Five Ingredient Crockpot Tomatillo Chicken Burritos

Prep Time
Cook Time
3h 35m
Ready In

"These can't get much easier. Just 5 ingredients; make a perfect base for a week night dinner. Now, you still need to add your toppings; but, everything is so simple. Cook 3 1/2-5 hours on low heat; shred the chicken - and ready to serve. Now, the garnishes are easy ... warm up some tortillas in the microwave, shred some lettuce; add some cilantro, pre-shredded cheese, and lime wedges. I often will add some tomatoes or scallions too; but, add your favorites. It literally takes just a few minutes to prep the garnishes. On the side; you could always add some Mexican rice, spicy beans, or corn on the cob - which is my favorite."

Original recipe yields 4-8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (584 g)
  • Calories 1077.6
  • Total Fat - 42.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 7.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 302 mg
  • Sodium - 1024 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 45.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 10.4 g
  • Sugars - 5 g
  • Protein - 129.8 g
  • Calcium - 337.2 mg
  • Iron - 7.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 17.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.5 mg

Step 1

Crockpot ... Add the chicken, salsa, and jalapeno to the crock pot; and mix to combine. Now, remove the seeds and ribs from the jalapeno if you don't like heat; but, I promise, it won't be too spicy.

Step 2

Cook ... Cover; and cook and low for 4-5 hours until tender. Now, if using a larger oval crockpot; I suggest you check after 3 1/2 hours. Every crock pot cooks differently. You want the chicken, tender; where is can be pulled apart; but, not dry. My oval crock pot takes 3 1/2-4 hrs; but, my smaller one takes almost 5 hours.

Step 3

Finish ... Once the chicken is done and tender; shred the chicken right in the crock pot using 2 forks. Then, add the black olives and cream cheese; and, stir until combined. I start with 1 tablespoon of the cheese; but, if you like it creamier, add 2 tablespoons. Cover and heat, just until warm. FYI, is the sauce seems a bit thick; you can always add a little broth; or even, just a little water. You don't want it too thin.

Step 4

Serve ... Family style - On the table: a bowl of cheese, lettuce, a few lime wedges, cilantro; and warm tortillas. I just warm the tortillas up in the microwave. Wrapped in a damp paper towel (4 at a time); 10-15 seconds on each side - on medium heat. Then, transfer to a basket lined with foil and a towel to keep warm. You can always add scallions, tomato, radishes, sour cream; or even avocado. Have fun with the toppings!

Step 5

Burrito - Wrap, Roll, and ENJOY! ... A warm tortilla, a little lettuce, chicken, cheese, cilantro and a squeeze of lime - any anything else you want to add. Simply roll them up; and ready to eat - Perfection! Personally, I add tomato, radishes, and scallions to mine; but, just my preference. As mentioned ... spicy black beans, Mexican rice; or, corn on the cob are perfect on the side. I almost always vote for corn.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



This recipe is full of great flavor! I added a whole brick of cream cheese rather than the recommended amount and served over rice. This really put this recipe over the top!

review by:
(6 May 2019)

Wayne Peters

Oh My Goodness! I loved these chicken burritos!!! Only 5 ingredients and throw it in the slow cooker and there we go! Super delicious.

review by:
(24 Jan 2019)