Slow Cooker Chili for Two

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This simple slow cooker chili recipe for two doesn’t require a lot of prep time, but takes enough time to cook in the slow cooker so you can get some things done while it’s cooking.  The chili is a little on the spicy side, but for me was just right. If you want to add a little more heat increase the amount of chipotle chili in adobo sauce or add some cayenne pepper to taste.

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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 can kidney beans (15 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 ounces)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili in adobo sauce (minced)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cheddar cheese for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook the ground beef, chili powder, tomato paste, garlic, and cumin in a large skillet over medium high heat stirring and breaking the burger into chunks as it cooks; cook until burger is no longer pink inside.
  2. Place the burger mix into a slow cooker lightly sprayed with cooking spray and mix in the beans, tomato sauce, chipotle chili, and tomatoes. Season with ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  3. Cook covered for 3 to 4 hours on high or 5 to 6 hours on low.
  4. Serve hot garnished with the cheese.

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Adapted from Cooking for Two Cookbook

 

Slow Cooker Southern Style Chicken and Dirty Rice for Two

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If you’re cooking for two this is a great recipe to free up some time by using the slow cooker. There is only about 15 minutes of prep time and 4 – 5 hours of cooking time. It’s a great way to free up an afternoon, and because it’s a one dish recipe supper will be ready to serve.

Slow Cooker Southern Style Chicken and Dirty Rice for Two
 
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Recipe type: Cooking for Two
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces of kielbasa sausage (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 red bell pepper (cleaned and cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cooks cooked rice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 green onions (sliced thin)
Instructions
  1. Spray slow cooker on bottom and sides with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium size microwavable bowl mix together the kielbasa, onion, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, and thyme. Microwave for 5 minutes stirring a couple of times while cooking; place in slow cooker.
  3. Add the rice and mix in ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add the thighs into the slow cooker mixture.
  4. Slow cook for 4 – 5 hours until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 185F. Remove chicken from the slow cooker and using 2 forks separate chicken into bite size pieces. Stir the chicken and green onions into the rice mixture, salt and pepper to taste and serve hot. Enjoy

 

Adapted from Cooking for Two Cookbook

Slow-Cooker Braised Steaks with Root Vegetables

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Spring is here and with a lot of yard work on today’s to do list I decided on this Slow-Cooker Braised Steaks with Root Vegetables recipe for supper to save some time during the day. This recipe is a delicious combination of sauce and vegetables and because it is done in the slow cooker the chuck steak is supper tender.

The next time you need to free up some time by using your slow cooker give this Slow-Cooker Braised Steaks with Root Vegetables recipe a try.

Slow-Cooker Braised Steaks with Root Vegetables
 
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Recipe type: Slow cooker
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¾ cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons instant tapioca
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 chuck steaks ( about 6 ounces each ¾ to 1 inch thick – I cut large steaks into 4 serving size pieces)
  • 12 ounces potatoes (skin on cut into 1 inch cubes)
  • 4 medium carrots (cut into 1 inch pieces – if large cut them in half lengthwise.
  • 4 parsnips (peeled cut lengthwise and cut into 1 inch pieces
Instructions
  1. place onion, tomato paste, garlic, thyme, and oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally or until onions have softened; place in the bottom of the slow cooker. Stir in the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and tapioca.
  2. Season the steaks generously with salt and pepper and place them into the slow cooker kind of working them into the sauce.
  3. Loosely tie the vegetables into a cheese cloth bundle and place them on top of the steaks.
  4. Cook for 8 – 9 hours on low or 5 – 6 hours on high or until steak and vegetables are tender. Transfer vegetables to a large bowl and serve steak, sauce, and vegetables together.

Adapted from Cooks Country

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

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Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

I needed to free up some time in the afternoon so I decided to put this Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak on tonight’s supper menu. I think there is some room for improvement but I decided to prepare it as written to see how it was.

I thought it was a little on the salty side but I guess it depends on your taste – my wife loved it. The next time your looking for a good slow cooker recipe give this Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak recipe a try.

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (I used ground round)
  • 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
  • ½ cup Italian bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 one ounce package dry Au jus mix
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
Instructions
  1. Place flour in a shallow dish.
  2. In a large bowl using your hands mix together the ground beef, onion soup mix, bread crumbs, and milk; form into eight patties.
  3. In a medium size bowl mix together the soup and Au jus mix.
  4. Roll the patties lightly in flour and brown them on both sides in a large skillet using the oil. Arrange the parries in a pyramid shape in the slow cooker and pour the soup mixture over the top.
  5. Cook on low for 4-5 hours or until burger is done.
  6. Serve hot with the gravy over the top of the patties and mashed potatoes.

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Adapted from Allrecipes.com

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

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A cold winter blast just hit us here here in upper Michigan so hot soup sounded really good. I had some shopping I needed to get done so I thought the slow cooker would be a good fit to free up my afternoon. This Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe does require a little bit of prep time, but the end result is really good – serve as a side dish or stand alone meal.

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pound chicken thighs ( 4 thighs)
  • 1 split chicken breast (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 medium carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 celery ribs (chopped)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 5 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth (divided)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup egg noodles
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • shredded cheese for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Generously salt and pepper chicken thighs. In a large skillet over medium high heat, using the oil ,brown chicken breasts on both sides; remove to platter and set aside. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the cooking oil in the skillet and cook the carrots, celery, and onion until mixture starts to brown. Add the tomato paste, thyme, garlic, and red pepper flakes cooking until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Stir in 1 cup of the chicken broth scrapping any dripping from the bottom of the pan and pour the mixture into the slow cooker. Add bay leaves and remaining chicken broth to the slow cooker and add the chicken thighs to the mixture.
  3. Salt and pepper the chicken breast, wrap breast in aluminum foil and place foil packet on top of the soup mixture.
  4. Cook for 4 – 6 hours or until chicken is fall off the bone tender. Remove the chicken breast and thighs from the slow cooker and place a a platter too cool.
  5. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain.
  6. While noodles are cooking using a fork shred chicken into bite size pieces discarding the bones; add the chicken back to the slow cooker. Remove bay leaves, mix in the noodles, peas and parsley and continue cooking until heated through.
  7. Serve garnished with shredded cheese.

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Adapted from Cooks country

Slow Cooker Honey-Garlic Chicken Thighs Recipe

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This Slow Cooker Honey-Garlic Chicken Thighs Recipe is very simple, but big on flavor. Get this into the slow cooker early in the day and all you have to do is cook the rice at supper time. There is plenty of sauce so there is room to add additional chicken thighs if needed.

This is a great recipe if you want to free up some time to do a little Christmas shopping while supper is cooking. Enjoy

Slow Cooker Honey-Garlic Chicken Thighs Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (trimmed of any excess fat)
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Rice to serve chicken over – I think this would also go good with hash browns.
Instructions
  1. In a medium size bowl mix together the soy sauce, ketchup, honey, garlic, and basil.
  2. Arrange chicken thighs on bottom of slow cooker and pour the sauce over the top of the chicken.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours or until thighs are fork tender
  4. If serving with rice, start rice about 30 minutes before chicken is done.
  5. Serve chicken and sauce over rice.

Adapted from Allrecipies.com

Slow-Cooker Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Chili

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If you are looking for a simple and delicious one dish meal this Slow-Cooker Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Chili recipe is it. It takes almost no time to put together and frees up 8 hours of your time while it cooks.

This Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Chili would also make a great game day recipe to serve you guest. It’s not only a great tasting chili, but makes for a delicious dip.

Slow-Cooker Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Chili
 
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Recipe type: Slow - Cooker
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 package (20 oz) boneless skinless chicken thighs (trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 1 can whole kernel corn (15.5 ounces drained)
  • 1 can black beans 15 ounces drained and rinsed
  • 1 can mild enchilada sauce (10 ounces)
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  • 2 cups shredded Colby-Monterrey Jack cheese blend
  • Chopped green onions and sour cream
  • 4 cups tortilla chips
Instructions
  1. Lightly spray slow cooker with cooking spray. Place the corn, black beans, and enchilada sauce in the slow cooker and then mix in the taco seasoning; and then add the chicken.
  2. Cook on low for 7 – 8 hours.
  3. Stir in one cup of the shredded cheese stirring until melted.
  4. Top with the green onions and the remaining cheese and serve with dobs of sour cream. (instead of topping with the remaining cheese I served the dishes individually with the remaining cheese
  5. and green onion with the tortilla chips on the side.

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Adapted from Betty Crocker

Slow Cooker Pork and Beans with Kielbasa

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This Slow Cooker Pork and Beans with Kielbasa recipe makes a hearty and delicious super. There is a lot of cooking time involved. If there are things you need to get done during the day this recipe is a perfect fit. To finish it off all you need to do is mix in the parsley.

Be sure to keep in mind the beans need to be soaked overnight.

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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ½ pound navy beans
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 generous tablespoon of tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 8 ounces kielbasa sausage (sliced into ½ inch pieces)
  • 1 ½ cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ½ pounds country style bone-in ribs
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)
Instructions
  1. Soak beans over night in cold water.
  2. Rinse beans and place in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. In a large skillet over medium high heat using the oil cook the onion, garlic, thyme, and tomato paste until onion is soft and starts to brown. Mix in the wine and scrap any droppings from the bottom of the pan; add the onion mixture to the slow cooker.
  4. Mix in the diced tomatoes, chicken broth, Kielbasa, and add the bay leaf. Salt and pepper the pork ribs and work them into the sauce in the slow cooker.
  5. Cook on low for 9 to 11 hours or on high for 6 to 7 hours.
  6. Off heat and let liquid settle for about 5 minutes. Gently turn the slow cooker to its side to bring liquid to the surface and spoon off any excess fat.
  7. At this time I removed the ribs and took out the bones. While the ribs are getting cool enough to handle mix in the parsley. Return the now boneless ribs to the slow cooker and serve hot.

Inspired by Cooks Country

Slow Cooker Rabbit Stew

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This Slow Cooker Rabbit Stew recipe is great for wild or domestic rabbit meat. This rabbit stew is cooked in a slow cooker so the meat is guaranteed to turn out tender.

I boned out the rabbit, and cut the meat into cubes, but you can you use whole rabbit pieces if you would like to shorten the prep time, but it was nice not having to deal with the bones after it was cooked.

If you have wild or domestic rabbit meat on hand give this one a try; it’s delicious.

I served the rabbit stew with homemade buttermilk biscuits – recipe here.

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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 rabbit cut into serving size pieces-or cut into stew meat
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (15 ounces)
  • ¾ cup red wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms (sliced)
  • 7 slices bacon (cut into half inch pieces)
  • 2 medium carrots (sliced crosswise)
  • 2 stalks celery (sliced crosswise)
  • 3 medium potatoes (peeled and cut into bite size cubes)
  • 1 large onion chopped or 2 medium
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup water
Instructions
  1. Place rabbit meat in the bottom of the slow cooker and season with the pepper. If you are using boneless rabbit pieces you can mix the rest of the ingredients except for the flour right in the slow cooker. If you are using cut up rabbit (legs, back and ect.) mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, except for the flour, and pour the mixture over the rabbit.
  2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is fork tender.
  3. minutes before done in a small bowl mix the flour and ½ cup water together until smooth. Stir the flour mixture into the stew and continues cooking for 30 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Let rest 10-15 minutes before serving.

This recipe was inspired by Food.com

Slow Cooker Rabbit in Wine and Cream Cheese Sauce

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Slow Cooker Rabbit in Wine and Cream Cheese Sauce recipe

This slow cooker rabbit recipe has a great combination of flavors, and because its cooked in the slow cooker both wild an domestic rabbit meat turns out nice and tender. This recipe is quick to put together so you can go about your day and have supper close to ready at the right time; just finish it off by cooking the spaghetti.

If you have rabbit meat on hand give this Slow Cooker Rabbit in Wine and Cream Cheese Sauce recipe

a try; it’s very good.

Slow Cooker Rabbit in Wine and Cream Cheese Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 rabbit (cut into pieces 2 ½ to 3 pounds)
  • vegetable oil for browning
  • 8 ounces white button mushrooms (sliced)
  • 8 ounces of baby
  • 8 Baby Portabella mushrooms (quartered)
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 package dry Zesty Italian dressing mix
  • 1 can condensed golden mushroom soup
  • 4 ounces of chives with onion cream cheese spread
  • ½ cup white wine (I had homemade cherry wine on hand so I used that)
  • 4 green onion (green part sliced for garnish – optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the mushrooms in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. In a large skillet using the oil cook the rabbit until nicely browned on both sides and place the rabbit pieces on top of the mushrooms.
  3. In a medium size saucepan melt the butter over medium heat and then add the wine, mix in the golden mushroom soup, dressing mix, and cream cheese and continue cooking until cheese is melted. (mixture will look kind curdled) Pour the mixture over the rabbit.
  4. Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or until rabbit is fall off the bone tender.
  5. Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain. Serve the rabbit on top of the spaghetti with the sauce.
  6. Garnished with the green onions if using.