Though they fell out of vogue for a while, crock pots are back with a vengeance - and with good reason. These countertop cookers take all of the guesswork out of family meals, and they can have your dinner hot and ready when you walk in the door after a long day of work. Sure, they have limitations (no browning, sorry) but the long, slow-cooking process is perfect for achieving tenderness in meats and creating lovely stews. Slow cooker recipes can turn chicken, beef, and pork into dinner with just a couple minutes of prep. Throw in a pork shoulder with some orange juice and onions and it'll turn into fragrant pulled pork perfect for tacos by dinnertime. Feel like chili? You can pretty much dump all of the ingredients together, set the timer, and walk away - it'll be a Texas-style feast when you return hours later.
Serve these mini sausages at your next cocktail party or tailgate.
This Cheesy Cauliflower for a Crowd, made super convenient with a jar of cheese pasta sauce, is perfect for your next potluck.
Mole, a Mexican sauce of chiles, tomatoes and chocolate (yes, really!), is the star of this slow cooker beef stew.
This hearty chicken, bean, and corn recipe slow simmers in your slow cooker to give you a ready-made meal after a long day. Serve over mashed potatoes if you like.
Cornmeal dumplings top this slow-cooker Tex-Mex soup recipe. The dumplings are added near the end of cooking time. Resist the urge to lift the lid while the dumplings cook. Left to cook without interruption, they'll be fluffy and light.