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.


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.


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…]

‘Cheater’ Chili – for hot dogs and more! – 75 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

75 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Meals EatAtHomeCooks


We love a good cheater recipe around here!  Kim has a fantastically easy version of Chili for hot dogs.  You’re going to love this recipe.  Bonus: there are 3 different methods for cooking it.  Check out the notes on the recipe and choose what works for you.
Hot dog - All the way
Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to hot dog toppings. For me, I want a grilled hot dog, loaded with chili, onions, mustard, ketchup, and slaw….yummmm!  With grilling season under way, and lots of cook outs planned for July 4th, I wanted to share this super simple chili recipe I recently made. You only need THREE ingredients…a couple of pantry staples and ground beef…that’s it!
Cheater Chili EAH
I used one can of Hunt’s Seasoned Tomato Sauce for Chili and one can of Manwich Sauce (for Sloppy Joes). My original intent was to use this as a base, but I was pleasantly surprised to find I didn’t need to add anything but the ground beef! It had a great flavor, and was perfect for our hot dogs! I received lots of compliments on it too.  I also think this could easily be made in the slow cooker, but someone would need to be available to give it a stir once in a while to break up the meat.

‘Cheater’ Chili – for hot dogs and more!
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce seasoned for chili
  • 1 (15 oz) can Manwich Sloppy Joe sauce- original
  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • cayenne pepper (optional)
  1. Add tomato sauce and Manwich sauce in a large pot.
  2. Add 2 lbs ground beef, breaking into chunks.
  3. Heat on medium high heat until boiling.
  4. Stir and break up meat frequently.
  5. Once beef is broken down to small pieces, reduce heat and simmer for approx. 30 mins.
  6. Stir occasionally while simmering.
  7. Add cayenne pepper, to taste, if desired.
To make entirely in the slow cooker, place all ingredients in the crock. Cook on high 5-6 hours or low for 7-8 hours. Stir every hour or two to break up the meat.

Or start with ground beef that has already been cooked. Stir it together with the other ingredients and heat on low for 3-4 hours.

If you want a little spicy kick to your chili, you could add in some cayenne pepper! I made this chili the night before my cookout, and heated it up in my crock pot the day of. This also kept the chili nice and warm without tying up my stove top.
How do you eat your hot dogs?!
KimM is a contributing writer for Eat at Home. She has three children, ages 12, 10 and 5; 2 fur babies, and blogs about her kitchen adventures at Makin’ it Mo’Betta. You can also follow on PinterestFacebook and Twitter.

75 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

If you like using your slow cooker, you’re going to love this series. Summer Slow Cooker recipes are the best way to keep your kitchen cool and save time. No one wants to spend all summer cooking. There are better things to do! Check out this list of summer slow cooker recipes. You’ll want to add them all to your menu!

75 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Meals EatAtHomeCooks


I am ridiculously excited about this series!  I love using my slow cooker and I know you do too. (Links to all the recipes are being added to the bottom of this post.)

Get ready for 75 slow cooker recipes that are perfect for summer.  There’s not a soup or stew among them.  Keep your kitchen cool and have dinner ready when you get in from the pool.

It won’t be all main dishes though.  Look for sides and desserts too.  We want to get everything we can out of the crockpot this summer.

The series starts on June 1 and will run for 75 days.  I’ll share a recipe each day.  Some will be from Eat at Home.  Some will be from around the web.  I’ll be throwing in a few brand new ones that I create, as well.

I’ll also be posting other types of recipes, cooking tips and the sneak peeks at the Weekly Meal Plans each week.  That means that some days we’ll have more than one post for you.  Don’t worry if you’re an email subscriber though, you’ll still get just one email daily or weekly, depending on which you opted for when you signed up.  All the posts for the day/week will be in that email. (You are on the email list, aren’t you?  You won’t want to miss these summer slow cooker recipes!)

Day 1 – Mango Chicken

Day 2 – Cheese Steak Sandwiches

Day 3 – Lemon Chicken

Day 4 – Baking Potatoes in the Slow Cooker (with a recipe for Fried Potatoes)

Day 5 – Pork Carnitas

Day 6 – Pesto Ranch Chicken

Day 7 – Chicken BBQ & Slaw Sandwich 

Day 8 – Peach Crisp in the Slow Cooker

Day 9 – Fresh Green Beans in the Slow Cooker

Day 10 – P.F. Chang’s Lettuce Wraps

Day 11 – BBQ Peach Pulled Pork

Day 12 – Asian Orange Chicken

Day 13 – Pasta Sauce with Sausage and Eggplant

Day 14 – Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

Day 15 – Mexican Haystacks

Day 16 – Chocolate Cobbler

Day 17 – Jerk Pork

Day 18 – Creamy Jalapeno Chicken Tacos

Day 19 – Rosemary Chicken and Potatoes

Day 20 – Beans for the Freezer

Day 21 – Crockpot Bacon Cheeseburgers

Day 22 – Strawberry Cobbler

Day 23 – Beef Shwarma

Day 24 – Asian Pork Tenderloin

Day 25 – Complete BBQ Chicken Dinner in the Slow Cooker

Day 26 – Chicken Caesar Sandwiches

Day 27 – Chocolate Fondue

Day 28 – Honey Glazed Carrots

Day 29 – Spicy Apricot Chicken

Day 30 – Beef Fajitas 

Day 31 - Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Day 32 – Swiss Steak

Day 33 – 3 Ingredient Cheater Chili to Top Hot Dogs

Day 34 – Whole Wheat Blueberry Coffee Cake

Day 35 – Tangy Sweet Pork Chops

Day 36 – Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

Day 37 – Honey Hoisin Chicken Sandwiches

Day 38 – Chicken Cacciatore

Day 39 – Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Peppers

Day 40 – African Pulled Beef Sandwiches

Day 41 – Vegan Sloppy Joes

Day 42 – Creamy Chipotle Chicken Tortellini

Day 43 – Easy French Dip Sandwiches

Day 44 – Italian Parmesan Herb Chicken and Potatoes

Day 45 – Caramelized Onions

Day 46 – Beef Gyros

Day 47 – Biscoff Cheesecake

Day 48 – Cooking Hamburger Patties in the Slow Cooker

Day 49 – Eggplant Parmesan

Day 50 – Winter Squash in the Slow Cooker

Day 51 – Chicken Philly Sandwiches

Day 52 – Balsamic Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Day 53 – Corn on the Cob in the Slow Cooker

Day 54- Red Eye BBQ Ribs

Day 55 -Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce

Day 56 – Salsa Verde Steak

Day 57 – Chicken and Broccoli “Stir Fry”

Day 58 – Loaded Potato Casserole

Day 59 – Blueberry Cobbler

Day 60 – Homemade Baked Beans

Day 61 – Tamale Casserole

Day 62 – Parmesan Ranch Mushrooms

Day 63- Slow Cooker Grits

Day 64 – Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

Day 65 – Italian Chicken and Tomatoes

Day 66 – Lemon Chicken Baked on a Bed of Sauerkraut

Day 67 – Sweet Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce

Day 68 – Beef Tips in Gravy

Day 69 – Chicken and Zucchini Pasta

Day 70 – How to Use Your Slow Cooker to Bulk Cook Whole Chicken, Ground Beef and Turkey Breast

Day 71 – Brown Sugar Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

Day 72 – Apple Crisp

Day 73 – Breakfast Casserole

Day 74 – Baked Chicken with Summer Vegetables

Day 75 – Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches with Creamy Ranch Slaw

Menu, Grocery List, Recipes – Year 3 Week 38

School starts this week for us.  This marks the 16th year that I’ve geared up for homeschooling.

It’s so much easier now that I just have kids in 4th, 8th and 12th grades.  My son who is a senior is taking a couple of dual enrollment classes at the community college, so my teaching responsibilities with him are few.  And my oldest daughter is starting her junior year at UK.

The hardest year for me (aside from every time we added a new baby to the family) was the year I had one in preschool, grade school, middle school and high school.  I just felt a little spread thin that year trying to meet such a variety of needs.

I can’t say that we’ve done it all perfectly for the past 15 years (far from it!), but the journey has been worth it.

For all of us getting back into the school schedule – whether it’s public, private, home, college, etc. – many prayers for a year of adventures learning together.

One of my biggest helps during the school year, is printing the weekly menu and grocery list.  No planning required and I know what dinner is going to be all week.  I’ve also been training my oldest son to do the grocery shopping for me.  He’s pretty good at it!

Here’s what is on the menu this week:

African Pulled Beef Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker with Yogurt Mint Sauce, Roasted Sweet & White Potatoes, watermelon

Honey Lemon Pepper Salmon, Garlic Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes, favorite green veggie

Chicken and Broccoli “Stir Fry” in the Slow Cooker, rice

Garden Frittata, Blueberry Muffins with Orange Glaze, fresh fruit

Enchiladas with Chili-Tomato Sauce, salad, chips & salsa

BBQ Chicken with Southwestern Cornbread Stuffing, favorite green veggie

Coconut Cream and Chocolate Dessert

To print, click here:  menu year 3 week 38


Menu, Grocery List, Recipes Year 3 Week 32

I think you’re going to like this menu.  It’s got some really good dishes and they are all fast too.  Some are super fast.  That’s the way I like my cooking to be.
As always, you get 6 dinners and 1 dessert.  Serving suggestions are included in bold on the recipes and in curly brackets {} on the grocery list.

Here’s what is on the menu this week:

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta, salad

Complete BBQ Chicken Dinner in the Slow Cooker

Honey Mustard Grilled Pork Chops, Cucumbers and Onions, favorite veggie

Lemon Pepper Tilapia with Veggies on the Grill, baked potatoes (try using the microwave or slow cooker for this)

Nachos, salad

Gina’s Club Sandwiches, watermelon, Quick Cole Slaw

Ice Cream Cappuccinos

To print, click here: menu year 3 week 32

Menu, Grocery List, Recipes Year 3 Week 31

Hope you had a great summer weekend!  I’ve got one kid off to Scout Camp this week and he is having a hard time with being homesick.  Anyone have a child deal with that before?  It’s hard to watch your kids struggle with something that only they can struggle with.  Parenting is a tough job!

As for the menu this week, there’s lots of variety.  You get 6 dinners and 1 dessert, along with serving suggestions.  Print, shop, cook!

Grilled Round Steak with Red Wine Vinegar and Homemade Seasoned Salt, baked sweet potatoes in the slow cooker, favorite green veggie

Sloppy Slow Cooked Chicken Tacos, chips and salsa, salad

Bacon and Tomato Pasta, garlic bread, salad

Grilled Fish Sandwiches with Homemade Tartar Sauce, Asian Broccoli Salad

Pesto Tomato Pizza, salad

Scrambled Eggs and Peppers, Biscuits, fresh fruit

New England Blueberry Coffee Cake

To print, click here:  [download id=”130″]

New England Blueberry Coffee Cake

How many U.S. states have you been too?  I have not been to very many, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to go.  You know those culprits – time and money – that keep us from getting to do what we’d like to do.

So I had an idea that this summer I would travel the country from my own kitchen and invite you to come along.

This week, we’re in the New England states of Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts.   I would love to visit this area of the world, because I hear it is beautiful!  If you’re from New England, please leave a comment and let me know.  And tell us what your favorite regional foods are – links welcome!

I chose to make this recipe for New England Blueberry Coffee Cake.  I found the recipe on AllRecipes.  The only change I made was the baking time.  The time the recipe states was no where near long enough.  I also forgot to add the flour to the butter and brown sugar in the topping.  It still turned out, but the flour would have made it more like a crumb topping.

We loved this cake.  It’s full of blueberries, topped with brown sugar and butter and studded with walnuts.  Oh my! [Read more…]

Menu, Grocery List, Recipes – Year 3 Week 30

I hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend.   Our daughter got home from China on Friday, so we spent the weekend as a family listening to stories from her trip.  It was a wonderful way to spend time together!

New Homepage

You may have noticed that the site has a new homepage.  One of the features of the page is new categories for the menus including Slow Cooker Menus (these have at least 3-4 or more slow cooker recipes) and Summer and Winter Menus.

I’m still tweaking the homepage, so if you see something you think would work better, send me an email or leave a comment letting me  know.

Also, you can still get to the blog (the old homepage) by clicking “blog” in the navigation bar at the top of the page.

A few notes on this week’s menu:

– The bowtie pasta with cheddar cheese listed as a side dish is simple.  Just pasta cooked and drained then mixed with a little butter and shredded cheddar.  It’s easy and kid-friendly.

– Buy a large chicken and use the leftover meat from Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker to make Italian Chicken and Rice Casserole.


Turkey Legs, Italian Sausage and Potatoes in the Slow Cooker, favorite green veggie

BBQ Ham Steak on the Grill, Corn Salad, bowtie pasta with cheddar cheese

Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker, favorite veggie, Biscuit Bites

Italian Chicken and Rice Casserole, salad

Cheese Ravioli with Pesto, Red Peppers and Grilled Chicken, salad

Pan Fried Shrimp Sandwich, Quick Cole Slaw, Sweet Potato Fries

Pina Colada Cake Mix Cookies

To print, click here: [download id=”129″]



Menu, Grocery List, Recipes Year 3 Week 29

I hope you had a great weekend!

The all slow cooker menu that I published last week was very popular.  I’ll try to put together another one like it soon.

Here’s the menu for this week:

Brown Sugar Chicken and Sweet Potatoes in the Slow cooker, steamed green veggie

South of the Border Skillet, salad, chips and salsa

Bacon and Tomato Pasta, salad

Chicken Gyros, Asian Broccoli Slaw

Ham and Pineapple Fried Rice

Chicago Style Pizza Pot Pie, salad

Peach Pound Cake with Peach Nectar Glaze

To print, click here: menu year 3 week 29

Gazpacho – Or what to do with zucchini from the neighbors

The fantastic thing about this soup is that it’s really just a bowl full of raw veggies.  But it tastes divine.  So good, you could just eat and eat it.  So good for you that you can do just that with no guilt.

It’s perfect for a hot, summer evening because it’s eaten cold.  I have to admit that freaked my kids out.  They did eat it, but they weren’t sure they liked cold soup.  Jim and I loved it though.

I adapted my recipe from Pioneer Woman, adding red bell pepper, jalepeno and parsley just because they were hanging out in my fridge.  I don’t own a food processor, so I used my pitiful blender that has been partially melted in the dishwasher.  It worked fine, so I guess I still don’t have an excuse to buy a food processor.

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

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