You have been asked to a Potluck Party and you can’t cook.  What do you do?  If you own a crock pot or slow cooker you have the problem solved. You need to prepare the dish in advance and be able to carry it to the party so the pot is perfect for this.

Traditional dishes like casseroles and chili are good choices.  Dishes don’t have to be fancy and the recipe doesn’t need to be complicated.  Mark your crock pot slow cooker with your name so you can identify it afterward.  You might be surprised how many people will bring them and then you will know which one is yours when it has been cleaned.

A great easy recipe for a non cook and one that has very little preparation time is this chili one below:

Crock pot chili

16 oz can kidney beans, drained well
2 cans (14 oz) tomatoes
2 pounds ground beef
2 medium onions, chopped finely
1 green pepper, coarsely chopped
2 gloves garlic, crushed
3 tabs chilli power
1 teasp pepper
1 teasp cumin
salt to taste
 
Put all the ingredients in the crock pot or slow cooker in the order listed.  Stir once, cover and cook on low for 10 hours or high for 5 hours. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese, corn bread or corn chips.

Tip:  Take copies of the recipe with you so others can check the ingredients if they have allergies.  They will love this dish so much they will want a copy of it and it says to others 'hey I really can cook' (hehe).

Have fun at your potluck party and I'm sure you will now be hooked on how easy it is to cook with the slow cooker.  No matter what level of cook you are there is a slow cooker recipe for you.

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