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Crockpot Chicken Cream Cheese Chili

Crockpot Chicken Cream Cheese Chili

So I made this recipe during the crockpot challenge, but never had a chance to tell you about it. It is so delicious and in typical crockpot meal fashion – super easy! It has been a long time since I have made something, that after I made it, I thought “When can I go to the store to buy more ingredients to make it again?” It was that good!

It is thick and hearty, perfect for a god MN winter night. Eaten with a spoon or some thick tortilla chips. I served mine with a thick slice of cornbread with honey butter.

I got the original recipe is from Six Sister’s Stuff and you can find it here. But I made some of my own tweaks. . . and thought it turned out pretty flippin’ fantastic! Smile The Rotel can be pretty spicy so if you want to tone down the spice, just sub in a can of regular diced tomatoes.


1 can corn, undrained
2 cans Rotel (tomatoes & gr. chiles), undrained
1 pkg. ranch dressing mix
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 Tbl. chili powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 lb chicken breasts

1. Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker.
2. Combine corn, Rotel, ranch seasoning, cumin, chili powder and onion powder and pour over chicken.
3. Place stick of cream cheese on top.
4. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
5. Stir cream cheese into chili.
6. Use 2 forks and shred the chicken.
7. Stir together and serve.



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Sweet Pork Tacos (Crockpot!)


I am so happy that I did the crockpot challenge. The original recipe and inspiration was from Design Eat Play and can be found here.

Pretty quick and easy list of ingredients and another crockpot meal –> sold! I made a few tweaks based on what I had in my pantry.

And we usually eat our tacos as salads. Over lettuce, with the meat on top, topped with cheese and sprinkled with broken taco shells. But you can eat these with just the meat or in tacos or like us, in a salad! The meat just fell apart after cooking and had a great flavor.

Scott, who usually just says “good dinner” once, actually told me 3! times while we were eating “Wow, this has really good flavor, thanks for making dinner hon.” Smile


Here is my version:

Boneless pork roast (I used about 3#)
1 T garlic powder
1 can diet Dr. Pepper
1 cup salsa (store-bought)
1 can enchilada sauce (I use Old El Paso Hot)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 T salt

Put meat in crockpot. Mix other ingredients in separate bowl and pour over meat. Cook on low 8 hours (ok for up to 10). Meat will fall apart. Shred more with forks if desired. Eat and enjoy.



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Crockpot Challenge–Results!

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Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers started the crockpot challenge back in January. .  . The challenge was simple:  

Try 10 new crockpot recipes by the end of February

I was totally game to try new recipes and using my crockpot more. It was such a success. I think I made 8 total meals. We didn’t have any bad meals, found a few that will be favorites in our house, and tried a bunch of new recipes! I still have a few more that I am going to try, even though the “challenge” is officially over… but I am totally in love with my crockpot now!

Here is a recap of the recipes I tried:

Hawaiian BBQ Pork
Beef and Broccoli
013 (3)
Honey Sesame Chicken
BBQ Ribs
Crockpot BBQ Ribs
Apricot Chicken

And a few more that I have tried but haven’t posted on yet! Coming soon! Winking smile
Sweet Pork Tacos
Chicken Cream Cheese Chili
Easy pot roast

And here are the ones I still want to try. . .
Café Rio chicken
Rotisserie chicken
Apple pork loin
Orange chicken
Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glaze pork loin
Root Beer BBQ pork tenderloin
**Check out the recipes on my Pinterest Crockpot page.

Did you do the crockpot challenge??? Any good crockpot meals to share?


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Crockpot BBQ Ribs

Another successful crockpot challenge meal!

Crockpot BBQ Ribs

Easy. Crockpot. Cook all day. Fall off the bone. Melts in your mouth. Deliciousness.

Recipe inspired by Betty Crocker and original can be found here.

Here is my version:

3 1/2 pounds pork loin back ribs
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 medium onion, sliced
1 can diet coke
1 cup barbecue sauce

Remove inner skin from ribs.
Cut ribs into 4-inch pieces. (about 4 bones each piece)
Mix brown sugar, salt, pepper, and garlic; rub mixture into ribs. (I just dumped all the ingredients over the top of the ribs on the paper from the store and then mixed it together and rubbed it into the ribs –> one less dish!)
Layer ribs and onion in crockpot.
Pour diet coke over ribs.
Cover and cook on low heat setting 8 to 10 hours or until tender.
Remove ribs from crockpot.
Drain and discard liquid.
Put ribs back in crockpot one at a time, layering with BBQ sauce to cover the ribs.
Pour any remaining sauce over ribs.
Cover and cook on low heat setting 1 hour.

Serve with extra BBQ sauce, coleslaw, and cornbread biscuits! Careful – the meat will literally fall off the bone! You will probably need to eat them with a fork. Smile


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Sesame honey chicken (crockpot)

Another (fairly) successful #crockpotchallenge meal.

Sesame Honey Chicken (my version)


This one from Pinterest.


Super easy to make.


Just season chicken, put in crockpot and top with sauce. Cook for 4 hours. The chicken had really good flavor, but the sauce was super sweet. The sauce does have 1 cup of honey in it, so of course it was sweet! We ate it over rice with cauliflower and broccoli. I don’t think this one will became a regular in our house – too sweet for us, but it was an overall good dinner!


Have you made any good meals this week? Please share!


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Hawaiian BBQ Pork (crockpot)


This weekend I started the #crockpotchallenge with a bang with Hawaiian BBQ pork. Original recipe was from Erica @ for the sake of cake!

My Mom actually put the ingredients in the crockpot for me while I was running the 1/2 marathon this weekend.


Here is my version of the recipe:



This recipe made enough for Scott and I and my parent’s to have dinner and to all have it for leftovers the next night!

This recipe will for sure be a crockpot staple in my house. 🙂 I really like crockpot recipes that are ok in the crockpot for up to 10 hours, because it I put it in the crockpot in the morning before work, I usually don’t get home from work for at least 10-11 hours later, so this one is a winner because it does so well just hanging out on low in the crockpot all day –> then just add the pineapple, make some rice and dinner is done! Thanks Erica from the great recipe inspiration. 🙂


I also made apricot chicken in the crockpot with this recipe I found on Pinterest. It was just ok, a little sweet for my taste. I was hoping it would be more apricot-y with all the apricot preserves but it just wasn’t. Not a total fail, but not something I would make again. Same thing for this beef and broccoli recipe.

3 new recipes in to the crockpot challenge and 1 total winner so far! Smile


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Crock pot challenge

Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers wrote a post about using the crockpot last week. She got such a huge response from that post that she started a crockpot challenge. Here’s the challenge:

Try 10 new crockpot recipes by the end of February

Simple and easy! I’m in! I’m not quite sure about being able to make 10. .. But I am willing to try! Smile

I love my crockpot and try to use it fairly frequently, but just looking thru some of the comments section of her crockpot post, gave me lots of ideas. . . some of the ones I am excited to try.  . .

Hawaiian BBQ Pork

Super Simple Sweet Pork Street Tacos

Café Rio Chicken

Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin

Apricot Glazed Pork Tenderloin 

Beef and broccoli 

Rotisserie Chicken

Cashew Chicken

Three Envelope Pot Roast

If you’re interested in joining the challenge, check it out!

Do you have any favorite crockpot recipes I have to try???


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