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5 Great Crock Pot Recipes (To Keep from turning on the stove!)

crockpot round-upI thought today would be a great day to share these 5 Easy and COOL cooking, crock-pot recipes for you, as it is going to be HHH around here! For those in the dry-air southwest, HHH, mean Hazy, Hot, & Humid- Something we Northeasterners are very used to! Today it is supposed to get up to 90+ with an alert to stay indoors for the old and decrepit folks, so I may be inside (LOL!) for the rest of the day trying to stay cool! I know one of these recipes will fit the bill if you need to change up from a night of grilling!

Crockpot Beef Stroganoff

Crockpot Beef Stroganoff

Crockpot Chili

Crockpot Chili

Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup

Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup

Easy 5 Ingredient CrockPot Mushroom Soup

crockpot mushroom soup

Crockpot Meatless “Cuban” Beans

crockpot cuban beans

Stay cool!


Game Day Crockpot Chili

Game Day!

In these parts, you are either happy or sad about this fact.

I for one, am hap, hap, happy!

Game day eats are so fun! Little finger foods, chips & dips, spreads, and cheesy goodness seem to be a-plenty when you are watching a football game- but don’t forget the main course! There is the grill of course, loaded with chicken wings or burgers, but when it gets a little colder outside, I always love a nice pot of chili on the stove or crockpot that I can dip into for an easy weekend lunch or dinner that is a healthy and hearty meal among all the snacks.


This chili is goooood. And easy to make besides being healthy.

Make these in a flash and last minute if you want- they are that easy!

chili ingredients

Onions, garlic, and jalapeño are the only things to chop- otherwise just add beans, broth, tomatoes, and spices and you’re in business:

Game Day Crockpot Chili

Easy and fast, this is a standard and delicious chili recipe that is perfect for game-day!


  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. pickled jalapeños, minced
  • ¼ cup chili powder + 1 Tbsp.
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 ½ tsp. ground coriander
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 (28oz) can whole, peeled tomatoes, broken up
  • 1 (28oz) can ground tomatoes, or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 3 Tbsp. masa harina
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Spray your crockpot with with oil spray, and set aside.

In a non-stick pan, heat the oil until medium hot, but not smoking, and brown the beef until thoroughly cooked- season as desired with salt/pepper. Break up the pieces as they cook to make it really small pieces and broken up. Remove from heat, and add to the crockpot.

Layer in the rest of the ingredients in the crockpot except the beans. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8. Add beans the last hour of cooking with the masa harina. Stir and continue to cook until done.


Serve with corn chips, shredded cheese, chopped onions, hot-sauce, or any other yumminess that you love with chili.


I made this recipe in the crockpot so I could just set it and go about my day, but I use the exact recipe on the stove, just simmering it for a few hours to let the flavors build. It is great and a go-to for me in the fall. Hope you enjoy!
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Homemade All-Purpose Pork Rub

pork rub

Summer cooking for us, means firing up the grill…or the crockpot, so that I can keep the kitchen cool, and have some time away from the stove.  One of my summer-standbys to make ahead for a party or for the freezer, is pulled pork. It is sort of a no-brainer meal, that is easily put together in the crockpot in the morning before work, and I have leftovers for the week or the freezer for lots of meals.

There are so many options for making recipes with pulled pork, other than the standard, pulled-pork barbecue sandwich, I also love to make quesadillas with the pork, some red onion, cilantro and cheese- or a pork and black bean chili.  Pulled pork is a great thing to make if you ever want a meal to “give”, say for a new-mom, or a sick neighbor, or as a hostess gift!   Just make it ahead, and put it in a container, add some buns, your favorite barbecue sauce and tie it up and give it to a family that needs a quick meal. I have done this a few times, and know it is an easy and appreciated diversion from the average casserole!

Because I like to use the pork in several recipes, I like it without barbecue sauce, so that I can adapt the cooked pork to any recipe.  But it still needs lots of flavoring-up as it cooks, so I made an all-purpose pork rub (without sugar!) that gives the pork lots of flavor, without making it necessarily barbecue.  Here’s the recipe – This makes enough for two pork shoulders/butts/loins:

All Purpose Pork Rub

All Purpose Pork Rub


  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper


Measure the ingredients into a small jar. Place the top on and Shake until combined. This makes enough for 2 batches of pork in the crockpot, but it varies depending on how you like it.


I just sprinkle about 1/2 the recipe all over the pork and cook it in the crockpot (use your crockpot directions for time needed according to the weight of the meat) until it is falling apart and ready to shred.  So easy, no sugar, and delicious too.

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