This can simmer longer, but it is fine after about a half an hour. It's great with some hot cornbread, a little sour cream and or grated cheddar cheese for topping. It is even better the second day. *I used leftover meatloaf this time, and I put everything in the CrockPot, and covered and simmered it this morning, for "my husband's lunch-to-go" and made cornbread to go with it. It was great!