5 easy, great-tasting slow cooker recipes for any occasion

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5 easy, great-tasting slow cooker recipes for any occasion
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In my opinion, a good recipe for a party is one that doesn’t require a plate and a fork. A bowl and a spoon perhaps… I’ll make an exception for chili, because the recipe below will blow your mind!

But you should be able to eat most with your hands – either in a tortilla or on a bun, or dip a chip into. And being able to make these in the slow cooker is advantageous as well.

Here are two reasons why the slow cooker is great for party recipes:

  • They’re easy, and they are all “dump recipes,” meaning you just place all the ingredients in the slow cooker and turn it on.
  • The food stays nice and warm for hours

Make one of these, and no matter what type of party you’re hosting, your guests will definitely have a good time (at least while eating!)

Read more: 5 ways you can save thousands by using a Crockpot

5 easy slow cooker recipes that taste great

Korean Beef Tacos

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Ingredients:

  • 2-3 lbs. Chuck Roast

  • 1/3 cup honey or brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 1/2 onion, diced

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced or pressed

  • 1 Tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar (white wine vinegar will do)

  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated or minced (or 1 tsp ground ginger)

  • 1/2 jalapeno, minced (optional)

  • 1 tsp sesame oil

Directions:

  1. Place everything in the slow cooker

  2. Cook on low for 8-10 hours

  3. Shred and serve in tortillas and top with slaw (see below)

For the slaw mix, use a bagged coleslaw mix and just added some salt, pepper and a bit of the rice wine vinegar. It adds some nice crunch to the tacos.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Wing Dip

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Ingredients:

  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese

  • 1 cup blue-cheese salad dressing

  • 1 cup hot sauce

  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese

  • 4 cups shredded, cooked chicken

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to the slow cooker except for the chicken.

  2. Turn on low setting and cover.

  3. While the cheese/dressing mixture is cooking, boil about 3 chicken breasts for 40 minutes.

  4. Shred chicken.

  5. Using a whisk, mix the cheese/hot sauce/dressing mixture in the slow cooker until smooth.

  6. Add the 4 cups of the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and stir until completely mixed in.

  7. Reduce heat to warm and enjoy!

Slow Cooker Verde Chicken

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Ingredients:

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs

  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes

  • 1/2 tsp cumin

  • Juice from 1 large lime (or 1-2 Tbsp)

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed (or 1 Tbsp jarred minced garlic)

  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (measured prior to chopping), chopped finely

  • 12 oz. green tomatillo salsa

Directions:

  1. Place chicken thighs in the bottom of the slow cooker.

  2. Add all other ingredients on top.

  3. Cook on high for 4 hours (or medium for 6, low for 8)

  4. Break apart chicken and serve however you’d like (in tortillas, over rice, with tortilla chips).

Shredded Beef and Black Bean Chili

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lb top sirloin steak (or any kind of steak, really)

  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped

  • 1 1/2 – 2 cans black beans (15 oz each), rinsed

  • 2 1/2 cups water + 2 beef bouillon cubes (or 2 1/2 cups beef broth)

  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste

  • 2 cloves minced garlic

  • 3 Tbsp chili powder

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp parsley

  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Pour 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil onto a hot pan over medium heat.

  2. Sear steak for about 2 minutes per side and remove from pan.

  3. Add 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil to the pan, and add the peppers and onions.

  4. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until soft.

  5. Add garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

  6. Transfer steak and vegetables to the the slow cooker.

  7. Add all other ingredients and cook for 8 hours on low.

  8. Shred steak and serve.

Pulled Pork

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Ingredients:

  • 2 – 2.5 lbs. boneless pork loin or shoulder

  • 1/2 onion sliced

  • 1 Tbsp paprika

  • 1 tsp black pepper

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 16 oz. bottle BBQ sauce

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed

  • 1/2 cup water

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to the slow cooker.

  2. Cook on medium for 6 hours or low for 8-10 hours.

  3. Shred and enjoy!

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Lauren Greutman About the author:
In my bestselling book, The Recovering Spender, I tell my story of overspending - how I got my family into $40,000 of debt, what happened when I broke the news to my husband—and then I give you the step-by-step plan we used to become completely debt-free in 4 years.
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