Friday, February 9, 2024

Winter Wonder: Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken Casserole

This Tex-Mex chicken casserole has the bold flavors of green chiles and salsa verde; plus it's made in the slow cooker for a one pot comfort meal!


Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken Casserole


We had one heck of a storm over here in Southern California!  It rained to 3 days non-stop and we got about 8-11 inches of rain.  All the flooding and mudslides caused us to hunker down where it's dry and safe and think of all the comfort food dishes we could make to tide us over.  My slow cooker is one of my comfort food tools.  I love using it during the winter months.  So I wanted to share a Tex-Mex style chicken casserole that I made in the slow cooker.  It's sort of a cross between a green Enchilada casserole and a King Ranch Casserole.

Using the flavors of salsa verde, green chiles, and Latin flavors like cumin and cilantro you can make one zesty comfort meal.  You layer plain old tortilla chips, (they become soft when cooked and your base for the layers) a shredded chicken mix and and a layer of a salsa verde that's mixed with cream cheese to make it rich and creamy.  Set it and forget it in your slow cooker and then top it with some shredded cheddar cheese and some crunchy tortillas and dinner is served.  Excellent comfort food and really just a dump and go kind of meal.


What Ingredients do I need?

  • shredded chicken - (3 cups) buy a rotisserie chicken, use leftovers, poach your own, or make it in the instant pot like I did.
  • cream cheese - I used Neufchatel cheese to reduce the fat and calories - block style
  • salsa verde - 16 oz jar
  • diced green chiles, mild, medium or hot depending upon your heat preference
  • yellow onion
  • cilantro - for garnish
  • garlic
  • cumin
  • tortilla chips
  • cheddar cheese - shredded

Substitutions and Variations

Protein: use shredded beef or pork for a different flavor

Add vegetables: sliced bell pepper (any color) or poblano pepper would work well. Add corn if you like.

Switch up the cheese:  use pepper jack or queso fresco

Base layer: use torn up corn tortillas instead of tortilla chips as your base layer. They will turn out the same.

Kitchen Tips and Notes

Shredded Chicken:  I cooked my chicken in the Instant Pot and then shredded it.  You could buy rotisserie chicken, or purchase already shredded chicken.  Or you could use leftover chicken.

Softened cream cheese:  Make sure to leave your cream cheese out for at least an hour to bring to room temperature.  It will need to be soft to mix with the salsa.

Leftovers will stay in the refrigerator for 3 days.

Time: Cook in the slow cooker on low for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours.

Toppings:  cheese and crumbled tortilla chips for extra crunch.

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Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken Casserole

serves 6

1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 16 ounce jar salsa verde
3 cups cooked shredded chicken
2 4 oz cans diced green chiles, undrained
½ cup yellow onion, diced
⅓ cup cilantro, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
8 cups tortilla chips
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 

Spray the lining of your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.  

In a large bowl stir together cream cheese and salsa verde until combined. Add the shredded chicken, chiles, onion, cilantro, garlic and cumin.  Stir until combined.

Layer 2 cups of the tortilla chips in the bottom of  the slow cooker. Top with one-third of the chicken mixture. Repeat layers two more times.

Cover; cook on low 4 hours or on high 2 hours. Top with shredded cheese and let stand 5 minutes or until cheese melts.  Serve in individual bowls or plates and top with the remaining tortilla chips (crunched if you like).

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