Slow Cooker Creamy Tacos Recipe

This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Kraft.

This is a compensated post by BlogHer and PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese and is part of the Real Women of Philadelphia project. This is the first out of four recipes.  

Raise your hand if you're a pretty lazy cook.

Raise your hand if you don't really like to cook.

ME! I'm raising two hands! pick ME! ME! ME!  

Whenever I speak to groups of people, the audience acts surprised when I admit that I don't really like cooking. 

Don't get me wrong--- I cook daily, read cookbooks faithfully, watch Food TV constantly, and enjoy exploring new recipes and flavor combinations.  

But the actual act of cooking? The dicing, slicing, preparing, and handling?

not my favorite.  *

This is why I like love my slow cookers so much. I love that I can toss food in, push a button and walk away.  

And when you pair PHILADELPHIA's new Cooking Creme with the slow cooker, you've got the ultimate in lazy cooking.

Life just couldn't be better.  

* much of this probably stems from the fact that I've got a toddler firmly attached to my leg while I'm trying to chop, and can usually overhear the other two arguing in the living room.
Zen Cooking? it just doesn't happen in our house.

The Ingredients.
serves 4-6 2 pounds chicken breast pieces (mine were frozen solid)  
1 (14.5-ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes (you can use garlic-seasoned, or plain in a pinch. I wouldn't do tomatoes with chiles if feeding kids)  
1 (10-ounce) container PHILADELPHIA Cooking Creme--- Santa Fe flavor
taco shells or corn tortillas

optional fixins': sour cream, avocado slices  
optional add-ins to stretch the meal to feed more people: 1 cup frozen corn, or 1 can corn, drained, 1 can black or pinto beans, drained and rinsed  

The Directions.  

Use a 4-quart slow cooker (if adding the optional add-ins, a 6-quart might be a better fit). 

Put the chicken into your cooker. Add the entire can of tomatoes. Scrape out all the Cooking Creme (lick the container. It's GOOD!)  
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until chicken shreds easily with a fork. Stir well and serve in taco shells or corn tortillas with your favorite toppings.  

The Verdict.  

Okay. These are delicious. I love, love, love that I can get dinner done within 6-and-a-half minutes in the early morning without needing to put on my contacts. 

This seriously couldn't be easier to throw together and I love not dirtying up a cutting board. The kids ate everything on their plate and my nine-year-old had seconds (Adam had thirds).

The Santa Fe Cooking Creme has a fantastic flavor--there is no need to add any additional seasoning. There's definitely a kick, but not enough to bother kid tongues. I do think it would be too much for us with added chiles (if you wanted to use tomatoes and chiles).

I will make this again. Happily.  

Here's a snaphsot of the ingredient label (click on the photo to make it larger). 

Have you heard of the Real Women of Philadelphia? It's a play on the Real Housewives tv show franchise (I got sucked into the Beverly Hills and the DC Housewives, but then canceled the extended cable and now no longer get that channel. probably a good thing.)

Anyway--it is/was a cooking contest sponsored by PHILADELPHIA and the finalists have been selected. the winner will be announced during a Streaming Online Live Event on June 30th hosted by Paula Deen.

All of the finalist recipes are available to peruse/test out online at the Real Women of Philadelphia's Recipe Page. 

Which looks good to you?

also, over on Totally Together I wrote a bit about starting a family game night. It's not all sunshine and roses (in fact, last night's Apples to Apples ended up in crumpled cards and an early bedtime...) but lots of great life lessons can be learned through card/board games. 

Have a fantastic day!

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Posted by: Stephanie O'Dea | A Year of Slow Cooking at June 07, 2011

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  1. I tried the Santa Fe Cooking Cream the other week and was suprised at how much flavor it had. I almost wanted to eat it with just some chips.

  2. I was just trying to figure out how to use a package of the Santa Fe Philadelphia Cooking Creme that's going to expire soon when this came across my blog reader. Definitely going on the list!

  3. You're preaching to the choir! I'm a huge fan of the Cooking Cremes too & made chicken with veggies & pasta using the Garlic version of the cream. I'll definitely need to try this one out too.

  4. Anonymous6/07/2011

    Here in the UK, we don't have Santa Fe cooking cream, and I'm not sure what it is. We have Philedelphia cheese, which is rather nice, but I don't think I'd use it in this recipe.

    So - what should I do?

  5. Hi Andy--
    I'd mix a packet of taco seasoning with a block of softened cream cheese, then plop it in. :-)

  6. Looks amazingly easy and delicious!! One question though: Would you cook for less time if using thawed chicken?
    The variations on this are many I would think. don't they have an Italian style cooking creme? You could do the same basic thing and serve over bow tie pasta... I think I'll go to the store now :)

  7. Hi Fran,
    I'd shave off 2 hours---check, and then maybe cut the meat into a few chunks to check doneness. If it isn't moist enough to your liking, put it back on for another 30-60 min on low.

  8. Trying a modified version of this tonight - with cream cheese that was in my fridge already & chili powder/cumin/green peppers. You rescued me! I was just peering in the freezer at chicken and wondering how I'd make into a dinner we'd want to eat.

  9. Anonymous6/07/2011

    This sounds so good! I love new taco recipes. I also love your other chicken taco recipe. I can't wait to try this!

  10. Great post! The beginning sounds just like me... cookbooks, food TV, toddler on the leg, other 2 fighting...
    I've been looking at those new Philly cream cheese things but couldn't think what to do with them. I can't wait to try this!!!! Thanks!

  11. I have 2 hands up!! This sounds great! i've been meaning to try this stuff. What's the difference with this vs regular cream cheese though? I'll have to check it out. I had a friend recommend a recipe that was similar to this. Thanks!

  12. I've used the Santa Fe cooking sauce for chicken enchiladas and it was delicious. I also tried the Garlic one for Beef Stroganoff and it was a keeper also.

  13. Can't wait to try this! Also, there is a $1.00/1 coupon available for the Phil Cooking Creme. I wanted to buy the creme while I could get it cheaper, but didn't have a good recipe til now. Thanks!

  14. Oh I can't wait to try this. I'm new to your site and so happy to have found it as I love my slow cooker because I don't love to cook. The cock pot is the best! Thanks!

  15. This looks amazing! Thank you for this blog - I'm new to my slow cooker and I've gotten so many good ideas from here. You've helped me realize I CAN cook!

  16. Anonymous6/07/2011

    Your cooking style sounds much like mine- executive chef lol :) I'd LOVE to say I cook all the fancy food I read and/or lust about, but na-da.

    Philly Cooking Creme sounds SOOO good! My sis makes an alfredo kinda dish with browned chicken and cooked bowtie pasta heated with the garlic kind.

    Sadly, it all comes to late for me. :( Just got diagnosed with the big DS- dairy sensitive. UGGH! How does one truly live without CHEESE!!!

  17. Well...despite the collie clinging to my leg and the two kitties wrestling in the other room, I love cooking (kinda different than kids, though!). That said, this sounds fantastic—anything Philly-cheese related usually does—and great for the super hot, humid days of summer when I do not want to fire up the oven or the stove! Thanks, will have to try it (though maybe with plain cooking creme and my own spices...celiac).

  18. Anonymous6/07/2011

    Mmmmm, looks delicious!

  19. Looks delicious! I'll definitely try this one out too.

  20. I have two hands up, pick me pick me!! I have just found your blog and love it already. It's great to have a new recipe idea with a little humor thrown in for good measure. I can't wait to make this and I just clipped a coupon for this cream cheese too. The family game night idea has been a hit/miss in our family too, but you have to keep trying I guess. Thanks so much and have a great day.

  21. This sounds yummy and easy! (And we love Game Night, especially Apples to Apples! Enjoy it even more with just adults) :)

  22. 6 Minutes? That makes it worth a shot right there!

  23. Just bought the Santa Fe last night and was wondering how it would hold up in the CP. Thanks! Dinner Friday night, I'm betting.

  24. I will be trying a varient tonight with cream cheese and chives, and taco seasonings. Will try Sante Fe when next at store...

  25. We’re making this for dinner tonight! Can’t wait to taste it :)

  26. I made the creamy taco recipe for my husband last night. He had it in burritos and really liked it a lot. The juice was a little drippy, but he wanted it with some of the juice so that was fine. You can drain it real well if you don't like it messy! I had a container of the original (plain) cooking creme and wanted to do something for me (vegetarian), so I mixed half of it with a can of refried beans and some hot sauce and had some warm as a dip for chips. You could use the Mexican stuff too and you wouldn't need the extra hot sauce. I'd like to try the other flavors too. Someone mentioned beef stroganoff and enchiladas - sounds super easy!

  27. I have seen these cream cheese flavors at the grocery store, but never tried them. Now, I have a recipe. A crockpot recipe at that. :)

  28. Anonymous6/12/2011

    I actually like the commercials. Makes me want to go out and buy some and since O'Dea has incorporated it into a slow cooker (which I became infactuated with last year because of her) I will definitely be making this NEXT week.

  29. In my crockpot right now.

    I have seen these flavored cream cheeses at the store before. I knew I wanted to try them, I just was not sure how I would use them.

    As always, thanks for an awesome recipe in my crockpot. My kids are super excited for dinner time.

  30. I saw a commercial for this just a few minutes ago, and while it sounded good I thought, "Maybe I'll wait until I know for sure...." Then, I get on to take care of the blog, and all of the social mediums, and BAM! Here's your post. Must be my lucky day!

  31. JJ in KC6/13/2011

    I already had 4 chicken breasts, 1 can corn, 1 can rotel, 1 can black beans in my crockpot. But ran to the store for some Santa Fe Cooking cream to add. Alas, our store didn't have the Santa Fe, only the plain so I grabbed that and added it to my crockpot. The result was a little boring (we ate it over rice). So I mixed in a pkg of taco seasoning to the leftovers and YUMMY! I totally wanted to hide this from the kiddos! Thanks for the idea of how to use this new product!

  32. samcarter6/13/2011

    I made this with three pounds of chicken breasts (frozen), 1 can fire roasted tomatoes, 1 block of Philly Cream Cheese, and a packet of taco seasoning. It was SO GOOD. My husband literally licked his plate and said, "That's good sauce on the chicken."

  33. This one is a winner! Everyone in the family enjoyed it, and my husband thanked me for taking the time to make it this morning. Thanks!

  34. Hi! This looks like a fantastic recipe...can't wait to give it a try. I shared your recipe on my Must Try Tuesday blog post.

    Thanks for sharing a great recipe!


  35. Very savory and creamy, and we enjoyed it. But in our opinion it's a little richer than we want with this hot weather. It will be back on our menu when Fall approaches. Oh, and we also used plain low-fat cream cheese and taco seasoning. Really can't see any time saving from using the more expensive Cooking Cream in this type recipe.

  36. Anonymous6/14/2011

    No! No! Pick meeeee!

    Now I know why I like your recipes so much - because we have the same cooking philosophy. Around here, and for the same basic reasons, cooking is a means to an end. Maybe one day hubby and I will again spend an entire afternoon cooking Thai... My best guess is Sept 2031 :p

  37. Thanks to your endorsement, I bought some of the Santa Fe Creme. Ended up making the chicken casserole recipe that came with it, and it was good. Next time I'll have to try it in this recipe.

  38. Busymom6/17/2011

    This is delicious! We made it last week and we all gobbled it up, including our two little guys, 3 and 2. Another batch is cooking today for company tonight. Yum! Your recipes are the best!! Thanks!

  39. We are having this for dinner and I am so excited! I made it yesterday and the aroma was amazing. Of course I had to test it and came very close to standing there eating the entire thing out of the crockpot. Easy, fantastic. Instant love...

  40. This was yummy. I served it to guests (guinea pigs). I added diced onion to mine. I served with soft taco shells. Yum! I'm blogging about it as we speak and linking to your recipe. Thanks!

  41. Holly N.6/22/2011

    I made this yesterday in my crockpot. I loved it but thought it was a little on the runny side. Did I miss something? What would you recommend serving with it? I just did taco rice but thought I should have maybe had tortilla chips. I added sour cream and cheese to my soft taco. Overall it was yummy, SUPER EASY which is HUGE in my world, and ready when I got home which was another major plus for me. Thanks for sharing! I brought the leftovers to work today to share with others. :)

  42. These were delicious!! I agree with Holly above; they did seem runny. I may drain my tomatoes next time. But it didn't really end up being an issue; we just used a serving utensil that let it drain. (Actually it was a pasta server!)

  43. P.S. I realized that maybe instead of draining the tomatoes (which I don't really want to do--love the flavor), I will just pre-thaw the chicken and make sure to drain off all the liquid that come out as it thaws.

  44. i made this the other night and love the flavor, but as noted above, we thought it was way too drippy and brothy and not creamy at all. I drained the leftovers and added more cream cheese to make it creamy, and next time I'll add everything except the cream cheese to the crockpot and drain it well when its done and mix in the santa fe or reg cream cheese. Love these super easy recipes though!

  45. made this with rotel instead of regular tomatoes & added corn and black beans. We loved it! Even fed it to company that doesn't have quite a zeal for slow cooking like i do. thanks for another great recipe!

  46. This was very yummy!! I LOVE the new cooking cream cheeses so being able to use it in my crockpot is always a plus!!! Delicious!!

  47. I made this a couple days ago, from memory (that's a scary thought!), anyway, I forgot to add the tomatoes and it was perfect without them! I used flour tortilla instead of taco shells, had all of the fixings on the side for everyone to add what they wanted! Delish!! Mary

  48. Oh yum! I have 3 of these creams in my fridge and not sure what to do with them. I keep meaning to make something with them, but forget when I make my menu for the week. I bought them when they were on sale awhile back and ended up being free with coupons. This is going on the menu for next week!

  49. Leslie2/18/2012

    I tried this tonight and it was absolutely amazing! When I first started cooking it, my husband said, "Ugh.. that does not look good." But by the time it was done, the smell alone was delicious. Surprisingly, both my kids ate it too. I'd definately recommend this. Tasted like I'd ordered chicken tacos from a Mexican restuarant.