My Go-To Crock-Pot Recipes

As a busy mom, I like to find any way I can to spend more time with my kids and husband – which means less time prepping our meals in the kitchen. To do this, I call on my Crock-Pot to do the cooking at least once or twice a week (especially during the cold winter months). Pinterest has loads of great Crock-Pot recipes, but I’ve included three of my family favorites below – recipes that I was using long before I ever had my own Pinterest account! These recipes are incredibly friendly on the grocery budget (especially if you use the off-brand items or watch the grocery store sale ads) and will feed an army! I hope your family enjoys them as much as mine does …

DSC_0334 (Custom)Taco Soup

1 lb. cooked ground beef (can also used ground turkey and ground pork)

Onion, chopped

16 oz. can chili beans, with liquid

15 oz. can kidney beans, with liquid

15 oz. whole kernel corn, with liquid

8 oz. can tomato sauce

2 c. water

2 (14.5 oz.) cans peeled and diced tomatoes (I throw these in the food processor to please the tomato-hatin’ males in my house!)

4 oz. can diced green chili peppers (can also use jalapeño peppers if you want to kick it up a notch!)

Package taco seasoning (this is the only ingredient that contains gluten, should you need to make the soup gluten-free.  Ortega and Old El Paso taco seasonings are gluten-free!)

Throw all of the ingredients into the Crock-Pot and cook on low for eight hours.

White Chicken Chili

4-5 lb. cooked chicken (reserve at least two cups of the broth)

2 t. garlic powder

2 t. cumin

1 t. oregano

1 t. cilantro

1 t. ground red pepper

3-4 can white beans—rinsed and drained

2-3 cans chopped green chilies

2 c. sour cream

2 c. whipping cream

Put all of the ingredients in a Crock-Pot on low for eight hours.

Slow-Cooker Orange-BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

18 oz. bottle barbecue sauce

Juice from one orange

Boneless pork shoulder (three lbs.)

12 sandwich rolls, split and toasted

½ c. mayonnaise (optional, for the rolls, cheese slices are great, too!)

Pour barbecue sauce and orange juice over meat in Crock-Pot; cover with lid. Cook on low 8 to 10 hours (or on high 4 to 6 hours). Remove meat from Crock-Pot; cut into small pieces or shred with fork. Return meat to Crock-Pot; stir to evenly coat meat with sauce.



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2 Responses to My Go-To Crock-Pot Recipes

  1. Eniola February 19, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

    Yum, I am going to have to try some of those soon.