Texas Queso Dip

Sometimes it is an eat chips and queso kind of day. This crock pot Texas Queso Dip is not that different from the Sausage Queso I have shared before. The main difference is spicy or hot seasoned sausage instead of ground pork or mild pork sausage.

Texas Queso DipThe recipe is out of the 303 Simple & Satisfying Recipes from Gooseberry Patch. And it is a cinch.

Simply brown a pound of hamburger. If you want to do it quick, be sure to check out my quick tip on browning hamburger. Just place a two-pound block of Velveeta, a can of tomatoes and chiles (or a can of diced tomatoes plus a can of chiles like I did) along with a half a cup of milk.

Crock Pot Texas Queso Dip

Just let the mixture cook on low for two hours in a slow cooker or crock pot. Stir occasionally to avoid it burning around the edges. Serve with tortilla chips.

Crock Pot Queso Dip

Texas Queso Dip

Texas Queso Dip


  • 1 lb. hot ground pork sausage, browned and drained
  • 32-oz. pkg. pasteurized process cheese spread, cubed
  • 10-oz. can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • white corn tortilla chips


  1. Combine the sausage, cheese, tomatoes and milk in a slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for two hours until cheese is melted.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips.
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Crock Pot Chipotle Shredded Beef

Naturally when I am reviewing a new cookbook I am drawn to the Mexican inspired recipes. When the recipe includes a beef roast and a crock pot, I am sold. Gonna try the recipe. This crock pot chipotle shredded beef did not disappoint anyone in the family.

slow cooked chipotle shredded beefThe recipe called for a chuck roast, but here is the deal, use whatever beef roast you have on hand or is on sale at the grocery story. It will all work the same. Place the beautiful beef roast in the crock pot.

beef chuck roast in crock pot

The original recipe called for cans of diced tomatoes, green chiles and chipotle sauce. I however had enchilada sauce instead of chipotle. It also called for chili powder and cumin. I had Penzey’s Chili 9000 which has cumin and other yummy seasonings and herbs. So, I used two tablespoons of it instead. Topped the roast with sliced onions and the canned goods before letting it slow cook all day. I omitted the beef broth the recipe called for originally.

Chipotle Beef Ingredients

After it has slow cooked all day, you should be able to peel any excess fat off the roast and then shred with two forks. Don’t trim the fat before cooking. Remember fat is the flavor conductor. You want it to cook with the meat all day to add flavor.

crock pot chipotle beef
 The meat should be fairly juicy. Which made me relieved that I didn’t add the two cups of beef broth. You will get quite a bit of beef. This is a great recipe to eat twice.

slow cooked chipotle shredded beef

The cooked meat will freeze nicely to pull out later or go ahead and make some beef enchiladas and use the meat for tacos or on top of Mexican Risotto.

Chipotle shredded beef risottoThe recipe is from 303 Simple & Satisfying Recipes which is the combination of three cookbooks from Gooseberry Patch. I will be giving this cookbook away the second week of September 2014. Be sure to check back to register to win and see what other great recipes I made.

Slow Cooked Chipotle Shredded Beef

Slow Cooked Chipotle Shredded Beef


  • 2-1/2 lb. beef chuck roast, trimmed
  • 14-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 7-oz. can chipotle sauce or medium red enchilada sauce
  • 4-oz. can diced green chiles
  • 1 onion, slice
  • 2 T. chili 9000 from Penzey's or 2 T chili powder and 1 t. cumin


  1. Place roast in a slow cooker. Top with remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours.
  2. Once it is completely cooked, remove any excess fat. With 2 forks, shred the beef roast in slow cooker. Add beef broth if there is not much liquid.
  3. Serve on tortillas with favorite taco toppings, on a bed of lettuce for a salad or in a bowl with Mexican rice.
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Slow Cooker Zesty Italian Pot Roast and Gooseberry Patch Giveaway

Nothing says Hunk of Meat Monday like a pot roast. When it is rainy and dreary, coming home to this zesty Italian pot roast will make everyone happy. Italian Pot RoastThe beautiful thing about the crock pot is that you stuff it full of goodness and then walk away. zesty Italian pot roast Simple ingredients of a beef roast, potatoes, carrots and a can of tomatoes with some Italian seasoning. Then let cook on low or slow roast in the oven for several hours on 300 degrees. Italian Pot Roast The perfect flavorful pot roast with no needed ketchup. And if you love slow cooker meals, you will love this 101 Super Easy Slow-Cooker Recipes Cookbook that has other yummy recipes like Brunswick Stew. Brunswick StewOr Smoky Hobo Dinner smoky hobo dinner So, if you are looking for a new cookbook to partner with your crock pot this cookbook is the book for you. 101 Super-Easy Slow Cooker Recipes But don’t know about the recipes I am showing you? You aren’t convinced? Check these recipes out too-

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Now, if you want this cookbook, let me know what your go-to meal is in the crock pot is. Just leave a comment simple as that. But don’t wait too long, you have till May 7 to register!

Slow Cooker Zesty Italian Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Zesty Italian Pot Roast

An easy traditional pot roast made with a few non-traditional ingredients that make it a zesty Italian pot roast.


  • 2.5 pound beef roast (chuck, arm, rump)
  • 4 potatoes, quartered and peeled if so desired
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 1 stalk celery cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper and salt
  • 1, 14.5 ounce can of tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Place raw vegetables in the bottom of the crock pot and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Set beef roast on top of vegetables followed by tomatoes and Italian seasonings. Pour water over top.
  3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  4. Slice pot roast and serve with vegetables.
  5. Thicken remaining juices with flour or corn starch.
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Hunk of Meat Monday: Slow Cooker French Onion Swiss Steak

We all have the that swiss steak recipe that has been in our family for four generation. Onions and peppers and tomatoes all cooking slowly together. Well, sometimes I like to break tradition. And I have a lot of round steaks and steaks for swissing. So, I tried something new. French Onion soup inspired swiss steak.slow cooker french onion swiss steak I started with the cast iron skillet and ended with my crock pot.

swiss steaks and onionsFlour and steak seasoning. Butter and onions. This was a match made in heaven. The you just need to slow cook the beef to make it super tender.

But first, the gravy French onion goodness.

French onion cream sauceSimply mix a can of French onion soup and a can of cream of mushroom soup together. Pour over top of the steak and season generously with your favorite steak seasoning. And then before you are ready to eat, whip up some mashed potatoes. Or cook some noodles. Or do both. You will want to soak up the gravy.

French Onion Swiss SteakEnjoy your onion fix!

Slow Cooker French Onion Swiss Steak

Slow Cooker French Onion Swiss Steak

A creamy, French onion soup inspired variation of slow cooked Swiss Steaks.


  • 2 pounds round steak or steak for swissing
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons steak seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 can French onion soup
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Mix together flour and one tablespoon steak seasoning. Dredge steak in flour. Place steaks in hot skillet. Brown on both sides for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Once both sides are browned, place in crock pot on a quarter of the sliced onions.
  4. Place remaining onions in skillet to absorb bits left in the pan for a minute or two and then transfer to crock pot.
  5. Mix soups together and pour over meat and onions. Sprinkle remaining tablespoon of steak seasoning over the soups.
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Hunk of Meat Monday: Crock Pot Sausage Queso Dip

If I had to eat only one cuisine the rest of my life, I would pick Mexican. Or Tex-Mex. Or America’s version of Mexican. And this three ingredient sausage queso dip would be a staple.

Crock Pot Sausage Queso DipDid you catch that? Three ingredients. And for flavor’s sake I throw in a fourth ingredient.

Adobo Seasoning for Mexican DishesI love the Adobo Seasoning from Penzey’s. It isn’t as salty as traditional taco seasoning yet it packs flavor into the meat. And now back to those three ingredients.

I start with 16 ounces of velveeta queso blanco. If you can’t find it, use regular velveeta.

Sausage Queso Dip Recipe for the Crock PotI chunk the velveeta, drop it in a crock pot set to low and pour one can of Rotel over top. Don’t like heat, just use a 10 ounce can of diced tomatoes. While the mixture is heating up, I brown ground pork that has adobo seasoning in it. Then add the browned pork over top. Stir to combine and let warm up for the next hour till all the cheese is melted. Move to warm if your crock pot has that setting. No need to burn the cheese!

Sausage Queso Dip and ChipsTo change it up a little sometimes I add extra add-ins like mushrooms or onions or green chiles or even the occasional can of cream of mushroom soup.


Crock Pot Sausage Queso Dip

Crock Pot Sausage Queso Dip

Nothing beats chips and queso. This is an easy 3-ingredient crock pot sausage queso dip that you can have ready in no time. Don't expect to ever have any leftovers.


  • 16 ounces of Velveeta Queso Blanco or regular
  • 10 ounce can of Rotel or diced tomatoes
  • 1 lb of ground pork, beef or turkey
  • Adobo seasoning or taco seasoning to taste


  1. Cube cheese and add to crock pot set to low. Pour Rotel over top.
  2. Brown meat with seasoning. Drain any extra grease and pour over cheese and tomatoes.
  3. Cook on low for one hour or till all cheese is melted. Turn crock pot to keep warm.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips.
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Hunk of Meat Monday: Crock Pot Chicken Philly Sandwiches

I love Philly Cheesesteaks. Love them. My husband loves them. So, when I had some peppers to use up, I decided to see if I could get a thumbs up on the chicken Philly sandwich version of the the beloved beef cheesesteaks.

Slow Cooker Philly SandwichThe taste testers gave me two thumbs up for the meal. They even ate multiple sandwiches since I am pretty much always buying slider size rolls for the slider size hands of my kids.

The assembly of this recipe is fairly simple. Butter, peppers, onions, garlic, chicken, steak seasoning. Oh and the crock pot.

Crock Pot Chicken Philly CheesesteakNow, I used bone in chicken thighs with skin. The butter was a little overkill. If I use skin on thighs again, I will cut the amount of butter. If I use chicken tenders or breasts, I know I will need the butter. Regardless, watch the moisture levels in the crock pot. A little water was added to the crock pot about halfway through cooking.

The chicken will be fork tender to break apart and mix together with the onions and peppers. Bone-in chicken is also no problem. The chicken will fall right off the bone. Place on your buns of choice and top with provolone cheese.

Crock Pot Chicken Philly Sandwiches

Crock Pot Chicken Philly Sandwiches

If you love the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches, you are sure to love the crock pot version of the Chicken Philly Sandwiches!


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, sliced or 2 medium onions
  • 2 large bell peppers, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 pounds of chicken*
  • 2 tablespoons of steak seasoning, divided
  • 8 hoagie or sandwich buns
  • 8 Provolone cheese slices


  1. Place pats of butter on the bottom of crock pot.
  2. Layer, peppers, onions, garlic, 1 tablespoon of steak seasoning, chicken, and remaining steak seasoning.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Add water halfway through if it appears to be dry.
  4. Use a fork to break apart chicken and mix together with onions and peppers.
  5. Serve on buns and top with cheese. Place under broiler to melt cheese, if desired.


*If you use skin on dark meat, cut the amount of butter by at least half.

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Hunk of Meat Monday: Slow Cooked Balsamic Beef Roast

If any of you are like me, you get beef 400 pounds at a time. Which means you get enough roasts to feed the entire church potluck crowd all winter long. So, once again I have a slow cooked beef roast. This time I used a rolled rump roast to make balsamic beef roast.

Rolled Rump Roast for Balsamic Roast BeefThe ingredients are fairly standard.

Balsamic beef roast ingredientsBeef broth, balsamic vinegar, honey, red pepper flakes, garlic and honey. I guess those are standard in my house. And as a tangent, I buy some pretty awesome balsamic vinegar from T.J. Maxx. And cheap too.

Balsamic glaze for beefPour the balsamic glaze over top of the beef roast in the crock pot. Then hit generously with some fresh cracked pepper.

Rolled Rump Roast for Balsamic Roast BeefCook on low for 8-10 hours.

slow roasted balsamic roast beefRemove the beef and pull apart. It should be fork tender.

Balsamic glazed roast beef

The reserve juices in the crock pot can be used as an au jus sauce or thickened up for a gravy. Regardless, don’t just pour that liquid brown gold down the drain.

When I called home to see how everyone liked the roast that night since I was away on business, my husband said our daughter ate her weight in meat. Big win, since she would take a plate of peas over meat most nights!!

Balsamic Beef Roast

Slow Cooked Balsamic Beef Roast

Slow Cooked Balsamic Beef Roast

This is a simple beef roast that has tons of moisture and packs flavor. If you have leftovers, they are great in beef and noodles!


  • 3-4 pound roast beef (I used a rolled roast)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Fresh Ground Pepper


  1. Put your beef roast into the crock pot.
  2. In a 2-cup measuring cup, mix together all remaining ingredients. Pour over roast beef, sprinkle fresh ground pepper over top of the beef roast.
  3. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours.
  4. When roast has cooked, remove from the crock pot and cut the roast or break apart with a large fork. Pour ¼ – ½ cup of juice from the crock pot over the beef roast.
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Hunk of Meat Monday: Crock Pot Garlic Honey Mustard Ham

Garlic Honey Mustard Crock Pot HamI have a couple of spiral cut hams in the freezer. But for some reason it literally has to be a holiday for me to make one of them. But, I decided this past week since I would be traveling for five days, it would be a great thing for my family to eat on while I was away.

Spiral Cut Honey Mustard Garlic HamThis ham was harder to thaw out than to make. You need four ingredients, a blender and a crock pot to make this ham.

Garlic, Honey, Dijon Mustard, Worcestershire SaucePour a cup of Dijon Mustard, two cups of honey, 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce, and three cloves of garlic in a blender. Puree the mixture till all of the ingredients are combined.

Garlic Honey Mustard MixtureThen pour about a half of a cup on the bottom of your crock pot.

Honey Mustard Mixture in Crock PotAnd here comes the tricky part. I have a big crock pot…a 7-Quart Slow Cooker. But, I still could not get my ham in the crock pot with the large flat side down and put the lid on it.

Spiral Cut Ham in the crock potSo, I had to put the big ‘ole ham on its side. And then poured another cup and a half over top of the ham.

Garlic Honey Mustard HamCook on low for 3-4 hours and then pour the remaining honey mustard over the ham. Cook for another hour till completely warm. Remove from the crock pot and slice the ham.

Garlic Honey Mustard Ham in the Crock PotIt is full of flavor. Not too mustardy. Not too sweet. It is awesome.

Crock Pot Garlic Honey Mustard Ham

Crock Pot Garlic Honey Mustard Ham

Garlic honey mustard ham prepared in the crock pot will be a crowd pleaser for any holiday and free up your oven.


  • 1, 8-10 pound spiral cut ham
  • 2 cups of honey
  • 1 cup of Dijon Mustard
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic


  1. Combine all ingredients except ham in your blender and pulse until well blended. Reserve one cup of glaze.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup of glaze in the bottom of the crock pot.
  3. Place ham in crock pot, flat side down. Slowly pour glaze mixture over ham, making sure to get in between the spiral slices.
  4. Cook on low for 3-4 hours. Pour remaining glaze mixture over the ham and cook on low till ready to serve.
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