Slow-Cooker Chorizo, Pecan and Cheddar Stuffing

Highly seasoned pork sausage and corn bread crumbs add a southwestern twist to traditional stuffing, and the slow cooker makes it fuss-free!

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 45 min
  • Servings 16

Ingredients

1
pound chorizo sausage, casing removed and crumbled or 1 pound bulk chorizo sausage
1
large onion, chopped (1 cup)
3
medium celery stalks, sliced (1 1/2 cups)
1
package (16 ounces) seasoned cornbread stuffing crumbs (5 3/4 cups)
1/3
cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2
teaspoon rubbed sage
1/4
teaspoon pepper
2
cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-ounce carton)
1 1/2
cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (6 ounces)
1
cup pecan halves, toasted

  • 1 Cook sausage, onion and celery in 10-inch skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink; drain.
  • 2 Place sausage mixture, stuffing crumbs, butter, sage and pepper in 4- to 5-quart slow cooker. Pour broth over mixture; toss to combine. Cover and cook on Low heat setting 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes. Gently stir in cheese and pecans.
  • 3 Serve stuffing, or keep warm in slow cooker up to 1 hour. Or use this recipe to stuff <A HREF="/recipes/recipe.asp?rid=46604">Southwestern Turkey</A> or one 12- to 14-pound turkey. See the Variation in Tips from the Kitchens.

Expert Tips

Instead of cooking the stuffing in the slow cooker, use this recipe to stuff any 12- to 14-pound bird. After making the stuffing mixture, stuff and bake turkey as directed in the turkey recipe. The center of the stuffing must reach 165°F.

To toast nuts, bake uncovered in ungreased shallow pan in 350ºF oven about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Or cook in ungreased heavy skillet over medium-low heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until browning begins, then stirring constantly until golden brown.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
365
(
Calories from Fat
215 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
24 g
24 %
(Saturated Fat
9 g,
9 %
),
Cholesterol
45 mg
45 %;
Sodium
1080 mg
1080 %;
Total Carbohydrate
25 g
25 %
(Dietary Fiber
2 g
2 %
),
Protein
14 g
14 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
14%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 1 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.