105 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.
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!
This rustic dish takes its cue from the typical fare served in Provence, a region in the southeastern part of France that is known for dishes highlighting fresh local ingredients such as garlic, tomatoes, olive oil, olives, and sweet bell peppers. Be sure to use bone-in chicken breasts for this recipe, or substitute bone in chicken thighs.
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.
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.
If you use frozen peaches, there's no need to thaw them first. This chutney thickens as it stands, as well as when it chills. Serve the chutney warm or chilled with grilled or roasted pork, chicken, or lamb.
The pulled pork sandwich is a classic, and cooking the roast in a slow cooker makes this dish incredibly easy. Use packaged cabbage and carrot coleslaw to shave off prep time.
Capturing the simplicity found in sun-drenched Mediterranean cuisine, these braised chicken thighs melt under the influence of bright, vibrant lemon, briny olives and capers, and juicy plum tomatoes. Serve with rosemary mashed potatoes or over hot basmati rice.
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.
Think outside the "dish." You can enjoy the flavor and texture of enchiladas in a slow cooker; just stack the tortillas instead of rolling them. We suggest lining your slow cooker with a slow-cooker bag so you can easily remove the stack from the cooker.
This soup is simple, savory, and extremely soothing on a cold winter night. To serve twelve to sixteen, make two batches of soup instead of doubling the recipe.
This simple chicken dish becomes a whole lot more savory when stuck in a slow cooker. The sweet juice mixture gives the chicken its undeniably delicious flavor. Serve over hot cooked rice.
Fresh mandarin oranges, riesling, and orange marmalade provide the highlights for the sweet profile, while crushed red pepper adds the spicy kick to this Asian-inspired turkey dish. Serve with hot steamed rice as an accompaniment to soak up the delicious sauce.
Madras curry powder lends a little spice without being overpowering. Coconut milk stirred in at the end of the cooking time counters the burn with sweet creaminess. Reminiscent of many Indian-inspired dishes, this recipe relies on slow cooking to develop its richness.
If it’s buried under bacon, then you know it’s got to be good. This is a yummy comfort food perfect for the winter months and appropriate for all members of your family.
The spicy-sweet gingersnaps soften the tang of white vinegar. Serve the tender marinated beef and sauce over spaetzle (tiny noodles or dumplings) for an authentic German feast.
Experiment with a variety of fresh vegetables in this vegetarian Madras curry. You can stir in spinach or Swiss chard during the last 30 minutes of cooking, if you like.
Snuggle up to a cozy fireplace with this warm, flavorful, and savory cider. If you'd prefer a beverage with less spice, try substituting apple juice for the apple cider. It's fantastic either way.
Before there were nachos, there were chilaquiles. Tomatoes and spices simmer with any kind of meat to make the ideal topping for tortilla chips. Here, chipotle, chicken, and cilantro meld in this filling Mexican favorite.
Seasoned meatballs simmer in an aromatic tomato sauce for a Mediterranean-style dinner. Use kitchen shears to coarsely chop the tomatoes while they are still in the can. You can shape meatballs in advance and store them in the freezer to save time. The rest of the recipe is best prepared and cooked in the same day.
With their crisp texture and sweet flavor, bell peppers are a nice complement to the pork in this dish. If you plan to use peppers within a day or two, keep them at room temperature for better flavor.
Dried beans are inexpensive and a convenient choice for economical meals. They also lend themselves well to slow cooking because, unlike on the cooktop, there is no risk of burning during the long simmering period. This meatless entrée reheats well the next day for lunch. Store leftover bean mixture and rice in separate containers in the refrigerator.
Soft tortillas wrap savory pork, fresh tomatoes, garlic cloves, and citrus juices blending to make the perfect slow-cooker delicacy. Serve with black beans and rice, if desired.
With spiced apples and caramelized onions, these tender pork chops create a beautiful and flavorful dish for your holiday table. Essential to the recipe, the thickness of the pork chops ensures that the chops stay tender and juicy throughout the long cook time. Mashed sweet potatoes and sautéed Brussels sprouts complete the comforting meal.
There's no way you can ever go wrong with a glass of steamy, savory, and sweet hot chocolate. In addition, serve this coffee-flavored beverage with a batch of your favorite biscotti.
Seasoned with ginger, garam masala, mustard seeds, and cumin, this fragrant Indian-spiced pork loin braises in a tomato-based sauce. The low-and-slow cooking method renders the pork melt-in-your-mouth tender.
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.
This white bean dip gets its flavor from a combination of roasted garlic, rosemary, and kalamata olives and its smooth texture from ricotta cheese. If time allows, pick up a baguette and make your own crostini at home, or just serve with crackers.
Leaving out the chicken doesn’t make this dish any less filling or tasty. The medley of vegetables topped with a fluffy and savory biscuit creates phenomenal flavor and will appease everyone in your family.
You already love pulled chicken, so why not try it in a slow cooker? Savor this tender, melt-in-your-mouth chicken sandwich with ketchup-based sauce for lunch or dinner.
Five-spice powder-dusted turkey thighs become tender and moist from slow cooking atop a medley of Asian vegetables. Wheat-flour udon noodles are a perfect complement to the flavorful broth.
The garlic becomes creamy and mellows as it cooks. Spread it on chunks of crusty French baguette and soak up the fabulous sauce as you enjoy every morsel of this super-tender chicken. If you're tight on time, substitute 3 pounds of chicken pieces rather than cut up the whole chicken. Also, look for garlic cloves that are already peeled.
The secret is in the name of this recipe–it's so easy to make! Just combine all of the ingredients, set your slow cooker for eight hours, and serve this stew with your favorite side of bread.
Make your friends "green" with envy at your slow cooker savvy by serving up this savory Southwestern-style entrée, loaded with tomatillos, onion, and roasted poblano and jalapeño peppers. Corn tortillas and a simple green salad round out the menu.
This recipe is easy to prepare and even easier to cook. Leave in the slow cooker for six to eight hours and then by the time you come home from work, it will be perfectly primed and ready to eat.
After three to five hours in the slow cooker, this dish will be ready to enjoy over pasta and sprinkled with parsley. This healthy dinner entrée is a great option for any night of the week.
Blue cheese amps up the flavor for a little twist on the traditional artichoke appetizer. The dip holds up well for about two hours after the cook time. Serve with pita chips or toasted baguette slices.
Freeze your summer bounty of black-eyed peas for fresh flavor in the fall. Reduce the amount of hot sauce and finely chopped jalapeño pepper to mellow out the spicy flavor, if you desire.
Serve this classic Middle Eastern meal in bowls so you can scoop up every drop of the tasty sauce with warm pita bread. Offer a salad of chopped lettuce, cucumber, and feta cheese.
Serve this honey-colored jam alongside goat cheese or 1/3-less-fat cream cheese with assorted crackers. The recipe makes a lot, so store in decorative jars in your refrigerator to serve to unexpected guests and at impromptu parties. Tie on a pretty ribbon to present as a hostess gift.