Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos

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I love nachos.

 

Really, loooooove me some nachos. ;)

 

And while I usually wait to have them at a restaurant, there’s just no reason to make them at home (mine are every bit as good!) Today I tried out Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos (I’ve made Slow Cooker Nachos with Beef before), and goodness gracious, they were fantastic.

 

The best part? I had to take the picture for you all today (day time pictures just look so much prettier), so I’ve just devoured the yummiest lunch in complete quiet while my kids and  hubby are all off at school and work for the day. Bliss.  

 

(I so love my sweet family when they’re here, but some days a quiet home just feels so nice ~ is that awful?)

 

You could also use the chicken to make tacos, taco salad, enchiladas or just anything else ~ it turned out perfectly and is so simple to make!  Here’s the recipe so you can try it out too ~ just in time for the big game coming up next week. ;) 

Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos

Ingredients

  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cans Rotel, undrained
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (I use the kind that you find in a jar, but you could also substitute with 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • tortilla chips
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • toppings (I used sour cream, green onions and black olives, but you could also add lettuce and tomatoes)

Instructions

  1. Mix together garlic, onion, salt, pepper, brown sugar and Rotel in small bowl.
  2. Place chicken in crockpot and add Rotel mixture on top.
  3. Cook on low 6-7 hours or on high 3-4 hours.
  4. Shred chicken well.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Arrange chips in the bottom of a large baking sheet.
  7. Spoon chicken mixture over tortilla chips.
  8. Top with cheese and tomato (tomato optional)
  9. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  10. Top with extra toppings, and enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 1/29/14):

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $2.99/lb at Publix or Tyson Chicken Breast $1.99/lb at Kroger
  • Kroger Tortilla Chips on sale $1
  • Or try Pringles Tortilla Chips as low as $.48 at Publix and Kroger
  • Friendship Sour Cream $2.09 at Publix, Use $.75/1 Friendship Sour Cream coupon from the Publix Grocery Advantage Buy Flier stacked with $.75/1 blinkie
  • Kroger Sour Cream $1
  • Sargento Shredded Cheese $1.99 at Kroger, use $.55/1 Kraft Cheese coupon or $.50/1 coupon from the 1/26 Smart Source insert
  • Kraft Shredded Cheese BOGO $1.99 at Publix or $2.50 at Target, use 5% off Cartwheel coupon

 

Here are a few more slow cooker recipes you may also want to try out . . .

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Bake

 

Slow Cooker Nachos

Slow Cooker Chicken Rotel Dip

You may also want to check out these fantastic deals on slow cookers right now at Amazon:

 

Recipe adapted from Six Sisters Stuff.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Skinny Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

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Here’s my first ever (I think?) Weight Watchers recipe to share! I joined online last week (I’d really hoped to go to the meetings, but so far my schedule hasn’t allowed it), but have been pretty pleased with how easy it’s been to manage.

 

I really didn’t expect to like this recipe all that much (give me chicken over beef any day), but this was really just delicious. I tweaked it a bit using what I had in my pantry, and was oh-so-pleased with the results.

 

You could easily substitute regular cheddar cheese if that’s what you have in the pantry, but I did purchase the (expensive!) fat free cheese to keep my points lower. Let me know what you think if you try it out for dinner too!

Skinny Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

Ingredients

  • cooking spray
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped finely
  • 1 b ground beef
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 8 oz low fat cheddar or colby cheese
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp table salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • baked low fat tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Spray nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium high heat for 30 seconds.
  2. Add onion, garlic and celery to skillet, cooking until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray and pour in vegetables.
  4. Add ground beef to the same skillet you used for the veggies and brown ground beef until cooked through.
  5. Drain ground beef and add to slow cooker.
  6. In small cup, mix together flour and 1/2 cup of the broth and stir until smooth.
  7. Add flour and broth mixture to the skillet along with the remaining 2 1/2 cups of broth.
  8. Bring to a simmer, and stir well, including any of the browned bits in the slow cooker left from the beef ~ then transfer to broth mixture to the slow cooker.
  9. Add evaporated milk, cheese, paprika, salt and pepper to the slow cooker.
  10. Cover and cook on low for two hours.
  11. Put a few chips in the bottom of your bowl then add soup and a few more crumbled soups
  12. Makes 6-8 servings
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If you’re doing Weight Watchers, a serving (3/4 cups) is 5 points including a few 3 tbsps of crushed chips. Not bad for a filling meal!

 

 

Looking for more slow cooker recipes? Here are a few of my favorites:

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 1/8/13):

  • College Inn Broth BOGO at Bi-Lo ($1.49 after sale) and Winn Dixie ($1.39 after sale)
  • Publix Ground Chuck  on sale $3.49/lb.
  • Lean Ground Beef on sale $2.79/lb at Kroger when you purchase in 3 lb. pack 
  • Publix Cheese on sale $2.50 
  • Kraft Cheese 16 oz on sale $4.99 at Publix, use $2/2 Kraft Cheese coupon from the Publix Game Day Greats Booklet (or print it HERE), stack with $2 off Publix ecoupon
  • Ground Beef on sale $1.99/lb. at Harvey’s

This post is linked up to Crock Pot Ladies Slow Cooker Saturday and Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday – thanks for the opportunity to link up! Recipe adapted from Weight Watchers.  If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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22 Tried and True Chicken Recipes

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Since Publix has their boneless skinless chicken breast on sale buy one get one free this week, I figured I’d share a roundup of my absolute favorite chicken recipes! (Kroger has their Tyson Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast on sale for $2.99/lb as well, so you can score a decent deal there too.)

 

We just got home after traveling for the last week (my house is a disaster  ~ anyone wanna come clean?) so I’m excited to slow down a bit over the next week, cook a few meals at home, and make several of our favorites. From the looks of it we like our chicken around here, so this is a great time to stock up. ;) Here are just a few of our favorites . . .

Zax Sauce 

Homemade Chicken Tenders with Zax Sauce

White Chicken Slow Cooker Chili

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Bake  

 

Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

 

Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup

 

 5 Ingredient Ritz Chicken

 

Easy Chicken Marinade

 

Smothered (Smashburger) Chicken Sandwich

 

Cheesy Chicken Rolls

Barbecue Chicken Quesadillas

 

Slow Cooker Chicken & Noodle Soup

 

Slow Cooker Chicken & Dressing

Fettucine Alfredo 

Chicken Fettucine Alfredo

 

Chicken & Dumpling Casserole

 

Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Rolls

 

Alice Springs Chicken

 

White Chicken Cheesy Enchilada Bake

 

Slow Cooked Barbecue Stuffed Potatoes

 

Slow Cooker Almost Chicken Cordon Bleu

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chilil 

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

Cracker Barrel Chicken Sandwich 

Cracker Barrel Chicken Tenderloin Sandwich

 

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings  This picture is awful but this is the #1 recipe consistently searched every year on Passionate Penny Pincher and we just love it ~ I’m betting your family will enjoy it too!

 This post is linked to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday and Super Saturday at Made from Pinterest – thanks for the chance to link up!

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Hamilton Beach Programmable Slow Cooker $34.99 Just on Amazon

Amazon has the Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker (Silver) on sale for $39.99.  You can use this $5/$35 credit on this deal to drop the price to $34.99!

Some features of this slow cooker include:

  • 6-quart programmable slow cooker with LED digital control panel, 110 V
  • 3 automatic-cooking options–program, manual, or probe; automatic keep-warm
  • Power-interrupt protection; clip-on spoon; clip-tight gasket lid; side handles for safe transport
  • Dishwasher-safe stoneware and tempered-glass lid; user manual with recipes included

 

In case you’re not sure what to make in Mrs. Potts, here are a few of our family’s favorite recipes to try. . .

 

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White Chicken or Turkey Slow Cooker Chili

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Not sure what to do with all your leftover turkey this weekend? Don’t let it go to waste! Use dried beans to make a penny pinched meal that you can even freeze if you have leftovers. So simple, and just delicious.

 

Top with sour cheese, sour cream and a little green onions and you’ve got dinner done. ;)

White Chicken or Turkey Slow Cooker Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. dry navy beans
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 can (4 oz) chopped green chili
  • 2 cups cooked chicken or turkey
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Rinse beans and place in pot. Cover with 2 inches of water and let soak overnight or at least four hours.
  2. Drain beans and place in slow cooker.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to slow cooker and let it cook on low for 6-8 hours or high 3 hours.
  4. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/11/white-chicken-or-turkey-slow-cooker-chili/

 

Looking for more recipes to make with leftover turkey? Here you go!

If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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How To Roast A Turkey In Your Slow Cooker

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With all the fantsatic prices going on right now on turkey, it’s a great time to buy an extra turkey breast and pop it in Mrs. Potts to freeze the meat for casseroles and soups this winter. My stock up price on turkey breast is $.99/lb., and since Target has it at that price this week it’s worth picking up an extra one!

 

Grab a big turkey for your Thanksgiving feast, as well as a smaller turkey breast to pop in your slow cooker. Then cook this easy recipe up so you’ll have oodles of pre-cooked in the freezer when you need it on a busy night.

 

 

How To Roast A Turkey In Your Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • Bone in Turkey Breast
  • 1 packet dry onion soup mix
  • 4 tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Rinse and pat turkey breast dry.
  2. Place a few pats of butter on the bottom of the turkey breast, place in slow cooker.
  3. Rub onion soup mix all over turkey, including under the skin.
  4. Cook on high for one hour, then reduce heat to low and cook another 7 hours.
  5. Let cool before eating, and freeze any leftovers in plastic freezer bags to use in other meals.
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/11/how-to-roast-a-turkey-in-your-slow-cooker/

Leftover Turkey Tettrazini

Looking for a few dishes to use your cooked turkey in? Here are a few of our family’s favorites . . . 

 

Curious what items you can freeze to help you pinch those pennies even further? Download my free list of what items you can freeze HERE when you sign up for free PPP daily emails!

Recipe adapted from All Recipes.

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{3 Ingredient} Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

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Last week after posting this taco meat in the slow cooker, a PPP reader asked for a recipe for chicken tacos like Moe’s Southwest Grill, but I haven’t eaten there before so I wasn’t sure where to start!  Another reader commented that she thinks this recipe is just like Moe’s, and since it was so easy, I decided to give it a try.

 

I have no idea if you’ll think they’re like Moe’s (you’ll have to let me know!), but it was such a simple recipe and really delicious ~ a great way to get easily get dinner on the table! I used a bunch of ingredients from my stockpile which always saves some moo-lah, and my family loved our bargain taco night. Here’s how to get dinner cooking in your home too. . .

{3 Ingredient} Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups salsa
  • 4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • taco seasoning packet

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in slow cooker and sprinkle taco seasoning over chicken.
  2. Pour salsa over chicken.
  3. Cook on low, 5-7 hours.
  4. Shred up meat and add serve in tacos, along with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and shredded cheese.
  5. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/10/3-ingredient-skinny-slow-cooker-chicken-tacos/

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 10/30/13):

 

Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Slow Cooker Spaghetti With Meatballs

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This Slow Cooker Spaghetti with Meatballs recipe is so simple that I hesitate to even call it a recipe. But, for whatever reason, it never dawned on me to try it out before so I thought maybe you’d missed this easy meal deal too. The best part is, you can have it for dinner early in the week, then easily make up some Mini Meatball Subs later in the week and get two meals easily done with one days worth of cooking.

 

And the cooking? Well, you’re literally just popping it all in Mrs. Potts, so not much cooking to even fool with. Here’s what you’ll need to get started. . .

Slow Cooker Spaghetti With Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 28 oz jar spaghetti sauce
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 lb frozen meatballs
  • 12 oz spaghetti noodles
  • parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Put spaghetti sauce, undrained tomatoes, onion, garlic, and Italian seasoning in slow cooker.
  2. Pour in frozen meatballs.
  3. Cook on low 6-8 hours, or high 3-4 hours.
  4. Before serving, cook spaghetti.
  5. Serve sauce and meatballs over pasta ~ enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/10/slow-cooker-spaghetti-with-meatballs/

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 10/9/13):

  • Armour Meatballs Buy One Get One Free at Publix, use $1/2 Armour products from the 8/18 Red Plum insert
  • Mueller’s Pasta Buy One Get One Free at Publix, use $1/2 Mueller’s Pasta
  • Classico Pasta Sauce Buy One Get One Free $2.89, use $1/3 Classico Pasta Sauce
  • Prego $.98 at Kroger, use $.40/2 from the 9/8 Smart Source insert
  • Winn Dixie Barilla Pasta Buy One Get One Free, use $1/2 Barilla Pasta or from 9/8 Smart Source insert
  • Winn Dixie Armour Meatballs Buy One Get One Free, use $1/2 Armour products from the 8/18 Red Plum insert
  • Cole’s Garlic Toast Buy One Get One Free at Publix, use $.50/1 Cole’s

 

Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups! If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Slow Cooker Pork Chops

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Since Publix has Pork Chops on sale this week Buy One Get One Free (making them $2.49/lb., which is a rare deal these days!) and Kroger also has them for $2.99/lb., I figured I’d share our all time favorite pork chop recipe with you! I actually haven’t re-made this one this week (so pardon the picture ~ goodness, my photography has never been great but in the early days it was just downright pitiful), however I promise your family will love this one.  I’ve got nothing but positive reviews on it, and we just love it so I think I’m going to add it to the menu plan for the weekend  . . . even if just so I can re-do the pictures!

 

 

(Do you know how weird it is to take a picture of just about every single recipe you make? My family hasn’t had a hot meal in at least three years. . . but I digress.) ;)

 

Slow Cooker Ranch House Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 6 pork chops, 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 packet dry Ranch Dressing Seasoning
  • 10 oz. can cream of chicken soup
  • 4 lbs. potatoes, peeled
  • 5 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 6 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1 1/2 cup warm milk, skim is fine
  • 1 tbsp. salt optional, to taste
  • 1 tsp. fresh cracked pepper optional

Instructions

  1. (for the pork chops)
  2. Place pork chops, ranch seasoning & soup in slow cooker and heat on high four hours or low six hours. (Ours cooked on high for four hours, and were even a little frozen when they went in.)
  3. (for the potatoes)
  4. Roast garlic. To roast the garlic, cover the entire garlic bulb including skin in aluminum foil and bake at 350 for one hour. Then let cool, remove from skins and mix into a paste to add to your potatoes.
  5. While garlic is cooling, cook peeled potatoes in large pot of water for about 15-18 minutes, until ready to mash. Mash potatoes, then add garlic, salt, and pepper.
  6. Slowly add in milk until the potatoes are the consistency that you’d like them (mine only needed about 1 cup of the milk.)
  7. Add potatoes to plate, then cover with pork chops from slow cooker and use the sauce for your gravy. . . yummmm!
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Here are a few more of our family’s favorite pork chop recipes . . .

 

5 Ingredient Grilled Pork Chop Marinade

Slow Cooker Sour Cream Pork Chops

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 10/9/13):

  • Pork Chops Buy One Get One Free ($2.49/lb.) at Publix
  • Pork Chops $2.99/lb. at Kroger
  • Cream soups on sale $59 at Aldi
  • Potatoes $1.99/5lb. bag at Bi Lo
  • Red Potatoes $1.99/lb. bag at Winn Dixie
  • Russet Potatoes $3.99/lb at Kroger

Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Slow Cooker Whole Chicken {including 10 easy recipes using cooked chicken}

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It’s been a while since I’ve sung the praises of cooking a whole chicken in the crockpot, so I figured it was high time I give it a bit of attention.  Now, I know it’s kinda gross to tackle cooking a whole chicken if you’ve never done it before (be sure to grab some kitchen gloves!), but the meat is so delicious, and you can’t beat the price.

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Sam’s Club has Tyson Whole Chicken Breast for around $.99/lb., so if you see a deal less than that while you’re out and about it’s worth stocking up. I’ve started purchasing 3-4 when they’re on sale and cooking them two at a time in my slow cooker so that I have a bunch of meat when I need it in a hurry!  And believe it or not, this recipe really doesn’t require any liquid ~ your chicken will make plenty of juices on it’s own. If you have any suggestions on other ways to cook whole chicken, I’d love to hear them!

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 whole chicken (I usually look for the largest one I can find)

Instructions

  1. In small bowl, mix together first 5 ingredients.
  2. Rinse chicken and pat dry.
  3. Place whole chicken in slow cooker (be sure to remove the package of giblets from inside the bird prior to cooking)
  4. Rub seasoning mixture into chicken.
  5. Cook on low 5-8 hours, until chicken is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 180 degrees. Remove from slow cooker.
  6. If you'd like to brown the skin a bit, cook under broiler in oven for about 5 minutes, until skin is golden brown.
  7. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/10/slow-cooker-whole-chicken/

 

After your chicken cooked, serve it up with some mashed potatoes and veggies for dinner, then save all the extra meat to use in other recipes  Here are my top 10 recipes to use leftover chicken in. . .

  1. Slow Cooked Chicken Tortilla Soup
  2. Barbecue Chicken Quesadillas
  3. Savory Cream Cheese Chicken Rolls
  4. Chicken & Broccoli Braid
  5. Chicken & Dumpling Casserole
  6. Homemade Chicken & Dumplings
  7. Chicken and Noodles
  8. Almost Homemade Chicken Pot Pie
  9. Chicken Tettrazini
  10. White Chicken Chili
  11. Sweet Southern Chicken Salad

 

 

 

If you’d rather cook your chicken in the oven, this Roast Sticky Rotisserie Style Chicken is divine also . . .  I’m thinking I might just have to make a Sam’s Club run to stock up!

 

Looking for more recipe ideas? Start HERE

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