40+ BEST Slow Cooker Recipes (Easy + Delicious!)

Slow cooker recipes are a great way to feed your family quickly & easily. I’ve gathered the BEST crock pot meals around for you to try, to make your life simpler and your belly happier!

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Delicious slow cooker recipes are an easy and convenient way to enjoy a variety of nutritious and hearty meals without spending hours in the kitchen.

Whether you are looking for an easy weeknight dinner or an extra-special holiday meal, I’ve got you covered with this collection of tasty dishes.

Try something new, or stick to a classic you love, and make your meals easier and more delicious with the help of your crock pot.

PS – Looking for an even easier way to get dinner on the table? Check out these 60+ Dump & Go Slow Cooker Recipes!

The BEST Slow Cooker Recipes

Overhead close up of bowl of slow cooker chicken tortilla soup in bowl with toppings.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup can be made easy with your crockpot. Just add all the ingredients to your slow cooker and go! Serve it up with crispy tortilla chips, avocado, sour cream & cheddar cheese. 
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
Hands holding bowl of pasta topped with slow cooker bolognese.
This Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce would make my Nana Lamancuso proud. It’s silky and luscious with super tender meat and so much flavor. Crockpot bolognese is where it’s at! 
Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce
Pork street tacos arranged on white oval plate with avocado and jalapenos.
These Pork Street Tacos are easy to make at home with your slow cooker. Popping the carnitas under the broiler at the end ensures that they get nice and crispy!
Slow Cooker Pork Street Tacos
Overhead close up of bowl with polenta and osso buco.
This Slow Cooker Osso Buco is super flavorful and tender. Serve it over noodles or mashed potatoes for the most delicious and amazing dinner. 
Slow Cooker Osso Buco
Pork chop on plate next to mashed potatoes and gravy.
Make these Crock Pot Pork Chops a part of your weekly dinner plan. They’re foolproof, flavorful, and covered in gravy. Cooking tender and juicy pork chops has never been easier!
Crock Pot Pork Chops
Overhead shot of slow cooker butter chicken in black bowl with rice.
This Slow Cooker Butter Chicken is a deliciously spiced Indian dish that’s easy to make with the help of your crockpot.
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Bowl of Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup with hands holding bowl and spoon
Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup is the perfect comfort food for a cold day. Richly flavored with a ham bone and beans, this soup makes for an easy dinner that takes less than 10 minutes of hands-on time.
Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup
Close up of Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage arranged on a platter.
This Slow Cooker Glazed Corned Beef & Cabbage is made in the crock pot and finished off under the broiler with a brown sugar-mustard glaze, giving it a nice crispy crust.
Slow Cooker Glazed Corned Beef & Cabbage
Overhead shot of bowl of slow cooker cauliflower soup.
Slow Cooker Cauliflower Soup topped with bacon, cheese and chives is the perfect comfort-food, and it’s keto-friendly!  Just add all the ingredients to your crockpot and go! 
Slow Cooker Cauliflower Soup
Side view of plate of kung pao chicken.
Slow Cooker Kung Pao Chicken is perfect for weeknight dinners. Chicken is simmered in a spicy sauce and finished off with crisp sautéed red peppers and crunchy peanuts.
Slow Cooker Kung Pao Chicken
Close up of baked potato with sour cream, cheese and bacon.
Learn how to make perfect slow cooker baked potatoes with minimal effort. Just season the potatoes with a bit of olive oil and salt, wrap in foil, and cook in the crockpot. Serve them with your favorite toppings like cheese and sour cream, or chili. Or, host a Baked Potato Bar.
Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes
Shredded salsa chicken in bowl with lime wedges.
This Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken is an EASY recipe made with just 5-ingredients! Use it as a filling for Chicken Tacos or Chicken Taco Lettuce Wraps.
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken
Black beans in white bowl with spoon.
These Slow Cooker Black Beans are easy to make and taste so much better than the canned version! No soaking required. Perfect for meal prep or as a side dish to your favorite tacos, salads, or protein bowls.
Slow Cooker Black Beans
Prepared spaghetti squash in bowl topped with parsley & parmesan.
Save on valuable time and oven space with this easy Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash recipe! It’s a convenient way of cooking this delicious and versatile winter squash, with no babysitting required. Use it as a holiday side dish, in a casserole, or as a healthy alternative to regular pasta noodles.
Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash
Finished goulash in slow cooker.
This rich, beefy, and cheesy Slow Cooker Goulash is a winner for family dinners. As the ultimate dump-and-go crockpot recipe, it’s easy to prep hours in advance and uses simple, everyday ingredients. The hearty, comforting bites are always a hit!
Slow Cooker Goulash
Slow Cooker Creamy White Bean Noodle Soup with Rosemary Bacon.
Slow Cooker Creamy White Bean Italian Noodle Soup with Rosemary Bacon: hearty, full of greens, and so delicious…perfect for chilly nights!
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Just a handful of pantry ingredients are needed to make this irresistible Crockpot chicken thighs recipe! The homemade honey garlic sauce is family-friendly and simple to make.
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Slow Cooker Mustard Herb Chicken and Creamy Orzo is perfect for busy weeknights!
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Bone broth in large measuring cup.
This Slow Cooker “Better Than Botox” Bone Broth is full of natural collagen! Make chicken, pork or beef stock using kitchen scraps and this simple crockpot method.
Slow Cooker Bone Broth
Slow Cooker Red Wine Braised Short Rib Pasta…Serve this Sunday style pasta topped with plenty of parmesan cheese and a side of crusty bread!
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Tender, flavorful pulled pork, crunchy apple slaw, and your favorite BBQ sauce make this awesome sandwich a reality! If you’re a pulled pork fan, you’ll love this slow cooker pulled pork sandwich with apple slaw!
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Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken and Avocado Rice Soup: the perfect easy, healthy bowl of soup…a cozy meal that you can feel good about eating!
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Mug of mulled wine garnished with star anise and orange slice.
This traditional Slow Cooker Mulled Wine recipe is perfect for chilly nights. Also known as gluhwein, it can be made also be made on the stove or in your instant pot.
Slow Cooker Mulled Wine
Slow Cooker Coq au Vin with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes…for cold fall and winter nights when you want a fancy dinner, but need something easy!
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The concentrated flavors in this simple slow cooker beef stew recipe are irresistible! It’s easy to make this family-friendly meal with everyday ingredients to warm you up.
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Weeknight style Slow Cooker Braised Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken Tacos…with spicy Yum Yum Sauce and crunchy slaw. Because loaded tacos are just better!
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This Crockpot tortellini soup with sausage is a comforting, hearty, and easy to prepare slow cooker soup. A family favorite!
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Slow Cooker Saucy Thai Butternut Squash Curry with Noodles. This most DELICIOUS autumn inspired curry is extra saucy, spicy, sweet, and served over egg noodles.
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This easy Crockpot chicken noodle soup recipe is healthy, comforting, and quick to prepare. The classic soup is a must-have in your winter rotation.
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Crockpot Coconut Chicken Curry with Crispy Shallot Basil Oil: Thai-inspired chicken curry for cold winter days and made in the crockpot!
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This dump and go slow cooker chicken and gravy recipe has minimal ingredients and is big on taste! It’s a family friendly meal that’s cozy and simple and made without canned soup.
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Crockpot Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken w/ Creamy Polenta: Slow-cooked chicken that’s easy, hearty, delicious, and perfect for the coldest nights!
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These Crockpot red wine braised short ribs are the ultimate cold weather comfort food! Let your slow cooker work its magic to tenderize the meat.
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Crockpot Coq au Vin Meatballs: for chilly nights when you’re wanting a fancy slow-braised chicken, but need something simple and easy.
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Fall-apart pulled chicken is simple to make in your slow cooker with this BBQ chicken recipe! It uses simple ingredients, and you can make it anytime of the year for tasty sandwiches.
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Crockpot Creamy Coconut Chicken Tikka Masala: Serve over bowls of rice and you’ll have the perfect bowl of warming, delicious comfort food!
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Crockpot Crispy Pork Ramen: For those nights when you’re craving your favorite bowl of ramen, but want to stay in and be cozy at home!
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Crockpot Creamy Garlic Chicken and Gnocchi: This slow-cooked meal is a hearty, delicious dinner to come home to at the end of a busy day!
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Crockpot BBQ Beer Chicken Taquitos…with Street Corn Salsa + lime crema too. Because crispy, crunch, cheesy taquitos need all the toppings!
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🕕 How to make ahead & store

Many of these slow cooker meals can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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40+ Slow Cooker Dinner Ideas

Here's the BEST slow cooker recipes for you to try, so that you can feed your family with a delicious meal quickly & easily! Try these Pork Street Tacos made with your slow cooker. They're a definite family favorite and crowd pleaser!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 hours
Total Time: 10 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 people



  • 4-6 pound pork shoulder (or pork butt, slightly trimmed of excess fat (bone in or boneless) )
  • 1 Tablespoons garlic salt
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 oranges (juiced)
  • 1 lime (juiced)



  • Combine garlic salt, chili powder, dried oregano, dried basil, cumin, ground coriander, brown sugar, and sweet paprika.
  • Rub the spice mixture evenly over the pork. Place pork in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  • Pour the orange and lime juice over the pork.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 10-12 hours, or HIGH for 5-6 hours, or until pork is tender and falling apart. Use a fork to shred the meat.
  • Preheat oven broiler to HIGH. Arrange the pork in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  • Taste the pork for saltiness. You may want to sprinkle some additional salt on top.
  • Place underneath broiler until tips of pork are browned and slightly crisp, about 3-5 minutes. (Don’t walk away from it. Keep an eye on meat to make sure it doesn’t burn or become overly browned).
  • Enjoy in tortillas with your favorite toppings.
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Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 1424mg | Potassium: 741mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 435IU | Vitamin C: 29.9mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2.8mg

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  1. 5 stars
    wow, thank you for all of these, and I even know where to start, the bolognese! followed by the short ribs, bolognese is too often overshadowed by southern Italian sauces at least in the US, and I prefer the less acidic, less tomato-y bolognese in almost everything, a nice version too, and thank you for all of these!

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