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.

Pumpernickel Cherry Stuffing

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

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Pumpernickel Cherry Stuffing

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.

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Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread

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

White Bean and Garlic Dip

If you like hummus, you'll love this warm slow cooker bean dip. Try it for your next tailgating or holiday party.

From Family Circle

White Bean and Garlic Dip

Wild Mushroom Dip

For an appetizer that tastes gourmet but takes just minutes of hands-on time, grab your slow cooker and toss in fresh and dried mushrooms, white wine, cream cheese, herbs and spices.

From Family Circle

Wild Mushroom Dip

Artichoke-Parmesan Dip

Use your slow cooker to whip up a batch of the artichoke dip you adore at restaurants in your own home. This will be a hit at your next party!

From Family Circle

Artichoke-Parmesan Dip

Green Chili and Corn Dip

Serve this creamy corn and salsa slow cooker dip with tortilla chips or fresh vegetable sticks.

From Family Circle

Green Chili and Corn Dip

Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef and Black Bean Chili

Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce plus red and green bell peppers add just the right amount of spice to this smoky slow cooker chili.

From Family Circle

Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef and Black Bean Chili

Slow Cooker Beer-Braised Smoked Sausage and Onions

A beer marinade, smoked sausages and a slow cooker that will do all the work for you...this no-fuss recipe is made for game days.

From Family Circle

Slow Cooker Beer-Braised Smoked Sausage and Onions

Turkey, Parsnip and Tomatillo Tostadas

The flavor-packed turkey topping stews in your slow cooker while you go about your day. Come back 10 minutes before you serve to crisp up the toastada shells in the oven, then let each diner build his or her own "Mexican Pizza."

From Better Homes and Gardens

Turkey, Parsnip and Tomatillo Tostadas

Green Oregano Chicken with Spinach, Orzo and Grape Tomatoes

For a Greek feast, serve a spread of stuffed grape leaves and spanakopita as an appetizer to this slow cooker chicken and pasta dinner.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Green Oregano Chicken with Spinach, Orzo and Grape Tomatoes

Philippine Chicken Adobo with Smashed Sweet Potatoes

What gives this scrumptious slow cooker chicken dinner Asian flair? Light coconut milk, soy sauce and rice vinegar.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Philippine Chicken Adobo with Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Cuban Arroz Con Pollo

The classic Latin American dish of chicken and rice gets a 21st century makeover with the help of a slow cooker and some nutrition upgrades like brown rice and extra vegetables.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cuban Arroz Con Pollo

Quinoa Salad with Slow Cooker Beets, Oranges and Fennel

This superfood salad is far from a boring bowl of leafy greens. Tender slow cooked beets and quinoa only get tastier with a drizzle of honey-citrus dressing.

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Quinoa Salad with Slow Cooker Beets, Oranges and Fennel

Yellow Bell Pepper and Corn Risotto

Risotto can be a labor of love, but not so when your slow cooker can do the work for you. Make this creamy rice side dish vegetarian by swapping vegetable broth for the chicken broth.

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Yellow Bell Pepper and Corn Risotto

Pho-Flavored Flank Steak Lettuce Wraps

One serving of these slow cooker Steak Lettuce Wraps has just 4 carbs. Pho real. Serve them with a bowl of egg drop or miso soup for a light lunch or dinner.

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Pho-Flavored Flank Steak Lettuce Wraps

Spanish Potato Omelet

Toss all of your favorite omelet fillings into a slow cooker with a pound of potatoes and a dozen eggs for a savory pie-like protein for your next brunch.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spanish Potato Omelet

Salmon Rillettes

Rillettes, similar to pates, are tasty, protein-based spreads. Try this nutritious slow cooker salmon appetizer for your next dinner party.

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Salmon Rillettes

Sausage and Sweet Pepper Hash

Wake up to a better breakfast! Prepare this healthy chicken sausage and vegetable hash at night and let your slow cooker do the work while you sleep.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sausage and Sweet Pepper Hash

Breakfast Polenta Five Ways

Customize the toppings of this slow cooker cornmeal porridge to suit your tastes. From fruity (Pear-Cranberry!) to savory (Bacon-Tomato), one healthy carbohydrate base has endless possibilities.

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Breakfast Polenta Five Ways

Zen Edamame Pilaf

Use your slow cooker to prepare a hearty whole grain side dish with minimal effort. The zen here comes from Asian ingredients like edamame and red bell pepper.

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Zen Edamame Pilaf

Lentil and Bulgur Pilaf with Feta

Lentils, traditionally relegated to side dish duty, become a full-fledged meal when mixed with bulgur, vegetables and feta cheese.

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Lentil and Bulgur Pilaf with Feta

White Bean Spread

Leave the store-bought hummus on the shelves and prepare a batch of this super-simple slow cooker bean dip instead. Spread the finished product on sandwiches or serve with pita chips and vegetables for a healthyappetizer.

From Better Homes and Gardens

White Bean Spread

Pizza Fondue

Who needs crust? Lean turkey sausage teams up with your favorite vegetables toppings for a saucy but light slow cooker appetizer.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pizza Fondue

Chicken Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Wake up early to put this quick prep sausage, vegetable and egg casserole into your slow cooker, then crawl back into bed. Set your alarm for two hours later and breakfast will be ready and waiting!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Make-It-Mine Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

No need to buy jarred marinara sauce! Customize your own at home with your family's favorite vegetables and seasonings, then prepare it in your slow cooker for an easy weeknight meal.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Make-It-Mine Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

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