Welcome to this slow cooker/crockpot blog. I believe slow cookers are the best thing to happen to modern day cooks. I used mine often when I worked outside the home and continue to do so even in retirement. It is so nice to put food on and forget about it. Slow cookers also allow us to cook many things we would normally have to use the oven for; what a relief in hot Texas weather! Some of these recipes are mine, many are ones I have collected over the years.

Monday, December 10, 2012


1/2 cup chopped yellow onions
1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp oil
1 pkg (4-oz) dried beef, sliced or chipped
1 can (18-oz) tomato juice
1 can (15 1/2-oz) dark red kidney beans, undrained
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
1 tsp paprika
 1 tsp chili powder
dash of black pepper, optional

Heat the oil in a skillet and add the onions, bell peppers, and garlic; cook until tender but do not brown.  Remove from skillet to a slow cooker or crockpot.

Add the small pieces of beef to the cooker.

Add the tomato juice, beans, water, rice, paprika, and chili powder; mix well with the other ingredients in the cooker.

Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting for 6-7 hours.

Stir the mixture well before ladling into serving bowls.

Serving ideas: Serve with a relish tray, cornbread or other crusty bread, tortilla chips, cheese, etc.

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