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.

Sausage and Peppers

You can watch your calories and still enjoy a hearty sandwich with turkey sausage and sweet peppers cooked in the slow cooker. Choose a multigrain roll which provides additional health benefits.

From Family Circle

Sausage and Peppers

Asian Broccoli and Beef

Pot roast tastes best after it's been cooked slow and low. This easy slow cooker method produces maximum tenderness for this Asian dinner.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Asian Broccoli and Beef

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

Farro Bean and Sweet Potato Braise

Farro is hearty enough that it maintains its satisfying, chewy texture even after a couple hours in the slow cooker.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Farro Bean and Sweet Potato Braise

Simmered Tropical Sipper

During the warm weather months, serve this fruity drink over ice.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Simmered Tropical Sipper

Horchata Latte

Pop the ingredients for this cozy beverage in your slow cooker when you wake up, enjoy the sweet smells for the next few hours, then pour comforting mugs all afternoon long.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Horchata Latte

Penne with Tomato-Eggplant Sauce

The secret ingredient that makes this slow cooked pasta sauce taste just like an Italian grandma's recipe? A splash of red wine.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Penne with Tomato-Eggplant Sauce

Smoked Pork Chops with Red Cabbage

Turn the classic pork chops and applesauce dinner on its head with this bright, cabbage-packed slow cooker recipe.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Smoked Pork Chops with Red Cabbage

Slow Cooker Spiced Green Tea

No need to decide between green tea, ginger tea and fruit tea. This warm slow cooker sip combines all three!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Slow Cooker Spiced Green Tea

Poached Salmon with Swiss Chard

For perfectly flaky fish, try poaching it in your slow cooker!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Poached Salmon with Swiss Chard

Sausage-Fennel Minestrone

Minestrone transforms into a main dish when you include hearty Italian sausage and plenty of pasta. Just pair with a green salad and whole-wheat roll for a complete dinner.

From Ladies' Home Journal

Sausage-Fennel Minestrone

Orange Chicken Salad with Feta Crumbles

Goat cheese or even shaved Parmesan would taste scrumptious on this chicken salad if you're not a fan of feta.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Orange Chicken Salad with Feta Crumbles

Orange-Coriander Lamb

Sear the lamb meat prior to tossing it in the slow cooker to score a nice restaurant-like crust on the meat.

From Ladies' Home Journal

Orange-Coriander Lamb

Thai Brisket Sandwiches

Similar to the Vietnamese banh mi, this tender beef brisket sandwich is topped with cilantro, carrots and spicy sriracha sauce.

From Ladies' Home Journal

Thai Brisket Sandwiches

Italian Vegetable and Pasta Soup

If you don't have macaroni handy, any small pasta shape would work well in this slow cooker soup.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Italian Vegetable and Pasta Soup

Apricot Chicken with Garam Masala

Garam masala, a popular spice blend used in many Indian dishes, is a mix of cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, coriander, cloves and nutmeg. Find it pre-mixed in the baking aisle of your supermarket.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Apricot Chicken with Garam Masala

Greek Breast of Turkey

Olives, sun-dried tomatoes and a flavorful mix of herbs gives this slow cooker turkey recipe its Greek flavor.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Greek Breast of Turkey

Chicken and Rice with Mole

A bit of cocoa powder tames the heat in the mole sauce that coats each bite of this slow cooker chicken dinner.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken and Rice with Mole

Chicken Tagine

This chicken dinner is named for the cone-shaped dish it's often steamed in. Our modern variation comes together in your slow cooker.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken Tagine

Slow Cooker Moo Shu Chicken

Toasted sesame oil gives this slow cooker chicken dinner a slight nutty flavor.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Slow Cooker Moo Shu Chicken

Curried Split Pea and Shiitake Mushroom Soup

A can of light coconut milk adds satisfying creaminess to this vegan slow cooker soup.

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Curried Split Pea and Shiitake Mushroom Soup

Honey-Rosemary Roast Lamb with Potatoes and Green Beans

Please meat and potato devotees with this no-fuss slow cooker lamb dinner.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Honey-Rosemary Roast Lamb with Potatoes and Green Beans

Easy Chicken Tetrazzini

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Easy Chicken Tetrazzini

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

Kickin' Chicken Chili with Vegetables

From Better Homes and Gardens

Kickin' Chicken Chili with Vegetables

Mexican Pulled Pork Tacos

This slow cooker recipe is easy on the cook and easy on the budget. Inexpensive pork shoulder makes a savory taco filling when cooked with tomatoes, chiles and corn.

From Family Circle

Mexican Pulled Pork Tacos

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