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Slow Cooker Honey Lime Pulled Pork Tacos (or Nachos)

Slow Cooker Honey Lime Pulled Pork Tacos feature tender, spicy-sweet pork piled on flour tortillas and topped with red cabbage, carrots, avocado, cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro for an easy, effortless dinner…and the leftover pork is fantastic on nachos! Hi, friends! I missed y’all during my unexpected hiatus last week. I’ll explain my absence in a moment, but in the meantime, hopefully I can beg your forgiveness with these melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork tacos brimming with the flavors of fresh lime {Read More}

Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers ~ Cookbook Update!

Happy Friday, friends! I know I’ve mentioned it a time or twenty over the past few months, but with cookbook manuscript and edits finally out of my hands, I thought it was time to “officially” share a little update on the status of Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers! For those of you who don’t know the backstory, last summer, I was surprised and elated to receive an e-mail from Page Street Publishing Co. asking if I would be interested in {Read More}

Slow Cooker Honey Cinnamon Carrots

Slow Cooker Honey Cinnamon Carrots make a sweet, buttery, and addictive side dish…the perfect easy recipe for freeing up the oven and feeding a crowd, on a holiday or any day! Apparently I don’t keep resolutions very well. When I wrapped up my final recipe for the cookbook a few weeks ago, I swore off slow cookers for awhile. In fact, I actually put away the three slow cookers that have been in constant use and permanently residing on my {Read More}

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup is silky and delicious, packed with vitamins, and as effortless as tossing frozen butternut squash cubes into the crock pot! Well, friends, Thanksgiving week is finally upon us, and I’m assuming y’all are all set on your Turkey Day menu by now? (If not, it’s never too late to check out all of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes…hurryhurryhurry!) I’m also assuming that you’re going to do enough grocery shopping and cooking and dish washing to earn {Read More}

25 Amazing Real Food Slow Cooker Recipes…plus BIG, HUGE news!

Comforting crock pot classics, flavorful tacos, hearty sandwiches, and cozy soups, stews, and chilis make up this list of popular real food slow cooker recipes! Happy October, friends! I decided to treat you to two posts for the price of one today…a round-up of my favorite crock pot recipes — just in time for the commencement of fall slow cooker season (yay!) — and the biggest blog-related announcement I’ve made in…ever. Soooo. Which shall it be first? ­čśë Okay, we’re {Read More}

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs are sticky, smoky, and fall-apart delicious…and nobody will ever believe that they came out of the crock pot! As we near September, I thought I’d share a recipe that magically bridges the gap between summer (barbecued ribs!) and fall (slow cooker comfort food!). Have y’all cooked baby back ribs in the crock pot before? Because you won’t even believe how good they are! It’s as simple as rubbing a spice mixture over a few racks {Read More}

Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup is a smooth and creamy crock pot soup garnished with a variety of tasty toppings, from sour cream and shredded cheese to crispy bacon and green onions. Oh, soup…how I love thee. We flirt in October, when other parts of the country have dropping temps while we Texans are still wearing shorts and flip-flops. You become a part of our regular rotation come November and December, because it just feels like soup season…even when {Read More}

Caramel Apple Cider ~ Starbucks Copycat

This all-natural copycat of a Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice Cider tastes like warm apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream…in a mug! Oh my word, y’all. Move over hot chocolate…I have a new favorite warm drink for chilly days! This Caramel Apple Cider is, simply put, amazing. In fact, I can’t really think of a better description than what I wrote in the flowery line at the top of this post. It tastes just like warm, spiced apple pie topped {Read More}

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is brimming with chicken, beans, & corn and topped with crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, and grated cheddar, making it a warm, hearty, effortless crock pot meal that’s perfect for a chilly day! I’ve got another crock pot wonder for y’all today! This Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup was pulled from my most-frequently-made-for-the-longest-span-of-time recipe file. In other words, it’s an oldie but a goodie and well worth the hype of being one of our all-time {Read More}

Slow Cooker Charro Beans

Slow Cooker Charro Beans — flavored with bacon, garlic, tomatoes, green chiles, jalape├▒os, 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 Chicken & Black Bean Tacos

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 Balsamic & Herb Beef Stew with Cornbread Waffles

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!

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 German Lentil Soup with Sausage

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}

Creamy Cheesy Corn Casserole

Cream cheese adds richness to sweet corn in this comforting side dish, with extra flavor from sharp cheddar cheese and (optional) diced jalape├▒os. (And pssst…after you grab the recipe for this Creamy Cheesy Corn Casserole, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post for a blog hop featuring lots of yummy holiday recipes!) Do you love cream cheese as much as I do? Are you still scrounging for a few last Thanksgiving side dish ideas? Today I’m {Read More}

Slow Cooker Meatball Sub Sandwiches

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 French Dip Sandwich Au Jus

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

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. ┬áAnd 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

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.┬á So when we’re not grilling outdoors, odds are I’m using my crock pot.┬á 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. ┬áBut there’s something to be said for coming home from work or the {Read More}