There's a reason why slow cooker recipes are wildly popular. We want convenience, and we want—and need—it now. The slow cooker delivers just that, working hard for us while we're hard at work, welcoming us home to a fragrant dinner that's just waiting to be enjoyed. This simple appliance works miracles with tough, inexpensive cuts of meat, coaxing out incredible flavor and turning out meltingly tender results. Through its low, slow cooking, it melds and marries flavors; it brings ingredients together in delicious harmony. And it offers up a few surprises: appetizers, sides, and drinks that simmer to perfection—hands-free.
Posole, a classic Mexican soup featuring hominy, is the perfect antidote to a chilly night, with its brothy goodness and mild chile warmth. This version uses pork tenderloin, but you can also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs. If you prefer chicken breasts, we suggest going for bone-in breasts, which fare better in the slow cooker than boneless; simply remove them from the cooker when done, and shred the meat off the bone. Look for cans of hominy with the Mexican and Latin American foods in your supermarket. If you can’t find it, you can use corn instead.