Quick And Easy Recipes - Just Add Ground Beef

Slow cookers aren't just for grandmothers. On a busy day, who doesn't love to come home in the evening to a hot already-prepared meal? Whether it's a succulent pot roast, savory tender chicken or a simple casserole, slow cookers create amazing aromas and even better meals - and many slow cooker recipes make enough food to feed your entire family (and then some).

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Are you a huge soup fan? Well with the crock pot you most likely will never want to ever open a can of soup in the future. You certainly want to try such absolute favorites as Chicken Tortilla Soup or possibly Roast Tomato-Basil soup. Basic slow cooker tasty recipes for a pot of soup are scrumptious and offer a little something for all. There will always be those long time absolute favorites of Manhattan clam chowder, New England clam chowder or even Easy Corn Chowder.

If the weather is getting cooler and you are looking for an alternative to chili crock pot, why not consider making frijoles Yucatan style? It is up to you whether or not to remove the seeds from the chili pepper. Leaving them in means the dish will be spicier.

The size of the crock pot depends on the size of your family. For a big family, a 4-6 quart pot is ideal. For just a couple of people, a one quart pot is best to prepare slow cooked chili recipes. Choose a cooker with multiple settings and other features like a timer, automatic shut-off, or a warmer. Such features prove to be quite helpful for people who remain outdoors for 8 to 10 hours. There are cookers that feature digital temperature reading or temperature gauge. It ensures that the pot maintains a safe temperature for cooking food. This cuts off the risk of illnesses related to over-cooking or under-cooking food.

According to "One Pot Wonders," an article on the CBS News Web site, about 80% of American kitchens have a slow cooker. "Experts predict [slow cookers] will be a big trend in 2008," the articles notes. Grocery stores have picked up on the trend and sell pre-cut veggies and meat for slow cookers. Book stores have dozens of books devoted to slow cooker chili.

When you have combined all of the ingredients and placed them in the cooker, you can set the temperature to high and then cook the entire contents for about 8 hours. The reason cooking this chili is so convenient is because if you have to work or leave the house for an extended period of time, you don't have to worry about whether or not the meal is going to cook properly. The slow cooking process allows you to cook the chili over the 8 hours without having to watch it.

When ready to eat, check the stew for chili con carne mexican. The beef stew seasoning and the flour on the meat usually makes a rich thick broth which is of a gravy consistency. If you want it thicker, add a pack of beef gravy mix. If you want it thinner, just add a bit more water.