Slow-Cooker Ranchero Chicken Wings

Did you know tomato- and pepper-based ranchero sauce works great for dishes other than Huevos Rancheros? We’ve added it to the slow cooker with everyone’s favorite easy app for a savory (and less fiery) take on slow cooker wings. Serve these up at your next get-together to really impress the crowd.
Prep 20 Minutes
Total Time 3 Hours 50 Minutes
Servings 12

Ingredient List

  • 3 lb chicken wing sections
  • 2 packets (.85 oz) Old El Paso™ Chicken Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen™ Organic Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (10 oz) Old El Paso™ Mild Red Enchilada Sauce
  • 1 can (4 oz) Old El Paso™ Chopped Green Chiles
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 2 medium serrano chiles, seeds and stems removed
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
Recipe Continues Below


  1. Spray 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Add chicken wings and taco seasoning mix; toss to coat.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to blender. Cover; blend 30 to 60 seconds or until smooth.
  3. Pour tomato mixture over chicken in slow cooker. Stir to coat chicken. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours or until chicken is cooked through (at least 165°F).
  4. Set oven control to broil. Spray large rimmed sheet pan with rack with cooking spray. Place chicken in single layer on rack in pan; reserve sauce. Broil 4 inches from heat 5 to 7 minutes, turning once, until browned.
  5. Stir sauce in slow cooker; serve with chicken wings.

Expert Tips

  • If desired, stir ranchero wings back into the sauce in slow cooker to keep warm, and serve.
  • No broiler? No problem. While broiling adds nice flavor and color, your slow cooker chicken wings will still be delicious if you need to skip that step.
  • We chose serrano chiles over jalapeños for this recipe because serranos are reliably hot. Some jalapeños are as mild as bell peppers! If you have hot jalapeños or prefer a milder sauce feel free to use jalapeños instead.


  • 1 Serving Calories 130 (Calories from Fat 60);  Total Fat 7g (Saturated Fat 2g ,Trans Fat 0g);  Cholesterol 55mg;  Sodium 400mg;  Potassium 180mg;  Total Carbohydrate 7g (Dietary Fiber 0g ,Sugars 2g);  Protein 10g
  • % Daily Value: Vitamin A 0%;  Vitamin C 0%;  Calcium 2%;  Iron 4%
  • Exchanges: 1 Vegetable;  1 Very Lean Meat;  1 1/2 Fat
  • Carbohydrate Choice: 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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