The Best Slow Cooker Recipes

When you don't have the energy to labor over a hot stove or oven, you can rely on your slow cooker for a great meal. Thanks to this trusty kitchen gadget, all you have to do is prep your ingredients before tossing them in the crock, where you "set it and forget it" until it's time to eat. Not to mention, your slow cooker is marvelously versatile. From soups and stews to tacos, lasagna and cobbler, there's no doubt you'll find inspiration in our 101 best slow cooker recipes.

Buffalo Bleu Cheese Dip

Of all the best game day foods, Buffalo chicken dip rises to the top. This version takes just 15 minutes to make in your slow cooker. Adjust the amount of hot sauce and blue cheese dressing to your palate.

For the Buffalo Bleu Cheese Dip recipe, click here.


Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

Buffalo wings are a classic snack, but if you're looking to sweeten things up, these handhelds are made with honey and garlic — and they take very little effort to prep.

For the Honey Garlic Chicken Wings recipe, click here.

Carolina Pulled Pork Dip

Dip is a sports fan's best friend, and this one uses smoky pulled pork with cheese, vinegar, brown sugar and dill pickles. It's sweet and tangy and requires just seven ingredients.

For the Carolina Pulled Pork Dip recipe, click here.

Whole Wheat and Spelt Idaho Potato Rolls

Making bread is all the rage these days, but did you know that you can bake it in your slow cooker? Free up your oven for other dishes with this recipe for potato rolls.

For the Whole Wheat and Spelt Idaho Potato Rolls recipe, click here.

Chile Con Queso

This two-ingredient recipe for chile con queso takes just five minutes to prepare and 15 minutes in the slow cooker, making it one of the easiest dishes to make of all time.

For the Chile Con Queso recipe, click here.

Cajun Buffalo Meatballs

Spice up your next party spread with these Cajun Buffalo meatballs. You can also serve them over pasta or rice for an easy dinner.

For the Cajun Buffalo Meatballs recipe, click here.

Sloppy Joe Sliders

Some of the best sandwiches come in small packages. This recipe gives you the same great taste of regular sloppy Joes divided among teensy slider buns.

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Mini BBQ Chicken Sliders

Sliders are a dependable option when it comes to entertaining — even if you're just entertaining yourself. These feature root beer-marinated chicken and BBQ sauce.

For the Mini BBQ Chicken Sliders recipe, click here.

Chili Cheese Burger Dip

The most comforting chili recipes are loaded with hearty ingredients, and this dip channels that by being jam-packed with kidney beans, meat and spices. Serve with tortilla chips or your favorite chips.

For the Chili Cheese Burger Dip recipe, click here.

Easy Barbecue Beer Cocktail Links

If you need to make something in a pinch or just don't have the energy to go all-out, these cocktail links come together in less than 20 minutes, and you only need four ingredients.

For the Easy Barbecue Beer Cocktail Links recipe, click here.


It's not that hard to make chili on the stove, but why do manual labor when all it takes is 10 minutes of prep time before letting the slow cooker do the rest of the work? And if you're in the mood for more beans and beef, consider more of the best-ever chili recipes.

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Ham, Black-Eyed Pea and Idaho Potato Soup

Smoked ham hock, Parmesan cheese, potatoes, black-eyed peas and more come together in this savory and super satisfying soup.

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This slow-cooker goulash has all the meat and potatoes your body needs to warm up from the inside out.

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Sweet Potato Kale Soup

Looking for an immune-boosting soup mobbed with sweet potatoes, lentils, kale and more? This dish is your golden ticket.

For the Sweet Potato Kale Soup recipe, click here.

Chicken and Bean Chili

This nourishing chili gets protein from chicken and beans and is tied together with tomatoes, chiles and corn.

For the Chicken and Bean Chili recipe, click here.

Country Chicken Stew

Let this one-pot stew slow cook for tender, succulent chicken with potatoes, carrots and onion.

For the Country Chicken Stew recipe, click here.

Chicken Stew With Carrots and Potatoes

This Puerto Rican chicken stew is best served over steamed rice or with twice-fried plantain slices.

For the Chicken Stew With Carrots and Potatoes recipe, click here.

Chili Beef 'n Pasta

You need only eight ingredients to put this take on chili together, and you likely have some of them in your fridge or pantry.

For the Chili Beef 'n Pasta recipe, click here.

Turkey Noodle Soup

Move over chicken noodle soup. Turkey noodle soup is taking over, especially in the days following Thanksgiving. This recipe makes great use of turkey day leftovers.

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Ham and Potato Soup

If you have leftover ham from dinner the night prior, give it a new purpose in this creamy ham and potato soup.

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Super Spice Chicken Vegetable Soup

Herbs like oregano, rosemary and thyme round out this flavorful slow-cooker chicken noodle soup with tomatoes, carrots and onions.

For the Super Spice Chicken Vegetable Soup recipe, click here.

Creamy Potato and Corn Soup

On nights when you're feeling lackadaisical, make this six-ingredient potato and corn soup, which takes only five minutes to prep.

For the Creamy Potato and Corn Soup recipe, click here.

Chicken Enchilada Soup

You've likely had enchiladas at your favorite Mexican restaurant. This rendition of the delicious dish takes all the familiar flavors and dumps them into a colorful soup.

For the Chicken Enchilada Soup recipe, click here.

Spiced Beef and Apple Stew

This beef stew gets a fruity twist with tender apples and apple juice cooking in matrimony with sweet potatoes and all-star spices.

For the Spiced Beef and Apple Stew recipe, click here.

Spicy Mexican Pork Stew

This spicy Mexican pork stew is perfect for chilly fall or winter nights when you need an extra kick to heat you from the inside.

For the Spicy Mexican Pork Stew recipe, click here.

Rosemary Chicken and Vegetable Stew

This home-style chicken and vegetable stew is seasoned with rosemary and seasoned salt.

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Farmer's Market Potato Stew

The star of this hearty soup is potato, with appearances from onion, bell pepper, zucchini and cheese for an extra dose of comfort.

For the Farmer's Market Idaho Potato Stew recipe, click here.

Red Lentil Soup

This soup is the embodiment of warmth. With lentils and lots of veggies, it'll have you and your family happily full in no time.

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

There's nothing wrong with tomato soup from a can, but with onions, carrots, brown sugar and basil, this version really brings the flavor — plus, it gets topped with mini ravioli. Pair it with one of these fun new twists on grilled cheese.

For the Creamy Tomato Basil Soup recipe, click here.

Mexican Chicken Soup

Ready to spice things up? This Mexican chicken soup contains diced chiles, cumin, chili powder and red pepper flakes, with optional jalapenos to top.

For the Mexican Chicken Soup recipe, click here.

Grilled Green Chile Pork and Short Rib Stew

Spicy peppers and smoky meats complement each other in this pork and short rib stew, featuring tortilla chips on top for added crunch.

For the Grilled Green Chile Pork and Short Rib Stew recipe, click here.

Cider-Braised Stew With Red Pepper and White Beans

Pour yourself a glass of hard cider, then dump the rest into the stew pot as a marinade for pork shoulder or lamb — your choice.

For the Cider-Braised Stew With Red Pepper and White Beans recipe, click here.

Pork and Chorizo Hominy Stew With Poached Eggs

If you're looking to make your favorite Mexican recipes at home, this brunch-y pork and chorizo hominy stew, also known as posole, will satisfy your craving.

For the Pork and Chorizo Hominy Stew With Poached Eggs recipe, click here.

Beef and Guinness Stew

This version of a classic Irish stew pairs Guinness beer with tender beef and root vegetables. Eat this with a pint of (what else?) Guinness.

For the Beef and Guinness Stew recipe, click here.

French Onion Soup

Beef broth, sweet onions, French bread and cheese ... what more could you ask for in a soup?

For the French Onion Soup recipe, click here.

Mashed Potatoes

These mashed potatoes are slow-simmered in stock and bay leaves. If that isn't enough flavor for you, this next-level potato recipe is then whipped with butter, milk and garlic.

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Scalloped Potatoes

These rich and decadent scalloped potatoes pull all the stops with Gruyere, Parmesan, butter and chicken broth.

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Crustless Broccoli Cheese Quiche

Cheese lovers unite: This crustless broccoli cheese quiche is a thing of dreams, and one of the absolute best ways to cook eggs.

For the Crustless Broccoli Cheese Quiche recipe, click here.

Queso Mac and Cheese

Did you know that you can cook uncooked pasta in a slow cooker? This super cheesy mac and cheese recipe makes 10 servings — enough to feed an army or portion leftovers for the week.

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Breakfast Mexican Egg Casserole

This Southwest-inspired, low-maintenance casserole includes eggs, cheese, potatoes and taco seasoning, and pairs best with salsa, avocado, sour cream or all three.

For the Breakfast Mexican Egg Casserole recipe, click here.

Cinnamon Sugar Glazed Carrots

Put some pizazz on your plate with these cinnamon-sugar-glazed carrots. Serve with chicken or pork as your entree.

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Marinara Sauce

This Italian marinara sauce ties together with perfectly cooked pasta, but also works as a delicious dip for garlic bread or mozzarella sticks.

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Idaho Potato and Bean Mole

Who said plant-based eating has to be boring? Get this vegan potato and bean mole on the table for your next Mexican-inspired meal.

For the Vegan Idaho Potato and Bean Mole recipe, click here.

Potato Tacos With Avocado Mango Salsa

Mango salsa is so overrated, and it works double-time with avocado to bring big flavors to these potato-based soft-shell tacos.

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Fresh Veggie Lasagna

Whether you're vegan, vegetarian or a full-blown carnivore looking to get something on the menu for Meatless Monday, this veggie lasagna easily ranks among the best-ever pasta recipes.

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Mexican Quinoa Bowl

Why go to Chipotle when you can make your own Mexican-inspired meal at home? This quinoa bowl features filling ingredients like black beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, peppers and corn.

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Pot Roast

Let this beef chuck slowly cook all day in tandem with aromatics like carrots and onions for a tender and savory dinner.

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Slow-Braised Beef Short Ribs

This one-pot slow-braised short ribs recipe is easy enough for a beginner but tastes incredibly impressive.

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Porcupine Meatballs in Tangy Sauce

Don't worry, there are no porcupines in these meatballs. They do use beef, rice and crushed crackers though.

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Tamale Pie

Cheesy cornbread, chiles, tomatoes, beef and beans get together in this slow cooker tamale pie.

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Two-Ingredient Beef Brisket

Did we mention that this beef brisket has only two ingredients? Oh, we did? It doesn't get much easier than that, folks.

For the Two-Ingredient Beef Brisket recipe, click here.

Thai-Inspired Braised Short Ribs

These Thai-inspired short ribs get sweetness from orange and carrot, earthiness from onion and lemongrass, heat from chile garlic paste and floral notes from grains of paradise.

For the Thai-Inspired Braised Short Ribs recipe, click here.

Double-Decker Cheeseburger Casserole

With all the meat, cheese and pasta a hungry stomach could ever wish for, this double-decker cheeseburger casserole is right up there with the best-ever burger recipes.

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Brown Sugar-Glazed Corned Beef

This corned beef dish has sweet and savory notes and can be made spicy with the addition of cayenne pepper.

For the Brown Sugar-Glazed Corned Beef recipe, click here.

Beef Pot Roast With Fennel Sausage and Spinach

This recipe calls for beef chuck roast, but it's delicious with a boneless pork shoulder roast too.

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Beef Daube Provencal

Beef daube Provencal is a step up from chili, but it's just as easy to make. Serve this over egg noodles or cooked pasta.

For the Beef Daube Provencal recipe, click here.

Coffee Pot Roast

You drink coffee in the morning? That's cute. This pot roast recipe gives you the beloved flavor in a beef pot roast.

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Tex-Mex Shredded Beef

This Mexican-inspired shredded beef is a grand replacement for bacon, sausage or ham at breakfast. It can also be used in tacos, enchiladas or chimichangas.

For the Tex-Mex Shredded Beef recipe, click here.

Beef and Broccoli

Who needs takeout when you know how to create your favorite Chinese-American dishes at home? Beef and broccoli are a match made in your slow cooker.

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Chicken With Olives and Peppers

Transport yourself to the Mediterranean with this tender chicken matched with olives, chickpeas, onion and peppers.

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Honey Mustard Chicken

These tender chicken breast strips, slow-cooked in a sweet and tangy honey mustard sauce, are fabulous over couscous or rice and are one of the easiest slow-cooker chicken recipes around.

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Balsamic Chicken With Peppers and Onions

Five minutes of prep is all it takes to get this dish cooking. The end result? Juicy balsamic chicken with peppers and onions ready to serve over rice.

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Chicken Salsa Verde

This shredded salsa verde chicken works wonderfully as a base for many different dishes, like tacos, burritos, grain bowls or chili.

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Red Curry Chicken

Red curry paste, brown sugar and coconut milk are the base of rich, sweet flavors in this recipe for red curry chicken.

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Chicken With Garlic and White Wine

This recipe comes in handy for people who are busy with work or school all day. Take 10 minutes out of your morning to throw everything in your slow cooker, and you'll have a meal ready for you when you get home.

For the Chicken With Garlic and White Wine recipe, click here.

Italian Chicken and Mushrooms

Next time you're in the mood for a red sauce Italian meal, this cacciatore-style chicken comes together in your slow cooker. Serve over pasta.

For the Italian Chicken and Mushrooms recipe, click here.

Cajun Chicken With Sausage

Paprika, thyme and crushed red pepper come alive in this chicken and sausage slow cooker meal with flavors inspired by Cajun and Creole cuisine.

For the Cajun Chicken With Sausage recipe, click here.

Chicken Rice Curry

Golden curry powder, a combination of 15 ground spices, gives warmth to this chicken-based dish. If you find you're crazy for this curry, odds are you'll love more of the best-ever Indian recipes.

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Creamy Country Chicken With Vegetables

Country chicken, carrots and potatoes coexist with creamy gravy in this one-pot meal. All you need now are biscuits.

For the Creamy Country Chicken With Vegetables recipe, click here.

Chicken in Italian Tomato Sauce

You don't need to go to your favorite Italian restaurant when you can recreate the same saucy flavors from home with this easy chicken recipe.

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Thai Peanut Chicken Quinoa Bowls

Rival your favorite takeout place with this homemade Thai peanut bowl, complete with tender shredded chicken roasting in big flavors all day.

For the Thai Peanut Chicken Quinoa Bowls recipe, click here.

BBQ Pulled Pork Tacos

Slow-cooked pork ripped to shreds and sloshed with barbecue sauce — if that doesn't sound like an award-winning taco combination, we don't know what will.

For the BBQ Pulled Pork Tacos recipe, click here.

Balsamic Pork

Sweet, crispy and tangy pork is perfect for sandwiches or piled on top of a fluffy pile of mashed potatoes.

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Pork Ribs and Potatoes

Pork ribs and potatoes go hand-in-hand with herbs de Provence, red pepper flakes and garlic in this simple, savory one-pot dish.

For the Pork Ribs and Idaho Potatoes recipe, click here.

Sweet Southern Slow-Cooker Ham

Pour a five-ingredient sweet and sticky glaze over a bone-in ham and let the slow cooker go to work. The result? Perfectly cooked ham.

For the Sweet Southern Slow-Cooker Ham recipe, click here.

Jalapeno Bacon Crustless Quiche

This jalapeno bacon quiche is smoky, cheesy and a little hot — fitting for a brunch among moderately spicy food lovers.

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Pork and Sauerkraut

This recipe gives you fall-off-the-bone pork shoulder and a sweet sauerkraut laced with green apple and onion. In fact, this is one of the best recipes for the holiday season.

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Baked Beans With Bacon

Baked beans are a signature side dish for grilling season, and this version is especially satisfying thanks to plenty of bacon.

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Pork Shoulder

This pork shoulder is slow-cooked to perfection. When it's done, pull the meat apart and add it to bibb lettuce and wrap with rice, kimchi and spicy sauce.

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Pork and Pineapple Sandwich

Pork and pineapple come together in this tender slow-cooked sandwich — a solid option for your next game day or, really, any day.

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Root Beer Pulled Pork

Root beer isn't just for drinking. Like other sodas, it complements meat too. This recipe doubles down in the pork marinade and the BBQ sauce.

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Ramen Noodle Soup

This recipe takes the reliable ramen noodle soup you knew and loved in college and adds pork, vegetables, soy sauce and ginger, creating a perfect soup for fall.

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Hoisin and Garlic Country Ribs With Napa Cabbage

This recipe calls for pork ribs and napa cabbage slow-cooked in robust hoisin sauce and garlic. Serve with rice.

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Pork Carnitas Tacos

This slow-cooker recipe feeds a crowd, but if a potluck or tailgate isn't in the stars, the pork freezes well and is easily reheated via microwave or stovetop.

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Turkey Breast

Being responsible for making the turkey can be stressful, but this slow-cooker turkey breast is ready in just over three hours. That's a pretty sweet deal.

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Red Wine Braised Oxtails With Butternut Squash and Pearl Onions

It's recommended that you eat this oxtail dish over egg noodles, and if you have leftovers, shave the meat off the bone, toss with cooked penne, braising liquid and Parmesan.

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Breakfast Apple Cinnamon French Toast

This slow-cooker apple cinnamon French toast serves 12 people and takes just one hour and 35 minutes to make — a quick and easy option for a make-ahead breakfast.

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Easiest Chocolate Covered Strawberries

All it takes is two ingredients — and optional crushed Oreos, mini chocolate chips, crushed pretzels or coconut flakes — to make these chocolate-covered strawberries on Valentine's Day and beyond.

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Banana French Toast Casserole

This French toast casserole features bread cubes in a custard base with bananas and peanut butter syrup.

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Monkey Bread

This recipe for monkey bread uses just five ingredients to make a soft, sweet, sticky pastry perfect for breakfast or dessert.

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Caramel Apple Pie Dip

This dish is basically a deconstructed apple pie. Cook apples and caramel in your slow cooker and scoop it into your mouth with crust dippers made from pie dough.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

This no-bake cake features one of the most popular candies of all time — Reese's Peanut Butter Cups — and actual peanut butter. One bite of this will have you in chocolatey PB heaven.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

You don't have to rely on Starbucks for pumpkin spice lattes anymore. Make them at home year-round with this recipe.

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Lemony Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Glaze

This certainly is not your average carrot cake. Devoid of frosting — although you can certainly add some if you'd like — this version is lush with walnuts, raisins and lemon zest.

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Crock-Pot Cranberry

Cranberry cocktail and apple cider team up in this non-alcoholic beverage recipe, which sees an appearance from cinnamon sticks too.

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White Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this white chocolate chip bread pudding, which takes only an hour and a half to bake in your slow cooker.

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Peach Cobbler

It takes just seven ingredients to make the easiest peach cobbler of your life. Show this off alongside other staple Southern dishes.

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Apple Pie Cider

Apple cider, cinnamon, brown sugar, cloves, nutmeg and ginger get together to create a drinkable version of the fruity fall-favorite pie.

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Cherry Crisp

One of the best cherry desserts around, this cherry crisp is tart, sweet, crumbly, crisp, soft and fantastically fragrant.

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Spiced Pear Cider

Apple, it's not "goodbye," it's "see you later," because this pear cider deserves its time to shine.

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Red Wine Hot Chocolate