As a busy working mom, I have always loved my crockpot. It’s so easy to turn it on in the morning, go to work, and come home to a nice meal that you didn’t have to spend hours cooking. Now that we are in quarantine mode, I am wanting to use it even more. Working from home, taking care of our family of 5 (plus pets) and staying on top of house work takes a lot of time, and some days I don’t have the energy to cook. Today, I’m sharing three of our go-to crock pot meals that the entire family loves.
While you usually associate soup with the winter, our family eats this meal year round because it is so good! You can make it with either beef or chicken and it is great as a freezer meal also.
Boneless skinless chicken breast (I usually use about 3)
1 15-ounce can of corn drained
1- 15-ounce can of black beans rinsed and drain
1 can of rotel
1 48-ounce carton of chicken broth (we like a lot of juice- you may want to use less)
1 packet of taco seasoning (you can also make your own)
To cook, simply put all the ingredients in your crockpot and cook on low on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours. Shred the chicken before serving and top your with any ingredients you like such as cheese, avocado, tortilla strips and sour cream. This is a great freezer crock pot meal as well. Simply put all of the ingredients (uncooked) in a large ziplock bag and freeze. Thaw it out 24 hours in advance and empty into the crock pot the morning you are ready to cook it.
Shredded Chicken Tacos
Tacos are a go to in our house. We usually eat them once a week. This is the easiest way to make shredded chicken tacos. All you need are 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breast and taco seasoning. Put the chicken and seasoning in the crockpot with 3/4 cup of water and let it cook on low for 4 hours or high for 6 hours. When the chicken is finished cooking you will easily be able to shred it with a fork. You can also throw onions and bell peppers in the crock pot to cook, but we usually cook them separately in a skillet. Put the chicken in a soft or hard taco shell, add your desired toppings (hello beans, rice and cheese) and enjoy!
Another super easy and delicious crockpot meal are these fall-off-the-bone ribs. They are great served with Southern sides like baked beans, corn or mac n cheese. You can also pull the meat off the bone and make pulled pork sandwiches.
4-5 pounds of baby back ribs
2-3 cups of BBQ sauce (our favorites are Stubbs or Sweet Baby Rays)
2 Tbsp brown sugar
Paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and red pepper flakes to taste (I usually use about 1-2 Tbsp of each)
Mix your dry ingredients and coat the ribs before putting them in the crockpot. Cover them with the barbecue sauce and cook on low for 6-8 hours. You will know they are ready because the meat will literally fall off the bone.
I know we will be eating these and many other crockpot meals while stuck at home over the coming weeks and months. If you try any of these recipes I’d love if you post them on Instagram and tag me @organized_chaosblog to let me know how you liked them. Also, if you have any go to crockpot meals, let me know. Praying that you and your family stay safe and healthy during this time.