10 Slow Cooker Recipes to Freeze Winter Weather in Its Tracks

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More cold air is blasting its way through the country — a firm, frigid reminder that spring isn’t here yet. It’s good that slow cooker or crock-pot recipes are ideal for thawing chilled bones and require minimal time in kitchen. That makes it a perfect way to cook dinner while hunkering down under a blanket or near the fire. Here are 10 slow cooker recipes that will put an end to any winter freeze.

1. Posole

Posole, or pozole, is a traditional Mexican dish. Known for its rich flavors, the authentic version calls for a pig’s head. Since many people may be put off by such an ingredient, other versions — like the one below — of this hominy stew have been created.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon canola oil
2 (1-pound) pork tenderloins, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces$
4 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1 2/3 cups chopped onion (about 1 medium) $
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 large garlic cloves, minced
2 (15.5-ounce) cans white hominy, rinsed and drained
2 (4.5-ounce) cans chopped green chiles, undrained
1 cup packaged angel hair slaw
1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes (4 radishes)
1/2 cup diced peeled avocado
2 limes, each cut into 4 wedges (optional)

Directions: Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add pork to pan. Cook 8 minutes, browning on all sides. Combine pork, broth, and 9 ingredients (through chiles) in a 5-quart electric slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Ladle posole into bowls; top with slaw, radishes, and avocado. Serve with lime wedges if desired.

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