Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Chili

Crockpot chicken chili is the perfect meal for these long, hot summer days!

It’s a great feeling having everything tucked away into the crock pot early so it can work its magic while you go about your day. Dinner is taken care of, no worries, without slaving over a hot stove.

This version uses boneless chicken breasts, onion, red pepper, garlic, pinto beans, corn, tomatoes, green chiles and chicken broth with chili powder, cumin, oregano and smoked paprika for seasonings. It isn’t one of those super thick versions but it isn’t like soup either, it’s somewhere in between the two. If you like it thick leave out the broth and double the tomatoes…. 

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Slow-Cooker Chili Con Carne

Chili con Carne

Chili con carne with hearty hunks of beef slow cooked in tomatoes with a ton of spices, bacon, garlic, onion, chipotle and jalapeno peppers. No beans allowed. Not in this chili. This chili is a celebration of meat.

I don’t use a crockpot for convenience here but rather for the way it magically transforms the toughest of meat into something tender and edible. This isn’t a recipe where you can throw everything right into the crockpot and be done, there’s some work to do before that can happen.

The first thing to do is get your bacon cooking – in the oven – those days of cooking messy, splattering bacon on the stove are history. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil, lay out your bacon and 15 minutes or so later you will be rewarded with perfectly cooked bacon. Let the grease cool off a little, fold the aluminum foil up around it and discard. Your pan and stove top are left clean.

You can usually find chuck steak, the cut I use for this, already cut up, it will be labeled chuck cubes for stew or something similar to that. Those have to be seared first in a hot pan to brown and caramelize, followed by the garlic, onion and jalapenos. Don’t worry about the vegetables picking up those browned bits sticking to the bottom of the pan because we want that. That’s more flavor.

Let’s talk spices. Initially I was going to use dried chiles but decided to make it easily accessible to everyone by using dried. This is hot, hot, hot. In addition to the jalapenos I use canned chipotle peppers in adobo, smoked jalapenos surrounded by a spicy sauce. I also used chili powder, ground ancho chile peppers, ground cumin and Mexican oregano. {If you want to make it without “heat” omit the jalapeno and chipotle peppers. The ancho peppers are quite mild – I feel comfortable telling you to leave it in or cut the amount in half.}

I like to serve it over rice to catch the rich, rust-colored sauce, with a sprinkling of cheddar cheese, green onions and giant dollops of cooling sour cream. Tortilla chips are a must for scooping and dipping. I also set aside a couple of slices of bacon to crumble over top.

Now you’re armed with everything you need to make yourself one awesome bowl of meaty chili.

Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne

Slow-Cooker Chili Con Carne

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Slow-Cooker Chili Con Carne

Chili con carne with hearty hunks of beef slow cooked in tomatoes with a ton of spices, bacon, garlic, onion, chipotle and jalapeno peppers. No beans allowed. Not in this chili. This chili is a celebration of meat.

Ingredients:

8 ounces smoked bacon
2 - 2 1/2 pounds boneless chuck steak or roast, cut into 1/2 - 1-inch cubes
coarse sea or kosher salt and fresh black pepper
vegetable or olive oil, for browning the meat
2 large yellow or Spanish onions, diced
2 jalapeno pepper, seeds and stems removed, diced
2 tablespoons chopped chipotle peppers in adobo plus 2 tablespoons of the sauce they come in (like this )
4 cloves garlic, minced
28 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
1 cup chicken broth or 1 bottle dark beer
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 tablespoons chili powder (like this )
2 teaspoons ground ancho chile pepper (like this )
1 teaspoon dried oregano (preferably Mexican), crushed between your fingertips
2 teaspoons ground cumin
3 tablespoons masa like this or 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons cold water
for serving:
shredded sharp cheddar or pepper jack
tortilla chips
cooked rice
sour cream
avocado
chopped green onions

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large roasting pan or baking sheet with sides with aluminum foil. Lay the bacon down in one layer and bake 12 - 15 minutes or until crispy. Drain on a paper towel lined plate.
  2. Season the cubes well with salt and pepper. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat and sear the cubes in batches turning to brown on 2 - 3 sides. Add more oil to the pan in between batches as needed. Add them to a 4 quart crockpot or larger.
  3. Add 2 more tablespoons oil to the pan set over medium heat and cook the onion, jalapenos and garlic until softened, seasoning them well with salt and pepper. Add the chipotle peppers and sauce, stir and cook 2 more minutes. Add them to the pot.
  4. Add the tomatoes, broth, vinegar, all the seasonings including 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and the masa or cornstarch slurry. Crumble up the bacon, set aside a little bit for garnishing and add the rest. Stir it all together.
  5. Cook on high 4 - 5 hours or low 8 hours, tasting during the last hour or two and adding more seasonings, salt or pepper as needed.
  6. Serve with your choice of garnishes over rice, if desired.

Notes:

To make it without the heat omit the jalapeno and chipotle peppers. The ancho peppers are quite mild – I feel comfortable telling you to leave it in or cut the amount in half.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cheesesteaks

Slow Cooker Chicken Cheesesteaks

Slow-cooked, seasoned chicken breasts piled high on soft, toasted hoagie rolls with cheese, roasted red peppers, jalapeños, onions and pickles. The crockpot makes the chicken so tender that the simple act of picking it up causes it to fall apart while simmering them in chicken broth ensures they’ll have a juicy outcome.

The broth is lightly seasoned with Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cumin, garlic and onion powder plus I add a couple of jalapeño peppers to spice things up along with roasted red pepper and onion strips. I sauté the peppers and onions in a frying pan then add half to the crockpot and save the remaining half for serving. The crockpot makes them so soft they almost melt into the broth. The ones I set aside are for topping the sandwich to give it some texture.

Let’s talk cheese. I like American on these because of the way it melts. Provolone is good too or extra sharp cheddar. You can even use warm, gooey cheez whiz like they do in Philly.

This is one of my more versatile recipes, a base you can play around with and make your own. Just about anything goes. You can change the seasonings, add more of them, make it spicier or less spicy. . whatever you like in a cheesesteak or you’re in the mood for.

Crockpot Chicken Cheesesteaks

Slow Cooker Chicken Cheesesteaks

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 - 6 (8-inch) sandwiches

Slow Cooker Chicken Cheesesteaks

Slow-cooked, seasoned chicken breasts piled high on soft, toasted hoagie rolls with cheese, roasted red peppers, jalapeños, onions and pickles.

Ingredients:

1 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
olive oil, for sauteeing
1 + 1/2 - 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
2 large yellow onions, sliced in half moons
2 fire roasted (jarred) red peppers, sliced on the thicker side
2 jalapeno peppers, seeds and stems removed, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
for serving:
hoagie rolls
butter, for toasting
american, provolone or sharp cheddar cheese
refrigerator pickles
hot sauce

Instructions:

  1. Add the broth, mustard, Worcestershire, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon coarse salt (or 1/2 teaspoon fine salt), and about 1/4 teaspoon black pepper to a crockpot(I use a 4 quart) set on high and whisk together.
  2. Season the chicken well with salt and pepper - if they're on the large side cut them in half - and nestle them into the crockpot.
  3. In a large frying pan or skillet heat 2 - 3 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add the onion, both types of peppers and the garlic. Season well with salt and pepper, cook, stirring often until softened 5 - 7 minutes. Remove half the mixture to the crockpot and save the other half for serving - store in a small bowl, covered in the refrigerator.
  4. Cook on high 4 hours or low 6 - 8. During the last hour remove the chicken to a cutting board and cut into bite-size pieces or shred with 2 forks. Return back to the pot. If there is a lot of liquid left in the crockpot let it cook with the lid off for a little while to evaporate some of it off.
  5. You can reheat the onion mixture you set aside earlier in the same frying pan or add it to the crockpot now.
  6. Butter the insides of the hoagie rolls and toast in a hot skillet until golden brown. Lay your choice of cheese down then top with chicken, some of the onion mixture and pickles, hot sauce too - if you like.

Notes:

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Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Salsa Chicken Tacos

Chicken breasts slow-cooked in salsa with black olives, red onions and pickled jalapeno until it’s so tender you can shred it easily with a fork. It’s then mixed with cheese and stuffed into taco shells or made into rice bowls you can garnish with all your favorite Tex-Mex toppings like sour cream, avocado and lettuce.

I love all those toppings but the truth is it doesn’t even need them. So flavorful, you will be just as happy eating it over some rice. As is. It’s also great for soft tacos, burritos, enchiladas or quesadillas. You can even make nachos with it.

This really is one of those crock-pot meals that doesn’t take a lot of prep. It’s fuss-free and easy. There’s no meat to brown or vegetables to sauté. Just a bit of chopping and everything goes into the pot where you can forget about it for a couple of hours while magic happens.

This dish is entirely dependent on the salsa. You have to use one you love. One that won’t let you down. One with lots of flavor.

You can spice this up as much or as little as you like with pickled or fresh jalapenos, a chipotle pepper, red pepper flakes or by using a spicy hot salsa. If you do use a salsa that’s on the hot side you can leave out the jalapenos.

Or not.

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Rice Bowls

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 - 5 servings with rice or makes about 8 or 9 tacos

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Chicken breasts slow-cooked in salsa with black olives, red onions and pickled jalapenos until it's so tender you can easily shred it with a fork. You can use it for tacos, rice bowls, enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas and nachos.

Ingredients:

2 cups (16 ounces) salsa (I like Green Mountain Gringo or Newman's Own )
1 can (6 ounces) large black olives, sliced
1/4 cup diced red onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 - 2 tablespoons diced pickled jalapeno or 1 fresh, optional (omit if using a "hot" salsa)
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed between fingertips
1 cup finely shredded cheddar or monterey jack (or a mix), plus more for serving
1 cup corn, optional
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
For Serving:
1 cup dried rice, cooked
or
taco shells
or both!
sour cream, for serving
diced avocado, for serving
shredded lettuce, for serving

Instructions:

  1. Add the salsa, 1/4 cup water, olives, onions, garlic, jalapeno, vinegar, chile powder, cumin, oregano and corn, if using, to a 3 - 5 quart crock pot set on high. Mix well.
  2. Cut the chicken breasts in half and season well with salt and pepper. Nestle them in the sauce.
  3. Cook on high 3 - 4 hours or low 5 - 6. Remove the chicken breasts to a cutting board and shred or chop into bite-sized pieces. Taste and season the sauce with salt and pepper if needed.
  4. Mix the chicken back into the sauce with the cheese. If the sauce is watery - cook with the lid off for 15 minutes or so to evaporate some of it off.
  5. Serve over cooked rice with extra cheese, sour cream and/or avocado. Or make tacos with your favorite fixings.

Notes:

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http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/slow-cooker-salsa-chicken-tacos-rice-bowls/

Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup

Crockpot Beef and Rice Enchilada Soup

A Tex-Mex soup packed with ground beef, rice, corn, green chiles, tomatoes, cheese and topped with sour cream and tortilla chips. It’s a beef version of my favorite chicken enchilada soup.

A warm, spicy hug in a bowl.

While the slow cooker does almost all the work it isn’t completely hands off. It takes a few minutes of prepping. You can do it the night before if you need to quickly throw it together in the morning.

The ground beef has to be browned separately in a skillet before heading into your crock-pot and the onion, garlic and bell pepper sautéed. I experimented with putting them in raw but they just don’t get the depth of flavor I like. It makes a giant difference in the end.

Green chiles, chili powder and cumin make it spicy without being mouth-burning hot. If you like it hotter you can add ground cayenne pepper or a canned chipotle pepper or two.

I used the same trick for thickening this soup as I do for chicken tortilla soup and finely chop up a few corn tortillas. They melt into the broth and bring in some of that ‘corny’ flavor you would get if you were eating a true enchilada. Plus they add ‘oomph’ to the broth and make it heartier.

Ground Beef & Rice Enchilada Soup

I want to hug this soup to my heart and never let it go. I want to eat it at least once a week, twice would be better, for the rest of my life.

I want to eat it in the biggest soup bowl I can find. I want to pile it high with extra cheese, tortilla chips and lots and lots of sour cream. Like ten times what you see in the picture.

And I don’t want anyone to bother me while I’m eating. Just leave me alone with my soup spoon and overflowing bowl.

Even if I face plant. . .

Do not disturb.

Crockpot Ground Beef Enchilada Soup

Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup

A hearty and flavorful Tex-Mex soup!

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 small green or red bell pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
1 can (11 ounce) Ro-tel diced tomatoes & green chiles with the juices
4 cups low-sodium beef broth
1 + 1/2 cups corn
3 corn tortillas, cut into small cubes
1 tablespoon chili powder like McCormick
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon oregano (preferably Mexican), crushed between fingertips
1 + 1/4 pounds lean ground beef
1 cup brown or white rice
1 + 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese or monterey jack, plus more for serving
sour cream, for serving
corn tortilla chips, for serving

Instructions:

  1. In a medium skillet heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions, peppers and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until softened, stirring often, about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile to your crock-pot (4 - 6 quart) add the Ro-tel, broth, corn, tortillas, chile powder, cumin, oregano and 1 teaspoon coarse salt and about 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Mix in the cooked onions, peppers and garlic.
  3. In the same skillet brown the ground beef over medium heat breaking it apart as it cooks. Once it's browned through drain off the grease and add to the pot.
  4. Cook on high 3 - 4 hours or low 5 - 6.
  5. During the last hour cook the rice according to package directions and stir the cheese into the soup. Taste and season as needed.
  6. To serve: add a couple of spoonfuls of rice to a soup bowl and ladle the soup over top. Garnish with shredded cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips.

Notes:

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http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/slow-cooker-beef-and-rice-enchilada-soup/

Slow Cooker Cheddar Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches with Ranch Dressing

Slow-Cooker Cheddar Buffalo Chicken

Chicken breasts slow-cooked in hot wing sauce with a homemade buttermilk ranch dressing to combat the fiery heat. You can pile the fork-tender, shredded chicken on toasted rolls or use it to make tacos, burritos, enchiladas, salads or anything your creative little heart can dream up.

If you have 5 minutes you can make this! That’s all it takes to get your crockpot going with this super easy 5-ingredient sauce that is made with an entire bottle of lip-numbing hot wing sauce, a touch of yellow mustard, chicken broth or water and to finish a couple pats of butter and a little cheddar cheese.

Perfect for serving on a game night or after a long, hard day of Christmas shopping. Or cookie-baking. When you’re just about to go into sugar shock after all the raw cookie dough sampling and need to get some protein into your body. ASAP.

Not that I know anything about that. . .

Slow Cooker Shredded Buffalo Chicken

Slow Cooker Cheddar Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches with Ranch Dressing

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 - 8 servings

Slow Cooker Cheddar Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches with Ranch Dressing

Chicken breasts slow-cooked in cheddar hot wing sauce with a homemade buttermilk ranch dressing to combat the fiery heat. If you have 5 minutes you can make this! That's all it takes to get your crockpot going with this super easy sauce.

Ingredients:

1 + 1/2 cups (12 ounces) hot wing sauce (I like this one )
1/4 cup chicken broth or water
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 + 1/2 - 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, plus more if you like it extra cheesy
Ranch Dressing:
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried or fresh dill
sea salt and fresh black pepper
To Serve:
rolls
pickles
celery sticks

Instructions:

  1. Mix the hot wing sauce, broth and mustard together in the crockpot. Cut the chicken breasts in half and season well with salt and pepper. Add them to the crockpot and turn to coat them with the sauce.
  2. Cook on high 4 - 5 hours or low 7 - 8. You can stir them and rearrange them in the pot halfway through.
  3. Remove the chicken to a cutting board and shred it with two forks or let cool until you can handle it and shred it with your hands.
  4. Stir the butter and cheese into the sauce then add the chicken and mix well. Let cook another 15 minutes or so until the butter and cheese is completely melted.
  5. To make the ranch dressing whisk the mayonnaise and buttermilk together in a small bowl then whisk in the garlic, vinegar, parsley and dill. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve on toasted rolls drizzled with ranch dressing and pickles with celery sticks on the side. Can also be used for sliders, burritos, tacos, enchiladas, salads and whatever else you can dream up!

Notes:

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http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/slow-cooker-cheddar-buffalo-chicken-sandwiches-with-ranch-dressing/

Cheddar Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Slow-Cooker Meatballs with Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Slow Cooker Meatballs

I’m blogging for a good cause today! It’s World Diabetes Awareness Day so I made you a diabetic-friendly meal! It’s low-carb and also gluten free.

Tender, flavorful meatballs are slow-cooked in tomato sauce and served with roasted spaghetti squash. I replaced the bread crumbs in the meatballs with Parmesan cheese and swapped out the high-carb spaghetti for spaghetti squash. A one-cup serving of spaghetti has about 43 grams of carbs while 1 cup of spaghetti squash has only 10. Win-win.

If you never had spaghetti squash before then you’re in for a treat. Uncooked it looks like any other winter squash but once cooked a magical transformation takes place. Pull a fork through it and you will suddenly find yourself with a pile of stringy noodles. Nature’s answer to spaghetti.

You can also mix the spaghetti squash with real spaghetti – do a mix of half and half to cut down on the carbs.

Slow Cooker Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash

Slow-Cooker Meatballs with Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 - 8 servings

Slow-Cooker Meatballs with Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Tender, flavorful meatballs are slow-cooked in tomato sauce and served with roasted spaghetti squash.

Ingredients:

Sauce:
2 - 3 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
1 can (3 ounces) tomato paste
2 cans (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning, crushed between fingertips
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more), optional
pinch of sugar
Meatballs:
1 + 1/2 pounds ground beef/pork/veal mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
3 tablespoons yellow onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
for serving:
2 medium spaghetti squash

Instructions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add the onion, pepper and garlic. Season well with salt and pepper. Cook about 10 minutes until soft and tender, stirring often.
  2. Mix the tomato paste into the onion and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Add it to the crock-pot with the crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, a pinch of sugar plus 1 teaspoon salt and about 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
  3. In a large mixing bowl using a fork or your hands combine the ground meat, eggs, Parmesan, onion, garlic, parsley and a dash of salt and pepper together. Scoop up 2 tablespoons of the meat and pack it into a ball. Repeat until all the meat is used. Carefully drop them into the crock-pot.
  4. Cook on high 4 - 5 hours or low 6 - 8 hours. Taste and season the sauce as needed during the last hour.
  5. Meanwhile roast the spaghetti squash (you can roast it whole!) until tender on 400 degrees F about 45 minutes depending on their size. Let them cool off until you can handle them comfortably. Cut them in half lengthwise and scoop out the pulp and seeds with a grapefruit spoon. Pull a fork through the squash to make the noodles.
  6. If your spaghetti squash seems especially watery you can drain it for a few minutes in a colander.
  7. Mix the spaghetti squash with enough sauce to generously coat and sere with the meatballs and Parmesan cheese.

Notes:

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http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/slow-cooker-meatballs-with-spaghetti-squash/

You can learn more about diabetes over at my friend Swathi’s blog Zesty South Indian Kitchen, who asked me to join her today in bringing Diabetes Awareness Through Food. You can also visit the American Diabetes Association.

Diabetes 
 

Slow-Cooker Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

Slow-Cooker Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

Stuffed bell peppers reincarnated in a soup! With ground beef, rice, peppers, tomatoes, onions and cheddar cheese in a spicy broth.

Is it wrong that I like this soup better than an actual stuffed pepper – the traditional version my Mom tried to feed me growing up?

She made them all the time. They were regulars in our dinner rotation and I loathed them with all my pepper-hating heart. Occasionally I would pick the stuffing out of them, which I loved, but mostly. . . I pretended like they didn’t even exist. If I ignored them maybe they would go away. Back into the ground where they came from. Forever.

Skip forward to today and I find myself cooking with bell peppers all the time! I’m making up for lost time and paying them back with lots of attention. They add unbeatable flavor to my soups and sauces. For the soup I used two of the biggest, fattest peppers I could get my hands on. One red and one green. Christmas colors.

For the broth I use a mix of beef and chicken – use what you have on hand or like best. I serve it with brown rice that I cook separately and rather than mixing it all into the soup at once I spoon a small pile into a bowl and ladle the soup over it. This way it doesn’t have a chance to soak up all the broth and turn my soup into a stew.

This totally turned me into a die-hard fan of the stuffed pepper.

Success.

Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

Slow-Cooker Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Slow-Cooker Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

Stuffed bell peppers reincarnated in a soup! With ground beef, rice, peppers, tomatoes, onions and cheddar cheese in a spicy broth.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 big bell peppers, diced (I used one green and one red)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed between fingertips
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
1 + 1/4 pounds lean ground beef
1 can (14.5 ounces) petite diced tomatoes
3 cans (14.5 ounces) low-sodium beef or chicken broth or a mix (I used 2 beef + 1 chicken)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
1 + 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, plus more for garnish
about 1 + 1/2 cups cooked brown or white rice

Instructions:

  1. Heat the oil over medium-low heat in a large skillet and add the onions, bell peppers, garlic and Italian seasoning. Season well with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often until tender about 10 minutes. Remove to crock-pot.
  2. In the same pan brown the ground beef over medium heat, breaking it apart as it cooks. Drain off the grease and add the meat to the crock-pot.
  3. Mix in the tomatoes, broth, Worcestershire, bay leaf, red pepper flakes, about 1 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Cook on high 4 hours or low 6 - 8.
  4. During the last hour skim off any grease that rises to the top. Remove the bay leaf and discard. Taste and re-season as needed. Mix in the cheese.
  5. To serve spoon some rice into a bowl, ladle the soup over it and mix together, garnish with a little cheese. Alternately you can mix the cooked rice right into the soup - it may soak up some of the broth so I like to keep it separate.

Notes:

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http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/slow-cooker-stuffed-bell-pepper-soup/