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.

Thai-Style Vegetable Rice

Top this Thai rice dish with grilled chicken or shrimp for more protein.

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Thai-Style Vegetable Rice

Mexican Short Ribs with Dried Cherries

The unique Chile-Cocoa Spice Mix brings depth of flavor to this slow cooker short rib dinner.

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Mexican Short Ribs with Dried Cherries

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

Gluten Free Greek Turkey Breast

Olives, feta cheese and a quick tzatziki sauce takes slow cooked turkey on a trip to Greece.

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Gluten Free Greek Turkey Breast

Waffle Bread Pudding

Waffles take a walk on the savory side in this slow cooker sausage-infused bread pudding.

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Waffle Bread Pudding

Spicy Turkey Lasagna

A slow cooker can do all the heavy lifting when it comes to lasagna! Simply brown your meat, layer it with no-boil noodles, sauce and cheese and flip on the heat.

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Spicy Turkey Lasagna

Chipotle-Coffee Pot Roast

Espresso powder adds depth and richness to this slow cooker pot roast and Brussels sprouts dinner.

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Chipotle-Coffee Pot Roast

Chili Verde Soup

When you prepare chili in a slow cooker, hearty roasts are the ideal meat choice.

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Chili Verde Soup

Cranberry-Chipotle Chicken

Double this slow cooker chicken recipe on the days right after Thanksgiving when you still need to feed a crowd (and have leftover cranberry sauce handy).

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Cranberry-Chipotle Chicken

Chunky Pot Roast-Portobello Soup

The umami level of this soup is off the charts, thanks to the pot roast, red wine and portobello mushrooms.

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Chunky Pot Roast-Portobello Soup

Spicy Ancho Chili with Tomatillos

Bright tomatillos and cilantro bring fresh Mexican flavors to this slow cooker chili.

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Spicy Ancho Chili with Tomatillos

Chicken and White Bean Taco Dip

Take the stress out of entertaining by making this slow cooker appetizer. You can prepare it well in advance of when your guests arrive and then leave it on to warm all evening long.

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Chicken and White Bean Taco Dip

Crustless Cheddar Quiche with Summer Veggies

This slow cooker egg casserole can be customized with any seasonal vegetables.

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Crustless Cheddar Quiche with Summer Veggies

Slow Cooker French Toast Bread Pudding

Prepare this slow cooker French toast dish the evening before you plan to cook it, then chill in the refrigerator overnight to allow the flavors to meld.

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Slow Cooker French Toast Bread Pudding

Oaxaca's Beef Barbacoa

South of the border favorites, including Mexican oregano, cumin, garlic and jalapeno, pepper this slow cooker beef recipe with spice.

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Oaxaca's Beef Barbacoa

Beef and Carrot Ragu

Choose the red wine option in this slow cooker recipe for even more rich, deep flavor.

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Beef and Carrot Ragu

Turkey Tortilla Stew

Top each bowl of this Mexican slow cooker stew with a scoop of your favorite salsa and a handful of baked tortilla strips.

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Turkey Tortilla Stew

Tunisian Dried Fruit, Chicken and Bulgur Pilaf

Bulgur, a cracked whole grain, acts as a neutral base for this heavily-spiced slow cooker chicken dinner.

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Tunisian Dried Fruit, Chicken and Bulgur Pilaf

Figgy Chicken and Wild Rice Blend

Golden Calimyrna or dark purple Mission dried figs both work to offer additional sweetness to this slow cooker rice side dish.

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Figgy Chicken and Wild Rice Blend

Loaded Creamed Corn with Tomato and Bacon

Skip the maple varieties of bacon in this recipe. You just want the salty, meaty components as a topping for the slow cooker creamed corn.

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Loaded Creamed Corn with Tomato and Bacon

Red Beans Creole

Red beans and rice is a classic Creole combination. This just-spicy-enough recipe comes together in the slow cooker after just 25 minutes of prep work.

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Red Beans Creole

Cheesy Shrimp Dip

This decadent slow cooker shrimp dip is extra creamyy thanks to three kinds of cheese and a cup of half-and-half.

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Cheesy Shrimp Dip

Savory Stuffing with Fruit & Pecans

Serve this unexpected sweet and savory stuffing alongside your holiday turkey or roast.

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Savory Stuffing with Fruit & Pecans

Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Pork chops and applesauce are a classic pairing, and this savory sausage stuffing riffs on those favorite flavors.

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Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Raisin-Herb Seasoned Stuffing

Put your slow cooker on stuffing duty for this hearty side this that includes fruit (raisins) and vegetables (onions and mushrooms).

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Raisin-Herb Seasoned Stuffing

Sausage and Corn Bread Stuffing

Boxed corn bread stuffing mix makes this slow cooker sausage stuffing a cinch to make. When your oven is full of holiday feast fare, this side dish is the perfect option!

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Sausage and Corn Bread Stuffing

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