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50 Best Slow-Cooker Recipes

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50 Best Slow-Cooker Recipes

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50 Best Slow-Cooker Recipes

If you are interested in a hassle-free way to make homemade meals, even on the busiest nights of the week, we’ve rounded up 50 of our favorite slow-cooker recipes. Choose from breakfast dishes that cook while you sleep to simple dinner ideas that won’t require you to babysit a host of pots on the stove.

To complete our list of 50, we asked recipe developers, bloggers, cookbook authors, and chefs to share with us their favorite dishes. From there, we compiled our list based on the most searched slow-cooker recipe categories, including: breakfast, appetizers, soups, chicken, meat dishes, casseroles, stews, vegetarian, desserts, and drink recipes.

Check out our complete list of slow-cooker recipes for some inspiration and tips on how to develop the most flavor without spending extra time in the kitchen using your slow-cooker.

Breakfast

Breakfast

Slow-cooker breakfasts are a great way to work in the most important meal of the day on a busy schedule. Here we have rounded up some of our favorite recipes for everything from easy overnight oatmeal to filling crustless quiche.

Slow-Cooker Apple-Spice Oatmeal

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Slow-Cooker Apple-Spice Oatmeal

Wake-up to a warm nutritious breakfast; this simple slow-cooker oatmeal using classic apple-spice flavors can be made in your slow-cooker while you sleep.

For the Slow-Cooker Apple-Spice Oatmeal recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Bacon and Cheese Quiche

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Slow-Cooker Bacon and Cheese Quiche

A fluffy breakfast quiche doesn’t have to bake in the oven to perfection; your slow-cooker can easily pull off this puffed savory pastry in a few hours! — Lauren Gordon

For the Slow-Cooker Bacon and Cheese Quiche recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Mexican-Style Quiche

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Slow-Cooker Mexican-Style Quiche

Particularly useful when cooking for a crowd that may be arriving for a mid-morning brunch, this recipe is the perfect blend of classic morning fare and flavorful midday treat. The spices, cheeses, and even the vegetables are all easily customizable to your personal preferences. — Lauren Gordon

For the Slow-Cooker Mexican-Style Quiche recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Overnight Breakfast Casserole

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Slow-Cooker Overnight Breakfast Casserole

Let this breakfast casserole cook overnight, and wake-up to a warm breakfast complete with sausage, eggs, and hashbrowns.

For the Slow-Cooker Overnight Breakfast Casserole recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Overnight Porridge

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Slow-Cooker Overnight Porridge

You could slow down and eat at home or pack up a bowl of this multi-grain porridge to take to work with you. With a slow-cooker, it can happen. — Shelby Kinnaird Click here for more recipes from the Diabetic Foodie.

For the Slow-Cooker Overnight Porridge recipe, click here.

Appetizers

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Appetizers

Make entertaining easy with these simple slow-cooker appetizer recipes that include bite-sized snacks, dips, and more.

Healthy Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

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Healthy Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Who doesn’t love a delicious Buffalo chicken dip at a party? It’s creamy, delicious, a little spicy, and extremely flavorful. But when it is loaded with a few different types of cheese, this dip can get pretty fattening, pretty quickly. We’ve lightened up this recipe for you so you can thoroughly enjoy this essential party food without the guilt. — Lauren Gordon

For the Healthy Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Sausage and Meatballs Bites

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Slow-Cooker Sausage and Meatballs Bites

This easy slow-cooker recipe for sausage and meatball bites makes a great appetizer. It also comes with 10 amazing sauces that you can serve with it so that you’re basically getting 10 recipes in one! — Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook.

For the Slow-Cooker Sausage and Meatballs Bites recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Potato Skins

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Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Potato Skins

Two of the best comfort foods, together at last! Slow-cooked pork and potato skins make a perfect match. — Jonathan Hirsch

For the Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Potato Skins recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Shredded Chicken Nachos

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Slow-Cooker Shredded Chicken Nachos

Slowly braise the chicken until tender along with the taco seasoning and pinto beans. Then top off with fresh cilantro, sour cream, cheese, and salsa before serving.

For the Slow-Cooker Shredded Chicken Nachos recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Southwest Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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Slow-Cooker Southwest Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Green chile peppers and pepper jack cheese gives this classic spinach and artichoke dip a much needed spicy kick. Serve with homemade tortilla chips for an extra special twist.

For the Slow-Cooker Southwest Spinach and Artichoke Dip recipe, click here.

Soups

Soups

Warming winter soups have never been easier to make. Pull out your slow-cooker or Dutch oven for an easy after-work dinner idea. With so many variations, you will never grow tired of these simple slow-cooker soups.

Cheesy Potato Slow-Cooker Soup

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Cheesy Potato Slow-Cooker Soup

Potatoes and cheese? Yes, please! This 6-ingredient slow-cooker supper is unbelievably easy and amazingly delicious. — Pillsbury

For the Cheesy Potato Slow-Cooker Soup recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Meatball Soup

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Slow-Cooker Meatball Soup

You can use frozen store-bought meatballs, as the recipe suggests, or try your hand at making your own for this simple and delicious soup bursting with classic Italian flavor.

For the Slow-Cooker Meatball Soup recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Minestrone Soup

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Slow-Cooker Minestrone Soup

One of my all-time favorites is minestrone. I love how filling, inexpensive, easy, and healthy it is. Whether at home or in a restaurant, garden vegetable and minestrone soups are always a great option. I make my version extra healthy with no pasta and only occasionally with potatoes. Without carbs in the soup, I can then enjoy toast or croutons guilt-free! — Luci Petlack

For the Slow-Cooker Minestrone Soup recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Shanghai-Style Beef Borscht

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Slow-Cooker Shanghai-Style Beef Borscht

If you are not familiar with borscht, it’s a soup originally from Ukraine. In most of the traditional recipe, it’s made with beets as the main ingredient. In some regions, tomato is used as the main ingredient. Chinese borscht, which is also known as Luo Song Tang, is based on cabbage and tomatoes. My mom usually uses homemade beef stock as the soup base, which gives it an amazing flavor.

When slow cooking borscht, in order to prevent the cabbage from getting mushy, remember to add it 30 minutes before serving as it cooks faster than other ingredients. — Gourmet Persuasian

For the Slow-Cooker Shanghai-Style Beef Borscht recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Turkey Fajita Soup

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Slow-Cooker Turkey Fajita Soup

Serve with chips and salsa and top with Cheddar cheese, sour cream, diced avocados, jalapeños, or tomatoes. And if you're feeling really motivated, whip up some cornbread to serve on the side.

For more great recipes like this one, visit Sweet and Spicy Monkey.

For the Slow-Cooker Turkey Fajita Soup recipe, click here.

Chicken

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Chicken

Chicken is cheap, easy to make, and a healthy source of protein, which makes it no surprise that slow-cooker chicken recipes are always ranked among some of our most popular. Check-out this selection of simple, slow-cooker chicken recipes that will make lunch or dinner preparation a breeze.

Slow-Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

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Slow-Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

While not exactly soup, the hot, steaming broth, large cut of tender chicken, aromatic vegetables, and boiled chive dumplings served in a shallow bowl equal a warming, hearty meal. Valaer Murray

For the Slow-Cooker Chicken and Dumplings recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Caribbean Chicken Drumsticks

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Slow-Cooker Caribbean Chicken Drumsticks

Why this recipe works: Meltingly tender, slow-cooked chicken drumsticks pair perfectly with bold, spicy flavors, so we set out to create a recipe for Caribbean jerk–style drumsticks. We started by building a flavorful jerk marinade using classic jerk ingredients such as habanero chile, garlic, and ginger. But once we got to the typical additions of molasses and brown sugar, we had to employ some creative techniques to replace these non-paleo ingredients. A simple solution was to add raisins, which provided a subtle sweetness without giving themselves away. — Paleo Perfected cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen

For the Slow-Cooker Caribbean Chicken Drumsticks recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Verde

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Verde

With only 10 minutes to prep and five main ingredients, you will be surprised at the incredible flavors of this dish. Serve it over cauliflower rice and sautéed summer squash or a simple salad to complete the meal.

Danielle Walker is the founder of AgainstAllGrain.com and bestselling cookbook author of Against All Grain and Meals Made Simple. Find more recipes at www.againstallgrain.com.

For the Slow-Cooker Chicken Verde recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Coq Au Vin

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Slow-Cooker Coq Au Vin

Diane Balch of Simple Living and Eating banishes purple chicken in her flavorful coq au vin recipe, adapted for the slow-cooker. Here, Balch adapts a classic version of the French dish from Northern France using an Alsatian riesling for flavor.

For the Slow-Cooker Coq Au Vin recipe, click here.

 

Slow-Cooker Moroccan Chicken with Chopped Almonds, Apricots, and Cauliflower

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Slow-Cooker Moroccan Chicken with Chopped Almonds, Apricots, and Cauliflower

Rather than serve this tender chicken, marinated in almond butter, cumin, coriander, and ginger, with couscous, here the chicken is accompanied by finely diced cauliflower studded with dried cherries for sweetness and tossed with fresh herbs, like cilantro and basil.

For the Slow-Cooker Moroccan Chicken with Chopped Almonds, Apricots, and Cauliflower recipe, click here.

Meat Dishes

Meat Dishes

From slow-cooker pork shoulder to brisket, one of the best ways to use your slow-cooker is to produce tender, flavorful meat dishes. Check out this roundup of slow-cooked dishes that slowly simmer in spices and herbs to produce an outstanding final product.

Slow-Cooker Meatloaf Meatballs

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Slow-Cooker Meatloaf Meatballs

These meatloaf meatballs use coconut flour instead of all-purpose. Serve with spaghetti squash to keep this easy slow-cooker meal gluten-free.

Danielle Walker is the founder of AgainstAllGrain.com and bestselling cookbook author of Against All Grain and Meals Made Simple. Find more recipes at www.againstallgrain.com.

For the Slow-Cooker Meatloaf Meatballs recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Pork and Apple Sauerkraut

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Slow-Cooker Pork and Apple Sauerkraut

This traditional recipe for pork and apples uses pork spare ribs that are slowly cooked until they fall off the bone. Then, a side of sauerkraut complements the sweetness from the apples.

For the Slow-Cooker Pork and Apple Sauerkraut recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Pork Chops

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Slow-Cooker Pork Chops

These delicious pork chops get smothered with apples and onions. Add all of your ingredients to the slow-cooker and walk away — in a few hours you’ll have a hearty pork meal that would go great with a salad. — Milagros Cruz

For the Slow-Cooker Pork Chops recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

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Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

While most pot roast recipes use white flour to thicken the sauce, I like to purée the cooked vegetables to create a thick and satisfying gravy to serve with the roast. — Danielle Walker, Againstallgrain.com

For the Slow-Cooker Pot Roast recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

This pork shoulder is fork tender by the time it is done slowly simmering in the barbecue sauce. Use your favorite store-bought sauce or make your own vinegar- or tomato-based sauce. Then, pile the tender pork onto warm buns, and serve.

For the Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches recipe, click here.

Casseroles

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Casseroles

Looking for a way to simplify dinnertime? These one-pot (or slow-cooker) dinners are easy to make and plenty hearty for warm, nourishing dinner.

Crock-Pot Egg and Broccoli Casserole

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Crock-Pot Egg and Broccoli Casserole

For years, I've prepared this filling egg casserole, which is delicious for brunch, in my slow-cooker. It's an unusual recipe for this appliance but is welcomed wherever I serve it. Folks always go back for seconds. — Janet Sliter

For the Crock-Pot Egg and Broccoli Casserole recipe, click here.

Crock-Pot Shepherd's Pie

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Crock-Pot Shepherd's Pie

This hearty casserole is a favorite in Ireland, where it was whipped up during the coldest of winters. As its name suggests, it was originally made with lamb or mutton, but these days you may be more familiar with the beef version. For a healthier version, try using ground chicken. — Lauren Gordon

For the Crock-Pot Shepherd's Pie recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker 5-Cheese Taco Lasagna

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Slow-Cooker 5-Cheese Taco Lasagna

This untraditional lasagna recipe swaps customary Italian flavors for classic Mexican ones, using queso blanco instead of mozzarella and topping it off with fresh avocado, cilantro, and sour cream.

For the Slow Cooker 5-Cheese Taco Lasagna recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Casserole

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Casserole

This casserole may take some time to make, but it's definitely worth it. The chicken and beans are both soft and full of flavor. For more recipes, visit bushbeans.com. Click here to see 101 Ways to Cook Chicken. — Emily Jacobs

For the Slow-Cooker Chicken Casserole recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Hashbrown Casserole

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Slow-Cooker Hashbrown Casserole

Cheesy, delicious, and totally worth the wait, this slow-cooker meal will have you “mmm-ing” after each bite. Add in bits of bacon or any of your other favorite breakfast meats and your simple side can be transformed into a hearty regular dish. — Lauren Gordon

For the Slow Cooker Hashbrown Casserole recipe, click here

Stews

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Stews

The much thicker kin of soup, stews tend to use larger, tougher cuts of meat that take hours to cook. Skip the waiting by using your slow-cooker, so you don’t have to babysit the pot while you run errands or complete other tasks.

Slow-Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew

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Slow-Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew

Delicious, easy comfort food doesn’t get much better than this slow-cooker beef and mushroom stew. You could take the time to brown the meat and sauté the mushrooms and onions, but I find this dish is just as flavorful and is much less fuss when you just throw it all in the Crock-Pot and come back later. Emily of Holistic Squid

For the Slow-Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Braised Lamb Stew

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Slow-Cooker Braised Lamb Stew

Feel free to add other herbs like rosemary or thyme to this comforting dish, and vegetables like chickpeas or beans, but this lamb stew is delicious as-is. Yasmin Fahr

For the Slow-Cooker Braised Lamb Stew recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Spanish Lentil and Chorizo Stew

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Slow-Cooker Spanish Lentil and Chorizo Stew

This is a simplified slow-cooker version of a dish that I first had in college when I spent a semester abroad in Madrid. I chose a homestay and was matched with an old-school Madrileña grandmother who once told me that she missed Franco. She was a widow living on a pension and did her all of her own shopping, cooking, and laundry, and, because I signed up for it, mine too. Every day that fall, I came home from class during the two-hour siesta to a kitchen steaming with whatever she had bubbling on the stove. Whatever I learned about Spanish home-cooking was purely through observation, but when I came back to the States, I found that I missed the sopa de lentejas so much that I've been playing with this recipe for years. — Valaer Murray

Click here to see Recipe SWAT Team: One-Pot Meals.

For the Slow-Cooker Spanish Lentil and Chorizo Stew recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker "Osso Buco" Stew

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Slow-Cooker "Osso Buco" Stew

Based on the Milanese dish osso buco, this slow-cooker stew is what I like to think of as “quietly Italian.” Unlike a basil-and-tomato-based dish with bold flavors that punch you in the face like the Godfather, this stew is gentle, subtle, and smooth. It’s traditionally made with veal shanks, white wine, vegetables, herbs, and a little tomato. This version substitutes cubes of stew meat — and if you’d like, you can use beef instead of veal — but don’t skip the lemon zest and parsley as garnish! — Melissa Joulwan

For the Slow-Cooker 'Osso Buco' Stew recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Mexican Lentil Stew

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Slow-Cooker Mexican Lentil Stew

While I was researching Mexican cuisine, I came across a traditional dish called sopa de lentejas which is basically a lentil soup/stew with Mexican seasoning. I noticed that in some recipes chorizo was used. I decided to make my own simplified version of this traditional stew using chorizo and Supremo's Crema Supremo sour cream to top the dish. This sour cream has a distinctive tang to it that just says Mexican food! — Diane Balch, Simple Living and Eating

For the Slow-Cooker Mexican Lentil Stew recipe, click here.

Thai Beef Stew

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Thai Beef Stew

This slow-cooker stew, which is made with healthful coconut oil,  gets that hint of umami flavor from the addition of fish sauce. Make this beef stew for a simple weeknight dinner.

Recipe from Diane Walker of Against All Grain.

For the Thai Beef Stew recipe, click here.

Vegetarian

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Vegetarian

Looking for a way to celebrate Meatless Monday or simply trying to cut out meat from your diet? Look no further, because these vegetarian slow-cooker ideas include everything from hearty vegetarian chili to simple mac and cheese.

Slow-Cooker Apple Sauce

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Slow-Cooker Apple Sauce

Making apple sauce at home is easier than you think. Just add a few ingredients into your slow-cooker and walk away. Come back after a few hours and your kitchen will smell of fall apples and cinnamon. — Milagros Cruz

For the Slow-Cooker Apple Sauce recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese

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Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is the homiest, most delicious comfort food you can treat yourself to. Now imagine being able to come home to freshly baked, always delicious mac and cheese that comes straight from a slow-cooker? You’ll be in heaven, we promise! — Lauren Gordon

For the Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.

 

Slow-Cooker Stuffed Artichokes

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Slow-Cooker Stuffed Artichokes

These artichokes are cleaned and trimmed, and then stuffed with a mixture of breadcrumbs and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Finally, slowly cook the artichokes until tender and serve.

For the Slow-Cooker Stuffed Artichokes recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Curry

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Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Curry

This recipe uses protein-rich lentils cooked slowly with flavorful curry leaf, turmeric, and mustard seed to develop a rich curry flavor. The potatoes and pinto beans make this dish hearty enough for a filling main course.

For the Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Curry recipe, click here.

Vegan Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Chili

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Vegan Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Chili

This vegan chili recipe is the perfect healthy comfort food dish you need to try. The tender sweet potatoes and flavorful spices make this dish irresistible.

For the Vegan Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Chili recipe, click here.

Desserts

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Desserts

Use your slow-cooker to make warm cakes, sweet breads, and more. Your slow-cooker will save you time and free up oven space for the main course.

Crock-Pot Bananas Foster

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Crock-Pot Bananas Foster

The flavors of caramel, rum and walnut naturally complement fresh bananas in this classic dessert made easy! — Crystal Bruns

For the Crock-Pot Bananas Foster recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Banana Bread

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Slow-Cooker Banana Bread

This simple banana bread makes a perfect and delicious use of your overripe bananas. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream and caramel sauce for a decadent dessert.

For the Slow-Cooker Banana Bread recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Chocolate Cake

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Slow-Cooker Chocolate Cake

Don’t stress over dessert. Simply combine the ingredients and let your slow-cooker do all the work while you are tending to more important kitchen tasks.

For the Slow-Cooker Chocolate Cake recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Turtle Monkey Bread

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Slow-Cooker Turtle Monkey Bread

With refrigerated biscuit dough and plenty of sugar, you can make warm, gooey, chocolaty monkey bread in your slow-cooker.

For the Slow-Cooker Turtle Monkey Bread recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Warm Brownie Pudding

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Slow-Cooker Warm Brownie Pudding

This fudgy brownie pudding cake makes its own chocolate sauce as it bakes in the slow-cooker. For an over-the-top dessert, top with a scoop of ice cream. — Moore or Less Cooking

For the Slow-Cooker Warm Brownie Pudding recipe, click here.

Drinks

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Drinks

What better way to keep warm drinks warm during a party or cold winter day than in your slow-cooker? Try our version of hot buttered rum or a less-than-traditional warm lemonade.

Slow-Cooker Chocolate Hot Buttered Rum

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Slow-Cooker Chocolate Hot Buttered Rum

This slow-cooker hot buttered rum is made even more decadent by the addition of chocolate chips. If you prefer something more traditional, simply omit the chocolate chips from the recipe.

For the Slow-Cooker Chocolate Hot Buttered Rum recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Hot Toddy

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Slow-Cooker Hot Toddy

Hot toddies are the perfect antidote to a cold day, so nothing could be more welcoming than greeting guests with a slow-cooker full of hot toddies for them to enjoy. This recipe will completely chase any and all cold weather blues away; party because of the enticing aroma and partly because of the alcohol. — Lauren Gordon

For the Slow-Cooker Hot Toddy recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Mulled Wine

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Slow-Cooker Mulled Wine

Whether you are milling (and mulling) around a farmers market, or enjoying a quiet evening at home by the fire, mulled wine warms your soul in a way chilled wine just can’t. This recipe, which has a little kick of brandy in it, is perfect for a wine-drinker that loves a little bit of sweet aroma and flavor in their wine bouquet. Just set the slow-cooker up and enjoy! — Lauren Gordon

For the Slow-Cooker Mulled Wine recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

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Slow-Cooker Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

What better way is there to warm up on a cold winter day than with a hot cup of sweet and salty hot chocolate? Just top with marshmallows, and everyone will be begging for a cup.

For the Slow-Cooker Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Warm Lemonade

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Slow-Cooker Warm Lemonade

Warm up with this bright citrusy drink this winter. Just add a dash of cinnamon for a seasonal, mulled twist, and keep warm in your slow-cooker for the perfect warming beverage to serve at your next winter party.

For the Slow-Cooker Warm Lemonade recipe, click here.

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