What I love about pot lucks is tasting other people’s recipes. We definitely have our own tried and true crock pot recipes we will continue to share on the blog … but we are always seeking new inspiration. So this week we gathered some tried and true recipes from readers and blogger friends in honor of one of our favorite kitchen appliances (Laura has three of them, ranging in size from the 3 qt version to a 6 qt big momma).
Pictured above are Laura’s bean-free version of crock pot chili (stay tuned for recipe), overnight steel cut oats, and Emily’s Texas Shredded Chicken.
Just like at a real pot luck, there’s plenty to go around, so you can steer clear of what you don’t like, and try what sounds good!
So, the next time you’re ready to “set it and forget it,” here’s a few thought starters.
- Kristen from Live Simply loves this Poor Man’s Chicken Noodle Soup. This technique is awesome – we promise you homemade chicken noodle soup is unlike anything you’ve ever had out of a can.
- The Skinny Kitchen’s Skinny Nacho Cheese Chicken Stew – She loves this high fiber, low fat, hearty stew.
- Pinch of Yum’s Veggie Crockpot Lasagna – she threw this in the crock pot (with Kale!) this weekend and went to the movies. Came back to a delicious mess.
- All Recipes – Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup (may I recommend you use Emily’s enchilada sauce recipe instead of canned) – Nicole, a reader, suggests you add a cup of rice with a can of black beans.
- Grumpy’s Honeybunch’s Crockpot Stuffing – the stuffing Shelby’s mom always made. A good idea to free up that oven on a big holiday, or maybe to “dress up” some chicken on a regular weeknight!
- 100 Days of Real Food’s Pork Carnitas – Lisa has tried these on many dinner guests and they get rave reviews! She thinks if you don’t have a crock pot, this one recipe alone is worth the $25 investment.
- Uh-oh – it’s a whole chicken taste-off (doesn’t that always happen at potlucks?)! You can try either Jess from Scratch Mommy’s or Cristina from An Organic Wife’s version next time you get a chance. They both look pretty good to me. And don’t forget my cardinal rule of any crock pot meat – SAVE THE BONES FOR BROTH.
- Looking for a veggie option? Amuse Your Bouche (totally awesome blog name for an awesome vegetarian blog, by the way) stands by the Veggie Packed Black Bean Soup.
- It wouldn’t be a crockpot list without some chili! Here is KC from Kitchen Chopped’s recipe for Crock Chili Chopped.
- Did you know you could use it to bring yogurt to the right temperature? Annemarie from Real Food Real Deals uses it for homemade yogurt weekly! More proof it’s a versatile tool.
- My sister-in-law loves to make these easy chicken cordon bleu rollups in her slow cooker (may we recommend Trader Joe’s cream of portobello mushroom soup – no MSG or odd-sounding preservatives). They are impressive! I like to add a bit of extra white wine and a generous sprinkle of herbs de provence when I make it.
- Ally from Sweet and Savory Eats shared this Spicy Pulled Pork recipe that has been a hit on her blog forever!
- This delicious and sophisticated Crock Pot Beef Bourguignon from Anyonita Nibbles.
**We are HUGE fans of the whole chicken in a crock pot because you use the entire chicken and get broth as well … all for the same price or less than the cost of a pack of boneless skinless breasts.
Bottom line, from lasagna to yogurt to stuffing to a classic roast, the slow cooker is more versatile than we often recognize.
Some of the recipes above are right up our alley “as is” … and others we may want to make a few swaps to “real foodinize.” Whatever your style, hopefully one of these tickles your fancy and inspires you.
Join the potluck! Share your favorite tried and true slow cooker recipe in the comments below!