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!

25 Amazing Real Food Slow Cooker Recipes ~ comforting crock pot classics, flavorful tacos, hearty sandwiches, and cozy soups, stews, and chilis make up this list of popular slow cooker recipes! | FiveHeartHome.com

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? 😉

Okay, we’re going to go with the big news…because I can’t hold it in a second longer!

If you follow me on Instagram and caught my post earlier this week, then you’re already privy to this announcement. As for the rest of you, are you ready??? Okay, here goes: I’m writing a cookbook! Specifically a Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers cookbook, since that’s what I enjoy cooking for my family and those are the recipes that visitors to Five Heart Home seem to love. So are you as shocked by this news as I am?! Because I still can’t believe it.

When I started this blog two years ago, I couldn’t have imagined that it would lead to this opportunity. But it has, and it’s all thanks to you, my loyal readers! So I’m really excited to let y’all in on how the little (BIG!) secret I’ve been keeping all summer came about…

Back in June, I was contacted by a publishing company about exploring the possibility of a Five Heart Home cookbook. Let’s say that my eyes just about popped out of my head when I realized that it was a legit e-mail from a legit company that published legit cookbooks (which hopefully doesn’t make me sound too jaded, but bloggers receive a lot of fake offers/spam). So we set up a conference call, during which we came up with a premise for a cookbook that I was passionate about and that we thought my readers would love. Then came the phase where I had to submit samples of my recipes and writing style and photography to make sure I was worthy of a book deal. 😉 Lucky for me, I passed all of their tests, and I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be working with Page Street Publishing Company over the next year to bring you a Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers cookbook with 80 brand-spanking-new recipes, available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon in October-ish 2016!

Now I realize that there are tons of slow cooker cookbooks already out there, but this one is going to be different in that the recipes will require no processed ingredients! No canned cream of ‘X’ soup…no gravy packets or dried seasoning blends with questionable additives…just real food ingredients resulting in dinners that taste great while still being easy to throw into the crock pot.

And now for a bit of explanation about the work I have ahead of me… If you’re an e-mail subscriber or regular follower, you may have already noticed that my posting schedule has been slightly reduced over the past couple of weeks. The downside of writing a cookbook is that I have to meet a pretty huge, looming deadline in a few short months. So, seeing as how I am 100% human and 0% superhero — and seeing as how I’m still responsible for the care of three young kiddos, to whom I’m rather partial — I can’t possibly maintain my usual weekly blogging schedule and care for my family and create/test/perfect 80 new crock pot recipes, all at the same time. Somethin’s gotta give. And in this case, that something is going to have to be my current three-new-blog-recipes-per-week schedule.

I promise to do my very best to still bring y’all two new blog recipes a week while I write the manuscript for this cookbook. But I’m honestly not sure how time-crunched things are going to get at certain points, and it’s possible that some weeks I’ll only be able to eek out one. I hope y’all will hang in there with me, as I still have tons of fabulous previously posted recipes with which you can get acquainted while my usual blog recipe production slows down for a bit. 😉

I just want y’all to know that this is a temporary state of affairs…I fully plan on reverting back to my usual posting schedule once my biggest cookbook deadlines have passed. I so appreciate your support, patience, and understanding as I add another job to my already-overflowing plate. I’ve decided to accept this challenge because I think that I can write a really useful cookbook that will help busy families get a delicious dinner on the table with minimal time and effort. Hearing that my recipes help make people’s lives easier (or tastier) has always been the most rewarding part of working on this food blog. So to create a real, live, printed cookbook that has the potential to bring families together over the dinner table? I get a little choked up just thinking about it.

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(3/29/16) edited to add…

Holy cow…it’s really happening!Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers Link


And now back to the rest of that original blog post… 😉

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Okay. Enough of the jibber-jabber. THANK YOU again for supporting Five Heart Home for over two years now, and thank you for helping me reach a point at which this cookbook is possible. I hope you’re as excited about real food slow cooker recipes as I am, because I have 80 new ones headed your way next fall! But until then, I hope these popular, tried-and-true crock pot favorites from my archives will tide you over… 🙂

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa
Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa ~ flavored with smoked chipotles in adobo, fresh garlic, cilantro, and Mexican spices, this tender, juicy meat is an ideal filling for tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, or a tasty topping for rice bowls and salads | FiveHeartHome.com

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken with Peanut Sauce
Slow Cooker Thai Chicken with Peanut Sauce ~ features tender chicken stewed in a flavor-infused coconut milk/peanut sauce, served over rice or rice noodles, and garnished with chopped peanuts and cilantro | FiveHeartHome.com

Slow Cooker Creamy Black Bean & Chicken Soup
Slow Cooker Creamy Black Bean and Chicken Soup ~ a hearty, healthy, effortless crock pot dinner for those cold winter nights! | FiveHeartHome.com

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Holiday Ham
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

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

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs
Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs ~ sticky, smoky, and fall-apart delicious...nobody will ever believe that they came out of the crock pot! | FiveHeartHome.com

Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup ~ a smooth and creamy crock pot soup garnished with a variety of toppings, from sour cream and shredded cheese to crispy bacon and green onions | FiveHeartHome.com

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

The BEST Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
The BEST Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup ~ wholesome and easy to make, this crock pot soup is extra flavorful thanks to a few secret ingredients...and it's the perfect get-well-soon recipe for making it through cold and flu season! | FiveHeartHome.com

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 Beef Stroganoff (with no ‘Cream of X’ soup)
Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff ~ easy crock pot meal featuring tender beef and hearty mushrooms in a sour cream sauce, with NO canned soup | FiveHeartHome.com

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

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Chip
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup ~ this effortless, hearty, taco-seasoned soup is brimming with chicken, beans, and corn and topped with crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, and grated cheddar...sure to become a fall and winter favorite! | FiveHeartHome.com

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

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

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}

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

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

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

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

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}

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

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

Slow Cooker Ranch Beans
Slow Cooker Ranch Beans | FiveHeartHome.com

Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pork Loin
Slow Cooker / Crock Pot Honey Balsamic Pork Loin | Five Heart Home.com

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  1. Samantha, I love the big news! Your site, as well as your recipes, is impeccable and so fun to read. I’ll definitely be purchasing your new cookbook when it becomes available – congratulations!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Tami! Your sweet comment means so much. I’m excited that you’re excited about the cookbook! 🙂 I appreciate you taking the time to comment and hope that your week is off to a great start!

  2. Kristin S says:

    Oh wow Samantha this is fantastic – congratulations!!! I love crock-pot recipes (and my crock-pot) so put me in line for your book. Your recipes are fantastic, so I’m looking forward to seeing them in book form 🙂

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you so much, Kristin! I’m thrilled that you enjoy my recipes and I appreciate all of your support since way back when I first started this blog. Your comments always make me smile! 🙂

  3. I love everything about this! I am super excited for you, and I can’t wait for more real food crockpot recipes!

  4. I am so excited for you Samantha! You just never know what will come your way when you put your heart into something. Looking forward to your cookbook for our family and to pass along as gifts. My third grader now thinks you will be rich and famous after publishing a book-I hope he is right!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are the sweetest, Sarah…thank you! And your 3rd grader’s prediction made me laugh…but now I’m feeling the pressure! 😉

  5. Debbie Caraballo says:

    Congratulations, Sam! This is exciting news, and I know your cookbook will be wonderful! Can’t wait to see it….have a great weekend!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Deb, for being a longtime follower…I always appreciate your sweet, supportive comments! Hope your weekend was great as well. Have a wonderful upcoming week! 🙂

  6. I am so excited! It seems every crockpot recipe has a can of cream chemical in it…..drives me crazy! Can’t wait to try some of your recipes out! Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Link Party Palooza

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Kelly! I’m excited, too. I love figuring out how to make classic crock pot recipes using only real food ingredients, so it’s been fun (and a lot of work!) recipe testing over the past few weeks. Thanks so much for hopping over and I hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

  7. Oh my goodness, CONGRATS on your book!! How exciting! 🙂 I’ll absolutely be looking forward to picking up a copy, because I love all your real food crockpot recipes!

  8. Congrats!!!!! Your blog is wonderful, you are so deserving of the honor of writing a cookbook, can’t wait to buy a copy!!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Ashley…you are too sweet and your comment totally made me blush. 🙂 Happy Friday!

  9. This is wonderful Samantha!!! I’ve done 2 for another publisher and remember the first email–like you can’t believe it’s actually legit!!!

    So happy for you! <3

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you so much, Judy! You’re right…I wasn’t sure that the e-mail was legit the first half dozen times that I read it. Good thing I decided to follow up on it! 😉 And I had no idea that you’ve already published two cookbooks…congrats! Heading over now to check them out. 🙂

  10. This is a great announcement! Congratulations! All your slow cooker recipes sounds and look SO good, you inspire me to pull out my crock pot 🙂

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you so much, Lyuba! I can only hope that my cookbook will turn out as lovely as yours… 🙂

  11. Congratulations! All of your recipes sound and look delicious! =)

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