Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos

by Erin

Who says you can’t enjoy a platter of nachos on a weeknight? Actually look forward to dinner with these slow cooker chicken nachos with all your favorite toppings!

Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos
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After 6 years of grad school you would think I would be completely dependent upon my slow cooker to provide sustenance. Somehow I’ve only started utilizing it frequently over the past year (and also maintained my blog without depending on it to do the cooking for me) and have discovered a whole new world of slow cooking that I never knew existed.

I used to think slow cookers were only for stew-type meals, and a few years ago would’ve never dreamed of being able to cook breakfast, dessert, or Asian cuisine in it. Most recently I enjoyed slow cooked chicken for tacos, which then lead me to try the same process for nachos.

Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos

Although my slow cooker is a bit temperamental and had to cook this on low for only 3 hours instead of the directed 6, at least I know my slow cooker well enough to do so (I think it’s because it’s a 6 quart and is barely filled up – if you have a smaller slow cooker I suggest using it). Since I do not have a slow cooker with a timer on it – just on, warm, low and high – I now use a plug timer.

Before I used the plug timer method I could only use my slow cooker on the weekends, and that kind of defeats the purpose. Now I set it up right before I leave in the morning with the plug timer turning on a few hours after I leave so that it just finishes cooking when I get home. And what a great meal to come home to! Once it was all prepared with the toppings it was actually hard to believe it came from something as simple as a slow cooker.

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos

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Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos

Post updated 1/11/22, photo above is the original.

One year ago: Cheesy Potato Casserole

Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos


Yield: 4 servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 1 lb. chicken breasts
  • 1 jarred whole roasted red pepper
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large pinch salt and pepper
  • 1  (14.5 oz.) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 bag favorite tortilla chips
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 green onion, finely sliced
  • 1 avocado, pitted peeled and diced
  • 1 lime, juiced


  1. In a slow cooker, place the chicken, roasted red pepper, salsa, cumin, chili powder, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook on high for 3 hours (or low for 6)*.
  2. Once the chicken is cooked, take two forks and shred the chicken and pepper right in the cooker. Add the pinto beans, toss to combine and cook an additional 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat broiler.
  4. Arrange the chips on a large rimmed baking sheet. Spoon the chicken and bean mixture over the chips. Sprinkle the cheese over the chicken. Place under the broiler for a couple of minutes until the cheese is bubbly.
  5. Remove the platter from the oven and top with sour cream, chopped cilantro, green onion, diced avocado, and lime juice. Enjoy immediately.


*Cooking times may vary. My slow cooker cooks hot so it only took about 3 hours on low.

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Can’t wait to try this out at our Super Bowl party!! I know everyone with love it!

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Definitely a great time to make it!

Jessica@AKitchenAddiction April 11, 2013 - 10:34 am

I would love coming home to this meal! It’s been awhile since I’ve used my crock pot, I’ll have to bring it out again soon!

Mel April 11, 2013 - 10:02 am

My slow cooker is a hand me down, and doesn’t have a timer either. Fortunately mine doesn’t run quite as hot as your so I can leave it. These nachos look awesome. I’m going to have to make these as soon as possible.

Aimee @ ShugarySweets April 10, 2013 - 7:19 pm

This is what I’m talking about. Holy YUM

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers April 10, 2013 - 5:46 pm

I need to come hang with you! I’ll bring margaritas if you serve these nachos! This is so perfect and great idea to make in a Crockpot!

spiffycookie April 11, 2013 - 8:13 am

Oh heck yes, that sounds perfect!

Mr. & Mrs. P April 10, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Love this… We are obsessed with Tex mex.. Love the idea of cooking it in the slow cooker

Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) April 10, 2013 - 12:57 pm

My mom let me borrow one she got in the 80s and I LOVED it! She bought me my own but it just cannot compare.

Tracey April 10, 2013 - 7:06 am

My slow cooker runs hot too, like way hot! Recipes always take about half the time suggested by recipes so I really have to keep an eye on it. The only thing better than nachos is letting your slow cooker do all the work of making them :) Yum!!


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