Best Slow Cooker Recipes

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos, Beef Burgundy, Jambalaya, and More

January 21, 2020
Slow Cooker Recipes
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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

Sweet Tea Peach Pork Ribs
Get ready for a citrusy, spicy flavor that will have you licking your fork clean.

Sweet tea peach pork ribs. Photo by Sam Jones.
Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

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.

Smoky Slow Cooker Chili
The third place winner in one of our annual Recipe Contests, this chili uses coffee as its secret ingredient. 

Smoky chili. Photo by Sam Jones.
Photo by Sam Jones/ Quinn Brein

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.

Photo by Sarah Perreault

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. 

French Onion Soup. Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner.
Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner

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. 

Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner

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!

Beef Burgundy 
Tender beef with carrots and onions (and don’t forget the Burgundy). What’s not to love?

Photo by Dream79/Shutterstock

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!)

Photo by Paul Brighton/Shutterstock

Minestrone Soup
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.

Photo by MSPhotographic/Shutterstock

More Recipes

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?

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Slow cooker recipes

Recipes for diabetics would be very helpful. Thank you.

So all crockpots are slow

So all crockpots are slow cookers, but not all slow cookers are crockpots? There are "certain differences?" So WHAT is the big secret?? What nonsense. I've never seen such a coy, unhelpful description in my life! What are the differences?!

Crock-Pot vs Slow Cooker

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Essentially, a Crock-Pot is a specific type of slow-cooking appliance. Crock-Pots typically consist of a ceramic or porcelain pot that sits entirely inside a heating element, which produces heat around the bottom and/or the sides of the pot. Other types of slow cookers may not be costructed in the same way—for example, they may instead sit on top of a heating element and not be warmed from the sides. When it comes to actually cooking the food, there is very little difference. You can read more about slow cookers vs. Crock-Pots here.


The recipe says that jambalaya freezes well. Please tell me how to accomplish that. I have never found any dish that contains cooked rice will not turn to mush when frozen.

freezing rice

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As long as the rice isn’t overcooked to begin with, freezing should work.

Crock-Pots vs. Slow Cookers

Someone please correct me if I am wrong, and trust me that according to my wife I am wrong quite often ................ but my understanding is that Crock-Pots have the heating elements wrapped around the circumference of the pot to heat the food evenly and reduce or eliminate scorching. Slow cookers like the classic West Bend Slow Cooker had the pan that sat on the heating base. The base was the heat source and if the food was not stirred now and then it was likely to scorch on the bottom. That is my understanding. If I am correct in this assumption, please contact me and I will give you my wife's email address so you can let her know that I was right!

Crockpots vs. Slow Cookers

I'm really late to answer your comment, but I think you're correct. I've had and used both that you are describing. I prefer crockpots to the slow cooker.

Crock Pots vs Slow Cookers

I have a West Bend Slow Cooker and I like it much better than a crock pot. It does not cook the same as a crock pot (which I also have). It cooks in less time, though you can let it simmer longer if you wish.

Tri tip

Take an untrimmed tri tip roast and make it pot roast style with taters, carrots, onions, and whatever else you like. The beef melts in your mouth, unlike the grilled variety that is tough and chewy. Makes great sandwiches later.


I have seen some funny comments on cooking blogs before, but this one takes the cake. :) A. No, the Boston Marathon was not bombed by a crockpot. B. Even if these were pressure cooker recipes, they wouldn't be in "bad taste." People have been legitimately cooking with pressure cookers for a very long time.

I have read several recipes

I have read several recipes that sound wonderful. As a busy person I love using my slow cooker, Wolfgang Puck. My Mom gave it to me since I have arthritis in my hands and hips so standing for long periods of time of cooking is not an option as it once was.I love slow cooking as it also helps eliminate heating up your kitchen!!!Noticed a comment below, don't no for sure when it was written but I have to admit placing a comment such as the Boston Marathon bombing related to using a slow cooker in the article above is ridiculous,the bomb was a pressure cooker.I also have a PC which I will not stop using because of the Boston Marathon.It was a stupid act of violence and placing a such a comment on a recipe site is ignorant.

Exactly Brian!!! Some very

Exactly Brian!!! Some very good recipes I am looking forward to preparing in my SLOW cooker/Crock Pot!

I think this article is in

I think this article is in very bad taste due to the Boston Marathon bomb being a slow cooker!!!!

Roseann, take it easy. There

Roseann, take it easy. There is a huge difference between a "Pressure Cooker" and a "Slow Cooker." You cannot make a "Pressure Cooker Bomb"(used in Boston) with a slow cooker.

Rest assured these are

Rest assured these are recipes for slowing cooking; this is not a pressure cooker by any means.
Slow recipes are those that go in a sort of crock pot that heats at a very low temperature--not "fast" or, in fact, involving any pressure at all.

FYI: it was a pressure

FYI: it was a pressure cooker, not a slow cooker. So you have your comment all wrong. Check it out for yourself.