Crock Pot Chicken Doritos Casserole

I love Doritos.

One time in college, I was chowing down on a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos and my neighbor offered to buy the crumbs from the bottom of the bag off of me. As I licked the Doritos dust off the tips of my fingers, I thought about her offer. Ultimately, I declined her proposition, because in that moment, no amount of money could be traded for the dregs at the bottom of that crinkly blue bag.

That right there is a true testament of my affection for tasty tortilla chips.

My friend Susan from Divine Secrets of a Domestic Diva knows how much I love me some Doritos, so for Christmas she sent me this.

World's most delicious coffee mug! | |

Now, of course I thought about eating the mug, but I restrained myself and only licked it to make sure it didn’t taste like nacho cheese. I am a lady after all.

I’m sharing my long and passionate history with Doritos to let you know that this Crock Pot Chicken Doritos Casserole would have taste pretty gross for me to not like it. It has a whole bag of chips in it, so how can it not be delicious?

It was delicious. It tastes similar to enchiladas, but you get to skip all of the work that enchiladas demand. My family really liked it, and again, why wouldn’t they?

I modified this recipe from The Magical Slow Cooker, and since I can’t leave well enough alone, I tossed in some corn and black beans to the original recipe. My sister-in-law Kim suggests adding some green chilis, and I think that’s a great idea. I love sneaking stuff like that into my kids’ dinners. HAHAHA, you ate chilis and you liked it! SUCKAS!

Don’t be scared off when you read that this recipe calls for an entire bag of chips. It sounds crazy, and it’s not incredibly healthy, but it sure tastes awesome when you’re shoveling it into your face hole. I’ve made this chicken Doritos casserole twice, and once we used less chips because someone in our family (that isn’t me but is married to me) got into them before I could warn him that they were already spoken for. It was tasty both ways, so if you have to open the bag to snack on a chip or twenty, the casserole will hold up minus a few ounces of chips.

The moral of the story is that if you are like me, and you love comfort food covered in Doritos dust, this recipe is for you.

Maybe chase it with some chocolate chip cookie dough, and think about those gluttonous afternoons watching Saved By the Bell with your college besties from freshman year, eating every single last crumb from the bottom of the bag.

Ah, good times.

Crock Pot Chicken Doritos Casserole

Crock Pot Chicken Doritos Casserole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 45 minutes


  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs
  • 1 28 oz can enchilada sauce
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 8 oz shredded Mexican blend cheese (divided)
  • 1 cup sour cream (more for serving)
  • 1 11 oz bag Nacho Cheese Doritos
  • 2.5 oz can sliced olives


    1. Add chicken to slow cooker and top with enchilada sauce.
    2. Cover and cook on low 8 hours.
    3. Shred chicken in slow cooker, and add black beans and corn.
    4. Stir in half the cheese and one cup sour cream, stirring until combined.
    5. Crush the Doritos, and add all but one cup to the slow cooker mixture.
    6. Top with the remaining cheese, olives, and then the chips.
    7. Cover and cook on high about 30 minutes longer, or until the cheese has melted.
    8. Serve with sour cream, shredded lettuce, diced fresh tomatoes, hot sauce, or whatever condiments light your fire.



We really enjoyed this one and it was super super easy. The only fault I see, besides the fact that the bulk of the dish is Doritos (delicious nevertheless), is that it's slightly on the salty side. But this is remedied by a nice big dollop of sour cream at the end. I wouldn't change a thing about this recipe except maybe add a can of green chilies. While you can go the full 8 hours for the chicken, I don't think it's really necessary. I shredded the chicken at around 6 hours and turned to high at hour 7. AND I started with frozen chicken breasts. Would definitely make again!


We loved this recipe. It was simple, spicy, and yummy. I started with frozen chicken breasts which made it even simpler. I did use spicy Doritos, which made our mouths burn a bit--we just added more sour cream! I will make this again when the spicy cravings come!


We like this meal but thought it was a lot! A lot of rich flavor.... the kind that makes you full but still hungry. I think we would make this again but use fewer Doritos and a make sure to serve with sour cream!


Everyone liked this recipe, and seriously, why wouldn't they? I think it would be great topped with some shredded lettuce and diced fresh tomatoes, and if I wasn't feeding kids I would have liked it with spicy enchilada sauce. I squirted some hot sauce on mine to give it a little more kick.

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12 thoughts on “Crock Pot Chicken Doritos Casserole

  1. Pretty good. I couldn’t really think of much I’d change. It tasted good and made my family happy. Especially my chip loving son!

  2. Hi! When it first says to add in the doritoes, are they supposed to be stirred in? Seems like they would get pretty soggy.. Or is that the point? I’ve got the chicken cooking now! Thanks!

  3. “Healthy Version:” I added a red pepper and 2 cups chopped spinach, substituted Greek Yogurt for the sour cream. Everyone liked it!

  4. Hey there, question, is 8 hours too long to cook the chicken? I have seen other recipes for a similar amount of chicken that take far less on low for like 5 to 6 hours what are your thoughts? I don’t want to change it if eight hours is good but just wanted some perspective. Thank you! Ps I’ve been enjoying many of your recipes during this quarantine!

  5. IMG! This is sooooooo good! I will be making it again. On mine I put more doritos. I think my unit of measurement was off. I also added a can of rinsed black beans and put a bit more sour cream and a lot more cheese. THIS WAS SO AWESOME! And filling!

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