19 Mexican slow cooker recipes that will add flavor to dinner tonight

Mar 5, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. ET

Slow cooking is one of our favorite techniques to use during the winter. It gets dinner on the table with basically no effort at all, but the food comes out tasting like you were slaving over a hot stove all day.

Inspired by flavors and ingredients of Mexico, we've collected these top slow cooker recipes from Mexican culture. Authentic and innovative, these recipes will have you slow-cooking what's left of winter away.

1. Enchilada orzo recipe

enchilada orzo

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Make a batch of this delicious enchilada orzo, a fusion of Italian and Mexican cuisines. Hearty and oh so flavorful.

2. Slow cooker Mexican red chili tacos recipe

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Red chili is such a great and traditional sauce in Mexico, and these slow cooker Mexican red chili tacos are just delicious.

3. Slow cooker Mexican chicken soup recipe

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This slow cooker Mexican chicken soup is ideal for chilly winter nights. Make a double batch of it, and freeze it for when you're feeling under the weather.

4. Slow cooker pork carnitas recipe

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This recipe for slow cooker pork carnitas is perfect for filling tacos, tossing with pasta or rice and making casseroles.

5. 2-Ingredient slow cooker salsa chicken recipe

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Two-ingredient slow cooker salsa chicken is just the recipe you need when you don't have a ton of ingredients at home. All you need is just salsa and chicken breasts.

6. Black bean chili with lime recipe

black bean chili

Warm up this winter with a bowl of this tasty black bean chili with lime. Lime adds such a great balance of flavor.

7. Slow cooker enchilada stack recipe

enchilada stack

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This slow cooker enchilada stack is great to serve a crowd while watching Sunday games. Serve it with chips and bread.

8. Slow cooker chicken fajitas recipe

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Classic fajitas get a bump of flavor from chipotle peppers in these slow cooker chicken fajitas.

9. Barbacoa recipe

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Barbacoa (literal translation: barbecue) is slow-cooked shredded meat used to fill tacos, enchiladas and other Mexican treats.

10. Cherry Coke beef carnitas recipe

cherry coke carnitas

We're thinking Cherry Coke would add such delicious sweetness to this recipe for Cherry Coke beef carnitas.

11. Slow cooker chipotle beef burritos recipe

slow cooker burritos

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We're thinking about making dozens of these slow cooker chipotle beef burritos and freezing them for quick lunches and dinners.

12. Quinoa enchilada casserole recipe

enchilada casserole

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This quinoa enchilada casserole is not only hearty but healthy thanks to the whole grain quinoa.

13. Slow cooker mole chicken, hominy and pumpkin chili recipe

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We're loving the creative use of hominy and pumpkin in this slow cooker mole chicken, hominy and pumpkin chili.

14. Spicy pork pineapple tacos recipe

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Pineapple and pork are a classic combination. Typically called "al pastor" tacos, these spicy pork pineapple tacos are perfect for feeding a group of friends.

15. Authentic refried beans recipe

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You can't have traditional Mexican food without these authentic refried beans.

16. Loaded Crock-Pot carne asada tacos recipe

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Whoa! These loaded Crock-Pot carne asada tacos with french fries are calling our name.

17. Slow cooker chicken chile verde recipe

chicken chile verde

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We can't wait for the weekend to make this slow cooker chicken chile verde.

18. Crock-Pot pollo pibil recipe

pollo pibil

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Typically cooked in plantain leaves, this version of Crock-Pot pollo pibil is just as amazing.

19. Slow cooker beer-braised beef tacos recipe

slow cooker beef tacos

Amp up your beef with beer and plenty of flavorful spices. Taco Tuesday just got a whole lot better.

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