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.

Saucy Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Serving this pulled pork at a party? Keep it in the covered slow cooker pot on low for up to two hours, stirring occasionally.

From Midwest Living

Saucy Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Cranberry-Sauced Meatballs Appetizer

Tender chicken or turkey meatballs studded with cranberries take on a glorious flavor when theyre simmered in a snappy cranberry-flavored barbecue sauce.

From Midwest Living

Cranberry-Sauced Meatballs Appetizer

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

Family-Style Chili and Corn Bread Dumplings

Hearty and flavorful, this chili will warm you on even the most blustery of winter evenings. What really sets this dish apart, however, is the brilliant addition of cheesy cornbread dumplings. When buying sweet peppers for the chili, choose those that are firm, heavy for their size, and have shiny, vibrantly-colored skin.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Family-Style Chili and Corn Bread Dumplings

Danish Gronkaal Soup (Green Kale Soup)

Kale -- a cruciferous vegetable and member of the cabbage family -- packs this Danish soup with ample amounts of Vitamin A and C. Store kale no longer than three days on your refrigerator; longer storage results in strong-flavored, limp-leaved kale.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Danish Gronkaal Soup (Green Kale Soup)

Hot and Spicy Braised Peanut Chicken

This easy slow cooker recipe lets you enjoy all the flavors of peanut chicken without resorting to take-out! Brimming with hot, spicy, nutty, and savory flavors, it will be a chicken recipe you turn to again and again.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Hot and Spicy Braised Peanut Chicken

Acorn Squash with Bacon-Chive Crumbs

Keep your oven free for large cuts of meat or poultry and put your slow cooker to work in this comforting side dish that gets finished with a crunchy bacon topper.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Acorn Squash with Bacon-Chive Crumbs

S'more Swiss Chocolate and Honey Fondue

From Midwest Living

S'more Swiss Chocolate and Honey Fondue

Good-Enough-for-Satchmo Red Beans and Rice

From Diabetic Living

Good-Enough-for-Satchmo Red Beans and Rice

French Chicken Stew

Layer this chicken and vegetable stew recipe in your slow cooker and let the delectable aroma greet you when you arrive home to a ready-made meal.

From Better Homes and Gardens

French Chicken Stew

Cranberry-Chipotle Country-Style Ribs

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cranberry-Chipotle Country-Style Ribs

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

Creamed Corn Casserole

Corn and sweet peppers are the stars of this homey casserole that includes cream cheese.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Creamed Corn Casserole

Southwest Barbecue Chicken

From Better Homes and Gardens

Southwest Barbecue Chicken

Pasta with Eggplant Sauce

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pasta with Eggplant Sauce

Italian Vegetable Soup

If you love your veggies, try this slow cooker soup recipe for dinner tonight. Top with pesto and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese to give it that Italian edge.

From Midwest Living

Italian Vegetable Soup

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

Pumpernickel Cherry Stuffing

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

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pumpernickel Cherry Stuffing

Crock-Roasted New Potatoes

These super-simple slow cooker potatoes are the perfect addition to any meal. You probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen cupboards, but if you're going to the market, pick up some fresh rosemary to add more of a homemade feel.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Crock-Roasted New Potatoes

Crockery Holiday Crispy Balls

The classic Rice Krispies treat gets an upgrade for the holidays with the addition of cranberries and pistachios. Combine those with marshmallows, butter, and rice cereal in your slow cooker, and shape into balls.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Crockery Holiday Crispy Balls

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.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread

Turkey Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's pie becomes a lean meal when you make it with turkey and frozen vegetables. Add dried thyme for an herbal touch.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Turkey Shepherd's Pie

Cheddar-Beer Weenies

Prepare these weenies and cheddar-beer sauce the day before so all you have to do is warm in a slow cooker with a car adapter on game day.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cheddar-Beer Weenies

Orange Teriyaki Beef Stew

Don't call for takeout! Customize the ingredients in this hearty yet light beef stew instead.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Orange Teriyaki Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie

Dinners don't get more comforting than this! Take the stress our of Chicken Pot Pie by preparing the stew portion in your slow cooker, then top with premade pie crust.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie

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