Easy Slow Cooker Recipes

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    The perfect hands-free way to cook flavorful meals. When life gets hectic, let one of these easy slow cooker recipes 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!

    collage of slow cooker recipes

    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 because I can 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 recipes

    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.

    chicken taco bowl topped with sliced avocado, sour cream, cilantro, fresh limes and tortilla chips
    Chicken Taco Bowl Recipe
    Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Bowls - A delicious taco bowl loaded with cilantro lime rice, seasoned chicken, black beans and corn. Easily made in the slow cooker and dinner is ready when you are! 
    Total Time: 4 hours
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    shredded chicken in a white crock pot
    Crockpot Shredded Chicken Recipe
    Easy shredded chicken made in the crockpot or instant pot. One of the most simple, versatile and tasty recipes out there. Perfect to put on salads, tacos, nachos...you name it! 
    Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
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    crockpot honey garlic chicken
    Slow Cooker Honey Chicken Recipe
    Slow cooker honey chicken is one of my favorite crockpot chicken recipes that's quick, flavorful and absolutely delicious. It comes out perfectly tender every time!
    Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
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    crockpot italian dressing chicken
    Crockpot Creamy Italian Chicken
    This creamy Italian chicken is made in the crockpot with just 4 simple ingredients. A family favorite meal that's perfect for busy weeknights.
    Total Time: 5 hours 5 minutes
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    BBQ chicken in the crockpot
    BBQ Pulled Chicken
    This crockpot BBQ chicken is only 3 ingredients and 5 minutes prep! Tender, flavorful and juicy shredded BBQ chicken that's perfect for sandwiches, salads, tacos, pizza and more.
    Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
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    slow cooker chicken tacos in taco shell
    Shredded Chicken Taco Recipe
    Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Tacos - A tried and true family favorite recipe that takes just 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to prep! Quick, easy and healthy. This crockpot ranch chicken is so juicy, tender and full of flavor!
    Total Time: 6 hours
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    teriyaki chicken in the crock pot
    Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe
    Flavorful and easy teriyaki chicken made in the crockpot! Only 5 minutes of prep and an instant family favorite!
    Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
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    Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos - 5 minutes to prep and it tastes like it came from a Mexican restaurant!
    Crockpot Chicken Tinga Recipe
    A delicious crockpot chicken tinga recipe that tastes like it came straight from a Mexican restaurant. So easy and only takes 5 minutes to prep. These tinga tacos are authentic and amazing!
    Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
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    Slow Cooker Chicken Salad is so delicious and easy to make! Perfect for lunches all week!
    Shredded Chicken Salad Recipe
    Slow cooker chicken salad is a delicious make-ahead recipe that is perfect for lunches and potlucks. Made with some of the classic chicken salad ingredients but with a new spin!
    Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
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    salsa chicken
    Salsa Chicken Recipe
    This crockpot salsa chicken takes just 2 simple ingredients and is one of the easiest recipes ever! Perfect on salads, bowls, tacos, burritos and more. 
    Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
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    hawaiian haystack in a white bowl with toppings
    Hawaiian Haystacks Recipe
    These Hawaiian haystacks are a family favorite dinner that's easy, inexpensive and completely customizable. Made in the crockpot and perfect for busy weeknights.
    Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
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    salsa verde chicken
    Salsa Verde Chicken Recipe
    Flavorful and juicy salsa verde chicken made in the crockpot or instant pot. Takes only 7 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep! 
    Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
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    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
    Crockpot Lasagna Recipe
    EASY Crockpot Lasagna - Delicious layers of noodles, meat sauce and melted cheese cooked to perfection in the crockpot! Only 10 minutes of prep, making this easy lasagna recipe great for busy weeknights. Sure to be a family favorite! 
    Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
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    shredded beef taco recipe
    Shredded Beef Taco Recipe
    These shredded beef tacos are a great meal for busy school nights. They are so simple - the slow cooker does all the work for you. The whole family will love them!
    Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
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    Mississippi pot roast on white plate
    Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe
    Tender and juicy Mississippi pot roast that's made in the crock pot. Just 6 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep to make this easy dump and go dinner! 
    Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
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    beef and broccoli in white bowl
    Crockpot Beef and Broccoli Recipe
    Skip the takeout and make your favorite beef and broccoli at home. This recipe only takes 10 minutes to prep and the slow cooker does the rest!
    Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
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    A BBQ brisket sandwich with coleslaw on a plate
    Slow Cooker BBQ Brisket Sandwiches
    Sliced, tender brisket is cooked in the slow cooker to perfection then sliced and piled high on a soft roll. Top with coleslaw and extra sauce for the perfect summer meal.
    Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes
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    crock pot corned beef and cabbage
    Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe
    Corned Beef and Cabbage -  A hearty and delicious comfort meal with tons of flavor! The brisket simmers in the crockpot all day, giving it a wonderfully seasoned and tender taste. Perfect dish for celebrating St. Patrick's Day! 
    Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
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    taco lasagna in crockpot
    Taco Lasagna Recipe
    Slow Cooker Taco Lasagna - Layers of tortillas, cream cheese, beans, taco meat, enchilada sauce and cheese. Perfectly creamy, cheesy and has tons of flavor. This is the BEST taco lasagna recipe!
    Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
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    sweet and sour meatballs
    Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs Recipe
    These slow cooker Hawaiian meatballs take only 3 ingredients and 5 minutes to make! So easy and always a crowd pleaser. Makes the perfect appetizer or main dish.
    Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
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    beef stroganoff served over egg noodles in a white bowl
    Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff Recipe
    This slow cooker beef stroganoff only takes 5 minutes to prep and is made with less than 10 ingredients! A classic comfort food dish that's packed with flavor in a creamy sauce.
    Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
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    Pork recipes

    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.

    BBQ pulled pork sandwich on white plate
    Pulled Pork Recipe
    This easy BBQ pulled pork takes just 5 minutes to prep with 5 simple ingredients. It's perfectly juicy and tender, with delicious BBQ flavor. Make it in the crockpot OR instant pot! 
    Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
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    carnitas tacos on a taco holder stand
    Slow Cooker Carnitas Recipe
    These slow cooker carnitas are super easy to make and taste great in tacos, nachos, enchiladas or burritos! So tender and full of flavor.
    Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
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    shredded kalua pork in a white bowl
    Kalua Pork Recipe
    Perfectly tender kalua pork with the best Hawaiian flavor. Takes only 3 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep! 
    Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
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    Slow Cooker Ribs - easy to make, delicious to eat!
    Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe
    Easy baby back ribs smothered with a homemade rub and sweet and tangy barbecue sauce. Cooked to perfection in the crockpot and fall off the bone delicious. These are the best slow cooker ribs!
    Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
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    spiral ham
    Slow Cooker Spiral Ham
    Just 5 minutes of prep for tender, juicy crockpot spiral ham every time! You will never fix ham any other way again. This is the perfect recipe for holiday meals! 
    Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
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    sweet pork tacos on a white plate
    Sweet Pork Recipe
    Slow Cooker Sweet Pork - Made with 5 ingredients and only takes 5 minutes of prep work! Tastes great in tacos, burritos, salads and enchiladas! This sweet pork recipe is SO simple to make and full of flavor!
    Total Time: 8 hours
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    Soups

    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.

    slow cooker potato soup
    Crockpot Potato Soup Recipe
    The ultimate comfort food in a bowl! This simple potato soup takes just 5 minutes of prep and turns out absolutely amazing. Just throw it all in the crockpot and forget it! 
    Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
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    slow cooker chicken enchilada soup
    Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe
    This slow cooker chicken enchilada soup is creamy, warm and absolutely delicious! One of my favorite 'set it and forget it' crockpot meals that's perfect for busy weeknights! 
    Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
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    A close up of cabbage soup in a silver ladle
    Slow cooker cabbage soup
    This cabbage soup is not only delicious and flavorful but chock full of vegetables with lots of fiber and is very satisfying. All you need to do is dump everything in the slow cooker and let it do the work for you!
    Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
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    Mexican chicken soup in white bowl
    Mexican Chicken Soup Recipe
    Paleo, gluten-free and Whole30 friendly! An easy crock pot soup recipe that takes just 5 minutes of prep. This Mexican chicken soup is packed with veggies and is healthy and delicious!
    Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
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    white chicken chili
    White Chicken Chili Recipe
     A creamy and delicious crockpot white chicken chili that's perfect for a chilly day! Takes just 5 minutes of prep and is great for busy weeknights. Add your favorite toppings and dig in!
    Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
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    bowl of seafood stew
    Slow Cooker Seafood Stew Recipe
    A delicious seafood recipe cooked in a tomato-based broth with potatoes. This stew is comforting and is an easy to make dinner recipe!
    Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
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    beef bourguignon in slow cooker
    Beef Bourguignon Slow Cooker Recipe
    An easy and hearty meal made with beef, burgundy wine, fresh vegetables, and herbs, all cooked to perfection within the slow cooker! In this beef bourguignon recipe, the alcohol is cooked out, leaving a rich and thick liquid for the beef and vegetables to cook in.
    Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
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    chicken and rice soup
    Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe
    Chicken and rice soup is a comforting and delicious one-pot meal that the whole family will love! Makes the perfect soup recipe for chilly weather!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Crockpot side dishes

    These 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.

    dipping a fork into a bowl of creamy macaroni and cheese
    Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe
    Only takes 10 minutes to prep and is made with only a few simple ingredients! Pure comfort in a bowl and tastes absolutely amazing.
    Total Time: 2 hours
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    wooden spoon in slow cooker mashed potatoes with butter slices on top
    Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes Recipe
    This simple side dish recipe only takes a few minutes to prep and the slow cooker does all the rest! This will become your new favorite recipe.
    Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
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    creamed corn
    Creamed Corn Recipe
    This slow cooker creamed corn is made with a secret ingredient to give this classic dish a twist! Super creamy, rich and has amazing flavor. 
    Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
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    Slow Cooker Risotto with Butternut Squash and Sausage
    Slow Cooker Risotto Recipe
    This butternut squash risotto recipe is a savory, good-for-you dinner that's loaded with veggies and bits of sausage, all cooked together in the slow cooker. This dinner practically prepares itself and everyone will clamor for seconds.
    Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
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    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 easy slow cooker recipes. Enjoy!

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