When preparing meals for the week ahead, it can be easy to get into a recipe rut. We all have our fallbacks, and when energy is low and time is scarce, our go-to dishes become a monotonous lineup of meals. But if you're looking to break out of this habit, it's possible to cook up some exciting options that are surprisingly low-lift. So steps in your crockpot, the kitchen savior that cuts your cooking time without compromising your meal quality. Spice up your slow cooker with some "South of the border" flavor by venturing out of the box with these Mexican crockpot recipes that are guaranteed to impress. With chili lime chicken, smoky pulled pork tacos, or juicy pot roast, you can serve up Mexican favorites from tortilla soup and beyond.
Head below for five Mexican crockpot recipes to enjoy all week.
Crockpot Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup
As the weather begins to cool, this recipe can instantly spice up the dreariness. Recipe creator Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest describes this spicy chicken tortilla soup recipe as a "super-easy cozy soup" that will warm you up on cold days. "I also decided to make life just a little simpler and turned this into a crockpot recipe," she says. "Meaning just add everything to your crockpot, forget about it all day long, and come home to a house that smells like your favorite Mexican restaurant."
Slow Cooker Smoky Pulled Pork Tacos
"Just four simple ingredients tossed in your crockpot make this easy pulled pork shoulder recipe taco night–ready when topped with a crunchy Mexican slaw, smoky roasted salsa, and guacamole," says Heidi Larsen of FoodieCrush. While the slow-cooked pork is perfect for tacos, Larsen notes that it can serve as a delicious protein in tortas, enchiladas, tostadas, or even macaroni and cheese.
Slow Cooker Chicken and White Bean Chili
For Camille Styles, "the best slow-cooker recipes are those where you can toss all the ingredients into the cooker at once, turn it on, then let it do its thing." As she explains, this chicken and white bean chili "is one of those; the only prep that it requires is chopping up an onion and opening a few cans. It really is that easy, and after hanging out in the slow cooker for eight hours, it tastes like you've been slaving over the stove all day."
Crockpot Mexican Chili Lime Chicken
This Mexican crockpot chili lime chicken recipe is "one of those staple recipes that everyone needs to have on hand," explains Gerard of Half Baked Harvest. "Not only is it great for Sunday night family dinners, but the leftovers are the best and can be used in so many different ways for extra easy meals throughout the week." Need a little inspiration? Gerard recommends breakfast tacos, lunch salads, and taco dinner boats.
Slow Cooker Mexican Pot Roast
"Don't be mislead to think this recipe is spicy or overpowered with Mexican chile heat," says Larsen of FoodieCrush, who explains that you won't find chile in it besides ground chile powder mixed in with ground cumin and a touch of smoked paprika. The slow cooker Mexican pot roast "comes out super tender and moist, thanks to its cut (beef chuck) and the slow-roasted veggies mixed in to complement the Mexican spiced broth this dish creates," says Larsen.
Seeking the perfect side dish to your Mexican-inspired meal? Here are three easy salsa recipes.