healthy, crockpot mexican-style chicken & quinoa

Creamy, flavorful, mexican-style chicken, quinoa & black beans…  made in the slow cooker.

How’s that for a perfect, easy & healthy winter meal?

Crockpot Mexican-Style Chicken & Quinoa with Black Beans | Sweet Anna's

If, like me and almost everyone else in the world, you are trying to eat a bit healthier this year…  you’ll want to give this easy crockpot meal a try.

Your family will love the fresh, light taste and at the same time, the comforting satisfaction of this  low-fat, but fully delicious crockpot meal!

Crockpot Mexican-Style Chicken & Quinoa with Black Beans | Sweet Anna's

You can dress this one up anyway you like…  cilantro and sriracha?  sour cream and green onions?  more salsa and some shredded cheese?  Fresh diced avocados or guacamole??

Any way you top it, you will enjoy it!

Also, if you haven’t tried my Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken & Brown Rice, add that one to your list…  it’s a favorite!

What is your favorite crockpot meal?

Crockpot Mexican-Style Chicken & Quinoa with Black Beans


  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup uncooked, well rinsed, quinoa
  • 2 cups diced chicken, raw or leftover cooked
  • 1 can (about 1 1/2 cups) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese (or 2 low fat laughing cow wedges)


Grease your slow cooker insert, if it's not non-stick. Put the chicken stock and quinoa in a bowl and microwave until just boiling, around 4-6 minutes (or do this step in a small pot on the stove!).

Stir together the remaining ingredients, except for the cream cheese, in your crockpot. When the quinoa/stock mixture has come to a boil, pour it into the crockpot and stir to combine.

Cook on LOW for 4-5 hours, until the quinoa has absorbed all the liquid. About 15-30 minutes before you are ready to serve it, stir in the softened cream cheese (or low fat cheese wedges).

Serve warm with fresh chopped cilantro, a squeeze of sriracha, or some light sour cream!

(PS… If you are a Trim Healthy Mama, this is an “E” meal.)

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