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.

Chicken Chili with Cilantro Pesto

This comforting chicken chili receives an additional pop of freshness from a dallop of cilantro pesto. Serve with a side of tortilla chips.

From Family Circle

Chicken Chili with Cilantro Pesto

Fennel and Zucchini Gratin

Juices from the chicken sausage soak into the brown rice and vegetables as this slow cooker dinner cooks, so every bite packs a flavor punch.

From Family Circle

Fennel and Zucchini Gratin

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

Lasagna Primavera

Take the struggle out of lasagna creation by making the Italian dinner in your slow cooker! This vegetarian recipe calls for store-bought Alfredo mix to speed up the prep process even more.

From Family Circle

Lasagna Primavera

Seafood and Spring Veggie Chowder

Shrimp, scallops and crab combine in this hearty seafood and potato chowder. It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare before the seafood and vegetables stew in your slow cooker!

From Family Circle

Seafood and Spring Veggie Chowder

Chicken & Shrimp Jambalaya

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken & Shrimp Jambalaya

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

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

Slow-Cooker Pork & Hominy Stew

From Family Circle

Slow-Cooker Pork & Hominy Stew

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

Slow-Cooker Pizza Dip

Who doesn't love pizza? This warm, cheesy slow cooker dip will be a hit at your next potluck.

From Family Circle

Slow-Cooker Pizza Dip

Red Wine Braised Chicken

Rich, hearty and just like mom used to make, this slow cooker braised chicken recipe will become a repeat dinner in your home. It requires just 15 minutes of prep time!

From Family Circle

Red Wine Braised Chicken

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili

Employ your slow cooker to do almost all of the work for you to create this rib-sticking vegetarian chili. Come dinnertime, set out tortilla chips to scoop up each beany bite or spoon some chili atop a baked white or sweet potato.

From Family Circle

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili

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

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

Zucchini-Fontina Strata

The slow cooker does all the work for you in this savory bread pudding that would be the ideal side dish to serve with grilled chicken or steak.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Zucchini-Fontina Strata

Spiked Chocolate Fondue

Whipping cream, chocolate and your favorite flavored liqueur are the only three ingredients required for this foolproof slow-cooker fondue.

From Midwest Living

Spiked Chocolate Fondue

Southwestern Potato Sausage Chowder

From Midwest Living

Southwestern Potato Sausage Chowder

So-Easy Apple Butter

Serve this flavorful fruit butter with cheese and crackers for a quick snack or appetizer. Fill decorated jars with it to make homemade holiday presents.

From Midwest Living

So-Easy Apple Butter

Country Bean Stew

A trio of meats--lamb, Italian sausage, and ham--make this tomato and bean stew filling and satisfying.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Country Bean Stew

Gingered Beef and Vegetables

Grated fresh ginger and soy sauce team up to make a snappy sauce for the meat and vegetables in this recipe. Another time, substitute pork or lamb for the beef.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Gingered Beef and Vegetables

French Country Soup

From Better Homes and Gardens

French Country Soup

In-Your-Sleep Chili

From Better Homes and Gardens

In-Your-Sleep Chili

Smashed Potato Soup

Potatoes blend with cheddar cheese, cream, and roasted garlic in this chunky good-to-the-last-spoonful slow cooker soup recipe.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Smashed Potato Soup

Saucy Green Beans and Potatoes

Tender potatoes and crisp green beans achieve elegance in this Saucy Green Beans and Potatoes dish thats just right for Sunday dinners roast, beef tenderloin, or salmon. No one has to know how simple it is to make.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Saucy Green Beans and Potatoes

Beef Fajitas

From Better Homes and Gardens

Beef Fajitas

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