thighs rule. They are so much better and more flavorful than chicken breasts that it isn’t even a discussion. Sure, you can sub chicken breasts in here, but they are drier, and if they turn to shredded cardboard, don’t come crying to me.  😎

Minute Tapioca [4]Minute Tapioca

This is a great little trick I picked up along the way for slow cooker cooking. If you think the resulting juices will be too juicy, throw in 1 tablespoon of Minute Tapioca at the beginning, and by the time your dish is done hours later, the sauce will most likely be sufficiently thick so it won’t need thickening on the stove. Voila!

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 3 hours
Diet tags: Reduced carbohydrate
Number of servings (yield): 6
Culinary tradition: USA (Southwestern)