Easy, Shredded Taco Beef in the Slow Cooker

Chicken tacos are a staple in my house. It’s an easy go-to when I don’t know what else to make. One week when I told my husband I was going to make them – again – he asked me, “Why don’t you ever make beef tacos?” After that, it became my mission to figure out a great, equally-easy beef taco recipe. This is the winner.

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This is the best kind of slow cooker recipe – you just dump and go. Even better, it only takes three ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Pizza Soup

Slow Cooker Pizza Soup - Mommy Hates Cooking

 

Every Friday, October through February, I’m sharing a new Slow Cooker Soup with you.  I’m loving this series!  You can catch all the other posts here.

I’ve got a new soup recipe simmering in my slow cooker right now, but it’s not ready to share yet.  So today, I’m sharing this Slow Cooker Pizza Soup from Mommy Hates Cooking.

One of the “rules” I set for myself in this series is that the entire soup needs to cook in the slow cooker.  No pre-cooking chicken or ground beef or browning things on the stove.  That really shortens the list of recipe possibilities!

This Pizza Soup does meat those requirements though.  It’s full of pizza flavor with pizza sauce, pepperoni and seasonings.  The best thing about it is that it’s assembly-only.  You can have this one cooking in a matter of minutes!

Click here to see the recipe for Slow Cooker Pizza Soup on Mommy Hates Cooking.

Slow Cooker Soup Series

 

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Slow Cooker Sweet Korean BBQ Beef Haystacks

Slow Cooker Sweet Korean BBQ Haystacks

You know that I love my slow cooker, so when Campbell’s asked if I would try their new Slow Cooker Dinner Sauces of course I said yes.

I chose the Sweet Korean BBQ sauce. It’s as easy as opening the packet and adding it to the beef in the slow cooker.

I decided to serve the meat as haystacks. My kids loved it! I mean they really, really loved it. It’s been over a month since I made it and they’re still talking about that meal.

Part of what they loved was the slightly sweet and flavorful sauce on the meat. And they love rice, so having that with it was a bonus. Plus they were able to fix their plates the way they wanted, choosing the toppings they liked most.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Sweet Korean BBQ Haystacks: [Read more…]

Peach Pork BBQ Sliders Topped with Apple Cole Slaw

When King’s Hawaiian asked me to create a recipe using their dinner rolls, I had a couple of ideas.  I first made sticky pecan rolls.  They were marvelous, but not very photogenic.  So, I went back to the drawing board and decided to try a twist on bbq sliders.

These little sandwiches make use of one of the slow cooker freezer meals that is part of our November plans.  The Peach BBQ Pork couldn’t be easier and the flavor is outstanding.

I paired the pork with Apple Cole Slaw with sweet vinegar dressing.  It’s really easy to make, but the addition of the apple gives a great flavor.  It goes great with the pork and the King’s Hawaiian rolls too.

Here’s what you’ll need to make them:

The pork and bbq ingredients aren’t in the photo.  I already had it going in the slow cooker.

For the Pork

  • 2 1/2 – 3 lbs. pork roast or tenderloin
  • 16 oz bottle barbecue sauce
  • 16 oz peach salsa
  1. Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker.  
  2. Cook on high 5-6 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
  3. Shred cooked meat to serve.

For the Apple Cole Slaw

  • 16 oz bag cole slaw mix
  • handful chopped parsely
  • ​1 apple, chopped
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbs. vinegar
  • 4 Tbs. sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Stir cole slaw mix, parsley and apple together.
  2. Put the remaining ingredients in a container with a tight fitting lid.  Give it a good shake to combine.
  3. Pour dressing over slaw and toss.

Two Packs of King’s Hawaiian Dinner Rolls

Serve Peach BBQ Pork on split King’s Hawaiian dinner rolls.  Top bbq with slaw.

Enjoy!

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Hot Spiced Apple Cider Oatmeal in the Slow Cooker

Hot Spiced Apple Cider Slow Cooker Oatmeal

I am on a roll with slow cooker oatmeal.  We’ve been loving it lately!

This time, I decided to make use of the apple cider in the fridge.  A mug of hot spiced cider is a winter favorite.  So it has to be good for a late autumn breakfast too, right?

Sweet apple cider, brown sugar, cinnamon and other spices transform a plain bowl of oatmeal into holiday breakfast special.

We don’t get snowed in here in Kentucky very often, but I’m going to keep this breakfast in mind just in case we get a big snowfall this winter.  I can’t think of anything more comforting than waking up to world wrapped in white and having a bowl of this spiced oatmeal to go with the view.  Cozy!

I don’t have an ingredient photo for you, but all the ingredients are very common.

Hot Spiced Apple Cider Oatmeal in the Slow Cooker

Serves: 4-6 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup brown sugar (or less, if you don't like it too sweet)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. allspice
  • ⅛ tsp. cloves
  • pinch of nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Spray a small slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Combine all ingredients in crock.
  3. Cook 3-5 hours on low.
  4. Serve with milk.

Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cake

While pumpkin is generally the preferred flavor of fall, apple is my true favorite. I love going apple picking. And the farm’s warm caramel apples? They’re my true mark of fall. This is my favorite fall treat, in cake form.

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Even though this is made in the slow cooker, and slow cooker dishes aren’t notoriously pretty, this is a company-worthy dessert. As long as you grease the crock really well, it’ll pop out in one piece and you’ll be able to slice it like an oven-baked cake.

The caramel sauce permeates the whole cake before settling at the bottom. The apples are also heavy enough to fall to the bottom of the crock, too. The result is, when you turn the cake out, you have a nice layer of caramel, lots of apple pieces and then a soft, moist caramel cake.

Ready to get cooking? Here’s what you’ll need:

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Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cake
Ingredients
  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 1 can apple pie filling
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 5 oz. can evaporated milk
Instructions
  1. Grease the crock of the slow cooker very well.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the cake mix, apple pie filling and water until well combined. Spread evenly in the crock.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir together butter, sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk until well combined. Bring to a boil, stirring often, and then pour over the cake mix in the crock.
  4. Cook on high for 2 - 3 hours, until the top springs back when lightly touched. Turn off, remove lid and let sit for 15 minutes.
  5. Run a knife along the edge of the crock to loosen the cake. Invert the crock over a serving platter and let the cake drop out. Spoon any remaining caramel sauce over the top of the cake.
  6. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

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Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal

Gingerbread Slow Cooker Oatmeal - best oatmeal ever!

I’ve made this Gingerbread Oatmeal twice.  Both times, Jim has texted me later in the morning to say it was an awesome breakfast.  These really are fantastic.

In addition to the common cinnamon and brown sugar, they also have ginger, a bit of cloves and vanilla.  The combination is full of fall flavor.

Even my daughter, who has never eaten (or been willing to try) oatmeal, liked these.

And they’re really easy to make too.  Set them up at night before going to bed and they’ll be ready to eat in the morning.  I do use a timer for my small crockpot so they don’t have to cook all night.  You can read more about making your own programmable crockpot here.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup couldn't be easier!

 

It’s Slow Cooker Soup Friday again!  And I’ve got another new recipe for you.

This one is so easy, I really wondered if it would work.  The hands-on time for this soup has got to be under 5 minutes.  Your slow cooker really does do all the work.

I started with frozen chicken tenders.  Then added tomato juice, chicken broth, Italian seasonings and Parmesan cheese.  And at the end I decided to add some pasta too.

I served the soup with toasted cheesy bread.  Just butter the bread, add shredded Italian blend cheese to the top and pop it under the broiler for a few minutes.

Here’s what you’ll need for the soup:   [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Pork and Gravy Sandwiches

This is another one of those super simple, easily adaptable recipes.  In fact, I can think of three different ways to serve it.  All of them would be delish.  We chose the simplest serving method – sandwiches.

But you could also make the pork and gravy and serve it as whole pork chops with your favorite sides.  Then repurpose the leftovers as sandwiches.

Or you could make open-faced sandwiches with mashed potatoes. Like a Manhattan.  I think there are other terms for this type of sandwich, but I can’t think of them right now.  Leave a comment if you know of some.

Slow Cooker Pork and Gravy Sandwiches

 

I used 2.5 lbs of boneless pork chops and 1 jar of gravy.  If you like it more gravy-ish, just add a second jar.  And if you’re serving them as open-faced sandwiches with mashed potatoes, you’ll want the second jar of gravy.

For a side dish, I cooked some farmer’s market veggies in a skillet.  It was a quick meal that we really liked.

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This really can’t get any easier!  I love recipes like this.

Slow Cooker Pork and Gravy Sandwiches

Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 2.5 lbs. boneless pork chops
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp. thyme, optional
  • 12 oz jar pork gravy (use a second jar if you like more gravy)
  • buns
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except buns in the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high 5-6 hours or low 7-8 hours.
  3. Shred meat and serve on buns.

Using the Slow Cooker Freezer Meals – Simple Weekly Meal Plans & Real Life

It’s been about a month since I tested the Slow Cooker Freezer Menu (get a sneak peek at it near the bottom of this post).  I’ve been using those meals slowly, only reaching into the freezer when I know the day is going to be too busy for cooking.

But even though I’m trying not to use them all at once, after this week I only have 1 left!

I may be testing some new slow cooker freezer meals soon.  Those meals have made dinner time so simple and having them stashed away in the freezer is like a bit of insurance against the “crazy days”.

Sunday

Last Sunday, we ate leftovers after church.  There were several different things that needed to be eaten and I decided I didn’t want to cook.  It worked out well, at least for me!

Jim and I also went out on Sunday evening.  There was a free jazz concert at a local historic home that we decided to go to.  Before that though, we stopped by Lowe’s.  I’m wanting to give our kitchen a facelift with new countertops and possibly painted cabinets.

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I snapped this picture so I could remember the prices for laminate.  We also priced quartz and granite and decided it would be more than we want to spend.  And to be honest, I like laminate.

We currently have something called Butternut Granite, I think.  It’s not my favorite.  I like it better than I thought I would (the builder chose it before we bought the house), but I’d like to change it to something different.  If you’ve got a laminate you love, leave me a comment!

Monday

Labor Day meant a day off work for Jim and no school for the rest of us.  We went disc golfing with the boys.  They’ve been playing all summer, but I’d never been.  I’m terrible at throwing the frisbee, but it was fun to watch them.

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Friends had given us a bunch of tomatoes from their garden the night before.  I decided they needed to be part of a pasta dish.  So I made a quick meal with angel hair pasta, bacon, basil, tomatoes and white wine.  I’ll share the recipe soon!

Tuesday

Our son had a soccer game, so we went to watch.  I used one of the slow cooker freezer meals – Honey Hoisin Chicken.  I shredded the cooked meat and we put it on sandwiches with quick cole slaw and sweet potato fries on the side.  Yum!

Wednesday

I used a bottle of Kung Pao sauce with some chicken tenders, onions and bell peppers.  We ate it over rice.  The bottle of sauce had enough kick that all of our mouths were tingly and burning afterward, but it was good.

Thursday

I made another of our slow cooker freezer meals.  This time it was Maple Apple Pot Roast.  It turned out great!  I served parmesan potatoes too – from a box – and they were delicious!  I hardly ever buy boxed au gratin style potatoes, but they just looked so good.  Everyone loved them.  We also had broccoli.  And I made Peach Pie Squares for dessert.  Recipe coming to the blog soon!

And I repurposed our leftover roast for Friday’s lunch.  I shredded the beef, added a can of black beans and some salsa.  Heated it in the microwave and filled taco shells.  It worked great and would have made a good dinner for a small family.

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We had some tiny company on Thursday night.  This little guy and two of his brothers were hanging out in our garden.  They were only about the size of the palm of my hand.  Cute!

Friday

It’s Friday as I write this post and I’m planning to make French toast and ham for dinner.  Fancy, I know. *Update: When I went into the kitchen to make dinner, I realized we were out of milk. So I turned the French bread into French bread pizzas, using the ham for a topping and gathering up anything else I could find.  They turned out great!  But I really do need to hit the grocery!

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get them for yourself by clicking here.  Now, you get access to a whole month at a time!  And September is our focus on stocking the freezer, including the week where you cook 7+ Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in just 1 hour!

Slow Cooker Plan – this is the freezer meals plan!

1. Taco Soup
2. Mediterranean Chicken in the Slow Cooker (as round steak)
3. Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker
4. Honey Hoisin Chicken in the Slow Cooker
5. Easy Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas 
6. Maple Apple Chicken in the Slow Cooker (as pot roast)
7. blueberry orange bread 

Traditional Plan

Raspberry Chicken*
Mel’s Diner Chili *
Stromboli
Spaghetti and Meatballs
BBQ Chicken Fajitas* (prepare chicken like this)
Beef Stew
Peanut Butter Fluff Pie

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