If you haven’t tried out making dinner with your slow cooker, then I am here to tell you to get it out and start cooking! The slow cooker is so handy, and you can make just about anything in it! Just get all of your ingredients ready and put them in the slow cooker earlier in the day. It cooks all day while you are gone and is like magic when you come home. Plus, your house smells like someone has been home cooking all day. It is a great way to get amazing flavors and very tender meat!
I especially love how many options there are for slow cooker dinner recipes. Whether you are looking for meat, veggies, or something for the kids, this round-up has them all! In fact, if you have a few slow cookers that you can use, you can cook an entire meal with hardly any effort at all! Try adding in some Potatoes and end the night with this yummy Slow Cooker Cherry Chocolate Hot Fudge Cake. There are so many recipes and ways to mix and match your meals that you could cook like this forever! Try a few. I know that you will love them!
Slow Cooker Tips
Cooking slow cooker dinner recipes is not hard! But I have come up with a few tips that will make it even easier for you during cooking and cleanup!
Slow cooker size: The most common size to get for a slow cooker is 5-6 quarts. These are big enough to cook a meal for a family but not small like the appetizer ones.
Spray: If you spray your slow cooker with some nonstick cooking spray before you put your food in! Then, your cleanup will be so much easier! You can thank me for this tip later.
Preheat the Slow Cooker: A lot of people don’t think to do this but treat your crockpot like an oven. Turn it on about 20 minutes before, just while you are prepping your food. Heating it up beforehand will help with even cooking!
Slow Cooker Italian Beef
4.67 from 9 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.
This delicious and tangy orange chicken is made right in your slow cooker and is better than takeout. It's coated in an irresistible sauce that will keep your family asking for this at least once a week!
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!
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!
Apricot chicken is a super easy and incredibly delicious dinner your whole family is going to love! Tender, juicy chicken covered in a sweet and savory glaze. It only takes 4 ingredients to make, and all you have to do is throw everything in your slow cooker! It’s the perfect hearty weeknight meal.
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 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!
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 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.