If you are like me and love a good meal but sometimes are too busy to spend all day making one, then slow cooker meals are for you! Life can just get so busy, trust me, I totally get it! This is exactly why you need to start using your slow cooker! I can put these meals in my slow cooker at either breakfast or lunch and they cook for me all day! When I get home, dinner is not only ready but it is fall off the bone delicious!
I have rounded up some of my all-time favorite, tried and true, slow cooker meals. There is a wide variety here because I wanted there to be something for everyone! I love having a list put all together. Then, when I know that my day is busy, I can just pick one off of this list that I know all of them are delicious! Who has time to go searching the internet all day for a recipe that might taste good? You don’t need to worry about that here! So, go ahead and try them out. I know that you will love them! I don’t know if I can actually pick out a favorite… But if I had to, I would say that the Slow Cooker Lasagna and the Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes would be at the top of the list!
Tips and Tricks
Even though slow cooker meals are all cooked differently, there are some tips that are helpful no matter what! I always appreciate hearing what people have done to make things easier for them! So I thought I would include a few tips that I’ve learned for you! Then, you can make these recipes amazing!
Slow cooker size: It’s important that you pick a slow cooker that isn’t too small for your meal! A 5-quart or 6.5-quart slow cooker will be a great size for these meals since they all have larger portions! You can always use the extra for leftovers!
Brown the meat: When cooking a roast in the slow cooker, I like to brown it on the stove first. This seals in all of the juices and makes it extra tender as it cooks! You don’t have to do this if you don’t have time. But if you do, it will add some great flavor!
Don’t peek!: I know that it’s tempting to check in and see how your food is doing! But don’t! Once you have put your food into the slow cooker, leave it alone! Every time that you open the lid, it lets out the heat.
Coat it: If you spray the inside of the slow cooker with nonstick spray, then this will help with the cleanup! There won’t be as much scrubbing needed later.
High or Low: If you need to adjust the cooking time, it’s important to know what the high and low settings equal! Cooking for 2 hours on low equals about 1 hour on high.
This Slow Cooker Crack Chicken (Cheddar Ranch Chicken) is an addicting concoction of chicken, cheese, bacon and perfectly seasoned with ranch dressing. Cooking this in the slow cooker takes all the work out of it and makes it a super simple hearty dinner on busy days.
Ingredients: Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, dry ranch seasoning or try my Homemade Ranch Seasoning, cream cheese, bacon, cheddar cheese, chopped green onions for garnish
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.
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!
This chicken is slow 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!
Slow Cooker Parmesan Honey Pork Roast is a tender pork roast slow cooked in a sweet and savory grated parmesan, sticky honey, soy sauce with dried basil seasoning and garlic sauce making this fall apart tender with every slice. The best mouth watering pork roast!
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 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
Skinny Slow Cooker Kung Pao Chicken is a delicious chicken coated in a sweet and spicy sauce with tender vegetables and crunchy cashews. Skip the takeout, this is so much healthier and better!
Ingredients: black pepper, salt, boneless, olive oil, **4 – 6 dried red chili peppers, roasted cashews, red bell pepper, zucchini, low-sodium soy sauce, water, honey, hoisin sauce, garlic , grated fresh ginger, dried red pepper chili flakes, cornstarch or arrowroot powder, water
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 Pasta e Fagioli soup is a rich and hearty Italian soup loaded with pasta, vegetables, beans, and lean ground beef. It's hearty, comforting, and oh so delicious!
Ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, lean ground beef, whole carrots, celery stalks, onion, crushed tomatoes, beef broth, Italian seasoning, whole bay leaves, salt and pepper to taste, cannellini beans, drained and rinsed, red kidney beans drained and rinsed, ditalini pasta
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 Chicken Pot Pie is creamy, hearty and addictively delicious. It’s packed with tender chicken, crisp veggies, a sauce that will leave you coming back or more, and buttery store-bought biscuits. Perfect for cold and busy winter weeknights!
Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken is a creamy, peanut flavor infused chicken that is served over noodles. Easy to make in just a couple steps adding all the ingredients together letting the slow cooker do the work for you! Enjoy the smells that will fill your home while cooking during the day.
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili is the perfect comforting fall soup. It is hearty and packed with spices and big bold flavors. You are going to love this savory and delicious chili!
Ingredients: ground beef, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, small onion, can (15 ounce) kidney beans, can, can, can diced tomatoes with juice, 6 ounce can tomato paste, 15 ounce can pumpkin puree, beef broth, chili powder, cumin, salt, black pepper, dried oregano, garlic powder, bay leaves
Slow Cooker Greek Lamb Shanks are fall off the bone tender and rubbed in the best greek spices. Potatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, and kalamata olives all cook to perfection in the slow cooker and make such a delicious meal in one!
Slow Cooker Mexican Chorizo Egg Casserole is so quick and easy to put together and packed with big flavor! Hashbrowns, cheese, and eggs get loaded up with black beans, corn, and chorizo to make one delicious breakfast!
Ingredients: chorizo sausage, frozen hash browns, corn, black beans, large eggs, milk, package McCormick Good Morning Mexican Egg Casserole Slow Cooker Breakfast Seasoning Mix, shredded cheddar cheese, Optional toppings
This easy crockpot apple cider is the must-have drink for this fall and winter! It has all the right spices and flavors and will warm you right up on those cold winter days! It's perfect for any holiday party or gathering!
Ingredients: whole cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, whole allspice, (2 quarts) apple cider, light brown sugar, large orange
Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs and Veggies is a hearty and flavorful meal! Filled with tender veggies and tuscan herbed spice chicken that all get cooked in a lemon garlic sauce.
Ingredients: red potatoes, bone-in, Tuscan-Style seasoning *see notes, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, chicken stock, Juice of 2 lemons, baby carrots, green beans, cornstarch, water, chopped fresh italian parsley
Best Ever Slow Cooker Beef Stew is the absolute perfect comforting beef stew. A thick and rich sauce filled with hearty and chunky potatoes, carrots, onions, and peas with the most amazing tender melt in your mouth beef!
Ingredients: boneless beef chuck, carrots, baby potatoes, white onion, garlic, beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire Sauce, Italian Seasoning, Salt and pepper to taste, flour, frozen peas
Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup is such a delicious and comforting soup. Loaded with carrots, celery, onion, chicken and tortellini, this creamy soup will become a favorite!
Ingredients: boneless chicken breast, medium carrots, stalks celery, medium onion, garlic, low sodium chicken broth, bay leaves, Italian seasoning, whole milk, heavy cream, flour, cheese tortellini, chopped fresh parsley for serving, salt and pepper to taste
Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Piccata is creamy lemony sauce-coated noodles with juicy lightly breaded chicken with a hint of garlic, all topped with savory capers!
Ingredients: large boneless skinless chicken breasts, flour, garlic powder, salt, pepper, linguine noodles or thin spaghetti noodles, chicken broth, heavy cream, salt and pepper, juice of 1 lemon, capers
Slow Cooker Sticky Asian Ribs with Sticky Sauce are the very best fall of the bone tender ribs you will ever make! Slow cooked to perfection in a sweet and tangy asian sauce. They get slathered right before serving in a finger licking good sticky sauce!
Ingredients: racks pork baby back ribs, light brown sugar, smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, pepper, kosher salt, ground ginger, ground pepper, onion powder, garlic, sweet chili sauce, reduced sodium soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, honey, cornstarch, water
Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup.. Loaded with tons of Mexican flavor and cooked low and slow for 8 hours!
Ingredients: 16 ounces boneless chicken breasts, medium onion, garlic, 10 ounce can enchilada sauce, 15 ounce can chicken stock, 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed, frozen corn, 14 ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, with juice, 4 ounce can diced green chiles, ground cumin, chili powder, chipotle chili powder, optional garnishes: tortilla chips
Slow Cooker Parmesan Garlic Herb Chicken is such an easy meal that is packed with amazing flavor! The potatoes cook to tender perfection in garlic, parmesan, and fresh herbs and the chicken is perfectly juicy. This makes a great meal in one!
Ingredients: butter, bone in chicken thighs, baby red potatoes, garlic cloves, grated parmesan cheese, chopped fresh parsley, fresh thyme, oregano, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, freshly grated parmesan cheese for serving, garnish with fresh parsley
Slow Cooker Cherry Chocolate Hot Fudge Cake is a perfectly tender chocolate cake with hidden cherries inside. It creates a magical fudge sauce while it is in the slow cooker and is completely irresistible!
Ingredients: all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking cocoa, baking powder, salt, milk, vegetable oil, vanilla, 21 ounce Lucky Leaf® Cherry Fruit Filling, packed brown sugar, baking cocoa, hot water
Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole. This quick and easy to put together breakfast can cook in the slow cooker overnight while you’re sleeping!! There’s nothing better than waking up to the smell of a homemade breakfast already made. This casserole is loaded up with sausage, diced hash browns, eggs and cheese.
Ingredients: package pork sausage, bag frozen hash browns, yellow onion diced, green bell pepper diced, red bell pepper diced, and ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese, eggs, milk, salt, ground black pepper
Slow Cooker Sweet Carolina Pulled Pork Sliders are crazy tender, juicy and messy, the way a slider should be! The pork slow cooks all day in an amazing spice rub and sweet vinegar and will be a huge hit!
Ingredients: pork shoulder butt roast, brown sugar, salt, paprika, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, garlic powder, ground mustard, cayenne pepper, large onion, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, sugar
Slow Cooker Restaurant Style Garden Salsa has so many delicious and fresh ingredients and uses up all of those garden tomatoes. It is so addicting you won’t be able to get enough! It is also perfect for canning.
Ingredients: red tomatoes, large onions, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, jalapeno peppers, apple cider vinegar, ground coriander, fresh, fresh chopped basil, fresh chopped sage, salt
This Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken takes just five minutes to throw into the slow cooker and the flavor is out of this world! Tender and juicy slow cooked chicken in a lightened up Mongolian sauce that is sure to wow your family!
Ingredients: boneless, cornstarch, Olive Oil, mince Garlic, Low Sodium Soy Sauce, Water, Brown Sugar, grated Carrots, green onions
Easy to make chicken gyros that only take minutes to throw into the slow cooker! They are light and delicious and packed with delicious flavor!
Ingredients: boneless skinless chicken breast, onion, garlic, dried oregano leaves, salt, pepper, olive oil, red wine vinegar, Juice of ½ medium lemon, water, plain greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, white wine vinegar, dried dill weed, dried oregano leaves, Salt and pepper, Juice of ½ medium lemon, extra-virgin olive oil, warm pita bread, red onion, red pepper, romaine lettuce, cucumber, sliced tomatoes
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!
Delicious melt in your mouth beef that cooks right in your slow cooker with veggies and cashews hidden throughout. One of the best meals that you will make in your slow cooker and so much better than takeout!
Ingredients: boneless, beef broth, low sodium soy sauce, dark brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic cloves , cornstarch, Frozen Broccoli Florets, cashews, frozen carrots, White or brown rice
The flavor is out of this world with a little bit of sweet to it. I had my pork over a delicious salad tonight and the whole family loved it…
Ingredients: pork loin roast, salt, pepper, coke zero, brown sugar, water, coke zero, can sliced green chilies, tomato sauce, chipotle chili in adobo sauce, garlic powder, cumin, chipotle chili powder, unpacked brown sugar, salt and pepper to taste