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64 Slow Cooker Recipes We’re Obsessed With

Posted by Erin Lem on March 31, 2020

It’s no surprise that we’re obsessed with crock pot recipes. They save a ton of time on busy weeknights, and it’s hard to mess it up when there are only a few ingredients: just dump them in, turn it on and forget about it until you’re home for the evening. We’ve rounded up a list of our all-time favorite slow cooker recipes, from whole roasted chickens to pot roasts and tacos. Keep reading for some excellent dinner inspiration—you’ll be covered for this winter and beyond!

Savory Soups

Slow Cooker Ramen

Ready for the best ramen news ever? You can make your fave noodle soup right in the own slow cooker! All you need for broth that's drink-from-the-bowl good is this recipe from A Spicy Perspective. Then just add noodles, chicken, and soft-boiled eggs!


Slow Cooker Carrot and Apple Soup

This hearty and flavorful soup from Foxes Love Lemons features ingredients like apple, carrot, and fresh garlic. It’s a guaranteed fall classic and a great way to warm up on a chilly day! Get the recipe here.

Minestrone Soup

Warm your whole house up with this tasty soup from Homemade Hooplah. The hearty mix of veggies and beans means that it’s the perfect meatless meal that will still fill you up. Click here to grab the recipe.

Tortellini, Sausage and Kale Soup

If you’ve got a spare 10 minutes in the morning, you’ve got enough time to make this hearty soup from Chef Savvy. Simmer the sausage, tomatoes and broth all day long, then just throw in the pasta and kale when you’re almost ready to eat. Click here to get the recipe.

Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Since this delicious recipe takes eight hours in the slow cooker, prep your meal in the morning and by the time evening rolls around your dinner is ready. Click here to get the full how-to from Food Network and to discover what secret ingredient really makes this recipe stand out.

Hearty White Bean Soup

After trying this recipe you'll never want to make soup on your stovetop again. Simply prep your veggies and then let the slow cooker do the work. Visit My Whole Food Life food blog for the entire recipe.

Mexican Corn and Bean Soup

The kids won't mind eating their veggies when they're part of this fun, colorful Mexican-inspired soup. Top with some melty grated cheese, and they'll gobble it up in no time.

Globally Inspired

Healthier Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

Sometimes a chilly winter day calls for hearty pasta! This recipe from Kristine's Kitchen Blog is the perfect stick-to-your-ribs meal, with a healthier twist. (Think: ground turkey and whole wheat pasta.)

Moroccan Chicken Tagine

This tagine is a great dish to make ahead for the weekend. There's protein and veggie goodness in every bite, and you can adjust the seasoning to accommodate tiny taste buds. Head to Feed Me Phoebe for the how-to,

Italian Meatballs

Homemade meatballs may seem daunting, but this recipe from Kristen Lindsay couldn’t be easier. Just form the meatballs, layer them with pasta sauce in the slow cooker, and let them do their thing for a few hours. Get all the details by clicking here.

Chicken Tikka Masala

This delish chicken recipe from One Lovely Life is bound to become a weekday staple. The rich, flavorful sauce and tender chicken pairs perfectly with rice and veggies. Snag the recipe by clicking here.

Chicken Enchiladas

Reason #1 to fall in love with this dish? It only takes 10 minutes to prep! These slow cooker chicken enchiladas are simple to make and taste delicious topped with cheddar cheese, enchilada sauce, sour cream or salsa. Click on over to Urban Cookery for the full how-to.

Korean Chicken Sliders

This recipe has become a staple in food blogger Chris's house. Since all of the work is done by the slow cooker over four hours it's a recipe fit for entertaining. With toppings like aioli, bean sprouts and avocado, your guests (and kids!) won't be able to resist these sliders. Hop over to Shared Appetite for the full recipe.

You Can Make That in the Crock Pot?!

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Cornbread

Ready for the best-ever cornbread? Since this version is made in the slow cooker, it comes out extra moist and just the right amount of sweet. You’ll set it, forget it, and absolutely love it. Get the recipe from Life Made Sweeter.

photo: Time Inc. Books

Crock Pot Lasagna in a Soup Bowl

We warned you we were obsessed, right? This variation of crock pot lasagna from Phyllis Good's book, Stock the Crock, is even more delicious in person, and in spite of the complex flavors, it is very easy to make. Click here to get your ingredient list and get cooking. 

Ranch Chex Mix

The slow cooker isn’t just for main dishes—try out this awesome party mix from Oh, Sweet Basil. You can customize it by adding your favorite crunchy snacks, and the tangy ranch coating is super addictive. Grab the recipe by clicking here.

Mashed Potatoes

We would have never thought to make mashed potatoes in the slow cooker, but this recipe from Life Is But a Dish works like a charm. And since nobody likes cold ‘taters, the cooker keeps them warm until you’re ready to eat. Snag the recipe by clicking here.

Crock Pot Breakfast

Slow cooker recipes aren’t just for dinner! The mornings are often as hectic (if not more) than the evenings. Try prepping your breakfast the night before with this crock pot breakfast recipe.

5-Star Chicken Dishes

Lemon Chicken

A few lemons, a whole chicken and a little salt and pepper turn into something magical after a few hours in the slow cooker. This dish pairs perfectly with jasmine rice and roasted veggies. Click here to get the recipe.

Chicken Teriyaki

Chicken teriyaki is always a hit with our kids, and this crock pot recipe makes it easier than ever. With just five ingredients, it’s perfect for busy weeknights. To grab the recipe, click here.

Stuffed Mozzarella Chicken Breasts

For a meal that feels fancy without hours of prep work, you’ve got to try this genius recipe from Queen of My Kitchen. Mozzarella, tomato and basil is a winning combination, and with the help of your crock pot, it couldn’t be easier to get this dish on the table. Get the full recipe here

Slow Cooker Chicken

Slow cooker recipes are our favorite, and this chicken recipe from Hello Spoonful is a keeper—with only six ingredients, you can get this into the Crock Pot in the morning in less than ten minutes. Once it’s time for dinner, serve it over rice, with salad or in sandwiches—the sky’s the limit!

Mango Chicken Stuffed Peppers

This tasty recipe from Worth Cooking makes use of your crock pot to cook a combo of chicken, mango, and spices. Then, after the chicken’s done, just pop the mixture in some red bell peppers and bake for a few minutes.

Margarita Chicken

Chicken gets zesty in this lightened-up recipe from Crockpot Gourmet. It’s easy to throw together in the morning, too, thanks to a simple ingredient list featuring frozen limeade.

Orange Chicken

Forget Panda Express—this orange chicken recipe from Kirbie’s Cravings is off-the-charts delicious and way healthier than anything you’d get in a restaurant. It’s the best way to brighten up your plate on a dreary weeknight. To snag the recipe, click here.

Chicken Wild Rice Soup

This hearty soup from food blogger Linda of Rotin Rice is so beloved she cooks it year round. For convenience, Linda used leftover chicken but you can sub in fresh cubed chicken. Check out the full recipe by visiting Rotin Rice here.

Bacon-Wrapped Apple Barbecue Chicken

Bacon-wrapped anything is enough to get any kid excited, which is why we love this recipe. It's surprisingly simple, too, with just five ingredients to pop in the crock pot.

Chicken with Balsamic and Tomatoes

This flavorful, Italian-inspired chicken recipe incorporates fresh greens, juicy tomatoes, and tangy balsamic vinegar to make the perfect dish to serve over pasta.

Mushroom Chicken

This mushroom chicken recipe couldn't be any simpler. Believe it or not, the kid-friendly dish only calls for four ingredients. We're sold!

Chicken Tacos

This slow cooker chicken taco recipe is a favorite of Red Tricycle’s editorial intern, Lauren. One bite of this delicious dish and you’ll begin to understand why!

Chicken with Grapes

Seasoned chicken is cooked over a bed of simmering tomatoes, butternut squash and chickpeas. Stir in sliced grapes before serving for a sweet, bright crunch.

Roasted Chicken

Forget oven roasting the chicken. Check out this recipe for throwing the entire chicken in the crock pot instead. The result is a delicious fall-off-the-bone dinner.

Comfort Food Classics

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