Slow Cooked Chicken Fajitas

by Heather on October 20, 2011

I told you guys I was becoming re-obsessed with my crock pot.

Not to mention re-obsessed with fajitas, but that’s one obsession that will never leave.  There’s just something about the smoky delicious meat and caramelized veggies + salsa, guac and sour cream that just does it for me.  Not only that but the tortilla?  Yes. Please.  I could eat tortillas for every single meal and not even think twice.

P.S. Yes the photo above depicts raw chicken.  I’m never a fan of showing raw meat on the blog, but I figure the chicken is hard to spot in this.  Soooooo if you don’t like it, sorry.  The next photo is much prettier :)


I just also feel the need to throw this out there:  why oh WHY are there no On the Border restaurants in the Denver area?  I mean come on people.  I know it’s a chain but they have some pretty stinking fantastic fajitas…and this Texas girl misses good Tex-Mex food!

The inspiration for this recipe came from Andie’s slow cooked chili steak fajitas and when I couldn’t get them off my mind I knew I had to do something about it.  Enter my chicken version and a TON of flavor!  And a newfound love for the crock pot.  Sure, it’s not grilled but in a pinch?  I’ll take these bad boys any day.


adapted and inspired by these Slow Cooked Chili Steak Fajitas

  • 1 lb chicken breasts, sliced about 1/2 and inch thin
  • 1 whole onion, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 cup salsa (yes, I used On the Border salsa…a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!)
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2/3 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/3 Tbsp salt
  • 1/3 Tbsp paprika
  • 1/3 Tbsp cumin
  • 1/3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/3 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1/3 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/3 Tbsp cayenne pepper
  • salsa, sour cream, guac, cheese, and tortilla – and any other fajita fixin’s you want!

Add the sliced chicken and veggies to the slow cooker (Andie’s recipe calls for adding the peppers in later, but I love how they break down.  Just pick whichever way you prefer!).  Whisk together all of the dry ingredients.  Add the salsa and oil and whisk together.  Pour over the chicken and veggies and toss slightly to combine.  Cook on low for 7-8 hours until the liquid is reduced and the chicken is done.  Serve hot with all the fixin’s!

Ah fajitas…it’s like a dinner bell from the homeland!

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica @ How Sweet October 20, 2011

my crockpot is going right now… just wish it was filled with something this delicious.


2 Heather October 20, 2011

Yum! Those look great and I love the crock pot idea.


3 Krystina (Organically Me) October 20, 2011

Fajitas make my heart sing, so long as there is a mountain of guac to accompany them.


4 Julie @SavvyEats October 20, 2011

YUM. Crockpot meals make me happy. :)


5 Stephanie October 20, 2011

Hi Heather – I just recently found your blog and love it! I live on the south side of Denver in Highlands Ranch and there is an On the Border by us. These look fantastic!


6 Kristina @ spabettie October 20, 2011

my slow cooker has been cookin’ a lot lately, I would LOVE to make these – great idea!


7 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 20, 2011

my slow cooker still hasn’t been pulled from the depths of the kitchen cabinets yet this season. I need to get on that!


8 Estela @ Weekly Bite October 20, 2011

What a great idea! I think I need to pull my slow cooker out today :)


9 Ashley October 20, 2011

I’ve been using my slow cooker so much more lately! It may just be to boil beans…but still. ;) hehe


10 Jen of My Tiny Oven October 20, 2011

You have done it again Heather! These look so amazing! I am totally making them this weekend, thanks for another amzing recipe!


11 Kristin October 20, 2011

Heather, there are 3 On the Borders in Denver!!!!!!! I’m from San Antonio, so I stalked all Mexican food before moving here. There is one in Golden, Highlands Ranch, and Aurora. Your crockpot fajitas look like they may put any restaurant’s fajitas to shame.


12 Heather October 20, 2011

see, none of them are in the north denver area though :( although if we’re down in any of those places i know where i’m eating!


13 Jenny October 20, 2011

Yay for you!! My bachelorette suite does not have the kitchen amenities I long for to make and bake some of my absolute favorites…but I DO have a slow cooker that I loooove! This is perfect! Looks soooo tasty!


14 Kim in MD October 20, 2011

I have been re-discovering my slow-cooker lately, too! I made some delicious pulled chicken BBQ about two weeks ago, and last week I made the most delicious Asian short ribs. In the slow-cooker…the best short ribs I have ever had! This recipe is next on my list to try…thanks, Heather! :-)


15 Kita October 20, 2011

We love fajitas in this house – and I have a minor obsession with my slow cooker too. This looks like a must!


16 Janelle October 20, 2011

I love that you are obsessed with your crock pot. I’ve been wanting more crock pot recipes, and now I’m reaping the benefits of your obsession! :)


17 janetha October 20, 2011

This is happening next week. Why didn’t I ever think of this? Oh, right, because I have you.


18 Ashley October 20, 2011

I LOVE LOVE LOVE my crockpot! It always saves me in a dinner bind! Great recipe!


19 Jenn B October 20, 2011

They used to have an On the Border in Arvada, but sadly it closed years ago :-( But have you been to Efron’s in Boulder? They are a little Mexican chain that rocks some good cheesy food! Eat some up for me! Alaska, sadly, is lacking on the Mexican food front. So slow cooker fajitas it is!!


20 Andie @ CanYouStayForDinner October 20, 2011

Thanks, my love!! You’re the best and next time I’m absolutely subbing chicken :)


21 sherri lynn @ life of a wife October 20, 2011

We have fajitas all the time but I’ve never thought about doing them in the crock pot – genius!!


22 Elle October 20, 2011

Would absolutely love to try these! I just need to get a slow cooker. ;)


23 Kiran @ October 20, 2011

First timer here :)

Now I must have a crock pot. That is one delicious looking fajitas!


24 Jeanette October 20, 2011

Loving my crockpot lately – will be trying this recipe out on the kids!


25 Lily October 26, 2011

Mmm, these look scrumptious! I don’t eat meat but I think I could just slow cook even more veggies and come out with a tasty meal anyhow. Thanks for the recipe!


26 emily (a nutritionist eats) October 27, 2011

I am SO making these! Love the crock pot and fajitas!


27 Stephanie November 15, 2011

Do the veggies not turn to mush after sitting in the crock for eight hours?


28 Heather November 15, 2011

hey stephanie! no, they don’t…although if you want them with a little more crunch then i would add them in about halfway through.


29 theultimatefoodaddict December 25, 2012

This looks yummy and easy to make. Will try it! Thanks for sharing!


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