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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fennel Braised with Artichokes

Simmer layers of fennel slices, artichokes, and an onion mixture in a slow cooker to create this side-dish recipe sensation.

From Family Circle

Fennel Braised with Artichokes

Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs

From Midwest Living

Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs

Slow-Cooked Minestrone

Try this slow cooker version of the popular tomato-based soup that combines beef, beans, pasta, and vegetables into one slow-simmering main dish.

From Midwest Living

Slow-Cooked Minestrone

Beer-Braised Short Ribs

From Family Circle

Beer-Braised Short Ribs

Barley Vegetable Soup

This soup recipe is a vegetarian lovers delight. It's full of vegetables, mushrooms, barley, and red beans--all slow cooked to perfection for those busy week nights.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Barley Vegetable Soup

French Dips with Mushrooms

Meaty portobello mushrooms add savory dimension to these favorite beef sandwiches, which are made in your slow cooker.

From Better Homes and Gardens

French Dips with Mushrooms

Asian Pork Wraps

These Asian pork wraps are as easy as they are delicious. The pork is rubbed with spices, drizzled with hoisin sauce, and slow cooked for several hours. The flavorful meat combines with slaw to make the perfect pork wrap.

From Family Circle

Asian Pork Wraps

Roasted Turkey Breast

It can be Thanksgiving every day with this easy slow cooker recipe. Add chicken broth, onion, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning to your slow cooker and in a few hours you'll have a festive meal your family will love.

From Family Circle

Roasted Turkey Breast

Red Lentil Soup

Nutritious and delicious, you'll feel great warming your family's bellies with this hardy soup. Lentils have been around for approximately 10,000 years and been enjoyed in soups since the ancient Greeks.

From Family Circle

Red Lentil Soup

Sausage and Veggie Lasagna

Lasagna is always a family favorite. Plus, it has endless possibilities for customization. Set your usual lasagna recipe aside for the night and give this sausage and veggie dish a try.

From Family Circle

Sausage and Veggie Lasagna

Italian-Style Steak, Mushrooms and Onions

From Family Circle

Italian-Style Steak, Mushrooms and Onions

Mexican 16-Bean Tomato and Chorizo Stew

From Family Circle

Mexican 16-Bean Tomato and Chorizo Stew

Asian Five-Spice Meatballs

From Family Circle

Asian Five-Spice Meatballs

Jamaican Country Ribs

From Family Circle

Jamaican Country Ribs

Tuscan Chicken and Beans

From Family Circle

Tuscan Chicken and Beans

Jamaican Country Ribs

Jerk seasoning, pineapple, and black beans give juicy bone-in pork ribs island flavor. While this dinner simmers in the slow cooker, take some time to lounge in your hammock (or on your couch).

From Family Circle

Jamaican Country Ribs

Italian-Style Steak, Mushrooms and Onions

Spoon peppers, onions, and mushrooms sautéed in a savory red wine vinegar sauce over a grilled chuck steak, then prepare to say "ciao" to your new favorite Italian dinner recipe.

From Family Circle

Italian-Style Steak, Mushrooms and Onions

Summer Fruit Compote

From Family Circle

Summer Fruit Compote

Ricotta Vanilla Bread Pudding

From Family Circle

Ricotta Vanilla Bread Pudding

Sour Cherry Rice Pudding

From Family Circle

Sour Cherry Rice Pudding

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