Hot Apple Toddy

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Warm your belly this fall with a Hot Apple Toddy made in your slow cooker with apple cider, clove studded oranges, whiskey, and real whipped cream.

Warm your belly this fall with a Hot Apple Toddy made in your slow cooker with apple cider, clove studded oranges, whiskey, and real whipped cream.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. The second August rolls around, I’m all about everything-apple. From the second they are available at the farmers market up until I simply can’t stomach the sight of anything apple related (which usually happens by February or March), I can’t get enough crunchy tart juicy fresh apples, not to mention fresh apple cider, pie, apple brown betty, and even savory dinners with apple. The first time I had hot apple cider out of a crockpot was at a Thanksgiving dinner. The hostess had actually put butter in it. Although I wasn’t a huge fan of the fat that floated to the top, I have to admit there was something lovely about the decadent richness the fat added to that warm fall drink. I much prefer, however, to add a dollop of whipped cream at the end.

Warm your belly this fall with a Hot Apple Toddy made in your slow cooker with apple cider, clove studded oranges, whiskey, and real whipped cream.

This classic fall drink, of course, can be made kid friendly simply by omitting the booze, which is exactly why I don’t add it to the crockpot. That, plus the fact that I wouldn’t want any of the alcohol to burn off! You can really use any kind of liquor you want too – rum, bourbon whiskey, whatever warms our belly. My husband is a whiskey lover so that was my liquor of choice, but feel free to set several choices out for your guests and see what they prefer!

Warm your belly this fall with a Hot Apple Toddy made in your slow cooker with apple cider, clove studded oranges, whiskey, and real whipped cream.

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Warm your belly this fall with a Hot Apple Toddy made in your slow cooker with apple cider, clove studded oranges, whiskey, and real whipped cream.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 1 valencia orange, sliced
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 20 cloves
  • 6 ounces whiskey
  • whipped cream
  • spices
Instructions
  1. Add cider to crockpot. Stud orange slices with cloves and add them to the crockpot along with the cinnamon sticks. Set temperature to high and heat for at least an hour.
  2. To serve, add a shot of whisky to a mug, then fill with spiced cider and top with whipped cream.

 

Warm your belly this fall with a Hot Apple Toddy made in your slow cooker with apple cider, clove studded oranges, whiskey, and real whipped cream.
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Southwestern Chili

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This spicy Southwestern Chili made with ground beef, chorizo, green chile, black and pinto beans is a hearty meal perfect for tailgating on game day!

This spicy Southwestern Chili made with ground beef, chorizo, green chile, black and pinto beans is a hearty meal perfect for tailgating on game day!

I’m a huge fan of chili. Rarely do you find such a comforting, filling meal that is not only really good for you (depending, of course, on how you make it and the toppings you choose) but so versatile in terms of how different it can taste depending on the recipe you choose. If you do an internet search for chili recipes, you’ll be overwhelmed by the choices. I’ve even made a handful of variations myself.

This spicy Southwestern Chili made with ground beef, chorizo, green chile, black and pinto beans is a hearty meal perfect for tailgating on game day!

This Southwestern Chili, however, turned out quite different than the traditional chili recipes that I’ve made. I always start from my tried and true chili recipe and tweak it from there. In my opinion, a good chili must have meat, beans, tomatoes, beer, and a lot of flavor. Where you take it from there is entirely up to you.

This spicy Southwestern Chili made with ground beef, chorizo, green chile, black and pinto beans is a hearty meal perfect for tailgating on game day!

For this variation I stuck with my Southwest theme by mixing in chorizo with my ground beef, using a Mexican beer rather than a wheat beer, incorporating black and pinto beans rather than traditional kidney beans, and for that added kick I mixed in some roasted Hatch green chile. Depending on the chili you use, this can take the spice level from moderate to “this will make your face sweat” spicy. We prefer the later.

This spicy Southwestern Chili made with ground beef, chorizo, green chile, black and pinto beans is a hearty meal perfect for tailgating on game day!

When I think of tailgating, I think of food. If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I’m not really a team sports person. That doesn’t mean I don’t love tailgating parties and game day grub! The thought of getting together before a game and cooking up delicious food while enjoying the company of good friends puts a huge smile on my face. I think about the fall season and that is what I see. When you think of tailgating, a hearty flavorful chili should be on your mind!

This spicy Southwestern Chili made with ground beef, chorizo, green chile, black and pinto beans is a hearty meal perfect for tailgating on game day!

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This spicy Southwestern Chili made with ground beef, chorizo, green chile, black and pinto beans is a hearty meal perfect for tailgating on game day!
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Warm Turkey Sliders

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These easy Warm Turkey Sliders made from a frozen turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker make for some great game day food!

These easy Warm Turkey Sliders made from a frozen turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker make for some great game day food!

There’s just something about biting into a warm cheesy meat filled roll while you’re watching the game with friends. This is one of those recipes, in my opinion, that is so much better when you cook a whole turkey breast and then slice the meat yourself. I always cook a whole turkey on Thanksgiving and only on Thanksgiving. The turkey breast? That’s a regular staple in our house. Its just so easy to prepare and then we have the meat for our family dinner, to chop up for lunch salads, or for sliders like these.

Making Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with one night's quick meal preparation can provide enough flavorful turkey for several busy weeknight dinners ahead.

There are two ways I like to prepare turkey breast. The first is in the slow cooker, and the photo above is from an older post of mine. For this recipe, I went to Fred Meyer (aka one of my favorite places to shop), bought a frozen turkey breast, can cooked it in my electric pressure cooker. Whichever method you choose, the turkey will turn out moist and tender… its just a matter of preference.

These easy Warm Turkey Sliders made from a frozen turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker make for some great game day food!

My sliders are super simple and I even bake them up in a disposable aluminum tray for easy transport. Good sliders start with amazingly soft rolls. I picked these potato rolls up from the Fred Meyer bakery.

These easy Warm Turkey Sliders made from a frozen turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker make for some great game day food!From there, my sliders are super simple. You can get as creative as you’d like, but I like to split the rolls, use some kind of spread (you can find something tasty in a jar or use something from the olive bar), cover it with those perfectly cooked pieces of turkey breast, and then top it with cheese. I chose provolone for these sliders but you can’t go wrong with so many different varieties.

These easy Warm Turkey Sliders made from a frozen turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker make for some great game day food!

You’ll notice that my once plain rolls are now covered in poppy seeds and garlic. That, my friends, takes these sliders from good to amazing. Enjoy!

These easy Warm Turkey Sliders made from a frozen turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker make for some great game day food!

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These easy Warm Turkey Sliders made from a frozen turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker make for some great game day food!
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen turkey breast (I used a 2lb. breast)*
  • 1 (16 ounce) package soft rolls
  • 6 tablespoons of desired spread (anything from bacon onion jam, cranberry sauce, or mustard)
  • 6-12 ounces sliced provolone
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon poppyseeds
Instructions
  1. To cook the turkey breast, use either a slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker.
  2. If using a slow cooker, follow the directions here.
  3. If using an electric pressure cooker, add one can chicken broth, one whole yellow onion (peeled and quartered) and two stalks celery (chopped) to the bottom of the electric cooker. Place completely thawed turkey breast on top. Cook on high pressure for 22-30 minutes (for 2-6 pound breast) and allow to release the pressure slowly once done. Insert an instant read thermometer and if it is not yet at 165 degrees F, continue to cook for several more minutes on high pressure.
  4. Once turkey has finished cooking, slice against the grain to desired thickness.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Set the rolls in a baking dish and split the rolls with a knife and remove the tops. Cover with spread, turkey, and cheese. Replace the tops of the rolls.
  7. Melt butter in microwave and add garlic and poppy seeds. Brush mixture on top of rolls.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes until heated through.
Notes
* Additional ingredients required depending on cooking method. See instructions for details.

These easy Warm Turkey Sliders made from a frozen turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker make for some great game day food!
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Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup

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Enjoy all the comfort of lasagna in this light and easy to make sausage, mushroom, spinach Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup topped with melted mozzarella cheese.

Enjoy all the comfort of lasagna in this light and easy to make sausage, mushroom, spinach Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup topped with melted mozzarella cheese.

We are a family of pasta lovers. If dinner is made with pasta and a good sauce, chances are my entire family will devour it. We also love a good lasagna, but sometimes traditional lasagna is a heavy meal. I’m always looking for delicious meals I can toss in the slow cooker to have ready for all of us when we walk in the door after a long day of school and work. You can say that my slow cooker dinners have become somewhat of a tradition in our family. The four of us have always prized quality dinner time together, but I also feel like I get bonus points if I can prep something before I leave in the morning and have very little to do when we all get home before we sit around the table and talk about each others day.

Enjoy all the comfort of lasagna in this light and easy to make sausage, mushroom, spinach Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup topped with melted mozzarella cheese.This recipe starts with some ground pork, lots of seasonings, red onion, and mushroom. If you have a favorite spicy Italian sausage you like to use, you can certainly use that in lieu of the pork and the seasonings. You can also lighten this meal up by using ground turkey. The possibilities are endless!

Enjoy all the comfort of lasagna in this light and easy to make sausage, mushroom, spinach Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup topped with melted mozzarella cheese.

You brown the meat with the onions and mushrooms on the stove and then transfer it to your slow cooker. You don’t want to lose all of that wonderful flavor in the pan, so add some chicken broth and heat it up to release every spec of flavor from that pan. Now you’re ready to transfer that super flavorful chicken broth on over to the slow cooker. Now all you need is a delicious chunky pasta sauce to add before you can head out of the house to start your day. Just pour the entire bottle into the slow cooker and let all of those flavors combine while you go out and enjoy the day.

Enjoy all the comfort of lasagna in this light and easy to make sausage, mushroom, spinach Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup topped with melted mozzarella cheese.About a half an hour before you’re ready to eat, make sure the heat is set to high and add a big handful of spinach, broken up lasagna noodles, and a bit of heavy cream. Doesn’t it look amazing?

Enjoy all the comfort of lasagna in this light and easy to make sausage, mushroom, spinach Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup topped with melted mozzarella cheese.Top that soup with some fresh mozzarella and now the family can sit around the table and enjoy your time honored tradition of giving each other your undivided attention at the dinner table. Not your family tradition? Well, its never too late to start!

Enjoy all the comfort of lasagna in this light and easy to make sausage, mushroom, spinach Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup topped with melted mozzarella cheese.

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Enjoy all the comfort of lasagna in this light and easy to make sausage, mushroom, spinach Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup topped with melted mozzarella cheese.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (23 ounce) jar Pasta Sauce
  • handful raw spinach
  • 3-5 lasagna noodles, broken into pieces
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
top with:
  • freshly grated mozzarella (whole milk recommended) and minced basil or parsley
Instructions
  1. In large saute pan, brown pork with spices over medium high heat. After it just begins to brown, add onion, stir, and allow to cook for several minutes. Add the mushrooms, stir, and allow to brown. When the sausage is nicely brown, crumbles, and begins to stick to the bottom of the pan, transfer everything to your slow cooker.
  2. Add chicken broth to saute pan and heat on high to release all that goodness that stuck to the pan. Transfer this to the slow cooker.
  3. Add the entire jar of pasta sauce.
  4. Cook soup on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 1-3 hours.
  5. minutes before serving, add spinach, lasagna noodle pieces, and heavy cream. Allow to cook until the noodles are al dente. To serve, top with mozzarella and minced herbs.

Enjoy all the comfort of lasagna in this light and easy to make sausage, mushroom, spinach Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup topped with melted mozzarella cheese.
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10 Best Soup Recipes

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Winter ain’t quite over yet, so I’ve rounded up 10 of the Best Soup Recipes to keep your family warm, well fed, and happy with the best known comfort food.

Winter ain't quite over yet, so I've rounded up 10 of the Best Soup Recipes to keep your family warm, well fed, and happy with the best known comfort food.

Can you believe its March already? I can’t. Not one bit. Some of you know I blog for fun and I have a full time bread & butter (get it? food reference?) career that has nothing to do with food blogging. Well, it turns out February is the busiest month out of the entire year at my real job. I won’t go into too much detail about what I do for a living because I tend to keep some things rather private because, of course, all the crazies out there look at soup recipe round up blog posts for personal information that they can use in all sorts of creepy ways, right? My point being that if you’re going to have a single month be crazy busy and stressful at work, February is pretty much ideal. I mean, its not summer time where I’d rather be outside grilling, at the park, on a hike, on a bike, at the coast, (and this list could go on and on and on).  Its not fall where we’re getting the kids settled into a new school year and I’m not in full blog mode which so happens to be early fall all the way through Christmas because that’s when everyone, myself included, likes to put on our comfy clothes and create masterpieces in the kitchen. Lastly, its not spring, when the days start to get longer, the flowers start to bloom, and I start to come out of my seasonal depression funk and remember that life ain’t so bad after all. No – if I could pick a single month that would be crazy hard and stressful at work, it would definitely be February, which is probably reason #43 why I love my full time career so much.

Now that you have all the background on how stressful my life was last month, you may 1) forgive me for the lack on new content on my site and 2) explore all these yummy soup recipes. Soup is what kept my family full with homecooked meals this past month when I was too tired and stressed out to think of anything new. I just took out the frozen turkey broth I had made after Thanksgiving and made my leftover turkey and wild rice soup.  I also used up some frozen beef stock that was in the freezer and made my favorite winter minestrone. Twice. Bottom line: soup is good food.

Winter ain't quite over yet, so I've rounded up 10 of the Best Soup Recipes to keep your family warm, well fed, and happy with the best known comfort food.

sicilian-chicken-souSicilian Chicken Soup, A Dash of Sanity

Chicken Posole - Love BakesSlow Cooker Chicken Posole, Love Bakes Good Cakes

Chicken Tortilla - Self ProclaimedChicken Tortilla Soup, Self Proclaimed Foodie

Roasted Parsnip - FoodnessRoasted Parsnip Soup, Foodness Gracious

Chicken Enchilada - Tried and TastyCopycat Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup, Tried and Tasty

Slow Cooker Meatball - Mommy HatesSlow Cooker Meatball Soup, Mommy Hates Cooking

Barley Soup - Val's KitchenSlow Cooker Vegetable Beef Barley Soup, From Valerie’s Kitchen

Lasagna Soup - EazyPeazyLasagna Soup, EazyPeazyMealz

New England Clam Chowder - Wine and GlueNew England Clam Chowder, Wine and Glue

Tomato Noodle Soup - Around My FamTomato Noodle Soup, Around My Family Table

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More Than 30 Slow Cooker Recipes

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You’ll never have to worry about what to make for dinner on a busy weekday night after you see this More Than 30 Slow Cooker Recipes roundup.

You'll never have to worry about what to make for dinner on a busy weekday night after you see this More Than 30 Slow Cooker Recipes roundup.

I long for the days of summer when everything you prepare is either cold or cooked on the grill. When the days are longer, everything just seems easier. Its the remaining nine months out of the year that are challenging. If your family is anything like mine, the days are a blur after the constant rush to get everyone off to school and work, only to be followed by hours of sports, extra curricular activities, and homework. Getting a healthy dinner on the table is a constant battle, let alone ensuring the refrigerator is stocked with enough groceries to keep everyone happy. Fortunately, I’ve teamed up with an insanely talented group of food bloggers to put together a massive list of recipes that can all be cooked in your slow cooker i.e. crockpot.

I have several recipes on my site that I love to make in the slow cooker including my chicken enchilada stack, creamed corn, carnitas, turkey breast, and even a whole chicken. If you’ve been in a cooking rut lately because there simply is not enough time in the evening to make a decent meal for your family, take a look at the tasty recipes below and get ready to enjoy the wonderful feeling of walking into your home and smelling a delicious home cooked meal… that you made.

Slow Cooker Tikka Masala – Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Easy Barbecue Beef Brisket – A Dash of Sanity

Easy Barbecue Beef Brisket {A Dash of Sanity}

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup – Wine & Glue

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup {Wine and Glue}

Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Crumble – Fake Ginger

Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Crumble {Fake Ginger}

Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake – Domestic Superhero

Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake {Domestic Superhero}

Slow Cooker Chicken Posole – Love Bakes Good Cakes

Slow Cooker Chicken Posole {Love Bakes Good Cakes}

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken – Self Proclaimed Foodie

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken {Self Proclaimed Foodie}

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili – Like Mother Like Daughter

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili {Like Mother Like Daughter}

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore – Culinary Ginger

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore {Culinary Ginger}

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie – Let’s Dish

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie {Let's Dish}

Balsamic & Red Pepper Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin – White Lights on Wednesday

Balsamic & Red Pepper Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin {White Lights on Wednesday}

Pork Tinga – Bread Booze Bacon

Pork Tinga {Bread Booze Bacon}

Slow Cooker Clam Chowder – Kleinworth & Co.

Slow Cooker Clam Chowder {Kleinworth & Co.}

Slow Cooker Honey-Soy Chicken Drumsticks – Belly Full

Slow Cooker Honey-Soy Chicken Drumsticks {Belly Full}

Slow Cooker Cheesy Rice and Casserole – Mandy’s Recipe Box

Slow Cooker Cheesy Rice and Chicken Casserole {Mandy's Recipe Box}

Slow Cooker Brownie Dessert – That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Slow Cooker Brownie Dessert {That Skinny Chick Can Bake}

Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork – The Recipe Rebel

Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork {The Recipe Rebel}

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese – Wishes and Dishes

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese {Wishes and Dishes}

Slow Cooker Meaty Marinara – Lemons for Lulu

Slow Cooker Meaty Marinara {Lemons for Lulu}

Crock Pot Chicken Caesar Pitas – The Love Nerds

Crock Pot Chicken Caesar Pitas {The Love Nerds}

Slow Cooker Meatball Subs with Parmesan, White Cheddar Queso – Cooking and Beer

Slow Cooker Meatball Subs with Parmesan, White Cheddar Queso {Cooking and Beer}

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes – 365 Days of Baking and More

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes {365 Day of Baking and MOre}

Vegan Sloppy Black Eyed Peas – Cravings of a Lunatic

Vegan Sloppy Black Eyed Peas {Cravings of a Lunatic}

Slow Cooker Mexican Street Corn – Eazy Peazy Mealz

Slow Cooker Mexican Street Corn {Eazy Peazy Mealz}

Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs – Big Bears Wife

Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs {Big Bears Wife}

Slow Cooker Chinese Pork – Just Us Four

Slow Cooker Chinese Pork {Just Us Four}

Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Pulled Chicken – Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Pulled Chicken {Cupcakes and Kale Chips}

Crock Pot Italian Chicken – Lemon Tree Dwelling

Crock Pot Italian Chicken {Lemon Tree Dwelling}

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken – Yummy Healthy Easy

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken {Yummy Healthy Easy}

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken – Carlsbad Cravings

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken {Carlsbad Cravings}

Chili’s Copycat Spicy Queso Dip – Ashlee Marie

Chili's Copycat Spicy Queso Dip {Ashlee Marie}

Fall Apart Roast – High Heels and Grills

Fall apart Roast {High Heels and Grills}

 

You'll never have to worry about what to make for dinner on a busy weekday night after you see this More Than 30 Slow Cooker Recipes roundup.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Stack

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Get all the flavors you love with traditional enchiladas without having to do all the work by making this easy Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Stack.

Get all the flavors you love with traditional enchiladas without having to do all the work by making this easy Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Stack.

Oh yes. This dinner was delicious. I love enchiladas. What’s not to love about melty cheese, spicy red chile sauce, tortillas? Nothing. That’s what. Oh, wait a minute. I know. They’re a royal pain in the but to make. Traditional enchiladas, that is. You see, corn tortillas are incredibly dry and pretty much make me gag. The only way I’ve enjoyed traditional rolled enchiladas is when I fry up the corn tortillas in oil to soften them. Well, not only is that a pain in the ass, but my thighs could live with a wee bit less oil, if possible.

Get all the flavors you love with traditional enchiladas without having to do all the work by making this easy Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Stack.

So, I present to you a super easy and incredibly delicious way to make enchiladas! I basically cheated the entire process, that is, except for the part where I made the enchilada sauce from scratch, which I highly recommend. Otherwise, I cheated by using pre-shredded cheese, pre-cooked chicken, and tortillas that are a perfect blend between flour and corn. These tortillas are perfect because they are just the right size for my slow cooker, they taste like corn tortillas but have the texture of corn aka they don’t need to be soaked in hot oil in order to be swallowed without gagging. You know I love Trader Joe’s, and that’s where I got all of the ingredients (of course).

Get all the flavors you love with traditional enchiladas without having to do all the work by making this easy Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Stack.

Now that I’m writing this post, I really wish I still had some of this leftover in the frig. Alas, we made enough for dinner that night and leftovers the next day, then it was gone.

Get all the flavors you love with traditional enchiladas without having to do all the work by making this easy Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Stack.

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Stack
 
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Get all the flavors you love with traditional enchiladas without having to do all the work by making this easy Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Stack.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups (or one 15 ounce can) enchilada sauce
  • 6 (8-inch) corn flour tortillas
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 8 ounces cooked chicken breast (2 small breasts), shredded
  • 12 ounces Mexican blend cheese (combination of cheddar, jack, etc.), shredded
  • serve with olives, avocado, sour cream, cilantro, etc.
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine beans, corn, chicken, and about 1 cup of enchilada sauce. Stir to combine.
  2. Spread a thin layer of enchilada sauce on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. Layer one tortilla on the bottom. Top with a scoop of the chicken mixture and spread to create an even layer. Top with a handful of cheese. Continue to repeat the process and portion the ingredients such that you end up topping it off with a tortilla, the remaining enchilada sauce, and a big handful of cheese.
  4. Cook on high 1-2 hours or on low 4-6 hours.

Get all the flavors you love with traditional enchiladas without having to do all the work by making this easy Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Stack.
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Tailgate Carnitas

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These tasty and fool proof Tailgate Carnitas are slow cooked in the crockpot with green chile and Dr Pepper ahead of time and crisped up hot on game day.

These tasty and fool proof Tailgate Carnitas are slow cooked in the crockpot with green chile and Dr Pepper ahead of time and crisped up hot on game day.

Have you ever cooked a large hunk of meat in the crockpot with Dr Pepper? If not, you’re missing out. I have no idea why something like Dr Pepper + a roast + a slow cooker work so magically well together, but they do. All I did to make these carnitas was to throw a pork roast in the crockpot along with an onion, a bottle of Dr Pepper, a can of diced green chiles, and a spoonful of cumin. You can totally walk away at that point, but I prefer to rotate the roast a couple of times just to make sure all the sides get a chance to evenly bathe in the Dr Pepper bath.

These tasty and fool proof Tailgate Carnitas are slow cooked in the crockpot with green chile and Dr Pepper ahead of time and crisped up hot on game day.

Its like pure magic. The meat just falls off the bone and shreds beautifully. Then, the secret is to strain the liquid and cook it down until it becauseomes even more flavorful. This is a perfect recipe for tailgating because you can do all the work the day before the big game and then just crisp up the meat on a little burner right there in the parking lot. The smell alone will drive all the surrounding fans totally bonkers with envy.

These tasty and fool proof Tailgate Carnitas are slow cooked in the crockpot with green chile and Dr Pepper ahead of time and crisped up hot on game day.

I’m a simple girl when it comes to eating carnitas.  I start with some fresh corn tortillas and prefer to double them up for each taco for added support.

These tasty and fool proof Tailgate Carnitas are slow cooked in the crockpot with green chile and Dr Pepper ahead of time and crisped up hot on game day.

Load those tortillas up with that hot sizzling meat.

These tasty and fool proof Tailgate Carnitas are slow cooked in the crockpot with green chile and Dr Pepper ahead of time and crisped up hot on game day.

Top with a bit of delicious citrus cumin cole slaw.

These tasty and fool proof Tailgate Carnitas are slow cooked in the crockpot with green chile and Dr Pepper ahead of time and crisped up hot on game day.

And a scoop of guacamole for good measure. YUM!  I’m a total game day fan because I really couldn’t care less about which team wins or loses. Heck – I don’t even understand most football rules. But the thing I love most about football is the game day grub. The idea of driving to a game and hanging out in the parking lot on a crisp cool autumn day with good friends all decked out in their favorite team gear with all of us standing around, laughing, having a good time, with an endless supply of delicious hot food… yeah, that’s my kind of day. Perhaps someday I’ll start caring about which teams play or even the technical aspects of the game, but in the meantime I’m happy being one of those fans who cares more about the food and the friends than the actual game.

These tasty and fool proof Tailgate Carnitas are slow cooked in the crockpot with green chile and Dr Pepper ahead of time and crisped up hot on game day.

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These tasty and fool proof Tailgate Carnitas are slow cooked in the crockpot with green chile and Dr Pepper ahead of time and crisped up hot on game day.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 (3-4 pound) pork shoulder roast
  • 1 (16.9 ounce) bottle Dr Pepper
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. Place onion in slow cooker. Rinse roast and place on top of onion, fat side up. Add Dr Pepper, green chiles, and cumin. Set slow cooker to low and cook for 6 hours. If you're around, rotate the roast a couple of times do that the different sides are in the liquid for at least an hour. Be sure to start and finish the cooking process, however, with the fat cap up.
  2. After 6 hours, the roast should easily fall apart and the bone should separate from the meat. If it doesn't, allow roast to cook on low for another 2 hours.
  3. Transfer roast to cutting board and allow to cool enough to shred meat away from fat and bone.
  4. Meanwhile, strain crockpot liquid from solids and discard the solids. Transfer the liquid to a medium sized saucepan and add salt. Boil over high heat for about 15 minutes to reduce.
  5. When ready to eat, combine shredded meat with reduced liquid. To crisp up in a broiler, spread meat in a thin layer on a baking sheet and drizzle with oil. Broil on high for about 5 minutes. To crisp up in a frying pan, heat oil in large pan over high heat and then add meat. Do not stir. Allow to cook in hot oil for about 5 minutes.
  6. Serve with corn tortillas, cole slaw, guacamole, etc.

 

These tasty and fool proof Tailgate Carnitas are slow cooked in the crockpot with green chile and Dr Pepper ahead of time and crisped up hot on game day.
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Five Alarm Steak Chili

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This spicy Five Alarm Steak Chili is the best recipe you'll ever find, plus slow cooking it in the crockpot makes it perfect game day tailgating grub.

This spicy Five Alarm Steak Chili is the best recipe you’ll ever find, plus slow cooking it in the crockpot makes it perfect game day tailgating grub.

This spicy Five Alarm Steak Chili is the best recipe you'll ever find, plus slow cooking it in the crockpot makes it perfect game day tailgating grub.

This, by far, is the best chili I’ve ever made. Can you believe I’ve only ever made my chili with ground beef? Turns out, I’m all out of ground beef, but I did have a couple of sirloin steaks in the freezer. I combined those with my favorite cooking hot sauce along with some other ingredients… and pure magic happened. Everyone knows (or should know) that browning your meat first does amazing things for the flavor. I covered my cut up steak pieces with a light dusting of flour and then I cooked them for a couple minutes on each side in some screaming hot oil. There were all sorts of good things stuck to my pan so I did what any reasonable cook would do and I cracked open a can of amber ale beer and poured it in to loosen up all those delicious bits, then I added all of that into the slow cooker.

This spicy Five Alarm Steak Chili is the best recipe you'll ever find, plus slow cooking it in the crockpot makes it perfect game day tailgating grub.

You have all of your basic chili components in here – beans, tomatoes, onions, and chili powder among a few other things. When you really want to call your chili Five Alarm Chili, then you add in 5 tablespoons of this hot sauce. If you’re not brave enough, you can make four alarm chili and add four tablespoons. And if you really like to sweat, you can make six alarm chili and… you get the idea.
This spicy Five Alarm Steak Chili is the best recipe you'll ever find, plus slow cooking it in the crockpot makes it perfect game day tailgating grub.

This chili is downright perfect for tailgating. Just get everything in the crockpot the night before, let it cook while you sleep, and then take it to the parking lot bright in early to get it warmed up. It also works great during a busy work week. Just imagine doing the prep work in the morning, slaving all day at work, running back and forth between football and soccer practice, and coming home to a hot bowl of THIS!

This spicy Five Alarm Steak Chili is the best recipe you'll ever find, plus slow cooking it in the crockpot makes it perfect game day tailgating grub.

Five Alarm Steak Chili
 
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This spicy Five Alarm Steak Chili is the best recipe you'll ever find, plus slow cooking it in the crockpot makes it perfect game day tailgating grub.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2-3 pounds steak, cut in 1-inch chunks (you can use stew beef, I used two sirloin steaks)
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons oil (I use avocado oil and use enough to generously coat bottom of pan)
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle of amber ale
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 5 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 (15 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans unsalted plum tomatoes, with juice (break up tomatoes into pieces)
  • Garnish with freshly grated cheese, sour cream, and/or diced avocados
Instructions
  1. Add onion to the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. Lightly coat steak with flour and shake off excess. Heat a heavy bottom large skillet or dutch oven over high heat and add oil. When oil is hot, add meat, ensuring enough space is in between pieces to properly brown. Allow to cook for just a couple minutes on each side to brown. I had to do this in two separate batches. Turn off heat when done. Transfer browned steak to slow cooker, placing on top of the diced onion.
  3. Add amber ale to pot and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes to dissolve all that good stuff that stuck to the pot. Scrape it with a wooden spoon and then add entire mixture to slow cooker.
  4. Add remaining ingredients all the way up to the garnish, stir, and set slow cooker to cook on low for 8-10 hours. Before serving, use a masher to smash the chili to shred the meat and smash up some of the beans. This will thicken everything to perfection. Top with garnishes and serve hot.

 

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Decadent Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

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This savory Decadent Slow Cooker Creamed Corn made from fresh corn tastes nothing like the stuff from a can and is so simple to make in your crockpot.

This savory Decadent Slow Cooker Creamed Corn made from fresh corn tastes nothing like the stuff from a can and is so simple to make in your crockpot.

This savory Decadent Slow Cooker Creamed Corn made from fresh corn tastes nothing like the stuff from a can and is so simple to make in your slow cooker. 

I told my husband I was making creamed corn and the reply was an epic “noooo”. You see, there are a few foods that I think scarred his developing mind. One of them was canned creamed corn. I’m not sure if he was served that nauseatingly sweet stuff from the can one too many times as a kid, but getting him to try this stuff was like pulling teeth. I have the same battle with him over anything that contains broccoli. I finally got him to try it after I convinced him that it tastes nothing like that garbage he knew so well growing up, and he couldn’t believe how good it tastes!This savory Decadent Slow Cooker Creamed Corn made from fresh corn tastes nothing like the stuff from a can and is so simple to make in your slow cooker. 

There are a few main differences from the creamed corn you may know.  For example, I just looked up the ingredients from a major creamed corn distributor and this is what they seal up in that can: Water, Corn, Modified Food Starch (Corn), Sugar, Sea Salt. Not too horrible, I suppose, but if I’m eating corn from a can I think I might want more corn than water, right?  Secondly, I don’t put any sugar in this corn. Corn is sweet enough. Why would you need to add sugar? Especially when you use fresh corn from the cob and then “milk” it to get every last ounce of natural sweetness. Finally, mine has a savory component with the addition of the cream cheese. I also love the fact that the crockpot added a few brown pieces around the edge that I scraped off and mixed in. I picked some fresh thyme from the garden and that absolutely made this creamed corn heavenly.This savory Decadent Slow Cooker Creamed Corn made from fresh corn tastes nothing like the stuff from a can and is so simple to make in your slow cooker.

Decadent Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
 
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This savory Decadent Slow Cooker Creamed Corn made from fresh corn tastes nothing like the stuff from a can and is so simple to make in your crockpot.
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Recipe type: Side dish
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 5 to 6 ears of fresh sweet corn
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cut into small pieces
  • Black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Using a serrated edge knife, cut corn away from cob and add to slow cooker. Then, use knife to "milk" cob by extracting as much liquid as you can and add that to the slow cooker as well.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and give it a stir to combine.
  3. Cook on low 4-6 hours. When done, stir, serve, and top with fresh thyme.

 

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