Crockpot recipes!

Who doesn't love a crockpot? Throw stuff in, turn it one, and it does all the magic for you! I adore them, especially in winter when they make your kitchen smell delicious, and equate to a hot meal waiting for you to get home. Yum! Below are some of my tried-and-true favorite crockpot recipes, for your enjoyment.
Bon apetit!

Crockpot Chili

Serves 4-5

Cooking time= 4-8 hours

  1. Make a paste of dry powders with a little water and mix together.
  2. Add all ingredients to crockpot.
  3. Cook on low for 4-8 hours.

Southwestern Chicken Chili
Serves 6
Cooking time= 8 hours
  1. In 3-4 quart slow cooker, mix onions, bell pepper, and garlic.
  2. In large bowl, mix cornmeal, chili powder, oregano, cumin, and salt. Add chicken; toss to coat. Add chicken and any remaining seasoning mixture to vegetables in slow cooker. Gently stir in picante sauce, beans, and tomatoes.
  3. Cover; cook on Low 6-8 hours. Sprinkle with green onions.

Winter Vegetable Soup

Serves 8
Cooking time= 10 hours
  1. With small spoon, scrape and discard gills from underside of mushroom caps. Cut caps into ½” thick slices; set aside.
  2. In 10-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions; cook 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are tender and have started to caramelize.
  3. Meanwhile, in 6 quart slow cooker, place mushroom slices, sweet potatoes, celery, garlic, corn, tomatoes, and beans. Gently stir in broth and caramelized onions.
  4. Cover; cook on Low 9-10 hours
  5. About 10 minutes before serving, turn off heat on slow cooker. Stir in spinach, basil, salt, and pepper. Cover; let stand 10 minutes until spinach is limp.

Slow-Cooked Meatball Stew

Serves 6
Cooking time= 10 hours
  1. In 4-5 quart sloe cooker, layer all ingredients in order listed above.
  2. Cover; cook on Low 8-10 hours. Stir gently before serving.

Vegetable, Bean, and Ham Soup

Serves 4
Cooking time= 20 hours
  1. Sort beans; rinse well and drain. Soak beans at least 8 hours overnight as directed on bag; drain.
  2. In 3-4 quart slow cooker, mix beans and all remaining ingredients.
  3. Cover; cook on low setting 8-12 hours. Before serving, remove and discard bay leaves.

Pot Roast

Serves 3-4
Cooking time= 5 hours
  1. Mix the soups together to form paste.
  2. Put chuck roast in crock pot and cover with soup paste.
  3. Optional: add a splash of red wine.
  4. Cook 5-7 hours on low setting (serves well with mashed potatoes)

Bavarian Beef Roast with Gravy

Serves 8
Cooking time= 10 hours
  1. In 3-4 quart slow cooker, place beef roast. In small bowl, mix mustard, horseradish sauce, and gravy mix. Spread mixture over roast. Pour beer around edge of roast, not on top of roast.
  2. Cover; cook on Low 9-10 hours
  3. Remove roast from slow cooker; place on serving platter and cover to keep warm. In 2 quart saucepan, blend water and flour until smooth. Pour cooking juices from slow cooker into saucepan. Boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in chives. Cut roast into slices and serve with gravy.

Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches Au Jus

Serves 10 sandwiches
Cooking time= 8 hours
  1. With sharp knife, make 6 evenly spaced slits deep in the roast beef. Insert garlic into slits. Sprinkle pepper evenly over entire roast and rub pepper into it.
  2. Spray 3-4 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place onion slices in slow cooker; pour broth over onion. Place roast over onion and broth.
  3. Cover; cook on Low 6-8 hours
  4. Remove roast from slow cooker; place on cutting board. Cut roast across grain into thin slices; return slices to slow cooker to moisten. Fill each toasted roll with beef, onion, and 1 tomato slice. If desired, spoon small amount of broth from slow cooker over beef when serving on sandwich.

Stroganoff Round Steak Strips

Serves 6
Cooking time= 8.5 hours
  1. In 2-3 quart slow cooker, mix beef strips and soup mix until evenly coated. Top with mushrooms and soup.
  2. Cover; cook on Low 7-8 hours.
  3. About 30 minutes before serving, cook rice in water as directed on package. Just before serving, stir sour cream into beef mixture. Sprinkle with chopped chives. Serve over rice.

Slow-Cooked Corned Beef Dinner

Serves 6
Cooking time= 12 hours
  1. In 5-6 quart slow cooker, mix carrots, potatoes, and onion.
  2. If necessary, cut corned beef brisket to fit in slow cooker; place over vegetables. Add enough of the water to cover. Add pepper, cloves, and bay leaf.
  3. Cover; cook on Low setting 10-12 hours.
  4. Remove and discard bay leaf. Remove brisket from slow cooker; place on serving platter. Cut brisket into thin slices; place vegetables on serving bowl; discard juices.

Slow-Cooked Beef Burgundy

Serves 5

Cooking time= 12.5 hours
  1. In 4-5 quart slow cooker, layer all ingredients except flour and water, in the order listed above.
  2. Cover; cook on Low 10-12 hours.
  3. About 35 minutes before serving, remove and discard bay leaf. In small bowl, blend flour and water until smooth. Gradually stir flour mixture into beef mixture.
  4. Cover; cook on High 15-30 minutes longer or until thickened.
Pork and Pineapple on a Stick
Serves 15
Cooking time= 5.5 hours
  1. Spray 2 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In cooker, mix pork, hoisin sauce, garlic, and reserved pineapple juice to coat pork evenly.
  2. Cover; cook on Low 4-5 hours.
  3. 40 minutes before serving, drain cooking juices from slow cooker. In small bowl, mix BBQ sauce and plum sauce. Spoon sauce over pork and stir. Sprinkle with bell pepper.
  4. Increase heat setting to High; cover and cook 25-30 minutes until pork is glazed.
  5. Gently stir pork mixture. Serve on long wooden skewers.
Santa Fe Country Ribs
Serves 6
Cooking time= 9 hours
  1. Spray 3-4 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place pork ribs in slow cooker; sprinkle with salt. In small bowl, mix salsa, chili sauce, cumin, and cayenne; spoon over ribs.
  2. Cover; cook on Low 8-9 hours.
  3. Remove ribs from slow cooker and place on serving platter. Into 2 cup measuring cup or bowl, pour 1 cup cooking juices from slow cooker. Stir in tomato paste; spoon over ribs.

Maple-Mustard Country-Style Ribs

Serves 4
Cooking time= 8 hours
  1. In 3-4 quart slow cooker place onion rings.
  2. In small bowl, mix syrup and mustard; spread evenly over ribs. Place coated ribs over onion.
  3. Cover; cook on Low 7-8 hours.

Winter Pork Roast Dinner

Serves 6

Cooking time= 8 hours
  1. Sprinkle pork roast with ½ tsp of the salt and the pepper; place in 4-5 quart slow cooker. Place sweet potatoes around and on top of the roast. Top with onion; sprinkle with thyme and remaining ½ tsp salt. Pour apple juice gently over onion.
  2. Cover; cook on Low 6-8 hours.
  3. Remove vegetables from slow cooker; place on serving platter. Remove roast from slow cooker; place on cutting board. Cut roast into slices; place on platter. If desired, drizzle some of the cooking liquid from slow cooker over veggies and roast.

Pork Roast and Sauerkraut Dinner

Serves 6
Cooking time= 8 hours
Mustard Sauce:
  1. In 5-6 quart slow cooker, lightly mix sauerkraut, apples, caraway seeds, and apple juice. With spoon, make indentation in center of mixture; place pork roast in center.
  2. Arrange potato halves around roast on sauerkraut mixture. Spread 1 Tblsp. mustard over roast.
  3. Cover; cook on Low 7-8 hours.
  4. In small bowl, mix sauce ingredients. Remove roast from slow cooker; place on serving platter. Cut roast into slices. Arrange potatoes around roast slices. Remove sauerkraut mixture from slow cooker; place in serving bowl. Serve roast slices and potatoes with sauerkraut mixture and mustard sauce.

Garlic Chicken Dinner

Serves 6

Cooking time= 8 hours
  1. In small bowl, mix salt, paprika, pepper, and oil to form paste; spread evenly over each piece of chicken.
  2. In 5-6 quart slow cooker, place onion slices. Arrange chicken over onion. Separate garlic into cloves (do not peel cloves) and place cloves around chicken.
  3. Cover; cook on low setting 7-8 hours.
  4. Remove chicken, garlic, and onion from slow cooker; place on serving platter. Squeeze garlic cloves to use cooked garlic on mashed potatoes, veggies, or bread. Don’t worry- the garlic is milder than you think!

Chicken and Noodles Alfredo

Serves 5
Cooking time= 6.5 hours
  1. In 3-4 quart slow cooker mix chicken, artichokes, pasta sauce, and water.
  2. Cover; cook on Low 5-6 hours.
  3. About 25 minutes before serving, stir in tomatoes and uncooked noodles into chicken mixture.
  4. Increase heat setting to High; cover and cook 15-20 minutes longer (or until noodles are tender). Sprinkle cheese over individual servings.

Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice

Serves 5
Cooking time= 7 hours
  1. In 3-4 quart slow cooker, mix chicken, rice, salsa, broth, and chiles.
  2. Cover; cook on Low 6-7 hours.
  3. About 5 minutes before serving, turn off heat on slow cooker. Stir in sour cream and half of the cheese; sprinkle remaining cheese over top. Cover and let stand 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with additional salsa, if desired.

Slow-Cooked Paella

Serves 6
Cooking time= 6.5 hours
  1. In 4-5 quart slow cooker, mix rice and oil. Stir in tomatoes, broth, pepperoni, water, salt, saffron (or turmeric), and garlic. Arrange chicken thighs in single layer over rice mixture. Sprinkle paprika over top.
  2. Cover; cook on Low 5-6 hours.
  3. About 35 minutes before serving, sprinkle thawed peas over chicken mixture. Arrange shrimp over top.
  4. Increase heat setting to High; cover and cook 20-30 minutes longer or until shrimp are thoroughly heated.
Turkey BBQ Sandwiches
Serves 16 sandwiches
Cooking time= 9 hours
  1. In 4-5 quart slow cooker, mix all ingredients, except buns.
  2. Cover; cook on Low 7-9 hours.
  3. Break turkey into pieces with spoon; serve in buns (for a thicker sauce, uncover the slow cookers and cook on High during the last 45 minutes of cooking time).

Turkey Breast with Cranberry-Onion Gravy

Serves 8
Cooking time= 7 hours
  1. Remove and discard skin from turkey breast; place turkey in 5-6 quart slow cooker.
  2. In small bowl, mix cranberry sauce, soup mix, mustard and salt until well blended; pour over turkey.
  3. Cover and cook on Low setting 6-7 hours.
  4. About 15 minutes before serving, remove turkey from slow cooker; place on cutting board and cover to keep warm. Place fine strainer over 3-quart saucpan. Carefully pour cooking juices from slow cooker through strainer into saucepan.
  5. In small bowl, blend water and cornstarch until smooth; stir into strained liquid in saucepan. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute.
  6. Cut turkey into slices; arrange on serving platter. Spoon about ½ cup gravy over turkey. Serve with remaining gravy.

Three-Cheese Creamy Lasagna

Serves 6

Cooking time= 5 hours
  1. Spray 3-4 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Layer 4 noodles in cooker, breaking noodles and overlapping if necessary.
  2. In small microwavable bowl, microwave cream cheese spread 20-30 seconds until softened. Stir in soup until blended. Pour half of soup mix over noodles. Sprinkle with half the cheddar cheese.
  3. Repeat layering with remaining noodles, soup mixture, and cheddar cheese. Carefully pour milk over all. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top and dashes of paprika.
  4. Cover; cook on low 4-5 hours.

Jambalaya Red Beans and Rice

Serves 8
Cooking time= 8 hours
  1. Place bag of frozen shrimp in refrigerator to thaw. In 3-4 quart slow cooker, layer onion, chicken, garlic, bell pepper, bay leaves, beans, tomato paste, tomatoes, sugar, and Creole seasoning.
  2. Cover; cook on Low 6-8 hours.
  3. About 35 minutes before serving, remove and discard bay leaves. If necessary, remove tail shells from thawed shrimp; gently stir shrimp and sausage into chicken mixture.
  4. Increase heat setting to High; cover and cook 20-30 minutes longer or until shrimp and sausage are thoroughly heated. Meanwhile, cook rice in water as directed on package.
  5. Serve meat mixture over rice.
Slow-Cooker Cheese Fondue
Serves 10
Cooking time= 3 hours
  1. In 1-2 quart slow cooker, mix all ingredients except bread.
  2. Cover; cook on Low 3 hours.
  3. Stir fondue until smooth. Serve bread with fondue, spearing bread and dipping into fondue.

Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Serves 24
Cooking time= 4 hours
  1. Cook spinach as directed on bag. Drain spinach, pressing with fork to remove excess liquid. Finely chop spinach.
  2. In 1-2 quart slow cooker, mix chopped spinach and all remaining ingredients (except bread).
  3. Cover; cook on Low 3-4 hours. Serve dip in sliced French bread.

Garlic Smashed Red Potatoes

Serves 14
Cooking time= 4.5 hours
  1. Cut potatoes into halves or quarters; place in 4-6 quart slow cooker. Stir in garlic, salt, water, and oil until potato pieces are coated.
  2. Cover; cook on High 3.5-4.5 hours or until potatoes are tender.
  3. With fork or potato masher, mash potatoes and garlic. Stir in cream cheese spread until well blended. Stir in enough milk for soft serving consistency. Serve immediately, or cover and hold in slow cooker on Low setting up to 2 hours.

Au Gratin Potatoes and Onion

Serves 12
Cooking time= 8 hours
  1. In small bowl, mix cheese, onion, thyme, milk, and soup.
  2. In 3-4 quart slow cooker, layer half each of the potatoes and cheese mixture; repeat layers.
  3. Cover; cook on Low 7-8 hours.

Asian Snack Mix

Serves 20
Cooking time= 4 hours
  1. In 5-6 quart slow cooker, lightly mix cereal, crackers, pretzels, and almonds.
  2. In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter on High 30-45 seconds until melted. Stir in brown sugar, soy sauce, curry power, and garlic powder. Pour over cereal mixture, stirring gently until evenly coated.
  3. Cook uncovered on Low 3-4 hours (or on High 2-2 ½ hours), stirring every 30 minutes.

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