Best Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

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That’s right, THE Best Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, you only need 3 ingredients to make this mouthwatering meat for sandwiches, tacos and more!

I cook pork shoulder at least once a month.  It’s super versatile and a main dish that our family loves.  I own a smoker, which I love, but I don’t always have time to babysit the meat while it cooks.  But I have finally found a pulled pork recipe that is made in the slow cooker that tastes like it was made in the oven or maybe even the smoker.  My husband is partial to the smoked meat – who wouldn’t be?!  So the first time I made this, I didn’t tell him it I made it in the crock pot because I didn’t want him to judge the taste based on that.  He really liked it and gave it a thumbs up.  I think I’ve made it twice since then.

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There’s a tiny bit of science behind the prep to this recipe.  When I smoke meat in the smoker, I brine it in a salt water brine to add flavor and make the meat more tender.  Since we’re cooking this in the crock pot, we don’t have to worry about losing moisture, but we want to enhance the flavor.  To do that, we’re going to salt the entire piece of meat and wrap it up for several hours before we cook it.  I know, I know – it takes a little bit of planning ahead, but nothing is difficult about the actual process.  After it’s been salted and sits awhile, throw it in the slow cooker with a little more salt and liquid smoke and your work is done.  8 to 10 hours later, you’re ready to pull the pork and serve it with BBQ sauce on buns, in a taco or however you like…. 

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Salsa Verde Taco Dip

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Quick!  Grab the chips!  This easy Salsa Verde Taco Dip appetizer will be gone in no time at all.

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You guys…who loves a good chips and dip appetizer?  I am frantically raising my hand.  I do in so many ways.  And this tray of appetizer goodness is just right for so many occasions…parties, game day, girl’s night in, the list could go on and on.  A couple of weeks ago, we went to a birthday party where they were serving up a taco bar.  I volunteered to bring some kind of a dip appetizer and this is what I made.  It received rave reviews on taste and presentation and was gone in no time at all.

I was trying to think of the best way to present a dip like this and it occurred to me to try my springform pan.  It was perfect!  Everything layered up nicely and it was easy to serve.  I LOVE the flavor and color of salsa verde, so that’s what I used here but regular salsa would also work too.  If you don’t have a springform pan, you can easily use a pie plate.  Feel free to layer on any extra taco toppings you might have – chopped cilantro or olives, avocado would be delicious too if you’re going to eat it right away.  Any way you top it, it’s sure to go fast! :)

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Salsa Verde Taco Dip
 
Ingredients
  • 2 8 oz. pkgs. CREAM CHEESE
  • ½ teaspoon CHILI POWDER
  • ¼ teaspoon GARLIC POWDER
  • ¼ teaspoon SEASONING SALT
  • 1 cup SOUR CREAM
  • ½ cup SALSA VERDE
  • 1 cup SHREDDED LETTUCE
  • 1 cup SHREDDED CHEDDAR
  • ½ cup CHOPPED TOMATO
  • Additional garnish - sliced green onion, chopped cilantro, chopped olives, etc.
Instructions
  1. Place cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl and heat in the microwave for 30-40 seconds to soften slightly. Beat cream cheese, spices and sour cream together until smooth.
  2. Spread cream cheese mixture in the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan (or a pie plate if you'd prefer). Pour salsa verde over the cream cheese layer.
  3. Layer on shredded lettuce, cheese, tomato and garnish with green onion, cilantro or olives.
  4. Remove outer ring from springform pan and place on a platter before serving. Serve with tortilla chips.
Notes
You can make this ahead of time, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving.


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More chips and dip to love…

Mango Guacamole

Oven Roasted Salsa

Mexican Artichoke Dip

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pita Pizza

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Three cheers for easy dinner recipes that will be on the table in no time!  This simple recipe for Chicken Bacon Ranch Pita Pizza is brought to you as part of an ongoing partnership with Kraft.

While enjoying the warmer months, easy recipes are in high demand. They are called the lazy days of summer for a reason. Plenty of long days at the park, the pool or the ball field call for not spending an hour (or more!) in the kitchen making dinner in the evening. Skillet recipes keep you from having 14 pans to wash and kabobs don’t heat up the kitchen if it’s an unbearably hot day. Having a well stocked fridge and pantry makes putting dinner together quickly an easy task…. 

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BBQ Chicken Twice Baked Potatoes

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May seems like such a busy month. End of the school year events, field trips, graduations and all the rest keep us running from one thing to the next. Easy meals are in order to keep the household running smoothly.  I’m talking 5 ingredients and 20 minutes to make these BBQ Chicken Twice Baked Potatoes.… 

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Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Sometimes you just need a cookie on a little smaller scale.  Enter Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies - these are that cookie.  The one you take to a gathering where there will be plenty of desserts to try, but a small taste of a classic is always welcome.  The one that fits neatly in their lunchbox so they can enjoy a small treat after they finish their lunch.  The one that you make just because it both easy, delicious and your motto is all things in moderation.

This perfect little cookie is studded with mini chocolate chips and is delicious both on its own and with a little chocolate spread between two.  They stay nice and soft in an airtight container for at least 3 days and would be super ideal to make the day before you need them!

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Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies - a quick and easy recipe perfect for game day, lunch boxes or just because!

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups FLOUR
  • 1/2 teaspoon SALT
  • 1 teaspoon BAKING SODA
  • 1/2 cup BUTTER, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup BROWN SUGAR
  • 1/3 cup GRANULATED SUGAR
  • 1 EGG
  • 2 teaspoons VANILLA
  • 3/4 cup MINI CHOCOLATE CHIPS

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat together butter and sugars, add in egg and vanilla. Mix in flour, baking soda and salt until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Measure out about 2 teaspoons of dough and roll into balls. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes.
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For the cookie monster in you…

Chocolate PB Explosion Cookies

M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies

Easy Biscoff Cookies

 

Simple Southwest Potatoes {Alexia Blog Party + Giveaway}

Quick and easy – this recipe for Simple Southwest Potatoes is the perfect weeknight side dish!

Simple Southwest Potatoes | Crumbs and Chaos #sidedish #potatoes www.crumbsandchaos.net Potatoes…delicious, versatile and the perfect backdrop for so many flavor combos.  I’m stoked today to be joining Carrian {Sweet Basil}, Kristy {Sweet Treats and More} and Deborah {Taste and Tell} to share a healthy side dish using Alexia’s Smart Classics Potatoes.  Be sure to check out all of the recipes from today’s party further down in this post and stick around until the very end for an incredible giveaway!

Get Smart with Alexia Blog Party Side dishes are usually not the star of the meal and sometimes the time just isn’t there to prepare a tasty one.  Alexia has made healthy side dishes easy with their Smart Classics line of potatoes and fries.  Being 98% fat free and having 100 calories per serving makes them a great choice for any meal.  Follow Alexia on Facebook to discover even more ways to enjoy their products.

Simple Southwest Potatoes | Crumbs and Chaos #sidedish #potatoes www.crumbsandchaos.net The beauty of taking a little help from the freezer section for dinner is, that while you’re working on the main dish, your potatoes are baking away.  I chose to season mine simply and sprinkle them with a little bit of shredded cheese because potatoes and cheese just go together.  Adding fresh cilantro and finely chopped green onion brings the flavor explosion.  Don’t forget the dipping sauce – a little greek yogurt and hot sauce spices things up just a bit.  The potatoes come cut in chunks small enough to stab with a fork or big enough to be a finger food should you want to enjoy these as an appetizer for game day.

Want to make this a main dish?  Top with seasoned ground turkey or ground beef, pork carnitas or cafe rio chicken and dinner is served ;)

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Simple Southwest Potatoes

This recipe for Simple Southwest Potatoes is easy to make and packed with flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 (32 oz.) bag ALEXIA SMART CLASSICS TRI-CUT POTATOES
  • 1 Tablespoon TACO SEASONING
  • 1/2 cup PLAIN YOGURT (or sour cream)
  • 1 Tablespoon HOT SAUCE (I used Frank's Red Hot - use more if you'd like it spicier)
  • SHREDDED CHEESE (use as much as you like)
  • FRESH CILANTRO, chopped
  • GREEN ONION, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Bake potatoes according to package directions.
  2. Make dipping sauce: mix together yogurt and hot sauce, set aside.
  3. When potatoes are done baking, sprinkle with taco seasoning and stir together to coat all of the potatoes. You can sprinkle on the cheese now and put back in the oven until the cheese is melted. Or if your serving dish is oven safe, you can put the potatoes in the serving dish and then top with cheese and put back into the oven to melt cheese.
  4. Sprinkle with cilantro and green onion. Serve immediately with dipping sauce.
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For more fantastic recipes using Alexia’s Smart Classics Potatoes, be sure to check out all of the posts from today’s party!

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Cranberry Pecan Spread

Cranberry Pecan Spread | Crumbs and Chaos #appetizer #Thanksgiving   www.crumbsandchaos.ne An easy appetizer that will tide you over until turkey time – this Cranberry Pecan Spread is creamy and studded with dried cranberries, cherries and pecans.

Around our house, we like small bites.  They’re easy to share and you get to try a little of everything.  After all, the holidays = hanging around  and enjoying good food together, so whether it’s almost time for the turkey or you’re wanting to add something new to your next appetizer spread this December, I’ve got you covered.  This creamy spread is perfect for your favorite cracker.

Tangy goat cheese combined with cream cheese, dried cranberries and cherries, crunchy pecans and savory green onions…easy, flavorful and sure to be gone in no time at all.  So you’d better have double the ingredients on hand to whip up another batch.  What’s your favorite quick and easy appetizer to serve around the holidays?

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Cranberry Pecan Spread

This Cranberry Pecan Spread is an easy holiday appetizer and comes together in just minutes.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. HONEY GOAT CHEESE (or plain)
  • 4 oz. CREAM CHEESE, room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons DRIED CRANBERRIES, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons DRIED CHERRIES*, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons PECANS, finely chopped
  • 3 GREEN ONIONS, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine goat cheese and cream cheese. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Serve chilled or at room temperature with crackers or pretzel crisps.

Notes

*You could use all cranberries instead of adding cherries.

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Our favorite small bites…

Garlic Feta Dip

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

BBQ Chicken Dip

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls with Creamy Mustard Dipping Sauce

BBQ Turkey Sliders with Spicy Cranberry Spread

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Today I have an easy way to enjoy holiday leftovers using King’s Hawaiian Rolls®.  Their soft, amazing dinner rolls make an incredible BBQ Turkey Slider with Spicy Cranberry Spread.  I mentioned yesterday that I’ve got November food on the brain lately…in fact, I’m practically ready for Christmas music.  I love all of the flavors of Thanksgiving and the bonus of having more than enough to make a few other meals the weekend after Thanksgiving.  These sliders would also be fantastic for any holiday spread that includes appetizers and you could use chicken in place of the turkey as well.

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One of our family’s favorite meals is BBQ anything, so making leftovers more interesting with BBQ sauce is a natural thing for me.  Taking King’s Hawaiian Dinner Rolls® and stuffing them full of BBQ Turkey, smoked gouda cheese and a good slathering of Spicy Cranberry Spread is the perfect leftover solution for your holiday turkey.  The spicy cranberry spread is just spicy enough to make it exciting, but not enough to make you reach for something to drink.  Make up a tray of these for your crowd and watch them disappear!  Check out King’s Hawaiian Holiday Roll Call for a ton of great holiday recipes!

BBQ Turkey Sliders with Spicy Cranberry Spread and King's Hawaiian Rolls from Crumbs and Chaos

BBQ Turkey Sliders Recipe -

Leftover cooked and chopped TURKEY

Your favorite BBQ Sauce

Smoked Gouda Cheese, sliced

1 package of King’s Hawaiian Dinner Rolls®, halved

1/2 cup WHOLE CRANBERRY SAUCE

2 Tablespoons PICKLED JALAPENO, finely chopped

1 Tablespoon FRESH CILANTRO, chopped (optional)

2 Tablespoons MAYO

 

Make cranberry spread by combining cranberry sauce, jalapeno, cilantro and mayo.  Mix turkey with BBQ sauce in a small bowl.

Assemble sandwiches – open rolls, layer turkey and cheese.  Spread inside of top half of roll with cranberry spread and place on top of sandwich.

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Garlic Feta Dip

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Things have been a little sweet lately, so we’re going over to the savory side today with a GARLIC FETA DIP that’s super easy to make and full of flavor.

I’ve talked before about having friends over for dinner often, it’s so much easier and more relaxed with the kids to enjoy each others company at one of our houses.  But my dining room doesn’t really allow for seating for more than 6 people, which means we usually feed the kids first and then the adults sit down together after that.  It’s dinner time, the kids are munching away and my husband is standing there hungry as always.  I try to always have a appetizer on hand for times like that.  You can do so many things with a block of cream cheese!

This Garlic Feta Dip right here is our most recent favorite – and by our, I mean every person that sat around the table that evening was in love with it.  And so was a different group of people I served it to a few nights later.  It’s incredibly easy and full of intense flavor from the garlic, feta cheese and spices.  This dip whips up in no time and will be gone just a quickly!

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Garlic Feta Dip

This insanely easy dip is perfect for your next get together and is full of amazing flavor.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. FETA CHEESE
  • 8 oz. CREAM CHEESE
  • 2/3 cup MAYO
  • 4 GARLIC CLOVES, minced (you could use less if you don't like a lot of garlic)
  • 1/2 teaspoon DRIED BASIL
  • 1/2 teaspoon DRIED OREGANO
  • 1/4 teaspoon DRIED DILL
  • 1/4 teaspoon DRIED THYME

Instructions

  1. Crumble the feta if it didn't come already crumbled. Stir together all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Put in a serving dish and chill until you are ready to serve. Enjoy with pretzel crisps, crackers or fresh veggies.
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Tex-Mex Chili

It’s about time for a big bowl of Tex-Mex Chili -

thick and hearty, this recipe will feed a crowd and, best of all, it’s made in the crock pot!

Tex-Mex Chili | Crumbs and Chaos #slowcooker #soup #chili    www.crumbsandchaos.net The beginning of this week was a bit of a scorcher, last night and today it has finally started to cool down a bit and now it really feels like my favorite time of year :)  You know…Harvest Time, pumpkin everything, apples galore, bowls of hot soup, sweaters and boots…I’m super ready for all of those things!  Football is another popular activity this time of year.  Might I recommend a big bowl of chili while watching the next big game?

Made in the crock pot, topped with shredded cheese and diced avocado – this chili fits the bill for feeding a large crowd or a smaller one for a few days or so (leftover chili is one of the best things ever).  This particular version has beef stew meat in it, so that means tender chunks of beef throughout.  Next time I may cut them smaller before cooking or use ground beef instead – that’s the beauty of a pot of chili, you can make it to fit your preferences.  Also, as written it was pretty spicy the day it was made, but the next day was less spicy.  If you’re not a fan of spicy, omit the cayenne and red pepper flakes.  At our house, we’re big fans of Fritos with our chili, but it would be great with cornbread or crackers too.

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Tex-Mex Chili

An easy, meaty slow cooker chili recipe that's hearty, delicious and perfect for game day.

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. of BEEF STEW MEAT
  • 1 tablespoon VEGETABLE or CANOLA OIL
  • 4 GARLIC CLOVES, minced
  • 3 16 oz. cans KIDNEY BEANS, drained and rinsed
  • 3 15 oz. cans TOMATO SAUCE
  • 1 14.5 oz. can DICED TOMATOES
  • 1 cup WATER
  • 1 6 oz. can TOMATO PASTE
  • 3/4 cup SALSA VERDE
  • 1 envelope CHILI SEASONING
  • 2 teaspoons ONION POWDER
  • 1 teaspoon CHILI POWDER
  • 1/2 teaspoon CRUSHED RED PEPPER FLAKES
  • 1/2 teaspoon GROUND CUMIN
  • 1/2 teaspoon CAYENNE PEPPER
  • Your favorite chili toppings - shredded cheese, avocados, chopped fresh cilantro, Fritos

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat and brown the beef in batches. Stir in the garlic to the last batch, cook for about a minute before transferring to a slow cooker (6 qt or larger)
  2. Add remaining ingredients (except toppings) and stir to combine. Cook on low for 8 hours.

Notes

You can omit the crushed red pepper, cayenne pepper and use mild chili seasoning if you don't like it spicy.

You can make this the day before you need it, it's even better the second day.

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