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.
Slow Cooker Italian Beef
4.70 from 10 votes
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!
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.
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.
Tender pieces of flank steak are slow cooked in the tastiest sweet and savory sauce. This slow cooker Mongolian beef is melt-in-your-mouth perfection and bursting with flavor. Quick and easy to prepare and one of our favorite slow cooker meals!
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!
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!
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.
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!
Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich (Melt in Your Mouth!)
4.84 from 6 votes
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!
Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables
4 from 12 votes
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!
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 General Tso's chicken is a super easy version of everyone's favorite Chinese entree! Crispy chicken cooked in a sweet and savory sauce with a little added heat. This is way better than takeout!
Slow cooker Swedish meatballs braised in a rich and flavorful cream sauce. A combination of ground beef, pork, and warm spices make for a comforting and satisfying dish. Serve as an easy appetizer or hearty meal paired with mashed potatoes or egg noodles!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
You'll never want to make a Philly cheesesteak any other way! Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteaks are juicy and tender meat cooked in the slow cooker and perfectly topped with melty cheese on a toasted bun!
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!
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!
Welcome to my kitchen! I am Alyssa Rivers and the food blogger behind The Recipe Critic. The blog launched in 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family. Each recipe is tried and true, family-tested and approved.