100+ Slow-Cooker Favorites
Our escape on a chilly evening? The slow cooker. Come home to our favorite main dishes, sides, appetizers, and drinks that are sure to soothe your family with the simple joys of comfort food.
A Chinese version of barbecue, this moist, flavorful roast pairs well with rice and stir-fried vegetables such as snow peas, baby corn, and water chestnuts. It's made with a Boston butt pork roast and a flavorful marinade that reduces into a rich sauce.
You'll be wowed by the way lean flank steak transforms into tender, succulent shreds as it slowly simmers in the aromatic sauce. Served over rice (preferably brown), this honey Cuban dish makes for an exceptionally hearty and wholesome weeknight meal.
Mafaldine is a flat noodle with ruffled edges. You can substitute spaghetti if you prefer. Though it will take eight and a half hours before this recipe is ready to be served, only 25 minutes will be hands-on. You can't beat that!
Lasagna in a slow cooker? You bet! Simply assemble the layers and walk away. No-boil lasagna noodles are perfect for this recipe, as they absorb all the juices that accumulate in the crockpot.
Feijoada (pronounced fay-ZWAH-da) is a delicious stew of pork and black beans that's traditionally served over rice with fresh orange slices. In Brazil, this dish is often served on special occasions, but preparing it in a slow cooker makes it possible to serve this rich dish on the busiest weeknights.
Get a jump start on dinner by making this meal the night before. Or, let it simmer in the slow cooker on low for six to eight hours.
Guests will be delighted to find this restaurant favorite on your buffet table. Get this appetizer started in the slow cooker a couple of hours ahead, and then make your final party preparations. The dip will be ready just as partygoers begin to arrive.
View Recipe: Cheesy Spinach-Artichoke Dip
Though this delicious meal takes some planning ahead, you'll be glad when you can spend the time before dinner chatting with family and friends instead of busily running around the kitchen. Use leftover meat and gravy to make roast beef sandwiches the next day.
Chickpeas give an unexpected twist to classic chili. On second thought, nearly all of the flavors in this recipe give an entirely different flavor to the typical Tex-Mex staple but—we have to say—it will soon become a classic.
The slow cooker helps make this classic dish a weeknight supper your family will love. You may have most of the ingredients on hand in your pantry, and with minimal prep time, you can have this cooking before you leave for the day.
This traditional Louisiana Creole fare is the ultimate in thriftiness and convenience. The long cooking time coaxes the spiciness from the sausage into the beans. Be sure to add the salt to the dish after it has cooked and just before serving. Adding salt to dried beans too early will slow the cooking process and make the beans less tender.
Cipollini onions are small, flat Italian onions. If you can't find them, substitute pearl onions. Other large full-flavored greens like mustard greens or kale will work, as well.
Ginger infuses this lemony hot toddy with spiciness–the perfect antidote to chilly winter weather. After you add the alcohol, turn the slow cooker to low and allow guests to help themselves.
This Cajun-inspired recipe is a savory choice for a weeknight dish during wintertime. Round out this meal with a small green salad and a slice of toasted French baguette.
This hearty soup is exploding with flavors. Meat lovers will crave this bacon-packed and sausage-enriched delight. For a thicker consistency, let the cassoulet stand 30 minutes before serving.
Salsa and chili powder add spice to this chicken stew but probably not too much for timid tasters or kids. If you want to kick up the heat, use a hot salsa and a dash of hot sauce or ground red pepper.
View Recipe: Spicy Chicken Stew
The soothing aroma of fresh oatmeal makes this dish the ultimate comfort food. Savor happiness in a bowl with the flavors of brown sugar, cinnamon, and maple syrup topped with chopped hazelnuts and apples.
View Recipe: Maple-Hazelnut Oatmeal
Stir leftovers into cooked brown rice or farro for a whole-grain dinner with a jambalaya feel. To amp up the veggies, serve over a bed of roasted cauliflower.
View Recipe: Turkey Sausage and Spicy Tomato Sauce
Simple flavors and a rustic touch make this family-friendly dish supremely comforting. When ready to serve, just whip up a fresh batch of polenta. Pack any leftover pork in an airtight container and pop into the freezer for a quick and flavorful supper down the road.
There's no better way to celebrate St. Paddy than with a showstopping feast of beef, cabbage, carrots, and potatoes. To create the traditional flavor profile of corned beef and cabbage without the traditionally massive sodium spike, we simmer brisket in a strong aromatic spice blend at low and slow heat rather than starting with brined beef.
View Recipe: Slow Cooker Beef and Cabbage with Potatoes and Carrots