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If you’re searching for ham crock-pot recipes for Easter or other special holiday, you have to try the Best Crock-Pot Ham Recipe ever! The secret to this crock-pot Easter dish is a special beer and chutney glaze.

I've been making a version of this recipe for crock-pot ham since 2004. My kids insist that I make it every Thanksgiving and Christmas, too.

I love making it because it's a super easy crock-pot ham recipe. Spiral cut ham is a great option for any holiday you don't want to spend all your time cooking. That's because it's already precooked and pre-sliced, and just needs to be heated up and given a bit of flavor in a slow cooker.

You don’t have to be an expert in the kitchen to make a delicious recipe for Easter dinner (or any holiday or special occasion) with the Best Crock-Pot Ham Recipe with Beer and Chutney Glaze!

Making a ham crock-pot recipe that’s gluten free

The spin to making this slow cooker ham recipe “almost homemade” is creating a spicy beer glaze that’s an easy and more wholesome alternative to the scary sauce packet that comes with your ham.

You can make the Best Crock-Pot Ham Recipe with Beer and Chutney Glaze gluten free by using a gluten free beer. (Another option is using a gluten free hard cider.) If you don’t drink alcohol, regular cider or apple juice is a delicious and wholesome substitute – and naturally gluten free as well!

Crock-pot ham recipes are also terrific to serve at brunches and sports watching parties. Plus, you'll have plenty of leftover ham for sandwiches, ham and eggs, omelettes and quiche!

Try the Best Crock-Pot Ham Recipe with Beer and Chutney Glaze. Perfect for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Big Game parties, and makes great leftovers for quiche and sandwiches, too!

Side dish suggestions to go with slow cooker ham recipes

Sweetened Collard Greens

Marinated Asparagus

Slow Cooker Mashed Parsnips & Sweet Potatoes

Marsala Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Easy Roasted Root Vegetables

Easy Mashed Parsnips and Chives

Moist Tofu Cornbread

The Best Crock-Pot Ham Recipe with Beer and Chutney Glaze

This Mama’s tips for making the best crock-pot ham recipe ever!

For crock-pot ham recipes, you’ll need to make sure that your crock-pot is big enough – or your ham small enough – to use the lid. I try to find a ham that’s big but flat. If it doesn’t quite fit, you can cover the top with several sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil.

If you cannot find chutney at your local supermarket, use a cup of mild mango salsa plus a cup of peach or apricot preserves.

For a roasting rack, I use two small, round cake racks at the bottom of my slow cooker so the ham doesn’t stick to the ceramic insert.

For easy crock-pot cleanup, use slow cooker liners. They’re WONDERFUL. Now that I use them, I no longer have to soak my crock-pot overnight and scrub it using Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser and a scouring pad.

Stock up on slow cooker liners on Amazon at a great price!

During the various holidays when spiral cut ham is on sale, buy an extra one to freeze. Then you can use this crock-pot ham recipe during the summer, too, when it’s too hot to use the oven to cook. Serve the spiral cut ham on hamburger buns with BBQ sauce mixed with the chutney glaze – soooo good! I also love leftover ham in salads, don’t you?

The Best Crock-Pot Ham Recipe with Beer and Chutney Glaze

Best Crock-Pot Ham Recipe with Beer and Chutney Glaze

Based on a recipe by Fances Towner Giedt in her cookbook, Heartland Cooking Crockery Favorite

Ingredients

  • 1 5 to 6 pound fully cooked, spiral cut ham
  • 1 jar mango chutney
  • 3 tablespoons spicy or Dijon-style mustard
  • 24 ounces gluten free beer

Directions

  1. Trim off any excess fat. Place ham on a metal roasting rack or trivet in a 5-quart or larger crock pot or slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours or on HIGH for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  2. Remove tongs and metal rack from your slow cooker.
  3. Pour off and discard pan juice.
  4. Return ham to crock pot. If cooking on LOW, change setting to HIGH.
  5. Place chutney in a small bowl. Stir in mustard and beer.
  6. Pour chutney and beer mixture over ham into the crock pot. Cover and continue to cook for 30 minutes, basting every 5 minutes with the chutney and beer mixture.
  7. Transfer ham to a warm carving platter or a cutting board. Cover with foil and keep warm with a clean dish towel. Let stand for 15 minutes before uncovering and slicing.
  8. Spoon chutney and beer mixture over ham when serving.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 6 Hours 30 Minutes
Total Time: 6 Hours 45 Minutes
Servings: Makes 8 servings
  • Serving size: 1/8 of recipe

Originally published December 12, 2004. Updated with new photos and information.
Picture credit: DepositPhotos

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This Slow Cooker Goat recipe makes amazing shredded beef & chicken, too! https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/02/slow-cooker-goat-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/02/slow-cooker-goat-recipe.html#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:27:07 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=4025 This Slow Cooker Goat recipe makes amazing shredded beef & chicken, too!

Are you looking for recipes for cooking goat meat? If you are, I came up with this Slow Cooker Goat recipe during a blogger recipe challenge using Jen from Bean Town Baker’s recipe for Crockpot Pulled Chicken. However, if goat isn’t your thing, you can use it to make slow cooker shredded beef or crock-pot shredded chicken, too.

If you know my recipe for carne asada, I once had a bunch of mountain goat to cook up. Mountain goat is so tough it’s practically inedible unless made into sausages or cooked in a crock-pot. I cooked up my slow cooker goat for 20 hours, believe it or not.

Nevertheless, if you’re using domestic goat, it’s still quite tough. (Here are 10 Goat Cooking Tips.) But you won’t need to cook goat in a slow cooker for quite as long – I’m guessing 8-10 hours.

This Slow Cooker Goat recipe makes amazing shredded beef & chicken, too! Click to get this easy crock-pot shredded goat recipe.

If you’re using this goat crock-pot recipe for chicken, slow cook it for five to six hours.  For beef, cook in your slow cooker for six to eight hours. You can tell the goat, chicken or beef is done when you can pull it apart with a couple of forks.

If it’s dinner time and the meat isn’t quite tender enough, you can always chop it up finely with a sharp knife. It’ll be cooked through, just not to the “shredding point.” Better to feed the troops than have everyone starving until 10 o’clock at night!

This Slow Cooker Goat recipe gives a nice, smoky taste to your meat of choice. That’s because of the chiles in adobo, the smoked paprika, and Worcestershire sauce.

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For easy cleanup, use slow cooker liners. They’re WONDERFUL. Now that I use them, I no longer have to soak my crock-pot overnight and scrub it using Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser and a scouring pad.

Stock up on slow cooker liners on Amazon at a great price!

How do you serve your Slow Cooker Goat Tacos?

I like serving my Slow Cooker Goat meat shredded and served on warm soft corn tortillas, street taco style. I prepare a bunch of toppings in little bowls set out on the counter buffet style, so everyone can make their own shredded goat meat tacos.

This Slow Cooker Goat recipe makes amazing shredded beef & chicken, too!

Here are just a few of the toppings we love to have on hand:

Serve Slow Cooker Goat Tacos with my recipe for Easy 10 Minute Mexican Rice.

I heat my corn tortillas on a griddle pan and then keep them warm in an insulated fabric pouch tortilla warmer. Much better than keeping them warm (and drying them out) in the oven!

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More ways to serve up Slow Cooker Shredded Goat

Here are some more ways to serve pulled goat besides making pulled goat tacos:

Slow Cooker Goat Taco Bowls. Serve the shredded goat white or brown rice or quinoa with salsa, cheese, cilantro, etc.

Slow Cooker Goat Burritos. Use some of the toppings you use in Slow Cooker Goat Tacos.

Crock-Pot Goat Breakfast Hash. Leftover slow cooker goat can be reheated in a skillet along with onions, and potatoes. Top with some cheese, hot sauce, salsa, and cilantro. Place a sunnyside egg on top. Makes an awesome weekend breakfast or brinner dish!

Love shredded meat slow cooker recipes? Try my Crock-Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken with Black Beans & Corn. Or my Best Slow Cooker Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos!

This Slow Cooker Goat recipe makes amazing shredded beef & chicken, too!

Slow Cooker Goat

Ingredients

  • 1 14 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 3 chipotle chiles in adobo, finely minced
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoon smoked or regular paprika
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 pounds goat meat
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

Directions

  1. Stir tomato sauce, chiles, vinegar, agave nectar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, chili powder and salt in a 6-quart slow cooker to combine.
  2. Add goat, onion and garlic and stir to cover meat thoroughly.
  3. Put the lid on and cook on low until the goat can be pulled apart – at least overnight if not nearly a full 24 hours. Check often to make sure it’s not getting dried out. If the liquid levels are getting low add some water, broth or more tomato sauce.
  4. When done, shred goat with a fork right in the crock. Stir well then serve.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Hours
Total Time: 18 Hours 15 Minutes
Servings: 6-8 servings
  • Serving size: 1/6 to 1/8 of recipe

Originally posted on November 7, 2011. Updated with new pictures and information.

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Slow Cooker Juniper Venison Stew https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/02/slow-cooker-juniper-venison-stew-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/02/slow-cooker-juniper-venison-stew-recipe.html#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:27:00 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=11404 Slow Cooker Juniper Venison Stew

This venison stew for the slow cooker was inspired by a blogger recipe challenge. I was partnered with Corina at Searching for Spice, and tried her recipe for Slow Cooked Juniper Beef Stew so I could use up some of the venison in my freezer. Since Corina wrote that juniper berries were used in Scandinavian and Central European stews with venison, I knew it would be perfect!

While the combination of juniper berries, cloves, allspice and nutmeg was not what my family was used to, it was a deliciously wonderful change from the Herbes de Provence type blend that I usually add to my slow cooker venison stews. Plus, it was a great way to use up that bottle of juniper berries that’s been sitting in my spice rack for eons!

Slow Cooker Juniper Venison Stew is an ideal weeknight recipe. Click to get this easy gluten free crock-pot recipe.

Making an easy slow cooker venison recipe

First, when making my crock-pot venison recipe, I doubled Corina’s recipe since it served two and we have four people in our family. Then I added a pound of parsnips and lots more carrots and celery, since you can never have too many vegetables.

It’s a lot of food, so you’ll need a six-quart Crock-Pot to cook up your Slow Cooker Juniper Venison Stew. And don’t forget to use slow cooker liners for easy cleanup!

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Finally, prep your slow cooker venison recipe the night before and place the crock in your refrigerator. Then get your easy slow cooker venison stew going in your slow cooker first thing in the morning, so it’s ready when you get home from work.

Slow Cooker Juniper Venison Stew

Keeping slow cooker venison stew gluten free

I coated (or dredged) the venison in a gluten free flour and browned it. Yes, it adds an extra step, but browning venison gives a nice flavor to the stew and adds a thickener to the broth.

Feel free to use any gluten free flour you like! A brown rice flour like Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Brown Rice Flour adds a nutty taste to this slow cooker venison recipe. However, an all-purpose gluten free flour like Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour would work, too.

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For the broth, I used gluten free Massel beef flavored bouillon, since I always have them in my pantry. If you’re gluten free you HAVE to keep a supply of Massel bouillon and stock concentrate products in your pantry. They’re so terrific for making a quick batch of broth or stock to use in soups, stews, sauces or to flavor sautéed vegetables. Their products are vegetarian (yes, even the “beef” and “chicken”) and gluten free. Check them out!

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You can also use a premade gluten free beef broth or gluten free vegetable broth in this Slow Cooker Juniper Venison Stew recipe. Make sure to read the label carefully for any hidden sources of gluten if the front of the carton doesn’t state “gluten free.”

Slow Cooker Juniper Venison Stew

Slow Cooker Juniper Venison Stew

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds venison, cut into 1-2 inch cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons gluten free flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups gluten free beef or vegetable stock or 3 cups water and 3 Massel beef flavored bouillon cubes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons juniper berries, gently crushed
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon allspice berries
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • 1 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 pound baby bella mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 2 red onions, sliced

Directions

  1. Place venison stew meat in a bowl and sprinkle pepper, salt and gluten free flour over meat. Toss to evenly coat.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Place venison in pan and cook until evenly browned on all sides. Remove meat from pan and place into slow cooker crock.
  3. Add 3 cups of broth or water to pan. Bring to boil, lower heat and keep at a low simmer. If using bouillon cubes, add to the pan, and break up cubes with back of a spoon or spatula. Add tomato paste to pan and stir to combine.
  4. Scrape off bits of meat and cooked on flour with spoon or spatula to deglaze pan thoroughly. Pour contents of pan over meat in slow cooker. Liquid should completely cover venison. If not, add more stock or a little water.
  5. Sprinkle spices and herbs on top of meat. Add vegetables.
  6. Cover and set the slow cooker to the low setting. Cook for 8-10 hours until the venison is tender.
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 8 Hours
Total Time: 8 Hours 30 Minutes
Servings: Serves 4 to 6
  • Serving size: 1 large bowl

Originally published on April 14, 2014. Updated with new pictures and information.

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A Simple & Healthy Split Pea Soup recipe for busy weeknights https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/01/simple-healthy-split-pea-soup-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/01/simple-healthy-split-pea-soup-recipe.html#comments Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:27:00 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=13818 A Simple & Healthy Split Pea Soup recipe for busy weeknights

If you think a homemade split pea soup recipe takes too much effort – especially during a weeknight – it’s much simpler than you think. A batch of this A Simple & Healthy Split Pea Soup recipe for busy weeknights takes about 60 minutes. Most of that is simmer time, when you can be doing other things like cleaning up and setting the table with cute handled soup bowls.

Plus, the taste of this healthy split pea soup is so worth it, especially compared to canned soup, which can be full of sodium and other ingredients you may not want.

This easy split pea soup recipe came from a food blogger recipe challenge when I was assigned Grandma Loy’s Warming Split Pea Soup.  She based her easy recipe for split pea soup on one she found in Women’s Day magazine.

Looking for an easy healthy soup recipe? Click to get this Simple & Healthy Split Pea Soup recipe. Can be made vegetarian or add leftover ham.

Making a quick batch of Simple & Healthy Split Pea Soup

I changed up a few of the split pea soup ingredients used by Grandma Loy. First, I used homemade stock (and no additional water) and didn’t use bouillon cubes and water.

If you’re vegetarian or vegan, you can use a vegetable stock. Otherwise, store bought chicken stock will work. If you’re gluten free, check the label to make sure the stock you buy is gluten free.

I also sautéed and caramelized the onions to soften them up and add a little unique flavor for my Simple & Healthy Split Pea Soup recipe.

Simple & Healthy Split Pea Soup recipe

If you have ham on hand, you can turn this into a split ham and pea soup recipe. It’s a great way to use up leftover spiral cut ham during the Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays.

For a smooth soup, run your healthy split pea soup recipe through a high speed blender, a food processor, or use a hand blender directly in the 4-quart pot. (Using a hand blender is so much easier since you don’t have to transfer the soup to the blender and then back into the pot. If you don’t have an immersion blender, treat yourself to one.)

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You may want to make a double batch of Simple & Healthy Split Pea Soup. Freeze in food storage containers to heat up on busy weeknights.

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How to make homemade stock in your slow cooker

Grandma Loy used bullion cubes for her split pea soup recipe as a thrifty shortcut. I used homemade stock, which I find is even thriftier!

  1. After roasting a turkey, chicken, ham, or a pig (which we occasionally do at our backyard barbecues), take the carcass or bones and place them in your slow cooker.  Cover with water.
  2. Add some herbs to the water – thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary, etc. Dried or fresh will work.
  3. Add some crushed garlic cloves. Cut up an onion, a couple of carrots, parsnips, and some stocks of celery (whatever you have on hand), and add them all to the slow cooker.
  4. Cover and cook on low overnight or for 8 to 10 hours.
  5. Remove large pieces of bones and vegetables from the slow cooker and strain the liquid into food storage containers. Label with date and type of stock (turkey, chicken, etc.).
  6. If you want, you can pour stock into a couple of ice cube trays. Freeze and store cubes in Ziplock freezer bags to use when you just need a little stock in your cooking.
A Simple & Healthy Split Pea Soup recipe for busy weeknights

Split Pea Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 pound split peas
  • 6 cups stock (you can use chicken, ham or vegetable stock)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

  1. Pour peas on to a plate to check that there are no rocks or other foreign objects in with the peas.
  2. Heat olive oil in a 4-quart pot over medium high heat. Add onions, minced garlic, thyme, pepper and salt. Stirring frequently, sauté until onions soften, start to brown and caramelize.
  3. Add stock and peas. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 60 minutes or until peas are soft. Stir occasionally.
  4. You can puree the soup in a blender, a food processor, or with a wand blender if you wish.
  5. Serve with gluten free bread and a nice side salad.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 25 Minutes
Servings: Serves 6
  • Serving size: 1/6 of recipe

Originally posted on February 9, 2015. Updated with new pictures and information.

Learn how to make this Simple & Healthy Split Pea Soup recipe. Click to get this easy soup recipe that can be made in about an hour. Perfect for weeknights or make up a double batch to freeze and heat up in your slow cooker or Crock-Pot.
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Easy Slow Cooker Venison Stew https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/01/easy-slow-cooker-venison-stew-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/01/easy-slow-cooker-venison-stew-recipe.html#comments Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:27:00 +0000 http://localhost/wp_thismamacooks/?p=55 Easy Slow Cooker Venison Stew

Easy Slow Cooker Venison Stew is the best way to cook up the small venison roasts you have in the freezer now that hunting season is over. This slow cooker venison recipe is easy to set up in the morning before you leave for work – or even the night before!

What I like about this crock-pot venison recipe is that you can get creative with you vegetables. I always use potatoes, but you can add as many raw vegetables as you have room for in your Crock-Pot, like:

  • Carrots (you can use baby carrots instead)
  • Onions (red or yellow)
  • Mushrooms
  • Turnips
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Celery

Make sure all raw vegetables are washed, peeled and chopped into bite sized pieces in your Easy Slow Cooker Venison Stew. (I cook potatoes and sweet potatoes whole so they don’t get mushy. Then I cut them into pieces with a serving spoon when I thicken the venison stew.)

Got venison? Click here to get this Easy Slow Cooker Venison Stew recipe! It's naturally gluten free and filled with vegetables!

If you don’t have time to peel and chop vegetables for your slow cooker venison recipe, add frozen vegetables after you thicken the venison stew. This is a great way to add frozen corn, broccoli, cauliflower, and green beans. So convenient, too, since they’re already prepared! Just wait 10-15 so that the vegetables are completely heated through before serving.

Don’t forget to use slow cooker liners for easy cleanup!

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Easy Slow Cooker Venison Stew. You'll love this slow cooker venison recipe .

Using a healthy French onion soup mix in your slow cooker venison recipe

To make this crock-pot venison recipe convenient and easy, you can use couple of packets of French onion soup mix. However, the challenge is to find a healthy substitute for store-bought French onion soup mix.

Many commercial mixes contain wheat, which isn’t safe for people who are eat gluten free. Some brands contain disodium guanylate and disodium inosinate, which are similar to MSG, and sulfites, which many people are allergic to.

Trader Joe’s brand of onion soup mix was a good choice since it’s wheat free, but I’m not sure it’s sold anymore. Instead, you may want to make up a batch of homemade French Onion soup mix for this venison crock-pot recipe.

One of my favorite make-it-yourself French onion soup mixes comes from Wellness Mama – French Onion Soup Mix. It’s gluten free and has no MSG, sugar, or corn starch.

Easy Slow Cooker Venison Stew

Easy Slow Cooker Venison Stew

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Season the roasts on all sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  3. Brown the roasts on all sides, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Place roasts in slow cooker.
  5. Place potatoes and vegetables on top of the roasts. Then sprinkle French onion soup mix over vegetable.
  6. Fill slow cooker with enough broth to cover the roasts.
  7. Cook for 8-10 hours on low or 4-6 on high.

To serve:

  1. Turn off slow cooker. (Or use the warm setting if your slow cooker has one.)
  2. Remove roast from slow cooker. Cut roast into bite sized pieces and place back into slow cooker to keep warm until serving.
  3. Place corn or rice starch in a small bowl. Mix with 1/2 cup of broth from crock. Stir until well mixed.
  4. Add starch and broth mix to slow cooker. Stir until thickened.
  5. Add any additional frozen vegetables if desired. Turn off slow cooker before serving.
  6. Serve slow cooker venison stew with prepared horseradish. Put a dollop of horseradish on your plate and dip your meat in the horseradish. Remember that it’s strong stuff and will go straight to your sinuses if you use too much!
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Hours
Total Time: 10 Hours 20 Minutes
Servings: Feeds 6
  • Serving size: 1/6 of recipe

Originally published on March 1, 2010. Updated with new pictures and information.

Photo credit: Adobe Stock.

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Crock-Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken with Black Beans & Corn https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/01/crock-pot-mexican-shredded-chicken-black-beans-corn-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/01/crock-pot-mexican-shredded-chicken-black-beans-corn-recipe.html#comments Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:27:00 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=13928 Crock-Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken with Black Beans & Corn

My recipe for Crock-Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken with Black Beans & Corn is just the dish you’ll want for when you have friends over to watch the Big Game on TV. (It’s also perfect for busy weeknights!)

You’ll love how easy it is to put this slow cooker Mexican style chicken recipe together. And you don’t even need the whole day to cook it. That’s because if you set your slow cooker on high, this easy shredded chicken recipe cooks up in only four hours. Plenty of time to drive to the store, pick up all the ingredients you need, and get this easy party recipe going in your Crock-Pot and done before the Big Game starts.

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Normally, this can be served as an shredded chicken burrito recipe or an easy shredded chicken taco recipe. However, I’ve elected to serve it on brown rice as a “burrito bowl.” With everyone’s eyes on the game, who needs something messy like a taco running down your arms or falling into your lap?

It’s so much easier to sit there with a bowl of Crock-Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken with Black Beans & Corn while you’re cheering on your favorite team, don’t you think?

Crock-Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken with Black Beans & Corn. Perfect shredded chicken taco recipe or shredded chicken burrito recipe.

This Mama’s tips for making Crock-Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken with Black Beans & Corn

  • My Crock-Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken with Black Beans & Corn recipe requires a six-quart slow cooker and has just enough room to spare. If you don’t have a six-quart slow cooker, I suggest dividing the food evenly into two smaller slow cookers.
  • For easy cleanup, use slow cooker liners.

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  • Make brown rice in a rice cooker. That way it can stay warm throughout your football watching party to serve with this easy Mexican style shredded chicken recipe.

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  • Set this up buffet style, but show your guests how to make this easy shredded chicken recipe. Explain that you first put the rice in the bowl, then the shredded chicken. Then you add the toppings to the Mexican style chicken bowls like shredded Mexican-style cheese, diced red onions, avocados, and a squeeze of lemon or lime.

Love the combination of rice, shredded chicken and black beans? Try this Crock-Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken with Black Beans & Corn recipe.

  • To spice up this slow cooker shredded chicken recipe, try a Mexican style hot sauce.
  • Need a party drink suggestion to go with your Mexican shredded chicken bowls? Try my Gluten Free Peach and Cherry Beer Margaritas!
  • Leftover Crock-Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken with Black Beans & Corn can be served in sandwich wraps or mixed with a little mayo and served like a chicken salad sandwich!
Crock-Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken with Black Beans & Corn

Crock-Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken with Black Beans & Corn

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 5 pounds chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
  • 2 (10 ounce) cans RO*TEL Mexican Style Diced Tomatoes with Lime Juice and Cilantro
  • 2 (10 ounce) cans RO*TEL Hot Diced Tomatoes and Habaneros
  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple with 100% juice
  • 2 (15.25 ounce) cans sweet golden whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • Brown rice
  • Serve with Mexican style shredded cheese, avocado, hot sauce, chopped onion, and slices lemon and limes.

Directions

  1. Spray the inside of the crock with cooking spray. Place chicken breasts at the bottom of the crock.
  2. Place the RO*TEL tomatoes, crushed pineapple with juice, drained corn, drained and rinsed black beans and sea salt on top of chicken breasts. Using a large spoon, carefully mix ingredients except for the chicken, which should be left on the bottom.
  3. Cover and place on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.
  4. An hour before chicken will be ready, make enough rice to serve 10-12 people.
  5. When chicken is easily shredded with a fork, remove all ingredients with tongs and a slotted spoon. There will a lot of liquid in the crock, so you’ll need to strain it. Set the liquid aside temporarily.
  6. Shredded the chicken with a fork and place all the food back into the slow cooker. Mix all the ingredients until they’re thoroughly incorporated. Place your slow cooker on the low setting, if it has one. If not, turn it off and unplug it.
  7. Taste the chicken. If it’s dry, add back some of the liquid you removed and taste again until you’re satisfied. Toss any remaining liquid.
  8. To serve, place brown rice in bowl, put some of the shredded chicken on top, then add toppings such as shredded cheese, avocado, chopped onion, hot sauce and a squeeze of lemon or lime. Enjoy!
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 4 Hours
Total Time: 4 Hours
Servings: Serves 10 – 12
  • Serving size: 1/10 to 1/12 of recipe
This Crock-Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken with Black Beans & Corn recipe is perfect for a busy weeknights or big game watching parties. Click to get this slow cooker shredded chicken taco recipe or shredded chicken burrito recipe. Makes great burrito bowls for your bowl watching party!
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The Best Gluten Free Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs Ever! https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/01/best-gluten-free-slow-cooker-turkey-meatballs-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/01/best-gluten-free-slow-cooker-turkey-meatballs-recipe.html#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:27:32 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=14318 The Best Gluten Free Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs Ever!

This recipe for easy gluten free meatballs can be made when you get home from school or work since it needs just a couple of hours to cook in the slow cooker. Though, you can cook your gluten free slow cooker meatballs for up to four hours for extra flavor.

Around here I never know when we’re going to sit down for dinner due to evening activities like wrestling practice and bowling nights! This means having something that can be easily dished up at a moment’s notice like the Best Gluten Free Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs Ever!

This gluten free slow cooker meatballs recipe is so convenient! I always keep ground turkey and turkey sausage in the freezer just so I can make  this easy gluten free dinner dish when the whim hits.

The Best Gluten Free Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs Ever!

Plus, you can feel good about feeding your family this gluten free turkey meatball recipe. Turkey is a lean, tasty substitution for foods traditionally prepared with beef or pork. Often you’ll find that turkey is a less expensive alternative, too.

Believe it or not, my kids don’t like turkey. However, they gobbled these gluten free slow cooker turkey meatballs up! They knew they were turkey and gluten free, but didn’t care. They even fought over who got the leftover meatballs the next day for lunch!

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Making this Best Gluten Free Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs Ever recipe is easier than you think!

Prep time takes less than 30 minutes since you can use your favorite premade spaghetti sauce in this gluten free turkey meatball recipe. Just double check the label to make sure it’s gluten free and doesn’t have any ingredients you may want to avoid like MSG or dairy.

To keep these meatballs gluten free, I used gluten free Kinnikinnick Panko Bread Crumbs. I love this brand of gluten free bread crumbs and use them for making meatballs, meatloaf, and Gluten Free Mac & Cheese Casserole with Peas, Carrots & Ham.

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Use a large ice cream scoop to measure out the perfect amount of turkey meat and boom – you’ve got gorgeous gluten free turkey meatballs! There’s no need to cook the meatballs in the oven or sauté them in a skillet. Easier than you thought, right?

Prep your gluten free meatballs recipe in the morning, so you can plop them in your Crock-Pot when you get home from work or school. Use slow cooker liners for quick and easy cleanup, too. No need to soak and scrub!

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The Best Gluten Free Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs Ever!

More of this Mama’s tips for making the Best Gluten Free Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs ever!

  • Make a double recipe of gluten free meatballs. Freeze half in Ziploc freezer bags or plastic freezer containers for another busy school night.
  • Serve Gluten Free Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs with your favorite gluten free pasta. One of my favorites is Barilla Gluten Free Pasta.
  • Leftover gluten free turkey meatballs make great sandwiches. Serve on your favorite gluten free bread with a slice of mozzarella cheese and extra sauce. Slice the meatballs so they fit in the sandwich better. You can preheat the meatballs in the microwave, if you wish, or serve them cold. Delicious both ways!

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The Best Gluten Free Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs Ever!

Gluten Free Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 2 (24 ounce) jars marinara sauce
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 pound mild Italian lean turkey sausage
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup gluten free Kinnikinnick panko style bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup minced red onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Pour marinara sauce into slow cooker pot and set to low. Cover with lid.
  2. Place remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Using your hands, mix ingredients together until well combined. Remove lid from slow cooker.
  3. Using a large ice cream scoop, measure out enough meat for a 2-inch meatball. Shape meatball with your hands and place gently into the sauce. There will be enough for about 18 meatballs. Place each meatball in the crock so it’s covered with sauce. It’s OK if the meatballs are touching.
  4. Cover and cook for 2 to 3 hours until they reach an internal temperature of 165 F. Serve on your favorite pasta.
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 3 Hours
Total Time: 3 Hours 30 Minutes
Servings: Makes 18 (2-inch) meatballs
  • Serving size: 2 (2-inch) meatballs

Originally posted on August 28, 2015. Updated with new pictures and information.

This crock-pot gluten free meatball recipe is good for dinner or for parties. Click to get the Best Gluten Free Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs Ever recipe.
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Healthy Slow Cooker Hoppin’ John for New Year’s Day https://www.thismamacooks.com/2016/12/healthy-slow-cooker-hoppin-john-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2016/12/healthy-slow-cooker-hoppin-john-recipe.html#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2016 16:27:27 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=5260 Healthy Slow Cooker Hoppin' John

Traditional Hoppin’ John recipes are served on New Year’s Day to bring you fortune in the year to come. It’s a shame that people only eat authentic Hoppin’ John recipes on the first day of the year, because this Healthy Slow Cooker Hoppin' John recipe should be enjoyed year ‘round since it’s so easy to make in your Crock-Pot!

Hoppin’ John is a combination of two staples of Southern food – black eyed peas and collard greens. But it’s also packed with nutrition. According to Self Nutrition Data, black eyed peas are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium and a good source of fiber, protein, folate, thiamin, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and copper.

Collard greens are low in saturated fat, very low in cholesterol, and a good source of fiber, protein, and many vitamins and minerals.

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How I turned a Southern Hoppin’ John recipe into Healthy Slow Cooker Hoppin’ John

Traditional Hoppin’ John can be high in calories since traditionally it’s cooked up with a lot of pork and pork fat. So I was looking for a way to make a recipe for Hoppin’ John that was not only easier to make but lower in calories and healthier, too. That's why I was so excited to find a recipe for Hoppin’ John Vegetarian Black Eyed Peas that was cooked in a slow cooker at Kristi Arnold’s blog Veggie Converter, my assigned blog during a food blogger recipe challenge.

Kristi’s vegetarian Hoppin’ John recipe is already very wholesome. However, since I’m not a vegetarian, I decided to add smoked turkey sausage after consulting Kristi’s original sources. (Traditionally, smoked ham hocks are used.) I kept the sausage whole instead of chopping them up, so you can decide how much sausage you want to eat and can keep a better eye on portion size.

I also used canned black eyed peas in this easy hoppin’ john recipe instead of dried peas to make the recipe even more convenient for busy folks. (You can also use frozen black eyed peas!) I served it on quinoa, but feel free to use rice – brown, of course – which is used in more traditional hoppin’ john recipes.

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The Bacon Salt that Kristi recommends? Awesome stuff! I love how it added bacon flavor – and no calories and saturated fat – to my Healthy Slow Cooker Hoppin’ John recipe. Enjoy!

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Healthy Slow Cooker Hoppin' John

Healthy Crockpot Hoppin' John

Note: you can health up this recipe even more by using vegetable broth, cutting back on the sea salt, and adding more tomatoes, onions and collard greens. While I loved the addition of quinoa, it can be eliminated, too, if you're watching your calorie count. And the sausage? Feed it to your skinny friends or the dog!

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Empty the cans of black eyed peas into a colander place in the sink. Drain and rinse until the water runs clear.
  2. Place black eyed peas, chicken broth and turkey sausage in the six quart slow cooker.
  3. Stir in tomatoes with chilies, chopped onion, and collard greens.
  4. Add sea salt, Bacon salt and black pepper. Stir thoroughly.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours until sausage is cooked through.
  6. Serve over quinoa.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 8 Hours
Total Time: 8 Hours 20 Minutes
Servings: 10 servings
  • Serving size: 1/10 of recipe
  • Calories: 646
  • Calories from Fat: 56
  • Total Fat: 6.2g
  • Saturated fat: 1.3g
  • Unsaturated fat: 4.9g
  • Sodium: 1115mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 136.6g
  • Sugar: 8.4g
  • Fiber: 51.2g
  • Protein: 56.4g
  • Cholesterol: 27mg

Originally published on April 16, 2012. Updated with new pictures and information.

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