Slow Cooker Season

Is there anything better than coming home after a frigid winter day only to find that dinner is already made? Also, it’s probably a delicious dinner like slow cooker chicken tortilla soup (one of my personal favorites).

I know slow cookers are common and many people have them but I figured I would give away a few anyway to celebrate the holidays and the cold season. If you already have one, and win, then give it to a friend or a family member! When I just graduated from college, I ate a huge portion of my weekly meals out of mine!

For this giveaway, I’m shipping out a few of these Hamilton 6 quart slow cookers!

Tuesday Treat Rules!

This contest will close at 7PM EASTERN time next Tuesday (12/30) and I’ll pick TWO winners at random from the full list of entries.

Unfortunately, I can’t ship overseas so just U.S. or Canada entries please.

How to Enter?

I use Rafflecopter to host these giveways. If you can’t see the little widget below, you can also enter the giveaway on this page.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck everybody and happy holidays!


The winners of the giveaway are Susan V. (Facebook) and Boyd (comment)! Congrats!

124 comments on “Slow Cooker Season

  1. I really need to pick up one of these slow cookers with programming options on it. I always worry about leaving mine unattended all day because it’s only settings are High, Low and Off.

  2. The best thing in the slow cooker is pulled pork. It turns into great sandwiches with BBQ and then followed up with pork carnitas and piled on a piece of naan with cheddar and bbq for a pizza. So versatile and it is all ready to go when you get home from work.

  3. I’ve been putting off getting a programmable slow cooker but being away from home 12 hours a day it would be great to have it automatically switch to the warm setting.

  4. I want to try that chicken tortilla soup. I like buying those rotisserie chickens from Costco, shred and freeze it for easy pot pies some other time. It would be great to just add the chicken at the end with the cilantro and other stuff to warm up.

  5. At work, I make apple cider in the slow cooker for cold or festive days. The aroma makes the entire floor smell like Christmas!

  6. I made a coconut curry chicken in the slow cooker before my daughter decided she could use it and it left my house ! Going to have to get another one.

  7. A big batch of spaghetti sauce! Freezer friendly for quick weeknight meals (perfect with a baby!)

  8. I use my pressure pot more than my slow cooker, which is 36 years old & still going strong! My favorite recipe in the crock pot is a all day Beef Stew! No need to brown the stew meat prior to cooking! Flavor chocked full of potato, carrots, roasted caramelized onions, beef broth, red wine, bay leaf & young string beans! Thanks for this giveaway!

  9. Very nice looking machine! The tortilla soup looks great, but I would go with spicy pulled pork tacos first I think.

  10. I love my slow cooker, but I don’t have a programable slow cooker. The soup looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it.

  11. The programming functions look really helpful; and chicken tortilla soup is loved over here, especially with leftover rotisserie chicken.

  12. I love Sandra Lee’s Marmalade Meat Balls, especially during the holidays!
    2 pounds fully cooked frozen meatballs
    1 16 oz bottle Catalina dressing
    1 cup orange marmalade
    3 tblsp Worcestershire sauce
    1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

    Place meatballs in slow cooker. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over meatballs. Stir to coat. Cover and set slow cooker to high and cook 2 to 3 hours. Enjoy!

  13. Nice giveaway! I like anything from a slow cooker, but I make a lot of soups, like beef barley. Thanks!

  14. Thank you for the chance of someone winning one of these wonderful slow cookers. Spending a number of years in New Mexico my family fell in love with various Tortilla Soups and Stews. This would be perfect for those dishes. Putting a dish together and going about work and home business while it cooks dinner…how wonderful. Happy Holidays, Healthy and good wishes to all.

  15. Love using a slow cooker! These programmable ones would be an answer to many dilemmas! We make lots of different soups, especially this time of year.

  16. I love my slow cooker-especially in the winter! I have a friend who sells Tastefully Simple, so a lot of my recipes I make come from her and her freezer meal workshops! Though one of my others is crock pot chicken and dumplings! Ingredients:

    * 4 boneless, skinless frozen chicken breasts
    * 2 tbsp butter
    * 2 (10.75oz) cans cream of chicken soup
    * Chicken broth
    * 2 cans refrigerated biscuit dough (I used 2 of the small cans)
    * Seasoning, to taste.


    1. Place the chicken in the slow cooker. Season as desired (I just used salt, pepper, and a generous sprinkle of garlic powder)
    2. Add 0.5 tbsp of butter over each piece and then pour the cream of chicken soup on top.
    3. Dump in the entire container of chicken broth and then top with enough water to cover the top of the chicken.
    4. Cover and cook on the high setting for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
    5. Remove the chicken breasts and cut each breast into 3-4 pieces. Put the chicken pieces back in the slow cooker.
    6. Tear your biscuits into little bite-size pieces. It doesn’t need to be perfect. Place the biscuits in the slow cooker and cook for an additional 1 1/2 hours. Your biscuit dough should have a dumpling-like consistency and shouldn’t be raw in the center.
    6. Enjoy!
    I got this from and have made it several times!

  17. I received my avocado green crock pot as a wedding gift in 1975 and it still works. I don’t always use a recipe, just toss things in and hope for the best. My favorites are pork or beef roast with veggies.

  18. This is a fun prize. Crock Pots do not die. Mine is circa 1967 and still going strong. It outlasted the dishwasher, which died about four years ago.

  19. My (current) favorite slow cooker recipe is creamed corn. I made it for two different Thanksgivings and it’s a lovely don’t-have-to-work-for-it side ;)

  20. I could definitely use a new slow cooker. Mine might be from the 80’s and it’s way too small.

  21. I love making stews and pot roast in mine. Unfortunately, it is older than I am and needs an update!

  22. Wintertime in Canada is definitely slow cooker season! Growing up my favorite was Ham Hock and beans (pinto) cooked in the slow cooker. A quick batch of cornbread, some chopped onions, and supper was served. It would be awesome to have a cooker to make my own beans in:-)

  23. Soups and curries are definitely my go-to meals for the crockpot, some of my favorites to do are a baked potato soup or a simple green or red curry with sweet potatoes peas and peppers!

  24. My favorite slow cooker recipe is bbq sauce + beer + chuck roast! Yum. My mom doesn’t have a slow cooker and I would love to give her one!!

  25. My grandmother used to make awesome applesauce in the slow cooker. 9 apples and 3 pears (diced), a healthy pinch of cinnamon, and 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Cook on low for five or six hours, till everything is soft and melting together. Unnngghhhh.

  26. I would love to have a second slow cooker – that way, I could have my dinner cooking in one and my dessert cooking in the second one, especially, one that is programmable!!!

  27. I love to make a large pot of chili when all the kids come home to visit. This slow cooker would be perfect. It would be put to good use.

  28. My husband and I were just talking about making soup in the slow cooker this morning! We want to branch out and try something new.

  29. Thanks for the giveaway. I’m still using my original Rival crockpot from the eighties, a wedding present! I could certainly use a more presentable one!

  30. I love using my crockpot to make spaghetti sauce. I use a base sauce and then add oregano, basil, parsley, chopped bell peppers, garlic, and mushrooms. It’s delightfully simple and so delicious to come home to.

  31. Great Holiday present—
    we do live in very cold Vermont, sooooooo, having a slow cooker would be functional
    and very much appreciated–

    Have a great Xmas

    stowe, vermont

  32. super simple; I can of Rotel spicy tomatoes and 1 pound of chicken parts (I like legs) cook 4 to 6 hours my Slow Cooker is tiny, cook until the chicken falls apart; shred it and yumm!

  33. I love making Chicken Parmesan in the slow cooker. I shred the chicken when it’s cooked, and serve it on ciabatta.

  34. We make your tortilla soup about once every 10 days. So that, overnight steel cut oats, and baked apples are my current favorites.

  35. wow! What a great giveaway!! I am into soup lately and my slow cooker is seeing its age!! Time for a new one!!

  36. Thank you for this giveaway. What fun it will be to try out other recipes with a new cooker!
    Good luck everyone!

    The only slow cooker recipe that comes to mind is Rotel and cheese dip.

    1 can of Rotel (or store brand) diced tomatoes and peppers, drained well.
    1 brick of Velveeta cut up into small chunks.
    1 pound of ground beef or sausage or a mix of both.

    Put the slow cooker on high and put in the cheese. Let it start to melt and add the other ingredients. Customize with your favorite ground meat, other cheeses (like cheddar) and anything else.

    Sometimes we use chili without beans or bacon bits into the mix.

    Once it’s all nice and melty, keep it on Low and stir occasionally as needed. Keep the lid on it between dips and be mindful of burning it. Stir it now and again.

    Enjoy with your favorite dipping utensil. Chips or veggies.

  37. What don’t I use my slow cooker for – love it – but alas, it’s on it’s last leg. So this would be a Godsend! One of my favorite ways to use my crockpot during the holidays is to make spiced nuts. It works amazingly well and much less mess! Thank you so much for your awesome giveaway! :)

  38. I have an old crock pot, as it was one of the very first ones made, way back when!!! I was given this one, used and I have used it so much and for so many things, that it now rusting in places!!! LOL!!! Honestly, it is and I had to replace the lid with a plastic one, as the glass one was broken when I was given it!!! It still works, and I enjoy using it for many things. One of my Favorites is to use it to make a whole Chicken. I then debone the Chicken and the next day I use the bones and make Homemade Chicken Stock!!!
    This is such a Wonderful Giveaway!! Thank-You so much for a chance!
    Happy Holidays Nick, Betsy and I hope that Everyone has a Blessed Holiday :-)

  39. Happy Holidays to all! This is is delish and makes your home smell AMAZING! I recommend Meyers Dark Jamaican Rum for:

    • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
    •1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
    • 3 cinnamon sticks
    • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 3 cups apple cider
    • 3 cups water
    • 1 ½ cups dark rum
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1 stick butter, room temperature
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    •1 cup heavy cream
    • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

    Tie cloves, allspice and cinnamon sticks in a square of cheesecloth.
    Combine spice bundle, nutmeg, cider, water, rum and 1/4 cup brown sugar in slow cooker.

    Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours.
    Discard spice bundle.

    To make batter for topping, cream together butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar until fluffy, then add cream and confectioner’s sugar and continue to whip until smooth.

    Ladle drink into 8 ounce cups and top with a dollop of batter.

    Recipe courtesy of Mick Telkamp hgtv

  40. Pulled pork is probably our favorite but I do a lot of whole chickens this way, just rub some seasoning on it and stick it in no extra liquid required, cook till the thing is falling apart and you have great shredded chicken and stock that gels the way a good stock should when it is cooled.

  41. Slow Cooker Hot Buttered Rum

    1 teaspoon whole cloves
    1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
    3 cinnamon sticks
    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    3 cups apple cider
    3 cups water
    1 ½ cups dark rum
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    1 stick butter, room temperature
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1 cup heavy cream
    1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

    Tie cloves, allspice and cinnamon sticks in a square of cheesecloth.

    Combine spice bundle, nutmeg, cider, water, rum and 1/4 cup brown sugar in slow cooker.

    Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours.

    Discard spice bundle.

    To make batter for topping, cream together butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar until fluffy, then add cream and confectioner’s sugar and continue to whip until smooth.

    Ladle drink into 8 ounce cups and top with a dollop of batter.

    Recipe from HGTV Recipes / Mick Telkamp

  42. I like a beer chili… just need a half cup of guiness, lean ground beef, onion, garlic, diced tomatoes, veggies, beans… and chili powder. Presto! Delicious.

  43. Our favourite crock pot meal is mango chutney chicken – comes out perfect every time! But our 20 year old crock pot should be updated one of these days!

  44. Hmmm. It’s been so long since I dragged my extremely old slow cooker out to use it, I can’t think what I used to cook in it. Chicken, I think. But I do know that I’ve always been suspicious that it doesn’t really cook all that well. Which is why I want a shiny new one, please, Santacheesmo. And then I promise to use it lots.

  45. hmmm, to pick 1… Salsa verde chicken, everyone asks for it. 3-4 chicken breasts, 1 jar salsa verde, 1-2 cans diced chilies, 1 can black or pinto beans, 1 can cream of chicken soup, some cumin, chili powder, salt & pepper. Cook 6-8 hours, shred chicken once it’s cooked enough and replace back into liquid. Serve over a bowl of rice with shredded cheese & sour cream or in a tortilla.

  46. Awesome giveaway, thanks for the chance to win! I am also expecting a baby, mine’s due in February, and I’m thinking a crockpot will come in very handy to have big meals on hand with minimal prep. Fingers crossed! :)

  47. I’ve used my slow cooker more in the last few years than I have my whole life! I love coming up with new delicious ways to adapt my old faithful recipes and new recipes to try.

  48. I’m off right now to put together dressing/stuffing in the slow cooker. My first time trying this but I’m always out of oven space on Christmas Day (and Thanksgiving too).
    Best wishes to you and Betsy for the new year with your new addition.

  49. I like to make lentil soup in the slow cooker. I am having a friend house sit while we go on vacation and I promised him a pot of soup…I was thinking of chicken tortilla soup and I will make your recipe since I know it will be good!

  50. I have never made a slow cooker recipe that didn’t get a “my favorite” comment. So, any recipe could fall into that category in this house. I’m wondering if mine is ready for the ole “crockpot gravyard” though because on the low setting, it seems to cook on a low boil, med boil around edge. This isn’t my first however; I have never remembered this happening and I’m afraid to use the high setting.
    I can’t wait to try some of the recipes others have posted that I haven’t seen yet. Pepperoncini Beef on Allrecipes (Joyce’s) is an awesome one especially with a crowd. Google if necessary. A lot will come up using Italian dressing, dry soup etc. Skip all that, just use a chuck roast, the juice of the jar (lg jar or 2 small), seeding the pepperoncini’s will give it just the perfect amount of heat, unless you really want the kick, leave some unseeded, add chopped garlic, cup of beef broth. When done, shred beef, toast hoagie rolls, aged provolone cheese with the cooked pepperoncini’s, under broiler couple minutes and done. Oh, I mix up a mayo, fine chop garlic and horseradish spread for the rolls before assembling. Makes all the difference in awesome to fantastic.

  51. I love to make pork loin, soup, lots of things in the slow cooker! I’m excited about this programmable one as I had some hot chocolate burn in my traditional slow cooker when it took me longer than expected to get home! Wouldn’t have been a problem in one of these :)

  52. Hi Nick. Just got home from my daughter’s house where I had a wonderful Christmas with her, my SIL and two grandchildren. I love my slow cooker but it’s a bit of an antique so the chance for a new one is awesome. Thanks for this chance! Happy New Year! Happy baby! Happy family soon!

  53. Sweet and Slow Cooked Pulled Pork (with maple syrup!) It’s so tender & is my favorite (my kids love it, too!)

  54. Turkey legs simmered in soy sauce, dry sherry with onion, red bell pepper, garlic, dried red chili and raisins. Also this Thanksgiving I did stuffing in the crockpot, turned out great. Thanks for the giveaway.

  55. My favorite slow cooker recipe is tortilla soup or pulled pork. Both are super easy to throw in the crock.

  56. Nick! Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve never used one before but I’m looking forward to trying out a good stew recipe!

  57. I have never cooked anything in a slow cooker because I don’t have one! But I hope to try it one day!

  58. Love making pot roast in my slow cooker, but I usually have to find small roasts, my cooker is kind of small.

  59. Stew!!! Mom always made it when we were kids and it was cold outside. The smell warms the house every time I make it.

    1. Nikki, care to share the applesauce recipe? Or the link to where you found it on line?
      Sounds easy and I’d love to try it!

  60. Love making green chile pork in the slow cooker. It smells amazing when you walk through the door, and dinner is on the table in no time at all!

  61. Here is one of our favorite crock pot recipes. It is too simple with only two ingredients:
    2 lbs. Country Style Pork Rib meat (trimmed)
    1 28oz. can Silverfloss Sauerkraut
    Tips: I use boneless because there are too many small pieces of bone that can be missed at serving. Trim off the fat and brown the meat then add to crock pot and toss the can of kraut on top. You will not have season this dish with salt as the kraut does that for you. Cook on low 8-10 hours. The pork will be falling apart tender. Serve with mashed potato and green beans. Enjoy. :-D

  62. Oh, the old reliable slow cooker. I usually make beans in mine, either overnight or while I’m at work – having a pot of beans makes it a lot easier to figure out what we’re eating all week!

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