Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Casserole


A hearty, flavorful casserole. I use boneless, skinless chicken thighs to reduce fat but you could use thighs with skin and bone for extra flavor if you prefer.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 30 mins
4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 ½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs

Spice Mix:

  • 1 tablespoon garlic granules

  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 ½ teaspoons mild paprika

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ teaspoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 pinch cumin seeds

  • sea salt to taste

  • cold water to cover

  • 2 cups tomato puree

  • 8 shallots, peeled and left whole

  • 1 large red onion, cut into small thin strips

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks

  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into chunks

  • 3 tablespoons honey


  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook chicken thighs until browned on the outside, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a slow cooker.

  2. Grind garlic granules, chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, pepper, sugar, mustard powder, coriander, oregano, thyme, cayenne, ginger, cumin seeds, and sea salt in a mortar and pestle to make the spice mix.

  3. Sprinkle 1/2 the spice mix over the chicken and pour in enough water to cover. Add remaining spice mix, tomato puree, shallots, onion, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, and honey to the slow cooker.

  4. Cover and cook on Low until flavors are well combined and chicken is no longer pink in the center, 6 to 8 hours

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

476 Calories
16g Fat
53g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 476
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 697mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 64mg 322%
Calcium 125mg 10%
Iron 9mg 47%
Potassium 1337mg 28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

You’ll Also Love