Crockpot Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip

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Jamie here!  My husband and middle child love-love-love this dip – they request it during football season, or for get-togethers, or really just any old time.
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I particularly like this Crockpot Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip because it’s a super-simple recipe that you can put in your slowcooker ahead of time (like before church!) so it’s ready for Football munchies!

Crockpot Cheesy Spinach & Artichoke Dip
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If you love your crockpot as much as I do - then you're always looking for new crockpot recipes to try - here's a Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe that my husband LOVES - especially during football season! He likes he TGI Fridays dip but this was an even bigger hit... Let me know how this recipe turns out for you!
Ingredients
  • 1 Pack Frozen Chopped Spinach (Drained & Squeezed well & Chopped)
  • 1 13oz Can Quartered Artichoke Hearts or Frozen Artichokes (Rinsed, Chopped & Drained)
  • 1 C Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 C Shredded Monterey Jack or Mozzarella Cheese
  • ½ C Mayo + ½ C Sour cream (You can sub instead: 8oz of Cream Cheese)
  • ½ Tsp Garlic Powder, or 2 Tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 TBSP of Chopped Onion or Green Onion *Optional
Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients and place into a buttered crockpot for 1 hour on HIGH. Serve with pita or tortilla chips, triscuits, crackers or crusty bread.
Notes
I found this recipe on MomsWithCrockpots but altered it quite a bit based on other recipes I've read.

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And check out this roundup of Fun Football Recipes for Game Day!

Fun Football Recipes for the Superbowl (Slow Cooker ideas, Dips, Sliders and More!)


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Football Recipes for Superbowl!

The Super Bowl is right around the corner! These treats are great for any football game party, no matter which team you are rooting for.

Three of our VERY favorites are:

Cream Cheese & Chicken Taquitos

Crockpot Barbecue Pulled Pork recipe

Hot Ham & Cheese Sliders recipe

And here are some more fun ideas!

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Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Potato Chowder Recipe

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Potato Chowder Recipe

Jamie here!  Based on Wikipedia, I think I could possibly be kicked off the internet for calling something made with Velveeta a chowder – but this recipe is too thick to be called a soup and too creamy to be called a stew.  And it’s too awesome to not share with you ;)

Feel the need to go pin a healthy recipe after just READING this one? ;)  Kasey has been doing clean eating and living a healthy Advocare lifestyle for awhile now and along the way she’s come up with some FABULOUS Advocare Recipes

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Yesterday was  a day that demanded comfort food (and naps!).  It was rainy & cold and the kids were home sick, so I couldn’t go out to the grocery to get supplies for chili, or chicken noodle soup, or any of my stand-by comfort food meals.  After rooting around, I came up with chicken breasts, a bag of frozen hash-brown potatoes, some leftover Velveeta, and a couple odds and ends in the canned goods department.  There’s nothing at all I don’t like about those ingredients, so putting them together was a no-brainer.  What resulted was a HUGE HIT for my family!

Here’s how to make an easy, tummy-warming, and diet-murdering, slow cooker soup:


What you need:

  • 2 Chicken Breasts (Frozen will work just fine)
  • 1 32 oz Bag Frozen Hasbrown Potatoes
  • 1/3 of a 2 lb Block of Velveeta *See note at bottom if you don’t have this
  • 1 Can Cream of Mushroom
  • 1 Can Cream of Chicken
  • 3 Cubes Chicken Bouillion
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 1 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1 Tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Tsp Montreal Steak Seasoning (if you don’t have that it’s ok, just add a little pepper)
  • 1/2 Onion, diced small
  • Optional: Add in a few shredded carrots at the beginning as well (I wish I’d had some to shred in there, but didn’t this time :( )

Directions:

  1. Crank your crockpot up to Low, and put items in this order:
    1)
    Chicken Boullion cubes, onion, garlic on the bottom
    2) Hashbrowns
    3) Chicken breasts.
    4) Pour in water, milk and cream soups, making sure the cream soups cover up the chicken so they won’t dry out.  Cube up your Velveeta and toss those in (You don’t want it resting on the bottom or the sides, or it might get burnt)
  2. Let it cook on low for 4 hours.  Then, take out the chicken and cut it up into chunks.  Your potatoes will be very soft by the end (think mashed potatoes) – so it will be nicer to have chicken chunks instead of shreds so there’s something to actually bite into.  Return the chicken to the crockpot and cook for another hour on low.  (It’s ok if it needs to sit there on warm for longer than an hour – mine sat there for 2 hours, waiting for bathtime to be finished.)

*This is also the point where you’ll want to stir, taste, add more milk/water to thin it – or thicken it with some potato flakes to get it just how you like it.  (I stirred in a 1/2 pouch of Betty Crocker Loaded Potato Flakes, to make it go a little further for my hoarde of hungry boys)

To Serve: Ladle into bowls and top with shredded cheese & bacon bits. Voila!

This was absolutely scrumptious – and my husband and boys went back for seconds!!

TIP: If you’re don’t have Velveeta, pull out a box of mac & cheese and use the whole packet of powdered cheese.  You’ll want to sub out some of the water with milk (and maybe even a little sour cream or cream cheese) to make it creamier, like a cheese sauce should be.  I’ve done this – and it works out just fine!

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Potato Chowder (You’ll lick the bowl!)

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Potato Chowder (You’ll lick the bowl!)

Ingredients

  • 2 Chicken Breasts (Frozen will work just fine)
  • 1 30 oz Bag Frozen Hasbrown Potatoes
  • 1/3 - 1/2 of a 2lb Block of Velveeta *See note at bottom if you don't have this
  • 1 Can Cream of Mushroom
  • 1 Can Cream of Chicken
  • 3 Cubes Chicken Bouillion
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1 Tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Tsp Montreal Steak Seasoning (or a pinch of pepper)
  • 1/2 Onion, diced small
  • Optional: a few shredded carrots added at the beginnning

Instructions

  1. Turn your Crockpot on Low and add the Chicken Bouillion cubes, onion,and garlic on the bottom of the pot.
  2. Add the entire bag of frozen hasbrowns.
  3. Place the chicken breasts on top of those
  4. Pour in water, milk and cream soups, making sure the cream soups cover up the chicken so they won't dry out while cooking
  5. Cube up your Velveeta and toss in (You don't want it resting on the bottom or the sides, or it might get burnt)
  6. After cooking on LOW for 4 hours, take out the chicken and cut it up into chunks.
  7. Return to the pot to cook for another hour on Low.
  8. Adjust consistency to taste - add milk to thin, or add potato flakes to thicken.
  9. To Serve: Ladle into bowls and top with shredded cheese & bacon bits.
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Chili Recipe Easy Using Leftover Taco Meat!

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Jamie here, my mom used to take leftover taco meat and turn it into chili ALL. THE. TIME.  It was super flavorful and a great way to transform Monday’s leftover’s into Tuesday’s completely new meal.  (My dad had VERY strong opinions about leftovers….)

Here’s how I make my chili recipe EASY using whatever taco meat’s left in the fridge!!

When I make taco meat I brown anywhere between 1 1/2 – 2 lbs of ground beef, add a can of Ro-Tel, a can of black beans and taco seasoning.  Sometimes onions or corn make the cut as well.  It’s a robust taco filling to fill up my big crew. ;)

And as you can see, it’s basically a form of chili already.

To make it into real chili, you’ll want a couple cups of leftover taco meat to start with.  Put the leftover leftover taco meat into the crockpot (or a regular pot) and add 2 cans of chili beans, a can of tomato paste, a can of tomato sauce, 2 cans of water and an additional can of rotel.  A cube of beef boullion and about half a package of chili seasoning finish off the flavoring. (Since it still has taco seasoning, you don’t need a whole package)

Heat on high in a crockpot for a couple hours, or until hot in a regular pot.

Cook a half a box of elbow macaroni (about 8 oz dry) and add to the chili pot.

TIP: I like to add about a little bit of the starchy pasta water to help thicken up my chili a little bit.  Maybe it’s all in my imagination, but I think it helps it along!

ANOTHER TIP: If you have any refried beans leftover from taco night, feel free to stir some of those in as well!!  They’re also a great thickener and make use of every last bit of leftovers in the fridge.

 

Easy Chili Recipe from Taco Meat
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6 - 8 servings
 
This is an easy way to turn leftover taco filling into chili!
Ingredients
  • 1-2 Cups leftover taco meat
  • 2 cans of chili beans
  • 1 12 oz can of tomato paste
  • 1 12 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 can Ro-Tel
  • 2 cans of water a
  • 1 cube of beef boullion
  • 1 package of chili seasoning
  • Half a box of elbow macaroni (about 8 oz dry)
Instructions
  1. To make it into real chili, you'll want a couple cups of leftover taco meat to start with.
  2. Put the leftover leftover taco meat into the crockpot on high (or a regular pot on medium)
  3. Add 2 cans of chili beans,tomato paste, tomato sauce, boullion, chili seasoning, water and rotel.
  4. Heat on high in a crockpot for a couple hours, or about 15 - 20 minutes in a regular pot.
  5. Meanwhile, cook a half a box of elbow macaroni (about 8 oz dry) and add to the chili pot.
  6. * I like to add about a little bit of the starchy pasta water to help thicken up my chili a little bit.
  7. ** If you have any refried beans leftover from taco night, feel free to stir some of those in as well!! They're also a great thickener and make use of every last bit of leftovers in the fridge.

 

White Chili with Chicken Recipe


Until recently I had never made White Chili with Chicken before!  I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to make and how fast my family devoured it!!

I adapted this recipe from a Gooseberry Patch recipe I found online.  You could also prepare this White Chili with Chicken recipe in your Crock Pot, on low for 4-6 hours.  Check out my Turkey Chili recipe for a different twist on this recipe!

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Crockpot Potato Soup Recipe (Cheesy & EASY!)

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Jamie here!  I love potato soup and I love using my crockpot – which is why this Crockpot Potato Soup recipe is in such heavy rotation at my house all winter.  Not that anyone’s complaining!  It’s loaded with flavor (and cheese) – so the kids love it.  But it’s also loaded with secret veggies, which I love (a whole bag of shredded carrots goes completely unnoticed by my picky eaters).

Now I’ve posted this Easy Cheesy potato soup recipe before with a crockpot version tacked on as an afterthought.  I thought I’d highlight the Crockpot Potato soup version all on it’s own since it seems to be more sought after. :)  UPDATE: I’ve updated this recipe to suggest putting the Velveeta in toward the end, since it sometimes starts to overcook and separate from the broth after all those hours in the crockpot :)

Here’s my go-to, tried and true, never fail recipe for Crockpot Potato Soup:

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Crockpot Chicken with Homemade BBQ Sauce Inspired by The Chew

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I absolutely love BBQ sauce, especially my family’s homemade recipe.  One of my favorite summertime recipes is grilled chicken hot off the grill slathered in BBQ sauce. Truthfully, I prefer twice as much sauce as chicken as you might have noticed in the image above. Recently, after watching an episode of ABC’s The Chew about BBQ chicken (see clip below) I really wanted BBQ chicken for dinner. However, I knew the next day we had already planned a full day out to the Chattanooga Duck Tour, and then Coolidge Park. So, I improvised and decided to use the crockpot instead.

I didn’t want ordinary crockpot BBQ chicken! This episode totally inspired me to make my family’s homemade BBQ sauce. Not only is the BBQ sauce amazing, the smell brought back so many wonderful memories of my daddy. I remember standing by his side so many times while he was cooking on the grill, or stirring a big pot of homemade BBQ sauce. I’ve included my family’s secret (or now not so secret) recipe below. It was so nice after a fun day out with the kiddos to have dinner almost ready when we walked in the door.

Crockpot BBQ Chicken with Homemade BBQ Sauce

Crockpot BBQ Chicken with Homemade BBQ Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2-3 tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pepper (or less to taste)
  • dash garlic powder
  • 1 tsp hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 med onion chopped (optional)
  • Ingredients for Crockpot BBQ Chicken
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast

Instructions

  1. Mix mustard and ketchup thoroughly in saucepan.
  2. Add sugar, spices, and chopped onion. Place over heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Add remaining ingredients, and place lid on pot (but leave ajar).
  4. Reduce heat to very low and simmer til thick as desired. Approx 30 minutes
  5. Crockpot BBQ Chicken
  6. Place boneless skinless chicken breast in crockpot.
  7. Cover with 1/2 cup homemade BBQ sauce.
  8. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  9. Add additional 1/2 cup of sauce during last 30 minutes of cooking.
  10. Remove and serve. If desired, cover with BBQ sauce. Can also shred chicken.
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If you haven’t watched ABC’s The Chew check out the episode included below. It’s a new kind of talk show that serves up everything food helping you make life fuller, more flavorful, and fun. I absolutely love to cook and am always looking for new recipes! I rarely watch TV unless it involves cooking!

I’m always looking for new ways to spice up my Summer dishes, and ABC’s The Chew serves up everything from grilling and outdoor entertaining to road trips and picnics. Watch weekdays 1e|12p|c on ABC to see what celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Michael Symon, and Carla Hall, lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly and fresh face of healthy living Daphne Oz are dishing out to inspire you this Summer.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ABC’s The Chew. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ABC’s The Chew. The opinions and text are all mine.