Slow Cooker Cafe Rio Chicken Recipe

I've had a huge Mexican food craving these last few weeks. With the holidays and life just being busy, cooking has been on the back burner (along with the blog). I finally cured my Mexican food craving. This recipe for Cafe Rio Chicken is SO good! It's easy to throw together, and you can cook it in either the oven or slow cooker. I love being able to use chicken instead of the usual ground beef. It's so much healthier, and for being on healthy side, this recipe is not lacking in flavor. We would definitely make this again! Enjoy!

Cafe Rio Chicken (print recipe)

What you need:
1 pound of chicken breast tenderloins
1/2 cup zesty Italian dressing
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 pickled jalapeno, diced (use can also use fresh, this is what I had on hand)
1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
black pepper, as desired

Combine all ingredients in a crock pot or dutch oven.

Bake at 350 degrees, for 1 hour. (covered) Shred the chicken, then bake an additional 15-20 minutes.

Bake in a slow cooker on high for 3-4 hours or low for 7-8 hours. Shred.

Serve with tortillas, tostadas, chips for nachos, or as a taco salad.

Recipe source: Crumbs and Chaos (adapted)

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On the blog... one year ago:
Potato Chip Baked Chicken

This recipe was shared at:
Mealtime Monday at Couponing and Cooking
Mix it Up Monday at Flour me with Love
Marvelous Monday at This Gal Cooks
Scrumptious Sunday at Everyday Mom's Meals
Church Supper at Everyday Mom's Meals
Creative Thursday at Michelle's Tasty Creations
Weekend Potluck at The Better Baker
Foodie Friends Friday
Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Thursdays Treasures at Recipes for my Boys
Recipe Round Up at Gooseberry Patch
Wednesday Extravaganza at Hungry Little Girl
Whimsy Wednesday at Smart School House
Show & Share Wednesday at Semi Homemade Mom
Totally Tasty Tuesdays at Mandy's recipe Box
All My Bloggy Friends at Love Bakes Good Cakes
Tuesday Talent Show at Chef in Training


  1. I had to pin this one because I want to try it. I'd like to invite you to participate in my Pin Me Linky Party. It goes Fri-Wed. I allow up to 3 links each week!

  2. This look so good, Cafe Rio is one of my favorite places to eat. Thank you for sharing. I would love for you to come link up to my party going on on over at
    New follower,
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  3. Hi Sheena! The recipe looks and sounds yummy! Just printed it! Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

  4. Hi Sheena,
    Your Cafe Rio Chicken looks delicious and can't wait to taste it. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. This sounds so good. I love that it is chicken, thanks for sharing.

  6. This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday and hope you will return this week.

  7. We don't have Cafe Rio here, but I've had a serious Mexican food craving lately. This looks good! Stopping by from Mealtime Monday.

  8. I'm with Michelle. No Cafe Rio here .... But I am on a Mexican kick (obvious by my menu this week ;)) Pinned to try, Sheena! Thank you for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week!

  9. YUM! This looks great and I love all the ingredients!
    Thank you for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza - can't wait to see the deliciousness you share this week :)

  10. Wow. There is no recipe on this blog that I don't want to put in my NOW. :)
    ~Tamar @LadiesHoliday


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