Slow-Cooker Southwest Cheesy Chicken and Rice


This slow-cooker dinner dish has lots of extra-cheesy rice, tender chicken, black beans and corn.


1 package (0.85 oz) Old El Paso™ chicken taco seasoning mix
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen™ organic fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained
1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained, rinsed 1 cup fresh or frozen whole kernel sweet corn
8 oz Kraft™ Velveeta™ cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
4 cups cooked white rice
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


Spray 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In small bowl, mix taco seasoning mix, cumin, salt and red pepper. Sprinkle both sides of chicken thighs with seasoning mixture; arrange in slow cooker. Pour tomatoes, beans and corn over chicken in slow cooker. Cover; cook on High heat setting 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until juice of chicken is clear when thickest part is cut (at least 165°F). Remove chicken and, using two forks, shred into bite-size pieces.

Add Velveeta™ and Cheddar cheeses to slow cooker. Cover; cook 15 minutes. Beat with whisk until cheeses have melted into sauce. Add rice and shredded chicken; stir to combine. Cover; cook about 10 minutes or until hot. Garnish with cilantro.


Black beans make a nice contrast to the cheesy rice and chicken in this dish, but pinto beans work well, too.
The ground red pepper in this recipe gives just a tiny hint of heat, making it perfect for families with kids or others who prefer their dishes mild. If you like it hot, feel free to increase to 1/2 teaspoon.


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