Forget about fast food—slow food is where it’s at! Using a slow cooker or crock pot allows you to have home-style meals even with a busy schedule. If you haven’t discovered the joy of slow cooking yet, try these recipes and get a taste of what you’ve been missing!
Slow cookers or crock pots heat food at a low wattage over a long period of time, which means that you can be away from home all day working or running errands while your food cooks. Slow cooking is also useful if you have guests or are entertaining.
What’s the Difference Between a Slow Cooker and a Crock Pot?
A crock pot is simply a type of slow cooker. In fact, all crock pots are slow cookers, but not all slow cookers are crock pots. The first crock pot was introduced in the 1970s under the brand name Crock-Pot, but today, the term is used more generically. Although crock pots and other slow cookers might differ slightly in their designs or materials, there isn’t any practical difference in the way they cook, so feel free to use whatever you have in your cupboard for the recipes below!
Best Slow Cooker Recipes
Easy Crockpot Chicken
Starting things off simply, here’s a super-easy—and delicious—recipe for classic crockpot chicken. Add veggies, like carrots or potatoes, to make it a meal.
Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
Take that crockpot chicken and spice it up with this slow cooker chicken tacos recipe! With black beans and roasted tomatoes, this is a winner at every dinner table.
Slow Cooker French Onion Soup
Set it and forget it—that’s the beauty of slow cookers! This French onion soup works well as a starter or a main dish, and is especially nice on a cold winter day. All you need is a little prep and patience.
Sweet and Tangy Meatballs and Sausage
These tasty homemade meatballs are slathered in a sweet and tangy sauce that’s easily made in a slow cooker.
Pork with Apples
Pork with apples is a classic dish that perfectly mixes sweet with savory. Best of all, it can easily be made in a slow cooker!
Tender beef with carrots and onions (and don’t forget the Burgundy). What’s not to love?
Maple Baked Beans
The best way to “bake” these beans is in a slow cooker, where you can put them on autopilot, just stirring occasionally—they’re so worth the wait.
Crock Pot Jambalaya
This jambalaya is a great soul and belly warmer on a cold day. Preparation is quick and the smell through the house is fantastic—all while the crockpot does the work and the watching for you! (Plus, leftovers freeze well!)
The name of this soup is rooted in the Latin word, minestrare, to serve. Tradition holds that in the days before inns, travelers in Italy stopped at monasteries, where they were assured a bowl of hearty vegetable soup and a night’s lodging. The ingredients in the soup varied from region to region.
Crockpot Bread and Raisin Pudding
This bread and raisin pudding is a perfect dessert or cozy brunch recipe. Give it a try. Yum, it’s so good.
You may also enjoy our Dutch Oven Recipes—most of which can also be made in a slow cooker!
If you enjoy this recipe collection or have suggestions, please comment below or on any of the individual recipe pages. What’s your favorite crockpot recipe?