Slow Cooker King Ranch Chicken over Baked Potatoes

Slow Cooker King Ranch Chicken over Baked Potatoes

 

I put this recipe in the slow cooker on a Sunday morning before church.  I’m always happy when the crockpot is filled and I know we’ve got something to eat when we get in from church.  For more after church dinner ideas, see this post.

I think I mentioned in yesterday’s post that we have a new Costco in town.  The last time I was in there, I bought a 20 pound bag of baking potatoes.  Yep.  That’s a lot of potatoes.  It was a great price though!

Needless to say, I’ve been trying to use up some of those potatoes.  My boys prefer meals with some meat, versus just having baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese.  So I came up with this King Ranch Chicken idea.

King Ranch Chicken is a casserole.  There are a million ways to make it, but this slow cooker recipe gets the gist of it.  The only thing missing is corn tortillas.  The potatoes are filling in for the tortillas.

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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 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...]

Southwestern Chicken Chowder in the Slow Cooker

Southwestern Chicken Chowder in the Slow Cooker

I’m all about assembly-only cooking.  And this recipe fits that description perfectly.  There’s not even a need to chop anything to make this soup.  You’ve got to love that!

The main ingredient is a bag of frozen O’brien potatoes.  Using this means you don’t need to chop potatoes, onions or peppers, but you get the flavor of all of them.

This soup is hearty and filling.  In addition to the O’brien potatoes, you’ll add chicken, corn and tomato sauce.  Garlic and chili powder season it all.  And the slow cooker does the work!

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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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Slow Cooker Soup Series – Chicken Enchilada Soup

Chicken Enchilada Soup in the Slow Cooker

 

The first several weeks of this series, I shared new soup recipes that I created.  You can see the first 3 recipes here.

This week, I tried to create a new soup for you.  I really wanted to make French Onion Soup entirely in the slow cooker.  I tried.  Unfortunately, it was just shy of a total fail.  We ate it.  It was okay.

But the onion smell.  Oh. My. Word.  The onions.

I didn’t think I would ever, ever stop smelling the onions.

Too much.  Just too, too much onion.

I’m thinking maybe French Onion Soup is something to be ordered from a restaurant.  At least that way you don’t have to smell the onions cooking all day.

I’m testing a new recipe in the slow cooker right now.  With any luck, I’ll be sharing Southwest Chicken Chowder with you next Friday.

But today, I have an oldie but a goodie.  We love this Chicken Enchilada Soup.  It gets made entirely in the slow cooker.  No pre-cooking of meat needed.  Assembly only cooking is my favorite!

You can find the recipe for Chicken Enchilada Soup here.

This recipe is part of our Slow Cooker Soup Recipe series.  New recipes will be shared every Friday, October through February. Subscribe to the email list and get them all!

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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
  • 1/4 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

Yield: 6-8 servings

Slow Cooker Pork and Gravy Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 2.5 lbs. boneless pork chops
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 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.
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