Tamale Balls – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

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Meatballs and sauce is one of those things that work really well in the slow cooker.  I love this interesting take on meatballs from Taste and Tell – Tamale Balls!

After making a so-so recipe, Deborah went back to the drawing board to end up with this winner!

She combined ground meat, cornmeal and Mexican seasonings into meatballs that taste like tamales.  I can’t wait to try this recipe for myself.

Click here to see the recipe for Tamale Meatballs on Taste and Tell!

If you love using your slow cooker, check out our All Slow Cooker Weekly Meal Plan.  It’s got all the planning done for you (including the grocery list) so you can go enjoy summer!

This is day 88 in our 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes series.  Find the other posts by clicking here.

100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

 

Slow Cooker Bacon Cheeseburgers

Burgers are a summer staple in our house – they’re so easy and versatile that they make an appearance at least once a week on our dinner plans. But, there are always those nights when it’s so humid and sticky and gross that standing over the grill sounds like the worst idea ever. And when it’s like that outside, who really wants to turn on the stove and heat up inside?

These are the perfect burgers for nights like that.

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The slow cooker won’t heat up the house, but you can still get a really great burger out of it. The trick? Making sure the patties aren’t sitting in their own grease. I roll up foil and make a mini grill-grate on the bottom of my slow cooker to boost them up just enough.

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Then, I just lay my burger patties on top. I can fit four quarter-pound burgers in my four-quart slow cooker. If you want to cook more, just make a second layer of foil and stack them up.   [Read more...]

Slow Cooker King Ranch Chicken – 100 days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Potatoes have to be one of the most versatile vegetables.

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This recipe gives you another great way to dress up simple baked potatoes that you and your family will love. It is so simple to throw something like this into a slow cooker, and it makes a very satisfying meal. King Ranch Chicken is a great spin on a loaded baked potato. We love it!

Click here to see the full recipe. You can even bake your potatoes in a slow cooker to make this meal even more care-free!

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Pineapple Upside Cake – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Good news: your sweet tooth isn’t going to be left out of this series of summer recipes for the slow cooker!

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Pineapple Upside Down cake is a great way to finish off a summer meal. One that could also have been cooking while you were out enjoying a day at the pool!

You’ll love how easy  Pineapple Upside down cake is to make in the slow cooker. Click here to try the recipe out.

This recipe is best served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Or you could even give it more of a Hawaiian flare with this recipe for Coconut Macadamia Nut Ice cream. (MMM!)

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Slow Cooker Enchiladas – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

What could be better than Enchiladas with garden fresh salsa? Enchiladas that you can “forget” about until dinner time!

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Mexican flavor is always a hit, and doing enchiladas in the crock pot makes this so very easy! It only takes about 15 minutes to put these together, and you can customize them to your family’s preferences, too.

Click on over to Pocket Change Gourmet to try this one out.  They’d be awesome served with some fresh salsa or guacamole!

If you love using your slow cooker, check out our All Slow Cooker Weekly Meal Plan.  It’s got all the planning done for you (including the grocery list) so you can go enjoy summer!

This is day three in our 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes series.  Find the other posts by clicking here.

100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Sandwiches with Cucumber Mango Salsa

There’s something about the warm weather that suddenly makes me feel like I’m living on some gorgeous, tropical island. As soon as summer hits, Caribbean-inspired meals end up making it into our dinner rotation a lot more often. Usually, this means lots of grilling – but some days the convenience of the slow cooker just wins out.

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This dish is inspired by a lunch we had on vacation in Honduras a few years ago. The combo of spicy jerk chicken paired with the cool cucumber mango salsa is perfect for summer. And, it couldn’t be easier. The chicken can be prepped in about five minutes before I walk out the door for work and the salsa only takes another ten minutes or so when I get home – which means more time to get outside and enjoy the summer sun!   [Read more...]

Chocolate Cobbler in the Slow Cooker and A Dessert that Flopped

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I’ve been creating lots of dessert recipes for the Slow Cooker Desserts Series.  But my attempt this week failed.

Rice pudding does not really work in a slow cooker.  Or if it does, it’s more temperamental than other desserts.

I tried to make Cranberry Orange Rice Pudding topped with pistachios.  The flavor was good, but it wasn’t pudding-ish at all.  It was more like overcooked rice.  Not blog worthy at all.

So I decided to share one of the first slow cooker desserts I ever made.  It’s also still one of my favorites.

You probably have all the ingredients in your pantry to make it.  I love recipes like that.  And it’s chocolate.

You can find the recipe for Chocolate Cobbler in the Slow Cooker here.

And find all the recipes in our Slow Cooker Dessert series here.

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Slow Cooker Apricot Crisp

Slow Cooker Apricot Crisp

 

I am really liking creating these slow cooker desserts.  But even better is getting to eat them!

Late yesterday afternoon, I put this simple Apricot Crisp in the slow cooker.  Then we had dinner, cleaned it up, took a walk around the pond.  Wednesday is the night that all of our kids are gone, except the youngest.  We settled in with her for the evening and enjoyed this dessert together.

It was a great way to top off the day!

This recipe is just about the same as my Slow Cooker Peach Crisp recipe.  I just used apricots instead of peaches.  Apricots have a deeper, sweeter taste than peaches and they were so good in this crisp.  The brown sugar and oats cooked bubbly around the edges and even browned a bit.

I’ve also realized through this Slow Cooker Dessert Series that 95% of all slow cooker desserts should be topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Fact.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Slow Cooker Apricot Crisp:   [Read more...]

Salted Caramel Cobbler in the Slow Cooker

Now that I’ve started this Slow Cooker Dessert Series,  I’ve of course been trying to come up with ideas for new recipes.  When I think dessert, my mind quickly goes to chocolate.  But this time I wanted something different.

I could have used fruit to make a dessert (I’ve got a couple of cans of cherries in the pantry that I can’t wait to use!), but one of my kids doesn’t like fruit.  (What kind of kid loves kale, cauliflower and carrots but hates fruit?)

And that’s how this Salted Caramel Cobbler in the slow cooker came into being.

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It’s basically the same recipe as Chocolate Cobbler in the Slow Cooker, but without the cocoa.  I also swapped out some of the white sugar for brown sugar to make it more caramel-like.  And a little salt on caramel is always a good thing.

This cobbler turns out warm and gooey with lots of caramel sauce.  This is a sweet dessert.  It’s nearly impossible to have a caramel dessert without it being very sweet.  The bit of salt balances the sweet though.

It would be great topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Ice cream can help cut the richness of dessert, as crazy as that sounds.  It works like a glass of milk with brownies, only more delicious.  Or this could just be me justifying eating more ice cream.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:   [Read more...]

Pineapple Upside Down Cake in the Slow Cooker

Pineapple Upside Down Cake in the Slow Cooker

 

This warm, pineapple upside down cake was begging for a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  I really thought I had some left in the freezer, but my kid (who is taller every morning than he was the night before) beat me to it.

Even so, this dessert was delish!  Simple ingredients of pineapple, butter, brown sugar and cake mix created a cobbler-like dessert that tastes just like traditional pineapple upside down cake.

Do you like your pineapple upside down cake warm or room temp?

I prefer mine to be room temperature.  The leftovers were perfect to me the next day.  But other members of my family prefer theirs to be warm.  They loved it straight out of the slow cooker and heated up their leftovers in the microwave the next day.

Either way, this is a very easy dessert to make.

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

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