Monday, November 7, 2011

Crock Pot Cookin'

It has been awhile since I have shared a recipe, so I thought I would break out one of the crockpot recipes we have tried in the last few weeks. One of my goals is to find at least four new crockpot recipes this year - my staples of chili and spaghetti sauce and meatballs are tried and true, but diversifying never hurts.

I started an allreceipes search with "slow cooker" in the nav bar options. I usually start with the "Top 20" in a category and after narrowing down ingredients I can find the one or two that we'll be making. We had a ton of chicken in the freezer so when I landed on Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup I figured I had a hit.
One caveat? The "family sized" recipe was for a few more servings than my crock pot was made for. Some overflowing ensued and some of the liquid had to go bye-bye.
After cooking the chicken through, the shredding was quite the painstaking process. I read a tip on Pinterest last week that said to shred chicken for these types of recipes put the cooked breasts in your KitchenAid mixer with the paddle attachment and it does all the work for you. Very interested to try this and see if it works!
After a little more time simmering, and throwing sour cream and cheese on top, we had a lovely little meal. Re-heated versions included straining out the extra liquid and putting right into soft tortillas. Yum-o!
Bravo to this photo for also being the one in which I found a new setting on my camera - incandescent lighting! What a find!

Rather than type out the whole recipe here, I have linked the title above and here so you can read through it and the comments that usually help tweak the recipes a bit!

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