Crockpot Qdoba Night

Anytime, really annnnnnytime, someone asks me for an easy meal to make for their family, my answer is: Crockpot Qdoba Night.

This super easy and delicious meal came to me about 700 years ago before Nathan and I had kids.  We had a Qdoba addiction.  And like a lot of meals that you can eat out, it nagged at me that it was something I could easily make at home!  Easily.

So I dug deep in my cabinets and dragged out that crockpot that I had thrown on my registry, you know, because it seemed like something a good wife and mom should have.  I had yet to make anything with it.  Is anyone else catching on to the irony that Little Suzy Homemaker Wannabe was using the crockpot to make a replica of take out . . . ?

Into the crockpot went three simple things:

You can use chicken you’ve had in your freezer by throwing it in and setting the crockpot on low for 8 hours.  Otherwise, put fresh chicken in for 4 hours.

Once evening rolls around and it is time for dinner, just pull your chicken apart with a fork and serve it up.  It is tender and very delicious.

Dinner’s almost done, and I’ve barely done anything!  A win for Little Suzy Homemaker Wannabe!

Now, all that is left is whatever you want to go with your chicken.

I looooooove Qdoba’s lime cilantro rice.

And all it is is cooked rice, mixed with the juice of one lime, and a small handful of chopped cilantro.  If you want it a little less flavorful, add a little less lime and cilantro.

I’m also a big fan of guacamole, but . . . I’m lazy.

The guacamole mix makes you delicious guacamole in like two minutes.  Yay!

Then just heat up a can of beans, cut up some lettuce, throw on some cherry tomatoes, add some salsa, and you have a delicious and extremely easy to make taco salad.

One of my favorite parts about this meal is that each family member can have it exactly as they want it. Nathan isn’t so keen on things that are green and leafy, but he loves Qdoba’s nachos, and this dish with some sour cream and chips is a close second to actually eating there.

Even Gavin likes to get in on the nacho action.

And Quinn?  Well . . . Quinn’s favorite food is beans.  And rice and cherry tomatoes are a tie for second  . . . so this meal pretty much is a dream come true for her.

I hope you add this to your weekly rotation and your family loves it!  If you are looking for other take out knock offs from Little Suzy Homemaker Wannabe, check out these Taco Bell Quesadillas!


  1. says

    This looks awesome Lisa! After a camping trip last summer, we now make our guac by just adding a little fresh salsa to some avocados. So easy and super tasty!! This will be on our menu next week. xo

    • says

      Val, that is an awesome guac tip!! Especially because I’m kind of addicted to salsa, buy it by the gallon, and add it to EVERYTHING I can : )

      • alexis says

        I just mix a can of rotel with my avacados and some guac seasoning. Not to toot my own horn, but its the best guacamole I’ve ever had lol. Plus I love tomatoes! Oh yeah! A little bit of lime juice too. It’s heavenly!

  2. Donna Livingston says

    I would add dried pinto beans that I soaked, to the broth and chicken in the crockpot. Then shred the chicken. I make the same meal with a small pork roast and pinto beans. That is my son’s favorite meal. Same directions. Pork roast, pinto beans, topped with taco seasoning and about 4 cups broth or water. Cook on high for 4 hours, low hours. so good

  3. Gerry says

    You don’t even need that “guacamole” season mix! Smash the avocado and add lime, salt and pepper along with some chopped cilantro Or add chopped jalapeonos. Those season mixes have extra crap you don’t need.

  4. Sarah says

    It sounds great, but I can’t use pre-mixed seasonings, because most have dairy or wheat in them, and my little girl can’t have either. Do you have any recommendations on how to make your own taco seasoning mix?

  5. Sher says

    What size crockpot did you use to make this? A 4 quart….or would I need to use a larger one? I’m excited to try this, thanks!


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