Slow Cooker Black Bean & Corn Enchiladas {Vegetarian} and more...


Slow Cooker Black Bean & Corn Enchiladas {Vegetarian}

Slow Cooker Black Bean & Corn Enchiladas

This is our final recipe in the 31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals…you can find the complete list here! I will be compiling all of the recipes featured in the series plus a few others and giving it away as a free e-cookbook soon! :)

I ran errands yesterday morning…lots of errands…then I took a friend to the airport…then I came home and had a one hour window just after lunch to regroup for the rest of the day. The regroup involved having a phone call and getting this dinner into the slow cooker.

Because it is approximately 1,432 degrees outside right now, we have.to.go to the pool in the afternoons. And by have.to., I mean…if we don’t go, all chaos breaks loose and the circus animals my boys get crazy. Cray-cray crazy!  So we go to the pool to spend their bazillion kilowatts of energy.

(I might be exaggerating the heat. I’m not exaggerating about the circus animals and the kilowatts.)

Back to yesterday…by the time I got us all settled back in and snacks passed out, it was time for my phone call. If we were going to make it to the pool on time (we were meeting friends), then I was going to have to multi-task. Make dinner, while talk on the phone at the same time. (For the record, I’m not a huge fan of multi-tasking…I believe that you should be focused on the immediate task in front of you. I believe this 99% of the time. I forgot to believe in this yesterday…and just did what I had to do!)

I didn’t screw up the call and I didn’t screw up the dinner.

Here’s what is so fantabulous about this recipe. You could probably make it RIGHT NOW. It has 7 ingredients, if you don’t count salt and pepper. Nothing has to be precooked. Most of the ingredients are ‘leftovers’ from the 20 Meals from Costco plans.

(Next plan is coming out in 2 weeks y’all…just in time for back to school!!!)

It looks like this…

Mixing bowl – black beans, corn, a little salsa, a little shredded cheese (to hold together the insides), a little cumin & salt and pepper.

Tortillas – warm those babies up, so they bend and wrap better.

Slow cooker – salsa on the bottom, roll up the black bean corn mixture in the warmed tortillas, seam side down. More salsa on top. Rest of cheese on top. (Go to the pool while dinner takes care of itself.)

Start to finish, maybe took me 8 minutes to get this going. Could have been 6 or 7 if I’d been focused and not chatting about email newsletters at the same time. :)

Here’s why I’ll be making this again. Soon…

  • Cleared plates.
  • Delicious.
  • Only takes 4 hours to cook in the slow cooker. So if I forget at breakfast, I can slip it in after lunch.
  • Perfect after-church meal…because it can cook while we’re away in the morning.
  • Cleared plates. (Oh, wait…I already mentioned that.)

In all seriousness, this stuff was addictive. Watch out! ;)

Substitution/Addition Ideas

  • Don’t have salsa, but do have tomato sauce? Make a homemade red enchilada sauce.
  • Toss in some diced green, red or orange pepper for added sweetness.
  • You could use flour tortillas if you have them on hand, but they will get soggy when they soak up the salsa and cooking juices.
  • Use 2 cups of shredded chicken in place of the black beans.

Sky’s the limit here folks! Buen provecho!!!

P.S. You don’t want to miss my little poem about these guys!

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Slow Cooker Black Bean & Corn Enchiladas

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 3-4 hours

Ingredients

  • 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz can corn, drained (or 2 cups frozen corn)
  • 4 oz. can diced green chilies, drained
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups shredded quesadilla blend cheese, divided
  • 2-3 cups salsa
  • 12 corn tortillas, warmed

Directions

  • In a mixing bowl, mash the black beans with a potato masher or fork. Mix in the corn, and green chilies. Stir in the ground cumin and salt. Last, add 1 cup of the shredded cheese and combine well.
  • Add about 1 cup of salsa to the base of the slow cooker and spread evenly on the bottom. Roll the bean-corn mixture into the warmed tortillas, dividing evenly. Place in the slow cooker, seam side down, nestled tightly together. Pour the other cup of salsa over the top and then sprinkle the other cup of cheese on top.
  • Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Serve Slow Cooker Bean & Corn Enchiladas with a side of rice and/or salad.
    

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Slow Cooker Ride ‘Em Cowboy Beef

Slow Cooker Ride 'Em Cowboy Beef | 5DollarDinners.com

Can you see the beef peeking out from underneath the mountain of beans, corn and zesty tomatoes?!!?

This is the perfect ‘clear out the pantry’ meal…and the perfect ‘I’m rushing out the door and don’t have time to make dinner’ meal. Because the hands on time on this is about 4 minutes.

  • Minute One. Place beef roast in the slow cooker.
  • Minute Two. Add seasoning to the roast, put seasonings away.
  • Minute Three. Open all the cans and lightly drain.
  • Minute Four. Pour cans over top of the beef. Toss in trash. Put lid on slow cooker. Continue on spinning throughout your day.

I love slow cooking with chuck roasts and highly encourage that you keep your eyes peeled for sale prices. Meat prices have risen this summer due to drought and herd shortages, so you definitely need to be on high alert for sales!

We all really enjoyed this. AND we had quite a bit of the bean, corn mixture leftover. I decided to scoop it all into a plastic freezer baggie with “Beans, Corn, Tomatoes for Chili” written on the label. Next time I want to make chili, I’ve got a great mixture to add with the ground beef and some tomato sauce. Just an easy way to repurpose these leftovers!

We have just 2 more recipes after this in our 31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals series…I can’t believe how quickly these fly by.

Have I told you yet what series we’re doing for August?!? 

While we took a break in June between the 31 Days of Gluten Free Meals and this 31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals, I decided that we needed to press on into August with a 31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas series.

WHOOP!

I’ve been secretly assembling & photographing lunchbox ideas throughout July and will start sharing on Friday! Stay tuned…you aren’t going to want to miss a day of this!

31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals | 5DollarDinners.com

Welcome to our 31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals! July is a HOT month for most of us and one of my favorite ways to keep the kitchen cool in the summer is by using my slow cooker. Each day for the next 31 days, we’ll be sharing tasty and easy slow cooker recipes with you. Be sure to bookmark this page as all of the recipes will be automatically added each day.

Enjoy and be sure to share all of our favorite Slow Cooker meals with your friends and family!

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Slow Cooker Ride ‘Em Cowboy Beef

Yield – 4 servings (plus leftovers!)

Preparation Time – 4 minutes

Cooking Time - 8 hours in slow cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 lb. beef roast
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 15 oz. cans pinto beans, drained
  • 1 15 oz. can corn, drained
  • 1 10 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies, drained
  • Side Dish Ideas: Salad, Rice or Bread, or as a taco!

Directions

  • Add the beef roast to the base of the slow cooker. Add the ground cumin over top of the beef roast. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper as well.
  • Add the beans, corn and diced tomatoes with green chilies over the top as well. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Shred the beef and mix with the corn-bean mixture. Serve as is, or within a taco.
  • Prepare other side dishes.
  • Serve Slow Cooker Ride ‘Em Cowboy Beef with preferred side dishes.
    

Slow Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Slow Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe | 5DollarDinners.com

When I shared the Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes a few weeks back, I didn’t realize that I had never shared the Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes on this site. We have these often, especially in the winter months…and of course at holiday meals. I love using my slow cooker to make sweet potatoes because it’s one.less.dish.in.the.overcrowded.oven.

So…here they are…sharing them at the tail end of our 31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals series! I’m sharing new recipes for the rest of the month…so more delicious-ness to come!

Real quick…before we get to the recipe.

I wanted to let you know why I add water to the base of the slow cooker. I adore the way that sweet potatoes cook when you ‘steam-bake‘ them. When you bake them with water in the dish, it not only softens them perfectly and makes the skin literally fall off…the flavor of much richer and more sweetened-caramelized than when you roast them, bake them without water or microwave them. So for that same reason, I like to add water in with the slow cooker so they end up perfectly moist and sweet. Plus, it means you don’t have to add any or much less brown sugar than you would have.

Also. No need for foil like I shared in the baked potatoes.

Also No. 2. These mashed sweet potatoes will freeze really well! So when we see the great prices on sweet potatoes as we get closer to the fall/winter & holidays, I’ll remind you to grab some extras to make for the freezer :)

Give them a try! I think you’ll love them!

31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals | 5DollarDinners.com

Welcome to our 31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals! July is a HOT month for most of us and one of my favorite ways to keep the kitchen cool in the summer is by using my slow cooker. Each day for the next 31 days, we’ll be sharing tasty and easy slow cooker recipes with you. Be sure to bookmark this page as all of the recipes will be automatically added each day.

Enjoy and be sure to share all of our favorite Slow Cooker meals with your friends and family!

Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it.

Slow Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time - 8 hours in slow cooker

Ingredients

  • 5-6  medium sweet potatoes
  • 2-3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 2-3 Tbsp brown sugar, optional
  • 1/2  cup chopped pecans, optional

Directions

  • Cut a slit in each of the sweet potatoes, lengthwise down the middle. Add the sweet potatoes to the base of the slow cooker and add about 1 cup of water. Enough to cover the bottom with 1/4 inch. Set on low and cook for 8 hours.
  • Carefully remove the sweet potatoes and let cool for a few minutes before removing the skin. Scoop out all the soft flesh into a mixing bowl. Add butter (you don’t need a ton because they are already very soft) and cinnamon and mix together.
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar over the top. Sprinkle the pecans over the top. (Both of these are optional! I generally don’t serve ‘fancy sweet potatoes’ for regular weeknight dinners. I would add them to a holiday side dish, however!)
  • Serve Slow Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes as side dish.
    

31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals: Salsa Verde Beef Street Tacos

Salsa Verde Shredded Beef Tacos

These beef tacos may very well be my favorite…of all time. (I’ve probably said that about other tacos before and might say it about future tacos as well. Because I just love tacos.) But really…the salsa verde, the tender beef, the bite from the cilantro and the creaminess and tang from the goat cheese…makes for a real party in your mouth! Next time you see chuck roast on sale…give these tacos a chance…you might just fall in love with them too!

Get the full recipe for Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Beef Street Tacos with Cilantro Slaw here.

31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals | 5DollarDinners.com

Welcome to our 31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals! July is a HOT month for most of us and one of my favorite ways to keep the kitchen cool in the summer is by using my slow cooker. Each day for the next 31 days, we’ll be sharing tasty and easy slow cooker recipes with you. Be sure to bookmark this page as all of the recipes will be automatically added each day.

Enjoy and be sure to share all of our favorite Slow Cooker meals with your friends and family!

    

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