Delicious Slow Cooker Meal Ideas

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Slow cooker meals are simple, delicious, and always so tender! Not only are they are cooked to perfection but they will give you that home-cooked meal that we all go crazy for!

I love how slow cooker meals can be made ahead of time and are cooking to tender perfection all day! If you want to top off your meal, try cooking a dessert in your slow cooker too! This peach cobbler and cherry chocolate hot fudge cake are to die for!

Collage of slow cooker meals.

Slow Cooker Meals

I cannot tell you how much I LOVE slow cooker meals!! They taste moist and tender and have fall-off-the-bone meat! All you have to do is just pop everything right in there with all of the ingredients and spices and forget about it! A slow cooker takes away all of the questions with cooking. This makes using one a fantastic idea for even the most beginner of cooks! Some of my favorite meals out there involve my slow cooker and I cannot wait for you to try them!

I have rounded up 30 of my very favorite slow-cooked meals that I know you will go crazy over! There is a wide variety because I couldn’t narrow it down! They are all tried and true favorites and I wouldn’t want you to miss out on any of them. You could even set out a couple of slow cookers and cook your meal, sides, and dessert all at the same time. Besides that, slow cooker meals are great to make even in the summertime because you don’t have to heat up your house using your oven! Test a few out, I know that you won’t be able to stop at just one!

Cooking Tips

A slow cooker will make your life easy! But here are a few tips to making cooking with them a little easier and will help your meal turn out perfect! I am all about any helpful hints people have to use in my kitchen!

  • Leave it alone: Once you put your ingredients into the slow cooker, put the lid on and leave it alone! Unless your recipe says otherwise, don’t take the lid off to check on anything. Slow cooker meals do best when they aren’t distrubed. Don’t worry, the food is going to be more than fine!
  • Don’t overcook: Stick to the cooking time in the recipe. Once you’ve reached that time, don’t keep it on the low setting, change it over to warm. THis will stop the cooking process but keep your food hot until you are ready!
  • Slow cooker size: Make sure that you aren’t trying to fit too much into a small slow cooker. Buy a larger one that has a larger amount of space for your meat cuts.
  • Thicken your sauce: Once you have taken your meat out, you can use the sauce in the slow cooker as gravy! Leave the lid off and let it boil. You can add some flour or cornstarch to thicken it up to your liking!

Slow Cooker Parmesan Honey Pork Roast

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! 
Ingredients: boneless pork roast, grated Parmesan cheese, honey, soy sauce, dried basil, minced garlic, olive oil, salt, cornstarch, cold water

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

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

Melt in Your Mouth Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken slow cooks to perfection in the best sweet and tangy homemade BBQ sauce.  The chicken is so tender and just melts in your mouth with the most amazing flavor! 
Ingredients: boneless, skinless chicken breasts , ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, chili powder, onion powder, salt, liquid smoke, water, cornstarch

Slow Cooker Mississippi Pork Roast

Slow Cooker Mississippi Pork Roast is a savory, sweet and spicy pork roast that is tender to the touch and falls apart with ease. 
Ingredients: Smithfield Homestyle Marinated Fresh Pork Roast, Ranch Seasoning , Au Jus Gravy Mix, Butter, Pepperoncini Peppers

Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

Mexican dinner night is fun and easy with these Crockpot Chicken Fajitas! They are loaded with chicken, bell peppers, onion, and spices, then served with all your favorite toppings.
Ingredients: boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced tomatoes with juice (I used fire roasted), diced green chiles (I used mild), bell peppers, sliced (I use a variety), white or yellow onion, chili powder, ground cumin, salt, garlic powder, oregano, smoked paprika, ground coriander, black pepper, fajita-size flour tortillas, lime wedges, sour cream, shredded cheese, guacamole, avocados , Pico de gallo, salsa, cilantro leaves

Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Pork Chops

It just peels apart and melts in your mouth.  You will not be disappointed by trying this recipe!
Ingredients: pork chops, medium potatoes, cream of chicken soup, dry ranch dressing mix, parsley to sprinkle on top

Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki

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 Orange Chicken

A delicious and tangy orange chicken that is made right in your slow cooker!  This is better than takeout and a meal that the entire family will love! 
Ingredients: Boneless Chicken Breasts, Cornstarch, vegetable oil, rice wine vinegar, Soy Sauce, sesame oil, orange marmalade, brown sugar, salt, of pepper

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala is an easy, sweet and spicy sauce that is thick, rich and creamy with an intense color of orange and red blend that has several spices blended together with creamy yogurt covering cubes of chicken breasts leaving you with an intense flavor all served over rice.  Let the slow cooker do all the work! 
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 CREAM CHEESE CHICKEN CHILI

 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 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 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 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
This slow cooker chicken and rice soup is an easy and comforting meal that's perfect for cold nights!

Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup

This slow cooker chicken and rice soup is an easy and comforting meal that’s perfect for cold nights!
Ingredients: boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced yellow onion, medium carrots, stalks of celery, of chicken broth, minced garlic, dried thyme, dried parsley, salt, black pepper, white rice, chopped fresh parsley

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 Pork Chili Verde

This is easily the BEST chili verde that I have EVER had! The pork is tender and full of amazing flavor and is made right in the slow cooker!
Ingredients: boneless pork shoulder, olive oil, canned tomatillos, onion chopped, garlic cloves, green enchilada sauce, salsa verde, diced green chilies, cumin, dried oregano, salt, cornstarch

Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs and Veggies

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

Slow Cooker Bacon-Wrapped Maple Glazed Pork

Slow Cooker Bacon-Wrapped Maple Pork slow cooks to tender and juicy perfection in the most amazing maple mustard sauce. The flavor is incredible and will become a family favorite!
Ingredients: pork loin roast, bacon, salt and pepper, real maple syrup, spicy brown mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, cornstarch, water

Slow Cooker Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken

Tender and juicy seasoned and pan seared chicken thighs slow cook with a flavorful and light cilantro lime sauce. This meal is packed with flavor and absolutely delicious!
Ingredients: boneless skinless chicken thighs*, Chili Powder, cumin, paprika, pepper, olive oil, chicken broth, lime juice, heavy cream, cilantro, cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water

Crockpot Taco Soup

Crockpot Taco Soup is cozy, comforting, and easy to make. Everyone will love selecting their own toppings to customize this delicious soup!
Ingredients: lean ground beef, onion,, can corn,, can black beans,, can red kidney beans,, can fire-roasted diced tomatoes,, can diced green chilis,, beef broth, water, dried oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper, Optional toppings: sour cream, tortilla strips, scallions, avocado, shredded cheese, etc.

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 Ham and Potato Casserole

The flavor was perfect. Our whole family loved it. It was so easy to throw together.
Ingredients: frozen hash brown potatoes, onion soup mix, salt, sour cream, reduced fat cream of chicken soup, grated cheddar cheese, butter, herb-seasoned stuffing mix, chopped ham

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 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 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 Swedish Meatballs

Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs braised in a rich and flavorful cream sauce. The meat is a combination of ground beef, pork, and warm spices.
Ingredients: heavy whipping cream divided, egg, panko breadcrumbs, lean ground pork, grated yellow onion, minced garlic, kosher salt, nutmeg, allspice, black pepper, lean ground beef, butter, flour, unsalted beef broth, lemon juice, chopped parsley

Slow Cooker Honey Teriyaki Chicken

This recipe is so easy to throw into your slow cooker and the honey teriyaki flavor is our of this world!  The chicken cooks to perfection and will be one of the best things that you will make!
Ingredients: chicken breasts, soy sauce, honey, rice wine vinegar, onion, garlic cloves, pepper, ground ginger, water, Cornstarch, Optional garnish: green onions

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore – an easy crockpot meal loaded with tomatoes, bell peppers, kale, carrots and sliced mushrooms
Ingredients: skinless chicken thighs, salt and black pepper, olive oil, garlic, medium white onion, diced red bell peppers, sliced carrots, sliced mushrooms, 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes, drained, 6 ounce can tomato paste, dried basil, dried oregano, dried rosemary, dried thyme, Kalamata olives, chopped kale, corn starch plus 3 teaspoons water, fresh chopped parsley, Fresh basil leaves, grated Parmesan cheese

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 , rice , shrimp

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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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