My Family’s Favorite Crock-Pot Recipes in Winter


There is nothing better than coming home from a long day of work, school, and daycare to already having dinner waiting for us in our Crock-Pot. It seems like magic to me. I threw a few ingredients in the slow cooker and eight hours later with little effort, dinner! Here are two of our family’s favorite slow cooker recipes to eat in the winter.


Slow Cooker Taco Chili

Ingredients: 1 pound ground turkey browned and drained, 2 – 15 ounce cans pinto beans, 10 ounce can of diced tomatoes with chiles, 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes, 1 can of corn, 1 package taco seasoning, 1 package ranch dressing seasoning mix


  1. Brown and drain meat. Add taco seasoning to meat before it is completely browned.
  2. Combine all ingredients. Do not drain any of the cans. So easy!
  3. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.

Recipe modified from Crock-Pot Girls.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta

This recipe involves a little bit more work, but I still think it’s a great meal to make before a long day as long as you have 30 minutes before dinner to shred chicken and add an ingredient.

Ingredients: 3 large chicken breasts, 1 can cream of chicken, 3/4 cup -1 cup (depending on how spicy you want it) of buffalo wing sauce, 2 cups sour cream, 1/2 cup ranch dressing, 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded, 1 pound whole wheat penne pasta


  1. Mix the cream of chicken, buffalo sauce, and whole raw chicken in the slow cooker. Make sure that these ingredients are mixed together and try your best to cover the chicken.
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. Take the chicken out of the slow cooker, shred it (I use two forks), and add it back to the slow cooker.
  4. Start making the penne pasta separately. Follow the directions on the box. I will often make it the night before so that I can just throw it in the slow cooker at the end.
  5. Add sour cream, ranch, mozzarella to the slow cooker, and mix well.
  6. Cook until everything is melted together, which will take about 30 minutes.
  7. Add cooked al dente penne pasta to slow cooker.
  8. Serve.

Recipe modified from Crock-Pot Ladies.

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Zandria Schnur
Zandria is originally from Northwest Ohio. She met her husband in the beginning of her freshmen year of college. He is a born and raised Cincinnati west sider. He took her home to meet the family that December and Zandria fell in love with her husband and Cincinnati. It was an easy decision to make as to what city they would live in after Zandria was done with school. Zandria has been married since 2008 and has lived in Cincinnati since 2009. She has two wonderful boys whom are 4 and 1 and also is pregnant with a third baby due in August 2017. When Zandria is not driving her boys around the city to have an adventure, she enjoys sewing, crafts in general, taking pictures of her family, debating with her husband over who is using a word correctly (and often getting out the dictionary), coffee, and great conversation.


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