I love my crockpot. I can throw things into it in the morning, leave for the day and come home to a wonderful smelling home and a home cooked meal. I found the following crockpot tips several months ago:
If the crock-pot directions say 1.5 to 2.5 hours on high (4 to 6 hours on low), that's equivalent to 15 to 30 minutes in a 350-degree oven. A crock pot's 3 hours on high (6 to 8 hours on low) is about 35 to 45 minutes in the oven. And 4 to 5 hours on high (8 to 13 hours on low) is equivalent to 60 minutes to 3 hours in the oven.
Another good thing to know: For many crock pots, the low setting is equivalent to about 200 degrees, while the high setting is about 300. Also, one hour on high in the crock pot is about 2 to 2.5 hours on low.
And now, a few recipes for your crockpot:
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 - 15 ounce can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
Salt & pepper to taste
8 flour tortillas
1 can cream of chicken soup
3/4 c. milk
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
In a skillet, brown ground beef, onion and garlic. Add tomato sauce, chili powder, salt and pepper. Heat thoroughly. Spray crock pot with cooking spray. Line with 2 tortillas. Cover with 1/3 of meat mixture and cheese. Layer 2 more times beginning with tortillas, meat mixture and cheese. Top with 2 more tortillas. Combine soup and milk. Pour over top tortillas. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours.
1 - 8 inch pan prepared cornbread
8 slices dry white bread
2 cups chicken broth
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 teaspoon sage
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Celery to taste
1 medium onion
2 tablespoons butter
Mix all ingredients except butter. Place in crock pot. Dot butter on top. Cook 2 hours on high then 4 hours on low.
Crockpot Cherry Cobbler
2 - 21 ounc cans cherry pie filling
1 package yellow cake mix, dry
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Pour pie filling into 5 quart crockpot. In a large bowl, combine dry cake mix with butter until it is crumbly; sprinkle over pie filling. Sprinkle with nuts. Cover and cook on low 3-4 hours.