The BEST Slow Cooker Recipes (Easy + Real Ingredients!)

This collection of the BEST slow cooker recipes includes comforting crockpot classics, flavorful tacos, hearty sandwiches, cozy soups, stews, and chilis, and even a few breakfasts and desserts! Better yet, these popular and easy slow cooker recipes are made with real, unprocessed ingredients!

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It's hard to beat a good slow cooker supper! And with this collection of popular, tried-and-true, easy slow cooker recipes, you can have a warm cozy dinner waiting for you every day of the week. There are even a few options for side dishes, breakfasts, and desserts! And best of all, they're made with real, unprocessed ingredients!

Browsing this round-up of the very BEST slow cooker recipes is easy! Recipes are categorized in a variety of ways for your convenience. You can peruse options by the type of protein used, the category of recipe, or even the type of cuisine. Some of the crockpot recipes are listed more than once, since they happen to fall under multiple categories. So however you prefer to search, you're sure to find something simple and delicious to make!

As always, some crock pots run hotter than others (particularly newer models), so you need to be familiar with your own personal slow cooker to determine optimal cooking time for different recipes.

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Beef Recipes

My favorite beef cut for cooking in the crock pot is a roast, and I always recommend using a chuck roast. Its generous marbling results in moist, tender meat at the end of a low, slow cooking time.

Chuck Roast

  1. BEEF BARBACOA
Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa
Slow Cooker Barbacoa
Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa is flavored with smoked chipotles in adobo, fresh garlic and cilantro, and Mexican spices, resulting in a tender, juicy filling for tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, or a tasty topping for salads and rice bowls!
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  1. FRENCH DIP SANDWICHES AU JUS
Dipping a Slow Cooker French Dip sandwich into au jus.
Slow Cooker French Dip
This Slow Cooker French Dip recipe features succulent beef cooked in the crock pot in a flavorful broth, served on toasty rolls with melted cheese and extra au jus for dipping!
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  1. HONEY BALSAMIC SHREDDED BEEF SANDWICHES
Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Shredded Beef Sandwiches on wooden board.
Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Shredded Beef Sandwiches
Sweet and tangy Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Shredded Beef is a delicious, effortless, satisfying crock pot recipe perfect for busy weeknight dinners, parties, or game day!
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  1. BEEF STROGANOFF
Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff in shallow white bowl.
Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff features tender chunks of beef and hearty mushrooms in an all-natural sour cream sauce for an easy, comforting, slow cooker dinner made with real ingredients! (May use beef stew meat instead of a roast.)
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  1. BEEF STROGANOFF SOUP
Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Soup in a bowl.
Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Soup
A classic comfort food recipe gets a soup lover's makeover in this warm, hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Soup, loaded with savory beef, mushrooms, and noodles…and your crock pot does all of the work! (May use beef stew meat instead of a roast.)
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  1. BEEF STEW
Crock Pot Beef Stew in slow cooker with wooden spoon.
Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Crock Pot Beef Stew is comforting, delicious, and effortless to make in the slow cooker…loaded with vegetables, seasoned with herbs, and enhanced with a few special ingredients for deep, savory flavor! (May use beef stew meat instead of a roast.)
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Ground Beef

  1. MEATBALL SUBS
Crockpot Meatball Subs on plate.
Slow Cooker Meatball Subs
Crockpot Meatball Subs effortlessly come together in the slow cooker for flavorful, saucy, cheesy sandwiches that the whole family will love! With just a few simple ingredients, this meatball sub recipe is homemade, easy, and delicious!
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  1. BEEFY 3-BEAN CHILI
3 Bean Chili in white bowl.
Slow Cooker Beefy 3-Bean Chili
3 Bean Chili is a chunky, flavorful, hearty bowl of comfort food goodness loaded with savory ground beef and three kinds of beans...and it's easy to make on the stovetop or in the slow cooker!
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Short Ribs

  1. ASIAN BEEF SHORT RIBS
Plate and fork on table in front of window.
Slow Cooker Asian Short Ribs
This savory crockpot meal of Asian Short Ribs comes together in minutes and features tender, fall-off-the-bone beef short ribs in a flavorful cooking liquid of soy sauce, beef broth, garlic, fresh ginger, and sesame oil!
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Chicken Recipes

I always keep a bag of boneless skinless chicken breasts and thighs on hand, and I prefer to toss in a combo when making most slow cooker chicken recipes. Chicken breasts are larger and have hardly any fat to trim, so just few of them yield more meat and are quick to shred. On the other hand, chicken thighs shrink up quite a bit and take longer to trim, but they also have more flavor and don't dry out as much. So I prefer using a combination for the best of both worlds, but either one will work beautifully.

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts &/or Thighs

  1. BUFFALO CHICKEN SOUP
Bowl of Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup.
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup
The bold flavors of Buffalo wings come together in this zippy, creamy, easy-to-whip-up Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup, perfect for serving on game day or for warming up on a chilly fall or winter evening!
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  1. SHREDDED CHICKEN TACOS
Aeriel view of Crockpot Shredded Chicken Tacos on white plate.
Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos
Crockpot Shredded Chicken Tacos are easy to make with just SIX simple ingredients. This flavorful, versatile recipe for shredded chicken tacos is both delicious and effortless, since the slow cooker does all of the work!
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  1. CHICKEN BLACK BEAN SOUP
Chicken Black Bean Soup.
Slow Cooker Chicken Black Bean Soup
Slow Cooker Chicken Black Bean Soup is a creamy, healthy, effortless crockpot dinner for those cold winter nights!
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  1. CHICKEN SLOPPY JOES
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Slow Cooker Chicken Sloppy Joes
Chicken Sloppy Joes combine juicy shredded chicken with a quick, homemade sloppy joe sauce for messy, yummy sandwiches that effortlessly come together in the crockpot and are sure to please the entire family!
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  1. CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is brimming with chicken, beans, & corn and topped with crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, and grated cheddar, making it a warm, hearty, effortless crock pot meal that's perfect for a chilly day!
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  1. KING RANCH CHICKEN SOUP
King Ranch Chicken Soup ~ a creamy and comforting soup recipe with all the zesty flavor of the classic casserole...and it's easy to make in the slow cooker, in the Instant Pot, or on the stove! | FiveHeartHome.com
Slow Cooker King Ranch Chicken Soup
King Ranch Chicken Soup is creamy and comforting with all the flavor of the classic casserole...and easy to make in the slow cooker, Instant Pot, or stovetop!
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  1. CHICKEN GNOCCHI SOUP
Slow Cooker Chicken Gnocchi Soup ~ a creamy, lightened-up copycat recipe of the famous Olive Garden classic, made easy thanks to the crockpot! | FiveHeartHome.com
Slow Cooker Chicken Gnocchi Soup
Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup is a creamy, lightened-up copycat recipe of the famous classic, made easy thanks to the crockpot!
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  1. THAI CHICKEN WITH PEANUT SAUCE
Slow Cooker Thai Chicken with Peanut Sauce over rice noodles
Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken
Thai Peanut Chicken made in the slow cooker features tender chicken stewed in a flavorful coconut milk and peanut sauce, served over rice or rice noodles!
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  1. WHITE BEAN CHICKEN CHILI
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Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili
White Bean Chicken Chili is a comforting crockpot recipe that’s loaded with tender chicken, dried beans, and tangy green chiles, slow cooked all day and then topped with your favorite garnishes!
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  1. CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP
The Best Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
This wholesome, easy-to-make Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup is extra flavorful thanks to a few secret ingredients…and it's the perfect get-well-soon recipe for making it through cold and flu season! (Skin-on/bone-in chicken pieces are preferred for this recipe.)
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Chicken Drumsticks

  1. SWEET CHILI DRUMSTICKS
Slow Cooker Sweet Chili Drumsticks ~ this chicken recipe starts with a simple marinade of soy sauce, Thai sweet chili sauce, and ginger, then slow cooks until tender for an effortless, sweet-and-savory, Asian dinner that's healthier and more economical than take-out! | FiveHeartHome.com
Slow Cooker Sweet Chili Chicken Drumsticks
Sweet Chili Crockpot Chicken Drumsticks start with a simple marinade of soy sauce, Thai sweet chili sauce, and ginger then effortlessly cook in the slow cooker until tender for an effortless, sweet-and-savory, Asian chicken dinner!
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Cooked Chicken

  1. STACKED CHICKEN ENCHILADAS
Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas with cilantro garnish.
Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas
Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas are flavorful and from-scratch...a stacked chicken enchilada casserole that's quick to assemble and easy to make in the slow cooker!
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Pork Recipes

Would you believe that you can cook a decent-sized ham or even a rack of ribs in your crock pot? There are plenty of variations of pulled pork below as well. And anytime I have leftover ham, I dice it up and toss it in the freezer for future use in these slow cooker soups.

Pork Butt (Shoulder) Roast

  1. CARNITAS
Slow Cooker Carnitas piled in bowl.
Slow Cooker Carnitas (Effortless, Caramelized, Succulent)
Slow Cooker Carnitas effortlessly come together in the crock pot, where pork is braised in an aromatic broth, cubed, and then finished off under the broiler. The result is succulent, caramelized, pork carnitas that are delicious in tacos or as a filling for burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, and more!
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  1. HONEY LIME PULLED PORK
Aerial shot of Slow Cooker Pork Tacos plus garnishes.
Slow Cooker Honey Lime Pulled Pork
Slow Cooker Honey Lime Pulled Pork Tacos feature tender, spicy-sweet pork piled on flour tortillas and topped with red cabbage, carrots, avocado, cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro for an easy, effortless dinner...and the leftover pork is fantastic on nachos!
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  1. PINEAPPLE PULLED PORK
Slow Cooker Pineapple Pulled Pork with Pineapple BBQ Sauce
Succulent pork and juicy pineapple are slow cooked in the crock pot with a flavorful, homemade Pineapple BBQ Sauce, resulting in sweet and savory pulled pork for sandwiches, tacos, quesadillas, nachos, pizza, and more!
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  1. ROOT BEER PULLED PORK
Root Beer Pulled Pork recipe served on buns with slaw.
Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork
Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork is quick and effortless to throw in the crock pot for an easy, make-ahead, family-pleasing dinner that's also perfect for game day, parties, or potlucks!
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Boneless Pork Loin

  1. HONEY BALSAMIC PORK LOIN
Crock Pot Pork Loin with balsamic glaze on platter.
Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pork Loin
Crock Pot Pork Loin is a moist, juicy, effortless slow cooker dinner featuring a tangy, sweet and savory, honey balsamic glaze that's impressive enough for company!
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Whole Ham

  1. BROWN SUGAR PINEAPPLE HAM
Thick slices of Crockpot Brown Sugar Ham.
The BEST Slow Cooker Ham
This amazing Crockpot Ham is the BEST slow cooker ham recipe! It's cooked in pineapple juice with a brown sugar glaze featuring Dijon, balsamic vinegar, and honey for an EASY holiday dinner that practically makes itself!
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Diced Ham &/or Ham Bone

  1. POTATO CORN CHOWDER WITH HAM
Aerial view of Potato Corn Chowder in white bowl.
Slow Cooker Potato Corn Chowder
Potato Corn Chowder is creamy and comforting, loaded with sweet corn, hearty potatoes, and flavorful ham. It’s quick and easy to make on the stove or you can let your slow cooker do the work for you!
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  1. HAM & WHITE BEAN SOUP
Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup in white bowl with spoon.
Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup
Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup is a hearty, wholesome, comforting crock pot recipe featuring creamy white beans that's perfect for using up leftover ham!
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  1. SPLIT PEA SOUP WITH HAM
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup in bowls with dried peas and carrots on side.
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
Crockpot Split Pea Soup is warm, comforting, and hearty, loaded with ham, potatoes, and carrots. And best of all, it’s easy to make since your slow cooker does all of the work!
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Ribs

  1. BABY BACK RIBS
Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs
Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs are sticky, smoky, and fall-apart delicious...and nobody will ever believe that they're crock pot ribs!
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Bean Recipes

Unless specified, all of the slow cooker recipes below start with dried beans or lentils, and none of those recipes require pre-soaking (unless that happens to be your personal preference). I simply rinse and pick over my beans before letting them cook all day. Please keep in mind that old beans take longer to cook and soften...and sometimes, if they're really old, they never soften! So if your beans having been sitting in your pantry -- or in a grocery store warehouse -- for a long time, this can definitely lengthen required cooking time.

Dried Pinto Beans

  1. CHARRO BEANS
Charro Beans in bowl with cilantro.
Slow Cooker Charro Beans
Charro Beans are flavored with bacon, garlic, tomatoes, green chiles, jalapeños, cilantro, and spices and cooked in the slow cooker to make them hands-off and truly effortless...the perfect side dish for Mexican food!
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  1. RANCH STYLE BEANS
Ranch Style Beans in serving spoon over slow cooker.
Slow Cooker Ranch Style Beans (Simple + Tasty)
Ranch Style Beans start with dried pinto beans that are effortlessly slow cooked in the crock pot for a simple, versatile, delicious side dish that’s perfect with burgers or BBQ!
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Dried Great Northern or Navy Beans

  1. HAM & WHITE BEAN SOUP
Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup in white bowl with spoon.
Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup
Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup is a hearty, wholesome, comforting crock pot recipe featuring creamy white beans that's perfect for using up leftover ham!
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  1. CAJUN WHITE BEAN SOUP
Aerial view of Cajun Bean Soup in bowl with spoon.
Slow Cooker Cajun Bean Soup
Cajun Bean Soup is a cozy slow cooker recipe loaded with white beans, andouille sausage, veggies, and a flavorful broth, with plenty of Cajun soup spices to warm you up!
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  1. WHITE BEAN CHICKEN CHILI
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Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili
White Bean Chicken Chili is a comforting crockpot recipe that’s loaded with tender chicken, dried beans, and tangy green chiles, slow cooked all day and then topped with your favorite garnishes!
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Dried Black Beans

  1. CHICKEN BLACK BEAN SOUP
Chicken Black Bean Soup.
Slow Cooker Chicken Black Bean Soup
Slow Cooker Chicken Black Bean Soup is a creamy, healthy, effortless crockpot dinner for those cold winter nights!
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Dried Lentils or Peas

  1. GERMAN LENTIL SOUP
Slow Cooker German Lentil Soup with Sausage | {Five Heart Home}
Slow Cooker German Lentils with Sausage
Lentils, sausage, carrots, and a flavorful broth simmer the day away in this hearty, comforting, slow cooker soup.
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  1. SPLIT PEA SOUP
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup in bowls with dried peas and carrots on side.
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
Crockpot Split Pea Soup is warm, comforting, and hearty, loaded with ham, potatoes, and carrots. And best of all, it’s easy to make since your slow cooker does all of the work!
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Canned Beans

  1. BEEFY 3-BEAN CHILI
3 Bean Chili in white bowl.
Slow Cooker Beefy 3-Bean Chili
3 Bean Chili is a chunky, flavorful, hearty bowl of comfort food goodness loaded with savory ground beef and three kinds of beans...and it's easy to make on the stovetop or in the slow cooker!
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  1. SHREDDED CHICKEN TACOS
Aeriel view of Crockpot Shredded Chicken Tacos on white plate.
Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos
Crockpot Shredded Chicken Tacos are easy to make with just SIX simple ingredients. This flavorful, versatile recipe for shredded chicken tacos is both delicious and effortless, since the slow cooker does all of the work!
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  1. CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is brimming with chicken, beans, & corn and topped with crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, and grated cheddar, making it a warm, hearty, effortless crock pot meal that's perfect for a chilly day!
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Vegetarian Recipes

These crock pot recipes on the site are not necessarily written as vegetarian recipes. However, they can easily be converted to vegetarian recipes by (1.) using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth, and (2.) eliminating any added ham, bacon, or sausage. Just keep in mind that if you eliminate ham, bacon, or sausage, you will likely need to increase the salt and/or other seasonings to make up for the missing flavor.

  1. BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup.
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup is silky and delicious, packed with vitamins, and as effortless as tossing frozen butternut squash cubes into the crock pot!
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  1. CAULIFLOWER SOUP
Cauliflower Soup.
Slow Cooker Cauliflower Soup
Slow Cooker Cauliflower Soup with Pepper Jack & Bacon is a creamy, silky, crock pot recipe that balances healthy, vitamin-packed cauliflower with zesty cheese and decadent bacon...and since it starts with frozen cauliflower, it couldn't be any simpler to make!
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  1. CHARRO BEANS
Charro Beans in bowl with cilantro.
Slow Cooker Charro Beans
Charro Beans are flavored with bacon, garlic, tomatoes, green chiles, jalapeños, cilantro, and spices and cooked in the slow cooker to make them hands-off and truly effortless...the perfect side dish for Mexican food!
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  1. POTATO CORN CHOWDER
Aerial view of Potato Corn Chowder in white bowl.
Slow Cooker Potato Corn Chowder
Potato Corn Chowder is creamy and comforting, loaded with sweet corn, hearty potatoes, and flavorful ham. It’s quick and easy to make on the stove or you can let your slow cooker do the work for you!
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  1. GERMAN LENTIL SOUP
Slow Cooker German Lentil Soup with Sausage | {Five Heart Home}
Slow Cooker German Lentils with Sausage
Lentils, sausage, carrots, and a flavorful broth simmer the day away in this hearty, comforting, slow cooker soup.
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  1. LOADED BAKED POTATO SOUP
Aerial of Loaded Baked Potato Soup in two bowls.
Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Loaded Baked Potato Soup is a smooth and creamy soup made on the stovetop, in the slow cooker, or in the Instant Pot and then garnished with a variety of tasty traditional baked potato toppings, from sour cream and shredded cheese to crispy bacon and green onions!
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  1. MEXICAN STREET CORN CHOWDER
Slow Cooker Mexican Street Corn Chowder
The savory flavors of Mexican street corn come together in an easy crockpot corn chowder. Slow Cooker Mexican Street Corn Chowder is slightly spicy, slightly smoky, and topped with avocado, bacon, cilantro, and cotija cheese!
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  1. RANCH STYLE BEANS
Ranch Style Beans in serving spoon over slow cooker.
Slow Cooker Ranch Style Beans (Simple + Tasty)
Ranch Style Beans start with dried pinto beans that are effortlessly slow cooked in the crock pot for a simple, versatile, delicious side dish that’s perfect with burgers or BBQ!
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  1. SPLIT PEA SOUP
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup in bowls with dried peas and carrots on side.
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
Crockpot Split Pea Soup is warm, comforting, and hearty, loaded with ham, potatoes, and carrots. And best of all, it’s easy to make since your slow cooker does all of the work!
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  1. CAJUN WHITE BEAN SOUP
Aerial view of Cajun Bean Soup in bowl with spoon.
Slow Cooker Cajun Bean Soup
Cajun Bean Soup is a cozy slow cooker recipe loaded with white beans, andouille sausage, veggies, and a flavorful broth, with plenty of Cajun soup spices to warm you up!
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  1. WHITE BEAN CHICKEN CHILI
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Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili
White Bean Chicken Chili is a comforting crockpot recipe that’s loaded with tender chicken, dried beans, and tangy green chiles, slow cooked all day and then topped with your favorite garnishes!
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Main Course Recipes

The easy slow cooker recipes in this category are more like "stand-alone" main courses. You can scroll down just below this section for sandwiches, tacos, and soups that would also work as main courses.

  1. ASIAN BEEF SHORT RIBS
Plate and fork on table in front of window.
Slow Cooker Asian Short Ribs
This savory crockpot meal of Asian Short Ribs comes together in minutes and features tender, fall-off-the-bone beef short ribs in a flavorful cooking liquid of soy sauce, beef broth, garlic, fresh ginger, and sesame oil!
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  1. BABY BACK RIBS
Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs
Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs are sticky, smoky, and fall-apart delicious...and nobody will ever believe that they're crock pot ribs!
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  1. BEEF STROGANOFF
Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff in shallow white bowl.
Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff features tender chunks of beef and hearty mushrooms in an all-natural sour cream sauce for an easy, comforting, slow cooker dinner made with real ingredients! (May use beef stew meat instead of a roast.)
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  1. BROWN SUGAR PINEAPPLE HAM
Thick slices of Crockpot Brown Sugar Ham.
The BEST Slow Cooker Ham
This amazing Crockpot Ham is the BEST slow cooker ham recipe! It's cooked in pineapple juice with a brown sugar glaze featuring Dijon, balsamic vinegar, and honey for an EASY holiday dinner that practically makes itself!
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  1. HONEY BALSAMIC PORK LOIN
Crock Pot Pork Loin with balsamic glaze on platter.
Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pork Loin
Crock Pot Pork Loin is a moist, juicy, effortless slow cooker dinner featuring a tangy, sweet and savory, honey balsamic glaze that's impressive enough for company!
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  1. SWEET CHILI DRUMSTICKS
Slow Cooker Sweet Chili Drumsticks ~ this chicken recipe starts with a simple marinade of soy sauce, Thai sweet chili sauce, and ginger, then slow cooks until tender for an effortless, sweet-and-savory, Asian dinner that's healthier and more economical than take-out! | FiveHeartHome.com
Slow Cooker Sweet Chili Chicken Drumsticks
Sweet Chili Crockpot Chicken Drumsticks start with a simple marinade of soy sauce, Thai sweet chili sauce, and ginger then effortlessly cook in the slow cooker until tender for an effortless, sweet-and-savory, Asian chicken dinner!
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  1. THAI CHICKEN WITH PEANUT SAUCE
Slow Cooker Thai Chicken with Peanut Sauce over rice noodles
Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken
Thai Peanut Chicken made in the slow cooker features tender chicken stewed in a flavorful coconut milk and peanut sauce, served over rice or rice noodles!
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  1. STACKED CHICKEN ENCHILADAS
Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas with cilantro garnish.
Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas
Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas are flavorful and from-scratch...a stacked chicken enchilada casserole that's quick to assemble and easy to make in the slow cooker!
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Sandwich Recipes

There's something just so hearty and satisfying about supper on a bun!

  1. CHICKEN SLOPPY JOES
Close-up of Chicken Sloppy Joes sandwich on plate.
Slow Cooker Chicken Sloppy Joes
Chicken Sloppy Joes combine juicy shredded chicken with a quick, homemade sloppy joe sauce for messy, yummy sandwiches that effortlessly come together in the crockpot and are sure to please the entire family!
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  1. FRENCH DIP SANDWICHES AU JUS
Dipping a Slow Cooker French Dip sandwich into au jus.
Slow Cooker French Dip
This Slow Cooker French Dip recipe features succulent beef cooked in the crock pot in a flavorful broth, served on toasty rolls with melted cheese and extra au jus for dipping!
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  1. HONEY BALSAMIC SHREDDED BEEF SANDWICHES
Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Shredded Beef Sandwiches on wooden board.
Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Shredded Beef Sandwiches
Sweet and tangy Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Shredded Beef is a delicious, effortless, satisfying crock pot recipe perfect for busy weeknight dinners, parties, or game day!
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  1. MEATBALL SUBS
Crockpot Meatball Subs on plate.
Slow Cooker Meatball Subs
Crockpot Meatball Subs effortlessly come together in the slow cooker for flavorful, saucy, cheesy sandwiches that the whole family will love! With just a few simple ingredients, this meatball sub recipe is homemade, easy, and delicious!
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  1. ROOT BEER PULLED PORK
Root Beer Pulled Pork recipe served on buns with slaw.
Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork
Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork is quick and effortless to throw in the crock pot for an easy, make-ahead, family-pleasing dinner that's also perfect for game day, parties, or potlucks!
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Taco Recipes

These flavorful pulled meats are fabulous in tacos, but they're also delicious as toppings or fillings for other Mexican food fare, from enchiladas to burritos to nachos.

  1. BEEF BARBACOA
Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa
Slow Cooker Barbacoa
Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa is flavored with smoked chipotles in adobo, fresh garlic and cilantro, and Mexican spices, resulting in a tender, juicy filling for tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, or a tasty topping for salads and rice bowls!
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  1. SHREDDED CHICKEN TACOS
Aeriel view of Crockpot Shredded Chicken Tacos on white plate.
Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos
Crockpot Shredded Chicken Tacos are easy to make with just SIX simple ingredients. This flavorful, versatile recipe for shredded chicken tacos is both delicious and effortless, since the slow cooker does all of the work!
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  1. PORK CARNITAS TACOS
Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos (or Mexican Pulled Pork) ~ perfect for taco night or Cinco de Mayo | FiveHeartHome.com
Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos
Slow Cooker Carnitas effortlessly come together in the crock pot, where pork is braised in an aromatic broth, cubed, and then finished off under the broiler. The result is succulent, caramelized, pork carnitas that are delicious in tacos or as a filling for burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, and more!
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  1. HONEY LIME PULLED PORK TACOS
Aerial shot of Slow Cooker Pork Tacos plus garnishes.
Slow Cooker Honey Lime Pulled Pork Tacos
Slow Cooker Honey Lime Pulled Pork is tender, spicy-sweet pulled pork to pile on flour tortillas and top with red cabbage, carrots, avocado, cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro! This crockpot dinner is easy, effortless, and the leftover pork is fantastic on nachos!
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Soup Recipes

With long, low cooking times, slow cookers especially lend themselves to soups! Most of these are set-and-forget recipes, although you'll typically want to reserve a few minutes just before dinner time for shredding any meat and stirring in any add-ins or garnishes (which you can often prep earlier in the day).

  1. BEEF STEW
Crock Pot Beef Stew in slow cooker with wooden spoon.
Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Crock Pot Beef Stew is comforting, delicious, and effortless to make in the slow cooker…loaded with vegetables, seasoned with herbs, and enhanced with a few special ingredients for deep, savory flavor! (May use beef stew meat instead of a roast.)
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  1. BEEF STROGANOFF SOUP
Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Soup in a bowl.
Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Soup
A classic comfort food recipe gets a soup lover's makeover in this warm, hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Soup, loaded with savory beef, mushrooms, and noodles…and your crock pot does all of the work! (May use beef stew meat instead of a roast.)
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  1. BEEFY 3-BEAN CHILI
3 Bean Chili in white bowl.
Slow Cooker Beefy 3-Bean Chili
3 Bean Chili is a chunky, flavorful, hearty bowl of comfort food goodness loaded with savory ground beef and three kinds of beans...and it's easy to make on the stovetop or in the slow cooker!
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  1. BUFFALO CHICKEN SOUP
Bowl of Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup.
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup
The bold flavors of Buffalo wings come together in this zippy, creamy, easy-to-whip-up Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup, perfect for serving on game day or for warming up on a chilly fall or winter evening!
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  1. BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup.
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup is silky and delicious, packed with vitamins, and as effortless as tossing frozen butternut squash cubes into the crock pot!
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  1. CAJUN WHITE BEAN SOUP
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Slow Cooker Cajun Bean Soup
Cajun Bean Soup is a cozy slow cooker recipe loaded with white beans, andouille sausage, veggies, and a flavorful broth, with plenty of Cajun soup spices to warm you up!
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  1. CAULIFLOWER SOUP
Cauliflower Soup.
Slow Cooker Cauliflower Soup
Slow Cooker Cauliflower Soup with Pepper Jack & Bacon is a creamy, silky, crock pot recipe that balances healthy, vitamin-packed cauliflower with zesty cheese and decadent bacon...and since it starts with frozen cauliflower, it couldn't be any simpler to make!
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  1. CHICKEN BLACK BEAN SOUP
Chicken Black Bean Soup.
Slow Cooker Chicken Black Bean Soup
Slow Cooker Chicken Black Bean Soup is a creamy, healthy, effortless crockpot dinner for those cold winter nights!
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  1. CHICKEN GNOCCHI SOUP
Slow Cooker Chicken Gnocchi Soup ~ a creamy, lightened-up copycat recipe of the famous Olive Garden classic, made easy thanks to the crockpot! | FiveHeartHome.com
Slow Cooker Chicken Gnocchi Soup
Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup is a creamy, lightened-up copycat recipe of the famous classic, made easy thanks to the crockpot!
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  1. CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP
The Best Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
This wholesome, easy-to-make Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup is extra flavorful thanks to a few secret ingredients…and it's the perfect get-well-soon recipe for making it through cold and flu season! (Skin-on/bone-in chicken pieces are preferred for this recipe.)
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  1. CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is brimming with chicken, beans, & corn and topped with crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, and grated cheddar, making it a warm, hearty, effortless crock pot meal that's perfect for a chilly day!
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  1. GERMAN LENTIL SOUP
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Slow Cooker German Lentils with Sausage
Lentils, sausage, carrots, and a flavorful broth simmer the day away in this hearty, comforting, slow cooker soup.
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  1. HAM & WHITE BEAN SOUP
Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup in white bowl with spoon.
Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup
Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup is a hearty, wholesome, comforting crock pot recipe featuring creamy white beans that's perfect for using up leftover ham!
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  1. KING RANCH CHICKEN SOUP
King Ranch Chicken Soup ~ a creamy and comforting soup recipe with all the zesty flavor of the classic casserole...and it's easy to make in the slow cooker, in the Instant Pot, or on the stove! | FiveHeartHome.com
Slow Cooker King Ranch Chicken Soup
King Ranch Chicken Soup is creamy and comforting with all the flavor of the classic casserole...and easy to make in the slow cooker, Instant Pot, or stovetop!
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  1. LOADED BAKED POTATO SOUP
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Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Loaded Baked Potato Soup is a smooth and creamy soup made on the stovetop, in the slow cooker, or in the Instant Pot and then garnished with a variety of tasty traditional baked potato toppings, from sour cream and shredded cheese to crispy bacon and green onions!
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  1. MEXICAN STREET CORN CHOWDER
Slow Cooker Mexican Street Corn Chowder
The savory flavors of Mexican street corn come together in an easy crockpot corn chowder. Slow Cooker Mexican Street Corn Chowder is slightly spicy, slightly smoky, and topped with avocado, bacon, cilantro, and cotija cheese!
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  1. POTATO CORN CHOWDER WITH HAM
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Slow Cooker Potato Corn Chowder
Potato Corn Chowder is creamy and comforting, loaded with sweet corn, hearty potatoes, and flavorful ham. It’s quick and easy to make on the stove or you can let your slow cooker do the work for you!
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  1. SPLIT PEA SOUP WITH HAM
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup in bowls with dried peas and carrots on side.
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
Crockpot Split Pea Soup is warm, comforting, and hearty, loaded with ham, potatoes, and carrots. And best of all, it’s easy to make since your slow cooker does all of the work!
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  1. WHITE BEAN CHICKEN CHILI
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Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili
White Bean Chicken Chili is a comforting crockpot recipe that’s loaded with tender chicken, dried beans, and tangy green chiles, slow cooked all day and then topped with your favorite garnishes!
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Side Dish Recipes

Making a side dish in the crock pot is not only hands-off, but it also leaves your stove and oven free for other dishes.

  1. CHARRO BEANS
Charro Beans in bowl with cilantro.
Slow Cooker Charro Beans
Charro Beans are flavored with bacon, garlic, tomatoes, green chiles, jalapeños, cilantro, and spices and cooked in the slow cooker to make them hands-off and truly effortless...the perfect side dish for Mexican food!
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  1. CREAMY CHEESY CORN
Slow Cooker Creamy Cheesy Corn
Slow Cooker Creamy Cheesy Corn is a rich, comforting side dish that's the perfect addition to your holiday menu...not only is this recipe delicious, but it also frees up the stove and oven!
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  1. HONEY CINNAMON CARROTS
Crockpot carrots in slow cooker with a honey cinnamon glaze.
Slow Cooker Honey Cinnamon Carrots
Honey Cinnamon Crockpot Carrots are a sweet, buttery, and addictive slow cooker side dish...the perfect easy recipe for freeing up the oven and feeding a crowd, on Easter, other holidays, or any day!
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  1. RANCH STYLE BEANS
Ranch Style Beans in serving spoon over slow cooker.
Slow Cooker Ranch Style Beans (Simple + Tasty)
Ranch Style Beans start with dried pinto beans that are effortlessly slow cooked in the crock pot for a simple, versatile, delicious side dish that’s perfect with burgers or BBQ!
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  1. SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE
Crockpot Sweet Potatoes.
Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole
Crockpot Sweet Potato Casserole is lightly sweetened with maple syrup and topped with toasted pecans, making it a delicious and effortless addition to Thanksgiving dinner, while freeing up the oven at the same time!
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Breakfast Recipes

You may not always think of breakfast when crock pot cooking comes to mind, but these options are tasty, wholesome, and fun.

  1. SLOW COOKER GRANOLA
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Slow Cooker Granola
Slow Cooker Granola is crunchy, golden, and delicious, combining oats, nuts, coconut, coconut oil, and honey in the crock pot for an effortless, wholesome treat!
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  1. OVERNIGHT APPLE PIE STEEL CUT OATMEAL
Apple Pie Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal ~ loaded with steel cut oats and apple cinnamon goodness, this recipe is easy to throw in the slow cooker before bed for an effortless breakfast the next day. And with a special, no-stirring-required trick, you won't have to worry about burnt edges in the morning! | FiveHeartHome.com
{Overnight} Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal
Overnight Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal is easy to throw in the slow cooker before bed for an effortless breakfast the next day...and with a special, no-stirring-required trick, you won't have to worry about burnt edges in the morning!
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  1. OVERNIGHT PUMPKIN STEEL CUT OATMEAL
Overnight Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal
{Overnight} Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal
Wake up to a warm, wholesome breakfast with this Overnight Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal...and don't miss the secret trick to prevent the edges from burning!
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Dessert Recipes

Sweets for the sweet. 🙂

  1. CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER FONDUE
Slow Cooker Chocolate Peanut Butter Fondue
Slow Cooker Chocolate Peanut Butter Fondue is a decadent, glossy, chocolate dip kissed with peanut butter, perfect for your favorite fruit and confections on Valentine's Day or any day!
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  1. HOT CHOCOLATE (4 FLAVORS)
Crockpot Hot Chocolate ingredients in a slow cooker.
Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
Crockpot Hot Chocolate is the easiest way to make a big batch of rich, decadent slow cooker hot chocolate for a crowd...and four flavor variations make it extra yummy!
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  1. EGGNOG BREAD PUDDING
Slow Cooker Eggnog Bread Pudding
Delicious and decadent Slow Cooker Eggnog Bread Pudding effortlessly cooks up in the crock pot, freeing up the oven for other recipes. Studded with golden raisins, sprinkled with nutmeg, and drizzled with a silky eggnog syrup, it's a perfect holiday breakfast, brunch, or dessert!
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Holiday Recipes

When I cook a big meal for a holiday, I inevitably have every oven rack and stove burner accounted for. So pulling out a slow cooker or two means that it's no problem to add a few more dishes to the menu!

  1. BROWN SUGAR PINEAPPLE HAM
Thick slices of Crockpot Brown Sugar Ham.
The BEST Slow Cooker Ham
This amazing Crockpot Ham is the BEST slow cooker ham recipe! It's cooked in pineapple juice with a brown sugar glaze featuring Dijon, balsamic vinegar, and honey for an EASY holiday dinner that practically makes itself!
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  1. CREAMY CHEESY CORN
Slow Cooker Creamy Cheesy Corn
Slow Cooker Creamy Cheesy Corn is a rich, comforting side dish that's the perfect addition to your holiday menu...not only is this recipe delicious, but it also frees up the stove and oven!
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  1. HONEY CINNAMON CARROTS
Crockpot carrots in slow cooker with a honey cinnamon glaze.
Slow Cooker Honey Cinnamon Carrots
Honey Cinnamon Crockpot Carrots are a sweet, buttery, and addictive slow cooker side dish...the perfect easy recipe for freeing up the oven and feeding a crowd, on Easter, other holidays, or any day!
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  1. SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE
Crockpot Sweet Potatoes.
Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole
Crockpot Sweet Potato Casserole is lightly sweetened with maple syrup and topped with toasted pecans, making it a delicious and effortless addition to Thanksgiving dinner, while freeing up the oven at the same time!
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  1. EGGNOG BREAD PUDDING
Slow Cooker Eggnog Bread Pudding
Delicious and decadent Slow Cooker Eggnog Bread Pudding effortlessly cooks up in the crock pot, freeing up the oven for other recipes. Studded with golden raisins, sprinkled with nutmeg, and drizzled with a silky eggnog syrup, it's a perfect holiday breakfast, brunch, or dessert!
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Mexican Recipes

If your family (like mine!) is a fan of Mexican cuisine, you just might find yourself regularly adding these delicious recipes to your meal plan.

  1. BEEF BARBACOA
Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa
Slow Cooker Barbacoa
Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa is flavored with smoked chipotles in adobo, fresh garlic and cilantro, and Mexican spices, resulting in a tender, juicy filling for tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, or a tasty topping for salads and rice bowls!
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  1. CHARRO BEANS
Charro Beans in bowl with cilantro.
Slow Cooker Charro Beans
Charro Beans are flavored with bacon, garlic, tomatoes, green chiles, jalapeños, cilantro, and spices and cooked in the slow cooker to make them hands-off and truly effortless...the perfect side dish for Mexican food!
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  1. SHREDDED CHICKEN TACOS
Aeriel view of Crockpot Shredded Chicken Tacos on white plate.
Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos
Crockpot Shredded Chicken Tacos are easy to make with just SIX simple ingredients. This flavorful, versatile recipe for shredded chicken tacos is both delicious and effortless, since the slow cooker does all of the work!
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  1. CHICKEN BLACK BEAN SOUP
Chicken Black Bean Soup.
Slow Cooker Chicken Black Bean Soup
Slow Cooker Chicken Black Bean Soup is a creamy, healthy, effortless crockpot dinner for those cold winter nights!
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  1. CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is brimming with chicken, beans, & corn and topped with crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, and grated cheddar, making it a warm, hearty, effortless crock pot meal that's perfect for a chilly day!
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  1. HONEY LIME PULLED PORK TACOS
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Slow Cooker Honey Lime Pulled Pork Tacos
Slow Cooker Honey Lime Pulled Pork is tender, spicy-sweet pulled pork to pile on flour tortillas and top with red cabbage, carrots, avocado, cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro! This crockpot dinner is easy, effortless, and the leftover pork is fantastic on nachos!
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  1. MEXICAN STREET CORN CHOWDER
Slow Cooker Mexican Street Corn Chowder
The savory flavors of Mexican street corn come together in an easy crockpot corn chowder. Slow Cooker Mexican Street Corn Chowder is slightly spicy, slightly smoky, and topped with avocado, bacon, cilantro, and cotija cheese!
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  1. PORK CARNITAS TACOS
Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos (or Mexican Pulled Pork) ~ perfect for taco night or Cinco de Mayo | FiveHeartHome.com
Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos
Slow Cooker Carnitas effortlessly come together in the crock pot, where pork is braised in an aromatic broth, cubed, and then finished off under the broiler.