Though they fell out of vogue for a while, crock pots are back with a vengeance - and with good reason. These countertop cookers take all of the guesswork out of family meals, and they can have your dinner hot and ready when you walk in the door after a long day of work. Sure, they have limitations (no browning, sorry) but the long, slow-cooking process is perfect for achieving tenderness in meats and creating lovely stews. Slow cooker recipes can turn chicken, beef, and pork into dinner with just a couple minutes of prep. Throw in a pork shoulder with some orange juice and onions and it'll turn into fragrant pulled pork perfect for tacos by dinnertime. Feel like chili? You can pretty much dump all of the ingredients together, set the timer, and walk away - it'll be a Texas-style feast when you return hours later.See Popular Slow Cooker Recipes
This Slow Cooker Beef Stew is filled with family-friendly Mexican flavors, and makes for an easy dinner any night of the week.
Apple butter is one of the most popular fall fruit preserves and with this recipe to make it in your slow cooker, it's now one of the easiest too.
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This slow cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is easy to make, simple to customize for your family, and makes for a perfect weeknight meal.
Slow cookers can be a home cook's best friend. Use a slow cooker to simplify meal prep by cooking foods at low temperatures over multiple hours...
Try these warm-weather recipes for your slow cooker to make family favorites including tacos, burgers, hot dogs, cobbler and Greek yogurt.
For many of us, the phrase "slow-cooker recipes" conjures up dishes that are not always synonymous with healthy. We think of foods that are rich, calorie-laden, and indulgent. While slow-cooking does insure maximum flavor, that by no means implies that you can't eat healthily, too.
Whether you're biting into tangy pulled pork piled onto a soft white bun or tender "white meat" medallions of tenderloin, you're going to get one thing from pork: flavor. Yep, pigs rule when it comes to taste--you can thank the fat that runs through the animal. Pork comes in many different cuts, and each performs differently in a slow cooker, but the long, low-heat cooking process is generally good for moist, tender meat. When you're working with chops or a roast, you probably want to start out with a quick sear on the stovetop for a nice golden color and caramelized crust, then let the slow cooker do the rest of the work.
See how to make a super-simple chicken stew with carrots, peas, and mushrooms.
With a little morning prep you can get dinner on the table in no time with these easy slow cooker chicken recipes.
Slow Cooker Taco Meat Loaf combines the ease of your slow cooker and the classic comfort of meat loaf with the zesty flavors of tacos.
Green Beer? No way! Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage.
As thoroughly authentic as it sounds, cioppino isn't Italian -- at least, not exactly. The hearty seafood stew in a lively tomato-and-wine base didn't originate in Italy, but in San Francisco. It was, however, a new generation of Italian immigrants (from Genoa, to be exact) who came up with the stew, fishermen who put a twist -- both on the recipe and on the name -- on the classic fish soup from their homeland known as ciuppin.
We all know that slow cookers are a great time-saver, and the low, slow heat they put out is perfect for chili. The long cooking process allows the spices to permeate the meat, and ensures that the beans will be perfectly tender and creamy. An extended simmer also gives the tomatoes time to break down, so the texture of the chili is sublime.
Beef stew is a classic dinner solution for chilly days. Get the simple recipe for making it in your slow cooker here.
Fall weather inevitably triggers thoughts of slow-cooking comfort foods like beef pot roast. But this method of cooking -- technically referred to as "braising" and one of the most healthful ways to prepare meats -- has a lot more to recommend it than just cosiness. Braising can also save you time in the kitchen and lower your grocery bill.
Slow cookers are a busy cook's best friend -- there's nothing better than stirring some ingredients together in a pot, then coming home hours later to a bubbling pot of delicious. Making beef stew in a slow cooker is ideal, since the cuts of beef usually called for in stew recipes (typically chuck roast, or what's sold as "stew meat") tend to be tough because they contain connective tissue. Long cooking at low heat breaks down this toughness, leaving you with tender chunks of beef infused with tons of flavor.