75+ Essential Slow-Cooker Recipes

Discover classic and creative ways to make the most of your slow cooker with this week-by-week cooking guide, where you'll find our best menu ideas, mains, sides and more.

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Chicken Tacos

"I have made this easy recipe many times. It makes wonderfully moist chicken that's great in tacos, enchiladas and many other recipes!"

-Faeanne

Pina Colada Bread Pudding

"This tweaked tropical bread pudding is made easily in a slow cooker! Try serving it with pineapple ice cream."

-Rita~

Chive & Onion Creamed Corn

"Oh my — this creamed corn is so good! It's creamy, colorful and rich, but not overly rich! I wouldn't change a thing."

-*Parsley*

Cream Cheese Chicken

"What an awesome recipe! I served it over linguine noodles. It was fall-off-the-bone tender and my whole family loved it."

-Chef Smiley7

French Dip Sandwiches

"This was very good. I love getting this at restaurants, and now I can make it at home! The au jus was excellent."

-hoosiergirl72

Creamy Italian Chicken

"This is such a fantastic recipe! My entire family loves it and it's super easy. It's nice enough to serve to company, too!"

-Melissa in WA

Corned Beef & Cabbage

"I have prepared many corned beef recipes, but never one quite as easy, flavorful and fall-apart tender as this one."

-Bev

Old-Fashioned Beef Stew

"This is the best stew I've made. The end result was tasty and your quantities are bang-on."

-magpie diner

Chicken, Gravy & Stuffing

"I have made this a couple of times now, and it is delicious. It's Thanksgiving in a pot! I serve it with cranberry sauce on the side."

-cooking-BAG

Applesauce

"If only I had known it was so easy to make applesauce in the slow cooker."

-GibbyLou

Herbed Lemon Chicken

"This is a delicious and simple dish that we enjoyed very much. The chicken was beautifully moist and fell off the bone."

-Amanda in Adelaide

Pork & Sauerkraut

"This is delicious! There are never any leftovers."

-JMSnyder

Beef Barbecue

"Who needs to go out for barbecue? This stuff is amazing, and by far the best version I've ever made."

-Bekah D.

Red Beans & Rice

"This had a great flavor with onions, garlic and spices."

-CarolAT

Perfect Pot Roast

"This is a quick and easy slow-cooker recipe. I like to thicken the pan juices with cornstarch to make a tasty gravy."

-Tee Lee

Baked Apples

"This is a perfect autumn treat! I recommend eating them with ice cream and caramel sauce."

-Chef #1393459

Thyme-Roasted Beets

"What a great way to roast beets! I used baby beets, so I left them whole. It's a great combination of flavors."

-Mikekey

Potato Chowder

"I love that for ten minutes of work, I have a great soup at the end of the day."

-ashdoes

Bananas Foster

"Bananas Foster is my all-time favorite dessert, but making it on the stove was always a chore. This was excellent!"

-Eclipsante

Lasagna

"This is an awesome recipe! I liked it because you can make it meatier, with less noodles than recipes made in a pan."

-Suzy Mags

BBQ Beef Stew

"This was a tasty recipe. I like the change-up from your basic stew."

-DeliciousAsItLooks

Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal

"This is a hearty breakfast without any work!"

-Mandy

Pulled Pork

"I've used other recipes for pulled pork in the past, but will stick with this one from now on! It was extremely easy — and delicious."

-Chef #1009160

Taco Soup

"This was wonderful with ground beef and tortilla scoops. What an easy, great-tasting dish — and it will be a great tailgating recipe, too!"

-Smilynn

Chicken Noodle Soup

"This is how chicken noodle soup is supposed to be! It has lots of chicken, lots of noodles and lots of rich flavor."

-*Parsley*

Cheesy Chicken

"This is absolutely wonderful! I have a large (and very picky) family to cook for, and they all loved it. It's an easy, inexpensive and tasty dinner!"

-Mindy

Whole Chicken

"This chicken is the best! I transfer the cooked chicken to a baking dish and put it under the broiler to crisp it up a bit."

-LisaLouWho

Omelet Casserole

"This is a sausage omelet for many, made all at once! It's great to make ahead of time at holidays or on vacation — just mix it, set it and go to bed."

-Shawn C

Baked Beans

"I made these beans for a barbecue and they were a huge hit! The green pepper makes this recipe special."

-mommyoffour

Lentil Veggie Soup

"I increased the seasonings and added marinara sauce. It filled the house with a lovely smell that everyone commented on."

-Motivated Mama

Pot Roast

"I added new potatoes on the bottom and placed carrots on the top. My family loved sopping up the gravy with rolls!"

-sweet and sour

Chicken with Black Beans

"I could not believe how easy and good this is! I spooned the leftovers onto some soft tortillas and made quesadillas."

-johnste

Spiced Apple Cider

"Everyone loved this! The citrus addition is a nice change of pace. Cider in the slow cooker is just the best!"

-Elmotoo

Topsy-Turvy Pineapple Cake

"This is so moist, and has so many flavors I love. I've served it with ice cream and whipped cream — both ways are out of this world!"

-OutOfThyme

Vegetarian Chili

"This was really good — and so filling that no one missed the meat! Everyone went back for seconds of this keeper recipe!"

-ellie_

Fresh Artichokes With Lemon Butter Sauce

"This is a great way to cook artichokes. The stems were delicious when peeled."

-Ivy Food Sleuth

Green Beans in a Cheesy Bacon Sauce

"I'm glad I tried this. I don't really care for the 'classic' green bean casserole, but this is different. It's much tastier and more colorful."

-Parsley

Spicy Black Beans & Rice With Mangoes

"Loved that we could prep everything, then throw it in the slow cooker and go about our day, leaving only the mangos and rice to prepare later."

-Dr. Jenny

Mexi-Meatball Rice Soup

"What a great meal to come home to after a long day at work!"

-Ginny Sue

Cheesy Jalapeno Corn Casserole

"Very good! Great recipe!"

-SuperMom

Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

"We really enjoyed this soup. It is a nice change from the typical chicken soup with noodles."

-CookingONTheSide

Baked Potatoes

"Really great and really easy! The potatoes were nice and fluffy inside. Wonderful!"

-RedVinoGirl

Triple Chocolate Surprise

"A very dense chocolately dessert. I served it warm."

-HokiesMom

Apple Butter

"Made this recipe the other day and wowza! It's good! "

-MJ Poppyseed

Slow-Cooker Bread

"This recipe is awesome! Almost too easy. The bread rose nicely and did not crumble when cut. Wonderful for sandwiches!"

-leasilanos

Red Beans & Rice

"I've made this recipe multiple times and every time I make it, it is great! It has a very unique flavor and it is very very filling!"

-chosengirl817

Spicy Chili Nuts

"I made a half batch and they disappeared quickly."

-Susie D

Fiesta Chicken With Barley & Brown Rice

"I have a lot of brown rice and I am trying to incorporate it more into our diets. I found this and liked it because it was a crock pot which is perfect for our busy family."

-Jonzee princess

Easy Salsa Chicken

"I put all of the ingredients in the crockpot just before I went to bed. I woke up to the wonderful aroma! The chicken was so moist it fell apart."

-DaisyH

Rice Pudding

"Very yummy and super easy!"

-flyingfarleyfan

Spanish Rice

"This is a very simple and great recipe! We make a large batch and freeze leftovers. Reheats tasting just as good!"

-camillemodl.hereth

Sweet Aromatic Chicken With Rice

"This is delicious. My three teenage boys and husband love it and ask for it again and again."

-LaurieReilly3

Orange Rice Pudding With Golden Raisins

"Excellent and easy every time!"

-maryemerald

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

"This is a great recipe! Very simple and versatile. I prepped it all the night before so it was super easy!"

-Taylors Mommy

Creole Black-Eyed Peas & Rice

"This recipe is a definite winner at my house."

-DailyInspiration

Breakfast Casserole

"This was good and was easy to put together."

-bmcnichol

Pinto Beans & Rice

"This is an awesome bean recipe. You just throw them in a crockpot and forget them. They smell wonderful cooking and taste even better."

-carol murray

Warm Raspberry Cider

"This would be very nice to have simmering in the slow cooker for holiday visitors. The cinnamon adds a wonderful touch."

-Annacia

Hot Chocolate

"This hot chocolate is made in your slow cooker! It's one of those set-it-and-forget-it recipes that always welcome us home in the very nicest way."

-Annacia

Rice Pudding

"I really needed some comfort food and this rice pudding was perfect. What a dream recipe — you don't have to cook the rice first!"

-katew

Chicken Tortilla Soup

"This wonderful soup had just the right amount of heat and complex flavor. This could become a staple in my home!"

-Marsha Mazz

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

"This is probably the easiest and best recipe I've found yet! All you have to add is some coleslaw and chips and you have a fabulous meal."

-autoguy9171

Pork Chops

"The chops were tender and succulent and the sauce was sweetly zesty. It's a really easy but delicious meal!"

-Mike in NC

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

"This is swirled with caramel and topped with cinnamony apple slices. Since it's for a slow cooker, it frees up the oven!"

-Virginia Cherry Blossom

Macaroni & Cheese

"I have been making this recipe for a few years, and it turns out cheesy and creamy every time! It's perfect for get-togethers."

-Virginia Cherry Blossom

Multigrain Hot Cereal

"I loved the mix of grains! This was my first time using wheat berries, and they were great."

-Kathy

Steak Fajitas

"This smelled and tasted terrific."

-Adria82

Fruity Spiced Red Cabbage

"This slow-cooker dish is my favorite red cabbage recipe of all time. I loved the fruitiness and the bit of heat from the freshly ground pepper!"

-Geema

Braised Lamb Shanks

These rich-tasting braised shanks are fall-apart tender and full of flavor.

Potatoes, Beans & Ham

"My mom made this in a pressure cooker with beans from her garden. I now make it in my slow cooker! I serve it like a stew."

-Corn Maiden

Ravioli

"There's no fussing with pots or boiling water. Use a large spatula to remove the ravioli so they stay whole."

-Margaret Gandara

Cinnamon Apples

"I really love this recipe — it tastes just like an apple pie with no crust. Also, a set-it-and-forget-it dessert is always a great idea!"

-FrVanilla

Chili

"This turned out great. I loved the idea of pureeing a can of beans! It made the chili thick and hearty."

-Mees Mees

Cola Pork Roast

"The meat was tender, and the gravy was good. I can't see doing a pork roast in the slow cooker any other way. Why mess with success?"

-Sudie

Garlic Glazed Chicken

"This sauce is delicious, and makes a perfect topping for rice. It flavors and marinates the chicken wonderfully while it's cooking."

-ninja

Meatball Subs

"I cooked the meatballs for seven hours on low — they were perfect. I topped them with sauce and cheese and broiled them. Delicious!"

-mommyoffour

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