Sep 152015
 

We’ve hit cooler weather a few times over the last few weeks and chili is starting to sound good. I was looking for something a little different when I ran across a recipe for Slow Cooker Salsa Chili. I love salsa, so I thought salsa chili in the crock pot sounded like a wonderful idea. I added a few tweaks of my own and this is what I came up with.

Mild, with a little spice to it, this chili worked for everyone. Not everyone likes hot chili like I do.

Slow Cooker Salsa Chili
Serves 6
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Cook Time
8 hr
Cook Time
8 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound ground beef
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  5. 1 16 ounce jar salsa
  6. 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  7. 2 teaspoons dried cilantro
  8. 1 16 ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  9. shredded cheddar cheese, for garnish (optional)
  10. sliced green onions or chopped red onions, for garnish (optional)
  11. sour cream, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook ground beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until beef is cooked through. Drain.
  2. In 4 quart slow cooker, combine beef and remaining ingredients except beans and garnishes.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  4. Add beans and stir. Replace cover and cook 5 to 10 minutes longer or until beans are hot.
  5. Top with desired garnishes and serve.
Notes
  1. It's even better when you use homemade ingredients. You can replace the jar of salsa with 2 cups homemade salsa and the can of pinto beans with 2 cups homemade pinto beans, drained and rinsed.
  2. Tortilla chips, cottage cheese, guacamole, sliced black olives, green chiles and jalapenos make great garnishes. I tend switch it up and serve it a little different every time. Honestly, it depends on what I have on hand to what I garnish it with.
  3. Freeze Ahead:
  4. Cook the ground beef with onions and garlic and cool. Mix the rest of the ingredients except beans and garnishes and freeze in a Foodsaver or gallon bag. Make sure to get all the air out of the bag you can before freezing.
  5. When you’re ready to make the chili, thaw until the mixture fits in your slow cooker. I try to freeze it so that it fits right out of the bag in case I forget to take it out of the freezer the day before to thaw. If partially frozen, cook on high for 1 hour, then turn it to low for 7-9 additional hours. If completely thawed, cook for 8 to 10 hours on low.
  6. Don't forget the beans and garnishes!
Adapted from Betty Crocker
Adapted from Betty Crocker
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Mar 272015
 

It’s been chilly here the last few days, so I decided some goulash would hit the spot. It’s a great chilly weather food and with the one pot instructions, it’s easy!

Every time I make this recipe it’s a little different than the time before. Sometimes I add chili powder, cayenne pepper and/or cumin if I’m wanting a little more spice. Parsley often makes it into the pot and I’ve even tossed in some kale for something different.

My husband doesn’t care for most peppers, so I have to find different ways to make up for the missing flavor. It’s a little bland with out the peppers, but easy to spice up and make your own.

One Pot Goulash
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Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs hamburger
  2. 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 1 medium onion, chopped
  4. 1 bell pepper, chopped (optional)
  5. 1 28 ounce can tomato sauce
  6. 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  7. salt and pepper to taste (I use 1 Tablespoon of pepper)
  8. 12 ounces wide or medium egg noodles
Instructions
  1. In a large pot cook hamburger, garlic, onion and bell pepper (optional) until hamburger is no longer pink and onions and bell pepper are tender. Drain. My splatter screen comes in very handy here.
  2. Add tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Fill one of the tomato cans with water and add to the pot.
  3. Add salt, pepper and any other spices. Stir.
  4. Heat to boiling. Add egg noodles. Reduce heat to medium and cook until noodles are tender.
Notes
  1. Feeds… lots. Best guess, 8 or more servings. I always have plenty to freeze for a quick meal later.
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Feb 232015
 

I like making this recipe ahead and tossing it in the freezer for later. I even freeze the rolls if it’s going to be a short enough time before I make it.

Freezing instructions are at the end. I highly suggest a Foodsaver for freezing. It vacuums out the air and prevents frost and freezer burn.

Regular Ziplock freezer bags and a straw work well, too. I’ve had to use that method recently since my Foodsaver isn’t working correctly anymore.

Slow Cooker Italian Pork Sandwiches
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds ground pork
  2. 1 15-oz can tomato sauce
  3. 1 1/2 cup chopped onion
  4. 1 8-oz can pizza sauce
  5. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 2 Tablespoons vinegar
  7. 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  8. 1 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  10. 2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
  11. 1 Tablespoon hot pepper sauce
  12. hard rolls
  13. 3 to 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Brown ground pork and drain well. Transfer to slow cooker.
  2. Stir in tomato sauce, onion, pizza sauce, garlic, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, fennel, Italian seasoning and hot pepper sauce.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  4. Fill hard rolls with pork mixture and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella.
Notes
  1. Freeze Ahead:
  2. You can have fresh Italian Pork Sandwiches anytime by freezing. Just cook the pork and cool. Mix the rest of the ingredients (not the rolls and cheese of course) and freeze in a Foodsaver or gallon bag. Make sure to get all the air out of the bag you can before freezing.
  3. When you’re ready to make Italian Pork Sandwiches, thaw until the mixture fits in your slow cooker. I try to freeze it so that it fits right out of the bag. Cook on high for 1 hour, then turn it to low for 7-9 additional hours. I forgot to cook it on high for an hour the last time I made it, but it was fine after 9 hours cooking it straight from frozen.
  4. Make sure to taste the mixture as soon as it’s hot. If the spices have dulled in the freezer, try adding a pinch or two of additional spices until it tastes like it should.
  5. And don’t forget the hard rolls and mozzarella cheese!
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Nov 112013
 

The original recipe calls this Company Casserole because it “has things commonly found in your kitchen” so you can whip this up when company comes over. Sadly, I don’t commonly have all these ingredients in my kitchen, and I added a few more, so company casserole isn’t fitting. But, I couldn’t think of anything else to call it. I’m not very creative when it comes to dish names. Poor Man’s Lasagna has been suggested or Italian Casserole of the Thousand Calories, but I think I’ll try to figure something else out.

Company Casserole
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Cook Time
40 min
Cook Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 lbs Hamburger
  2. 12 oz Wide Egg Noodles
  3. 1 Tablespoon Butter or Margarine
  4. 2 cloves Garlic, crushed
  5. 8-16 oz Fresh Mushrooms, sliced
  6. 1 bunch Green Onions, chopped
  7. 2 Eggs, lightly beaten
  8. 8 oz Cream Cheese
  9. 1 cup Sour Cream
  10. 8 oz Cottage Cheese, small curd
  11. Pepper, to taste
  12. 16 oz can Tomato Sauce
  13. 2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  14. 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Boil egg noodles to slightly al dente. Drain well. Excess liquid will make this dish runny.
  3. Brown hamburger and drain well and set aside.
  4. Melt butter and sauté garlic, mushrooms and green onion to remove excess liquid. Drain well.
  5. In bowl combine eggs, cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese. Mix well. Add mushroom mixture and stir.
  6. Add half the noodles to a casserole dish or 9×13 pan. Add cheese mixture then the rest of the noodles. Top with hamburger and add pepper.
  7. Spread tomato sauce evenly over the top of hamburger and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
  8. Cook for 30 minutes, add mozzarella cheese and cook 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cook slightly longer if you like your cheese nice and brown.
  9. Let sit for 10-15 minutes to allow noodles to absorb excess liquid.
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Dec 072011
 
2 pounds sirloin cut in thin strips 1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 red bell pepper, chopped 1/4 cup sherry
2 cloves garlic, minced 1 Tablespoon oyster sauce
3 carrots, chopped 3 Tablespoons almonds, slivered
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar 12 ounces hot cooked vermicelli

Combine all ingredients except noodles in Crockpot. Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours or on high 4 to 5 hours. Serve over noodles.

Makes about 6 servings

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