Crockpot Fajitas with Salsa Verde

I’ve mention before how I had never used a crock pot until I moved in with my husband. Now, it’s one of my favorite appliances.

I love how it allows me to make a delicious meal while I’m at work. I’m very grateful that I can have people over on busy work nights & serve them something tasty. That’s exactly how this recipe was born. A friend of mine was coming over for dinner one Friday night & I wanted to serve something yummy without having to worry about cooking when I got home after a hectic week. The crockpot is the perfect tool for the scenario. Just a little prep the night before is all it takes.

I decided I wanted to do ‘Mexican’ food. I’ve seen several crockpot fajita recipes on Pinterest & they are all basically similar – chicken, peppers, onions, and a jar of salsa.

Blech. No gracias.

I don’t do tomatoes; never have. There is just something about tomatoes that makes my taste buds go NOPE. The closest I come to eating anything tomato related is pizza – & even then I have rules. No deep dish, no chunks of tomatoes, & any sauce not covered by cheese is getting scrapped off.

Every now & then I will try something with tomatoes in it to see if I have gotten over my aversion. Nope. I still absolutely abhor tomatoes.

I know some of you might be thinking, “but what about your lycopene intake?  The ketchup bottle says lycopene is very important.” Well, don’t worry. Red peppers are also a good lycopene source, & they are featured in this recipe.

I have a love/hate relationship with red peppers in food. Since I made this recipe myself, I know that all of the red pieces are peppers. But when I go out to eat, it’s a different story. Luckily, my husband is the designated “is this a tomato or a pepper?” taste-tester.

So what did I do to replace the offensive tomato salsa? I did what I usually do; I used the green option.

When I go out for Mexican food, or make it at home, I always go with the green sauce option. Enchiladas? Salsa Verde. Chipotle Burrito? Green Chile Salsa. Taco Bell? Verde Salsa.

The fact that green is my favorite color is a total coincidence to green things being delicious.

Crockpot Fajitas with Salsa Verde - Mrs. Dessert Monster

This recipe is pretty simple: seasoned chicken (Sazón is my go-to seasoning for Hispanic food), red & green bell peppers, onion, pickled jalapeños, & a can of green chile sauce.

I always end up using my crockpot on low for 10+ hours because of my work schedule. According to some research I was doing, cooking it low & long results in shredded chicken, while high for 4-6 hours gives you firmer chicken you can chop up.

It was pretty liquidy, so I used a slotted spoon to put everything into a serving dish.

Crockpot Fajitas with Salsa Verde - Mrs. Dessert Monster

Add some nice soft tortillas, cheese, & any other toppings you’d like!

Crockpot Fajitas with Salsa Verde - Mrs. Dessert Monster

Like any other fajita/ taco type dish, you can totally customize it with toppings. You can also make it as spicy or as mild as you like!

Crockpot Fajitas with Salsa Verde - Mrs. Dessert Monster

If you have any chicken left over, save it to make flavorful chicken quesadillas another day like my husband & I did!

Crockpot Fajitas with Salsa Verde

  • 2-3 chicken breasts, seasoned to your liking
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 tbsp pickled jalapeños
  • 1 can of green chile sauce
  • tortillas
  • toppings such as cheese, guacamole, sour cream, etc.
  1. Chop peppers into strips & onion into slices.
  2. Place seasoned chicken, peppers, onion, & jalapeños into crockpot.
  3. Pour over can of green chile sauce.
  4. Cook on high for 4-6 hours, or low for 8-10 hours. Cooking on high results in firmer chicken you can chop. Cooking on low will result in shredded chicken.
  5. Shred/chop chicken & serve with tortillas & toppings. Enjoy!

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6 thoughts on “Crockpot Fajitas with Salsa Verde

  1. Coastal Kelder October 21, 2015 at 1:25 PM Reply

    I’m the exact same with tomatoes! Growing up I’d ask what type of sauce was on the pizza before committing. Chunky = bad haha

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    • Gina October 21, 2015 at 1:41 PM Reply

      Woohoo! I’m not alone! I knew I liked you 🙂

      Like

  2. Linda October 26, 2015 at 8:29 AM Reply

    Gotta love a good crockpot recipe! Yum!! In regards to tomatoes – I’m not a fan of raw tomatoes but love them roasted! And cooked in recipes too… 🙂

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  3. Brita October 29, 2015 at 11:36 AM Reply

    I’m weird about tomatoes too, but in a much stranger and more inconsistent way. Regardless, this recipe sounds yummy!

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    • Gina October 29, 2015 at 12:00 PM Reply

      Haha! I have to admit I have a few more exceptions than just pizza, but it’s pretty much a straight NO TOMATO across the board!

      Like

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