Regardless of the season, slow cooker recipes are great to have in your index for those days when you need to get dinner on the table with little effort. These recipes are especially helpful for busy singles or households because you can toss ingredients into a pot and walk away for the day. A slow cooker ultimately cooks the food at a low temperature, so when you come home at the end of the night you have a delicious meal waiting for you at home. Slow cooker recipes aren’t just about the main dish; in fact, you’ll find there are appetizers and desserts that you can throw together in a slow cooker for a family gathering or dinner party. We’ve put together this list of our favorite slow cooker recipes from the best bloggers, including breakfast, lunch, appetizers, dinner, and dessert.
Whether you prefer a healthy, savory, or decadently sweet breakfast, slow cookers are able to make a wide variety of recipes. Slow cooker breakfast foods are great because you can cook them the night before. You can cook up a delicious slow cooker breakfast for your friends or guests because the recipes range from home-style favorites to contemporary dishes that even your foodie friends will love.
Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal
Oatmeal is the perfect breakfast because it will stick with you throughout the day. Fall is the perfect time to start incorporating oatmeal into your morning routine, especially as the mornings are beginning to cool down. This Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal from Domesticate Me is the perfect option to chow down on before work or on the weekend.
Crockpot Quinoa Breakfast Casserole with Tomato and Spinach
Most people think about chicken soup for lunch or dinner, but few think about indulging in this meal for breakfast. This Slow Cooker Breakfast Chicken Soup from A Squirrel in the Kitchen is perfect for the cooler days in the spring or fall. It’s filling and the delicious broth is a great way to start your day.
Mixing potatoes and cauliflower is a delicious and healthy way to start your morning. This Cauliflower Hash Browns Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole from Cupcakes and Kale Chips is vegetarian-friendly, unless you want to sprinkle on a little extra bacon or ham. This is a great recipe for the holidays when you are entertaining friends and family.
Slow Cooker Cinnamon Rolls
If you prefer a sweet breakfast over savory, then this Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Recipe from Le Crème de la Crème looks divine. You probably haven't thought about putting cinnamon rolls in a slow cooker, but this fluffy breakfast treat looks especially delicious topped with cream cheese frosting. This is perfect for a weekend morning or when you’re entertaining guests.
Blueberry French Toast
French toast is a family favorite that is great for lounging on the weekends. This sweet recipe for Overnight Blueberry French Toast from All Women’s Talk is perfect for a holiday morning. Enjoy this recipe during the late summer when there are plenty of blueberries fresh from the farm.
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
Oatmeal is the perfect breakfast recipe because it fills you up for the morning and carries you through to lunch. There are so many ways you can dress up plain oatmeal. We love this Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal from Amy in the Kitchen, which is perfect for the fall. You can easily make this the night before so it’s runny when your family wakes up in the morning.
Slow Cooker Baked Apples
It’s great to start your day with a piece of fruit in the morning, whether it’s fresh off the vine or baked into a delicious treat. This recipe from The Magical Slow Cooker for Baked Apples is simple and filling. The maple syrup and fresh oats are combined to make a flavorful breakfast that you can eat at the table or take on the go.
Slow Cooker Blueberry Breakfast Casserole
If you want a healthy breakfast that includes nuts and fresh fruit, then this Slow Cooker Blueberry Breakfast Casserole from Recipes that Crock is a delicious treat. You can mix up the fruits and nuts in this delicious breakfast recipe, changing blueberries to raspberries and walnuts to almonds in order to give this recipe a different flavor each season.
Slow Cooker Salted Caramel Almond Granola
Homemade granola is a delicious way to add crunch to your morning breakfast. This recipe for Slow Cooker Salted Caramel Almond Granola from My Recipe Magic is a nice way to add a sweet and salty twist to your morning. The coconut oil and almond butter creates a unique flavor that you and your family will enjoy!
Slow cookers are not just great for breakfast and dinner, but they are also perfect for a little more substantial lunch. If you like to bring lunch to work with you, then you can use a slow cooker to make meals you can easily bring throughout the week. Slow cooker lunch recipes can be packed with nutrition and flavor, which is perfect for the workplace and even your kids’ lunchboxes.
Slow Cooker Harvest Beef Stew
A hearty lunch menu is perfect for fall and winter. It’s easy to create a filling soup or stew using your slow cooker. This Slow Cooker Harvest Beef Stew from Whole and Heavenly Oven combines delicious carrots, potatoes, beef, and onions to create a warm and delicious slow cooker lunch recipe.
Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich Recipe
When most people think about lunch, they think about sandwiches. It’s easy to prepare delicious sandwiches to eat during the week when you have the help of a slow cooker. This recipe for a Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich from the Spicy Southern Kitchen is a great sandwich to eat throughout the week. You can always mix up the flavor of this sandwich by adding new toppings during the week.
Easy Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Subs
In the spirit of sandwiches, this delicious meatball sub is perfect to make over the weekend so that you can bring it to work throughout the work week. This recipe for Easy Slow Cooker Meatball Subs from A Helicopter Mom is simple to make and includes fresh herbs like parsley, basil, parsley, and oregano. We love the recommendation to add parmesan cheese on top of this sub to make it melty and delicious.
Slow Cooker Brown Sugar & Roasted Garlic Pulled Pork Sandwiches
With football season fast approaching, you may want a lunch recipe you can serve to your friends and family. This simple recipe for Crock Pot Brown Sugar & Roasted Garlic Pulled Pork Roast Sandwiches from How Sweet Eats is sweet and savory with the mixture of smoked paprika, brown sugar, and roasted garlic. You can either serve this while relaxing on the weekend or cook it up overnight to take it to work in the morning.
Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches
Slow cookers are great for any season, whether you are serving up lunch during the busy summer months or throughout the cool winter. This versatile Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich Recipe from Six Sisters Stuff is perfect for any season. The combination of chicken breasts, cream cheese, beacon, and cheese is enough to fill up the hungriest household. Serve this sandwich with a side of fresh greens for a little extra flavor.
Slow Cooker Beefy Nacho Soup
Have you ever wished that you could transform the delicious and cheesy flavors of nachos into a soup? This recipe for Slow Cooker Beefy Nacho Soup from The Recipe Critic gives you the ability to enjoy nachos in a whole new way. Combine sweet and spicy green chilies with taco seasoning and ground beef to create a scrumptious lunch soup.
Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Sandwiches
Create more flavorful lunch meat than the kind you find in the store. This recipe for Slow Cooker Turkey Breast from Pocket Exchange Gourmet combines onions and spices to create a flavorful lunch meat. You can place this delicious recipe on sandwiches or serve it with fresh vegetables for lunch.
Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup
Soup is the perfect lunch meal for cooler weather because it’s healthy and filling. This recipe for Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup from The Food Charlatan is filled with shredded carrots and potatoes to create a savory and flavorful recipe. This comforting lunch recipe will keep you warm and full during any season.
Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken
Mixing the flavors and spices of your lunch up is key to having a diverse and healthy diet. This recipe for Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken from The Gunnysack is a great way to infuse new flavors into your everyday lunch menu. Soy sauce, sesame oil, and barbecue sauce creates a dynamic flavor that will simmer on your palette long after your lunch is over.
Slow Cooker Greek Gyro
Greek food is the perfect twist on a traditional sandwich. This recipe for Slow Cooker Greek Gyros from Everyday Good Thinking combines the best of Greek flavors to reinvigorate your lunch plans. This recipe includes a simple and sophisticated lamb with refreshing yogurt dressing.
Whether you’re cooking up dinner for your family or entertaining guests, appetizers are a great way to let people snack while putting the finishing touches on your favorite meals. Appetizers don’t have to be something that takes a lot of time to finish. These slow cooker appetizers are ones you can put together and let sit throughout the day, so when the time comes for dinner you have a delicious recipe ready to get everyone started.
Slow Cooker Chex Mix
For many people, chex mix has been a staple party appetizer for many years. This recipe for Slow Cooker Chex Mix from Gimme Some Oven combines the best of sweet and salty flavors into one delicious appetizer. This particular recipe includes pretzels, peanuts, and Cheerios, which creates a party favorite that your guests won’t be able to put down.
Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuffed mushrooms are a delicious way to start your meal. You can stuff mushrooms with a wide variety of ingredients, including grains, meats, and other vegetables. This recipe for Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms from Get Crocked combines mushrooms, cooked bacon, and shredded cheese to create a simple and savory appetizer. Your guests will love these mushrooms with melted cheese once they come out of the oven.
Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip
There is nothing as iconic as a delicious spinach and artichoke appetizer. Everyone loves the combination of greens and cheese in this simple, decadent appetizer. This recipe for Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip from Damn Delicious includes fresh feta and parmesan cheese combined with red wine vinegar and sour cream. This appetizer is especially delicious with fresh bread and crackers.
Beer BBQ Meatballs
If you need to make an appetizer for a crowd, then meatballs are delicious and filling. This recipe for Beer BBQ Meatballs from Sweet and Savory by Shinee is perfect for a backyard barbecue or fall holiday party. The key ingredient in this recipe is the beer, which creates a rich flavor that is sure to please your guests.
Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Dip
If you like chicken enchiladas then you’ll love this flavorful twist on a dinnertime favorite. This Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Dip from The Blond Cook is a perfect appetizer for a summertime party. This delicious starter includes pepper jack cheese and enchilada sauce combined to make a savory party favorite your friends and family will enjoy.
Slow Cooker Bacon Cheeseburger Dip
Nothing is as mouthwatering as a decadent bacon cheeseburger. This recipe for Bacon Cheeseburger Crock Pot Dip from Recipes that Crock will surprise your friends and family with its delicious flavors. The combination of bacon, cheddar cheese, and ground beef is a savory and filling appetizers that people are sure to enjoy.
Slow Cooker Jalapeno Popper Chicken Taquitos
Spicy appetizers are perfect for game day snacks or before a taco dinner. This recipe for Slow Cooker Jalapeno Popper Chicken Taquitos from Le Creme de la Crumb is irresistible! This recipe combines sliced jalapenos, garlic powder, and cumin to create flavorful chicken wrapped in an irresistibly crunch tortilla.
Slow Cooker Garlic Herb Mushrooms
Sometimes the best appetizers are light and flavorful. This recipe for Slow Cooker Garlic Herb Mushrooms from Damn Delicious is one of those recipes. The combination of fresh cremini mushrooms with dried basil, oregano, thyme, and bay leaves creates flavorful mushrooms that your friends or family will love to snack on before the main course.
Slow Cooker Margarita Chicken Dip
Lime, orange, and tomatoes are three flavors that pair well together in any dish. This recipe for Slow Cooker Margarita Chicken Dip from Dip Recipe Creations provides maximum flavor with little effort. The recipe combines cheese, chicken, lime, and cumin to create a spicy appetizer that goes well with fresh tortilla chips.
Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Wings
Football season means you’ll want to have a few different appetizer recipes in your back pocket. This recipe for Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Wings from Following in my Shoes is a game day favorite. This recipe combines brown sugar, soy sauce, and natural peanut butter to create a savory flavor that your game day enthusiasts won’t forget.
Slow cookers are most loved for their ability to put dinner on the table with little effort. You can put your favorite ingredients into your slow cooker the night before or early in the morning before heading off to work and come home to a dinner ready to put on the table. This collection of slow cooker dinner recipes is some of our favorite. You’ll find it easy to put these ingredients together and come home to a delicious meal.
Slow Cooker Korean Spicy Chicken & Potatoes
The opportunities are seemingly endless when it comes to slow cooking dinner. This delectable recipe from MJ and Hungry Man for Korean Spicy Chicken & Potatoes captures the best of Korean spice. If you want to mix up your regular dinners, then this delicious meal includes lean, skinless chicken thighs and vegetables like potatoes, carrots, fresh onions.
Slow Cooker Carnitas
If you enjoy Mexican-inspired flavors, then you’ll love this flavorful recipe for carnitas. Inspired by the flavors of a New England restaurant, this recipe for Slow Cooker Carnitas from A Family Feast tastes delicious when served with soft and warm flour tortillas, fresh lettuce, and pico de gallo. Jalapenos, cumin, oregano, and garlic create complex flavors that will sizzle on your tongue.
Slow Cooker Portabella Mushroom Chicken
As the seasons change you and your family may start craving heavier meals to get you through the cool autumn and winter months. This recipe for Slow Cooker Portabella Mushroom Chicken from Homemaking Hacks is simple to prepare and gives you all the hearty goodness that you might be craving. With four simple ingredients, you’ll be able to put this meal together in no time.
Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken
If you’re looking for a fresh, dairy-free slow cooker recipe, then this is definitely one to put in the books. This Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken from Lady Behind the Curtain is perfect for the spring or summer. The white wine, dried oregano, and capers give this recipe the kind of Mediterranean flavors you’ll want to enjoy after a long day’s work.
Slow Cooker Coq Au Vin
If you want to give your chicken additional flavor, then a fresh white wine is a perfect choice. This Slow Cooker Coq Au Vin Recipe from the Wilderness Wife is flavored with delicious white wine and fresh button mushrooms. You can put the ingredients for this recipe into your slow cooker before heading out the door in the morning and come home to the delicious scents of the French countryside.
Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli
Sometimes you crave the delicious flavors of take-out without the cost. This recipe for Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli from Table for Two combines all the great flavors of your favorite corner restaurant. Boneless beef chuck roast is combined with savory soy sauce, sesame oil, and garlic to create a flavorful recipe.
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Tater Tot Casserole
Casseroles can be somewhat repetitive, unless you have flavorful recipes to add to the mix. This rich recipe for Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Tater Tot Casserole from Crockpot Gourmet combines the deliciousness of tater tots and buffalo chicken. Your family won’t get tired of this innovative casserole recipe!
Slow Cooker Red Lentil Dal
Cooking delicious Indian stews can be difficult if you aren’t familiar with the process. This recipe for Slow Cooker Red Lentil Dal from Café Johnsonia makes it easy to cook up your favorite Indian recipes. This decadent stew combines split peas, turmeric, and aromatic cardamom.
Slow Cooker Red Brown Sugar & Garlic Chicken
Chicken is a filling and flavorful recipe that you can make for dinner. This recipe for Slow Cooker Brown Sugar & Garlic Chicken from Providence Design is perfect to mix with a fresh loaf of bread or wrap up in a tortilla. The recipe combines brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and lemon-lime soda to create a truly unique flavor.
Slow Cooker Beef & Cheese Pasta
Pasta dishes are great when you need to make dinner quickly or when you need to make a big meal for your family. This recipe for Slow Cooker Beef & Cheese Pasta from The Cooking Jar is flavorful and easy to make. Your family will love the aromatic flavors of oregano, Italian seasoning, and pepper flakes.
You may have thought about using your slow cooker for breakfast or dinner, but chances are you haven’t considered using it for dessert. In fact, there are many different types of desserts that you can cook in a slow cooker. These delicious desserts have all day to produce mouthwatering flavors that are sweet and savory. Rather than working for hours to make a dessert for your family or friends, all you have to do is put ingredients into a slow cooker and enjoy.
Slow Cooker Coconut Cake
Cakes don’t have to take up a lot of time or require waiting for the oven to bake the batter to the right texture. This recipe for Slow Cooker Coconut Cake from Living Sweet Moments features light and flavorful ingredients. Once you’ve lined the pan with parchment paper, all you have to do is add the ingredients and let this delicious cake bake throughout the day.
Slow Cooker Fudge
Making fudge for the holidays is an annual tradition that the whole family can enjoy. You can make the process much easier this holiday season with this recipe for Slow Cooker Fudge from Le Crème de la Crème. This recipe is very simple to make, since all you have to do is melt down chocolate chips and add a few ingredients to create a soft, savory fudge that your friends and family will enjoy.
Slow Cooker Sticky Caramel Pumpkin Cake
Pumpkin sweets, like cake or cookies, are perfect for the fall season. This Slow Cooker Sticky Caramel Pumpkin Cake from Platter Talk captures all the great fall flavors for a delectable dessert. This particular recipe includes pumpkin and caramel sauce to create a moist crumb that is perfect for a weeknight dessert or holiday party.
Slow Cooker Candy
Aside from fudge and cookies, the holidays are a time when you can make candy from home. It can be time-consuming and difficult to make candy at home. This simple Slow Cooker Candy recipe from Fake Ginger takes all the fuss out of holiday sweet preparation. This recipe includes four ingredients and you can make them with very little time.
Slow Cooker Bread Pudding
Bread pudding is a delicious dessert that helps you transform old bread into a delectable treat. You can customize this Slow Cooker Bread Pudding from Nourish Joy by adding dried fruit, nuts, and your favorite spices. If you’re going to make the recipe as is, then you’ll enjoy the taste of fresh cinnamon and maple syrup that are mixed together with whole milk to create a creamy and spicy sweet.
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie
The fall is a perfect time to roast, carve, and bake pumpkins. This recipe for Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie from Family Fresh Meals is especially great for the fall holidays. Simply place the ingredients in your slow cooker, including brown sugar and pumpkin spice, and come home to the fresh smell of pumpkin pie!
Slow Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Fruit cakes are especially delicious during the summer when fruit is fresh and delicious. This recipe for Pineapple Upside Down Cake from Get Crocked is perfect for a summer party or a special occasion. The fresh pineapple bakes into the batter, producing a decadent cake that you can enjoy with a side of ice cream.
Slow Cooker Fudge Brownies
Fudge brownies are delicious when you can make them right from your kitchen. This recipe for Slow Cooker Fudge Brownies from Crockin Girls is easy to make and produces the gooeyness that everyone is looking for when they bite into a brownie. This simple, four-ingredient recipe is easy to make in the morning and come home to a delicious dessert.
Slow Cooker Muddy Buddies
Creating a lunchtime dessert for your kids to enjoy is easy and fun. This recipe for Slow Cooker Muddy Buddies from Get Crocked is a great dessert to pack on the go. This simple ingredient list includes peanut butter, sweet chocolate chips, and powdered sugar to create a decadent dessert.
Slow Cooker Lazy Lemon Delight
Lemon is a nice addition to dessert because it can lighten up a typically heavy course. This Slow Cooker Lazy Lemon Delight recipe from Crockin Girls is a mix between lemon bars and lemon cheesecake. Your friends and family will love the soft texture and fresh flavors included in this recipe.