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 <a href="/recipes/chicken/crockpot/">chicken</a>, <a href="/recipes/beef/crockpot/">beef</a>, and <a href="/search/?searchTerm=slow%20cooker%20pork">pork</a> 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 <a href="/recipes/chili/crockpot/">chili</a>? 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.

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Wild Rice with Pecans and Cherries

From Better Homes and Gardens

Wild Rice with Pecans and Cherries

Barbecue Pulled Chicken

From EatingWell

This fanciful reinterpretation of pulled pork uses chicken and lots of tomato sauce. Have sliced jalapenos, sliced red onions and some sour cream on hand to top this hearty main course.

Barbecue Pulled Chicken

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How to Make Pork in a Slow Cooker
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

Chinese Pork & Vegetable Hot Pot

From EatingWell

The richly flavored red braises characteristic of Chinese cooking make warming winter meals that can be adapted to a slow cooker. Typically, seasonings of anise, cinnamon and ginger distinguish these dishes. Pork shoulder becomes meltingly tender during the slow braise. Serve over noodles or brown rice, with stir-fried napa cabbage.

Chinese Pork & Vegetable Hot Pot

Apple Confit

From EatingWell

Sturdy apples are flavored with cinnamon and vanilla in this slow cooker apple compote. Top with low-fat vanilla ice cream and a sprinkling of toasted walnuts for dessert.

Apple Confit

Barley Risotto with Fennel

From EatingWell

This convenient alternative to traditional stovetop risotto uses healthy, fiber-rich whole grains--either barley or brown rice--seasoned with Parmesan cheese, lemon zest and oil-cured olives. The gentle, uniform heat of a slow cooker allows you to cook a creamy risotto without the usual frequent stirring.

Barley Risotto with Fennel

Middle Eastern Lamb Stew

From EatingWell

This brothy stew is boldly flavored with a blend of characteristic Middle Eastern spices and finished with fresh spinach and fiber-rich chickpeas. Economical lamb shoulder tenderizes beautifully when leisurely cooked in a slow cooker. If you can't find boneless shoulder stew meat, do not substitute more-expensive lamb leg--it tends to dry out during slow cooking. Instead, purchase lamb shoulder chops and debone them. Serve over bulgur and accompany with a salad.

Middle Eastern Lamb Stew

Hungarian Beef Goulash

From EatingWell

This streamlined goulash skips the step of browning the beef, and instead coats it in a spice crust to give it a rich mahogany hue. This saucy dish is a natural served over whole-wheat egg noodles. Or, for something different, try prepared potato gnocchi or spaetzle.

Hungarian Beef Goulash

Greek Chicken & Vegetable Ragout

From EatingWell

Chicken thighs stay moist and succulent during slow cooking, infusing the accompanying vegetables with superb flavor. This easy braise has a luxurious finish of avgolemono, a versatile Greek sauce made with egg, lemon and fresh dill. Serve with whole-wheat orzo or crusty bread to soak up the sauce.

Greek Chicken & Vegetable Ragout

Dried Fruit Compote with Green Tea & Lemon

From EatingWell

When the selection of fruit in the winter is lacking, poaching shelf-stable dried fruit in lemon-infused green tea creates a luscious fruit compote. Serve topped with low-fat plain yogurt and chopped pistachios for breakfast or dessert.

Dried Fruit Compote with Green Tea & Lemon

Irish Lamb Stew

From EatingWell

Lamb stew is Irish penicillin: a rich stew full of potatoes, leeks and carrots that'll cure whatever ails you. In traditional fashion, nothing here is browned first, just all stewed together. To keep it healthy make sure to trim the lamb of any visible fat before you cook it.

Irish Lamb Stew

Ropa Vieja

From EatingWell

This traditional Cuban stew may be called "old clothes," but it's a wonderful way to turn a rather inexpensive cut of meat into a rich and decadent stew. If you like, serve it with some sour cream dolloped on top.

Ropa Vieja

Squash, Chickpea & Red Lentil Stew

From EatingWell

Modeled on North African stews, this aromatic vegetarian main course can be served over brown rice or steamed spinach.

Squash, Chickpea & Red Lentil Stew

Flemish Beef Stew

From EatingWell

For this slow-cooker interpretation of Carbonnades Flamandes, a Flemish stew made with beer, if you can't find a brown ale, use a strong, dark beer (but not a stout).

Flemish Beef Stew

Chicken & Sweet Potato Stew

From EatingWell

Here's a dinnertime warmer with a hint of spring's sweetness, designed for that day when you'd rather be outside raking the leaves from the garden, getting it ready for what's ahead, than slaving over the stove.

Chicken & Sweet Potato Stew

French Country Beef Stew

From EatingWell

In France, this classic stew made with beef, vegetables and red wine would be known as a daube. Slow-cooking the surprisingly lean beef shanks melts and softens the connective tissue, producing succulent results. If you prefer, use nonalcoholic wine. Serve with barley to soak up the delicious sauce.

French Country Beef Stew

Rich Chicken Stew

From EatingWell

A blanquette is a classic French stew of veal, chicken or lamb with mushrooms in a velvety sauce. This concept has been adapted to the slow cooker to make a lightened-up version using chicken thighs. Just a little whipping cream (which is less inclined to break down than lighter creams and gives more density to the sauce) adds richness. This is delightful over egg noodles.

Rich Chicken Stew

Overnight Oatmeal

From EatingWell

Here is an easy way to serve a crowd a hearty breakfast before facing the elements for a day of winter sports. You can assemble it in the slow cooker in the evening and wake up to a bowl of hot, nourishing oatmeal. The slow cooker eliminates the need for constant stirring and ensures an exceptionally creamy consistency. It is important to use steel-cut oats; old-fashioned oats become too soft during slow-cooking.

Overnight Oatmeal

Slow-Cooker Braised Pork with Salsa

From EatingWell

With just a few ingredients, you can produce a full-flavored, meltingly tender pork stew in your slow cooker. Serve over quinoa or rice.

Slow-Cooker Braised Pork with Salsa

Slow-Cooker Black Bean-Mushroom Chili

From EatingWell

Black beans, earthy mushrooms and tangy tomatillos combine with a variety of spices and smoky chipotles to create a fantastic full-flavored chili. It can simmer in the slow cooker all day, which makes it perfect for a healthy supper when the end of your day is rushed.

Slow-Cooker Black Bean-Mushroom Chili

Chipotle Black Bean Chili

From Midwest Living

We used ground beef, jarred salsa, beans, and potatoes to make this soup extra satisfying. Omit the meat to create a hearty meatless main dish.

Chipotle Black Bean Chili

Kickin' Chicken Chili with Vegetables

From Better Homes and Gardens

Kickin' Chicken Chili with Vegetables

Jalapeno Chicken Breasts

From Better Homes and Gardens

Jalapeno Chicken Breasts

Game Day Chili

From Better Homes and Gardens

Game Day Chili

Smoky Chicken and Cheesy Potato Casserole

From Better Homes and Gardens

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

Smoky Chicken and Cheesy Potato Casserole

Slow-Cooker Meatball Sandwiches

From Better Homes and Gardens

Slow-Cooker Meatball Sandwiches

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