Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Best Fall Slow Cooker Recipes


wearing: cardigan // jeans
dishes: pumpkin plate // Homegoods bowl // table runner 

Happy Wednesday, loves! One of my favorite things to do in the fall is cook - especially meals in the slow cooker. You simply throw in all the ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning, and then by dinnertime - voila! - you have a hot, delicious home cooked meal! Today I wanted to share a few tried and true favorites that both me (and my fiance!) love. These are my go-to crock pot recipes, but they're ESPECIALLY good in the fall when it's cold outside!

First up, the Potato Soup that's shown in the photos above. This soup is so good, it's restaurant quality! It's a little healthier than your average baked potato soup because it calls for Greek yogurt rather than sour cream. The leftovers are also sooo good - Chris and I always have it for lunch the next day or even dinner a few days later. The soup will refrigerate up to 3 days. 

Slower Cooker Potato Soup 
Ingredients:
- 6 slices cooked bacon, diced
- 3 to 4 cups chicken stock
- 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes (I don't peel mine but you can!), diced
- 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and diced
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 (12-ounce) can 2% evaporated milk
- 1 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
- Optional toppings: thinly-sliced green onions or chives, extra shredded cheese, extra bacon, Greek yogurt

Instructions: 
1. Add bacon, 3 cups chicken stock, potatoes and onion to a large slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours, until the potatoes are completely tender.
2. Once the soup is almost ready to serve, cook the butter in a small saucepan on the stove over medium-high heat until it has melted. Whisk in the flour until it's completely combined, then cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Gradually add in the evaporated milk while whisking it together with the flour mixture, and continue whisking until the mixture is completely smooth. Let the mixture continue cooking until it reaches a simmer, stirring occasionally, and then it should get really thick
3. Immediately pour the milk mixture into the slow cooker with the potatoes and stir until combined. Add in the cheddar cheese, Greek yogurt, salt and pepper and stir until combined. You can mash the potatoes with a large spoon if you would like the soup to be a little thicker! 
4. Serve warm with desired toppings. 


This next one is another favorite... Chris and I both love it really spicy so we add in extra spicy ingredients! You have probably seen me snapchat about this chili a lot over the past couple of years. It's a staple for us!

Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili
Ingredients: 
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, drained
- 1 (15.5 oz) can kidney beans, drained
- 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
- 10 oz package frozen corn kernels
- 2 (10 oz) cans diced tomatoes with chilies
- 4 oz can chopped green chili peppers
- 1 packet reduced sodium taco seasoning
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Instructions: 
1. Combine beans, onion, chili peppers, corn, tomato sauce, diced tomato, cumin, chili powder and taco seasoning in a slow cooker and mix well.
2. Nestle the chicken in, making sure it's completely covered, and cook in low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-6 hours.
3. Thirty minutes before serving, remove the chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir to combine.
4. Top with your favorite toppings! I love plain Greek yogurt and a little bit of shredded cheese.

I started making this next one for Chris because he lovvvves the broccoli cheddar soup from Panera. This tastes almost identical - however it is not very healthy haha! I only make this occasionally because it is SO good and a comfort meal never hurt anyone now and then :) 

Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
- 1 carton (32 oz) chicken broth
- 1 bag (14 oz) frozen baby broccoli florets, thawed
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 box (8 oz) Velveeta cheese
- 1.5 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
- 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions:
1. Spray a 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Cook onion in butter 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Stir in flour. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually stir in milk until smooth and pour mixture into slow cooker.
2. Stir in broth, broccoli, pepper and salt and cover. Cook on low for 4 hours or until bubbly.
3. Add cheese cubes to slow cooker and stir until melted. Add 1.5 cups Cheddar cheese and the Parmesan cheese; stir until melted, and serve.

If you have any favorite slow cooker recipes, please let me know!! Either comment the link or email me and I'd love to try them :)

xoxo


34 comments:

  1. I'm obsessed with my slow cooker in the fall and colder months! I make a huge batch of my chili every Sunday night and eat it all week, it's such a time saver!
    xx Tess | Sequins are the New Black

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  2. YUM! I'm obsessed with my slow cooker and always looking for new recipes to try. My BF's dad gave us one and it has completely eliminated the worry of coming home from work late and still having to make a plan for dinner. I'll definitely be making all of these!!!

    Arum Lilea

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  3. These all sound AMAZING! Especially the chili.. my favorite.

    Kim

    http://trendkeeper.me .. A fall twist on blazers!

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  4. Great recipe I've gotta try it? Where's your slow cooker from?

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  5. Girl, you had me at chicken taco chili. I am making that ASAP! Thanks for sharing these!!

    By Lauren M

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  6. I love my slow cooker! I posted a recipe for slow cooker loaded baked sweet potatoes a few weeks ago...omg they are the best!
    Can't wait to try the soup!

    www.luellapearl.com
    Caitlin

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  7. These recipes all sound amazing! I definitely have to try that chicken taco chili. Your kitchen is gorgeous! I love how the flour is labeled in that container. I may have to use that when I have my own place!

    Kendal // Life With Kendal

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  8. I loveee slow cooker recipes! They're always so easy to make and your house ends up smelling so yummy :) Love this post girl!!

    Lauren Lindmark | https://www.dailydoseofcharm.com

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  9. Your cooking posts are my favorite! I still make your chili from last year all the time. Thank you!

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  10. These all sound soooo good, and I love using the crockpot. Your house is looking beautiful!

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  11. thanks for sharing this looks amazing!! yum yum !

    jadieegosh

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  12. Nice post dear ;)

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  13. The taco chili recipe sounds delicious! I'll definitely being trying it a lot this year!

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    1. It was my papa's and he passed away last year, I love using it because I think of him every time! :)

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    2. My mom has the same one, and so does my aunt-in-law! It makes me happy to see it. :) (And the recipes sound fab, too!)

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  15. Your potato soup looks delicious! I love that it's chili / soup time - if only the weather would get on board, too!

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  16. I'm excited to try your baked potato soup! I've never put evaporated milk in mine, so I'd love to try the new twist. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. I'm definitely in need of some home cooked food recently!

    Briana
    https://beyoutifulbrunette.com/

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  18. I make a baked potato soup in the crockpot with frozen hash browns, and it's delicious and SO easy! I also love the Skinny Taste's chicken burrito bowl.

    Ellen | A Pop of Pink

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  19. Sending these all to the house chef here, my husband! haha! Love your kitchen and decor. I totally modeled my front porch decor after yours! lol!
    xxoo
    Mary
    www.BelleOnTrend.com

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  20. I didn’t see anyone else so maybe I’m a bit clueless, but did you dice up the potatoes or throw them in while for the potato soup?

    Thank you! All sound yummy.

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  21. Love using my crockpot! Even in blazing Florida I use it all year round, but I’m glad it’s starting to (somewhat) cool off. Will definitely be trying your broccoli cheddar soup recipe as I love Panera’s as well :) I have so many recipes to offer, but this is by far the easiest and I think you and Chris will enjoy it! Side note I use GF elbow noodles and swap out the ground beef for ground turkey, just our family’s preference. I hope you give it a try!

    Crockpot Pasta Fagioli Recipe:

    http://www.maebells.com/slow-cooker-pasta-fagioli/

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  22. This sounds so yummi, can't wait to try it.
    http://www.easys-tyle.com/

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  23. Omg all of these sound delicious!!! I just bought my first slow cooker & made enchilada quinoa (check it out here: bit.ly/slow-cooker-enchilada). Now we'll have to try these!

    xo, B
    www.BKCsquared.com

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  24. I was looking for a potato soup recipe! Thanks, Caitlin! Can't wait to try them out.

    xo,
    Amy Z

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  25. Not quite fall weather here in Charleston, yet, but looking forward to trying that broccoli cheddar soup as soon as it is!

    Elise
    www.notsetinsilverstone.com

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  26. I love soups in autumn
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  27. I love that you are sharing Fall recipes as a part of your fashion blog. Can't wait to give these a try.

    Liv | https://livinthedistrict.com/

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  28. love it <3 -Daria
    https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/daria-edu-19010657
    http://dariaed.com/ "

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  29. I have been trying to get into cooking, and all of these recipes sound delicious, I will have to give them a go! Thanks for sharing xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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  30. I realized that for less than the cost of taking my little family to a night out at Chili's, I would literally have an encyclopedia of recipes of my favorite dishes!TastyKeto

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