Slow Cooker Recipes are great all year long but especially in the colder months. From breakfast to dessert, these crockpot recipes include vegetarian and gluten free options too!
Slow Cooker Recipes
Nothing says warmth during the winter as a delicious meal that has been sitting in a slow cooker soaking in the flavors all day does.
Slow cookers are a staple during the cold months because they make suppertime less stressful while still allowing you to prepare a hot spread for yourself and your family.
Plates of pasta, casserole dishes, hearty soups & stews are all comfort foods that you can make in your slow cooker and prepare for a warm & cozy night eating at home.
Are you getting hungry already?
Is it cheaper to cook in a slow cooker?
Since the ingredients are basically the same as a stovetop or oven recipe, the cost of the food will be the same. Where you save money is in time and electricity.
Slow cookers use less power than an oven or stove top burner, reducing electricity costs.
They don’t heat up your home, lowering your heating or air conditioning bill.
They save you time in the kitchen, which means more time doing other things. Time = money!
How to Convert a Regular Recipe to a Crock Pot Recipe
find a similar slow cooker recipe and use that one as a starting off point.
if the original recipe is cooked uncovered, you might want to reduce the amount of liquid in the crockpot as there won’t be any evaporation. The crock pot traps the steam. Start by reducing the volume by a cup or two.
check the times and convert accordingly. If the stovetop or oven baking time is 1 hour, you can cook in the crock pot on low for 8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.
try a new recipe on the weekend when you are home. This way you can keep an eye on the cooking process throughout the day to monitor liquid levels and doneness.
Essential Equipment for Cooking in a Slow Cooker
slow cooker for cooking all these delicious recipes!
liners for easy clean up after it’s made.
prep containers to prep all your ingredients beforehand.
cutting boards to chop all the ingredients.
chef’s knife for easy prep work.
carrying tote for when you are sharing this yummy recipe!
Can you put raw meat in a slow cooker?
Yes, you can! You don’t have to brown the meat beforehand but doing so can add more flavor, color, and richness to the finished dish.
Even though you don’t have to cook it before, I like to brown my ground beef ahead of time, and drain it, to cut the amount of fat in my recipes.
If you are concerned about the meat, test the internal temperature of any large cuts with a thermometer to see when they are done.
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What can you not cook in a slow cooker?
There are a few things I wouldn’t recommend cooking in your crock pot.
dairy products. They have a tendency to curdle!
seafood. These items are delicate and can be easily overcooked.
alcohol. Because the steam is trapped, the alcohol doesn’t “burn off” and leave your food tasting bitter.
some vegetables. Thin or delicate ones can be easily overcooked.
fat. Large amounts, like on a roast, can make the cooking temperature inconsistent and also can leave a gloopy mess on the dish.
grains. Some pasta, rice, and grains can be easily overcooked and turn mushy.
spicy chilies. The heat tends to intensify the longer they are cooked so you dish will turn out too spicy to eat.
This slow cooker beer cheese soup, full of creamy cheese and bold flavors, is easy to get on the table! 5 minutes of prep and slow cooked for hours, it’s perfect for a chilly day or a game day celebration.
Crock Pot Chili is thick, hearty, and full of flavor! A few minutes of prep and low and slow cooking makes the perfect chili full of tender beef and healthy vegetables. Serve with your favorite toppings when the weather turns chilly. Perfect for a crowd!
Slow Cooker Cincinnati Chili is one of those easy to make, hearty, flavorful dishes that has to work it’s way into your recipe rotation. Served over spaghetti or a hot dog, this delicious meat sauce topping can be served 5 different ways and will quickly become one of your family favorites!
Crock Pot Mississippi Chicken is a fun twist on the classic Mississippi Pot Roast. Combining all the flavors of the traditional pot roast recipe except made with budget-friendly chicken, this dish is a hearty and filling meal!
Traditional Beef Stew is the best comfort meal on those chilly Fall and Winter nights. This easy slow cooker beef stew recipe is full of tender melt-in-your-mouth chunks of beef, creamy potatoes, and sweet veggies all enveloped in a rich silky broth.
Serve with my garlic knots for the ultimate cozy cool weather meal.
Throw out those take-out menus and make this easy and delicious Crockpot Chicken with Pineapple for dinner tonight! Tender, juicy chunks of chicken cooking to perfection in the crockpot with crisp, crunchy veggies, fresh pineapple and with a sweet and sticky homemade sauce. Served over a bed of fluffy white rice, it’s the perfect meal.
Hoppin’ John is a delicious and easy New Year’s dish to serve while honoring the Southern tradition of eating black eyed peas for luck. Hearty black eyed peas, veggies, Cajun spices, all served with fluffy rice.
Moist and tender Fuggedaboutit Pork Roast, prepared low and slow in your oven, wrapped in foil with only 3 other ingredients. Fresh mushrooms, onion, and cream of mushroom soup. Makes its own gravy, served with mashed potatoes for a comforting meal your whole family will enjoy. Fix this pork loin roast and “fuggedaboutit!”
Forget the pre-made baked beans in a can, you can make these Slow Cooker Baked Beans at home and run some errands while these simmer in your slow cooker or crockpot. Your weekend cookout just got that much easier, and even more delicious!
These are the Best Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes you’ll ever have! Creamy, savory, and filled with flavors of garlic, cream cheese, sour cream, chicken broth, butter, and tender potatoes, these mashed potatoes in the slow cooker are perfect for families who are busy and just want to eat a comforting meal!
More recipes in the card at the end of the post.
Tips for No Leftovers
Make sure you get the right recipe for converting. The best ones are soups, roasts, and casseroles. Look for original recipes that require at least an hour of cooking time.
Learn which ingredients require pre-cooking or searing before adding to the slow cooker. Some meat dishes might not REQUIRE a sear but they end up tasting so much better if you do.
Check on if you need to cook the recipe on high or low. Larger cuts of meat do better if on a low setting for longer but soups can usually be done quicker on a high setting.
Add the ingredients at the right time. Some veggies don’t need to be cooked a long time or they will get mushy. These can be added toward the end of the cooking time and not at the beginning.
Some use water but I prefer starting with stock or broth. This only enhances the overall flavor of the dish in my opinion.
Are you getting hungry already? Keep reading to find 70+ Slow Cooker Recipes To Warm Your Insides!
Slow Cooker Chicken Dishes
Got some chicken tucked away in the freezer and need to get dinner on the table during a busy week? Check out all these chicken recipes for your slow cooker or crockpot. With minimal prep in the morning, you can come home after a busy day to a delicious slow cooked meal!
There’s no need for takeout when you can make this honey garlic chicken at home right in the slow cooker. With a sticky, sweet, addicting sauce (that’s way healthier than the Chinese takeout joint) and pieces of pineapple throughout, this EASY recipe will become a family favorite.
Soy Citrus Chicken is an easy, delicious meal. It’s gluten-free, simple to put together, and can be made in an InstantPot or in your slow cooker. Oranges, honey, soy sauce and spices come together for a flavorful sweet and savory sauce
This healthier crack chicken recipe is easily made in your instant pot or slow cooker! Loaded with better for you ingredients, but still packs a ton of flavor. This gluten-free chicken is great in tacos, sandwiches, quesadillas, enchiladas, salads or by itself for a low carb meal.
Slow Cooker Peruvian Lamb Stew (Seco de Cordero) is a tender lamb stew slow cooked to perfection with traditional Peruvian ingredients widely available to the home cook. After about 30 minutes initial preparation, your slow cooker finishes this tasty one-pot dish.
Simple Slow Cooker Pot Roast with carrots, onions and a creamy gravy sauce! This home cooked meal yields tender chuck roast that melts in your mouth! Serve with a side of red potatoes or Mock Mashed Cauliflower Potatoes.
Slow Cooker meals are not only perfect for busy weeknight dinners, but also great for weekend entertaining too! Serve this easy Taco Chili recipe with a side of cornbread and all the fixings for a flavorful dinner
Pork Slow Cooker Recipes
From pork chops to ham and bacon to sausage, these delicious recipes will please anyone at any meal!
Moist and tender Fuggedaboutit pork roast, prepared low and slow in your oven, wrapped in foil with only 3 other ingredients. Makes its own gravy, served with mashed potatoes for a comforting meal your whole family will enjoy. Fix this pork loin roast and “fuggedaboutit!”
Prepare a beautifully glazed ham right in your slow cooker. The ham cooks in this 4-ingredient glaze, giving it the most delightful flavor. Nobody will believe you didn’t spend all day in the kitchen! Serve additional glaze alongside the sliced ham at the table, because I promise, you’ll want more!
Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice is chock full of smoky sausage (add chicken or ham too), delicious creole cajun spices, veggies and healthy red beans. Perfect for Mardi Gras, or anytime you need some delicious comfort food!
Looking for a healthy AND comforting dish perfect for the cool weather months?! This Crockpot Vegetarian Chili recipe is super easy and great for even the pickiest of eaters. A great combo of beans, veggies and lentils come together for a great tasting (and healthy) chili, I promise you won't miss the meat!
My Grandma’s Pork ‘n Beans is the only Baked Beans recipe I have ever known. Canned pork ‘n beans sweetened with brown sugar and filled with pieces of thick bacon. Made on your stovetop or in your slow cooker, it’s the perfect side dish for any time of the year!
Here’s a completely plant-based one-pot meal that will satisfy the hungriest at your table. The potatoes and chickpeas are filling and full of nutrients. The sauce and the rest of the veggies make a sauce that packs a flavor punch - gluten-free soy-free no oil added
Crockpot Gingerbread Oatmeal is the perfect hands-off healthy crockpot oatmeal for you and your family! This crockpot steel cut oatmeal is bursting with holiday spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and all spice.
This easy Overnight Crock-Pot Breakfast Casserole is a delicious crowd-pleaser! Shredded potatoes are layered between savory ham, cheese, and eggs. A classic crockpot breakfast guests will rave about!
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What a great roundup of slow cooker recipe! Perfect for those of us who don't use their slow cooker to it's full advantage. Thank you for including my Minestrone Soup recipe xx
Wednesday 25th of November 2020
You can never have too many slow cooker recipes! These all look fabulous and I can't wait to try some.
Tuesday 24th of November 2020
Amazing round up of recipes! Will be saving this page.
Monday 23rd of November 2020
I don't get my slow cooker out often enough, but I'm seeing so many yummy options here! I'm going to give a few of them a try... Thanks for including my Peruvian lamb stew and Hatch chile and pork! Pinning this amazing collection!
Monday 23rd of November 2020
I thought I knew what I was making for Thanksgiving and now I am back to the drawing board and we might just end up eating nothing by sides. LOL. I can't make up my mind!