77 Simple Slow-Cooker Recipes

Discover classic and creative ways to make the most of your slow cooker with our best menu ideas, mains, sides and more. Then, check out all the odd and unique dishes you can cook in your slow cooker.

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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!"


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?"


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

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."


Debbie's Chili

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

-Mees Mees

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

Pina Colada Bread Pudding

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


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

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

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!"


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

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!"


Vegetarian Chili

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


Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

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


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

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."


Baked Potatoes

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


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."


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."


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

Steak Fajitas

"This smelled and tasted terrific."


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."


Corned Beef & Cabbage

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


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


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


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."


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."


Baked Apples

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

-Chef #1393459

Potato Chowder

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


Bananas Foster

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



"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."


Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal

"This is a hearty breakfast without any work!"


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!"


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."


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!"


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."


Baked Beans

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


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."


Spiced Apple Cider

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


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."


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!"


Triple Chocolate Surprise

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


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!"


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!"


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."


Rice Pudding

"Very yummy and super easy!"


Spanish Rice

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


Sweet Aromatic Chicken With Rice

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


Orange Rice Pudding With Golden Raisins

"Excellent and easy every time!"


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."


Breakfast Casserole

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


Warm Raspberry Cider

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


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."


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!"


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

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."


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


"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!"


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."


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!"