Check out these original and inspired slow cooker recipes for game day, Super Bowl Sunday or any day for that matter. Feed those football fans right.
When it comes to big game day fare, slow cooker recipes are a girl's best friend. Prepare delicious and hearty meals in the slow cooker in advance, so you can chill on the couch with your fan friends without missing a second of the game due to kitchen duty! Check out these original and inspired slow cooker recipes for game day.
Texas-Mex ChiliTrade in your traditional chili recipe for this Tex-Mex version that is packed with fresh vegetables and smoky bacon.
- 10 bacon strips, diced
- 2 1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 1, 28-ounce can and 1, 14 1/2-ounce can stewed tomatoes
- 2, 8-ounce cans tomato sauce
- 1, 16-ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 cups sliced carrots
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 3/4 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Cook bacon in a large skillet until it is crispy; transfer to paper towels and gently pat to soak up excess oil.
- Brown stew meat in the bacon drippings over medium heat; drain.
- Transfer meat to a slow cooker, then add bacon and the rest of the ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 9 to 10 hours, until meat is fork tender.
White Bean Chicken Sausage ChiliThis sophisticated chili is perfect to help warm up your game day guests on a chilly day.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 boneless chicken breast halves, diced
- 16-ounces chicken sausage (like chicken apple sausage or smoked turkey sausage)
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2, 16-ounce cans Great Northern beans or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 1/2 cups tomatillo salsa
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1, 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
- 1 cup frozen corn kernels
- 2 tablespoons jalapeño peppers or mild chili peppers, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and sauté the onions, diced chicken, and sliced sausage until onions are tender and chicken is cooked through.
- Add the drained beans to your slow cooker as well as the skillet mixture and all remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours, or on low for 6 to 8 hours.
- Serve with cornbread or multi-grain tortilla chips.
Slow Cooker Potato, Cheese and Chive SoupThis slow cooker soup is a surprise game day dish that will have your guests licking their bowls and begging for more.
- 4 large potatoes, peeled and sliced
- 4 cups chicken stock, plus more as needed
- 1 large clove garlic
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
- Salt and black pepper
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded, for garnish
- Add potatoes and 1 cup of the stock in the slow cooker and cook on high for 2 hours, or until the potatoes are fork tender. Transfer 2/3 of the potatoes and liquid to a food processor or blender; add the garlic and blend until smooth.
- Return the potato purée to the slow cooker and stir in the shredded cheese, the remaining 2/3 cup chicken stock and the chives. Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Stir in the cream and sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese immediately before serving.
Slow Cooker Short Ribs Over PastaThese short ribs become fall-off-the-bone delicious after several hours in the slow cooker.
- 4 pounds beef short ribs
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
- 6 Roma tomatoes, roughly chopped
- 1 cup dark beer, such as Guinness
- 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 cups low sodium beef broth
- 1 pound penne pasta
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- Season the ribs with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat and brown ribs on all sides, about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer ribs to a slow cooker.
- Put the onion and garlic in the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes; add the tomatoes, beer, and mustard and bring the mixture to a boil. Loosen the brown bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Transfer ingredients from the skillet to the slow cooker, and add the beef broth.
- Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 to 6 hours, or low for 8 to 10 hours, or until the meat is fork tender and falls easily from the bone.
- After the ribs are fall-off-the-bone delicious, remove the ribs from the liquid and remove any excess fat from the surface of the cooking liquid with a large ladle. Next, transfer the cooking liquid in the slow cooker to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Pour the sauce back into the slow cooker and heat on warm.
- Remove the meat from the bones and shred with a fork; discard the bones and any fatty pieces. Stir the shredded meat back into the sauce in the slow cooker; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Prepare package of pasta according to directions on the package. Serve pasta with meat and sauce mixture and top with Parmesan cheese.
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Slow Cooker Brownie CakeDessert from a slow cooker? Oh, yea! Round out your game day feast with this rich, chocolaty cake.
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons cocoa
- 2 1/2 cups brownie mix (half of a 21 1/2-ounce package)
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon soft butter or margarine
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
- Stir together 3/4 cup water, brown sugar, and cocoa in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Spread the batter evenly in the bottom of a slow cooker that has been sprayed with butter-flavored cooking spray. Pour boiling mixture over the batter; cover and cook on high about 2 hours.
- Shut off heat, and allow cake to stand in slow cooker for about 30 minutes. Serve warm with whip cream and/or ice cream.