Winter is a time to get cozy. Hot chocolate, big sweaters, and comfort food. When I plan for a busy day, I like to bring out the crock pot.
Being able to do my work, schoolwork, and chores while the house fills the aroma of food is the best feeling. That tender meat that falls apart, stewing in its own juices and broth. I could go on and on about the things I love about crockpot.
Besides not having to actively cook, the variety of foods you can make is endless. From hearty stews and chili, to roasts. You can even make desserts too.
We will get into the top 10 delicious meals you can make with a crockpot this winter.
Top 10 Crockpot Winter Recipes (with links)
1. Chili. This is a classic and really easy recipe to try. Just pick out the beans you want, add ground beef and onion, and add chili mix with water and leave it.
Personally, I substitute ground beef with ground chicken. I also add corn for a bulkier chili. Whatever you want to do, you can do in a crockpot. Bake some sweet cornbread and you’re good to go.
Toppings like avocados, cheese, and sour cream really add to the flavor.
2. Beef Brisket. This dish is perfect for Sunday dinner. Smooth gravy over a tender brisket, paired with red potatoes and carrots. A slow cooked brisket is the way to go.
Just put the potatoes and carrots on the bottom and the brisket on top. Add seasonings and beef broth and let it sit on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
3. Jambalaya. This is something I’m planning on trying this week. Nothing like a hot bowl of jambalaya to warm you up on an icy evening.
The secret to this yummy meal, is to add the shrimp an hour before it’s done. You don’t want the shrimp to shrink and get tough. Cook some rice to complete the meal. Add some bay leaf to give it that extra bit of flavor.
4. Ham and Bean Soup. The best thing about this recipe, is that you can use dry beans without soaking. This is a very healthy comfort food. It doesn’t require a lot of salt as the pork will do most of the work.
There are so many ways to make this soup. You can add kale, carrots, and celery. Or you can use butter beans for a creamier texture.
5. Swedish Meatballs. I haven’t been able to take a trip to the IKEA cafeteria but I love swedish meatballs over egg noodles.
This is the perfect meal for a big family. Cook some noodles on the side or in the crockpot and let everyone get as much as they want. I like making mashed potatoes instead. The gravy from the meatballs makes it a perfect pairing.
This doesn’t require any hard work unless you want to. You can make your own meatballs, I prefer to get frozen ones. It’s less of a mess that way and you can always try different meatball recipes in the crockpot.
6. Fudgy Peanut Butter Cake. Now we're moving into desserts. This cake is a mixture of smooth peanut butter and fudge.
I like doing desserts like this after going out to eat. Having a warm cake ready to go after being out in the cold is satisfying. Top it off with some ice cream to make it a very sweet treat.
7. Pineapple Upside-Down Dump Cake. A favorite in my home. Just need some yellow cake mix to get things started. You can make this with or without pecans.
This can also be made with gluten-free cake mix too. Don’t forget the pineapples and the cherries. It only takes 2 hours and a bit of vanilla ice cream will finish it off.
8. Chocolate Fondue. Try this with friends. Mix some chocolate chips with some milk and heavy cream for 1.5 hours. While it’s cooking get some fruit, cake pieces, and some skewers for everyone.
It's good social food and perfect for winter get-togethers.
9. Vegetable Beef Soup. Getting back to stews and soups, vegetable beef soup is the best reason to own a crockpot.
With this recipe, I use frozen veggies, canned tomatoes, and beef broth with seasoning. I like to add potatoes and carrots to give it a fuller flavor. One of the best soups to have during an ice storm.
Keep it low for 6-8 hours and go about your day. When it’s ready, add some French garlic bread or some croutons.
10. Chicken and Dumplings. This classic southern meal is the ultimate comfort food. Just use canned biscuits an hour before the chicken is done. It is so good that you won't have to worry about leftovers. Just make sure to add some cream of chicken for that creamy finish.
So there are my favorite crock-pot recipes. I hope those of you who haven’t tried cooking with a crock pot have found some things to try.
What kind of things do you like to cook during the winter? Comment below and don’t forget to share and follow for an array of content from me.
Stay safe and stay warm everyone.