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Slow Cooker Charro Beans

Slow Cooker Charro Beans ~ these "cowboy beans" are loaded with bacon, garlic, tomatoes, herbs, and spices, making them an excellent side dish to any Mexican entree! | FiveHeartHome.com

Slow Cooker Charro Beans — flavored with bacon, garlic, tomatoes, green chiles, jalapeños, cilantro, and spices — are the perfect pinto beans to accompany your favorite Mexican entrees! A few days ago I shared my recipe for King Ranch Chicken Casserole, which just so happens to be one of my family’s very favorite comfort food classics. And if you saw that post, you may have noticed a side of tasty-looking pinto beans adorning the casserole plate. Well, those beans weren’t {Read More}



Slow Cooker Pineapple Pulled Pork with Pineapple BBQ Sauce

Slow Cooker Pineapple Pulled Pork with Pineapple BBQ Sauce ~ use on tacos, quesadillas, pizza, nachos, and more! | FiveHeartHome.com

Succulent pork and juicy pineapple are slow cooked in the crock pot with a flavorful, homemade Pineapple BBQ Sauce, resulting in sweet and savory pulled pork for sandwiches, tacos, quesadillas, nachos, pizza, and more! Have I mentioned before that I big puffy heart my crock pot? I think I may have…a time or twelve. But did you know that one of my favorite things to cook in the slow cooker is pork? And that I consider pork and pineapple to {Read More}



Slow Cooker Chicken Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Chicken Sloppy Joes ~ juicy shredded chicken meets homemade sauce in these effortless sandwiches | FiveHeartHome.com

Juicy shredded chicken meets a quick, homemade sloppy joe sauce in these messy, effortless Slow Cooker Chicken Sloppy Joe sandwiches that are sure to please the entire family! I believe I owe y’all an apology. Back at the beginning of the year, I conducted a little poll of my Facebook followers asking what kind of posts you’d like to see more often here at Five Heart Home. And the overwhelmingly popular answer? Slow cooker recipes. So that’s what I set {Read More}



Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos ~ Mexican Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos (or Mexican Pulled Pork) ~ perfect for taco night or Cinco de Mayo | FiveHeartHome.com

Slow cooked pork is braised in an aromatic broth, cubed, and finished off under the broiler, resulting in succulent, caramelized carnitas that are delicious in tacos or as a filling for burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, and more! I’ve officially decided that May is one of the best months of the year. Spring is in full swing with the promise of summer beckoning, but before the excruciating heat sets in (yet). The school year is winding down and thoughts are turning to {Read More}



Slow Cooker Asian Beef Short Ribs

Slow Cooker Asian Beef Short Ribs ~ tender, savory beef from the crock pot, flavored with garlic, ginger, and sesame oil | FiveHeartHome.com

This savory crock pot meal comes together in minutes and features tender, fall-off-the-bone beef short ribs in a flavorful cooking liquid of soy sauce, beef broth, garlic, fresh ginger, and sesame oil. Y’all, April has been and continues to be a crazy busy month around Five Heart Home! My husband has been out of town for work quite a bit lately, the kids have all kinds of school events falling this month, we’ve had various relatives visiting, and I’m going {Read More}



Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham ~ Easter Dinner from the Crock Pot!

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham ~ an effortless way to cook your Easter ham with a glaze of pineapple juice, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, Dijon, and honey | FiveHeartHome.com

Leave your holiday cooking to the crock pot with this quick & easy, sweet & savory Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham! Pineapple juice and a brown sugar rub featuring Dijon, balsamic vinegar, and honey melt into an amazing glaze. Several years ago, I had the epiphany to cook my Easter ham in the slow cooker, and let me just tell you…it’s one of the most brilliant holiday cooking decisions I’ve ever made! You know how when you’re preparing a holiday {Read More}



Slow Cooker Chicken & Black Bean Tacos

Slow Cooker Chicken and Black Bean Tacos ~ let your crock pot do all of the work on your next taco night! | FiveHeartHome.com

Tasty chicken soft tacos — stuffed with tender shredded chicken, black beans, corn, and your favorite toppings — make for an effortless taco night since the slow cooker does all of the work! I know y’all love crock pot recipes, and you’ve probably noticed that over the past few weeks, as winter headed towards spring, I’ve been slacking in the slow cooker department. The truth is, I do use my crock pot all year long, but the type of recipes {Read More}



Slow Cooker Corn & Potato Chowder with Ham

Slow Cooker Corn and Potato Chowder with Ham | FiveHeartHome.com

Let your slow cooker do the work for you with this creamy, comforting chowder, loaded with sweet corn, hearty potatoes, and flavorful ham. Winter is about to wear me out, y’all. One day (today), it’s 30°. By the weekend, it’s supposed to get up to 80°. Every time we get a taste of spring it freezes again, and every time we resolve ourselves to more winter weather, warm temperatures and sunny skies tease us, if only for a few days. {Read More}



Slow Cooker Balsamic & Herb Beef Stew with Cornbread Waffles

Slow Cooker Balsamic & Herb Beef Stew with Cornbread Waffles | FiveHeartHome.com

Flavorful beef stew, loaded with vegetables, seasoned with herbs and balsamic vinegar, and served over cornbread waffles, makes for a fun and effortless slow cooker meal! Do you ever get stuck in a rut when it comes to dinner menu planning? I have to admit that I do. Making those tried and true recipes is often just easier than trying something new. There’s little thought required in cooking an old standby, since I practically have it memorized, and there’s no {Read More}



Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff ~ No ‘Cream of X’ Soup!

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff ~ easy crock pot meal featuring tender beef and hearty mushrooms in a sour cream sauce | FiveHeartHome.com

Tender chunks of beef and hearty mushrooms are complemented by a parsley-flecked sour cream sauce in this easy, comforting, slow cooker meal. This crock pot favorite is an all-around hit when I make it for my family. My kids happily eat it (even the mushroom-hating preschooler), my husband raves about it, and I’m a happy camper because this tasty dinner doesn’t require me to slave over the stove all day. You may have seen a slow cooker version of beef {Read More}



Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork Sliders with Creamy Broccoli Slaw {PLUS} Super Bowl Drink Tags Printable

Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork Sliders with Creamy Broccoli Slaw {PLUS} Printable Super Bowl Drink Tags | FIveHeartHome.com

Slow cooker pulled pork is simmered in root beer and dressed in a tangy homemade barbecue sauce before being piled on sweet slider buns and topped with crunchy, creamy slaw…for an easy, make-ahead recipe that’s perfect for watching the big game! This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Rubbermaid and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #RubbermaidSharpie  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO Are y’all as excited about the Super Bowl as I {Read More}



Slow Cooker German Lentil Soup with Sausage

Slow Cooker German Lentil Soup with Sausage | {Five Heart Home}

Lentils, sausage, carrots, and a flavorful broth simmer the day away in this hearty, comforting, slow cooker soup. A few days ago on Facebook, I asked for reader input about what type of recipes you’d like to see on Five Heart Home in the upcoming months. While I got a variety of answers, there was one overwhelming consensus…crock pot fare! And you know what? That’s just fabulous because, as a busy mom of three, I love and rely on my {Read More}



Slow Cooker Chicken & White Bean Chili

Slow Cooker / Crock Pot Chicken and White Bean Chili ~ garnish with cilantro, tortilla chips, cheese, avocado chunks, salsa, etc. | {Five Heart Home}

After bubbling away in the crock pot all day, comforting white chili — studded with tender chicken, white beans, and tangy green chiles — is topped with your favorite garnishes: fresh cilantro, crunchy tortilla chips, gooey cheese…the possibilities are endless! This week, central Texas had our first taste of legitimate autumn temperatures this season: we dipped into the 50s overnight and actually stayed there all day! Granted, it was back up in the 70s by the following day, but the {Read More}



Slow Cooker Meatball Sub Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Meatball Sub Sandwiches ~ meatballs cook up in the crock pot to top tasty and effortless subs | {Five Heart Home}

Hope y’all aren’t tired of crock pot recipes yet, because I’ve got another slow cooker sensation to share with you today! This week is going to be a busy one around these parts. Our baby girl is turning one on Thursday, so on top of our usual hectic schedule, I’ll be in full party planning mode for the next few days. ONE. I can hardly believe it. The past year has flown by. And to be perfectly honest, I’m already {Read More}



Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup ~ your crock pot does all the work for this warm and comforting soup, made hearty (but not heavy) by the addition of diced ham, potatoes, and carrots | {Five Heart Home}

We’ve been pretending around here. Pretending that it actually feels like fall. But we’re not pretending that a busy fall schedule has descended upon us — noooo, that’s reality, folks — so I’ve been relying on my slow cooker, now more than ever. And what’s easier to whip up in the crock pot than a warm, comforting, perfect-for-fall (or perfect when you’re pining for fall) soup? I particularly love throwing dried beans — or in this case, split peas — {Read More}



Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich Au Jus

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich Au Jus | {Five Heart Home}

With the first day of school on the horizon, my meal planning has turned from dinners on the grill back to the offerings of my trusty, effortless slow cooker. And with recipes like this one, I’m not even sad. There’s no question that a crock pot is ideal for cooking roast. But if you want to take that same cut of beef and branch out a bit from the ordinary, French dip sandwiches are the way to go. You’ll hardly {Read More}



Slow Cooker Ranch Beans

Slow Cooker Ranch Beans | {Five Heart Home}

With barbecue season in full swing and the Fourth of July coming up, I thought it would be a good time to share my favorite recipe for perfect, uncomplicated, chuck wagon-style pinto beans.  And the best part of all is that you can make them in the crock pot! Now some might claim that these beans are plain, and sure, you could gussy them up with diced tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, or cilantro…but I would argue that it is the simplicity {Read More}



Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pork Loin

Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pork Loin | {Five Heart Home}

Even though our daily schedule becomes more flexible once school’s out for the summer, that still doesn’t mean I want to spend hours on end in a hot kitchen.  So when we’re not grilling outdoors, odds are I’m using my crock pot.  Plenty of folks (myself included) tend to think of slow cooker meals as winter fare, and many crock pot recipes certainly fall into that category.  But there’s something to be said for coming home from work or the {Read More}