Crock pot Caramelized Onions #NationalSlowCookerMonth

Caramelized Onions made in your slow cooker is an easy way to make a flavorful topping for your burgers, hot dogs, and even french onion soup.

Caramelized Onions and Peppers
Caramelized Onion  Turkery Burger 
For your next big party  make your guests mouth water by serving up a platter of these scrumptious caramelized onions for their burgers, brats, or steaks, and they'll never believe you did  these in the crock pot with very little effort!  I can promise you  the rave reviews  will be worth the 5 whole minutes you spent making this dish!

I'll give you a bonus recipe at the bottom for turning these onions into a scrumptious French Onion Soup, that will knock your socks off. (Thanks to Southern Living for these recipes!)

Barbecue recipes
Bratwurst with Caramelized Onions (and peppers!)
Boy do I wish you could have smelled my house when I came home from errands after starting this in the crockpot. Wow, my house smelled wonderful. What is it about cooking onions and peppers that does that?

Ok, let's get you the recipe:

Caramelized Onions
Makes 2 cups

2 bacon slices
2 tablespoons melted butter (I used real butter)
2 medium-sized sweet onion, sliced (about 4 1/2 cups)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • Cook bacon in a skillet or microwave until crisp. Remove bacon (and use for some other recipe). Reserve 1-2 Tablespoons of the bacon drippings for this recipe.

Jan's Tip: for a cook out,I usually  cook up a pound or so of bacon for people to put on their burgers. So make your bacon ahead of time so you can use the drippings for the onions and then just reheat the bacon when it's time for the cookout. (plus you now will have two of your toppings cooked  and checked off  your list early)

  • Combine drippings, melted butter, and remaining ingredients in a crock pot, stir well to coat onions.
  • Cover and cook on high 4 hours. Serve or if your crock pot has a warm setting, you can switch it to warm till ready to serve.
 ( I actually added diced green peppers to the pot, after I switched it to warm, because I knew my hubby and son would love the peppers., but I cooked the onions first by themselves.)

Bonus Recipe:

French Onion Soup
Makes 5 cups

1 batch of caramelized onions (see recipe above)
2 cans (10 1/2 oz. each) beef consomme
1/4 cup dry white wine or white wine substitute.

Optional:(Or very necessary if you ask me!)
1/4 cup or so of shredded Gruyere cheese

Stir consomme and white wine (or substitute) into cooked onions in the crock pot.
Cover and cook on high 15 minutes or just until heated through.

To serve, sprinkle each bowl of soup with shredded cheese and croutons.

Cheese Chili Tots #FootballFoods

Chili Cheese Fries

Cheesy Chili Tots  is one of those Make once, eat twice meals. Make one for dinner tonight and while your at it, make a second one to stick in the freezer for another time.

I love freezer meals that are not only quick to put together but are filled with ingredients the whole family loves. I also love how adaptable this recipe is to suit your own individual taste.

This recipe makes Two 8 inch x 8inch square pans, or One  9 x13 pan if you have a large family. (double this if you want two large 9 x 13 pans.)

chili dinner
Printable Recipe

Cheesy Chili Tots:

2 pounds ground meat (beef, pork, turkey, sausage,etc)
2 cans (15 oz. each) Chili Beans
2 cans (8 oz.) chili seasoned tomatoes or plain tomato sauce
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided in half
2 (32 oz.) packages frozen tater tots.

1 can (2 1/4 oz) sliced olives
1 can (4 oz) chopped green chili's
diced onions, green peppers
hotdogs/kielbasas sliced into bite sized pieces

Jan's tip: If you want to make this even quicker substitute out  the meat, tomatoes, and chili beans for cans of store bought chili such as our favorite; Hormel's 98% fat free turkey chili.

 In large skillet cook ground meat over med. heat till cooked through and no longer pink. Drain. Sti in the chili beans and tomatoes (or sauce ) Stir in any optional ingredients at this time too.

Divide mixture evenly between two 8 x8 inch baking dishes. Sprinkle 1 cup of cheese over each casserole.

Top the casseroles with the tater tots. I stick them straight up on their bottoms to fit as many tots as possible in each dinner. (Believe me you'll be glad you did!)

Cover and freeze one for up to 3 months.

To bake the other immediately for dinner: Bake at 350 degrees 30-35 minutes till heated through and tots are brown and crispy.

** Please note the baking times are different for the frozen caserole from the freshly made casserole**

To bake frozen casserole: Remove casserole about 30 minutes before baking (do not thaw completely or the tots will get crumbly) Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/4- 1 1/2 hours (You'll need the extra time since it is semi frozen) till heated through and tots are browned and crispy
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