Crockpot Chicken and Quinoa Burrito Bowl

Crockpot Chicken and Quinoa Burrito Bowl
Photo by Jennifer Meier
  • 5 hrs 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 5 hrs
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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This Crockpot burrito bowl recipe made with quinoa instead of white rice is all about the garnishes. Pile on sour cream, green onions, hot sauce, and avocado. It's a one-pot, one bowl meal that's perfect for family dinners (and really good leftover the next day for lunch).

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced/pureed tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped or thinly sliced
  • 1 15-ounce can pinto beans or black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese

How to Make It

  1. In a slow cooker, combine chicken, broth, tomatoes, onion, garlic, chili powder, garlic powder, coriander, cumin, and salt. Cook chicken on low 3 hours.
  2. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred it with a fork and knife. Put the chicken back in the slow cooker. Add quinoa, bell pepper, and beans. Cook on low 2 more hours.
  3. Sprinkle grated cheese on top. Continue to cook until the cheese melts.
  1. Serve this chicken and quinoa burrito bowl with plenty of garnishes: sour cream, green onions, hot sauce, and avocado.


Quinoa pronounced "KEEN-wah" is a gluten-free seed (often called a grain) that has been grown for thousands of years in South America. It has the highest protein content of all grains and is considered a complete protein.

The most common type of quinoa is white. However, you will also see red, black or mixed quinoa sold at grocery stores. For the most part, white, black and red quinoa taste the same, although the red and black quinoa can have a slightly earthier flavor and chewier texture.

Before cooking quinoa, it is usually recommended that you rinse it in water. However, rinsing quinoa isn't as crucial as you might think. Many brands of quinoa have been polished or pre-washed to remove the bitter but harmless coating (called saponin).

Not rinsing quinoa isn't harmful, but quinoa can have a slightly bitter flavor if not rinsed. To rinse quinoa, swish it around in a bowl of water then drain using a fine mesh strainer, or just run water over the quinoa while it's in the strainer.

Chicken Thighs or Breasts?

Sure, you can substitute boneless, skinless chicken breasts in this recipe instead of thighs. But expect the meat to be drier and less flavorful than thigh meat.

One way to combat dry chicken breasts: soak them in a salt/sugar/water brine before cooking the meat.