50 Slow Cooker Recipes You’ll Want to Try Right Now
Need a hearty helping of comfort food? This collection of our best-ever slow cooker recipes has got you covered.
Spaghetti and Meatball Soup
When the weather gets chilly, there’s nothing better than whipping up our favourite slow cooker recipes for an easy breakfast, lunch or dinner! “A couple of nights a week our family ends up eating in shifts because everyone is going every which way, all at the same time. Having a hearty soup simmering in the slow cooker is an easy way to give them all a warm meal.” —Susan Stetzel, Gainesville, New York
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Slow-Roasted Chicken with Vegetables
“Even a beginner cook could make this slow cooked chicken and have it turn out perfectly. This recipe could not be easier. A few minutes of prep and you’ll come home to a delicious dinner.” —Anita Bell, Hermitage, Tennessee
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Roast Beef and Gravy
“This is by far the simplest way to make roast beef and gravy. On busy days, I can put this main dish in the slow cooker and forget about it. My family likes it with mashed potatoes and fruit salad.” —Abby Metzger, Larchwood, Iowa
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Slow-Cooker Cheesy White Lasagna
“Here’s my best version of my favourite food—lasagna! The recipe is a winner, so it’s worth the extra prep. You’ll have plenty of time to plan side dishes while the main dish is cooking.” —Suzanne Smith, Bluffton, Indiana
Get the recipe for Slow-Cooker Cheesy White Lasagna.
Asian Shredded Pork Sandwiches
“On cool-weather weeknights, the slow cooker is our friend. The plums might surprise in these juicy pork sandwiches, but they add a little sweetness and make the meat extra tender.” —Holly Battiste, Barrington, New Jersey
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All-Day Red Beans and Rice
“My family loves New Orleans-style cooking, so I make this authentic dish often. I appreciate how uncomplicated it is. And its smoky ham flavour is scrumptious.” —Celinda Dahlgren, Napa, California
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Apple-Dijon Pork Roast
“This recipe takes less than five minutes to assemble and is delicious. I like to serve the roast with rice, then use the tangy sauce as a gravy for both.” —Cindy Steffen, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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Beef Roast Dinner
“Because this healthy dish is slow-cooked, you can use less expensive roasts with results as mouthwatering as the more costly cuts. Change up the veggies for variety, nutrition or to suit your tastes!” —Sandra Dudley, Bemidji, Minnesota
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Brats with Sauerkraut
“I’ve made many variations of this excellent main dish. The bratwurst can be plain, smoked or cheese-flavoured, served whole or cut in slices, with a bun or without. It would be popular at a party or potluck.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Chicken Cassoulet Soup
“After my sister spent a year in France as an au pair, I created this lighter, easier version of traditional French cassoulet for her. It uses chicken instead of the usual duck.” —Bridget M. Klusman, Otsego, Michigan
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Chicken Merlot with Mushrooms
“Slow cooked and savoury, this dish is perfect for any night of the week, and is sure to become a staple in your home.” –Shelli McWilliam of Salem, Oregon
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“If you’re not familiar with chicken mole (pronounced mo-LAY), don’t be afraid of this versatile Mexican sauce. I love sharing this chicken mole recipe because it’s a great one to experiment with.” —Darlene Morris, Franklinton, Louisiana
Get the recipe for Chicken Mole.
Corn and Broccoli in Cheese Sauce
“Save room in the oven by making this savoury side in your slow cooker. It is a standby in my house. My daughter likes to add leftover ham to create a hearty main course.” —Joyce Johnson, Uniontown, Ohio
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Cowboy Calico Beans
“This is a tradition at the table when my girlfriends and I go up north for a girls’ weekend. The husbands and kids are left at home, but the slow cooker comes with us!” —Julie Butsch, Hartland, Wisconsin
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Cranberry BBQ Pulled Pork
“Cranberry sauce adds a yummy twist to pulled pork, and my family can’t get enough of it! The pork cooks to tender perfection in the slow cooker, which also makes this dish conveniently portable.” —Carrie Wiegand, Mount Pleasant, Iowa
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French Onion Soup with Meatballs
“I got the idea for this soup after I went to a brewhouse restaurant that put ale in their gravy. I make this every time the weather starts to cool down in the fall—it’s comfort food for the soul.” —Crystal Holsinger, Surprise, Arizona
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Fruity Pork Roast
“I like using the slow cooker for our meals because it gives me time for other preparations, frees the oven, and it usually doesn’t matter if you serve it later than planned. The fruit in this recipe, which I adapted, gives the pork a special flavour.” —Mary Jeppesen-Davis, St. Cloud, Minnesota
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General Tso’s Stew
“I love Asian food and wanted a chili-like soup with the distinctive flavours of General Tso’s chicken. The slow cooker makes this super easy, and you can use any meat you like. It’s a great with turkey, ground meats or leftover pork.” —Lori McLain, Denton, Texas
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Ground Beef Spinach Alfredo Lasagna
“With two types of sauces, ground beef, spinach and three kinds of cheese, this dish is super hearty and goes beyond the expected. When serving, be sure to scoop all the way down to the bottom of the slow cooker so everyone gets a good taste of all the yummy layers.” —Deborah Bruno, Mira Loma, California
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Herbed Slow-Cooker Chicken
“I use my slow cooker to prepare these well-seasoned chicken breasts that cook up moist and tender. My daughter, who has two young sons to keep up with, shared this great recipe with me several years ago. I now rely on cooking chicken in a slow cooker many days a week.” —Sundra Hauck, Bogalusa, Louisiana
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Honey Pulled Pork Subs
“Honey and ground ginger are the flavour boosters behind my no-stress sandwiches. A bottle of barbecue sauce ties it all together in a pinch.” —Denise Davis, Porter, Maine
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Italian Chicken Chardonnay
“One day I needed to have dinner ready when we walked in the door after work and school. So I altered a skillet dish that my family likes into this delicious slow-cooker meal, and it was ready and waiting when we got home. It’s perfect for an everyday meal but nice enough for company, too.” —Judy Armstrong, Prairieville, Louisiana
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Italian Shredded Pork Stew
“Need a warm, soothing meal for a blustery night? Throw together this slow-cooked stew loaded with sweet potatoes and kale. And the shredded pork is oh-so-tender!” —Robin Jungers, Campbellsport, Wisconsin
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Jazzed-Up Green Bean Casserole
“This is not your mama’s green bean casserole, but she’ll still be raving about it! After trying many variations, I decided to give this old standby extra kick. The crunchy texture, cheesy goodness and bacon make it a hit.” —Scott Rugh, Portland, Oregon
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Lamb and White Bean Chili
“I created a fresh take on chili using lamb and Moroccan seasoning with a feta and almond garnish. It was so exciting and tasty to my husband and son, I made a second batch almost right away. If you like a spicier chili, add harissa paste or use medium salsa instead of mild.” —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois
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Lemon Red Potatoes
“Butter, lemon juice, parsley and chives enhance this simple side dish. I usually prepare these potatoes when I’m having company. Since they cook in the slow cooker, there’s plenty of room on the stove for other dishes.” —Tara Branham, Austin, Texas
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