Slow cooker recipes are effortless to prepare, and they are great make-ahead dishes perfect for the lazy or busy host. Cooking party staples like dips, appetizers, proteins, and even desserts in your slow cooker frees up your oven for more involved dishes to truly craft the most perfect party menu possible. Plus, the ever-handy slow cooker saves you time to focus on décor, drinks, and you know, actually mingling with your guests.
Warm, comforting, and the perfect end to any party, the flavors of banana, rum, and walnuts blend perfectly together in this easy dessert recipe.
It may seem weird to have a citrus cheesecake made in a slow cooker, but trust us on this one. The flavors blend together so wonderfully, you’ll never make your desserts any other way.
Shepherd’s pie is the ultimate comforting casserole. Warm up any cold weather potluck or party by preparing this dish in the slow cooker.
Creamy, spicy, and cheesy, this queso packs tons of flavor. When paired with some homemade, punched-up breadsticks, this is a party-winning appetizer.
Easy, warm, spicy, comforting… and healthy? You almost can’t get this dish on your party menu fast enough.
Essentially burgers wrapped in phyllo dough, these savory hand pies are perfect for game day or any backyard barbecue.
This nontraditional lasagna recipe swaps traditional Italian flavors for classic Mexican ones. Queso blanco, avocado, cilantro, and salsa breathe new life in to your noodles.
Everyone knows the secret to perfect ribs is cooking them low and slow. Save your oven for other dishes and use your slow cooker to get your ribs fall-off-the-bone tender.
Who doesn’t want a side dish that basically cooks itself? These smoky, savory baked beans are honestly easier to make than buying a can.
Chicken wings are a party classic. When prepared in a slow cooker, not only are these wings a breeze to make, but they’re also tender beyond imagination.
This tender, succulent chicken will melt in your mouth. The jerk seasoning adds so much bold, spicy flavor, you’ll discover a new layer of deliciousness in every bite.
Take your savory snacking to the next level with this crunchy, delicious snack mix. Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder are the secret to an easy, crave-worthy treat.
Who said a homemade cake had to be a complicated affair? With a slow cooker, this favorite chocolate dessert has never been easier to pull off.
Cocktail meatballs are so easy to prepare ahead of time, throw in the slow cooker, and serve with a homemade sauce. This tangy recipe proves just that.
Yes, you can bake a cake in your slow cooker. Don’t believe us? Check out this tart recipe and see for yourself.
A melt-in-your-mouth sandwich is the ultimate savory party dish. After stewing away in your slow cooker all day, this beef sandwich will have all your guests reaching for seconds.
Caramelize your onions to perfection in your slow cooker. When added to the creamy components of this classic dip, you’ll have a homemade appetizer that is out of this world.
Macaroni and cheese is a classic side dish that will please your guests of all ages. And it’s never been easier to make, thanks to this slow cooker recipe.
Seven layer dip is already a breeze to prepare. Make it even easier (and more delicious) by warming it up in your slow cooker.
Whether you decide to serve this as a dessert or pack it up and give it to your friends as party favors, this fudge is fantastic.
Pulled pork makes pretty much everything better; we can all agree on that. So why would party favorite appetizers like potato skins be any different?
Name a more iconic party food than the nacho; we’ll wait. Create this much-loved snack with ease by cooking tender, perfect chicken in your slow cooker.
Classic, creamy spinach and artichoke dip gets a bit of a Mexican makeover in this easy, satisfying recipe. Keep your pots, pans, and serving dishes clean by making this in a slow cooker.
Simple, tender, and delicious for every palate, these stuffed artichokes are perfect for a hearty party appetizer or light vegetarian option at dinner.
Tender, slow-cooked chicken, sweet teriyaki glaze, and a creamy macaroni salad. What more could you want? This recipe is a classic Hawaiian plate lunch packed into bite-sized sandwiches.