Fall Menu Inspiration: Easy Crock-Pot Recipes and More!

Fall Menu Inspiration: Easy Crock-Pot Recipes and More!

Happy September! I love fall and football and slow-cooked meals.

It’s all so cozy I just want to curl up on the couch with Cookie and Muffin. Not “a” cookie and muffin, although those would be nice, too; I’m talking about Cookie and Muffin.

This is Muffin:

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This is Cookie:

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They are both very soft and cuddly, but generally not at the same time. You see, Cookie and Muffin have a bit of a strained relationship. Cookie (about 3 years old) is just mad that Muffin (about 12 weeks) showed up out of no where, and now Cookie has to share everything with this bat crazy energetic little kitty. So there’s a lot of hissing and growling going on right now.

Fortunately, Mojo (big black Lab) and Muffin are getting along just fine.

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He gets a little annoyed when Muffin “captures” his tail, but Labs are suckers for attention, so he’ll take what he can get. Here’s a little video if you want to see them in action …

And I know you have time to watch silly internet cat videos, right?

Well if you didn’t you do now :) Because now you have all these crock-pot recipes to do the cooking for you!

Below are several of my favorite fall crock-pot recipes, plus a recipe for authentic Caldo de Res, and also one for easy no-knead bread. (Because hot fresh bread is EVERYTHING.)

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The Barbacoa (better than Chipotle, btw!) and the Caldo de Res take some time, but the others are all great for easy weeknight meals. What are your favorite crock-pot meals? I’m hoping to try some new recipes and would love your suggestions!

Crock-Pot Chicken Tinga Tacos: the tender shredded chicken can be served in corn or flour tortillas, or in a bowl with rice, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese. For a lower-carb version, try it over salad or wrapped up in a lettuce leaf. Use cilantro-lime sauce as a salad dressing or for dipping. YUM!

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Crock-Pot Pinto Beans: The beans look kinda boring but are perfect for adding to nachos, or mashing and spreading on chalupas or inside a tortilla with cheese!

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Crock-Pot Pork Verde:

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Crock-Pot Beef Stew

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Crock-Pot Barbacoa

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Slow-Cooked Balsamic Beef (instructions are for slow-cooking in the oven, but you can put everything in the crock-pot instead)

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Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork (instructions are for slow-cooking in the oven, but you can put everything in the crock-pot instead)

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Caldo de Res (cooked on the stove top)

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No-Knead Bread (cooked in the oven)

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