Slow cooking is one of the simplest ways to get a flavorful meal on the table without tons of prep work or cleanup. This collection of easy-to-make crock pot recipes is perfect for busy weeknights or lazy weekends. From delicious dips to hearty main dishes and soups, you’re sure to find a new family favorite right here!
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It doesn’t matter if I’m making a weeknight meal for two, hosting a crowd, or preparing a holiday feast, hands-free Crock Pot cooking makes my life so much easier. Out of all of the kitchen tools that I own, my slow cooker is, without a doubt, the one I reach for most often.
Slow Cooker recipes are ideal for when life gets busy. Cooking in the Crock Pot allows me to prep a meal in the morning, leave the house to work or run errands, and then return to a delicious home-cooked meal. As a bonus, there’s next to no cleanup involved with these recipes!
What Are The Benefits Of A Slow Cooker?
The Crock Pot is beneficial for many reasons. It’s a meal planner’s best friend since you can set it and forget it. It’s also great to use for holidays when the oven is full, and you need extra cooking help. Plus, when I entertain, it keeps food warm and makes it perfect for folks to serve themselves.
And if those reasons are not enough, slow cooking is also one of the best ways to transform an inexpensive piece of meat into a budget-friendly showstopper since the cooking process imparts so much flavor.
Which Crock Pot Should I Use?
Choosing a Slow Cooker doesn’t need to be a chore because there are so many great options. Ultimately, the one you choose will depend on what you need it for. Here are a couple of my favorite slow cookers and examples of when to use them:
- 1.5-quart Crock Pot – It may be small, but this slow cooker is ideal for entertaining. This is an excellent investment if you’re a warm dips fan.
- 3.5-quart Casserole Crock Pot – This is perfect for side dishes such as green beans or dips like queso.
- 4-quart Programmable Crock Pot – Anytime you feed a group of 4-8 people, this will be your go-to family-sized Crock Pot.
- 8-quart Programmable Crock Pot – If you’re cooking more significant pieces of meat, such as pork ribs and chicken thighs, or feeding a crowd, this is the Crock Pot for you.
- 8-quart Traveling Slow Cooker – This is a perfect choice if you’re a fan of camping, traveling, or tailgating.
Crock Pot Little Smokies
Little Smokies simmered in a sweet and tangy sauce are hard to resist and so simple to make! This 5-ingredient recipe is perfect for parties, game day, and the holidays.
Crock Pot Hawaiian Meatballs
Hawaiian Meatballs smothered in a sweet tangy sauce with pineapple and fresh ginger are cooked low and slow in the crock pot. These succulent meatballs are a slow cooker masterpiece and are great served as an appetizer or main dish!
Game Day Crock Pot Meatballs
Game Day Crock Pot Meatballs are a crowd-pleasing appetizer perfect to enjoy while cheering on your favorite team! Tender meatballs cooked low and slow in the Crock-Pot in a tangy, sweet sauce are super easy to make giving you more time to join in the fun.
Crock Pot Mississippi Chicken Sliders
With only 5 ingredients, Mississippi Chicken cooked in the slow cooker is tender, juicy, and packed with spicy flavors. Now, this mouthwatering chicken is turned into sliders!
5-Ingredient Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken
Enjoy this easy-to-make Buffalo Chicken on sandwiches, in dips, salads, sliders, or pizza! Buffalo Chicken made with just 5 ingredients cooked low and slow in the Crock Pot is a recipe with so many uses!
Crock Pot Beer Cheese Dip
Beer Cheese Dip made in the Crock Pot is creamy, rich, and loaded with ooey-gooey cheese. It’s a terrific appetizer for game day, movie night, or when you’re entertaining friends. Serve it with pretzels, chips, sausage, and even veggies for a warm, comforting bite that everyone will love.
Crock Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip
Spinach Artichoke Dip is rich, creamy, and super easy to make in the slow cooker. This cheesy, warm dip with swirls of fresh spinach and artichokes is a crowd-pleasing appetizer that’s perfect for your next party, game day celebration, or when you’re entertaining.
Slow Cooker Queso Beef Dip
Queso Beef Dip is creamy, cheesy, loaded with ground beef, and simple to make in the slow cooker! This velvety smooth dip with swirls of green chilies, salsa, and jalapeños is a crowd-pleasing appetizer at any party, game-day celebration, or when you’re entertaining.
Crock Pot Reuben Dip
All the flavors of a classic Reuben sandwich are loaded into this creamy, outrageously cheesy Crock Pot Reuben Dip! It’s a favorite at any party and perfect for entertaining. Made in the slow cooker or baked in the oven, this is one seriously delicious dip to serve any time of the year.
Crock Pot Chicken Thighs
Chicken Thighs cooked in the crock pot make a mouthwatering recipe that’s perfect for a busy weeknight or lazy weekends! Juicy chicken coated in a thick rich sauce flavored with garlic, honey, and soy sauce is a slow cooker hit.
Easy Crock Pot Beef Roast Recipe
With just a few minutes of prep, you can make this simple slow cooker pot roast recipe with amazing results! Thanks to the crock pot, it's fall-apart, tender, flavorful, and juicy. This is comfort food done right.
5-Ingredient Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken
Enjoy this easy-to-make Buffalo Chicken on sandwiches, in dips, salads, sliders, or pizza! Buffalo Chicken made with just 5 ingredients cooked low and slow in the Crock Pot is a recipe with so many uses! It’s a must-make on game day, for parties, or a weeknight meal.
Crock Pot BBQ Beef Roast
Tender, juicy beef pot roast, cooked low and slow in homemade BBQ sauce, is one of life’s simple pleasures! Served as a sandwich or as a main dish with sides, rich, BBQ beef roast is a mouthwatering recipe that’s hearty and delicious.
Crock Pot Sweet And Sour Pineapple Pork
Crock Pot Sweet And Sour Pork has a bright burst of flavor from fresh pineapple, along with a savory sauce that's crazy delicious. It's perfect for a weeknight, a family meal, or when entertaining special guests!
6-Ingredient Crock Pot Pulled Pork
Easy to make with six ingredients, slow-cooked pulled pork infused with spices and brown sugar practically melts in your mouth with each tender bite! This simple barbecue-style recipe is great for serving piled high on sandwich buns or as a main dish, and is terrific when you're feeding a crowd.
Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken
Shredded chicken that’s been cooked low and slow in the crock pot, flavored with taco seasoning and salsa, is great for tacos, nachos, burrito bowls and salads. This easy-to-make, versatile recipe will quickly become your go-to when it’s time to serve up your favorite Mexican dishes!
Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan
Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan is a classic Italian-inspired meal that’s easy to make and perfect for busy days. This hands-off cooking method makes tender, juicy chicken that’s slow-cooked in Mariana sauce and then finished with a topping of rich shredded cheese. Serve it over pasta for a one-pot dish everyone will love!
Crock Pot Sweet and Savory Ham
With only three ingredients and your crock pot, you can turn a ham into something truly amazing! It’s sweet from an easy to make glaze and tender from being cooked low and slow.
Slow Cooker Balsamic Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Roast
Sweet, tangy balsamic vinegar, rich brown sugar, a few herbs and spices covering a lean pork roast, all cooked low and slow for a few hours make a main dish masterpiece. Served with your favorite sides, you’ll soon be saying – yes, more, please!
Crock Pot Country Style Pork Ribs
Slow-cooked country-style pork ribs are fall off the bone tender and juicy. Coated in a rich sauce flavored with garlic, honey, soy sauce, and chili powder, Crock Pot Country Style Pork Ribs are perfect for weeknight meals or weekend gatherings. Why head to your local BBQ joint when you can make delicious ribs at home!
Crock Pot Lemon Chicken
Lemon Chicken, cooked low and slow in the Crock Pot is succulent, juicy and fall off the bone tender. Flavored with garlic, lemon, and thyme, this recipe makes an impressive dish when entertaining yet it’s simple enough for a weeknight meal!
Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef
This Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef is fall-apart tender and loaded with deep, rich flavor. It’s terrific for tacos, enchiladas, and nachos or piled over rice and beans for burritos bowls.
Busy Day Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Tender, juicy, slow-cooked pot roast is a lifesaver when your daily schedule becomes hectic. This is one of the simplest recipes I’ve ever made, yet, it’s also one of the most delectable.
Crock Pot Creamy Salsa Chicken Recipe (3-Ingredients)
Crock Pot Creamy Salsa Chicken is a simple 3-ingredient recipe that combines tender chicken, zesty salsa, and cream cheese into a main masterpiece! It's terrific served for tacos, nachos, over rice, and salads.
Slow Cooked Soups
Slow Cooker Ham & White Bean Soup
Tender, white beans, ham, and veggies, cooked in a rich broth with herbs make a soup that's hearty and satisfying. It's a great, no-stress meal on its own, especially when the slow cooker does all the work for you! This is how to stretch your food budget without sacrificing taste!
Crock Pot Vegetable Beef Soup
Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup is the perfect fall and winter comfort food recipe! Made with perfectly seasoned beef and loaded with veggies, this soup will become a family favorite in no time.
Slow Cooker Taco Soup
Filled with all your favorite taco flavors, this soup will become a favorite with your loved ones! It’s easy to make since the slow cooker does all the work!
Crock Pot Ham And Potato Soup
Ham and Potato Soup is a classic rich, and creamy comfort food! It's easy to make, loaded with veggies, and super satisfying. This recipe is a must-make for soup season.
Easy Crock Pot Turkey Noodle Soup
This easy-to-make Crock Pot soup is the perfect recipe to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey! It's a comfort food meal loaded with turkey, tender noodles, carrots, celery, and onions, all in a flavorful broth that's guaranteed to make you feel warm and cozy from the inside out.
Beef & Bean Slow Cooker Soup
Beef and Bean Soup is hearty, delicious, and easy to make thanks to the Crock Pot! Ground beef, tender vegetables, garlic, and cannellini beans cooked in a rich tomato broth make this soup extra flavorful. It’s great to serve any night of the week, for game day or when you’re feeding a crowd.
Crock Pot Maple Bacon Green Beans
Green beans are a classic side dish now made even easier thanks to the Crock Pot. Tender green beans, with a hint of sweetness from maple syrup and a bit of smokiness from bacon, are so good that this recipe is sure to become a favorite for years to come.
Easy Crock Pot Baked Beans
Slow-Cooked, sweet and savory baked beans with brown sugar and bacon is a side dish recipe that’s pure perfection! For any cookout, barbecue, or summer party, these Easy Crock Pot Baked Beans will be a hit.
Slow-Cooked Seasonal Favorites
Slow Cooker Apple Butter Recipe
Rich, sweet Apple Butter cooked low and slow is one of life’s simple pleasures! Tart apples are turned into a warm spicy butter that’s delicious slathered on toast, biscuits, or sweet potatoes. This homemade recipe beats store-bought every time!
Crock Pot Mulled Cider
Mulled Apple Cider should be named the official drink of fall. This Crock Pot version is special since it keeps the cider nice and warm when you’re entertaining during the holidays, tailgating or just taking things nice and slow on a chilly day.
Crock Pot Applesauce
Crock Pot Applesauce is an incredibly easy recipe since all you do is load up the slow cooker and let it work it’s magic! It’s flavored with brown sugar, cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg is so delicious that once you taste homemade, you’ll never buy the stuff from the store again.
Want To Know More About Slow Cooking?
If you are new to cooking with a Crock Pot or just don’t know where to start, I’ve got something to help. I’ve put together a helpful guide with tips and recipes to get you using a slow cooker like a pro!