This Slow Cooker Nacho Bar is easy to make and can be served at holiday parties and potlucks. It contains taco chicken, chili, cheese dips. This post is sponsored by Crock-Pot. All opinions are 100% mine.
I have the upcoming holidays on my mind and everything that comes with them. We only celebrate Thanksgiving once but it feels like the celebrate Christmas for a month. There are Christmas parties with both of our immediate families and our extended families. We have cookie exchanges, ladies’ Christmases and kid’s Christmas parties with their friends.
For each of the parties, we have delicious food! The only time we have a traditional Christmas dinner is the two with our immediate families. The rest of the parties have non-traditional dinners, appetizers, and snacks. So, today’s recipe for a Slow Cooker Nacho Bar is for all of those celebrations. It would also work great for a holiday open house or a New Year’s Eve Party.
Before we get to the recipe, I want to show you the new Crock-Pot Hook Ups Connectable Entertaining System that I received. First I want to say that I love the color! My system is metallic blue and looks really nice.
I have three Crock-Pot Hook Up units: a 3-quart oval, a 2-quart circle, and two 1 quart ovals. The cord is designed to pull out for use with standard outlets and stores inside the base when connecting multiple units together.
Connecting two units is as easy as pressing them together. Up to 6 units can be connected and powered from one outlet and one cord. Each unit in the Crock-Pot Hook Up Connectable Entertaining System has its own settings dial with high and low cooking settings and a warm setting as well.
I love that even when connected, each unit can have its own temperature setting. In the photo above, the 3-quart oval unit on the right has chicken in it and it is being cooked on high. The unit on the left has chili in it and it is being heated on low. This system is going to be perfect for all of the holiday parties and after the holiday season, I will use the individual units for my family dinners.
Now for the recipes, in the 3 quart, oval Crock-Pot Hook Up unit, I made Slow Cooker Taco Chicken. Place fresh (thawed) chicken breasts in the bottom of the Crock-Pot. Top with a can of spicy diced tomatoes flavored with lime juice and cilantro. Sprinkle with a packet of taco seasoning and a packet of powdered ranch.
Cook on high for a total of 6 hours. (If you use frozen chicken, it will take 6-8 hours to cook.) After 4 hours, shred the chicken so that it can soak up the spices and continue cooking it.
In the 2 quart, oval Crock-Pot unit, go ahead and put your favorite chili. I don’t really have a chili recipe and I wanted to make something easy so I poured 2 cans of chili with no beans, 2 cans of chili beans in mild sauce and one can of tomato soup into the Crock-Pot. I gave it a stir and put it on low to heat up.
wo hours before serving, cut 24 oz of Velveeta cheese into cubes (3/4 of the large, 32 oz loaf). Place in one of the 1 quart Crock-Pot units and add heavy cream. Turn on low and heat for 2 hours, or until melted, stirring occasionally.
Another way to make this cheese sauce would be to microwave the cheese and cream for 1 minute intervals, stirring in between and then pour the melted cheese into the Crock-Pot to keep warm. The third option is to buy store bought cheese sauce and heat it in the Crock-Pot.
Two hours before serving, pour store bought queso blanco dip into the other 1 quart Crock-Pot unit and turn on low. I planned to make my own queso blanco dip but couldn’t find the Velveeta Queso Blanco cheese that I wanted to use. Feel free to use your own recipe instead of buying store bought dip.
Serving is a breeze! Place the Crock-Pot Hook Up Connectable Entertaining System on the slow cooker nacho bar serving table. Add some plates, a large bowl of chips and nacho toppings to the table. Then, cover your plate with tortilla chips.
Add the shredded slow cooker taco chicken.
Top with some chili.
Drizzle on some cheese sauce.
Top it all with black olives, cilantro, salsa, avocado, shredded cheese, green onions and sour cream.
The food will be kept warm in the Crock-Pot units and party guests can serve themselves from the slow cooker nacho bar whenever they get hungry!
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Cj Kay says
Love the nacho bar idea! I was wondering where you got the container holding the mason jars.
Thanks! It is actually Crate and Barrel Coffee Mugs with a Tray called “Pick Me Up Stacking Mugs with Tray”. I don’t believe it is available anymore. Here is a link to my blog post showing the tray http://www.thegunnysack.com/250-millstone-coffee-keurig-giveaway/#more-1990
Can you tell me where you got the darling mason jar condiment holder?
Hi Summer! It is actually a Crate and Barrel Tray With Coffee Mugs. You can see it in this post http://www.thegunnysack.com/2013/04/250-millstone-coffee-keurig-giveaway.html#more-1990
I don’t know why I allow myself to look at your blog, this late at night! 🙂 Now, I want chicken chili tacos — right now! So, beautiful, Tonia. Your pictures and that delicious plate of food. Thanks for sharing!
I like the metallic black.
I love this idea! I think my fave is the charcoal, will go with any party decor. I notice the 2 – 1 quart ovals only have one temp control, do you know if you have to use both crocks then at the same time or can only one be used at a time? I haven’t been able to find the answer yet anywhere. Either way, they will be in my home sooner rather than later!
I haven’t read the manual but from using the Crock-Pot I think that both of them come on at the same time. I made fondue and ended up only needing one of the ovals so I put a little water in the bottom of the second one. Thanks for stopping by!
The metallic blue is awesome and can’t wait to try the recipe!!!
Jenna S says
That blue is BEAUTIFUL!! The charcoal is nice as well, but that blue is so vibrant and attention grabbing. I’m in love with it! 🙂
Also, it’s almost my lunch time and I want this nacho bar in my office stat! lol