Crockpot Salsa Chicken

There are foods in life that just aren’t pretty.

Mainly those foods made in crockpots and the leftovers I bring to work. And Sloppy Joe’s. And dark greenish-brown smoothies.

And bananas. Wait a minute… their looks belong in a whole other category ;) #ifyaknowwhatimean

Chicken 2

Ahem, where was I? Oh yes, not-so-pretty foods.

The thing about “ugly” food is that it’s usually the food that tastes the best. Like Grandma’s homemade lasagna or green bean casserole or crockpot anything – in my opinion, pretty doesn’t matter when it comes to food. Taste is what matters.

And taste, my friends, is what brings me to today’s recipe!

Chicken 1

Crockpot Salsa Chicken.

It might not be the prettiest, but will it ever make your taste buds sing!

Moist shredded chicken (yep, MOIST – thanks to the crockpot), combined with chewy corn and pinto beans and smothered in salsa. Lots of salsa.

Avocado Hummus 5

Great with a fork. Fabulous with a spoon. Tasty on a tortilla. The perfect pair to a margarita. And, obviously, decadent with sunny eggs and avocados – This recipe will be sure to knock your socks off any way you choose to eat it. And I mean that in the best way possible.

Just make sure to leave your reading glasses in the bedroom because, even though this dish tastes like a fiesta in your mouth, it sure doesn’t look like one ;)

For this Crockpot Salsa Chicken recipe, I’m directing you over to Katie’s blog. I made her recipe exactly as she recommended except that I added in a can of pinto beans, a touch of cayenne pepper, and doubled the amount of salsa. Girlfrands gotta have her beans and spice!

What is your favorite “ugly” food? I don’t know if I could choose just one! Most homemade, traditional family foods aren’t the prettiest but allll are my favs :)

How spicy do you like your dinner? {#twss} The spicier, the better – in my opinion!


  1. Yum!! I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to spicy. They have these Kickin Sour Cream & Onion Pringles out here in Kuwait.. and well Joshua always laughs because I can barely finish 1 without having a sip of water. Yes, I’m horrible & it’s quite embarassing to admit LOL
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  2. Can you believe I’ve had a crockpot for months and stilllll haven’t used it. What is wrong with me?!
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  3. Ugly food is almost always the tastiest! :)
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  4. Salsa chicken is a staple in my house. Love it!
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  5. So many of the foods I make are kinda ugly but they taste good and that’s what matters!
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  6. So I have this shrimp curry dish that is SO good but it’s wayyyy too ugly to post. I sent to recipe to Arman and he told me I need to post it but it legit looks like barf on a screen. HELP.
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    • Ugh… I feel your pain! I have a whole host of recipes that are freakin’ delish but look like vomit or baby poop so I refuse to post them. We need to do an ugly recipe link up day! Hmm… I might be sending you an email later about this one. If we ALL post ugly recipe, no one can judge us, right?!

  7. This recipe is a staple in our house, we love to freeze extra and we use it for quesadillas and salads.
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  8. Yup, yup, yup. I definitely agree with your statement on crockpot food being simultaneously some of the most delicious AND ugly looking food. I just got the one I ordered and LOVE it, but am having a hard time getting good photos to match the taste haha. These look great, though!
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    • If you find the key to taking good crock pot photos, let me know! It is a serious struggle for me, LOL ;)

  9. Your pictures look great, and this recipe sounds amazing! Plus if something can be cooked in the crockpot I am immediately sold because it makes weeknight dinners so much easier!!

  10. Glad you loved it!! I am all about doubling the salsa – lots of extra sauce to pour over salad or quinoa!
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  11. This looks so good!! And I think that if it taste good, then it will always look pretty, no matter what it looks like :) And spicy food is the best!! Between me, my dad, and my boyfriend’s dad, I get a ton of spicy food :)
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    • Mmm… glad we’re on the same page when it comes to spicy! P.S. You should link up your treats tomorrow for TYT :)

  12. girl i think this looks great and now i want this!!!! love a good easy meal!!

  13. Haha trying to photography anything that comes out of my crockpot is basically the bane of my existence. It always tastes so good though!
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  14. I make this thing called The Gourd in my crockpot with spaghetti squash, zucchini, garlic and tomatoes. It looks sloppy. crazy but it is to die for!
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  15. I love spicy and all things mexican food. Salsa chicken looks delicious!
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    • It’s amazing! I actually brought some for lunch today and dropped it on the floor. I about cried because I wasted such a good lunch, haha!

  16. Bahahaha, a category unto themselves. You crack me up. But truth.

    This definitely sounds delicious! I love all things that involve salsa, so I’m definitely going to have to test this one out!
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  17. Split pea soup. I cannot for the life of me make that look good. No matter what I do, it ends up looking like someone… well… you know. I swear that some of the most comforting foods are some of the ugliest. Except mac ‘n’ cheese — that stuff is glorious.
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    • Bahahah – YES. That soup isn’t the prettiest ;) Mac and cheese is glorious and now you have me craving a big ol’ bowl of it. Mmm… good thing it’s snowing out so it seems like a reasonable dinner option, ha!

  18. Pshhhh pretty foods are overrated. This sounds amazing! I also haven’t made a crockpot dish in awhile…. what’s wrong with me?
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    • Maybe we’re in summer mode (although clearly, Mother Nature is not…) and crock pots are more of a winter thing!

  19. This is one of our ALL TIME favorites! My husband loves anything and everything spicy! I can always count on this meal when I’m in a pinch or don’t know what to have. To hurry it up, I sometimes pound 2-3 chicken breasts, cover them in cumin, chili powder, and taco seasoning, drench them in salsa and bake them at 350 – 375 for 30-40 minutes. We then usually serve them over brown rice. Quick, simple, and delicious!
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  20. I bet it tastes fab!! Especially with avocado! Yum
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  21. So glad I’m not the only one who makes ugly food! Sometimes I feel that way with all the beautiful, seemingly-professional food photos I see on the regular. My favorite not-so-pretty meal is paleo eggplant lasagna. You’d think it’d be pretty, from the sounds of it, but more often than not it falls apart after coming out of the pan. Thanks for sharing this recipe; I’m looking forward to giving it a try!
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    • Oh you’re definitely not the only one out there! I have been contemplating doing an “ugly food” link up so we can all share our ugly foods without receiving any flack! Paleo eggplant lasagna sounds divine! Is the recipe on your blog?

  22. Haha oh ugly foods! So many to choose from! I think some of my rice or quinoa dishes can end up looking like dog food :P
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  23. My favorite ugly food is most foods because I love eating a random assortment of stuff all thrown together in a bowl. Can you believe I’ve never had crockpot salsa chicken? It seems so simple and delicious, I need to get on that game!
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    • I do the random bowl thing quite often too! The hubs isn’t a fan though so I have to have those dinners when he isn’t home :)

  24. Omg- YUM! I am totally putting this on my meal plan for next week. You know this is right up my alley!
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