33 Exciting Ways to Use Your Slow Cooker This Fall

Whether your kids are starting their first year of kindergarten or you just moved out of the dorms, these make-ahead slow-cooker meals are perfect for the busy back-to-school season.

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October 23, 2018

Slow Cooker Texas Hash

"What a real treat! Made this with ground beef and turkey sausage...it was sooo tasty! The house smelled so good while it cooked away!"


Easy Slow Cooker Sausage & Potatoes

"I love this recipe. The sauce is divine. I have made this many times, and everyone always loves it. I use about half the package of dry ranch dressing mix, but it's not too salty even using the whole package."


Drunken Garlic Slow Cooker Roast

"The meat soaked up the flavor and the gravy was excellent. A real keeper."


Easy & Yummy Slow-Cooked Chicken

"YUM! Another winner with the overly-picky hubby! I thought this tasted very "pot-roasty" and heavy — not expected from a chicken dish but VERY welcome!"


Slow Cooker Risotto with Parmigiano Reggiano

"Came across this recipe today and initially told myself that a really good risotto can't be made in a slow cooker. Boy, was I wrong! The flavor was absolutely perfect"


Low-Carb Slow Cooker Pizza Soup

"If I owned my own restaurant this would be my house soup! It's delicious!"


Slow-Cooked Cranberry Chili Meatballs

"The sauce was sweet, but not too sweet. My husband and I both really liked it and will make it again. It was really good with mashed potatoes!"


Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

"We used chicken tenders (still frozen) since they were easier to cut-up and added 3 cloves of fresh minced garlic. Very easy to prepare on those busy weekdays when the kids have school activities or sports in the evenings!"


Slow Cooker Stacked Enchiladas

"A terrific crockpot recipe. It has been added to our weekly menu by popular demand. I did not have to change or substitute in any way."


Slow Cooker Deviled Chicken

"This was great. It had a very unique taste to it, in a good way! My hubby kept telling me how good it was! I did halve the recipe, but still used all three cloves of garlic. It was divine!"

-~*Miss Diggy*~

Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs & Gravy

"Awesome recipe. I'd recommend doubling the amount of gravy. Can't have enough of that good stuff. Served over buttered egg noodles, you can't go wrong."


Slow Cooker Adobo Pork

"I let the flavors meld overnight and my tacos today were outstanding!"

-Debbie R.

Slow Cooker Macaroni & Cheese

"Very tasty! It was more like baked mac 'n cheese than the mushy slow cooker versions I've had before! I will definitely be making this again!"


Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

"I thought this was very good! I used frozen chicken breasts and cut them up into bite-sized pieces and then put them in the crock pot and doubled the sauce."


Slow Cooker Curry (Aloo Rajma)

"We have made this recipe many times over the last year and It's always a hit — it is in my stash of special recipes I pass on when someone mentions a lack of dinner ideas!"


The Emperor's Slow-Cooked Chicken

"I used turkey thigh instead of chicken and doubled the sauce. It was served with rice and frozen chopped broccoli and I'll be making it again."


Slow Cooker London Broil

"Very easy and tasty! The only thing I changed was to use round steak (since that's what I had on hand)! I served this with mashed potatoes and broccoli and it was a hit with everyone!"


Slow-Cooked Ratatouille

"Yummy! I was really shocked at how good this is. With school starting soon I was looking for something simple and quick."


Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast

"As the author states, there are lots of pot roast recipes out there — but this one is special. I agree wholeheartedly."


Slow Cooker Stuffed Chicken Rolls

"I made these for a small dinner party, and everyone (including me!) was just amazed! This is such a simple recipe but the results are fabulous!!! I wouldn't change a thing — it couldn't be better!"


Slow-Cooked Beef Tips

"This recipe will be added to our favorites for sure. It was easy to make and tasted wonderful!"


Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

"I put my chicken breasts in partially frozen and shredded the chicken the last hour of cooking. Also, I had to use taco sauce instead of enchilada — but it turned out great!"


Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker

"This turned out very well. Thanks for making a culinary rookie look like a hero."

-Kendall, Tx

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken

"WOW! What a wonderful smell this made in the house and the taste is divine. Both kids and friends alike enjoyed. I served with couscous and homemade naan."


Slow Cooker Round Steak

"Yummy way to use round steak. If it's too salty for you, try this trick: add one peeled potato and it draws the saltiness out. Bada bing bada boom!"

-The Normans

Slow Cooker Chicken Vindaloo

"By Indian cooking standards, this recipe delivers an authentic taste. Both myself and my Indian wife were quite pleased with the results!"


Slow Cooker Coq Au Vin

"This took a fair amount of prep work before getting everything into the slow cooker. The end result was something special and worth the extra effort."


Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Pasta

"This recipe is super good. I added mushrooms and sweet peppers — to give it some more substance — as well as some chili powder, Old Bay and a little extra hot sauce."


Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Ranch Chicken

"I love how easy it was to make. I served it over egg noodles and corn. My whole family really enjoyed it. I will make this again real soon!"

-Amy Henson

Slow Cooker Carnitas

"I have tried so many different carnitas recipes in hopes of getting that crispy, flavorful meat and this one is the best!!"


Slow Cooker Chicken Pizza

"Good and simple! Next time I will drain the tomatoes, my sauce was pretty runny. Flavor wasn't exactly "pizza," but this is an easy Italian meal to make. We'll be making this again!"


Slow Cooker Spaghetti

"This reminded me of a recipe that I used to have and lost! It's a great way to use up leftover tomato juice."

-Roxygirl in Colorado

Slow Cooker Lasagna

"This is excellent during the summer when you do not want to heat up the kitchen. I substituted Italian sausage for the ground beef — Well worth a try!"

-Sandy One