Slow Cooker Kalua Pork and Cabbage

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Easy 4-ingredient, Hawaiian Slow Cooker Kalua Pork and Cabbage tastes just as delicious without cooking it in the ground! You don’t need a whole pig either!

Kalua Pork is always my family’s go-to recipe for easy and inexpensive entertaining. More specifically, it’s great for mixed plates, or for potlucks, or luaus. Since it only requires 4 ingredients and cooks in the slow cooker, it comes together quickly! Plus, pork is a great protein to feed a crowd on a budget.

Translated, Kalua literally means “to cook in an underground oven”. Traditional Hawaiian Kalua pork is made by cooking a whole pig in an underground pit oven called an Imu. Although, no underground oven or whole pig needed for this recipe! Instead, we’ll use pork butt (or pork shoulder) and a slow cooker.

When cooked in an Imu, Kalua Pork get’s its characteristic flavor from smoked hardwood and banana leaves wrapped around the meat. To mimic this cooking flavor, we’ll use liquid smoke and cabbage leaves!

This is such a great summer recipe because it cooks in one pot, and you don’t have to heat up the whole house. Although, it’s absolutely delicious any time of the year too!

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Three Cheese Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

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Bowl of Three Cheese Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Three Cheese Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese is super creamy, cheesy, and slightly spicy! It comes together in 5 minutes, and it’s perfect for meal prep!

You know, when people ask you if you were stuck on an island, but you could have any food, what would it be? Mine is definitely macaroni and cheese. I once at it for 3 days straight. No joke!

This Three Cheese Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese is one of my all time favorite varieties of mac and cheese! It is super rich, creamy, cheesy, and slightly spicy. It’s even easier than the boxed kind since you don’t even have to boil the pasta! Plus, it doesn’t require evaporated milk or a roux.

Three Cheese Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese is amazing as a full meal or as a side dish. Additionally, it’s great for meal prep. Since, all the ingredients are added to the slow cooker and forgotten, your hands (and pans) are free to work on other components for your meal prep.

It’d also be awesome to take to a pot luck, tailgate, or other gathering! Can you ever go wrong with macaroni and cheese?

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Easy Pork Carnitas Tacos

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Slow Cooker Easy Pork Carnitas Tacos

Easy pork carnitas tacos (Mexican pulled pork) cooks slowly in orange and lime juice and then is broiled or fried to create crispy and juicy flavorful bites!

So far during Mexican March, we’ve made a slow cooker meatless dish, a chicken dish, and a beef dish. To round out our slow cooker meat preparation, we have a pork dish: tacos filled with Easy Pork Carnitas!

Pork Carnitas is the Mexican version of Pulled Pork. Traditional Carnitas are made by braising pork in lard or oil. Many Americanized recipes have been adapted for the home cook and do not use large amounts of lard or oil. In fact, the only oil used in this recipe is about a tablespoon or two used at the end to fry and crisp up the meat.

To make this recipe, liberally season a pork roast with a flavorful spice rub. Then, cook the meat slowly in orange and lime juices until the meat is tender and flakes easily. Finally, broil or fry the meat to create crispy and juicy flavorful bites!

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Slow Cooker Lazy Chile Colorado Burritos

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Lazy Chile Colorado Burrito and Spanish Rice

Lazy Chile Colorado Burritos with tender cubes of beef, enchilada sauce, cheese, and beans wrapped in a tortilla and smothered with more sauce and cheese!

If you’ve never had it before, Chile Colorado is a traditional Mexican dish of beef stewed in a red chili sauce. It’s often served with tortillas and a side of refried beans.

Contrary to popular belief, Chile Colorado does not derive from the state of Colorado. Rather, “Colorado” is a Spanish word for “colored red” which is a signature aspect of this dish.

This recipe for Lazy Chile Colorado Burritos below is so simple to put together, and it tastes like you’ve been working hard to make it all day! When in reality, the epitome of laziness is adding 3 ingredients to the slow cooker, and letting the slow cooker do all of the work!

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Slow Cooker (or Instant Pot) Refried Beans

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Slow cooker refried beans topped with feta cheese and parsley.

Learn how to use your slow cooker or Instant Pot to make homemade and flavorful refried beans just like those found at your favorite Mexican restaurant!

If you know me, it’s no secret I LOVE beans! When I am eating in a low-carb phase, beans are one of the things I miss the most. I could never go low-carb for the rest of my life because I would miss beans too much. They are one of those foods that feels so good when I eat them, and they are so satisfying. Although, I know it’s not that way for everyone… haha.

I remember the first time I had REALLY good refried beans at a local Mexican restaurant. The experience was other worldly! Prior to this experience, I only had beans out of a can, or bland homemade beans from a restaurant.

This Slow Cooker (or Instant Pot) Refried Beans recipe mimics those epic and flavorful beans I had at that local Mexican restaurant. I am so happy I found this recipe from Erin at Well Plated because now I don’t have to go to this restaurant just for the beans anymore!

To prove my point, when I was preparing the beans, my husband asked me what I was making. When I told him I was making refried beans, he said, “No, you’re not! You have onions and jalapenos cut up.” I replied, “Exactly! They will be flavorful beans!” If you have never tried really good refried beans, you need to try this recipe!

What if fried beans are just as good and we’re wasting time?

-Steve Klise, Staff Photographer – America’s Test Kitchen
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Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken

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Salsa Verde Chicken is a quick, easy, and flavorful protein made in the slow cooker with pantry ingredients! Great for meal prep and freezer cooking.

Welcome to the first post for Mexican May on the blog! In this post, I am sharing the recipe for one of my favorite proteins to meal prep, and I make this at least once a month (if not more often). Flavorful slow cooker chicken does not have to be hard!

When giving friends and family new meal prep ideas, Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken is one of the first recipes I always recommend because it is quick to prepare, has a short amount of ingredients, and most importantly, it tastes delicious!

Plus, this is great for a low-carb diet because it is a quick way to add flavor and protein to your meals. Per serving, there are only 3 g of net carbs and 23 g of protein.

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Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork

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Shredded Pulled Pork on Cutting Board with Fork and Spoon

Tried and true recipe for slow cooker barbecue pulled pork that is sweet and tangy AND well seasoned with only 7 ingredients!

Even though there are hundreds of recipes for slow cooker barbecue pulled pork, this is my tried and true recipe I turn to time and again. My ideal slow cooker barbecue pulled pork is not only sweet and tangy but also well seasoned. Pulled pork should never be bland and cloyingly sweet. There’s a sweet spot (excuse the pun), and this recipe fits all those criteria.

Ultimately, this base recipe can be used to customize the pulled pork to your taste depending on the spices, the soda, and the barbecue sauce used.

It’s also very simple because all the ingredients are added to the slow cooker, and everything cooks low and slow. I love my slow cooker especially, in the summer months, when I don’t want to heat up the stove or oven.

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Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast and Gravy

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Beef Pot Roast and Gravy with Bite on Fork

A slow cooker does all of the work for this beef pot roast–including making its own gravy! Dump 6 ingredients in a slow cooker and forget it for 9-10 hrs.

One of my dear friends, Brandi, introduced me to this recipe for slow cooker beef pot roast when she entertained my husband, Jonny, and I for game night at her house. From the first bite Jonny and I were hooked, and we ranted and raved about how good it was. Jonny whispered to me under his breath that I should ask her how she made it, so I could make it for him too. Brandi was surprised at our reactions because she explained it was made with just a few ingredients all thrown into the slow cooker. Those are the best kinds of recipes!

Every time I’ve made this recipe since then, we still have the same reactions after the first bite. This beef pot roast and gravy is so flavorful, and we both say, “Yum!” out loud. The slow cooker does all of the work for this recipe — including making its own gravy! The beef does not need to be seared before hand, and all the ingredients can be dumped in to the slow cooker and forgotten.

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