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Slow-cooker meals are simple, delicious, and always so tender! Not only are they cooked to perfection, but they will give you that home-cooked touch that we all go crazy for! Here are 30 AMAZING slow cooker meal ideas to try out for dinner this week!

I love how slow cooker meals can be made ahead of time and are cooked 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!

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30 of the BEST 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! They’re also a must for the cold months. They make the best soups and stews! Test a few out, I know that you won’t be able to stop at just one!

Cooking Tips

Slow cookers make life so easy! Here are a few tips to help your meal turn out perfectly. You’ll have to try some of them out on these slow cooker meal ideas! Set it, forget it, and have a hearty home-cooked meal to come home to.

  • 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 disturbed. 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 then add some flour or cornstarch to thicken it up to your liking!

Slow Cooker Parmesan Honey Pork Roast

5 from 2 votes
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! 
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Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

5 from 4 votes
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!
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Slow Cooker Jambalaya

4.62 from 117 votes
Slow Cooker Jambalaya with andouille sausage, chicken and shrimp cooked low and slow with bold spices and vegetables with just 10 minutes of prep.
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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

4.88 from 8 votes
Amazing juicy and perfectly tender turkey breast that slow cooks all day in the crockpot!
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Melt in Your Mouth Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

5 from 6 votes
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! 
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Slow Cooker Mississippi Pork Roast

4.87 from 15 votes
Slow Cooker Mississippi Pork Roast is a savory, sweet and spicy pork roast that is tender to the touch and falls apart with ease. 
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Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

5 from 1 vote
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.
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Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Pork Chops

5 from 1 vote
Creamy ranch pork chops are the perfect go-to weeknight meal. Tender pork chops and red potatoes are covered in a creamy, zesty sauce in this 5-ingredient crock pot recipe!
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Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki

4.75 from 4 votes
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!
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Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

4.34 from 3 votes
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! 
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Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

4.80 from 10 votes
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.
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Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

4.78 from 136 votes
Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon has crazy tender melt in your mouth beef and hearty veggies slow cooked to perfection in a rich sauce. This meal is comforting and perfect for the cold months ahead!
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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Mustard Glazed Ham

5 from 4 votes
This ham was the BEST ham that I have ever had. I couldn’t even believe the flavor and how incredible it was.
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Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

4.81 from 26 votes
AMAZING and tender beef barbacoa that is better than any restaurant I have had! The flavor is amazing and it slow cooks to perfection!
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Slow Cooker Korean Beef

4.85 from 13 votes
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!
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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

5 from 11 votes
This slow cooker chicken and rice soup is an easy and comforting meal that’s perfect for cold nights!
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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!  
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Slow Cooker Pork Chili Verde

5 from 1 vote
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!
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Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs and Veggies

3 from 1 vote
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.
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Slow Cooker Bacon Wrapped Maple Glazed Pork

5 from 4 votes
Slow cooker bacon wrapped maple glazed pork cooks to tender and juicy perfection in the most amazing maple mustard sauce. The flavor is incredible and will become a family favorite!
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Slow Cooker Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken

4.50 from 4 votes
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!
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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!
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Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

4.68 from 53 votes
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!
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Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken

4.48 from 38 votes
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.
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Fall off the Bone Slow Cooker Short Ribs

4.72 from 7 votes
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.
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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!
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Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Over Rice

5 from 4 votes
Delicious and creamy chicken and broccoli that you can easily throw into the crockpot that the entire family will love!
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Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs

4.80 from 25 votes
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!
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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!
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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

5 from 6 votes
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore – an easy crockpot meal loaded with tomatoes, bell peppers, kale, carrots and sliced mushrooms
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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3 Comments

  1. This is just what I needed. so happy i enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing it .

  2. thank you for all of this slow cooking inspiration, great time of year for all of these, chili verde slow cook recipe especially