My needs are simple when it comes to gifts. Give me something I can REALLY use! Well – I’ve had the same ridiculously small, round shaped, crock pot for 27 years. Yes, TWENTY SEVEN YEARS! Why so long, you ask? Well – I’m cheap, and it still works, and I don’t think about buying something new if something I have works. I was brought up this way. I can’t help it. Move on.
This year, my lovely daughter asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I couldn’t decide. First of all, they are on a very limited budget while she is attending graduate school and I really didn’t want them to spend any money at all. But since she insisted, I had to come up with something. Well – one day, while walking through the Wal-Marts, (I live in Wal-Mart country) stacked there on an end-cap were lovely oval shaped crock pots. Now I know the new word is “slow cooker”, but honey – they’re crock pots. I couldn’t help myself. I started thinking about how many things I could cook in an oval crock pot. A much larger, oval crock pot. And the best part – it was only $17. Bingo! So that’s what she gave me for Christmas and I’m going to start using it this week because yesterday I opened my e-mail and my sweet sister-in-law sent me an e-mail and guess what. It was full of links for dishes you can cook in a crock pot! I’m totally serious! Not just a few recipes. Nooooooooo! I’m talking about over 100 recipes for things to cook in the crock pot. The beef section alone would take over 3 months to cook every dish if you cooked in the crock pot slow cooker every single day.
So, I’m going to start a new recipe index page called “What a Crock!” and post all of these recipes for you. I can’t guarantee I’ve cooked every single recipe, but I assure you this is a treasure trove of time saving dishes that anyone with a slow cooker will appreciate. But today I’m going to post a recipe not on this list because if was the first recipe I cooked in my new crock. I confiscated this recipe from Donna over at Yellow Jeep Blonde. White Chili! My hubster said it was the best chili he has ever had – seriously. Give it a whirl. And, check out the crock pot, (dang) I mean SLOW COOKER recipes I’ll be posting from now until next Christmas. No really – it will probably take me that long.
Donna Yellow Jeep’s White Chili
3 lbs boneless chicken breast (note: I used 3 lbs. ground turkey)
1 large onion, diced
4 cans White Northern Beans
1 can Refried Beans
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
1 can Sliced Mushrooms, drained
2 cans Diced Green Chiles
3 Tbl Chili Powder
2 Tbl Cumin
1 Tbl Garlic Powder
1 – 2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
Chicken Stock, to desired thickness
Cut up your chicken into bite-size pieces and brown in a little bit of olive oil, or chop up your leftover turkey. Pour all the ingredients into a 6-Quart Slow Cooker. It’s all pretty thick at this point, so I add some Progresso Chicken Stock to get it to a chili consistency. But don’t use too much because the slow cooker will thin it out some by itself. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 7 – 8 hours.
**Note: I didn’t add the refried beans because I don’t like them, but this chili was very, very, Very, VERY good!
Y’all Enjoy! 🙂 – thanks Donna