Chicago-Style Italian Beef

Anyone who grew up in or near the vicinity of Chicago knows the greatness that is Portillo’s. The hot dogs, the chocolate cake (!), and of course… The beef. While we sadly don’t own a meat slicer and therefore can’t truly replicate a Portillo’s beef, this comes pretty darn close. This past Friday was allegedly “Region Day” (pretty sure that’s a Region created event, but according to Facebook Indianapolis folks were getting in on the celebration as well), so what better excuse that to whip up a region favorite. Plus it’s a crockpot recipe, so you get to smell the deliciousness simmering all day long. Just don’t be like us- make sure you have some giardinara or even pepperoncinis on hand when you make these to really make them stand out, along with some good French bread or Italian rolls and cheese. Make these ASAP and make your mouth happy! 

Ingredients:

  • 5 lbs top round roast
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 packet Italian dressing mix
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp parsley flakes 
  • 1 tsp dried oregano 
  • 1 tsp dried basil 
  • 1 tsp onion salt 
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Provolone or mozzarella cheese slices
  • Giardinara/pepperoncinis/sport peppers
  • Loaf of French bread or Italian rolls

Directions:

Line crockpot with liner if using. Add roast to crockpot.  Pour the broth into a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in all of the spices.  

 

The smell of this concoction should be enough to make the drooling start.

Bring mixture to a boil, then remove from heat. Pour over your awaiting roast.  

 
Yaaaaaaas. Set to cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-5 hours. Remove bay leaf and shred meat. Broil cheese onto bread if desired. Add meat to bread and garnish with peppers (if you’re not a bonehead and remembered them. Still kicking myself here!).  Finish with a Miller Lite for a true Region experience. 😜

  

Recipe barely adapted from Food.com.

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Crockpot Sausage, Green Beans & Red Potatoes

It’s December. I’m 8+ months pregnant. Needless to say, dinner has not been especially fancy fare these days! This is one of those recipes that’s just super easy… Dump everything in your crockpot and boom- 8 hours later, you have dinner with minimal effort. Plus it’s warm and yummy… Perfect for a cold day playing outside!
Ingredients:

  • 1 lb smoked sausage, kielbasa, Polish sausage (whatever you have or can find is fine!), cut into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 2 cans of green beans, drained
  • Small bag of red potatoes, cleaned and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1-1.5 cups chicken broth

Directions:

Seriously, this is so easy I should be embarrassed. Toss your chopped sausage and potatoes into the pot, then add green beans. Sprinkle the seasoned salt on top.  

 

Pour in the chicken broth…  

 
Give it a stir, put the lid on, and set on low for 8-10 hours. Devour with some crusty bread!  Makes about 4 servings. 

 Recipe from Moms with Crockpots

Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili

How have I never shared this recipe until now? Since I found this on Pinterest years ago, this chili has been in heavy rotation at our house during chilly weather. First of all, it’s STUPID easy. Dump everything in the crockpot when you get up in the morning and you’re set. Second, it’s actually somewhat healthy- it’s originally a Weight Watchers recipe. Last, and most important- it’s incredibly tasty.  Put this on your menu to make on your busiest day this week! 

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I always use frozen.. Even easier, right?! Simply subtract from your cooking time if using fresh/thawed.)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes with green chilis, drained 
  • 1 can yellow corn, drained 
  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce 
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • Garnishes (sour cream, shredded cheese, cilantro, crackers, etc) optional 

Directions:

Line crockpot with disposable liner if using (seriously, those things are life changing). Add all of your ingredients to the crockpot.  

 Give it all a good stir, then set to low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-5 hours. Just before serving, shred the chicken breasts and stir until evenly mixed into chili.

 
Ladle into bowls and garnish as you please.  

 
Boom! So easy it’s almost embarrassing. Hope you enjoy as much as we do! 

Recipe from Skinnytaste.

Crockpot Beer Chicken

Guys, this is hands down the easiest Crockpot recipe you’ll ever make. 7 ingredients, most of which are spices, and I’ll put good money on you having all of them in your kitchen right now. You can even through the chicken in frozen, so it’s a perfect choice if you’re strapped for dinner ideas and need something to throw together quickly. In my experience making this meal, using a lighter beer produces a juicier, more flavorful chicken than a darker beer. And as for the spices? Again- these are the ones I used, but use whatever you have on hand and it should turn out pretty well. 😊

Ingredients:
4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or less if you don’t want leftovers)
1 can/bottle of beer
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp powdered garlic
1/2 tsp dried oregano

Directions:
Arrange the chicken breasts along the bottom of the Crockpot. Add spices.
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Pour beer over the top of the chicken and spices, and stir if you wish. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8-10 hours, turning at least once during cooking time.
Remove chicken from liquid, plate, and serve with sides of your choice.

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Recipe from Pinterest.