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Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Rice Bowls

Why  spend a lot of time making dinner when you’re busy with other things? These Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Rice Bowls are easy to make, packed with flavor and they’re healthy!

Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Rice Bowls

There’s no doubt about it, I’m a pretty busy gal. Between working, blogging, cooking, baking and all of the other things that come with life, I don’t always have the time to prepare an elaborate meal that takes a lot of time and dishes to prepare. Luckily, I have a crockpot that  fills in as my assistant on occasion.

It had been a while since I used my slow cooker. It was feeling neglected, I was feeling pretty busy and burnt out on cooking (gasp, yes, even I get burnt out on cooking) so our situations were pretty much a perfect match for some collaboration. I needed to come up with an American Craft Beer recipe for this month’s Spiked! Recipe Challenge so I decided to make an enchilada type recipe that was infused with beer. Slow cooker. Beer. Food. YES!

Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Rice Bowls

You know what else there’s no doubt about? My love of good craft beers. IPAs, wheat beers, pecan beers…you get the idea. There’s a lot of variety and I love a lot of them. A few of my favorite craft beers include Clown Shoes Genghis Pecan,  Flying Fish Wild Rice IPA,  Leinenkugels Berry Weiss, Harpoon IPA and of course, Harpoon UFO Wheat Beer.

UFO Wheat Beer

I absolutely love this beer. It’s fabulously refreshing. I actually really enjoy the Harpoon brand. Everything I’ve tried from them has been very good, with the exception of their Summer Ale but that’s probably because I am not really a fan of summer beers. Anywho, let’s get onto this recipe.

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Rice Bowls from The chicken cooks in a #slowcooker, the rice in a rice cooker and all you have to do is make the sauce and prepare your toppings5WM

Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Rice Bowls

Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Rice Bowls

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes


  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 10oz can red enchilada sauce
  • 1 4oz can diced chilis
  • 1 C UFO Wheat Beer (reserve what you have left in the can for future use)
  • 3/4 C uncooked white rice (I used basmati)
  • 1 15oz can black bean, rinsed and drained
  • Various toppings of your choice. I used lettuce, tomato, avocado, green onion and cilantro

For the Sauce:

  • 2 C of the juices from the crock pot, strained (I only had 1 1/2 C left so I added 1 C of the reserved beer to the mix)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour


  1. Spray your crockpot with cooking spray. Place the chicken in the slow cooker.
  2. Mix together the enchilada sauce, beer and diced green chilis. Pour over the chicken. Cover the crockpot and cook on low for 5 hours.
  3. Remove the chicken from the crockpot Shred. Place about 3/4 C of the juice from the crockpot in with the chicken and mix well. Reserve the remaining juices.
  4. Cook the rice in a rice cooker according to rice cooker instructions.
  5. Heat up the beans in your microwave.
  6. Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a sauce pan over medium heat, whisk together the flour and oil. Stir in the cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and salt.Gradually add the juices from the crockpot and the beer.Whisk to remove the lumps and then reduce heat and simmer until thickened.
  7. Assemble your rice bowls by putting rice in the bottom of the bowl, top with some enchilada sauce, then top with chicken, beans, more enchilada sauce and your choice of toppings.


For the sauce, you can either use another 10oz can of enchilada sauce or you can make your own using the ingredients that I list in the recipe.
Sauce recipe adapted from Gimme Some Oven

Cooking time will depend on the size of your slow cooker and how hot your slow cooker gets. I use a 3.5 quart Cuisnart slow cooker and it takes 4-5 hours to cook chicken breasts.

This recipe is part of the Spiked! Recipe Challenge. This is my submission for the contest. Of course, since I’m a host, I can’t win. But I hope you will join us between 7/15 and 7/17 so you can check out the other creative American Craft Beer infused recipe!


A few more recipes you may enjoy:

Crock Pot Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup...Crockpot Style


Roast Beef with Creamy Beer Sauce

Roast Beef with Creamy Beer Sauce from 2 wm


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41 comments on “Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Rice Bowls”

  1. this looks soooo good! I love crockpot recipes it is usually the only way we are going to get dinner ha!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Looks really yummy! Have you ever tried it with a green sauce? I have a picky eater who prefers green sauce. I’d make this in a heartbeat for me though!

    • Thank you, Theresa! No, I haven’t made them with green sauce but I think I have had enchiladas with green sauce at a restaurant. I love green sauce so I think it would go well with these!

  3. Looks good, I’m still deciding on what to make for the challenge!

  4. Looks delicious!! {and you know there is an enchilada comment I am dying to make but won’t – haha}. I will definitely have to try UFO – I generally like Harpoon beers. Also haven’t tried Clown Shoes! Yum.

  5. Oooh, that looks delicious!

  6. I hear ya … I have a demanding inconvenient day job also. I’m liking this recipe. I’m a wine drinker, but do have one brand of beer that I keep around the house. Thanks for this recipe. I’ll be firing up my crockpot soon for this one.

  7. I need to get myself a slow cooker. This looks super!

  8. Oh this looks good! My husband and I enjoy craft beer as well. Pinning it! :)

  9. This looks tasty … and you really have me craving a icy cold beer now!

  10. You gotta love that slow cooker, especially during the summer months when you don’t want to put too much heat in the house. This sounds delicious Julie! I love a good rice bowl :)

  11. You had me at slow cooker and Mexican food! Ha! I’m not a beer drinker so all of those sound foreign to me! Pinning this to try!

  12. Stopping by from the Monday Inspiration Party. This looks good. I have cut out wheat but am thinking I can try it without the beer?


  13. This look so yummy! I will have to give this a try! :)

  14. This looks so good, Julie! I love cooking with beer in my Crock Pot. Heck, I love cooking with it, baking with it, drinking with it… ;)

  15. You have me craving for these now…..Julie, this one is a must try!!

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  19. Made this the other night ..LOVE! Would like to make again for larger crowd, should I just double all ingredients?

    • Thanks, Meghan! I’m glad you enjoyed it. :) Yes, you could double all of the ingredients. I have not done that but it should work out well. I’ve doubled other recipes (and even cut them in half) and they worked out fine!

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  21. This is looking so delicious. I must take a try to make this out. But, don’t know either I can do it or not!

  22. I’ve made this twice and we love it! I do make one change though, which is a homemade enchilada sauce. Tip: make a double batch and after dinners mix the leftovers together with a little enchilada sauce, spoon into a tortilla shell and sprinkle with cheese,, roll and place in baking dish, cover with the remainder of the enchilada sauce, wrap tight and freeze for another night of no fuss dinner!

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