Black Bean & Salsa Slow Cooker Chicken

First of all, this is my first instructable, so comments & criticisms welcome!  Second, this recipe is not originally mine, I've modified it slightly to try some new things!

Original recipe:

It might not look as pretty as the original recipe's did, but it tasted really good!  That's mine in the picture above:

Step 1: Ingredients

It's a little blurred, but you need:
1 lb. of chicken (not shown - hopefully you know what chicken looks like!  I think I actually ended up with about 1.5 lbs.)
1 can of Cream of Mushroom or Cream of Chicken Soup (I used chicken)
1 Cup of Salsa (Mine all came out really fast, and was about 1 1/2 cups, I just went with it!)
1 packet of Taco Seasoning (I used Chicken Taco Seasoning)
1 Cup of Sour Cream (Not pictured till later, because you don't need it till later!)

Cheddar Cheese

I decided to add black beans to mine, and I didn't take a before picture, but there was 1 cup of dry beans, I soaked them overnight in Chicken Broth (Couldn't find anything online saying you couldn't, everyone just uses water, so I thought HA, I'll try something different!!)  They doubled in size after about 10 hours, I just soaked them overnight.  It isn't the greatest comparison picture, but the beans on the left were before soaking, beans on the right are 10 hours later.  So mine had 2 cups of black beans, too - to my wife's displeasure. :)  (Only because she doesn't like beans....not because of their musical qualities!

Step 2: Plan Ahead...

Just put your chicken, cream of soup, beans if you're adding them too, and salsa in your crockpot.  I assure you, there is chicken under there!  Then sprinkle the taco seasoning on top.  Now the recipe I was following didn't say to mix it, but mix it I did.  I wanted everything to be together, from beginning to end!

Set it on low for 6 hours, and fugget about it!

I also wasn't thinking until after I added the last ingredient, if you have some of these crockpot liners, use them.  They just make life easier!

Step 3: Nice Buns....

I also decided that even though I was serving this on rice, I wanted rolls too - don't judge, I'm a big guy!

These Rhodes Rolls are awesome, you just spray your pan and cover with saran wrap that's been sprayed too.  Let it rise for 6 hours too - convenient, isn't it?!

And look how nicely they rise!

Step 4: Final Steps...

After the 6 hour mark, you can shred the chicken if you didn't cut it up before like I did, or if you want shredded chicken.  Then you add your 1 cup of sour cream and mix - I also added some cheddar cheese to the top.  I don't know if the cheese was really necessary, as we still put it on afterward, and scooping it out didn't really work.

Then just let it heat back up!  I think mine went for another hour, maybe an hour and fifteen minutes.

Step 5: And Now Enjoy!

I didn't get a picture of the rice I used, its just a steam in the microwave wheat rice that takes about 4 minutes - mine must have went too long or something, because it shot out all over!

But it was still delicious!  Hope you enjoy, I know I did!



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