30 MUST Try Slow Cooker Recipes

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Slow cooker recipes are the absolute best! They are delicious, easy, fast, and hands-off! Let the slow cooker do all the work for you and enjoy all of these tasty recipes!

If you love making dinner with your slow cooker then you have come to the right place! Start out with this turkey breast, this yummy chicken and rice soup, or these fall off-the-bone ribs. They are all so delicious!

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Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow cooker recipes are some of my very favorites! Not only do they turn out tasting so tender and delicious but they are so easy! You make the meal earlier in the day and then turn on your slow cooker and forget about it! They do all of the work for you. Plus, there are so many options. You can cook any type of chicken, beef, or pork and they all are so juicy and tender that cooking them like this is hard to beat!

Because there are SO many slow cooker recipes out there, I have made it easy for you with this post! I have rounded up 30 of my absolute favorite recipes for you to try! There are soups, chilis, meats, and even a turkey dinner! You can use this as your landing spot for all of the best slow cooker recipes. Try on or try them all, I know that you will find something that you love!

Helpful Tips

Whether you are a seasoned slow cooker chef or new to using one, I have gathered a few tips that are helpful to everyone! Cooking slow cooker recipes can save so much time and energy on cooking meals! Use these tips and make it super easy on yourself!

  • More than one slow cooker: If you have more than one slow cooker, you can not only cook your main entree but you could have you sides cooking in them too! Then the only thing that you have to do is pull them all out of the slow cookers and eat up! No extra cooking in the kitchen!
  • Different sizes: There are a lot of different sized slow cookers out there. The most common size is between 5 and 6 quarts. I like to have some mini slow cookers for dips and appetizers. Then, use a 6 quart slow cooker for my entrees and sides. You can even get an 8 quart one if you are feeding a large family or group!
  • Slow cooker liner: If you want to make your life really easy when cooking slow cooker recipes then buy some slow cooker liners. These will make it so that you can just take them out after cooking and quickly just wipe your slow cooker clean. No more soaking or scrubbing afterwards! I’m all about easy clean up!

Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef

Beef that slow cooks to tender melt in your mouth perfection.  This takes minutes to throw into the crockpot and has such amazing flavor!  One of the best things that you will make in your slow cooker!
Ingredients: Flank Steak, cornstarch, Olive Oil, Garlic, Soy Sauce, Water, Brown Sugar, Carrots, green onions

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Slow cooker chicken tikka masala is an easy sweet and spicy sauce that is thick, rich, and creamy. It is so flavorful with spices like garam masala, paprika, and even cinnamon! It's not too spicy and perfect served over rice and with a side of naan.
Ingredients: boneless skinless chicken breasts, small onion, garlic, fresh ginger, 29 oz can tomato puree, plain Greek yogurt, olive oil, Garam Masala, cumin, paprika, salt, cinnamon, black pepper, cayenne pepper, bay leaves, heavy cream, cornstarch, cilantro

Slow Cooker Jambalaya

Slow Cooker Jambalaya with andouille sausage, chicken and shrimp cooked low and slow with bold spices and vegetables with just 10 minutes of prep.
Ingredients: chicken breasts, andouille sausage links, diced tomatoes, onion, red bell pepper, celery, chicken broth, dried thyme, dried oregano, Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, tomato paste , uncooked long grain rice , raw shrimp

Slow Cooker Ribs

These Slow Cooker ribs are going to melt in your mouth and fall off the bone! They are cooked low and slow so they are perfectly tender and then covered in a sauce that's absolutely to die for!
Ingredients: pork baby back ribs, brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, Homemade BBQ Sauce

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

An amazing slow cooker meal that is way better than takeout! The chicken is breaded to perfection and the sauce is full of flavor! The cashews hidden throughout are the best part!
Ingredients: chicken breasts, Cornstarch, black pepper, canola oil, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ketchup, sweet chili sauce, brown sugar, garlic cloves, grated fresh ginger, red pepper flakes, cashews

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

This Beef and Broccoli takes just minutes to throw in the slow cooker. The beef melts in your mouth and the flavor is out of this world! My top five favorite recipes on the blog!
Ingredients: beef chuck roast, beef consomme or beef broth, low sodium soy sauce, dark brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic cloves minced, cornstarch, Frozen Broccoli Florets, White or brown rice

Slow Cooker Italian Beef

Tender and juicy, this Slow Cooker Italian Beef is mouthwateringly amazing! This recipe is fork tender with a tangy zippy broth. You are going to love it!
Ingredients: beef chuck roast, salt and pepper, canola oil, beef consommé, dry Italian salad dressing, garlic powder, italian seasoning, sliced pepperoncini , butter, hoagie rolls, provolone cheese

Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken

Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken is a super easy meal with an amazing sweet and savory sauce with a little bit of heat! This is way better than takeout!
Ingredients: boneless skinless chicken breasts, cornstarch, vegetable oil, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, dry ginger, crushed red pepper, Optional garnish

Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Over Rice

Delicious and creamy chicken and broccoli that you can easily throw into the crockpot that the entire family will love!
Ingredients: chicken breasts, cream of chicken soup, cheddar soup, chicken broth, salt, Cajun seasoning, garlic salt, sour cream, frozen broccoli florets, cheddar cheese

Slow Cooker Lasagna

Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna layered with noodles, homemade meat sauce and three kinds of cheese! This lasagna takes only 15 minutes of prep time and couldn't be any easier to make!
Ingredients: olive oil, ground beef, spicy sausage, onion, diced, garlic, minced, tomato sauce, water, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, to taste, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, divided , oven ready lasagna noodles

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Mustard Glazed Ham

This ham was the BEST ham that I have ever had. I couldn’t even believe the flavor and how incredible it was.
Ingredients: precooked spiral cut ham, honey, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, garlic salt

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Amazing juicy and perfectly tender turkey breast that slow cooks all day in the crockpot!
Ingredients: turkey breast, salt and pepper , orange juice, whole cranberry sauce, Onion Soup Mix, salt and pepper to taste

Fall off the Bone Slow Cooker Short Ribs

Fall off the Bone Slow Cooker Short Ribs is a perfect hearty, satisfying, and savory dinner. Full of flavor and fork tender succulent beef, it's a meal worth coming home to.
Ingredients: beef short ribs, salt and pepper, olive oil, carrots, beef broth, garlic minced, tomato paste, Worcestershire Sauce, Italian Seasoning

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

This slow cooker crack chicken (cheddar ranch chicken) is an addicting combination of chicken, cheese, bacon and ranch dressing. Cooking this in the slow cooker takes all the work out of it and makes it a super simple hearty dinner for busy days.
Ingredients: Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, dry ranch seasoning, cream cheese, bacon, cheddar cheese, chopped green onions for garnish

Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes

A delicious side for any meal! Easy clean up and tender delicious potatoes that are packed with flavor!
Ingredients: potatoes or 6-8 small red or yellow potatoes, onion, bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, dry ranch seasoning packet, butter, sliced green onions

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken is a simple saucy, sweet and tangy chicken served over tender long grain rice that truly satisfies. The aroma that will fill your kitchen will make your mouth water all day, the hardest part of this will be waiting till it's done. It's so simple and so flavorful, it'll become a standard in your recipe rotation.
Ingredients: boneless skinless chicken thighs, sugar, soy sauce, cider vinegar, ground ginger, minced garlic, pepper, cornstarch, cold water, Hot cooked long grain rice

Slow Cooker Kalua Pulled Pork

This Slow Cooker Kalua Pulled Pork is tender, smokey and melt in your mouth perfection. Get that authentic Hawaiian Luau pork flavor at home with this super simple, 3 ingredient masterpiece.
Ingredients: Pork Butt Roast, Coarse Hawaiian sea salt, Liquid Smoke, Buns for Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork

This juicy, melt in your mouth brown sugar balsamic glazed pork is an explosion of flavor. With simple ingredients, easy prep and taste that wows, this dish will make you the hit of the dinner table. You will dream about this pork after you make it.  It's just that good!
Ingredients: Pork tenderloin, salt, coarse pepper, minced garlic, Water, Brown sugar, Cornstarch, Balsamic Vinegar, Water, Soy sauce

Slow Cooker Korean Beef

Amazing and flavorful beef that slow cooks to tender melt in your mouth perfection! This will be one of the best meals that you will make!
Ingredients: Flank Steak, cornstarch, Sesame Oil, mince Garlic, Soy Sauce, beef broth, Brown Sugar, onion, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds and green onions

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken is always a hit at my house! It's chicken thighs cooked in a honey garlic sauce that is infused with soy and hoisin sauce with fresh garlic and ginger covering the boneless chicken thighs for one amazing family dinner. Throw it all together and let the slow cooker do all the work!
Ingredients: Boneless Chicken Thighs , Honey, soy sauce, hoisen sauce , garlic crushed, fresh ginger root, seseame oil , cornstarch, water

Slow Cooker Stuffed Bell Peppers

Delicious bell peppers that are stuffed and cooked in your slow cooker!
Ingredients: Large Bell Peppers, lean ground beef, onion, can diced tomatoes, wild rice, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, shredded cheese, water

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables is a fantastic meal with tender and juicy chicken with a delicious sweet and tangy balsamic sauce. This slow cooks to perfection with veggies making an awesome meal in one!
Ingredients: olive oil, garlic, baby carrots, baby red potatoes, boneless, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, green beans, Fresh chopped parsley for garnish

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

AMAZING and tender beef barbacoa that is better than any restaurant I have had! The flavor is amazing and it slow cooks to perfection!
Ingredients: beef brisket, vegetable oil, chipotle chilis in adobo, beef broth, minced garlic, ground cumin, dried oregano, salt, ground black pepper, ground cloves, fresh lime juice

Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Loaded baked potato soup is hands down the best potato soup that I have ever had. Creamy and delicious with all the goodness of a baked potato, made right in your slow cooker!
Ingredients: potatoes, onion, chicken broth, butter, flour, sour cream, heavy cream, salt and pepper , bacon, cheddar cheese, green onions

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich (Melt in Your Mouth!)

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches are filled with tender chunks of roast beef with thin slices of melted mozzarella cheese all held together by a soft hoagie bread all dipped in au jus sauce. This warm, savory and comforting sandwich is a MUST!  
Ingredients: chuck roast, Salt and Pepper, olive oil, can beef consommé, can beef broth, onion, soy sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, hoagie rolls, mozzarella cheese

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini Soup

Slow cooker chicken tortellini soup is loaded with chopped vegetables, shredded cooked chicken, and cheesy tortellini all slow-cooked in a flavorful chicken broth. It's definitely a dinner the whole family will love!
Ingredients: boneless chicken breast, medium carrots, stalks celery, medium onion, garlic, low sodium chicken broth, water, bay leaves, Italian seasoning, cheese tortellini, chopped fresh parsley for serving, salt and pepper to taste


 It was so delicious and I loved the perfect blend of spices that made this chili absolutely delish!
Ingredients: chicken breasts, Rotel Tomatoes, corn kernels, black beans, ranch dressing mix, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, (8 oz) fat free cream cheese

Slow Cooker Ragu

This Slow Cooker Ragu recipe is easy to make, stick-to-your-ribs comforting, and makes a generous quantity that's freezer-friendly. The whole family will love it!
Ingredients: olive oil, onion, carrots, celery, ground beef, ground pork, garlic, can tomato paste, Italian seasoning, dried thyme, beef broth, dry red wine, heavy cream, Salt & pepper to taste
These Slow Cooker Cranberry Balsamic Meatballs are perfect for a holiday dinner or party! Sweet, tangy and so easy!

Slow Cooker Cranberry Balsamic Meatballs

These Slow Cooker Cranberry Balsamic Meatballs are perfect for a holiday dinner or party! Sweet, tangy and so easy!
Ingredients: 14oz can jellied cranberry sauce, honey, balsamic vinegar, low sodium beef broth, corn starch, minced garlic, salt, of red pepper flakes, precooked beef meatballs

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Slow cooker pork carnitas are an amazingly easy and delicious recipe that is full of flavor and cooks all day to tender and juicy perfection! This is definitely a carnitas recipe that you will make again and again!
Ingredients: pork shoulder roast, Chili Powder, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, orange juice, lime juice, garlic, onion

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. If you had to pick one favorite, which would it be? I’ve been invited to a Pumpkin Carving/Crock Pot Cook-off Party next week and don’t know what to make. I haven’t used mine for anything much more than pulled pork and beef roasts. Your post has definitely inspired me to pull it out of the closet, dust if off, and try something new. Thanks!

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