I'm grateful to slow cooker manufacturers everywhere for not actually building the airtight appliances they intended to build. Nothing makes me happier than the house filling with the aroma, escaping from under the lid, of whatever is gently cooking in the pot for many hours. A recipe like this Tex-Mex chicken and rice, with corn and black beans tucked here and there, can cook on the stovetop, but in the slow cooker, the flavors have a chance to intermingle on their own (without tending by you), and the musky scent of cumin warms up the kitchen as it cooks. You'll find jars of sofrito in the Spanish foods section of your supermarket. If you use converted rice, you can cook rice right in with the...
My five-year-old granddaughter, who doesn't like anything, polished off a plate of this slow cooker lasagna, and asked for seconds. Her older brothers, and, well... all of us, loved it, too. As the family meal organizer, I loved it more than anyone, because with the sauce made ahead, the assembly job took minutes, and the lasagna sat in the slow cooker for the afternoon while we went out and did other things. I love that there's no chance of it burning in the slow cooker, as there is in the oven. And when the voila moment comes, and you take the top off the cooker to reveal the lasagna, you'll love the ooohs and aaahs, all for the few minutes of actual work you put...
Let your slow cooker make a batch of chipotle beef, and turn that into quick and easy worknight enchiladas with a few ingredients from the pantry. You'll have extra beef to stash in the freezer (and extra yummy chipotle sauce, too).
A round-up of fabulous slow cooker (crockpot) chicken recipes from food bloggers, including recipes for making your own "rotisserie" chicken in the crockpot.
Give beef brisket a sweet-and-sour tang with a gravy made from pomegranate molasses and mint. So unusual, and easy to cook in the crockpot. Leftovers make great sandwiches, too.
An unusual beef, vegetable and apricot stew that combines warm spices with lemon and cilantro for a bright, exotic flavor profile.
Get your slow cooker on for this rich brisket and black bean chili with the flavors of Mexican mole. Perfect with a hit of fresh lime and a topping of guacamole.