I know I say this a lot, but you MUST try this… I am a recent crock-pot owner and now see what all the rage is about. I would have loved this thing when I started living on my own in the apartment. Not only does it smell up the place with a nice aroma, it is super easy! It was so easy, I wanted to make it harder. As in, I kept wanting to stir it or check it. Luckily I read the more you open your pot up the longer it takes to cook (which totally makes sense) SO I put it on before I went to bed so I wouldn’t be tempted. I am somewhat shocked I didn’t check it in my sleep haha 😉
I cooked in my sleep… maybe I could do that for a talent show 🙂 I got a cookbook from my mom this weekend… and that gift brought this recipe to this blog on this post (sorry I was seeing how long I could make that sentence go on haha). Anyways, I practically read the cookbook in one night and decided to pick out recipe or 2 (or 3…). Did you know you can cook any course in a crock pot?? Well you can… and this cookbook will show you how!
I used the California Chicken Taco recipe as a base… oh I forgot to mention most (if not all) are 5 ingredients or less. Resulting in a 1) a cheap meal, and 2) a cheap clean up (1 pot and 2 bowls to serve and spoons!). So this is the inspiration base recipe:
-2 chicken breasts
-1 jar of salsa
-Taco Seasoning (we used DC Taco Seasoning)
-1 can of black beans
-2 or 3 cups of chicken stock
When you check it after 8 hours it should be bubbling a little bit. This will ensure that all bacteria has been cooked out 🙂 Finally you can take the lid off and just take a spoon and the chicken will just fall apart. I didn’t expect this, but I was able to shred it without a fork and right in the crock pot!
You could use this recipe as a base and go wild… any bean would work! Use what you got in the pantry or cabinet (cupboard… does anyone say cupboard anymore??).
I served it with chips… then I ran out and just warmed a taco shell up and sprinkled it on top to give it some crunch. I always seem to want something crunchy along side a crock-pot meal to add some texture!
Have a great Thursday,