Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Pasta Recipe

Everything is better in the slow cooker, especially our slow cooker chicken enchilada pasta recipe. This chicken pasta slow cooker recipe is so simple to put together and super delicious that everyone will be asking for seconds.
Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Pasta Recipe

For an easy chicken breast recipe, look no further than this slow cooker chicken enchilada pasta recipe. Plus, to make things even easier you can make up our easy shredded chicken recipe, and use it right away in this orzo recipe.

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Pasta in a bowl with toppings

You know those days when you want to eat something that is tasty, but doesn’t take a lot of energy, and is also not the same ole same ole spaghetti recipe, that is when you need this recipe. It is the best slow cooker recipe for making chicken enchilada pasta.

When you use orzo for the pasta in this enchilada recipe, you don’t have to worry about cutting anything up. Simply mix everything together, scoop and serve!

Great sides to serve with our enchilada pasta recipe are our cheesy garlic texas toast, Texas Roadhouse rolls, 30 minute homemade rolls, or our homemade Lion House rolls recipe.  Basically anything you can dip will be great!

Ingredients needed to make Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Pasta

Ingredients You Need to Make This Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Pasta Recipe:

  • Diced tomatoes
  • Canned corn, drained
  • Drained and rinsed black beans
  • Mild enchilada sauce
  • Diced green chilies
  • Chicken broth
  • Cooked and shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken works great or our shredded chicken recipe)
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Fresh chopped cilantro
  • Cream cheese
  • Uncooked orzo pasta
  • Enchilada toppings

How To Make This Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Pasta Recipe:

When you are ready to begin this recipe, make sure that your chicken is already cooked, as the amount for this slow cooker recipe does not take into account the time to cook the chicken necessarily.

Pouring enchilada sauce on top of ingredients in slow cooker

After you have all of your ingredients prepared, get out your slow cooker and place the diced tomatoes, drained can of corn, drained and rinsed black beans, mild enchilada sauce, diced green chilies, chicken broth, shredded chicken, chili powder, cumin, fresh cilantro, and cut cream cheese in the bottom. 

All ingredients for Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Pasta except Orzo pasta in the slow cooker

After everything (except the orzo) is in the slow cooker, turn it on either high heat for 3-4 hours or low heat for 6-8 hours. Essentially until all the ingredients are warm and the cream cheese is melted.

Orzo pasta added to slow cooker

Then, remove the lid from the slow cooker and pour in the orzo pasta and mix it all together. 

Now, place the lid back on the slow cooker and turn it to high heat for 15-30 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked all the way through.

If you notice there isn’t much liquid in the slow cooker, add 2-3 tablespoons of chicken broth at a time to make sure there is enough liquid to cook the orzo pasta. 

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Pasta in a bowl with toppings

Once the pasta is cooked all the way, give everything a good stir, and then scoop the enchilada pasta into bowls and then top it with some of your favorite enchilada toppings.

To Make Chicken Pasta Slow Cooker Recipe You Will Need:

  1. Slow cooker (we like to use THIS one)
  2. Can opener
  3. Knife
  4. Cutting board

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Homemade Chicken Broth

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A great recipe to use is from Taste of Home. Their homemade chicken broth recipe is great and has wonderful instructions, especially for beginners!

Tasty Toppings for Enchilada Pasta 

Get creative with your enchilada pasta and put all of your favorite toppings on and enjoy! 

Here are some of our favorite toppings for our enchilada:

  • Tortilla strips/ crunched up tortilla chips
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Onions
  • Sour cream
  • Cheese

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Did You Know There is More Than One Way to Make an Enchilada Recipe in the Slow Cooker?!

  1. Slow Cooker Beef Enchilada Stack Recipe
  2. Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe
  3. Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Enchiladas Recipe
  4. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup (Cafe Zupas Copycat) Recipe

Sides that Pair Well with Enchilada Recipes:

  1. Cheesy Garlic Green Beans Recipe
  2. Copycat Disneyland Chili Lime Corn on the Cob Recipe
  3. Parmesan Lemon Asparagus Recipe
  4. Instant Pot Honey Glazed Carrots Recipe
  5. Easy Homemade Cornbread Recipe
  6. Layered Cobb Salad Recipe

Serves:
6

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Pasta Recipe

Everything is better in the slow cooker, especially our slow cooker chicken enchilada pasta recipe.
Prep Time
12 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours 15 minutes
Total Time
8 hours 27 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes (1 can)
  • 15 ounces canned corn drained, (1 can)
  • 15 ounces canned black beans drained and rinsed, (1 can)
  • 10 ounces mild enchilada sauce (1 can)
  • 4 ounces diced green chilies (1 can)
  • ¾ cup chicken broth (or more, as needed)
  • 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken works great or our shredded chicken recipe)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (plus more for topping, if desired)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups uncooked orzo pasta (this is the kind I used)
  • favorite enchilada toppings

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into the slow cooker EXCEPT for the orzo pasta.
  • Cook on high heat for 3-4 hours or low heat for 6-8 hours – just until ingredients are warmed through and cream cheese is melted.
  • Remove the lid, pour in the orzo pasta, and mix together all the ingredients until everything is completely incorporated.
  • Put the lid back on and continue to cook on high for 15-30 minutes or until the pasta is cooked. Add more chicken broth as needed (adding a couple of Tablespoons at a time) to make sure that the pasta has enough liquid to cook thoroughly.
  • When pasta is ready, mix everything together and scoop into bowls. Top with your favorite enchilada toppings (salsa, guacamole, fresh cilantro, sour cream, etc).

Notes

  • Enchilada toppings are not included in nutritional information

Nutrition

Calories: 455 kcal
·
Carbohydrates: 68 g
·
Protein: 30 g
·
Fat: 7 g
·
Saturated Fat: 3 g
·
Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g
·
Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g
·
Cholesterol: 50 mg
·
Sodium: 1026 mg
·
Potassium: 758 mg
·
Fiber: 8 g
·
Sugar: 8 g
·
Vitamin A: 645 IU
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Vitamin C: 12 mg
·
Calcium: 103 mg
·
Iron: 4 mg

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker
  • Can Opener
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board

Recipe Details

Course:
Main Course
Cuisine:
American

Recipe adapted from Slow Cooker Gourmet

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Pasta in a bowl with toppings

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