75 Essential Slow-Cooker Recipes

Discover classic and creative ways to make the most of your slow cooker with this week-by-week cooking guide, where you'll find our best menu ideas, mains, sides and more.

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Slow-Cooker Red Beans & Rice

October 3, 2018

"I mashed a few of the beans and added them back in to thicken things up. This had a great flavor with onions, garlic and spices."

-CarolAT

Slow-Cooker Pina Colada Bread Pudding

"This tweaked tropical bread pudding is made easily in a slow cooker! Try serving it with pineapple ice cream."

-Rita~

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tacos

"I have made this easy recipe many times. It makes wonderfully moist chicken that's great in tacos, enchiladas and many other recipes!"

-Faeanne

Slow-Cooker Chive & Onion Creamed Corn

"Oh my — this creamed corn is so good! It's creamy, colorful and rich, but not overly rich! I wouldn't change a thing."

-*Parsley*

Slow-Cooker Meatball Subs

"I cooked the meatballs for seven hours on low — they were perfect. I topped them with sauce and cheese and broiled them. Delicious!"

-mommyoffour

Slow-Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken

"What an awesome recipe! I served it over linguine noodles. It was fall-off-the-bone tender and my whole family loved it."

-Chef Smiley7

Slow-Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

"This was VERY good. I love getting this at restaurants, and now I can make it at home! The au jus was excellent."

-hoosiergirl72

Slow-Cooker Creamy Italian Chicken

"This is such a fantastic recipe! My entire family loves it and it's super easy. It's nice enough to serve to company, too!"

-Melissa in WA

Slow-Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage

"I have prepared many corned beef recipes, but never one quite as easy, flavorful and fall-apart tender as this one."

-Bev

Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Make New Year's Eve memorable (and easy). This aromatic, saucy and fork-tender beef stew simmers in your slow cooker, freeing up your day for fun!

Slow-Cooker Chicken, Gravy & Stuffing

"I have made this a couple of times now, and it is delicious. It's Thanksgiving in a pot! I serve it with cranberry sauce on the side."

-cooking-BAG

Slow-Cooker Applesauce

"If only I had known it was so easy to make applesauce in the slow cooker. I like it tart, so I used Granny Smith apples."

-GibbyLou

Slow-Cooker Pork & Sauerkraut

"This is delicious! Try making it with Oktoberfest sausages instead of the roast — it's great! There are never any leftovers."

-JMSnyder

Slow-Cooker Beef Barbecue

"Who needs to go out for barbecue? This stuff is amazing, and by far the best version I've ever made."

-Bekah D.

Perfect Pot Roast

"This is a quick and easy slow-cooker recipe. I like to thicken the pan juices with cornstarch to make a tasty gravy."

-Tee Lee

Slow-Cooker Garlic Glazed Chicken

"This sauce is delicious, and makes a perfect topping for rice. It flavors and marinates the chicken wonderfully while it's cooking."

-ninja

Slow-Cooker Baked Apples

"This is a perfect autumn treat! I HIGHLY recommend eating them with ice cream and caramel sauce."

-Chef #1393459

Slow-Cooker Cola Pork Roast

"The meat was tender, and the gravy was good. I can't see doing a pork roast in the slow cooker any other way. Why mess with success?"

-Sudie

Slow-Cooker Thyme-Roasted Beets

"What a great way to roast beets! I used baby beets, so I left them whole. It's a great combination of flavors."

-Mikekey

Slow-Cooker Potato Chowder

"I thawed out some cream cheese and mixed it in. I also mashed some of the potatoes for a thicker soup. Sooo good!"

-Chef #1421812

Slow-Cooker Bananas Foster

"Bananas Foster is my all-time favorite dessert, but making it on the stove was always a chore. This was EXCELLENT!"

-Eclipsante

Slow-Cooker Lasagna

"This is an awesome recipe! I liked it because you can make it meatier, with less noodles than recipes made in a pan."

-Suzy Mags

Slow-Cooker Chili

"This turned out great. I loved the idea of pureeing a can of beans! It made the chili thick and hearty."

-Mees Mees

Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Apples

"I really love this recipe — it tastes just like an apple pie with no crust. Also, a set-it-and-forget-it dessert is always a great idea!"

-FrVanilla

Slow-Cooker Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal

"This is a hearty breakfast without any work! Be sure to use steel-cut oats, otherwise you'll end up with a pot of gummy paste."

-Mandy at Food.com

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

"I've used other recipes for pulled pork in the past, but will stick with this one from now on! It was extremely easy — and delicious."

-Chef #1009160

Slow-Cooker Taco Soup

"This was wonderful with ground beef and tortilla scoops. What an easy, great-tasting dish — and it will be a great tailgating recipe, too!"

-Smilynn

Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

"THIS is how chicken noodle soup is supposed to be! It has lots of chicken, lots of noodles and lots of rich flavor."

-*Parsley*

Slow-Cooker Ravioli

"There's no fussing with pots or boiling water. Use a large spatula to remove the ravioli so they stay whole. I also added frozen meatballs."

-Margaret Gandara

Slow-Cooker Potatoes, Beans & Ham

"My mom made this in a pressure cooker with beans from her garden. I now make it in my slow cooker! I serve it like a stew."

-Corn Maiden

Slow-Cooker Cheesy Chicken

"This is absolutely wonderful! I have a large (and very picky) family to cook for, and they all loved it. It's an easy, inexpensive and tasty dinner!"

-Mindy

Slow-Cooker Braised Lamb Shanks

Looking for something simple but different this Easter? Try these rich-tasting braised shanks — they're a new favorite of our home cooks!

Slow-Cooker Fruity Spiced Red Cabbage

"This slow-cooker dish is my favorite red cabbage recipe of all time. I loved the fruitiness and the bit of heat from the freshly ground pepper!"

-Geema

Slow-Cooker Steak Fajitas

"This smelled and tasted terrific. I added a quarter cup of Mexican beer and used lime juice instead of lemon."

-Adria82

Slow-Cooker Multigrain Hot Cereal

"I loved the mix of grains! This was my first time using wheat berries, and they were great. I sprinkled a few raisins on top."

-Kathy at Food.com

Slow-Cooker Macaroni & Cheese

"I have been making this recipe for a few years, and it turns out cheesy and creamy every time! It's perfect for get-togethers."

-Virginia Cherry Blossom

Slow-Cooker Caramel Apple Cheesecake

"This is swirled with caramel and topped with cinnamony apple slices. Since it's for a slow cooker, it frees up the oven!"

-Virginia Cherry Blossom

Slow-Cooker Whole Chicken

"This chicken is the best! I transfer the cooked chicken to a baking dish and put it under the broiler to crisp it up a bit."

-LisaLouWho

Slow-Cooker Black Bean Soup

"I made this as written, but only pureed about 2/3 of the beans. Don't skip the cider vinegar or the hickory smoke flavor. They are key ingredients."

-*Parsley*

Slow-Cooker Omelet Casserole

"This is a sausage omelet for many, made all at once! It's great to make ahead of time at holidays or on vacation — just mix it, set it and go to bed."

-Shawn C

Slow-Cooker Pork Chops

"The chops were tender and succulent and the sauce was sweetly zesty. It's a really easy but delicious meal!"

-Mike in NC

Slow-Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

"This is probably the easiest and best recipe I've found yet! All you have to add is some coleslaw and chips and you have a fabulous meal."

-autoguy9171

Slow-Cooker Baked Beans

"I made these beans for a barbecue and they were a huge hit! The green pepper makes this recipe special."

-mommyoffour

Slow-Cooker Lentil Veggie Soup

"I increased the seasonings and added marinara sauce. It filled the house with a lovely smell that everyone commented on."

-Motivated Mama

Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

"I added new potatoes on the bottom and placed carrots on the top. My family loved sopping up the gravy with rolls!"

-sweet and sour

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

"This wonderful soup had just the right amount of heat and complex flavor. This could become a staple in my home!"

-Marsha Mazz

Slow-Cooker Rice Pudding

"I really needed some comfort food and this rice pudding was perfect. What a dream recipe — you don't have to cook the rice first!"

-katew

Slow-Cooker Chicken with Black Beans

"I could NOT believe how easy and good this is! I spooned the leftovers onto some soft tortillas and made quesadillas."

-johnste

Slow-Cooker Spiced Apple Cider

"Everyone loved this! The citrus addition is a nice change of pace. Cider in the slow cooker is just the best!"

-Elmotoo

Slow-Cooker Topsy-Turvy Pineapple Cake

"This is so moist, and has so many flavors I love. I've served it with ice cream and whipped cream — both ways are out of this world!"

-OutOfThyme

Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Chili

"This was really good — and so filling that no one missed the meat! Everyone went back for seconds of this keeper recipe!"

-ellie_

Slow-Cooker Hot Chocolate

"This hot chocolate is made in your slow cooker! It's one of those set-it-and-forget-it recipes that always welcome us home in the very nicest way."

-Annacia

Slow-Cooker Warm Raspberry Cider

"This would be very nice to have simmering in the slow cooker for holiday visitors. The cinnamon adds a wonderful touch."

-Annacia

Fresh Artichokes With Lemon Butter Sauce

"This is a great way to cook artichokes. The stems were delicious when peeled."

-Ivy Food Sleuth

Pinto Beans and Rice

"This is an awesome bean recipe. You just throw them in a crockpot and forget them. They smell wonderful cooking and taste even better. I did add a little cornstarch and water to thicken. High praise indeed! I will definitely make these over and over again."

-carol murray

Green Beans in Cheesy Bacon Sauce

"I'm glad I tried this. I don't really care for the "classic" green bean casserole, but this is different. It's much tastier and more colorful. (It has more "kid-appeal" too, because of the cheese ;)."

-Parsley

Spicy Black Beans and Rice With Mangoes

"This was really good - I added some red pepper flakes to increase the heat a little. Because I kept the crockpot on after adding the mangoes, they had time to stew a little, which made the bean mixture a little sweeter and really brought everything together. Next time, I'll add them about an hour before the cooking time is over."

-likestocooklovestoe

Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole

"This was good and was easy to put together. I used all bacon and used obrien potatoes so I didn't add the peppers or onions. I used cheddar cheese and followed the rest of the recipe as written."

-bmcnichol

Creole Black-Eyed Peas and Rice

"This recipe is a definite winner at my house. Loved the seasonings, but reduced the cayenne a bit because I used smokehouse jalapeno sausage. This recipe will be a regular at my house."

-DailyInspiration

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

"This is a great recipe!! Very simple and versatile. I prepped it all the night before so it was super easy! A yummy and easy dish...perfect for weeknight craziness around our house!"

-Taylors Mommy

Mexi-Meatball Rice Soup

"What a great meal to come home to after a long day at work! I halved the recipe and added a 15 ounce can of black beans as suggested by another reviewer. This would also be great with some chopped veggies added (carrots, celery, etc.)."

-Ginny Sue

Orange Rice Pudding With Golden Raisins

"I have made this recipe several times and usually substitute fat-free or 1% milk. I also have made it without raisins and adding vanilla and a cinnamon stick instead of the orange zest. Excellent and easy every time!"

-maryemerald

Cheesy Jalapeno Corn Casserole

"Very good! I made it exactly according to the recipe. I do recommend adding more jalepeno, maybe a whole one, because half was not spicy at all. Other that that, great recipe!"

-SuperMom

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

"We really enjoyed this soup. It is a nice change from the typical chicken soup with noodles."

-CookingONTheSide

Crock Pot Baked Potatoes

"Really great and really easy!!! I rolled the potatoes in olive oil and then salted them before rolling them into tinfoil. I cooked them about 5 hours and they were PERFECT!!! Much better than in the microwave and I simply wouldn't take the time to bake potatoes in the oven so this will be my new go-to method. The potatoes were nice and fluffy inside. Wonderful!"

-RedVinoGirl

Sweet Aromatic Chicken With Rice

"This is delicious. My three teenage boys and husband love it and ask for it again and again."

-LaurieReilly3

Triple Chocolate Surprise

"A very dense chocolately dessert. I served it warm."

-HokiesMom

Crock Pot Spanish Rice

"This is a very simple and great recipe! We typically make it when we have left over ground turkey for tacos and mix that in with it. We make a large batch and freeze left overs. Reheats tasting just as good!"

-camillemodl.hereth

Apple Butter

"Made this recipe the other day and WOWZA! it's good! "

-MJ Poppyseed

Slow Cooker Bread

"This recipe is awesome! Almost too easy. The bread rose nicely and did not crumble when cut. Wonderful for sandwiches!"

-leasilanos

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

"I've made this recipe multiple times and every time I make it, it is great! It has a very unique flavor and it is very very filling! Just make sure that you read the directions exactly because this recipe does NOT use regular rice! It is parboiled rice and cooks perfectly in the time allocated."

-chosengirl817

Spicy Chili Nuts

"I made a half batch and they disappeared quickly. I do recommend checking occasionally and stirring to prevent burning. I added a pinch of cayenne."

-Susie D

Slow Cooker Rice Pudding

"Very yummy and super easy!"

-flyingfarleyfan

Fiesta Chicken With Barley and Brown Rice

"I have a lot of brown rice and I am trying to incorporate it more into our diets. I found this and liked it because it was a crock pot which is perfect for our busy family. I am not a huge fan of spicy food so I left out the chipotle chile and it was still spicy. Not an overwhelming spicy, but perfect. This will be a repeat in our house. My 2 and 3 year olds even asked for more."

-Jonzee princess

Easy Salsa Chicken

"I put all of the ingredients in the crockpot just before I went to bed. I woke up to the wonderful aroma!! The chicken was so moist it fell apart. This recipe is soooo easy; and very, very good! The best part is that you can use the brand of salsa that you prefer!"

-DaisyH

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