Main Dishes

Collection by The Fearless Cook

Beef Tamales

Rating: 4.5 stars 195
Homemade beef tamales steamed to perfection for a crowd-pleasing spicy treat.

Easy Cabbage Rolls

Rating: 4.5 stars 1673
Cabbage rolls made in the slow cooker with a sweet and tangy tomato sauce.

Memphis Rub

Rating: 4.5 stars 137
This zesty Memphis rub will bring out the best in ribs and other meats. Try it on chicken!

Zucchini 'Noodles'

Rating: 4.5 stars 225
A tasty and fairly simple way for people on a gluten-free or wheat-free diet to enjoy a noodle dish. I usually use 4 zucchini and 2 summer squash for a colorful mix.

Chef John's Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Rating: 4.5 stars 271
This cauliflower pizza crust is a delicious gluten-free alternative. If you'd never heard about pizza before and someone served this to you, you'd really enjoy it. Texture aside, the flavor of this final product was very pizza-like, and I'll be doing further experiments to be sure.

Slow Cooker Beer Pulled Pork

Rating: 5 stars 267
My way of making pulled pork is simple: slow cooker, 1 can of beer, a 5 to 6 pound pork butt, seasonings, and a bottle of barbecue sauce. My beer choice is Shiner Bock®. My seasoning choices are salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. My barbecue sauce choice is Sweet Baby Ray's®. Just put it in a slow cooker before you go to bed and when you wake up the magic has happened. See for yourself. This recipe is perfect for a party, and you can even prepare 2 and feed around 30 people. Serve on onion or hamburger buns.

Best Bobotie

Rating: 4.5 stars 61
Spicy South African dish made with curried ground beef topped with custard.

Bobotie (South African Meatloaf)

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
Not your regular meatloaf! This sweet and savory loaf is enhanced with the textures of raisins and almonds and the spiciness of curry. Pleasantly different. If using high quality curry, use 1 1/2 tablespoons; most store bought curries are not as flavorful so use more. If looking for more sweetness, try adding apricot preserves or a fruit chutney.


Rating: 4.5 stars 31
A traditional and delicious South African version of meatloaf. Serve with boiled rice and chutney.

Pork Chops with Apple Cider Glaze

Rating: 4.5 stars 284
Pork chops with a glossy apple cider glaze is really easy, and while there's no starch or extra butter involved, it reduces quickly to a thick, rich, sweet-tart apple syrup.

Spicy Hot Chicken Legs

Rating: 4 stars 381
This is just like spicy chicken wings, only less work. Drumsticks cook up nicely in the slow cooker! A quick meal that is super easy and oh so yummy! For crispier chicken, bake in a 400-degree F oven for the final 30 minutes.

Chef John's Paper Pork Shoulder

Rating: 5 stars 119
This 'paper pork' was inspired by a technique for smoking beef brisket that involves wrapping the meat in parchment paper after a certain point in the cooking process, in an effort to keep the meat moist and succulent. I decided to try it for an oven-roasted pork shoulder, wrapping it from the beginning, and it came out so perfectly tender and juicy, I've been doing it that way ever since.