A Slow Cooker Recipe for an Easy Meal

If you don’t own a slow cooker or crock-pot, you’re missing out on some really convenient and easy meals. Slow cooker recipes mean that you can largely prep your meal hours in advance, start it cooking, and leave to enjoy a day of recreation, only to return in time for dinner to find a complete meal waiting for you, hot and delicious. This slow cooker recipe for chicken burrito bowls is exactly that. Once it’s done, you can dress it up any number of ways with fresh toppings to suit your tastes.

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN BURRITO BOWLS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, chicken thighs, or a mix
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth, divided, plus more if needed
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • Optional toppings: Shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, sour cream, diced avocado, salsa, hot sauce, diced green onions, shredded lettuce

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine the chicken breasts, diced tomatoes and their juices, 1/2 cup of chicken broth, chili powder, salt, and cumin in the bowl of a 2 1/2- to 3 1/2-quart slow cooker. Make sure the chicken is covered, and add additional broth if needed. Cover with the lid and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours.
  2. Uncover and add the rice, beans, corn, and remaining 1/2 cup chicken broth. Cover and continue cooking on low for another 3 to 4 hours. Check the rice periodically in the last hour of cooking, stirring once or twice to make sure the rice cooks evenly and adding more chicken broth if the mixture seems dry. Cooking is done when the rice is tender — if the rice is done while there is still liquid left in the slow cooker, remove the lid and cook on high to let the liquid evaporate.
  3. Use 2 forks to shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces. You can do this either in the slow cooker itself and then mix it into the rice, or you can transfer the chicken to a cutting board if you prefer to keep it separate. Taste the burrito mix and stir in more salt or other seasonings to taste.

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Stop by Pan Pacific RV this winter to shop for a new RV. Tour any RV in the inventory and learn more about the models that interest you. If you’re not on the market for an RV, Pan Pacific RV can still help you with RV service before you hit the road.

Must-See Roadside Attractions in Cali

Man looking up in a forest

California has no shortages on diversions, distractions, and attractions. That said, there are a few places along the roads of California that are considered must-see if you’re traveling through the state. Take in the sights, but don’t forget to see these while you do it.

See the Redwoods

The redwood forests of the West Coast are deservedly famous. The towering redwoods are sure to awe anyone, young or old. The largest trees in the world, some reaching heights over 250 feet tall, the redwood forests hug the coast of California and are shrouded in fog for the better part of the year. Some of the trees are so large that there are even small caves at the bases of some of their trunks and even tunnels large enough to drive a vehicle through!

Winchester Mystery House

A sprawling mansion that’s a testament to madness as much as to wealth, the Winchester Mystery House was the home of Sarah Winchester, who married into the Winchester gun-making family. After she was widowed, she spent the rest of her life expanding the house in nonsensical ways, ordering stairs that led to nowhere, secret passages, and doors that opened onto open space. It’s a sight to behold and a wonderful oddity.

Visit Venice Beach

The Venice Beach boardwalk is practically one giant roadside attraction littered with shops, eateries, attractions and the iconic Muscle Beach outdoor gym. No road trip to California would be complete without walking along the boardwalk admiring musicians, purchasing hand made crafts, buying cheesy souvenirs and enjoying a beer or two while watching the colorful characters walk by.

Visit Pan Pacific RV

The state of California is littered with countless must-see natural and man-made sites. There’s no better way to access all of them than in the comfort and convenience of a new or used RV from Pan Pacific RV. Stop in and see us in French Camp, Morgan Hill, or Sacramento to start your dream RV lifestyle today.

Keeping Pests Out of Your RV

Whether you’re a snowbird traveler or will be storing your RV for the winter, there’s no doubt you’ll encounter some pests attempting to invade your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel. However, keeping these pests at bay is easier than it may seem. Follow these simple tricks to keep your RV pest-free this winter season.

Keep Food Contained

Pests often invade RVs in search of food. If you’ll be parking your RV for the winter, be sure to remove any food items from your RV until you’re ready to use it again. If you’re currently on the road, always check to make sure your foods are properly stored and that you don’t leave any food on the counter or throughout your RV to lure small creatures inside.

Seal Your RV

In addition to keeping your food sealed, your RV also needs to be sealed. Rodents and other pests can squeeze through the smallest cracks in your RV, which means it’s time to seal and repair. Use spray insulation to seal areas of your firewalls, where rodents typically like to slip inside. If spray insulation doesn’t work, use scrap metal to create barriers over any gaps.

Water line holes are also common places for rodents to sneak inside. Check the areas where your water lines connect to the inside of your RV and use spray insulation or a piece of wood (or both) to cover those holes.

Keep Moth Balls On Hand

There’s no 100-percent fool-proof way to ensure pests don’t get inside your RV. However, once they are inside, you can do your best to get them out. Keep mothballs on hand to deter rodents and insects. Place handfuls of mothballs in disposable bowls and place them in your RV’s trouble areas.

Let Our RV Technicians Help

Our Pan Pacific RV technicians are here to help you keep pests out of your home on wheels. Stop in and see us to find out how we can seal your RV and provide other solutions today.

Creative Uses for Pool Noodles on Your RV

Creative uses for pool noodles around your RV? Sounds a bit crazy. You’d probably be hard-pressed, off the top of your head, to come up with even one use of pool noodles around your RV.

Well, get ready, because we’ve got four creative ways to use your basic pool noodle during your RV travels.

Cover Your Handles

Whether in the heat of summer or the cold of winter, you can use a small section of a pool noodle to create, essentially, an oven mitt (or in cold weather, a bit of insulation).

As anyone who RVs can attest, metal RV door handles can get very hot or very cold depending on the ambient temperature. Protect your hands with a bit of easy insulation.

Make Bumpers to Protect Your RV (and Yourself)

You can use sections of pool noodles to wrap the edges, corners, and protruding bits of your RV when you’re setup at the campground or RV park.

Used strategically, this accomplishes two things: (1) your RV is cushioned to protect its paint job and to avoid dents and (2) you and any kids (especially kids) are protected from nasty bumps and bruises caused by walking into slideouts and such.

Make Your Windshield Wipers Last Longer

RV windshield wipers are more expensive than standard wipers and harder to find outside of specialty retailers. When not in use, slice a pool noodle in half and cover the wipers up. This protects them against the elements and can slow down wear and tear, making your wipers last just a bit longer than they would have.

Insulate Pipes and Hoses

Insulation can benefit your RV’s hoses and pipes in any weather. When it’s hot outside, insulation can help keep water at a cooler temperature and protect hoses that are stretched out across hot concrete. When it’s cold, they help to keep water from freezing.

Just slice a pool noodle open and wrap it around the hose or pipe, securing it in place with some quality tape.

Visit Pan Pacific RV

If you’re traveling through Northern California this winter, be sure to stop by Pan Pacific RV for any of your RV needs. From service to parts and accessories, Pan Pacific RV can help make your season of RVing easier.