Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin (5 min prep)

Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin is tender and juicy and very easy to make!  This slow cooker pork tenderloin has a combination of spices added to barbecue sauce and requires very little prep.

It’s one of those easy, no muss, no fuss recipes that everyone loves and it’s great served over homemade mashed potatoes or baked rice (or even brown rice)!

Pork Tenderloin sliced on a cutting board, garnished with thyme. WIth a crockpot in the background.

Pork Tenderloin vs. Pork Loin

Pork loin and pork tenderloin are two different cuts of meat and cannot be used interchangeably so be sure you’re using pork tenderloin for this recipe.

Both cuts are lean and and I most often make roast pork tenderloin as it doesn’t take all that long. I love this recipe when I’m going to be out of the house, the perfect meal to come home to.

  • Pork Tenderloin is thin and about 1 foot long. Each tenderloin will weigh about 1lb.
  • Pork Loin is thicker and looks more like a roast with a fat cap on the top. It will weigh closer to 3-4 lbs. (Pork loin recipe here).

Two images showing pork tenderloin in the crockpot and the bbq sauce ingredients (before mixing)

How to Make Crockpot Pork Tenderloin

When I said easy, I meant easy! There are only two steps for this recipe.

  1. Whisk the sauce ingredients together.
  2. Pour it over the tenderloin and walk away! To save a dish, you could even whisk the ingredients right in the Crock Pot, then add the pork and roll it in the sauce!

Oh, wait. Don’t forget to turn your Crock Pot on! Seriously, that’s really all there is to it.

NOTE: Pork tenderloin is a lean cut of meat and can dry out if overcooked. Check the temperature with a meat thermometer and remove from the slow cooker at 145°F. Rest 10 minutes before cutting.

How Long Does Pork Tenderloin Take in the Crock Pot?

Depending on the size, cooked on the “high” setting it should take about 2 to 2 1/2 hours, start to finish. You will want to test the internal temperature to make sure it is at least 145°F. This pork tenderloin is fall-apart tender and juicy from cooking in the juices from the sauce! Yum!

Overview of pork tenderloin cooked in the crockpot with a bbq sauce mixture, garnished with thyme.

What to Serve with Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin

Pork always tastes great with sweet potatoes but on a weeknight, it’s great over a crusty bun with a quick and easy kale salad on the side.

With the spices in this recipe, my all-time favorite is to have it with a side of Mexican corn and delicious potato packets.

What To Do With Leftovers

Now here’s a problem you won’t mind having…if you even have any leftovers!

  • In the Fridge: When stored in an airtight container or zippered bag, it can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • In the Freezer: Just like in the fridge, store in an airtight container or freezer bag! It can be frozen for up to three months.
  • To Thaw: Defrost in the fridge, and reheat slowly on the stovetop, or in the microwave in 80-second intervals.

Recooked meat gets tough, so be careful not to cook it again during the heating process… but definitely do get it piping hot!

Crock Pot Pork tenderloin

Slow cooker pork tenderloin has a surprise combination of spices including barbecue sauce mixed with chipotle, chili, and smoked paprika, providing a kick that will be a field goal for sure!

  • 2 lbs pork tenderloin
  • 2 cups bbq sauce
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  1. Add pork tenderloin to a 6-quart slow cooker.

  2. Combine bbq sauce, mustard, chili powder, and kosher salt.

  3. Pour bbq sauce mixture over the pork tenderloin and add the lid to the slow cooker.
  4. Cook on high for 2- 2 1/2 hours or low for 4 hours, until the pork tenderloin reaches 150°F.

  5. Remove from the slow cooker and rest 10 minutes. Slice and serve with sauce.

Tasty Crockpot Pork Recipes

Asian Inspired Crock Pot Chicken Thighs

Crock Pot Chicken Thighs are cooked in an Asian inspired sauce for a new family favorite! Much like baked chicken thighs, the dark meat in this recipe stays moist and juicy with little effort.

Serve this recipe over fried rice or your favorite chow mein noodles.

Crock pot chicken thighs with sauce in a serving bowl topped with green onions



  • Chicken thighs in this recipe give maximum flavor while still keeping moist and tender. Boneless thighs make for easy serving.
  • You can replace the thighs with breasts but be sure not to overcook them. I find chicken breasts don’t hold moisture as well so I often add a bit of chicken broth and shred them back into the sauce.


  • Freshly grated ginger, and garlic add tons of flavor to this sauce while a scoop of brown sugar adds sweetness.

Overview of chicken thighs in the crockpot with the sauce on the side.

How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs

  1. Brown boneless skinless thighs and place in the bottom of a slow cooker/crockpot.
  2. Whisk the sauce ingredients together and pour over the chicken (see recipe below).
  3. Cook and enjoy!

Two images showing the chicken thighs in the crockpot before and after being cooked.

How long to cook chicken thighs in the Crock Pot: These chicken thighs can be cooked on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 4-5 hours. High temperature is preferred with this recipe.

What to Serve with Crock Pot Chicken Thighs

This slow cooker chicken recipe is perfect served over fluffy rice (or brown rice). Spoon the chicken over rice, ladle some extra sauce over the top and garnish with sliced green onions and chopped cilantro.

As the sauce is slightly sweet I like to keep the sides fresh and simple like steamed broccoli, bok choy, snap peas or even steamed asparagus.

More Easy CrockPot Chicken

Crock Pot Chicken Thighs

This is an easy, but hearty Asian-inspired recipe. Chicken thighs are cooked in a sweet and spicy sauce making them long on flavor, but short on prep and cooking time!

  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs (trimmed of extra fat)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger (grated)
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 green onions (thinly sliced)
  • 4 cups cooked white rice (for serving)
  • 4 tablespoons cilantro (for garnish)
  1. Season chicken thighs with salt and black pepper to taste.

  2. Heat olive oil over medium high in a 12-inch skillet. Add the chicken thighs skin side down and cook until browned about 3-5 minutes.

  3. In a medium sized mixing bowl add ketchup, soy sauce, honey, dark brown sugar, ginger, sriracha and garlic. Whisk to combine.

  4. Add chicken thighs to a 6 quart slow cooker. Pour sauce over the chicken thighs.

  5. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 2-3 hours or until the chicken is fully cooked and the sauce has slightly thickened.

  6. When fully cooked sprinkle the top of the chicken with green onions and cilantro. Serve over rice.

Nutritional information does not include rice.

Crock pot chicken thighs with sauce in a serving bowl topped with green onions.
Crock pot chicken thighs with sauce in a serving bowl topped with green onions.
Top photo - Crock pot chicken thighs with sauce in a serving bowl topped with green onions. Bottom photo - Overview of chicken thighs in the crockpot with the sauce on the side.

Slow Cooker Beef Burritos: great for a crowd!

Slow Cooker Beef Burritos make the perfect entrée for any occasion! Filled with shredded beef and refried beans they’re a hearty recipe that is great for a crowd! I mean, who doesn’t love Mexican food (or slow cooker recipes)? 

Once they’re fully prepared, they can be baked (or just pan fried if you prefer)! Serve with a helping of Mexican rice or zesty cilantro lime rice!

Close up of a beef burrito on a plate.

How to Make Beef Burritos

Burritos are one of my favorite foods (along with chicken enchiladas) and when I laid my eyes on these amazing burritos, I knew I had to have them. These beef burritos take a few steps but they’re not difficult to make and most of the time spent is hands off.

  1. Combine beef, onions, peppers and seasonings in a slow cooker. Cook until fork tender.
  2. Shred beef and combine with sauce.
  3. Place in tortillas with cheese and refried beans (add rice or any other add-ins you’d like).

Bake or Crisp

Ensure you wrap the burritos tightly to keep everything inside. Now that the burritos are prepared, you can either eat them as is, bake them or add them to a pan to crisp the outside.

  • To Crisp Burritos: Wrap burritos tightly. Brush a non-stick pan with olive oil and place burrito seam side down over medium heat. Cook until crisp and turn. Once all sides are crisp, serve warm with toppings.
  • To Bake Wet Burritos: This is my personal favorite way to serve burritos. Place filled burritos seam side down in a 9×13 casserole dish. Top with sauce (from the slow cooker) and cheese. Bake until heated through.

Overview of beef burrito ingredients in a crockpot.

How to Shred Mexican Beef

Put the cooked beef in a shallow dish. Using two forks, one in each hand, and shred each piece of beef until it is shredded the way you like it.

Most authentic burritos have shredded beef instead of ground beef in them and it doesn’t take much to make the real thing!

What to Add to Beef Burritos

The great thing about most Mexican-style foods like burritos is that each one can be completely different!

Assemble bowls of sour cream, salsa, olives, jalapenos, green chiles, sliced bells peppers, diced tomatoes, diced onions, guacamole, and black beans and let your guests add their favorite toppings! Don’t skimp on the cheese; everyone loves cheesy burritos!

Two image of slow cooker beef before and during being shredded.

Freezing Leftover Beef

  • To freeze beef bean burrito mixture, make sure it is thoroughly chilled before putting into a zippered bag with the date written on the outside so you know when to eat it by.
  • To thaw the mixture, take the bag or container out of the freezer and let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator. If you are pressed for time, you can thaw it in the microwave for a few minutes.

More Mexican Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow Cooker Beef Burritos

This is a delicious Slow Cooker Beef Burrito recipe loaded with tender shredded beef and beans! 

  • 2 lbs cubed chuck roast (or stewing beef)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 1 poblano pepper (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 jalapeno (chopped)
  • 1 can enchilada sauce (or homemade sauce (at least 19 oz))
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 8 12" flour tortillas
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese

Optional Toppings

  • sour cream
  • tomatoes (chopped)
  • cilantro
  1. In a large pan brown beef cubes with oil. Place in crockpot with onion, poblano pepper, jalapeno, and garlic and cover with enchilada sauce. Cook on high 4 hours or low 7-8 hours.

  2. Once beef is fork tender, remove from slow cooker with a fork and shred.

  3. Preheat oven to 400°F and remove all onions and peppers from sauce and add about 1/2 cup to the beef, just until moistened. Meanwhile, heat refried beans on the stove top or in the microwave.

  4. Lay tortillas out on the counter and evenly divide hot refried beans and beef mixture in the center of each. Wrap tortillas (if you don't know how, most packages of tortillas will have directions on wrapping).

  5. Place the wrapped tortillas seam side down in a 9×13 pan. Top with sauce from slow cooker and cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted.

  6. Serve with desired toppings.

Top image - a serving of beef burritos on a plate. Bottom image - Slow cooker beef burritos baked in a casserole dish.
Close up of a serving of slow cooker beef burritos.
A serving of slow cooker beef burritos on a plate.


This recipe was adapted from Joyously Domestic!

Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches

These Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches are perfect for tailgating season! With just a few simple ingredients tossed into the slow cooker, delicious slow cooked beef sandwiches are easy to make and serve for any game day gathering! 

Tailgating season is one of our favorite times of the year. The weather has cooled down a little bit, and we get to enjoy party favorites –  like sausage queso, sriracha shrimp, game day chili and of course Italian Beef!

Italian Beef Sandwich topped with pickled jalapenos and peppers.

This post is sponsored by Mirum, all opinions expressed are my own.

‘Tis the season for tailgating, friends and family! A favorite time of year for me filled with appetizers and all of my favorite snacks! This slow cooker Italian beef is a go-to with tender pulled beef and peppers. Simply pop it all in the slow cooker and let it cook while you enjoy the game! It’s great to prep ahead and transports well to parties!

I was surprised when I discovered in the Kelton/Perrigo Company plc, “Prevent the Summer Burn” Survey from March 2018 shows that 74% of people are willing to make significant sacrifices to be heartburn-free and one in three would even give up watching playoff sports this season to avoid heartburn! If you’re a frequent heartburn sufferer, being proactive and taking Omeprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets (also referred to as ODT) helps keep heartburn at bay.

Always talk to your doctor or a licensed professional before taking a new medication.

ODT can provide affordable relief to those of us that suffer from heartburn two or more days/week, and you can grab it at Walmart (or other retailers) while you’re grabbing your groceries! Find Omeprazole ODT at a retailer near you. If you’re like me, it’s not always easy to remember to take medication on time. Having tablets that can easily dissolve on the tongue means I can keep a stash in my purse and discreetly take them any time and any place (without water). Perfect for someone like me who is on the go all of the time!

Relief can come in as little as 24 hours but it can take up to 1-4 days for full effect (it is not for immediate relief). They’re so convenient, simply place the strawberry-flavored tablet on your tongue and let it dissolve (they’re the same small size shown on the box). Being able to take heartburn medication easily and discreetly makes tailgating more enjoyable (and heartburn free)… allowing me to indulge in my favorites!

Use Omeprazole ODT as directed for 14 days to treat frequent heartburn. Do not take it for more than 14 days or more frequently than every 4 months unless directed by a doctor.

Overview of Italian Beef Slider ingredients.

Beef for Italian Beef Sandwiches

A typical Italian beef sandwich is made with sirloin however it wouldn’t hold up well in the slow cooker. I’ve opted for chuck roast as it’s tender and flavorful. A rump roast works well too!

The beef is seared on both sides to add flavor to the recipe and then it slow cooks until buttery and fork tender and is shredded (similar to pulled pork).

Seasonings: This recipe uses a packet of Italian dressing mix for a bit of zest and tang. The peppers I use are sliced pepperoncinis, if you can’t find sliced, whole will work too. They add a delicious, salty, briny flavor and just a hint of heat but don’t make this sandwich too spicy.

Overview of Italian Beef Slider ingredients in a crockpot.

How to Make Italian Beef

  1. PREP:  Brown the roast and add it to the slow cooker with Italian seasonings, broth and pepperoncini peppers.
  2. COOK: Cook on high for 5-6 hours or on low for 9-10 hours until the beef is fork tender.
  3. SHRED: Using forks, shred the beef and return it to the juices. Stir to combine and let it warm for at least 20 minutes.

To Serve Crock Pot Italian Beef, stack it high on hoagie rolls or Italian rolls and top with with giardiniera (Italian pickled veggies) or more pickled peppers if you’d like to add a little bit of heat. Roasted Sweet green peppers are perfect on this too!

We also put out little slider rolls for parties or of course for game day since we have lots of other great foods on the table.

Don’t skip the juices!

It is important to make sure you get lots of the juices into the sandwich… maybe messy but definitely delicious (and essential to this recipe)! In fact, in Chicago they often dip the whole sandwich right into the au jus before serving it to you!

If you’d like to add cheese, provolone is a great choice!

Italian Beef shredded in a crockpot.

More Delicious Italian Beef Sandwich Toppings

Pickled veggies compliment this beef perfectly. We love adding refrigerator pickles and pickled jalapenos!

Other delicious additions include:

  • Cheese – Provolone is great! Also try: mozzarella, monterey jack, or gouda.
  • Bread – Italian rolls are hearty and hold up to the juices well. Hoagie rolls are nice and soft and easily available. And of course, slider buns are great if serving as an appetizer.
  • Veggies – Pickled veggies are traditional but crisp lettuce, tomatoes and red onions are great too
  • Other additions – Pickles, olives, Italian dressing, pickled jalapenos

What To Make With Italian Beef

Because this beef is so fall-apart tender and so flavorful, it’s great on sandwiches with minimal additions! If you’re looking to make a roast beef dinner, Italian beef is delicious next to some mashed potatoes and a fresh Italian salad!

Italian Beef shredded in a serving dish with Omeprazole.

Storing The Leftovers

Slow cooker Italian beef will last up to 5 days in the fridge in an airtight container. Make sure it’s completely cooled before you seal it. Leftovers will last in the freezer for up to 2 months. Defrost in the fridge, microwave, or oven!

If you have any leftover meat, try making enchiladas or tacos with it. A breakfast hash is also a delicious way to use leftover Italian beef!

More Crock Pot Beef Recipes

Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches

These CrockPot Italian Beef Sandwiches are perfect for tailgate season! With just a few simple ingredients, this easy slow cooker beef recipe is a favorite!

  • 4 lbs chuck roast (or rump roast)
  • 1 onion (sliced)
  • 1 packet Italian dressing mix (0.7 oz)
  • 16 oz sliced pepperoncini peppers (with juice)
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 12 hoagie rolls (or 24 slider rolls)
  • spicy giardiniera or pickled vegetables (for serving)
  1. Place onion in the bottom of a 6 qt slow cooker.

  2. Brown roast and place on top of onions. Sprinkle with Italian dressing and seasoning.
  3. Add broth and pepperoncini peppers with 1/2 cup of the juices.
  4. Cook on high 5-6 hours or on low 9-10 hours until beef is very tender.

  5. Shred beef using forks and return to the juices. Allow to cook an additional 20 minutes.

  6. Serve over rolls and top with pickled vegetables or peppers.

Italian Beef shredded in a crockpot.
Italian Beef shredded in a crockpot.
Top photot - Italian Beef shredded in a crockpot. Bottom photo - Italian Beef Sandwich topped with pickled jalapenos and peppers.

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo

A little sweet, a little spicy…Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo is an easy dinner you’ll love any day of the week. The chicken is marinated in a simple vinegar, soy sauce, and brown sugar sauce and slow cooker with jalapeños and garlic for an extra boost of flavor!

Inspired by a favorite Filipino Chicken Adobo, this classic chicken adobo recipe is made easy with our favorite countertop appliance, a slow cooker. Spoon over a bed of white rice with a side of green beans!

A serving of chicken adobo on a plate with rice and green beans.

Skip the Oven

Winter is on its way and it’s time to dust off that slow cooker or crockpot to start stewing all the things if you haven’t been using it all summer like me. I love using my slow cooker or Crock Pot all year long but this year, I’ve been defaulting to the grill for most meals.

I still enjoy an easy, braised chicken dinner when the weather heats up. In fact, I’ve been craving this Filipino Chicken Adobo for months and didn’t want to keep the oven on for hours because it’s been so hot most of the summer.

So, I created an easy Crock Pot Chicken Adobo recipe for those times when you don’t want to leave the oven on all day because it’s hot….or have to go to work. This easy slow cooker recipe is one of our favorites and has been on repeat ever since we first made it.

Overview of a slow cooker with chicken adobo ingredients inside.

What is Chicken Adobo?

Filipino Chicken Adobo isn’t really a “recipe” as much as it is a method of marinating and stewing a specific cut of meat in a broth mixture made of vinegar, soy sauce and spices.

Most recipes call for a period of marinating the meat before stewing in the same mixture. This creates the most tender, tangy, melt-in-your-mouth meat.

For this chicken recipe, we use skip the step of marinating the meat. The slow cooker does all the work of infusing your Chicken Adobo with all the flavors commonly found in a classic Filipino recipe.

Chicken Adobo ingredients on a cutting board next to a plate of seared chicken.

How to Make Chicken Adobo

Making Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo is so easy to do and can be whipped up early in the day before you leave for work, school or wherever you need to be during the day.

  1. GARLIC: Cut the garlic bulbs in half to expose the inside of the cloves. Keep the whole bulb in tact and don’t separate the cloves.
  2. CHICKEN: Brown chicken in a skillet until crispy and golden on all sides. (If you’re in a rush, you can skip this step but browning the chicken adds a ton of flavor). Transfer all ingredients to the slow cooker.
  3. SAUCE: In a small bowl, whisk together sauce ingredients and pour over chicken.
  4. COOK: Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.

This recipes leans closer to a Mexican Adobo Chicken with jalapenos for spice. For a milder flavor, leave them out. This will not affect the overall success of the recipe!

Overview of chicken adobo prepared with rice.

What to Serve With Chicken Adobo

We like to serve Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo alongside a fluffy pile of white rice but if you’re going the low carb route sub that rice with a mountain of cauliflower rice, like I do!

You can also serve Filipino Chicken Adobo with buttered noodles or a fresh green salad.

More Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo

A classic Filipino Chicken Adobo recipe made easy with the help of your slow cooker.

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 skinless bone-in chicken thighs and/or drumsticks
  • 1 head garlic
  • 2 whole jalapeno ( or serrano chilis)
  • 1 cup onion (diced)
  • 4 bay leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  1. Heat the olive oil in large skillet over medium heat.

  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Cook the chicken in the skillet until golden brown and crispy on all sides, approximately 10-15 minutes. Transfer to the slow cooker.

  3. Cut the garlic lengthwise to expose the top of the garlic cloves being careful not to break the bulb apart. Transfer the garlic to the slow cooker.

  4. Thinly slice the chilis removing the seeds to make it less spicy, if desired. Add to the slow cooker.

  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the sauce ingredients and pour over the chicken. Top with the bay leaves.

  6. Cover the slow cooker and cook for 4 hours on high or 6-7 hours on low.

  7. Remove bay leaves. Serve the chicken over white rice and spoon the sauce over the chicken.

A serving of chicken adobo on a plate with rice and green beans.
A serving of chicken adobo on a plate with rice and green beans.
Top photo - Chicken Adobo assembled in a crock pot. Bottom photo - A serving of chicken adobo on a plate with rice and green beans.

Easy Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff

Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff is a comforting family favorite meal. Tender stewing beef, onions and mushrooms simmer a perfectly seasoned broth until melt in your  mouth tender! Just before serving, a scoop of sour cream is added in for the perfect creamy sauce.

Serve this dish over a bed of egg noodles with a side salad for a great meal!

A slow cooker filled with mushroom beef stroganoff ready to serve

How great is a recipe that you can ‘set it and forget it’ before going off to work? This crock pot beef stroganoff recipe is not only a winner for dinner but makes for great leftovers the next day at work…if there are any!

How to Make Beef Stroganoff in a Crock Pot

This savory slow cooker meal may take hours to simmer, but it can be made in just 3 simple steps!

  1. Heat oil in a skillet and brown stewing beef with salt and pepper (this adds flavor).
  2. Deglaze the pan with red wine and add the remaining ingredients to the crockpot to simmer.
  3. Cook until the beef is melt in your mouth tender.

Just before serving, stir in the sour cream and egg noodles and top with a sprinkle of parsley.

Beef for Stroganoff

When making classic beef stroganoff, I use a tender cut of beef and cook it quickly so it doesn’t overcook.

For slow cooker beef stroganoff use stewing meat (or chuck roast if you have it), the meat will become very tender as it cooks low and slow. If you use a lean cut of beef, it will dry out and become tough.

You can use ground beef in this recipe to create a ground beef stroganoff. Replace the stewing beef with 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef. Brown the ground beef and drain any fat, add to the slow cooker and proceed as written.

Browned beef and mushrooms in a crock pot and mixing the sauce for beef stroganoff with sour cream in a slow cooker

How Long to Cook Beef Stroganoff in a Crock Pot

Depending on your time frame, you can cook this dish on low all day in the crock pot while you’re at work. Or you can speed things by setting your crock pot to high, depends on you! Cooking either way develops so much flavor with tender meat!

  • Cook on Low: 7 to 8 hours before the meat is tender.
  • Cook on High:  4 to 5 hours to get the same tender meat effect.

I make this recipe with sour cream which is traditional however, you can also make crock pot beef stroganoff with cream cheese. It is a little creamier than regular sour cream and only requires just a tad more stirring!

A plate of beef stroganoff made in the slow cooker

What to Serve with Beef Stroganoff

Since beef stroganoff is so rich and filling, it stands alone as a complete meal. But a tossed salad dressed with a tangy lemon vinaigrette and a side of garlic bread definitely can feed a crowd! Perfect for a potluck at work or the holidays!

More Easy Beef Favorites:

Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff

Serve this tender beef stroganoff over a bed of egg noodle for a delicious meal!

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (more if needed)
  • 2 lbs stewing beef (trimmed)
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 pound mushrooms (sliced)
  • 2 cups beef broth (divided)
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 12 oz egg noodles (cooked)
  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet. Season beef with salt and pepper and brown in olive oil in small batches. Deglaze pan with red wine and add to slow cooker.
  2. Place beef, garlic powder, onions, dijon, Worcestershire, mushrooms and 1 1/2 cups broth in a 6qt slow cooker.

  3. Cook on high 4-5 hours or on low 7-8 hours or until beef is tender.

  4. Combine remaining broth with cornstarch and stir into slow cooker. Cover and cook and additional 15 minutes or until thickened.
  5. Stir in sour cream. Serve over egg noodles.

This crock pot beef stroganoff recipe is the perfect combination of tender beef and delicious egg noodles. With the ability to set it and forget, it is the perfect weeknight meal! #spendwithpennies #beefstroganoff #slowcooker #crockpot #maindish

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes (So Easy)

Instant pot mashed potatoes, a simple recipe for easy to cook pressure cooker mashed potatoes

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are the easiest and fastest mashed potatoes you will ever make. These mashed potatoes turn out light, fluffy, and naturally flavorful (in just over 20 minutes).

As much as we love our traditional mashed potatoes recipe, sometimes we just don’t have the stove space (or the time). Cooking them in an instant pot, or electric pressure cooker keeps things easy and fast.

Simple instant pot mashed potatoes are an easy to make mashed potato recipe that are absolutely easy and delicious.

The Ultimate Comfort Food

I am excited to share these simple to make, instant pot mashed potatoes with you! I love them with just about everything from meatloaf to island style pork to marinated steak.

If you’re not familiar with the Instant Pot, it’s an easy to use electric pressure cooker. Learn more about the Instant Pot here (and see why it’s one of my favorite appliances).

Instant Pot Mashed Potato Add-Ins

These delicious potatoes don’t have a lot of added ingredients, allowing the deliciousness of potatoes to shine!  If you are like to add extras to your mashed potatoes, do not let me stop you. You could add the following to these Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes:

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes (like slow cooker potatoes) will stay warm for a while and can be served by themselves (with a little butter and salt and pepper). You could make a gravy for them or stir in your favorite mix-ins.

A glass bowl of mashed potatoes made in the Instant Pot

Did you know the type of potato you use makes a huge difference in how your mashed potatoes come out? It is true.

Recommended Potatoes for Mashed Potatoes

Have you ever had really glue-y mashed potatoes before instead of super smooth and creamy? The wrong potatoes (such as red potatoes), can cause poor results. You need a potato with a higher starch level.

The best kind of potatoes for light, fluffy, and flavorful mashed potatoes are russet potatoes or Yukon gold potatoes.

How you cook your potatoes matter too. Instant Pot is my new favorite way, but slow cooker mashed potatoes are pretty amazing as well.

How to Make Mashed Potatoes in the Instant Pot

It literally takes longer to peel the potatoes and cut into chunks than to cook make Instant Pot mashed potatoes.  Amazing right? So if you are at all like me, and forget to get things started before you head out for the day, utilize the pressure cooker and enjoy!

  1. Peel and chop potatoes.
  2. Add to the Instant Pot with 1″ water.
  3. Seal and cook.

Once cooked you can simply mash them right in the IP, no strainers etc required. If they’re done early, add the lid and they’ll keep warm for quite a while!

serving a bowl of instant pot mashed potatoes

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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Simple Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes, are the easiest, fastest, fluffiest mashed potatoes you will ever make.

  • 5 pounds russet potatoes (peeled and chunked)
  • Water (maximum 1 1/2 cups, you need about an inch in the bottom of your pressure cooker, so amount may vary depending on the size of pressure cooker you use.)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  1. Fill Instant Pot pot with 1 inch of water in the bottom, maximum 1 1/2 cups water.

  2. Peel and chop the russet potatoes.
  3. Place potatoes in an Instant Pot.
  4. Add the teaspoon of salt.
  5. Put the lid on top of the Instant Pot, and turn to close the lid.
  6. Set the valve to “sealing”.
  7. Press the MANUAL button. Press the +/- button to set to 12 minutes.
  8. Let the IP do it’s job. It will take a little while for the Instant Pot to come to pressure. At which time it will start counting down.
  9. When it counts to zero, it should beep. At this time, turn the valve/ vent to Venting. Immediately turn the steam release handle back to the Sealing position at the first sign of spattering. Quick Release should ALWAYS be closely attended.
  10. Once the pressure cooker has vented, open it, and add the milk and butter, as well as salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes right in the pot.
  12. Enjoy

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Simple Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes, are the easiest and fastest mashed potatoes you will ever make. #spendwithpennies #mashedpotatoes #instantpot #holidays #easysidedish

Easy Creamy Crockpot Tortellini

This Creamy Crockpot Tortellini is a pasta dish the whole family will love! Made with sausage, spinach, tomatoes, cream cheese, and tortellini it is perfectly creamy & delicious.

Creamy pasta like crockpot tortellini and fettuccine alfredo are perfect for a rainy day indoors or after everyone gets home from work, school, or sports! Even better when served with a slice of garlic bread to soak up the extra sauce!

A crockpot full of creamy tortellini.

Slow Cooker Pasta Ingredients

A hearty blend of sausage, spinach, tomatoes, with cream cheese, and frozen tortellini, all cooked together in a crockpot and slow-cooked for a few hours. Just set it and forget it!

  • If using frozen spinach, simply add to the slow cooker.
  • If using fresh spinach, remove the stems before you toss it in the crockpot and chop finely.
  • Ground sausage, beef, chicken, or Italian sausage links are also good in this recipe. Be sure to cook them first so you can drain any fat.
  • This recipe uses frozen tortellini to ensure it doesn’t overcook. No need to thaw or pre-cook.

Creamy tortellini ingredients in a crockpot.

How to Make Crockpot Tortellini

It’s easy, cheesy recipes like this one that makes you look like you slaved all day… but don’t worry, your secret is safe with me!

  1. Brown sausage and onions (per recipe below).
  2. Drain and place the meat mixture and all the other ingredients in a 6 qt slow cooker.

It really IS that easy! You can even prepare it in advance and toss all the ingredients together while you do other things!

Do Not Overcook

In just a few hours this Crockpot sausage tortellini will be hot, bubbly, cheesy, and ready to serve! Tortellini doesn’t need long to cook, even right from frozen so be sure you check it after about 2 1/2 hours.

Once it’s done cooking, you’ll still see the cream cheese in cubes. Simply give it a stir until it’s all combined and creamy. Add some garlic bread, or croutons and a crisp green salad and dinner is served!

Crockpot full of creamy tortellini.

Saving/Reheating Creamy Crockpot Tortellini

If there’s any left, right? This awesome cheese tortellini and sausage entrée reheats perfectly on the stovetop or in the microwave! This is what makes it so great to take to work or school! It heats up super easy! Feel free to ‘freshen’ it up a bit with some salt and pepper or extra Italian seasoning.

Easy Crockpot Recipes

Creamy Crockpot Tortellini

Perfectly creamy pasta with sausage.

  • 1 lb Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 small onion (diced)
  • 3 ounces frozen spinach
  • 28 ounces canned diced tomatoes (with juice)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (cubed)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 16 ounces frozen tortellini
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (optional)
  1. Brown sausage and onion until no pink remains. Drain fat.
  2. Place all ingredients in a 6qt slow cooker.
  3. Cook 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours on low. Once cooked through, stir until sauce is smooth.

  4. Top with parmesan cheese if desired and serve.

Slow Cookers can vary. This recipe takes just about 3 hours in my slow cooker, check your tortellini at 2 1/2 hours to ensure it doesn’t overcook.

If you’d like more of a soup, add more broth.

Top image - a bowl of creamy crockpot tortellini. Bottom image - creamy tortellini being scooped out of a crockpot.
A close up of a bowl of creamy crockpot tortellini.
A close up of creamy crockpot tortellini.

Easiest Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas

crock pot chicken fajitas in tortilla

Crockpot Chicken Fajitas are an easy, weeknight slow cooker dinner that come together with just a few simple ingredients! Chicken breasts are tossed in crockpot with sliced peppers and spices to create this mouthwatering dish!

Crockpot recipes are a lifesaver around here, regardless of whether it’s busy school weeknights or the middle of summer holiday chaos. Making dinner in the slow cooker is always a good idea, and these crockpot chicken fajitas or tacos are a favorite with the whole family!

Chicken fajitas with peppers and a sauce cooking in a white crockpot with rice and cilantro on the side

How to Make Crockpot Chicken Fajitas:

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas are a dump and go recipe. Once everything is in the pot, they just hang out until they’re done, and you really don’t have to do anything to serve them.

  1. Add chicken breasts and broth to crockpot. Season well with homemade chicken fajita seasoning.
  2. Add vegetables and sprinkle with remaining seasoning.
  3. Spread salsa on top in a thin even layer to keep everything moist.
  4. Cover and cook.

When it comes to cooking, the exact time will depend on your preferences and how your slow cooker cooks. I’ve found 4 hours on low to be lots, and you could also cook for 2 hours on high.

If you need to leave it longer, be sure that your slow cooker switches to keep it warm once the cook time is over.

crockpot chicken fajitas with peppers, salsa and sour cream on white platter with rice and tortillas in the background

Can I Make These Chicken Fajitas on the Stovetop?

Yes! You can easily make these fajitas on the stove if you don’t have a slow cooker. Or while the weather is still nice, try making grilled chicken fajitas on the barbecue! Or try fajitas in the oven!

Simply add all of your ingredients to a large saucepan with a lid, bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 15-20 minutes until your chicken breasts reach an internal temperature of at least 165°F.

Let chicken breasts rest on a cutting board for 5 minutes before slicing.

two crock pot chicken fajitas with peppers in tortilla with cilantro, sour cream, salsa and rice in the background

What to Serve With These Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas:

Grab some corn or flour tortillas, and whatever toppings you enjoy with crockpot fajitas, and you’re set! Some of our favorite things to serve with these Chicken Fajitas are:

More Crockpot Dinner Ideas:

Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

These Crockpot Chicken Fajitas are an easy, weeknight slow cooker dinner that come together with just a few simple ingredients!

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 red bell pepper (thinly sliced)
  • 1 green bell pepper (thinly sliced)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper (thinly sliced)
  • 1 onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup tomato salsa
  1. In a small bowl, combine chili powder, salt, brown sugar, garlic powder, cumin and cayenne pepper.

  2. In a 2.5-4 quart crockpot, add broth and chicken breasts in a single layer. Sprinkle chicken with half of the seasoning.
  3. Top with peppers and onion and season with remaining seasoning mix.

  4. Add salsa and spread into a thin layer on top of the peppers.
  5. Put the lid on and cook on low for 3-4 hours, or on high for 2 hours, until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F degrees.

  6. Serve with tortillas, salsa, rice, sour cream, and cheese as desired.

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These Crockpot Chicken Fajitas are an easy, weeknight slow cooker dinner that come together with just a few simple ingredients! #crockpot #slowcooker #chicken
These Crockpot Chicken Fajitas are an easy, weeknight slow cooker dinner that come together with just a few simple ingredients! #crockpot #slowcooker #chicken

Baked Beans – Slow Cooker or Stove Top!!

This is the best baked beans recipe the perfect pot luck side dish, with so much flavor. These baked beans are studded with bacon, onions, and peppers, and offer a sweet and delicious sauce with the perfect depth of flavor.

Baked beans is a classic side dish that is easy to make, requires only a few simple ingredients, and turns out perfect every single time. They don’t get easier than this side dish!

Classic Baked Beans in a white casserole with a serving spoon in it. Topped with chopped bacon and green onions.

When making barbecue favorites like grilled chicken breastsGrilled BBQ Chicken or even melt in your mouth Instant Pot Ribs this baked beans recipe and a side of coleslaw. These are the best of the best.

I have been making these baked beans for years. They are our favorite, and the nice thing is they turn out every single time. Sometimes I will make an adjustment or two, like if I am out of molasses, I just leave it out. But no matter what pot luck, party, or summer BBQ we attend, these are our side.

How To Make Baked Beans

These baked beans are not 100% from scratch, because you start with canned beans that are already in a sauce. I guess you could say that they’re baked beans from scratch using canned beans! To make homemade baked beans from scratch, use navy beans that aren’t in a sauce, and add 6 Tablespoons of tomato sauce to the recipe.

What are baked beans made of? Here is how you make these semi homemade baked beans:

  • Bacon: The first step to making the ideal baked beans is bacon for a salty smoky flavor. Reserve some of the bacon to top the beans later.
  • Beans: Use the entire cans of pork and beans or Bush’s baked beans. Don’t drain them. Adding the brown sugar, molasses, and other ingredients to the existing sauce will enhance it.
  • Onions and Peppers: Reserve a little bacon grease, and cook the onions and peppers in it to add more flavor to your dish.

A close up of classic baked beans in a white casserole dish, with a serving being scooped out. Garnished with green onions.

How To Cook Baked Beans

While I love being able to bake things…like these awesome baked chicken wings, I also love having other options for cooking. In the case of the wings I might grill or air fry, but in the case of these beans…it can be transformed into a slow cooker recipe.

Crock Pot Baked Beans

To make these brown sugar baked beans in the crock pot, follow all of the steps in the recipe, only instead of baking them in a casserole dish, put them in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 4-5 hours.

Every crock pot is a little different, so keep an eye on the beans from 3-4 hours on so they don’t burn.

Stove Top Baked Beans

To cook baked beans on the stove top, follow all the steps in the recipe, only instead of combining the beans in a bowl, add them to a dutch oven on the stove.  Then simmer on a low heat for several hours until they reach the desired consistency.

Classic baked beans in a white casserole dish, topped with chopped bacon and green onions.

Bring these to your next luncheon or potluck, and you’ll be the hit of the party!

Other Potluck Favorites:

The Best Baked Beans

Classic baked beans, cooked in a casserole, studded with onions, peppers, and bacon.

  • 1 red onion (finely diced)
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper (finely diced)
  • 1 pound bacon (cook crispy and diced)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 60 ounces baked beans (or pork and beans)


  • 2 tablespoons green onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped bacon ((reserved from cooked bacon))
  1. Dice the red onion and pepper into even, small pieces. Set aside.
  2. Cook bacon until it is crispy, drain on a paper towel. Reserve some of the bacon grease.
  3. Finely dice the bacon. Reserve 2 Tablespoons for garnish. Set aside.

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, set the rack to the lower-middle position.
  5. In a skillet, heat reserved bacon grease on medium-high heat.

  6. Add the diced red onion and green pepper, sauté until softened.
  7. In a large sized bowl, combine ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and dry mustard, and whisk together.
  8. Stir in the beans, onions, and green peppers.
  9. Pour into a 13×9 inch baking dish.
  10. Bake for 2 hours, then stir in the chopped bacon.
  11. Bake another hour or more until the sauce has cooked down, and has reached your desired consistency.

  12. Let the beans stand for 5 minutes to thicken sauce.
  13. Garnish with reserved bacon and green onion. Serve.

REPIN this Easy Baked Beans Recipe

Baked Beans in a white dish and served with a spoon

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Classic Baked Beans is the perfect side or potluck dish! These beans are loaded with bacon, onions, and peppers in a sweet sauce! #spendwithpennies #classicbakedbeans #sidedish #slowcooker #crockpot