17 Crock Pot Recipes that will Save Your Life in College

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17 Crock Pot Recipes that will Save Your Life in College

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College is the perfect place to begin expanding your palate — it’s no longer up to your parents to decide what’s for dinner. There are plenty of reasons to cook for yourself at school: Some days you just don’t feel like leaving your dorm, others you want to cut back on expenses, and sometimes the on-campus dining hall menu gets repetitive. The next time you want to save money or just plan a kick-back with friends, we’re here to help with these slow-cooker recipes that’ll shake things up.

Crock-pot Egg and Broccoli Casserole

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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, Kennewick, Washington

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Crock Pot Jalapeno Spinach Dip

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Everyone loves spinach dip, and this version is as easy as it is delicious. Just mix the ingredients together in the slow cooker for a savory and creamy appetizer.

— Michaela Debelius, Waddell, Arizona

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Green Chile Slow Cooker Queso

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Blogger Heather Thoming has created a creamy, spicy queso dip, proving that the slow cooker is, in fact, good for everything. Watch how Heather makes it happen.

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Slow Cooker Barbeque Ribs

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Broiling gives the ribs great smoky flavor and a barbecued appearance. It's not necessary to broil the meat for this slow-cooker recipe, but it’s a great way to boost the flavor and texture.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup

This slow-cooker chicken pot pie soup is a true comfort food. It's thick, creamy, and tastes like chicken pot pie without the crust!

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— Jennifer Drummond

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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 so you can thoroughly enjoy this essential party food without the guilt.

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Slow-Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

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Slow-Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

Want the flavors of a burger with the ease of the slow cooker? You got it! Plus, this easy, versatile soup takes just 20 minutes to prep.

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Slow Cooker Chili with Jalapeño Corn Muffins

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With chili, the longer it cooks, the more the flavors marry together. I find this to be true with dishes that have a tomato base and many seasonings. That means you can throw it together after lunch, put it in the slow cooker, and it will be perfect come game time. Leftovers are even better the next day.

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Slow Cooker Ham and Quiche Recipe


Enjoy your dinner with this quiche featuring refrigerated pie crusts, ham, eggs, and cheese. It’s the perfect dish for a French-themed brunch.

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Slow Cooker Honey Barbecue Pork Roast with Carrots

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Enjoy this slow-cooked pork roast made with frozen honey-glazed carrots; the savory and sweet dish makes for a hearty dinner.

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Slow Cooker Hot Toddy

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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.

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Slow Cooker Lazy Day Lasagna

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If you’re skeptical about cooking lasagna in a slow cooker, have no fear; it’s as easy as layering the ingredients and walking away. This recipe will have your lasagna pan gathering dust. The Italian purist in me was happy to find that traditional lasagna noodles bake up beautifully without boiling them first, and my boys were delighted to eat this for dinner and again as tasty leftovers.

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— Marlene Koch

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Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

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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!

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Slow Cooker Mexican Seven Layer Dip

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Slow-Cooker Mexican Seven-Layer Dip

You'll love this warmed-up, no-fuss version of your favorite Mexican dip.

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Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

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Enjoy this slow-cooked hot chocolate that’s made with peanut butter and topped with marshmallows; smiles are guaranteed.

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Slow Cooker Southwest Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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Standard spinach artichoke dip gets a Mexican makeover with the addition of chopped green chiles and pepper jack cheese.

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chipotle Chili

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Marvelous and meatless, this chili is still hearty enough to warm the heart and belly of any chili lover. The chipotle chili powder gives this slow-cooker recipe the kick it needs to make it an instant favorite for vegetarians with a penchant for spicy foods. We are positive you are going to love this homey and satisfying meal.


—  Shelby Kinnaird ​

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