30 Slow-Cooker Recipes That Aren’t Soup or Stew Gallery
30 Slow-Cooker Recipes That Aren’t Soup or Stew
Whoever said that cooking had to be a time consuming, hands-on task never had a slow-cooker! With a Crock-Pot, slow-cooker, or Dutch oven, or Instant Pot cooking is made easy. With slow-cooking, you don’t need much prep time and there’s no need to watch the food while it cooks — and it helps us squeeze a homemade meal into our busy lives.
You can run errands, work, sleep, shower, or do whatever your heart desires, all while your house fills with the smell of the delicious meal in the works. And we do mean delicious — some of the best food is cooked with love low and slow. With a slow-cooker, you can capture those rich layers of flavor without needing to babysit your pots and pans.
And despite what you may have been told, slow-cookers are not just for soups and stews! You can make appetizers, meals, and desserts with this handy kitchen appliance. Plus, it works for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. To keep you inspired, read on for the 30 best slow-cooker recipes that are not soup or stew.
Wake up with our slow-cooker apple-spice oatmeal! You don’t need to settle for watery, bland, instant oatmeal when you can indulge in sweet, creamy, slow-cooked oatmeal. Turn it on before bed, and by the time you’re ready to start the day, your nutritious oatmeal will be finished and ready for you to eat.
Bacon and Cheese Quiche
Good morning! This delicious bacon and cheese quiche is just what you need to have the energy to get through the day. This is a breakfast made easy that is most enjoyable!
Coconut Nutella Pudding Cake
Trust us, everyone will go nuts for your Nutella coconut pudding cake. The crunch of the coconut combined with the richness of the Nutella — what’s not to love?
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Add some fruitiness to your life with this cranberry-orange cake that has the perfect citrus blend you desire! This spoonable slow-cooker cake is a hassle-free yet decadent cake perfect for serving with homemade vanilla or cinnamon ice cream.
Cranberry Citrus Meatballs
These are perfect for entertaining your guests! Whip up some meatballs and sauce, and before your party or event, throw them in the Crock-Pot and soon they will be cooked to perfection.
Fire Pot Roast
Pot roast has never been so delicious and easy! Indulge in this classic dish without slaving away in the kitchen. Even better: You can make multiple meals out of it with the leftovers!
French Dip Sandwich
There is nothing more satisfying than a melt-in-your-mouth sandwich. This shredded beef French dip is savory and succulent after stewing in the slow-cooker all day! — Lauren Gordon
Hash Brown 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 will be transformed into a hearty main dish. — Lauren Gordon
Who says you can’t make desserts in a slow-cooker? Serve this cake as an after-dinner decadence with fresh whipped cream, berries, or ice cream. The rich chocolate cake is always a hit.
Mini Cheeseburger Pies
Adults and kids will love these mini cheeseburger pies that are perfect for backyard barbecues or family-style potlucks! They are the perfect proportion and are full of the all-American flavor we all love!
No one will be able to resist these delicious squares that are nutty, chewy and totally crave able.
Pulled Beef Sandwich
Whether it’s for lunch or dinner, you can enjoy a pulled beef sandwich. Now a meal doesn’t have to be bland just because you’re on the go or don’t have time to make it while you’re busy at home. The juices and flavors really come out strong with this pulled beef sandwich slow-cooker recipe.
Pumpkin Spice Crème Brûlée
This surprising slow-cooker dessert is simply delicious.
Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake
This rich and creamy pumpkin swirl cheesecake recipe will leave your mouth watering.
You can roast a whole chicken in your slow-cooker. Now the family can enjoy a home-cooked meal without having to be home while it’s being made. (We know you’re always running around in your daily life with a million things on your to-do list.) An added bonus: There are sure to be leftovers!
Sweet-With-Heat Beef Short Ribs
Serve this hearty slow-cooker dish with your favorite starch.
Screamin’ Good Carnitas
Here’s a great recipe for any get-together. It makes a taco party the easiest thing in the world to host!
Sausage and Meatballs Bites
Whether you’re throwing a party, having everyone over for dinner, or hosting family for the holidays, have these sausage and meatball bites prepared to wow your guests. They are the perfect party appetizer!
Sausage-and-Spinach Cheese Tortellini
This easy slow-cooker recipe is irresistible!
Sausage-Stuffed Flank Steak
Steak is not just for the grill in the summer. Whatever season it is, this sausage-stuffed flank steak is a winner!
Shredded Chicken Nachos
Nachos can be made with meats other than beef, which is why you should try our shredded chicken nachos!
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Spinach and artichoke dip is a must-have at any party or gathering. Whip this up for your guests and they will love you forever!
Teriyaki Chicken and Mac Salad Sliders
If you love sliders, you’ll want to try these teriyaki chicken sliders. They have a tender texture, plus an added topping of mac salad. You’ve never had mini-sandwiches like these before, and these are good enough to give all the others a run for their money. These are definitely one of the best slow-cooker chicken recipes.
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