Popular Slow Cooker Recipes

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.

Cauliflower and Broccoli in Swiss Cheese Sauce

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cauliflower and Broccoli in Swiss Cheese Sauce

Barley-Squash Gratin

From Better Homes and Gardens

Barley-Squash Gratin

How to Make Pork in a Slow Cooker

Make a flavorful pulled-pork sandwich with the help of your slow cooker. The secret is selecting the right types of meat (we help with beef and chicken options, too), plus seasoning the meat and adding homemade or store-bought sauce at the right time in the process.

How to Make Pork in a Slow Cooker

Smoky Chicken and Cheesy Potato Casserole

This easy chicken and cheese casserole is made in the slow cooker.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Smoky Chicken and Cheesy Potato Casserole

Slow-Cooker Chicken with Cashews

If you have a craving for Asian food, why not turn to the slow cooker instead of your wok? This recipe brings together chunks of chicken, carrots, snow peas, pineapple, and cashews in a ginger-flavored soy sauce.

From Family Circle

Slow-Cooker Chicken with Cashews

Lemon-Zested Snacker Mix

This slow cooker snack mix is easy to prep and serve, making it an ideal component for a stress-free party.

From Midwest Living

Lemon-Zested Snacker Mix

Butternut Squash Soup with Thai Gremolata

From Better Homes and Gardens

Butternut Squash Soup with Thai Gremolata

Greek Stuffed Meatballs

There's a surprise hiding inside these beef and lamb meatballs: a piece of creamy feta cheese. Simmer a batch in your slow cooker for a party-friendly appetizer or serve a few on a baguette for a super sub sandwich.

From Midwest Living

Greek Stuffed Meatballs

Pumpkin-Kale Calico Bean Stew

Slow cooker dinners are often heavier (read: fattier) fare, but this vegetarian dinner breaks the mold. Beans and greens stew with pumpkin and spices for a flavorful, fiber-rich dinner.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pumpkin-Kale Calico Bean Stew

Chai Tea Base

Your slow cooker has probably earned a permanent position on the countertop this season. Give it a break from stews and roasts to make this aromatic, spicy tea. Honey, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg sweeten and balance out peppercorn, cardamom, and black tea. For a cool twist, serve over ice.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chai Tea Base

Two-Tomato, Herb, and Asiago Spaghetti Squash

Just like pasta only light as air and gluten free, this spaghetti squash dish makes for a perfect potluck side dish. Or, serve it as a main dish with grilled chicken or fish, or even beans on top.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Two-Tomato, Herb, and Asiago Spaghetti Squash

Wheat Berry Salad Wraps

Wheat berries are nutty and slightly chewy, making them a comforting and nutritious addition to any meal. Can't find them near you? Substitute brown rice or whole wheat couscous.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Wheat Berry Salad Wraps

Fruited Multigrain Pilaf

Your slow cooker does all the work when you combine three grains, cranberries, sweet potatoes and more, creating a perfect fall side dish or vegetarian meal.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Fruited Multigrain Pilaf

Spiked Chocolate Fondue

Whipping cream, chocolate and your favorite flavored liqueur are the only three ingredients required for this foolproof slow-cooker fondue.

From Midwest Living

Spiked Chocolate Fondue

Fruit Compote with Ginger

Employ your slow cooker to warm up fruit with ginger and brown sugar. Try this compote on top of pancakes or waffles at breakfast or ice cream or cake for dessert.

From Midwest Living

Fruit Compote with Ginger

Turkey Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's pie becomes a lean meal when you make it with turkey and frozen vegetables. Add dried thyme for an herbal touch.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Turkey Shepherd's Pie

Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread

Come fall, it's often pumpkin or cranberry. Why not invite both to breakfast? This moist bread bakes in the slow cooker for a no-fuss treat.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread

Crockery Holiday Crispy Balls

The classic Rice Krispies treat gets an upgrade for the holidays with the addition of cranberries and pistachios. Combine those with marshmallows, butter, and rice cereal in your slow cooker, and shape into balls.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Crockery Holiday Crispy Balls

Crock-Roasted New Potatoes

These super-simple slow cooker potatoes are the perfect addition to any meal. You probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen cupboards, but if you're going to the market, pick up some fresh rosemary to add more of a homemade feel.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Crock-Roasted New Potatoes

Pumpernickel Cherry Stuffing

Switch up your traditional stuffing recipe by using pumpernickle and rye bread. Cherries, pears, and Granny Smith apples add sweet flair.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pumpernickel Cherry Stuffing

Mango Habañero Pulled Chicken Bites

Set the slow cooker to make this sweet and spicy chicken dish and you can serve up a delicious appetizer with hardly any effort. Use a jalepeno if you aren't able to find a habanero pepper.

From Midwest Living

Mango Habañero Pulled Chicken Bites

Coconut-Mocha Poached Pears

A slow cooker infuses rich coffee and cocoa flavors into sliced pears. Top with toasted coconut and whipped cream, yogurt or ice cream for a super-satisfying desert.

From Midwest Living

Coconut-Mocha Poached Pears

Dutch Apple Pudding Cake

Canned apple pie filling and your slow cooker team up to make this bread pudding-like cake possible with just 25 minutes of prep time. An apple-brown sugar sauce amps up the fall flavors in this dessert.

From Midwest Living

Dutch Apple Pudding Cake

Acorn Squash with Bacon-Chive Crumbs

Keep your oven free for large cuts of meat or poultry and put your slow cooker to work in this comforting side dish that gets finished with a crunchy bacon topper.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Acorn Squash with Bacon-Chive Crumbs

Spicy Mustard Stir-Fry Bites for a Crowd

Serve up these 5-ingredient wraps as an appetizer to a hungry crowd with hardly any fuss¿or clean up.

From Midwest Living

Spicy Mustard Stir-Fry Bites for a Crowd

Sweet-and-Sour-Glazed Chicken Sausage Bites

Flavorful and easy to prep, this slow cooker appetizer is fit for a crowd at a dinner party or tailgate. Serve with additional crushed red pepper so everyone can adjust the heat to their own preference.

From Midwest Living

Sweet-and-Sour-Glazed Chicken Sausage Bites

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