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Slow Cooker Mexican Beef Risotto Recipe

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When I was a little girl, I used to love spending time with my Dad in the kitchen.  He worked as a chef on the oil rigs often away for weeks at a time, so I used to relish every moment he was home, and I have fond memories of rolling out pastry, and kneeding dough whilst fresh bread rolls cooked in the oven and a hearty stew simmered on the stove.

One of the things I loved about the way my Dad cooked, is that he was never afraid to experiment, and try out new things.  I never once saw him referring to a recipe cook.  He instinctively knew his way around his ingredients and cooked from the heart, and no two meals were ever the same.

This is no doubt were I got my ‘let’s-try-it-and-see’ cooking style from!

Yesterday I decided to try a risotto in the slow cooker.  I must admit, as much as I love a good risotto, it is the kind of labour intensive recipe that I don’t generally find enough time for these days.

How did I make it to 35 years old without knowing you could cook risotto in the slow cooker?  Granted, this isn’t the kind of recipe you can pop on in the morning and come home to 8 hours later – unless you like gloop – but it is a great recipe if you are hanging out at home for the day.

Slow Cooker Mexican Beef Risotto Recipe


500g lean mince beef (I especially recommend lean if you are adding it into the slow cooker raw as I do.  You don’t want all that fat floating around in your risotto!)

1 litre beef stock

2-3 cups of aboria rice

Finely chopped veggies (use whatever you have!  I used red capsicum, celery)

1 tin of kidney beans

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

2 garlic cloves (you can of course add as much or as little as you like).

1 packet of Old El Passo Burrito seasoning mix

To serve:

Your choice of:

Finely chopped lettuce

Sour cream


Corn chips


Really, it couldn’t get any simpler.  Add all ingredients to your slow cooker, cover and cook on low for approx 4 hours (or until the rice is cooked through, but not mushy.)

Bon appétit!



Jolene enjoys writing, sharing and connecting with other like-minded women online – it also gives her the perfect excuse to ignore Mount-Washmore until it threatens to bury her family in an avalanche of Skylander T-shirts and Frozen Pyjama pants. (No one ever knows where the matching top is!) Likes: Reading, cooking, sketching, dancing (preferably with a Sav Blanc in one hand), social media, and sitting down on a toilet seat that one of her children hasn’t dripped, splashed or sprayed on. Dislikes: Writing pretentious crap about herself in online bio’s and refereeing arguments amongst her offspring.

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