Time for dinner and no time to cook? Company's coming? Working a job leaves little time for cooking and planning meals? If you're like me, when you come in from work all you want is to sit down and eat! Well, I've solved my problem and now I'd like to help you solve yours! My good-time friend THE CROCKPOT! My crockpot is being filled, with some of the following recipes (BELOW) before I leave for work each day. So when I get home from work- my meal is prepared and waiting on me. The smell is great, as it has cooked all day. Hope you try some of these recipes and enjoy them, as I do.


  • 2 lbs. hamburger
  • 1/2 cup chopped green peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6-8 potatoes, cut up
  • 1 egg
  • 1 packet gravy mix
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cracker crumbs

    Preparation: May use 8 ounce can tomato sauce (instead of milk and gravy). Mix meatloaf ingredients- shape into loaf and put potatoes on side. Cook on low heat for 8-10 hours. If tomato sauce is used, put 1/2 into the meatloaf and the remaining on top.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3/4 lb fried crumbled bacon
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon hickory smoke flavoring
  • 1 lb can each pork and beans, lima beans, butter beans and kidney beans

    Cook on low in crockpot for 4-8 hours. The longer it cooks, the smokier it tastes.


  • 4 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 (15 1/2 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper, (optional)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 (29oz) can tomato puree
  • 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 lbs sausage (Italian links or country style)

    Brown ground beef in 2 tablespoons hot oil in frying pan. When almost browned, add onion and continue browning until onion is tender. Pour meat and onion into 3 1/2 quart crockpot. Add puree, sauce, paste, water, salt, pepper and oregano, set dial on low setting. Cut 2 lbs sausage into pieces and brown in remaining 2 tablespoons oil. When brown, place sausages in sauce in crockpot. Continue cooking for 12 hours.


  • 3 carrots, cut up
  • 3 potatoes, cut up
  • 2 lb beef chuck or stew meat, cut in 1 1/2 cubes
  • 1 cup water or beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 onions, quartered
  • 1 stalk celery with tops, cut up

    Put all ingredients in cooker in order listed. Stir just enough to mix spices. Cover and set to low for 10-12 minutes. High 5-6 hours. More water or beef stock may be added.


  • 6-8 fresh green peppers
  • 1-2 lb hamburger
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 slice white bread
  • 1 can whole tomatoes

    Combine hamburger, onion, salt, pepper and egg in large mixing bowl. Pull apart bread into small pieces and add to hamburger mixture. Clean and remove seeds and white membrane from green peppers. Stuff peppers with hamburger mixture. Place peppers into crockpot and pour tomatoes, undrained, over meat. Cook on low for 6-12 hours or on high for less than 6. Any remaining meat mixture can be shaped into small loaf and cooked along with peppers in crockpot.


  • 6 pork chops
  • 1 can chicken noodle soup or chicken with rice
  • (Campbell's, regular size)
  • 1 can mushroom soup (reg. size)

    Brown pork chops. Place chops in crockpot. Add can of mushroom soup. Add can of chicken noodle or chicken rice soup. Cook in crockpot approximately 6 to 8 hours.


  • 2 lbs lean spare ribs
  • 1 can condensed beef bouillon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

    Bake ribs at 350 degrees for 1 hour (1/2 hour per side) or broil for 15 to 20 minutes to remove fat. Cut into single servings. Combine ingredients in crockpot, stir to mix. Add ribs. Cover and cook overnight or on low for 8 hours. Serve over rice.


  • 6 slices cooked ham
  • 6 potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 can Campbell Cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
  • 1 pkg scallop potato seasoning
  • 1 cup warm water

    Slice potatoes in bowl and cup of water and 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar. (This prevents potatoes from turning brown.) Cover, shake then drain. Line crockpot with a layer of potatoes, onions, then ham, repeat until ingredients are used. Mix scallop mixture with warm water, until dissolved. Pour over potatoes and ham. Spread soup over the top evenly. Cook on low approximately 6-8 hours or until desired tenderness.


  • 14 small potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 can (17oz) cream style corn
  • 1 can (12oz) whole kernal corn- do not drain
  • 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon powder
  • 1 can (4oz) diced green chilies
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 1 large onion (brown), diced fine
  • 1 green pepper, diced fine
  • 2 cups medium Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

    Cover potatoes with water and boil gently, uncovered until you can pierce them easily with a fork. Add sauteed onion and green peppers. Stir in corns, chilies and seasonings (Lawry's season salt, garlic powder, dash of Worcestershire sauce). Heat until bubbly. Place in large crockpot on high until it bubbles again and then turn to low. Stir in shredded cheese. Simmer on low for at least 1 hour.


  • 3 or 4 lb lean arm or boneless chuck roast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup water

    Cook low overnight, remove meat and shred, return to juice and serve


  • 1 pkg pound cake mix (16 oz) size
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped nuts
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

    Mix cake mix according to package directions. Pour batter into well greased and floured 2 pound coffee tin. Combine sugar, flour, nuts, cinnamon and sprinkle over cake batter. Place can in crockpot. Cover top of can with 8 layers of paper towels. Cover pot and bake on high 3 to 4 hours.

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