26+ Best Slow Cooker Recipes

Breakfast, dinner, and more will be a snap with these easy recipes!


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18 Best Slow Cooker Recipes

When you've got a long to-do list, the last thing you probably want to do is find time to make dinner. Luckily, there's a magic tool that takes the hassle out of preparing dinner — the slow cooker! These 26+ Best Slow Cooker Recipes are just the thing to take the stress out of preparing a meal. All you have to do is throw the ingredients together and set the timer, then go off and do your own thing. Hours later, you've got a complete meal just ready and waiting to be served! These dinner recipes couldn't be easier to make.

But the slow cooker fun doesn't stop at dinner. We've collected the best slow cooker breakfast recipes, appetizers, slow cooker stews and soups, dinner recipes, side dishes, and even desserts made in the slow cooker so that no matter what time of day it is, you can substitute a slow cooker recipe for your next meal. They're also great to bring along to a potluck or make for a dinner party. Your schedule just got a lot less hectic! With a little bit of planning, these dishes will help you create delicious food to share with your family and friends without adding to the stress. You'll love having these recipes for some of the best slow cooker meals, side dishes, and more right at your fingertips.

Slow Cooker Breakfast Recipes

If you're making breakfast for the family or a brunch gathering, these slow cooker breakfast recipes are a must! Put the ingredients together and they'll cook on their own while you read the paper or go to church. It's a hassle-free breakfast that the whole family will love. You will also love using your slow cooker to help your family start their day on the right note. Whether you want to serve up hot oatmeal or tasty bread pudding, these no-fuss recipes should be part of your list of go-to breakfast dishes.

Hot Breakfast Cereals

You'll rise and shine in a big way when you make this recipe for hot cereal. The recipe can cook overnight, so breakfast will be ready by the time your feet touch the floor in the morning.

Creamy Morning Millet with Apples

Tasty and delicious, this breakfast recipe is perfect for fall. Serve this recipe with a cup of plain yogurt on the side for a truly filling meal. 

Breakfast Bread Pudding

Believe it or not, but it just got a lot easier to make bread pudding. The use of your slow cooker will make it a snap to prepare breakfast.

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal

You can't go wrong with the classics, and that's certainly true of this recipe. You can add some pizzazz to this breakfast staple with the addition of chopped dried fruit.

Slow Cooker Appetizers

When you're trying to prepare a big dinner for the family or for a party, the last thing you want to worry about is the appetizers. Fortunately, these easy slow cooker appetizers can prepare themselves while you focus on the rest of the meal! You'll love making these delicious appetizers with minimal fuss or prep work. These delicious appetizer recipes will work for just about any kind of event you have planned, including a baby or bridal shower, game day watch party, or an open house with friends and neighbors.


This recipe may include a lengthy list of ingredients, but don't let that stop you from giving it a try. This is one side dish everyone will love!

Oh-So-Retro Swedish Meatballs

Add some nostalgia to your party with these classic meatballs. This is a great way to add a vintage touch to a milestone celebration, including a birthday or anniversary.

Vegetarian Country-Style Pate

This recipe is a great way to start almost any party. If you plan to make this for an upcoming event, then keep in mind you may need to make it the night before your party.

Slow Cooker Soup and Stew Recipes

Slow cooker soups and stews are some of the easiest things to make, and are way more convenient than leaving a hot pot boiling on the stove all day! You can have the comfort of hot slow cooker stews and soups all year-round with these easy recipes. From the classic French onion soup to a hearty country stew, you'll find plenty of stew and soup recipes that can be made in the slow cooker while you tackle the rest of your to-do list for the day. Easy to make and comforting to boot, these recipes will be just what you and your family need.

Cabbage Borscht

Add some comfort to your dinner plans with this delicious recipe for borscht. The beloved standard gets a modern twist with the addition of the use of your slow cooker.

French Onion Soup

If you always thought that French onion soup involved a complicated level of alchemy, then you'll want to see this recipe. This four-step recipe is easy to follow and will be just what you need on a cold winter's night.

Cheesy White Chili with Cauliflower

Here's a recipe that die-hard meat-eaters and vegetarians alike will enjoy. This hearty chili can be served with your favorite tortilla chips for a truly delicious meal.

Country Stew with Fennel

Getting dinner will be a breeze when you use this recipe. The stew uses a generous portion of beef and plenty of vegetables, giving you a delicious cold weather meal.

Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes

These slow cooker dinner recipes are anything but ordinary. Bursting with flavor and oh-so-easy to make, these slow cooker dinners are sure to become your new weeknight faves. Keep these recipes in mind the next time you're hosting a crowd for dinner, too, as you can prepare a filling meal for everyone without standing over the stove. The next time you feel that you're out of dinner ideas, take a look at these recipes for something new to try. You'll find that these dinner recipes will have you looking forward to using your slow cooker again and again! 

Lancashire Hot Pot with Scalloped Potatoes

Bring a little bit of England to your dinner table with this classic dish! This is definitely a dinner that can be served entirely in one bowl. 

Slow Cooker Italian Style Pot Roast

This recipe is just like Grandma's! Your slow cooker will be put to good use when you make this Italian version of the beloved pot roast.

Classic Chicken Stew

When it's cold outside and the snow is piled up, it can be so comforting to tuck into a bowl of chicken stew. You'll warm up inside and out with this delicious recipe.

Pulled Pork Primavera

Let's face it. Your slow cooker is meant to make pulled pork. This six-ingredient recipe will be a quick and easy way to get that delicious barbecue taste without the mess.

Beef Brisket Tacos

If you're hosting a crowd for a game watch party, then this recipe for beef brisket needs to be at your fingertips. You'll love how easy it is to make this slow cooker recipe!

Rogan Josh

Hearty and full of flavor, this recipe is too good to miss. There are so many variations with this recipe, you'll just need to try them all!

Slow Cooker Side Dishes

Sometimes a good side dish is all you need to take a meal to the next level. These slow cooker side dishes are easy to make but are always impressive! These colorful side dish recipes can be reheated throughout the week, too, saving you even more time. These recipes could also double as hearty lunch ideas, too; simply serve with a slice of good, crusty bread or a green salad, and you're ready to eat.

Black Lentils

This side dish can actually make a hearty main dish! If you want to make something that is inexpensive and delicious, then this recipe for black lentils is it.

Peas and Greens

If you want a generous serving of vegetables, then you can't go wrong with this recipe! You'll discover this side dish will be the perfect accompaniment to almost any main course.

Cheesy Butterbeans

This side dish recipe truly won't take long to prepare, and it's so delicious, too! You can even make this dish in advance.

Slow Cooker Dessert Recipes

End your night on a high note with these slow cooker dessert recipes! From puddings to cakes, these slow cooker desserts will satisfy your sweet tooth with no effort required. If you only thought you could use your slow cooker to make a roast, you'll think twice when you see these amazing dessert recipes. These dessert recipes will be elegant enough to serve at a get-together with friends or could be a sweet surprise dessert for a quiet evening in with your family. 

Rice Pudding with Cherries and Almonds

Add a bit of elegance to your next get-together with this rich dessert recipe. If you never thought you could make dessert in your slow cooker, you'll think again with this recipe.

Meredith's Molten Blondies

End your next get-together with friends on the right note when you serve this dessert. It will be especially good when topped with a scoop of ice cream!

Chocolate Pudding Cake

If you thought you could only make chocolate cake in the oven, you'll think again with this recipe! It's easy to make, and includes a rich chocolate sauce that's similar to hot chocolate.

Delectable Apple-Cranberry Coconut Crisp

Nothing says fall quite like apples and cranberries. Put them together, and you get this delightful crisp that is made in your slow cooker!

Gingery Pears in Green Tea

Chocolate desserts may be perennial favorites, but you can't go wrong with green tea and fruit. If you want to serve something unique at your next get-together, then give this recipe a try.

What is your favorite slow cooker recipe?


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