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)

Garnish

  • 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.

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Baked Beans in a white dish and served with a spoon

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

This easy Crock Pot Tortilla Soup is the perfect ‘set it and forget it’ version of our favorite Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe.

It makes for an easy weeknight dinner made right in the slow cooker. Most of the ingredients are ones you likely already have in the pantry and fridge!

A Crock Pot full of slow cooker tortilla soup with tortilla strips.

The best slow cooker soup recipes are made with a big variety of flavors and colors just like this one.

A base of chicken broth is paired with tender chicken breasts, tomatoes, and a little bit of heat from jalapenos!

Once cooked, top this easy crockpot soup recipe with crispy tortilla strips (or even tortilla chips) for a delicious weeknight meal!

A slow cooker full of ingredients for Crock Pot tortilla soup like chicken breasts, beans, onions, and corn.

How to Make Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup

Just like Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup simply place the ingredients in the crock pot and walk away. Right before serving, shred the chicken and enjoy! So easy.

  1. Cook onion, garlic, and jalapeno (or green chiles) in olive oil until they are softened and add to the Crock Pot.
  2. Place all ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8.
  3. Before serving, shred the cooked chicken and add back to the soup.

Serve with tortilla strips or broken up tortilla chips for extra crunch!

Slow cooker tortilla soup being ladled out of a Crock Pot.

This Crock Pot Tortilla soup recipe is definitely a whole meal in itself, but a few extra ‘mix-ins’ on the side let everyone create their own tasty version!

A traditional chicken tortilla soup is topped with tortilla strips for texture (tortilla chips are a great substitution). Shredded cheddar cheese or Monterey jack cheese will melt perfectly over hot tortilla soup and a dollop of sour cream and some sliced pepperoncinis or sliced black olives and a garnish of chopped cilantro gives it a bright Mexican flavor!

Favorite Crock Pot Soups

Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup

This easy tortilla soup is the perfect ‘set it and forget it’ weeknight dinner for the crock pot, I bet most of the ingredients are already in the pantry and fridge! 

  • 6 6-inch corn tortillas cut 1/4-inch strips
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (large, minced)
  • 1 jalapeño (diced and seeded)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 14 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can rotel
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 14.5 oz black beans
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  1. Cook onion, garlic and jalapeño in olive oil. Add to the botto of a slow cooker.

  2. Add remaining ingredients (except tortillas and oil) to the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours. 

  3. Shred chicken and add back to the pot. Serve with tortilla strips.

Crispy Tortillas

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat a small pan. Add tortilla strips in small batches and fry until crisp. Drain on paper towels and salt.

 

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Slow cooker tortilla soup in a black crock pot

 

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Crock Pot Ribs

Crock Pot Ribs come out melt in your mouth tender and so full of flavor. They’re perfect for busy weeknights or easy weekend dinners with the slow cooker tenderizing in baby back ribs. A quick brush of bbq sauce and a flash grill (or broil) finishes these off beautifully!

Crock Pot BBQ ribs are always a hit and perfect served alongside our favorite Coleslaw Recipe, corn on the cob and Baked French Fries

Tender crock pot ribs on a tray for serving

How To Prepare Crock Pot Baby Back Ribs

I’m pretty much known for my Instant Pot Ribs and my succulent Barbecue Ribs in the Oven so it’s only natural I’d share my fave crockpot rib recipe!

For all the methods, the process is similar, allow the ribs to cook low and slow so the meat becomes buttery and tender and finish up with sauce and a grill (or broil).

  • Prep the ribs by removing the silver membrane from the back (photo below). You can just slip a knife under it and pull (a piece of paper towel can help you grip it if it’s slippery). If you’re having trouble finding the membrane in this step, your ribs may already have it removed. Once in a while you’ll buy ribs that have it already removed.
  • Inspect the rack of ribs for bone pieces/shards as they can sometimes be present from the butcher cutting the ribs.
  • Cut the racks into manageable pieces that will fit into your slow cooker. I usually do halves or thirds depending on the size.

What Kind of Ribs to Buy for Crock Pot Ribs. I use pork baby back ribs (or back ribs). They’re the most tender and flavorful, side ribs also work however they have smaller white bones towards the end that I’m not a fan of (and they may need a little bit of extra time).

How to Cook Ribs in a Crock Pot

  1. Combine rub mix and massage into prepared ribs.
  2. Place onion, garlic and ribs in the slow cooker with a touch of water (or broth). Close the lid and let the crock pot work its magic.
  3. Once tender, brush the ribs with sauce (or just olive oil, salt and pepper if you’d prefer) and broil (or grill) for 3 to 5 minutes to get a little bit of char.
  4. Gently remove from the pan, cut ribs apart and serve!

Ribs, onions and garlic in the slow cooker to make crock pot ribs

How Long to Cook Ribs in a Crock Pot

Crock Pot Pork Ribs (I use pork baby back ribs) are easy to make as long as you cook them low and slow. We prefer the meat on our ribs to be fall off the bone however, if you’d like a little but more ‘chew’ to your ribs, reduce the time a little bit.

  • Slow Cooker Ribs On Low will need to cook for about 8 hours
  • Slow Cooker Ribs On High will need to cook for about 4 hours

Remember not to lift the lid and peek, this can increase the cooking time substantially.

A plate of crock pot pork ribs with mashed potatoes and garlic bread

Perfect Rib Side Dishes

Crock Pot Ribs

Nothing says busy weeknight or easy weekend dinners like Crock Pot ribs.

  • 2 racks baby back ribs (about 3-4 lbs)
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup water

BBQ Rib Sauce

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup your favorite BBQ Sauce
  1. Combine all rub ingredients (below).

  2. Remove silver membrane from the back of the ribs. Rub front and back of the ribs with spice mixture.

  3. Place onion, sliced garlic, water and ribs in a slow cooker.

  4. Cook ribs on high 4 hours or low 8 hours or until fork tender.
  5. Preheat broiler. Combine ketchup, chili sauce and barbecue sauce.
  6. Brush ribs with sauce mixture and broil (or grill) 3-5 minutes or until charred.

Rib Rub 1 tablespoon paprika 1 tablespoon brown sugar 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder 3/4 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste

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Your New Favorite Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce is a simple and classic recipe that can be used in so many different ways! This sauce has both ground beef and Italian sausage simmered in a zesty seaoned tomato sauce for the perfect spaghetti topper!

A great spaghetti sauce is a must have for any home chef, perfect over pasta, added to Lasagna or Baked Ziti and perfect for dipping Cheesy Bread Sticks

Homemade spaghetti sauce on pasta topped with parsley

Homemade Sauce is Best

This sauce happens to be so fragrant, flavorful and oh-so-easy to put together! But the best spaghetti sauce is a one-size-fits-all sauce that can be used over pasta, eggplant parmigiana, or even as a sauce over your favorite Pizza Dough! This recipes check off all of those boxes!

This pasta sauce is very simple and straightforward but is a great base to add in your favorite veggies if you’d like! Mushrooms, zucchini, or bell peppers are great additions. If you’d prefer a little spice, add extra chili flakes.

Stove Top or Slow Cooker

This recipe can even be made into an easy crockpot spaghetti sauce! Just pre-cook the meat and drain off the fat before adding all the other ingredients to the crockpot.

On the stove top, set on simmer and let the wonderful aromas drift throughout the house! Nothing says ‘mangia bene’ (eat well) like a homemade spaghetti sauce!

A pot of homemade spaghetti sauce with two bowls of spaghetti ready to serve

How to Make Spaghetti Sauce

This easy homemade spaghetti sauce uses just one skillet and a few savory ingredients. While I do make pasta sauce with just beef or ground turkey, the combination of beef and pork gives it a little more flavor oomph in this recipe. If you are using sausage, try getting Italian sausage since it is pre-seasoned with fennel seeds, dried oregano, and red pepper flakes, so don’t miss out on that if you can find it!

Shredded carrot may seem a bit odd but I add it to my Easy Marinara Sauce as well. It adds a bit of sweetness to offset the tart flavor of the tomatoes and I prefer it to sugar.

  1. Cook all your ingredients in the same skillet! Be sure to crumble up the meat as finely as you prefer while cooking it.
  2. Let it simmer until the sauce is bubbly and the delicious aroma fills your house! Don’t forget to stir frequently.
  3. When the sauce is deliciously thick, ladle over your spaghetti and enjoy!

To really impress your family serve with freshly grated pecorino romano cheese, grana padano, or parmesan cheese. A hot, fresh baguette of garlic bread and a crisp Italian salad will round out this hearty dinner any day of the week!

How to Thicken Spaghetti Sauce

The easiest way to thicken a spaghetti meat sauce is to let it continue to simmer on a low heat (uncovered) until the fluids evaporate a little more.  You can make a cornstarch slurry (equal parts cornstarch/water) and add a little at a time but for the best flavor, just let it simmer.

Also make sure you don’t rinse your spaghetti, the starches in the pasta will thicken the sauce slightly too!

How Long Does Spaghetti Sauce Last in the Fridge?

Spaghetti sauce will last up to about two weeks in the fridge but may start to lose its flavor. But don’t worry, just add a little more garlic and some extra Italian seasoning before reheating and you will be good to go! Just as delicious as the first time!

To freeze spaghetti sauce, simply cool completely, pour into freezer bags, label and lay flat in the freezer. How simple is that! Since one serving is never enough when making spaghetti sauce, double or triple this for freezing so you’ll always have plenty on hand!

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Easy Spaghetti Sauce

This spaghetti sauce is versatile and filled with flavorful and fragrant ingredients! Perfect for any home chef!

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 small onions (diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup carrot (grated)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  1. Cook sauce, beef, onion and garlic in a skillet until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and simmer uncovered 30 minutes or until thickened.

  3. Serve over spaghetti.

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

CrockPot Chicken Tacos are an easy family favorite meal! A handful of ingredients tossed into the slow cooker makes the most tender flavorful chicken for tacos (or for Chicken Enchiladas, burritos, loaded nachos and more)!

Add chicken breasts, salsa, tomatoes and seasoning and let the slow cooker do all of the work. Before serving shred the chicken and enjoy! It’s that easy!

Crock Pot chciken tacos served in tortillas with cheese, lettuce, sour cream, and tomatoes on a wooden platter.

Crockpot Shredded Chicken Tacos

Taco nights just got easier!  These Crockpot Chicken Tacos are such a snap to put together and always come out amazing! Tender shredded chicken is perfect added to tacos, burritos, salads and more.

Swap out the ground beef to make an amazing taco salad or add this flavorful shredded chicken to wraps, casseroles or soups.

Crock Pot chicken taco ingredients in a slow cooker like chicken, onions, and salsa.

How to Make Shredded Chicken Tacos

I have to tell you that this is one of those recipes that my whole family truly loves!  Simply place the ingredients in the crock pot and walk away.

To season the chicken for tacos, I use … you guessed it, taco seasoning!  I prefer homemade taco seasoning in this recipe to control the salt but a packet will work just fine as well.

While the ingredients call for boneless chicken breasts,  you can certainly use bone in chicken as well (just make sure it’s skinless).  Once shredded, this freezes perfectly making for a super fast weeknight dinner!

I’ve used this for making chicken tacos, chicken salads and even spicy chicken pizzas!  Pile on your favorite toppings for a fabulous dinner loaded with flavor!

What to Serve with Chicken Tacos

These crockpot chicken tacos are insanely easy! I serve them with corn or flour tortillas and Mexican Rice or cilantro lime rice. We love to put out a big table full of toppings for everyone to dress their own! Our favorites toppings are:

A serving platter of crock pot chicken tacos with limes, tortilla chips, and 3 tacos.

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Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

Taco nights just got easier! These Crockpot Chicken Tacos are such a snap to put together and always come out amazing!

  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes with chiles (drained or 1 can Rotel)
  • 1 package taco seasoning (or homemade taco seasoning)
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  1. Combine salsa, canned tomatoes, and taco seasoning.
  2. Place onions & chicken in the slow cooker and top with tomato mixture.
  3. Cook on low 7-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  4. Remove chicken from slow cooker and shred. Return to slow cooker and stir in juices.

  5. Serve in taco shells, on salads, pizzas or in bowls over rice!

If you prefer you can skip the canned tomatoes and add 1 1/2 cups salsa.

Nutritional information does not include taco shell or toppings.

Top photo shows the chicken tacos assembled in corn tortillas. The bottom photo shows the ingredients for the chicken taco in a crockpot

Perfect Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas (Mexican Pulled Pork)

Crispy Pork Carnitas are so insanely delicious. Pork is slow cooked with spices and a bit of citrus zest until tender and succulent. The pork is pulled and crisped on the outside for the perfect filler for tortillas or topper for burrito bowls!

Serve this easy dish alongside Mexican Rice or on top of Cilantro Lime Rice. Add in a spoonful of Homemade Guacamole and you’ve got the perfect tableside fiesta!

Crispy Pork Carnitas on a baking sheet ready to serve

When it comes to indescribably delicious comfort food, nothing surpasses this carnitas recipe. Succulent and meaty, this dish is inexpensive, yet sensational!

The first time I ever tasted pork carnitas was when my friend Mary from Barefeet in the Kitchen made these amazing carnitas! I think we stood at the stove and ate 3/4 of the recipe right off the pan. So good!

What is Carnitas

Pork carnitas is Mexican pulled pork the word actually means “little meat,” (but there’s nothing small about the huge flavor you’ll get from this recipe)!

Pork for Carnitas: It is best when made from a pork shoulder roast. Tough and flavorful, this economical cut of meat takes especially well to braising on low heat in the slow cooker. After several hours, the fat has dissolved and the pork becomes fall apart tender. It is shredded, spread out on a cookie sheet and popped under the broiler for a few minutes. The resulting crispy brown edges make the meat incredibly scrumptious.

Traditionally, Mexican pork carnitas are braised in oil or lard but we prefer to cook meat in broth, citrus juices, herbs and spices.

A plate of slow cooker carnitas ready to serve.

How to Make Carnitas

This is an easy meal to make, but takes planning, like most slow cooker meals. But I promise, authentic carnitas are well worth the wait! Here’s how to make the best ever slow cooker carnita recipe:

  • CITRUS: Use a vegetable peeler to peel strips off the oranges/lime. We add this to the slow cooker in place of the whole rind for great flavor without the bitter pith (the white part of the orange peel). Juice the oranges and limes.
  • PORK: Brown the pork (again, this just adds more flavor) and add to the slow cooker with all of the other ingredients.

slow cooker carnitas ready to be cooked.

  • SHRED: When the meat is fork tender, pull into small chunks (we prefer this over finely shredded).
  • .CRISP:
    • Broil: Spread the shredded meat on a cookie sheet broil until the edges are deep brown and crispy.
    • Stove Top: Add a bit of olive oil to a hot pan and add pork. Do not stir until browned and crisp on one side.
    • Air Fryer: If you have an airfryer, 4-6 minutes at a high temperature (425°F) will produce the perfect crisp.

Instant Pot Pork Carnitas

Proceed as directed in the recipe increasing the broth by 1/2 cup. If browning the pork in the Instant Pot, be certain to deglaze very well before pressure cooking. If you have little brown bits left on the bottom of the IP, you risk getting the dreaded burn notice.

Cook the pork chunks on high pressure for 30 minutes. Allow for natural release 15 minutes. Broil/crisp as directed.

Crispy pork carnitas on corn tortillas

To Serve Slow Cooker Carnitas

Ladle on some more of the pot juices and serve with tortillas, a variety of toppings. Pork carnitas are best served rolled in soft corn tortillas topped with veggies or condiments.

A fun way to serve crispy carnitas tacos is to place a variety of toppings on the table and let everyone pick and choose at will. Include bowls of shredded lettuce, chopped cilantro, sour cream, pico de gallo and shredded cheese.

Pork carnitas are savory and filling, so look for side dishes that are fresh, light, and somewhat acidic or sweet. Try serving it with cucumber salad, or a fresh mango salsa for a heavenly and scrumptious repast. Don’t forget the margaritas!

More Pork Perfection

Pork Carnitas

When it comes to indescribably delicious comfort food, nothing surpasses pork carnitas. Succulent and meaty, this dish is inexpensive, yet sensational!

  • 3-4 lbs pork shoulder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 large onion (quartered, or two small)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 large navel oranges
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  1. Cut the pork shoulder into large chunks (about 3″). Season with salt and pepper. Heat a large pan and add olive oil. Brown the pork in small batches.

  2. Using a vegetable peeler, peel 4-5 strips of rind off the oranges and 3 strips off the lime. Juice the oranges and lime.

  3. Place pork, citrus juices, peels and spices in the slow cooker with chicken broth and onion.

  4. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8 hours until the pork is fork tender. Discard bay leaf.

  5. Turn the oven on to broil. Pull the pork into large chunks and place in a single layer on a large pan. Spoon a little bit of juice on top.  Broil 4-5 minutes or until crisp. Stir and add a ladle a little bit more broth. Broil an additional 5 minutes.

  6. Spoon juices from the slow cooker over the pork.
  7. Serve in tortillas with your favorite toppings.

Once slow cooked, the pork can be crisped on broil as directed above or seared in olive oil in a hot pan (without stirring). If you have an airfryer, 4-6 minutes at a high temperature will also produce the perfect crisp.

Mouthwatering Pork Teriyaki!

Pork Teriyaki is one of the most delicious ways to prepare pork tenderloin.  Packed with mouthwatering umami flavor, teriyaki pork can be grilled, baked in the oven, or prepared it in your slow cooker.

Scrumptious and low in fat, a perfectly cooked pork tenderloin is a fork-tender cut of meat, and is super juicy when treated right. It really benefits from quick cooking at a high temperature and marinating in a rich liquid or sauce, such as teriyaki marinade for pork.

Grilled Pork Teriyaki Sandwich on a toasted roll with cucumbers and cilantro

Pork Teriyaki

When you’re making pork teriyaki, don’t make the mistake of buying pork loin in place of tenderloin. Although it sounds very similar, pork loin comes from a different part of the animal, and is a fattier, tougher cut that benefits more from low, slow roasting.

Pork tenderloin is a boneless, lean cylinder piece of meat and it’s perfect for slicing into medallions, as called for in this teriyaki pork tenderloin recipe. Be aware that pork tenderloin often has a tough section of silvery-white connective tissue on parts of the surface, known as “silverskin.” The silverskin does not soften with cooking, and needs to be trimmed off before slicing. It’s white/silver in color. Slip a knife under this piece of tissue and remove it before marinating or cooking.

Choose Thick Teriyaki Sauce

Teriyaki Sauce is made with soy sauce as the foundation and has brown sugar for sweetness and garlic and ginger for flavor. It’s the sugar that makes teriyaki such a great marinade for meat. When proteins in meat combine with sugars or carbs during cooking, the result is a delectable caramelized glaze.

If you buy bottled teriyaki, be sure to get the thick teriyaki sauce (you want the consistency of bbq sauce, not the one that is runny like soy sauce).

Pork Teriyaki with sesame seeds on a grill pan

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How to Make Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin

Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin on the grill is as easy as 1,2,3:

  1. Slice the pork loin into chunks and pound to 1/2″ thick.
  2. Marinate in teriyaki sauce (4-5 hours if you have time)
  3. Place on a medium-hot grill, 3-4 minutes per side (it’s quick)!!

Remember that pork tenderloin should be cooked to 145°F and can be a little bit pink in the middle. It only needs a few minutes each side.

Serve on a bun or over rice with steamed broccoli and enjoy! We always toast the rolls with a bit of Homemade Garlic Butter for great flavor. Add in some cucumbers and cilantro for freshness and enjoy!

If you’re not up to grilling, then teriyaki pork can be broiled in the oven. Place on a foil lined pan (teriyaki sauce is sticky and difficult to clean) and broil 4″ from the heat for about 5 minutes per side or just until pork reaches 145°F.

Pork Teriyaki on a baking sheet with cilantro

What Goes With Teriyaki Pork

Teriyaki pork goes great with coleslaw, spicy-hot kimchee, and sweet potato fries.

We usually serve this with a fresh salad Easy Kale Salad with Fresh Lemon DressingFresh Corn Salad or easy Potato Salad.

So delicious! Enjoy!

Barbecued Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

Pork Teriyaki is one of the most delicious ways to prepare pork tenderloin.  Packed with mouthwatering umami flavor, teriyaki pork is always a favorite. 

  • 2 Pork Tenderloin (1lb each) (Cut in 4-5 pieces each)
  • 2 cups teriyaki Sauce (ensure it's thick sauce)
  • 2 large onions (Sliced)
  • 2 sliced green onions (optional)
  • sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
  1. Cut each pork tenderloin into 4-5 pieces, pound pork pieces until 1/2″ thick.

  2. Marinate pork medallions in teriyaki sauce and onion slices for 4-6 hours

  3. Preheat grill to high. Grill the Pork Medallions on high 3-4 minutes per side

  4. If desired, place onions on a grill tray and grill for 5 minutes until soft, stirring occasionally.  (Keep a close eye on the onions so they don’t burn)

  5. Sprinkle pork with sesame seeds and green onions if desired.

We love to serve the pork medallions on toasted rolls with chopped green onions. Serve and Enjoy!

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Crockpot Beef Stew

CrockPot Beef Stew is one of my all-time favorite slow cooker meals. It’s filling and delicious with tender chunks of beef, carrots, potatoes and peas (or green beans). When it comes to satisfying comfort food, slow cooker Beef Stew is the ultimate!

To complete the meal, all you really need to do is add in a side of easy buttermilk biscuits or corn bread muffins slathered with butter. Or, serve it with a substantial homemade bread for dipping in the gravy. Everyone will be in heaven!

A white bowl of Crockpot beef stew with a wooden plate underneath it and a slow cooker in the background.

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Stew

Ingredients for this beef stew CrockPot recipe are beef chuck or stew beef, root vegetables like potatoes, carrots and fresh and peas or beans.

The best meat to make beef stew is chuck steak! You’ll have to cut it into cubes yourself. Chuck is a tough, but full-flavored meat that comes from the shoulders and front end of the animal. It is perfect for Crock Pot Beef Stew or pot roast (a similar texture to pork shoulder which is used to make Crock Pot Pulled Pork). It retains its rich, beefy flavor and becomes succulent and fork-tender under the low and slow heat of a crock pot.

Flavorful Slow Cooker Beef Stew: What really makes a stew a stew is the savory herbs, thickened beef broth and seasonings. To give the dish even more complexity, consider making CrockPot beef stew with red wine. Substitute a cup of a hearty dry wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot for a cup of the beef broth and use it to deglaze the pan you used for browning the meat. You could add in some button mushrooms too.

Ingredients for Crockpot beef stew in a slow cooker like potatoes, carrots, celery, beef, and rosemary.

How to Make Beef Stew in Crock Pot

While we love to make a classic stove top beef stew, this easy slow cooker recipe can be left cooking while you go about your day! Crock Pot beef stew comes together in just a few simple steps and the beef gets so tender.

  1. Toss the beef in the flour-garlic powder mixture to coat, and brown in olive oil in batches. Don’t crowd the pan. (You can skip this step but the browning adds great flavor to the stew).
  2. Sauté the onion in the same pan (use a of broth or red wine to help deglaze and add any brown bits to your crock pot).
  3. Add everything to the slow cooker (I use a 6qt crock pot) and cook until the beef is tender. Stir in peas before serving.

How Long to Cook Beef Stew in Crock Pot: Crock Pot beef stew is a set-it-and-forget-it kind of meal. Cook it on high for 4-5 hours, or on low for 8-9 until the meat is tender. You can leave it on warm for an additional hour or so if needed.

To Thicken Beef Stew in the Crock Pot: I use a cornstarch slurry (equal parts cornstarch and water) and add it in at the end. Allow it to cook about 10 minutes after adding the slurry to get rid of any starchy flavor.

A ladle scooping crockpot beef stew to serve it.

We serve beef stew with some crusty bread or homemade dinner rolls for the perfect meal!

Leftover CrockPot Beef Stew

Leftovers will keep about 3-4 days in the fridge.

Can you Freeze Beef Stew: You’ll also be happy to know CrockPot Beef Stew freezes really well, so make plenty for those quick-fix meal nights. Leave about an inch of headspace for expansion in plastic containers, and your stew will keep for four months in the freezer.

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Crock Pot Beef Stew

CrockPot Beef Stew is one of my all-time favorite one-pot meals. It’s filling, delicious, the family always loves it, and it’s incredibly easy to prepare in advance. 

  • 2 pounds beef chuck or stewing beef
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 cup vegetable juice such as V8
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme or 2 sprigs fresh
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary or 1 sprig fresh
  • 3 cups potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups carrots cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup celery stalks cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup peas
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  1. Combine flour, garlic powder and salt & pepper to taste. Toss beef in flour mixture.
  2. Brown the beef and onions in olive oil small batches. Add some of the broth to the pan and scrape up any brown bits.
  3. Add all ingredients except peas and cornstarch to a 6QT slow cooker.
  4. Cook on high 4-5 hours or on low 8-9 hours or until beef is tender.
  5. Mix cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water. Stir into the stew a little bit at a time to thicken (you may not need all of the mixture). Add peas.
  6. Cover and cook 10 minutes. Season with salt & pepper.

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Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup is a bowl full of comfort! Thick, cheesy, and addictive, this delicious soup simmers all day in the crock-pot and is ready to eat when you are, with just a few finishing touches.

This rich velvety soup is loaded with broccoli and lots of cheese for the perfect slow cooker soup recipe! It’s creamy, dreamy, delicious!

Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup in a bowl ready with a soup spoon

While I do love a good quick Broccoli Cheese Soup, making Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup can be a real lifesaver on those busy family days when everyone is coming and going! The crockpot is the real hero in this broccoli and cheese soup recipe because you just set it and forget it! In fact, why not put it together before work and come home to a healthy, filling dinner that everyone will love! Better yet, only one pot to wash!

How to Make Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

  • BROCCOLI: Be sure to properly prep the broccoli by removing the fibrous outer skin and chop into uniform pieces. Place in the crock pot and onions and chicken stock. Make sure there is enough stock to completely cover the broccoli because this will be the base.
  • COOK: Cover the crockpot and cook (on low or high) until the broccoli is tender. Add evaporated milk 30-60 minutes before serving.
  • BLEND: You can leave it chunky or puree it with a hand blender until it is smooth. Personally, I like to take some of the broccoli out and chop it, puree the remainder using a hand blender and then add the chopped broccoli back in!
  • CHEESE: Add the cheese just before serving. Dairy (including cheese) can break down and separate if cooked too long or too hot (the exception to this rule is Velveeta, it can be added a bit sooner to melt).
  • ADD-INS: This soup is versatile. We sometimes add in some chunks of processed cheese (Velveeta), a half the jar of Alfredo sauce or a few spoonfuls of pesto. Top it with bacon, add in some garlic or serve it with croutons!

A crock pot filled with broccoli and vegetables ready to make slow cooker broccoli cheese soup

Add some diced potatoes for a heartier broccoli potato cheese soup. Or leave the recipe as is and enjoy it as a low carb broccoli cheese soup! Great for a potluck!

Rich and Creamy

When pureeing the soup, remember not to put hot soup in a blender with a lid!  I used an immersion blender (hand blender) in the slow cooker.  The addition of alfredo (I used light) makes this soup extra rich and creamy!

What to Serve with Broccoli Cheese Soup?

Broccoli and cheese soup is rich, so pair it with simple sides like a crisp salad or coleslaw, some fresh fruit, or some crusty bread and croutons. Let the soup be the star of the show!

Better with Bread: This soup is terrific when served in homemade bread bowls, or with homemade buttermilk biscuits or dinner rolls on the side. It’s even better the next day!

You can freeze Broccoli Cheese Soup!  Ladle portions into Ziploc bags, label, and lay flat so when they freeze, they will stack easily and save space!

This soup is low carb so it’s a great recipe to add into your regular rotation! It’s tough to find a good broccoli cheese soup without Velveeta so don’t forget to bookmark or pin this recipe to save it!

Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup

Thick, cheesy, and addictive, this delicious soup simmers all day in the crock-pot and is ready to eat when you are, with just a few finishing touches.

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup celery (sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups chicken broth (or stock)
  • 6 cups fresh broccoli (about 2 heads)
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 2/3 cup fresh Parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Heat butter in a small pan over medium heat. Cook onion and celery until tender, about 3 minutes. 

  2. Wash and chop the broccoli and place in the slow cooker. Add cooked onion, garlic powder, bay leaf, chicken broth, cream cheese and salt & pepper to taste.

  3. Cook on low 6-7 hours (or high 3-4 hours) or until broccoli is tender. Add evaporated milk and cook 30-60 minutes more. Discard bay leaf.

  4. Remove one cup of broccoli and coarsely chop. Puree remaining soup using a hand blender. (You can puree a bit to break up the broccoli or until completely smooth depending on preference).

  5. Add chopped broccoli back into the soup. Stir in all of the cheeses until melted.

  6. Garnish with additional shredded cheeses, or 1/2 tsp of pesto sauce.

For a thicker soup, create a cornstarch slurry by combining 2 tablespoons water with 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Add a little at a time to reach desired consistency. Allow to cook an additional 10 minutes.

 

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Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup

Crockpot cabbage roll soup in white bowl with spoon

Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup is a simple twist on traditional Cabbage Rolls, a family favorite for years! Cabbage, onion, beef and bacon all tenderly prepared in a rich beef and tomato broth, slowly simmered in your crock pot.

This creates a nutritious and tasty soup that will warm your belly from the inside out! This is going to be your new family favorite meal!

Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup in white bowl

Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup

I absolutely LOVE a good soup recipe. Soups are a great way to incorporate so many delicious flavors into one bowl. They’re easy to make and inexpensive, there’s good reason my Easy Hamburger Soup recipe is one of my most popular recipes on Facebook!

Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup contains several servings of veggies along with lean protein all simmered to perfection. We serve this alongside homemade Dinner Rolls for a meal that my family requests over and over again!

A Family Favorite

Growing up with Polish grandparents,  cabbage rolls (and Cabbage and Noodles aka Haluski) were a staple in our family for both family gatherings and Sunday dinner. It was always one of my favorite things!

Traditional cabbage rolls are time-consuming – between preparing the filling, cooking the cabbage till tender and then there is the labour rolling them – whew! Of course, we make Cabbage Roll Casserole which is the lazy cabbage roll version with no rolling required.

As much as I love cabbage rolls (and unstuffed cabbage roll casserole), there really is nothing better than coming home to a meal ready to eat.

Cabbage roll soup in crockpot with ladle

Easy Prep

Cabbage is easy to prepare and inexpensive (view more info in the The Ultimate Guide to Cabbage).This Crockpot Cabbage Roll Soup is the answer to rushed meal prep on busy weeknights!

Simply prepare your ingredients the evening before and quickly toss them into the crockpot before leaving the house for school or work or carrying on with your errands, soccer practice and swim lessons.

Dinner is ready when you are!

Easy Substitutions in Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup

  • Ground Beef:  You can substitute sausage,  ground pork or ground turkey for half of the ground beef.
  • Rice: To make this Cabbage Roll Soup lower in carbs, substitute the rice for Cauliflower Rice (this also lowers the calories or points if you’re following Weight Watchers).
  • Diced Tomatoes: If you prefer whole canned tomatoes to diced, they also work great in this recipe.
  • V8 Vegetable Juice: You Can use tomato juice in place of the vegetable juice or even canned tomato soup. (Do not substitute tomato sauce, it has a different flavor).
  • Sodium: The low sodium/no sodium versions of all products in this soup work perfectly.

All the flavour and goodness of traditional cabbage rolls simmered together in one delicious bowl of crock pot cabbage roll soup! And the very best thing is it’s so easy!

Uncooked ingredients for cabbage roll soup in crockpot ready to be cooked

Add the Bacon

Depending where you’re from, you may or may not add bacon to your cabbage rolls. It is used in this soup to add a slight smoky and salty flavor. We fry the bacon until crisp and then use a little bit of the bacon fat to cook the onion and beef. The bacon itself is stirred in just before serving (and used as a garnish) to keep it nice and crisp.

Finished cabbage roll soup in white bowls

How to Freeze Cabbage Roll Soup

This Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup makes a HUGE batch of soup, perfect for feeding a crowd, eating a couple of nights in a row or taking for lunches. If you have leftovers, this soup also freezes well.  I just simply spoon the desired amount in a freezer bag lay it flat to freeze (either large or individual servings).

If I’m feeding the family, I defrost it in the fridge the night before and dinner is ready to heat and eat in a flash!

Once you try it, I know for sure this Crockpot Cabbage Roll Soup is going to become a staple to your weekly menu plan. Warm, hearty and wholesome.

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Crockpot Cabbage Roll Soup

Cabbage, onion, beef and bacon all tenderly prepared in a rich beef and tomato broth, slowly simmered in your crock pot. This creates a nutritious and tasty soup that will warm your belly from the inside out!

  • 1 lb thick bacon (diced)
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2/3 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 6-8 cups cabbage (chopped)
  • 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 10 oz can tomato soup
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 5-6 cups beef broth
  • 1 1/2 cups V8 or other vegetable juice
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • parsley for garnish
  1. In a skillet, cook bacon until crisp and drain on paper towels leaving about 1 tablespoon bacon grease in the skillet.
  2. Brown onion and beef in the bacon fat. Once browned, drain excess fat and add to a 6qt (or larger) slow cooker.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients to the low cooker and stir to combine (it will be very full).
  4. Cover and cook on high 3-4 hours or low 6-7 hours until rice is fully cooked.
  5. Stir in half of cooked bacon.
  6. Spoon into bowls, top with remaining bacon and parsley if desired.