So, this is just to kind of keep track of a new recipe I tried/adapted and want to keep handy for another time!
I am not ashamed to admit that
I love my slow cooker!
So, any time I find something super easy and delicious for my slow cooker, I am going to write it down. And when the whole fam eats it without complaint, it is definitely a keeper.
This is a version of Rice and Beans which will offend purists, but which is delicious nonetheless. If it offends you too much, you could think of a new title for it and just put it in a different category in your head!
The original recipe is here: Ranchers Beans
And here is my adaptation, made according to what I had in the house last night:
1 pound lean ground beef (preferably already browned and waiting in the freezer!)
1/2 pound spicy pork sausage (I used chorizo. Could be browned with the ground beef and fresh onion and garlic if you have more time.)
1/2 Tbsp. onion powder
1 Tbsp. chopped garlic
1 large can (30 oz.) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15 oz.) diced tomatoes
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. chili powder
Put all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on high for 1 hour, then switch to low for 3 hours. (I actually cooked it on high for 4 hours but that was because I am paranoid about the chorizo getting cooked and then I was out of the house.)
Serve over rice.
A note on rice: I love the Fit & Active instant brown rice from Aldi. It's got the healthy aspects of brown rice without the long cook time. Win - win.
I do not by any means set myself up as a slow cooker expert. I break the "rules" all the time. But I think that's one of the best things about slow cookers: they don't care about rules. They are rebels. Rebels with a cause: delicious, easy dinners.