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Before we dive into our delicious crock pot recipes, here’s some history on the little appliance that changed the dinners of many households!

What’s a Crock Pot or Slow Cooker?

People often overlook this amazing kitchen appliance. It was made popular back in the 1970s when the brand Crock-Pot launched their main product that featured a vitreous ceramic dish that sat in a device surrounded by heating elements. Although, it should be noted that the original creator of the crock pot, or slow cooker as we know it, was Irving Naxon who was greatly inspired by the bean dish that his mother cooked in Lithuania.

In the beginning the Crock-Pot brand dominated the food and kitchen industry in that niche, with crock pot recipes becoming more popular every year. Gradually, however, rivals began appearing with alternatives that featured a metal dish sitting upon the heating element(s). These were the slow cookers that many of us use today. Rather than being surrounded by heating elements, the heat only originates from underneath the metal dish.

 

How Slow Does it Cook?

If somebody has never cooked crock pot recipes before they may be wondering what’s so special about them and why slow cooker and crock pot recipes are so widely enjoyed.

Back in the 70s the Crock-Pot branded product only allowed for High and Low setting for cooking and eventually, a “warm” setting for keeping the food heated at a certain temperature once it’s cooked. The newer devices, however, often feature full timers that allow you to dictate how long your meal is cooked for.

It can be as short as two-hours or it can have your meal ready in eight-hours.

Crock pot recipes often involve cooking stews and other meals that include root vegetables and/or cuts of meat that require a gradual cooking process to stay tender. A couple of examples of these types of meat would be a shoulder-cut of pork or simply a chuck-cut of beef.

You can cook almost anything in a slow cooker but there are certain recipes that really stand out. We’ll get to that in a moment!

 

Slow Cooker Vs. a Crock Pot

Before we begin with our recipes, you should know that a crock pot will always be a type of slow cooker. A slow cooker on the other hand, might not be a crock pot. Regardless of the brand of the appliance a crock pot will typically surround the dish with heat, whereas a slow cooker is defined as any device that cooks food over an extended period of time.

So, if you go out shopping for one, just keep that in mind so you don’t walk out with the wrong thing!

Having said that, for the purpose of this article, we are using the terms crock pot and slow cooker synonymously.

 

Your Low-Fat Crock Pot Recipes

Crock Pot Recipe #1: Mexican Shredded Chicken

This dish is one of the most popular slow cooker meals that we have on LowFatLowCarb.com – it is full of Mexican flavor and it can even feature our tasty version of the delicious Marinara sauce.

If you haven’t had a chance to try it yet, here’s the recipe for our Marinara sauce that you can put on this crock pot recipe or any other!

Here’s what you’ll need for this meal:

  • 2 pounds of chicken breast (boneless and skinless)
  • 1 cup of Marinara sauce (whichever one you choose)
  • ½ a cup of water
  • 1 tbsp of onion powder
  • 2 tsp of minced garlic
  • 2 tsp of cumin powder
  • 2 tsp of coriander
  • ½ tsp of sea salt
  • ¼ tsp of pepper
  • 1 tbsp of chili powder

 

Crock Pot Recipe #2: No-Bean Chili

This chili tastes so good it will knock your socks off! You’ll need to grab some tender, extra-lean ground sirloin to make this dish as incredible as it looks.

The wonderful thing about crock pot recipes like this one is that you’re free to switch a couple of things up to make it your own – just do us a favor and share your changes with us on our Facebook page or on the comments section of the recipe page.

Here’s what you’ll need for this meal:

  • 1.5 pounds of ground sirloin (extra-lean)
  • 2 tbsp of onion powder
  • 2 garlic cloves (mince them!)
  • 1 tbsp of cumin powder
  • 1 tsp of oregano
  • 1 tsp of chilli powder
  • 1 cup of chopped red pepper
  • ½  finely chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 1 can of low-sodium diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp of low-sodium tomato paste
  • 2 cups of low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 chopped green onion
  • And if you like to use salt and pepper, use it to taste!

 

Crock Pot Recipe #3: Buffalo Chicken Soup

Buffalo chicken is often cooked in the oven but this soup dish is one of the tastiest crock pot recipes that uses ground chicken.

With this recipe you can have all the flavor of the buffalo chicken meals you’ll find at parties or bars but in a comforting, warm bowl of hearty soup!

Here’s what you’ll need for this meal:

  • ½ tsp of grape seed oil
  • 1 pound of ground chicken
  • 14.5 ounces of low-sodium, fire-roasted diced tomatoes (make sure you drain them!)
  • 4 cups of low-sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup buffalo wing hot sauce (low or no sugar)
  • 1 cup diced red pepper
  • ½ cup of diced celery
  • ½ tsp of onion powder
  • ½ tsp of garlic powder
  • ½ tsp of celery salt
  • ½ tsp of dried cilantro
  • Salt to taste
  • Add fresh herbs to garnish!

 

Crock Pot Recipe #4: BBQ Shredded Beef

If you’re looking for something that offers some barbecue flavor without having to go outside and stand at the grill, this slow cooker recipe will get your saliva glands going in seconds!

Friendly for a ketogenic diet and even features that ever-amazing ingredient, apple cider vinegar. Now you can be healthy while enjoying this dinner party favorite.

Here’s what you’ll need for this meal:

  • 2 pounds of stewing beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, halved
  • 1 tsp of sea salt
  • ½ tsp of pepper
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of paprika
  • 1 tsp of sugar substitute/sweetener
  • ¾ cup of a low carb, sugar-free ketchup

 

If you think these recipes tasted amazing, don’t forget to share them with your friends because they’ll thank you when they try them!

Maybe next time you cook these, you can add your own little spark to each one. Have fun with your cooking activities.

Remember to be safe, be healthy and be happy!


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