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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spice up your next party spread with these Cajun Buffalo meatballs. You can also serve them over pasta or rice for an easy dinner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Smoked ham hock, Parmesan cheese, potatoes, black-eyed peas and more come together in this savory and super satisfying soup.
This slow-cooker goulash has all the meat and potatoes your body needs to warm up from the inside out.
Looking for an immune-boosting soup mobbed with sweet potatoes, lentils, kale and more? This dish is your golden ticket.
This nourishing chili gets protein from chicken and beans and is tied together with tomatoes, chiles and corn.
Let this one-pot stew slow cook for tender, succulent chicken with potatoes, carrots and onion.
This Puerto Rican chicken stew is best served over steamed rice or with twice-fried plantain slices.
If you have leftover ham from dinner the night prior, give it a new purpose in this creamy ham and potato soup.
Herbs like oregano, rosemary and thyme round out this flavorful slow-cooker chicken noodle soup with tomatoes, carrots and onions.
On nights when you’re feeling lackadaisical, make this six-ingredient potato and corn soup, which takes only five minutes to prep.
This beef stew gets a fruity twist with tender apples and apple juice cooking in matrimony with sweet potatoes and all-star spices.
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.
This home-style chicken and vegetable stew is seasoned with rosemary and seasoned salt.
The star of this hearty soup is potato, with appearances from onion, bell pepper, zucchini and cheese for an extra dose of comfort.
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.
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.
Ready to spice things up? This Mexican chicken soup contains diced chiles, cumin, chili powder and red pepper flakes, with optional jalapenos to top.
Spicy peppers and smoky meats complement each other in this pork and short rib stew, featuring tortilla chips on top for added crunch.
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.
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.
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.
Beef broth, sweet onions, French bread and cheese … what more could you ask for in a soup?
These rich and decadent scalloped potatoes pull all the stops with Gruyere, Parmesan, butter and chicken broth.
Cheese lovers unite: This crustless broccoli cheese quiche is a thing of dreams, and one of the absolute best ways to cook eggs.
This Southwest-inspired, low-maintenance casserole includes eggs, cheese, potatoes and taco seasoning, and pairs best with salsa, avocado, sour cream or all three.
Put some pizazz on your plate with these cinnamon-sugar-glazed carrots. Serve with chicken or pork as your entree.
For the Cinnamon Sugar Glazed Carrots recipe, click here.
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.
Mango salsa is so overrated, and it works double-time with avocado to bring big flavors to these potato-based soft-shell tacos.
For the Potato Tacos With Avocado Mango Salsa recipe, click here.
Let this beef chuck slowly cook all day in tandem with aromatics like carrots and onions for a tender and savory dinner.
This one-pot slow-braised short ribs recipe is easy enough for a beginner but tastes incredibly impressive.
Don’t worry, there are no porcupines in these meatballs. They do use beef, rice and crushed crackers though.
Cheesy cornbread, chiles, tomatoes, beef and beans get together in this slow cooker tamale pie.
Did we mention that this beef brisket has only two ingredients? Oh, we did? It doesn’t get much easier than that, folks.
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.
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.
This corned beef dish has sweet and savory notes and can be made spicy with the addition of cayenne pepper.
This recipe calls for beef chuck roast, but it’s delicious with a boneless pork shoulder roast too.
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.
Transport yourself to the Mediterranean with this tender chicken matched with olives, chickpeas, onion and peppers.
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.
This shredded salsa verde chicken works wonderfully as a base for many different dishes, like tacos, burritos, grain bowls or chili.
Red curry paste, brown sugar and coconut milk are the base of rich, sweet flavors in this recipe for red curry chicken.
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.
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.
Paprika, thyme and crushed red pepper come alive in this chicken and sausage slow cooker meal with flavors inspired by Cajun and Creole cuisine.
Country chicken, carrots and potatoes coexist with creamy gravy in this one-pot meal. All you need now are biscuits.
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.
Rival your favorite takeout place with this homemade Thai peanut bowl, complete with tender shredded chicken roasting in big flavors all day.
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.
Pork ribs and potatoes go hand-in-hand with herbs de Provence, red pepper flakes and garlic in this simple, savory one-pot dish.
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.
This jalapeno bacon quiche is smoky, cheesy and a little hot — fitting for a brunch among moderately spicy food lovers.
Baked beans are a signature side dish for grilling season, and this version is especially satisfying thanks to plenty of bacon.
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.
Pork and pineapple come together in this tender slow-cooked sandwich — a solid option for your next game day or, really, any day.
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.
This recipe calls for pork ribs and napa cabbage slow-cooked in robust hoisin sauce and garlic. Serve with rice.
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.
For the Pork Carnitas Tacos recipe, click here.
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.
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.
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.
This French toast casserole features bread cubes in a custard base with bananas and peanut butter syrup.
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.
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.
Cranberry cocktail and apple cider team up in this non-alcoholic beverage recipe, which sees an appearance from cinnamon sticks too.
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.
Apple cider, cinnamon, brown sugar, cloves, nutmeg and ginger get together to create a drinkable version of the fruity fall-favorite pie.
Apple, it’s not “goodbye,” it’s “see you later,” because this pear cider deserves its time to shine.
This adults-only recipe for hot chocolate contains a whole bottle of red wine. Grab yourself some whipped cream and thank us later. This warm, comforting cocktail is one of the best drinks for the holiday season.
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