Crockpot and Soup Meals for the Winter


Here are a couple of recipes I made this last week. They were delicious and perfect for these winter evenings. 


Crockpot Chili

Crystal Miller


1 lb hamburger

1 cup chopped onions

1 cup chopped peppers (these can be green or red or yellow peppers or a combo of any of them)

1 cup chopped celery

2 14oz cans diced tomatoes

4 to 5 cups cooked red beans – Reserve a couple cups bean broth from cooking the beans

2T chili powder

1T hot pepper sauce (such as the brand Tabasco)

1T minced garlic

1t salt


In a medium sized frying pan cook the hamburger and veggies until the meat is completely cooked and the veggies are tender. Put in crockpot. Add remaining ingredients and enough reserved bean broth to give it your desired consistency. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.  Serve with tortilla chips and salsa or cornbread and a green salad. 




Potato Sausage Chowder

Crystal Miller


3 to 4 lbs potatoes, peeled and chopped

½ to 1 lb sausage, cooked

½ an onion, chopped

2 cups frozen corn

1 can evaporated milk

salt and pepper to taste


Cover the chopped potatoes with water and add about 2 teaspoons salt. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain off the water until it is at the same level as the potatoes.. make sure to save the potato water. 


In a medium frying pan cook sausage and onion until sausage is completely cooked and onion is soft. Add to the potatoes. Add corn and evaporated milk. Stir and add some of the reserved potato water until you have a consistency that you desire. Add salt and pepper to taste.



  1. Sounds great-I can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing. Blessings> Faith Farm

  2. Both sound yummy and with a new crockpot I am itching to use, I will try these ASAP!

    God's Blessings,

    Amy Jo

  3. homesteadinthemakingJanuary 11, 2008 at 1:15 AM

    I am going to try that Chili recipe. I wonder if you couldn't cook your red beans in the crockpot overnight and then add the rest.



  4. This sounds reallly good, I will have to try it for sure. Have a great weekend. shery

  5. We tried the chili and it was excellent! Your recipes and the website are awesome and very insping! So much good information that I have your articles quite often! Keep up the good work!


  6. Hi, I am an occasional lurker who enjoys your recipes. I had bookmarked your cinnoat pancakes, but now it is invalid. Would you mind posting the recipe? They are wonderful, and I would rather serve pancakes with healthy ingredients in them than just white flour pancakes. Thanks so much for your website.


  7. Never mind! I was searching around and found it in your recipe section:) Yum, these are my favorite!


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