50+ of the BEST slow cooker recipes – the perfect hands-free way to cook flavorful meals. When life gets hectic, let a slow cooker do the work for you.
I’m all about making recipes as easy as possible. Especially during busy weeknights – simplicity is key! That’s why I love to make easy crockpot recipes, as well as sheet pan dinners, 30-minute meals and freezer meals. Quick, simple and delicious!
Dinner is the one time every day our entire family gets to gather together and catch up. While having a meal together is something I look forward to, I don’t necessarily want to spend an hour prepping, chopping, and cooking dinner every evening.
Days like that are when crockpot cooking comes into play. I particularly love easy slow cooker recipes simply add ingredients into the crockpot and let the cooking happen on my behalf while I get to spend time with my kids. Here are some of the best slow cooker recipes—give them a try and you’ll love them too!
Chicken is by far the most frequently consumed meat in our home. I particularly love slow cooker chicken recipes. Unless you are making something with ground chicken, you don’t need to cook the chicken beforehand–the crockpot will do all the work for you.
- Honey Chicken
- 3-Ingredient Crockpot BBQ Chicken
- Chicken Salad
- Chicken Taco Bowls
- Creamy Crockpot Italian Chicken
- Hawaiian Haystacks
- Ranch Chicken Tacos
- Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Chicken Tinga Tacos
- Honey Garlic Chicken by Well Plated by Erin
- Crock Pot Chicken and Gravy by Spicy Southern Kitchen
- Crockpot Chicken and Rice by Spend with Pennies
We all know we should eat healthy, but it often seems like healthy recipes take the longest to make! Thankfully, these easy slow cooker recipes are all made from nutritious, wholesome ingredients that will give your entire family the fuel you need.
There are so many great vegetarian crockpot recipes in this list as well—they are some of my favorites from the entire list. In fact, your kids may not even know there are veggies hidden in many of these healthy recipes. :)
- Cabbage Soup
- Easy Crockpot Salsa Chicken
- Easy Shredded Chicken
- Risotto with Butternut Squash and Sage
- Sante Fe Chicken by Skinnytaste
- Healthy Beef and Broccoli by The Clean Eating Couple
- Easy Crock Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls by Two Healthy Kitchens
- Healthy Chicken Cacciatore by Creme De La Crumb
- Crockpot Sesame Chicken Recipe by Show Me The Yummy
- Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies by Damn Delicious
Recipes with beef
Beef is one of the most versatile ingredients out there—just think of the difference between ground beef and shredded beef. Each one of these recipes uses a cut of beef to create a filling (and tasty!) meal.
Insider’s Tip: once I find a slow cooker recipe with beef that my entire family loves, I keep a close eye out to see when that cut goes on sale and stock up to make freezer meals.
- Crockpot Lasagna
- BBQ Meatballs
- Shredded Beef Tacos
- Taco Lasagna
- Corned Beef and Cabbage
- Hawaiian Meatballs
- Meatball Subs
- Beef Bourguignon
- BBQ Brisket
- Easy Mongolian Beef Recipe by The Chunky Chef
- Beef on Rice by Creme De La Crumb
Pork slow cooker recipes are definitely underrated. In fact, these are some of the best recipes out there! Pork is another meat that can be used in so many different ways and with so many different cuisines.
- Kalua Pork
- Pork Tacos
- Crockpot Spiral Ham
- Pork Ribs
- Green Chile Burros
- Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Roast by The Blond Cook
- Honey Lime Ginger Pork by The Recipe Critic
- Cuban Mojo Pork by Dinner, Then Dessert
Over the cooler months, these easy crockpot recipes are in constant rotation at my home. There is truly nothing like a steaming bowl of homemade soup to warm you right up!
Plus, this is a great way to add lots of fiber and protein to your day in an easy-to-digest form. The vegetarian slow cooker recipes on this list are absolutely incredible and are just the thing to make for Meatless Mondays.
- Crockpot Potato Soup
- Chicken and Rice Soup
- Chicken Enchilada Soup
- Mexican Chicken Soup
- White Chicken Chili
- Seafood Stew
- Chicken Chili
- Beef Stew by Damn Delicious
- Beef Stew by Dinner at the Zoo
- Minestrone Soup by Skinnytaste
Crockpot side dishes
These slow cooker recipes are perfect to make for the holidays or for a dinner party where you don’t want to leave meal prep to the last minute. These slow cooker side dishes are completely portable too—just let it cook all day, then when it’s time to go take your crockpot with you, and plug it in to keep it warm.
- Creamy Mac and Cheese
- Cream Cheese and Chili Queso
- Queso Blanco Dip
- Little Smokies
- Creamed Corn
- Queso Dip with Chorizo
- Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
- Cheesy Bacon Dip
If you aren’t pulling your crockpot out of your cabinet right now, what are you waiting for? :) Give yourself a break and reach for any of these 50+ easy slow cooker recipes. Enjoy!