Slow-Cooker Chicken Enchilada Melts

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 4 hours


6 servings

Updated: Mar. 08, 2023
After tasting a similar recipe at a sandwich shop, I knew I had to try my own version at home. I like mine even more! I like to mix equal parts salsa and ranch dressing to make a tasty sauce for these sandwiches. —Blair Lonergan, Rochelle, Virginia
Slow-Cooker Chicken Enchilada Melts Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
  • 1 envelope reduced-sodium taco seasoning
  • 4 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 12 diagonally sliced French bread slices (1 inch thick)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Optional: Sliced ripe olives and additional chopped tomatoes


  1. In a greased 3-qt. slow cooker, combine chicken, salsa and taco seasoning. Cook, covered, on low until chicken is tender, 4-5 hours.
  2. To serve, preheat broiler. Shred chicken with 2 forks; stir in tomatoes and cilantro.
  3. Place bread on ungreased baking sheets; broil 2-3 in. from heat until tops are lightly browned. Using tongs, place rounded 1/3 cup chicken mixture on each toast. Sprinkle with cheese. Broil until cheese is melted, 2-3 minutes. If desired, top with olives and additional tomatoes.

Can you freeze Slow-Cooker Chicken Enchilada Melts?

Cool chicken mixture without tomatoes and cilantro; freeze in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; stir in tomatoes and cilantro and serve as directed.

Nutrition Facts

2 open-faced sandwiches: 377 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 1082mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 32g protein.