I found this on Pinterest, and decided to give it a go since it’s kind of a variation on one of my favorite quick crock pot staples – salsa chicken.
Have you heard of that one? Take fresh or frozen chicken breasts, a jar of salsa or a can of Rotel tomatoes (not drained), mix in a packet of taco seasoning, and cook on low 6-8 hours or high 4-6 hours. Shred the chicken with a fork, and you’ve got a super-versatile dish: great for chicken tacos, quesadillas, or Mexican Chicken Soup. (Bonus – it freezes really well, so I often make double what we need and freeze the rest in ziploc freezer bags.)
Anyway, this recipe is basically just that – changing up the seasoning and adding cream cheese. Yummm!
The link I found for Cream Cheese Chicken Chili via Pinterest was from Rita’s Recipes, but upon a quick Google search I found there were several other extremely similar versions out there, like this one from Plain Chicken.
Bottom line – it is DELICIOUS! I served it up over rice with some cornbread, and it was a yummy and filling meal. (Side note – my hubby hates cream cheese but he still loved this dish!)
- 2 chicken breasts (fresh or frozen)
- 1 can Rotel tomatoes (undrained)
- 1 can corn (undrained)
- 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
- 1 t. cumin
- 1 t. onion powder
- 1 T. chili powder
- 1 packet ranch dressing mix
- 1 pkg cream cheese
- Put chicken in the bottom of the crock pot.
- Add Rotel, corn, black beans, spices, and ranch dressing mix. Stir.
- Add cream cheese on top (do not stir).
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- About 30 mins before serving, stir cream cheese into chili.
- Serve alone or over rice.
Possible add-ins or substitutions:
- I used “Fiesta Blend” canned corn with green and red peppers, which gave it a little something extra than plain canned corn.
- You could add a small can of chopped green chilis and/or some cayenne powder if you want a little extra kick
- If you don’t have any canned corn, use frozen corn but add a little bit of water in with them to substitute the liquid that the canned corn would have
- You could probably substitute Great Northern or Cannellini beans instead of the black beans if you want
- If you don’t have a can of Rotel on hand, I’m sure you could substitute canned diced tomatoes or even a jar of salsa.
Looking for a good crock pot? Here’s the one I have – and I LOVE it!! It has gotten quite a work out in my kitchen over the years and it’s still going strong. I love the programmable features.
And if you like super easy and delicious crock pot meals (who doesn’t??), you’ll also want to try these Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops:
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