Super-Easy Fall Crockpot Ideas for Busy Families

September 29, 2016

Super-Easy Fall Crockpot Ideas for Busy Families

If you're like the rest of us, the start of the school year brings a calendar full of after-school activities, practices, meetings, and just general busyness. We're here to help you survive this busy time of year.

No time + hungry school kids = crockpot

To help you survive this time of year, dig out your crockpot! Fans of fall favorites such as apple, squash and pumpkin won't be disappointed. The crockpot makes it easy to enjoy your favorite fall recipes before the season is over.

Here are some delicious recipes or your family to try this fall season (including an easy pumpkin-spice cake!). We hope you enjoy them.

Texas Beef with Butternut Squash midwest living 

Beef and Butternut Squash - Texas Style (Midwest Living)


1 1/2 pounds beef chuck roast
4 cups cubed peeled butternut squash (1 1/2-inch cubes)
2 14 1/2 - ounce cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
1 1/2 cups no-salt-added beef broth or water
3/4 cup chopped onion (1 large)
1 4 - ounce can diced green chilies
1 tablespoon ground ancho chile powder
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
3 cloves garlic, minced
Snipped fresh cilantro
Hot cooked polenta or hot cooked rice (optional)

 Directions:  Trim beef roast and cut beef into 2-inch pieces. In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker stir together beef, squash, tomatoes, beef broth, onion, chilies, chili powder, cocoa powder, cumin, oregano, and garlic.

Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. Sprinkle each serving with cilantro. If desired, serve with polenta or hot cooked rice.

For more delicious recipes from Midwest Living, click here 


Polish Kraut and Apples (Taste of Home)


1 can (14 ounces) sauerkraut rinsed and well drained
1 pkg (16 ounces) smoked polish sausage or kielbasa
3 medium tart apples peeled and cut into eighths
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon caraway seeds (optional)
1/8 teaspoon pepper
¾ cup apple juice

Directions: Place half of Sauerkraut in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Top with the Sausage, apples, brown sugar, caraway seeds, and pepper. Top with remaining sauerkraut. Pour apple juice over all. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until apples are tender. Yield:  4 servings


Spiced Acorn Squash (Taste of Home)


¾ cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 small acorn squash, halved and seeded
¾ cup raisins
4 tbsp. butter
½ cup water
½ tsp salt

 Directions:  In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; spoon into squash halves. Sprinkle with raisins. Top each with ` tablespoon of butter. Wrap each squash individually in heavy-duty foil; seal tightly.

Pour water into a 5-qy slow cooker. Place the squash cut side up in slow cooker (packets may be stacked). Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or until squash are tender. Open foil packets carefully to allow steam to escape. Yield: 4 servings

 For more delicious recipes from Taste of Home, click here 

Ultimate Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe!

Here is a super-easy fall dessert (made in the crockpot!) sure to your family happy.

Ultimate Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe! (The Frugal Girls)


1 box Spice Cake Mix {15.25 oz.}
1 can Pumpkin {15 oz.}
½ cup Applesauce
3 eggs
1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice


Directions:  Beat all ingredients together for 1 minute with mixer. Spray inside of Crockpot with Nonstick Cooking Spray. Pour mixture into Crockpot and cover.

Cook on high for 1.5 – 2 hours, or until done.  Top with your favorite Cream Cheese Frosting, then sprinkle with some additional Ground Cinnamon or Pumpkin Pie Spice… YUM!

For more delicious recipes from Frugal Girls, click here  

Do you have a favorite crock pot recipe? Please share in the comments.

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