Slow Cooker Savory Mexican Oats

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Our Skinny Slow Cooker recipes offer convenience without sacrificing health, and this recipe for Savory Mexican Oats is no exception. Savory oats might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about oatmeal, but there is more to oats than just cinnamon and sugar. Mexican oats are a great alternative to rice and taste great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This slow cooker recipe will be a hit with your family and friends, and it provides a go-to meal you can serve even on the busiest of weeks.

Slow cooker savory Mexican oats are a great option for those who love the taste of Mexican food, but are trying to cut back on fat, calories, and processed ingredients. Like all of our slow cooker recipes, you can prepare the oats in the morning and have a complete meal by dinner time. Savory Mexican oats can also cook overnight, so you can enjoy a healthy breakfast without any effort in the morning. These oats pair well with one of our Crustless Vegetable Quiche and a warm cup of our “healthified” coffee.

The next time you get a craving for Mexican food, avoid the carbohydrate overload of rice and opt for these delicious savory oats!

Slow Cooker Savory Mexican Oats

Slow Cooker Savory Mexican Oats

Yields: 4 Servings | Serving Size: ½ Cup | Calories: 159 | Total Fat: 3 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g| Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 507 mg | Carbohydrates: 29 g | Fiber: 5 g | Sugars: 5 g | Protein: 8 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 2 |


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2-1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth, no sugar added
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 cup red pepper, chopped


  1. Combine all ingredients in your slow cooker, cover and cook as directed below.
  2. Time: 2-4 hours or until oats are cooked through
  3. Temperature: Low
  4. Recommended Slow Cooker Size: 4 quarts

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13 Comments on "Slow Cooker Savory Mexican Oats"

  1. BCS  June 6, 2012

    Why can I not add the Savory Mexican Oats recipe to my Recipe Box?

  2. MegSnyder  June 10, 2012

    I absolutely LOVE this recipe! So easy! I don't like oatmeal at all and I find myself craving this one! 

  3. AmyBethGoldman  July 26, 2012

    By "red pepper" do you mean a raw bell pepper?

  4. Jennifer B  August 12, 2012

    LOVE this recipe – great way to eat oats, outside of breakfast! My whole family loves it.

  5. Shannon Cotts  February 1, 2013

    I have noticed that a lot of the points plus points in lots of recipes are not calculated correctly…for this recipe above just the oats and corn is a total of 18 points , 5 points per serving without adding anything else.

  6. Liz  November 15, 2013

    Can you use the quick cook steel cut oats?

    • GaleCompton  November 15, 2013

      LIz, I wouldn't recommend quick cook versions.

  7. Jamie  February 2, 2019

    I think the nutrition information was miscalculated. The steel cut oats alone would be 150 calories per serving so I’m confused how you got 86.

    • Nichole Furlong  February 4, 2019

      Hi Jamie, I have updated this recipe with the correct information.

  8. Michelle M Giroux  June 12, 2020

    Would old fashioned oats be ok?

    • Nichole Furlong  June 13, 2020

      Yes, old fashioned oats should work fine.


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