Two Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas sit next to each other on a plate.

You can make a hearty, family-friendly, filling meal that is heavy on the veggies—and I’m not talking a salad. I’m talking crockpot chicken fajitas! 

This meal is great for a weeknight, because the “hard” part of these fajitas is taken care of by the slow cooker (and I put hard in quotes, because it isn’t even that hard). Chicken breasts, bell peppers, onions, and garlic are slow-simmered in a whole bunch of tasty Southwestern seasonings. Then all you have to do is serve them with tortillas and your favorite toppings!

Fajita ingredients cook together inside a crock pot - peppers, chicken and seasonings.

What do I need to make crockpot chicken fajitas?

We are really leaning into the produce for this one—this recipe is a great way to work towards your 5-a-day!

  • Salsa. Store-bought or homemade, any salsa that you like the flavor of will do!
  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Bell peppers. For the most visually-appealing fajitas, we like a mix of red, green, and yellow bell peppers, but any combo will work!
  • Onion
  • Fresh garlic
  • Spices: chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, salt. For a shortcut, you can also use taco seasoning in place of the individual spices.
  • Honey
  • Lime juice. If you don’t have fresh lime juice, bottled will work.
  • Tortillas. We used flour tortillas, but corn tortillas will work as well. 
  • Your favorite fajita toppings. We love halved cherry tomatoes, chopped green onions, sliced avocado, minced cilantro, guacamole, sour cream, more salsa, or black olives. You could even add cheese or shredded lettuce!

Should I cut chicken for fajitas before cooking?

Cut those chicken breasts before you add them to the crockpot! It makes serving time so much easier.

A close up shot of two Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas on a plate.

How long does it take to cook crock pot chicken fajitas?

The chicken and veggies will cook through in the crockpot in six hours on low, or four hours on high. 

Protip: Try them in the oven.

Forgot to fill the slow cooker in the morning? Try these sheet pan chicken fajitas instead!

Do you cook peppers before or after meat?

The beauty of crockpot chicken fajitas is that everything cooks at once! Just put salsa, chicken, and veggies in the basin of the crockpot, top them with the seasoning ingredients, and turn on the slow cooker. Easy-peasy.

How to make fajitas less watery?

Slow cooking is a pretty moisture-heavy cooking method—because of the lid, liquid released by the veggies and meat doesn’t cook down as much. But the fix is easy—just use tongs or a slotted spoon to dish out your fajitas, and let some of the liquid drain off.

Two Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas sit together

What should I do with leftover crockpot chicken fajitas?

Leftover fajitas can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Want more easy crockpot meals?

 
Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes

Spice up your weeknight with these Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas. They are full of flavor and healthy veggies!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 pound chicken breasts, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 red pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 yellow pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 green pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 large onion, sliced into thin strips
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Tortillas, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, olives, etc. for serving

Instructions

  1. Pour the salsa into the basin of a slow cooker. Top with the chicken, peppers, onions, and garlic.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, lime juice and honey. Pour over the chicken mixture.
  3. Place lid on slow cooker, and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4. Use a slotted spoon to remove the veggies and chicken and serve on warm tortillas with your favorite toppings.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 447Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 1316mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 9gSugar: 13gProtein: 43g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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6 Comments

    1. Hi Lynelle! We haven’t developed a recipe for chicken fajitas specifically for the Instant Pot yet. But we do have a sheet pan version you could check out if the slow cooker isn’t quite what you’re looking for!

  1. Made these and drained this liquid.added black beans and served as tacos with guacamole. Used the leftovers to make nachos…..crazy good!