I love sweet potato chili this time of year. I’ll use 1 box chicken broth (4 cups), 2 diced sweet potatoes, 1 onion chopped, 1 can black beans rinsed, 1 can corn drained or 1 bag frozen corn, 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes, a few cloves of garlic chopped, 2 tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp cocoa powder, salt, pepper, oregano. Sometimes I’ll add some chicken breasts but it’s hearty and good on it’s own.
I also love pulled pork, I’ll put in a pork tenderloin or butt and add half a liter of root beer or Dr Pepper with salt and pepper and a halved onion. After its done I pull it out shred the meat (save the broth in case it needs some moisture) and add bbq sauce.
Refried beans- 1 small bag pinto beans (I think it’s 3 cups) and I think 6 cups water, half an onion chopped, a chopped jalapeno, garlic, salt and pepper, cook it all day then drain a lot of the broth and blend/mash adding broth as needed.
Minestrone soup is amazing I use a box of chicken broth, a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes, a chopped onion, 3 cloves garlic, green beans, a zuchinni, spinach, a parmesan rind if you have it, basil, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper, cannelini beans (add at the end), and precooked elbow pasta.
Potato leek soup, 3-4 baking potatoes peeled and chopped, 1-2 leeks white parts rinsed and chopped, 1 chopped onion, a couple garlic cloves, 1 box chicken stock, 1 cup milk, tarragon, oregano, salt, pepper. Blend/mash it at the end. Garnish with bacon and chives.
Slow cooker applesauce is great and makes your house smell amaaaaaaaaaaaazing.
I’ve sort of moved away from my crock pot in favor of my electric pressure cooker though, I’ll make a lot of the same things I would in my crock pot in my pressure cooker in less than an hour and I love love love it.