Crockpot creamy chicken nachos recipe is a super simple recipe that you add to the crockpot in the morning and forget about it until dinner time. It’s that simple. It can be served straight from the crockpot, as a self-serve nacho bar, or as pan baked nachos. And you can add all your favorite toppings to make it so deluxe. This is one you’re going to want to save!
Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Nachos Recipe
Crockpot chicken nachos are loaded with chicken, corn, green onions, cream of chicken soup and cream cheese to make them creamy. And this recipe makes a perfect appetizer or quick dinner.
Equipment You Will Need:
Assemble Your Ingredients
To make these wonderful crockpot creamy chicken nachos, you’ll want to gather your ingredients.
Grocery List For Crockpot Creamy Chicken Nachos : Ingredients You Will Need:
cream of chicken soup
and these optional toppings: diced tomatoes, sliced olives, diced avocados, sliced onions, sour cream
Why These Chicken Nachos Are So Easy
These chicken nachos are extremely easy because you can simply open a few cans, plop in some chicken and let it go for several hours. The crockpot does all the work, which makes it so simple.
Cook The Chicken In the Slow Cooker
The first step is to add the chicken to the slow cooker and cook it for several hours. We recommend adding the cream and other ingredients later on.
Shred the Chicken
Once the chicken has fully cooked, you can use two forks to shred the chicken and pull it apart. Sometimes it’s easier to do this by removing the chicken from the crockpot.
Make the Chicken Creamy by Adding Cream Cheese
After the chicken is fully cooked and shredded, you’ll add the cream cheese and cream of chicken soup to the mixture and stir to fully incorporate it. This is what helps to make the mixture deliciously creamy.
Top Tortilla Chips With The Chicken and Cheese, and Bake
At this point, you can eat the creamy chicken with nachos directly from the crockpot if desired. However, we like to take it one step further. On a foil covered baking sheet, prepare a layer of tortilla chips and spoon the chicken mixture on top. Sprinkle generously with cheese and bake until the cheese is melted. Add any other desired toppings.
Plate Up Your Nachos
It’s time to plate up your nachos. This is one of the most satisfying moments. Serve and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some questions that are asked frequently about this recipe.
Can I Cook This Nacho Recipe With Frozen Chicken?
Yes, frozen chicken can be placed in your slow cooker for this recipe. Please note that this might extend the cooking time, but the outcome of the dish will be the same.
How Can I Cook This Recipe In The Instant Pot?
This recipe works well in the Instant Pot. You’ll want to add the ingredients, seal it, set the manual pressure to 24 minutes. Once the cooking has completed, manually release the pressure carefully. Shred the chicken and mix thoroughly, then top chips with the chicken mixture and all your favorite toppings.
Can I Use Other Types of Chips For the Same Great Taste?
Yes, you can use your favorite tortilla or corn chips for this recipe. Our family likes to use the Hint of Lime chips, scoop chips, or plain chips. You can also use tortilla strips, nacho or ranch flavored Doritos. The kind of chip can be customized to your favorite flavor or chip style.
Do You Have To Cook Chicken At All Prior To Adding It To the Crockpot?
No, you do not need to cook the chicken before adding it to the crockpot. Allowing it to cook with all of the other ingredients will allow the flavors to meld together for a delicious outcome while it cooks slowly.
Is It Better To Cook on Low or High for Optimal Results?
Cooking slow and low gives you the most tender results. But if you’re in a pinch for time, cooking on high will still provide a delicious outcome.
How Do I Shred My Own Chicken If I Leave It Whole When Adding To The Crockpot?
Once the chicken has fully cooked, you can use two forks to pull the chicken apart. You can also remove it from the crockpot momentarily and shred it using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment.
What Sides Go Best With This Nacho Recipe?
Here are some perfect sides to serve with your crockpot creamy chicken nachos.
guacamole shredded lettuce
Are They Gluten Free?
Yes, this recipe is naturally gluten free. The only item that you’ll want to check is the taco seasoning if you’re adding that as an add-in for southwest flair. Sometimes taco seasoning can contain an ingredient that has gluten. Just confirm that the brand you intend to use doesn’t.
How To Adjust The Thickness of Chicken Nacho Dip?
If your creamy chicken nachos come out too thick, you can thin down the concoction by adding a splash of milk.
Can You Adjust The Heat Level?
If you prefer a spicy dish consider adding hot taco seasoning, use hot rotel, add jalapenos, or hot sauce to increase the level of heat.
Can You Use Beef Instead of Chicken?
Yes, ground beef or pulled beef would both work fine. You can also use pulled pork or turkey sausage for this recipe.
Here are some additional add-ins that you might like to include in your creamy chicken nachos.
Our Favorite Nacho Toppings!
Diced red or green peppers
Diced banana peppers Sliced onions
Spanish rice or white rice
Crockpot Taco Chicken Nachos
If you want to change up this recipe when you serve it as leftovers or from the last time you made it, consider serving it like tacos in a hard taco shell or even a soft taco shell. It’s delicious that way too.
Time Saving Tips
If you’re wanting to make this recipe and don’t have all day to wait for it to get done in the crockpot, you can consider using pre-cooked chicken such as a rotisserie chicken. If you’re chicken is pre-cooked, you can cut right to the step of adding cream cheese and any other desired ingredients.
Let’s Get Cooking Our Crockpot Creamy Chicken Nachos
Now, we are ready to begin making our creamy chicken nachos! There are just two easy steps for the chicken mixture.
Step 1: Cook The Chicken In The Crockpot
Add the chicken to the crockpot, shred it and that’s it.
Step 2: Assemble The Chicken Nachos
This is the best part, besides eating them of course. You get to make them exactly how you like them.
What To Serve With Crockpot Chicken Nachos
Crockpot chicken nachos go great with fresh fruit such as pineapple, and are perfect with a side salad or side of beans or rice.
Preparation and Storage Tips
Crockpot creamy chicken nachos can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. It can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months. As with any food, it is best when served fresh.
Cook’s Tips and Recipe Variations
Here are some tips and recipe variations for this recipe.
1. You can use chicken thighs as a substitute for chicken breasts. If you’re using bone-in thighs, just remove the bones before adding the cream cheese and other ingredients.
2. Instead of using plain nachos, you can kick up the flavor of this dish by using nacho cheese or ranch flavored Doritos.
3. Any flavor of grated cheese will work. You can use cheddar, mozzarella, Colby jack, Italian, American or whatever flavor you have on hand.
4. If you have extra chicken, just remove it from the crockpot before adding the other ingredients. You can save it and use the leftover cooked chicken for other recipes.
More Mexican-Inspired Chicken Recipes That You Might Enjoy
If you like this creamy chicken nacho recipe for the crockpot, you might also like these recipe variations.
Slow Cooker Chicken Nacho Sauce Dip
To make slow cooker chicken nacho dip, cook your chicken in the slow cooker. Until completely done. Shred or cube the chicken. Add a 32 oz can of nacho cheese sauce and a can of salsa. Heat on low until warm. Serve as a dip with tortilla chips and enjoy!
If You Like This Chicken Nacho Dip Then You May Also Like These:
Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos
If you want to make this recipe even more creamy and cheesier, you can add a jar of cheddar cheese sauce or consider adding Velveeta cheese to the mixture. It makes it wonderful.
Slow-Cooker Southwest Chicken Nachos
For a southwest flair, consider adding chili powder and Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.
How To Make These Crockpot Creamy Chicken Nachos:
Following are the ingredients and instructions to make these creamy chicken nachos. It literally requires you to add the ingredients to the crockpot and then let it cook for the day. You can finish them off in the oven if you’d like or serve it directly from the crockpot.
2 chicken breasts
15 oz corn, drained
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
can cream of chicken soup
shredded cheddar cheese
diced tomatoes, sliced olives, diced avocados, sliced onions, sour cream
To Make Chicken Nachos
1. Add chicken and a bit of water to crockpot.
2. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 5-6 hours.
3. Shred chicken. Add cream cheese and cream of chicken soup. Stir until fully incorporated.
To Make Sheet Pan Nachos
4. Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
5. Line a baking sheet with foil and add a layer of tortilla chips. Then spoon creamy chicken layer over the chips. Sprinkle with cheese and green onions.
6. Bake for 5-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
7. Serve with toppings.
To Serve As a Nacho Bar
8. Leave creamy chicken nacho meat in the slow cooker on warm.
9. Set out tortilla chips and toppings. Let everyone make their nachos how they want them.