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.

Easy Indian Stew

Make this meatless meal ahead by putting the ingredients in the slow cooker. Let it cook all day and dinner will be ready when you get home from work.

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Easy Indian Stew

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.

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Mexican Pulled Pork Tacos

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

Asian Beef Stew

You may be more likely to encounter these ingredients in a stir-fry, but they're equally appealing when combined in your slow-cooker.

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Asian Beef Stew

Classic Pot Roast

Some may disagree about what is classic when it comes to pot roast. But most will agree that this slow cooker version flavored with red wine and fresh thyme is at the top of the list.

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Classic Pot Roast

Jambalaya

Making this Cajun recipe in the slow cooker allows the flavors of the various ingredients to mingle and develop into a zestfully robust meal.

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Jambalaya

Chicken Stew with Potato Dumplings

Adding dumplings to a slow cooker stew is a cinch when you use purchase gnocchi. These Italian dumplings blend beautifully with the chicken, parsnips, and sweet potatoes in the sage-seasoned broth.

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Chicken Stew with Potato Dumplings

spiced shredded beef brisket

These shredded beef sandwiches are gently seasoned with hoisin sauce and five-spice powder. Bok choy, added to the slow cooker for the last 15 minutes of cooking, is a pleasant addition.

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spiced shredded beef brisket

turkey & curried vegetables

For this easy dinner recipe, a turkey breast cooks with vegetables and dried fruit in a slow cooker. Serve with rice and your meal is complete.

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turkey & curried vegetables

Sausage & Potatoes

Make this easy slow cooker recipe with either sweet or hot Italian turkey sausage. If you like, serve the saucy dish with pasta.

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Sausage & Potatoes

Beef, Bean & Barley Stew

This thick and meaty slow cooker recipe is your answer to satisfying family meals any day of the week.

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Beef, Bean & Barley Stew

Spicy Turkey Lasagna

Come home to ready-to-eat lasagna with a slow cooker recipe that has yummy layers of noodles, spicy turkey, pasta sauce, and spinach-ricotta filling.

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Spicy Turkey Lasagna

Sweet 'n' Tangy Pork

Apple juice and honey give just enough sweetness to balance the tart vinegar in this slow cooker barbecue pork recipe.

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Sweet 'n' Tangy Pork

Garbanzo Bean Stew

Spicy kielbasa sausage lends its robust flavor to this chunky stew. A container of hummus stirred into the slow cooker near the end of cooking provides flavorful thickening.

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Garbanzo Bean Stew

Pork Roast with Peach Sauce

This impressive pork loin roast, garnished with spiced peaches and served with a sweet and tangy sauce, is surprisingly easy to make in your slow cooker. Plus, the meat is always moist and flavorful.

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Pork Roast with Peach Sauce

Beef Ragu with Beans

Sauces made with ground beef and finely chopped vegetables such as this slow cooker recipe are common in Northern Italy. This meaty sauce makes a lot so serve some over pasta tonight and freeze the remainder for another meal.

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Beef Ragu with Beans

Ginny's All-American Chili Chowder

This slow cooker recipe combines favorite Tex Mex chili ingredients with New England baked beans and corn. The result is a hearty family-style chili or if you prefer, chowder. If you like, use ground beef instead of ground turkey.

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Ginny's All-American Chili Chowder

Choucroute Garni

The slow cooker is the perfect appliance for this French recipe that traditionally is cooked over low heat. Pork chops and kielbasa mingle with potatoes, apples, and sauerkraut for a savory compilation of flavors that occurs only after hours of cooking.

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Choucroute Garni

Chicken Tagine

A tagine is a Moroccan stew made with dried fruit and an array of spices. This easy slow cooker recipe recreates the exotic dish with chicken, apricots, and raisins. The spice combination includes cumin, ginger cinnamon, and pepper.

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Chicken Tagine

Asian Pepper Steak

This saucy slow cooker recipe is full of beef strips, sweet pepper, onion, and bamboo shoots. The garlic and soy sauce ensures that it tastes just like a dish from a Chinese restaurant.

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Asian Pepper Steak

Chicken and Corn Chili

If you are watching your calories, you don't have to give up chili. Try this low-calorie and low-fat slow cooker recipe that has all the same spices and flavors as traditional chili.

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Chicken and Corn Chili

Turkey Lasagna

This turkey lasagna gives a healthy twist to the traditional dish. This low-fat and low-calorie recipe is conveniently prepared in the crock pot.

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Turkey Lasagna

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.

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Sausage and Peppers

Easy Salmon and Bok Choy

Healthy and delicious, cooking brings out the sweet flavor of bok choy. Combined with salmon, this slow cooker recipe is both a low-fat and low-calorie dinner.

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Easy Salmon and Bok Choy

Plum-glazed Pork Loin

A red plum sauce drizzled over pork loin gives it a sour-sweet flavor. Cooked in the crock pot, the meat is fork tender and delicious.

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Plum-glazed Pork Loin

Shrimp Stir-fry

This easy shrimp and vegetable stir-fry recipe actually relies on the convenience of the crock pot to prepare this low-calorie, low-fat, and low-sodium dish.

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Shrimp Stir-fry

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