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10 Best Easy Mexican Recipes for the Slow Cooker

It's no secret, the slow cooker saves the day, time after time, with simple weeknight dinners. These classic, top-rated Mexican recipes simmer slowly in the Crockpot while you're away at work or just being at your busy best. They'll be ready when you are.

1. Barbacoa-Style Shredded Beef

Chuck roast slow-cooks barbacoa-style with garlic, lime, and chipotle chile peppers. Shred it up, it's great for nachos, tacos, burritos, and more. "Similar to Chipotle's® barbacoa," says Jack Grigsby III.

Barbacoa-Style Shredded Beef

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2. Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga

Chicken and chorizo sausage simmer low and slow with plenty of spices, jalapeno and chipotle peppers, garlic, and tomato sauce. "A good friend of mine from Guadalajara inspired me to make my own version in the slow cooker," says angelosmommy. "Serve on tostada shells and garnish with chopped cilantro and onions."

Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga

Photo by Maya

3. Chicken Enchilada Slow Cooker Soup

Chicken, corn, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, green chiles, and onions simmer with seasonings and chicken broth. "A tasty, quick, hot meal," says AMBERNPETTY. "We like to top the bowls of soup with crushed corn tortilla chips, shredded cheese or chopped green onions -- sometimes all three."

Chicken Enchilada Slow Cooker Soup

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4. Slow Cooker Chicken Mole

Here's a dark, rich, complex flavored mole that cooks in the slow cooker. "I generally shred the chicken so it will soak up the mole sauce and serve it with warmed tortillas" says ELAINE05. "It is always a hit with those who like spicy foods. This recipe can be played with easily to tailor it to your own level of hotness and/or cocoa/peanut flavor."

Slow Cooker Chicken Mole

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5. Andy's Spicy Green Chile Pork

Pork shoulder mixes it up with green salsa, onion, cilantro, and serrano chile peppers."A rich, spicy recipe for slow cooking pork," says andympls. "This makes for excellent tacos, enchiladas, etc. We crave this pork, and you will too."

Andy's Spicy Green Chile Pork

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6. Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken

Chicken breasts simmer in salsa, garlic, onion, and spices. "I sometimes chop up a chipotle pepper and throw it in with some adobo sauce for a twist," says shmeya. "I don't measure spices, so my measurements are conservative."

Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken

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7. Flaming Slow Cooker Pork

"Blazing hot peppers highlight this dish," says DarthsAuntie. "Pork tenderloin is slow cooked with hot picante sauce and canned chipotle chili peppers. Start it in the morning for fiery pork burritos for dinner. I like to serve this with flour tortillas, black beans, shredded cheese, corn, and sour cream. If you are not a pork fan, substitute chicken breasts! "

Flaming Slow Cooker Pork

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8. Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

"This tortilla soup tastes better than anything you can get at a restaurant," says Elena. "And it's healthy too! Don't let the long list of ingredients fool you. All you do is dump everything into the slow cooker and walk away. Garnish with grated Cheddar, avocados, and a splash of fresh lime juice."

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

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9. Slow Cooker Enchiladas

Seasoned ground beef, salsa, cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soup, cheese, and tortillas are layered into the slow cooker. "An old Mexican classic with a new twist," says AIMS312. "Anytime we have a potluck, I am asked to bring these. Can be made with chicken or beef."

10. Slow Cooker Chile Verde

Cubes of browned pork and sauteed garlic and onions simmer green salsa, jalapeno peppers, and tomatoes. "Chile Verde the easy way," says falconemomma. "A delightful blend of Mexican favorites without all of the hard work."


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