These Southwest Style slow cooker recipes are a great way to have a flavorful meal for your family without slaving all day in the kitchen! I love that Southwest Style foods normally have a little bit of a kick to them and are often easy to customize to your family's personal heat preferences.
We've put together a list of some of our favorite southwest style slow cooker recipes. There is everything from carnitas to cornbread to vegan chili. The bright flavors of these southwest style slow cooker recipes are great year-round and perfect if you are looking for something with a little bit more flavor for dinner that doesn't require slaving over a hot stove all day!
What Slow Cooker should I have?
My slow cooker is my favorite kitchen gadget. Well, gadgets. I have a few of them and each serves a different purpose. My go to is this 6 qt Crock-Pot. I love the locking lid and programming options. I use this for practically everything but have a 8 qt Hamilton Slow Cooker for when we have guests or I'm doubling larger recipes for the freezer. Another tip to help save time and frustration is to use these handy slow cooker liners. No major struggle to wash after you're done with the cooking. Just grab and throw away!
21+ Southwest Style Slow Cooker Recipes
Easy Tex-Mex Slow Cooker Chicken: Corn, black beans, salsa topped with Mexican shredded cheese served on a bed of brown rice. This is a great meal to make for your family. Everyone is sure to love the spices (but not too spicy) and creamy cheese! You could also serve these on tortillas as well!
Slow Cooker Vegan Chili with Mango: This is an awesome vegan chili recipe. It features hatch chiles, mangos, and Mexican onions! You could easily add ground turkey or another ground meat to make this chili a little heartier for your family if not serving to a vegan/vegetarian guest.
Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup: Black beans are the star in this slow cooker soup! It would be delicious with a side of warm cornbread! Slow cooker black bean soup is also a great meal for leftovers. It saves well, and you can even freeze leftovers for more dinners down the road.
Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup: When you think southwest style, tortilla soup is definitely on top of the list! This slow cooker chicken tortilla soup, won't disappoint. It's yummy to top this crockpot tortilla soup with crispy tortilla strips, sour cream, and shredded cheese!
Spicy Mexican Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken: Chicken breasts, pineapple, black beans, and hints of lime make this spicy Mexican slow cooker pineapple chicken delicious. Add some rice and you have a complete meal.
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken: Salsa chicken is a great dump recipe. It has great flavor! You can use this recipe to even make your favorite burritos. You'd just need tortillas, cheese, and your other favorite burrito toppings!
Slow Cooker Chipotle Pumpkin Chicken: Don't turn your nose up because this has pumpkin in it. The pumpkin gives this dish a nice earthy flavor! The slow heat of chipotle makes it an awesome dish that will have your family asking for more!
Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken: For those of you that like a little heat with your southwest style slow cooker recipes, you will love this recipe! This recipe is also paleo compliant and gluten-free!
Slow Cooker Chicken Sofrito: Serve it on a bed of jicama for a paleo-friendly dinner or rice and beans for a more traditional meal.
Mexican Pork Rice Bowl: This pork rice bowl has all the awesome flavors of southwest style slow cooker recipes. Corn, black beans, salsa, and of course pork on top of a bed of jasmine rice.
Crockpot Southwestern Corn Chowder: Delicious corn chowder recipe with a southwest flare! Chowders definitely don't have to be boring!
Easy Beef Slow Cooker Chili: Eat with a side of cornbread! Or top it with crushed Doritos or Fritos, shredded cheese, some chopped avocado, and a little sour cream!
Slow Cooker Pork Posole: Posole is a hearty Mexican stew that traditionally uses large corn kernels stewed for hours. This slow cooker pork posole uses garbanzo beans instead!
Crockpot White Chicken Chili: We've recently started making white chicken chili and it's amazing! It's light and hearty at the same time! A change from my typical beef and tomato-based chili that everyone loves!
Crock pot Pork Carnitas: One of my favorite southwest style slow cooker recipes! You can serve it on rice, or roll it up in a nice tortilla.
Creamy Chicken Fiesta Soup: This isn't your average chicken soup. It's a creamy soup, thanks to cream cheese, with pops of southwest flavors. Top with cheese or sour cream, and you're going to love this!
Crockpot Southwest Corn Bread: You can make cornbread in a slow cooker now too! This crockpot cornbread recipe would go with so many other of these southwest style slow cooker recipes.
Tex Mex Shredded Roast Wraps: This recipe uses a simple roast with a delicious twist! Serve as the roast the first night and then wraps the 2nd day or skip straight to these delicious wraps!
Crock Pot Mexican Cornbread Casserole: This crockpot casserole has layers of ground beef, cheesey goodness, and homemade cornbread! Yum!
Pork Carnitas Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa Verde: This recipe pairs slow cooker pork with a quick & easy tomatillo salsa verde.
Vegetarian Slow Cooker Quinoa Chili: This quinoa chili requires like NO prep time and only takes 5 hours in the slow cooker! Perfect for these chilly fall days!
Posole Burritos: This Posole Burrito recipe looks amazing! Flavourful pork in the crockpot, Mexican rice, and hominy in a warm flour tortilla.
Southwest Sweet Potato Chowder: Looking for a delicious chowder with a little kick? You're going to love this Southwest Sassy Sweet Potato Chowder with chipotle!
Duck Confit Quesadilla: This is one I cannot wait to try! I'm a huge fan of duck and this combo looks like one the boys will go nuts over!
More Slow Cooker Recipes
If this list doesn't get your mouth watering, don't miss out on our other favorite slow cooker recipes! Make sure to pin, bookmark, or print these to have on hand as you meal plan this year! You can even use our tips for organizing your recipe collection to make it easier!
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Having delicious and nutritious recipes that are super easy, like these Slow Cooker Recipes, makes getting dinner on the table a snap, so you have more time to spend with your family…or soaking in the tub with a glass of wine at the end of the day. Which one would you like to try first? Leave a comment and let me know!