Pork sausage, ground beef and plenty of beans make this chili a hearty meal-starter. I keep the versatile mixture in serving-size containers in my freezer at all times. I can quickly warm up bowls of it on cold—or use it to fix chili dogs, chili tacos and more.
Served with a hot loaf of bread and a side salad, this slow-cooker chili makes a hearty meal. The recipe was inspired by two friends when we were talking about food at a potluck barbecue. —Phyllis Shyan, Elgin, Illinois
Some say you can have your cake and eat it, too...I say eat your chili and the bowl, too! I work the "graveyard shift" at the post office in Portland. During those hours, there is no place to buy meals, so I often bring in dishes like this chili to share with co-workers.
This healthy stew is one of my husband's favorite meals. I always use fresh mushrooms, and I toss low-sodium bouillon cubes right into the roaster…no dissolving first in liquid. No additional salt is necessary. —Patricia Kile, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
My husband and I operate a very busy farm. There are days when there's just no time left for cooking. It's really nice to be able to come into the house at night and smell this chicken cacciatore meal simmering—dinner is a simple matter of dishing it up. It's very easy to make, but it's also special enough to serve company. —Aggie Arnold-Norman, Liberty, Pennsylvania
This is a truly authentic "Old World recipe"—friends of our family who moved here from Poland gave it to my mother years ago. It's been a favorite Sunday dinner with all of us ever since then. I've found that it's always a hit at potluck dinners, too. After my husband and I moved to our dairy farm, I discovered that this hearty, one-dish dinner was a perfect one for our busy schedule...and that any leftovers taste even better the second day!
We're Nebraska Cornhusker football fans, and on the days when the "Big Red" team is playing, I make up a big pot of this soup. The whole family gathers around the television set to eat it while watching the game! I like to prepare dishes that have a Mexican flavor—and there's just a hint of that in this deliciously satisfying soup.
The meat for these sandwiches comes out of the slow cooker tender and flavorful. Living as we do in the foothills of the Cascades, we frequently have deer and elk in the freezer. I sometimes substitute that in this recipe, and it never tastes like game.
-Bernice Muilenburg, Molalla, Oregon
Many people don't think of using a slow cooker to make dessert, but I like having this hot, scrumptious apple treat waiting to be served when we finish up our dinner. I start it in the morning and don't think about it all day. —Jacki Every, Rotterdam, New York
When my husband and I had our first child, we found this recipe so convenient. I could start it during nap time and we’d enjoy an easy, satisfying dinner that night. —Karol Hines, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
Just thinking about this dish sparks my appetite. The ham and cheese rolled inside make for a tasty surprise. The chicken rolls are especially nice served over rice or pasta. —Jean Sherwood, Kenneth City, Florida