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.

Potato-Topped Beef Stew

Transform the concept of meat and potatoes into a comforting stew that's perfect to warm the whole family at the end of a chilly day.

From Family Circle

Potato-Topped Beef Stew

Italian Braised Chicken with Fennel and Cannellini

From Better Homes and Gardens

Italian Braised Chicken with Fennel and Cannellini

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

Chicken Cassoulet-Style Soup

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken Cassoulet-Style Soup

Italian Pork with Sweet Potatoes

From Better Homes and Gardens

Italian Pork with Sweet Potatoes

Italian Pork with Sweet Potatoes

A fennel seed rub coats this pork with extraordinary licoricelike flavor, while the golden-orange potatoes add just the right amount of sweetness.

From Midwest Living

Italian Pork with Sweet Potatoes

Cranberry-Chipotle Country-Style Ribs

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cranberry-Chipotle Country-Style Ribs

Spinach-Parmesan Dip

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spinach-Parmesan Dip

Creamy Ham and Potato Chowder

From Better Homes and Gardens

Creamy Ham and Potato Chowder

Walnut Apple Crisp

Let your slow cooker do the work in this walnut apple crisp recipe. As a simple, make-ahead dessert, it is perfect for entertaining, especially when life gets too busy for rolling pie dough!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Walnut Apple Crisp

Chai Tea Base

Your slow cooker has probably earned a permanent position on the countertop this season. Give it a break from stews and roasts to make this aromatic, spicy tea. Honey, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg sweeten and balance out peppercorn, cardamom, and black tea. For a cool twist, serve over ice.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chai Tea Base

Pumpkin-Kale Calico Bean Stew

Slow cooker dinners are often heavier (read: fattier) fare, but this vegetarian dinner breaks the mold. Beans and greens stew with pumpkin and spices for a flavorful, fiber-rich dinner.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pumpkin-Kale Calico Bean Stew

Two-Tomato, Herb, and Asiago Spaghetti Squash

Just like pasta only light as air and gluten free, this spaghetti squash dish makes for a perfect potluck side dish. Or, serve it as a main dish with grilled chicken or fish, or even beans on top.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Two-Tomato, Herb, and Asiago Spaghetti Squash

Wheat Berry Salad Wraps

Wheat berries are nutty and slightly chewy, making them a comforting and nutritious addition to any meal. Can't find them near you? Substitute brown rice or whole wheat couscous.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Wheat Berry Salad Wraps

Citrus Salmon Fillets with Raspberry Salsa

From Diabetic Living

Citrus Salmon Fillets with Raspberry Salsa

Pulled Pork Enchiladas

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pulled Pork Enchiladas

Curried Chicken

A jalapeno provides the heat in this flavorful chicken main dish. The robust flavor of curry is enhanced by the sweet, chewy raisins and aromatic garlic.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Curried Chicken

Cranberry-Apple Pork Roast

Dinner guests don't have to know how simple this crockpot roast is to make. Simmer pork with cranberry sauce and spices, then serve with tart apples for a delicious medley of textures.

From Parents

Cranberry-Apple Pork Roast

Cider-Baked Stuffed Apples with Salty Caramel Sauce

Simple to make and delightful to eat, these fruit- and nut-stuffed apples smell wonderful simmering in the crockpot. Dress them up with a scoop of ice cream and drizzle of sea salt caramel glaze.

From Midwest Living

Cider-Baked Stuffed Apples with Salty Caramel Sauce

Slow-Cooked Pork Tortas

From National Pork Board

Slow-Cooked Pork Tortas

Candace's Carnitas Tacos

From National Pork Board

Candace's Carnitas Tacos

Perfect Pulled Pork

From National Pork Board

Perfect Pulled Pork

Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon

White Bean Spread

This herbed bean dip is a delicious snack, whether you serve it warm or at room temperature.

From Better Homes and Gardens

White Bean Spread

Barbecue Chicken and Cheddar Quesadillas

Barbecue sauce and green chili peppers add zing to this Mexican skillet sandwich recipe. Serve with sour cream and salsa for dipping.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Barbecue Chicken and Cheddar Quesadillas

Cauliflower and Broccoli in Swiss Cheese Sauce

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cauliflower and Broccoli in Swiss Cheese Sauce

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