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.

Slow Cooker Chili for Two
 
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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 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.

Slow Cooker Pork and Beans with Kielbasa
 
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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 Cooler Thai Pork with Peppers Recipe

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It has been raining so much I haven’t had time to get much outdoor work done. There is a little bit of a break in the rain so I decided on this Slow Cooler Thai Pork with Peppers Recipe so I could get some work done while supper is cooking.

This recipe was prepared as written – I thought it was pretty good but the next time I would add the peppers to the pork mixture later in the cooking process so they don’t get over cooked. The original recipe called for red bell peppers, I used yellow, because that is what I had on hand. The red obviously would give the dish a little bit of color.

I you’re looking for a Slow Cooker Asian recipe give this one a try.

Slow Cooler Thai Pork with Peppers Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter (if you want to add a more nutty texture to the dish use chunky)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 6 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 red bell peppers (sliced into lengths) or what colors you have available.
Instructions
  1. In the slow cooker mix together the chicken broth, soy sauce, peanut butter, honey, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes until thoroughly combined; add the peppers (I warmed the slow cooker to help combine the honey and peanut butter)
  2. Work the pork chops into the slow cooker mixture.
  3. Cook for 5 -6 hours or until pork is tender. Remove pork from the slow cooker and when cool enough to handle shred with a fork. Add the pork back into the slow cooker and continue cooking until heated through.
  4. Serve over cooked rice

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Adapted from allrecipes.com

Biscuit Topped Slow Cooker Pot Pie

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Biscuit Topped Slow Cooker Pot Pie

Because this recipe isn’t placed in a pie crust, I guess the name of the recipe is a little misleading, but this recipe is so good I had to post it. Unlike most slow cooker recipes, that are almost always real simple, this one does require a little more work because it goes from the slow cooker into the oven, and the biscuits are par cooked before they go on top of the filling.
The end result is a delicious buttermilk biscuit topped pot pie.

Biscuit Topped Slow Cooker Pot Pie
 
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Ingredients
  • Pot Pie Filling Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions (finely chopped)
  • 4 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound carrots (peeled and cut into ½ inch pieces)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Minute Tapioca
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 pound bone in chicken thighs (skin and any excess fat removed)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • Biscuit topping ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¾ cup buttermilk (chilled)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted and cooled)
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat using the oil mix together the onions, garlic, ¼ teaspoon salt, and thyme. Cook until onion is softened and starts to brown. Stir in the wine, scrapping any bits from the bottom of the skillet. Place the mixture in the bottom of the slow cooker and add the carrots, broth, soy sauce, bay leaves, and Tapioca; mix until well combined.
  2. Salt and pepper the chicken, and then press the chicken thighs into the mixture.
  3. Cook chicken for 4 – 5 hours until chicken is tender and starts to separate from the bone. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker onto a plate. Let the juices settle and spoon any excess fat off of the top. Using 2 forks; shred the chicken away from the bones. Add the chicken back into the slow cooker and mix in the frozen peas, cream, and parsley, and then salt and pepper to taste.
  4. about an hour before the chicken is done prepare the biscuits.
  5. Biscuit instructions
  6. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  7. In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, and salt. In another bowl mix together the buttermilk and melted butter, stirring until mixture starts to clump. Stir the buttermilk mixture, into the dry mixture, until just combined and no streaks of flour remain. Lightly grease a baking sheet and using a ¼ cup measuring cup scoop out 8 mounds of dough place them about 1 ½ inches apart to form the biscuits. Bake for 8 minutes to firm up and form the biscuits. (Bottom should be just set) cover a set aside until ready to place on the casserole.
  8. Preheat oven to 400F.
  9. Pour the chicken mixture into a 13 x 9 casserole dish and arrange the biscuits on top. Bake for 25 minutes, or until biscuits are browned, and casserole is bubbly.
  10. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.

Adapted from Cooks Country

Chinese Barbecued Pork Steak Recipe

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Wow!; these Chinese Barbecued Pork Steaks are really good. Those were the first words out of my wife’s move when she tasted them. These pork steaks are a little bit of work, but well worth the effort.
The pork steaks start out in the slow cooker, coated with a spice rub, consisting mainly of Chinese five spice powder. They are slow cooked to just fork tender, transferred to the boiler, and coated with the Chinese BBQ sauce to form a sticky and delicious glaze.
The next time you are in the mood for Chinese, give this Chinese Barbecued Pork Steak Recipe a try; it’s really good.

Chinese Barbecued Pork Steak Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 6 tom 8
Ingredients
  • 1 boneless pork butt roast (5 to 6 pounds (excess fat trimmed and cut into 1 inch slices crosswise to form steaks)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Chinese five spice powder (divided)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ⅓ cup hoisin sauce
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (grated)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mix together the salt, pepper, and ¾ teaspoon of the 5 spice powder. Rub the mixture into both sides of the pork steaks. Place the steaks in the slow cooker, and slow cook on low until fork tender about 5 – 6 hours (you don’t want them done to the fall apart stage because you need to be able to handle them)
  2. While the pork is cooking in a medium size bowl mix together the hoisin sauce, honey, sugar, soy sauce, sherry, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and the remaining ¾ teaspoon of five spice powder; set aside.
  3. Line a broiler pan with aluminum foil, and pour about a cup of water into the bottom of the pan, and spray the grated top with cooking spray; set broiler on low with rack adjusted about 4 inches from the broiler element. Place the pork steaks in a single layer on broiler grate and brush each steak generously with the reserved sauce. Broil until steaks are lightly caramelized, flip, and repeat the process. (About 5 minutes on each side.) Coat the stakes again and continue cooking until the steaks reach a deep mahogany color, and are slightly charred on the edges. (I flipped them one more time during this process and used up all of the sauce.)
  4. Serve hot.

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Adapted from Cook’s Country