The Very Best Crockpot Recipes

Find Ideas for Soups, Stews, Chili, Pot Roast and Pasta

southern pinto beans with ham hock
Diana Rattray

Crockpots make cooking a hearty and hot meal easy even on weekdays -- while you're working -- and on busy weekends when you have better things to do than spend hours chained to the stove. Herewith, the top 15 crockpot recipes. The list includes main dish pork, beef and chicken recipes; vegetable recipes; soups; stews; and even a recipe for a caramel apple treat.

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    Hearty Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
    Diana Rattray

    This easy slow cooker chicken chili is relatively light and low calorie compared to the classic beef or pork chili. And boneless chicken breasts and a variety of canned beans make the chili super easy and convenient. If you prefer to cook the chili on the stovetop, see the tips below the recipe.

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    Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole
    Diana Rattray

     This overnight crock pot breakfast casserole makes getting out of bed worth it - your hearty breakfast cooked while you slept! Hash brown potatoes, eggs, and ham team up in this easy breakfast casserole along with lots of shredded cheddar cheese and seasonings. 

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    Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs With Farro
    Diana Rattray

     This flavorful chicken and farro recipe is loaded with flavor, and it's relatively light. I use chicken thighs in the dish, but leaner chicken breasts can be used as well. The combination of several vegetables with the chicken and farro make it a hearty, satisfying slow cooker meal.

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    Slow Cooker Garlic Shrimp
    Diana Rattray

      This garlic shrimp is a snap to prepare and cook in a slow cooker. The dish needs very little attention, so it's perfect for a busy day or when you just don't have stovetop or oven space for another dish. 

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    slow cooker scalloped potatoes with ham
    Diana Rattray

     These scalloped potatoes are cooked in the slow cooker, which makes them especially convenient when the oven is needed for other things. This is a good choice for an everyday meal or for a holiday dinner.

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    crockpot italian beef
    Diana Rattray

    Italian beef has long been a slow cooker favorite, and it is loaded with flavor. The Italian-style pickled vegetables — giardiniera and pepperoncini — give this dish its name.

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    Red Beans and Rice With Sausage
    Diana Rattray

      Spicy andouille sausage jazzes up this basic crock pot red beans and rice recipe. If you like a meatier red beans and rice, add a  ham bone, ham hocks, diced ham, or some bacon to the beans.

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    Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
    Diana Rattray

     This is a tasty slow cooker macaroni and cheese recipe, made with just a few ingredients in the slow cooker or crock pot.

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    southern pinto beans with ham hock
    Diana Rattray

     These basic pinto beans are a Southern favorite. They're great for parties and potluck dinners, and they go well with barbecue, tacos or burritos, and fried chicken.

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    How to Make Crock Pot Caramel
    Crock Pot Caramel (Dulce de Leche). Diana Rattray

    Rich and creamy dulce de leche is super easy to make in the crock pot, and there's no worry about exploding cans, constantly stirring it on the stovetop, or fussing with the oven method! 

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    Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas
    Diana Rattray

      These simple crock pot black-eyed peas are slow cooked to perfection with water and onions, and there's no need to pre-soak the peas. I did not add meat to the peas but diced cooked bacon or ham may be added after the peas have softened. 

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    Cabbage Rolls, Swedish Style
    Diana Rattray

    These easy, tasty cabbage rolls are ground beef and rice stuffed cabbage leaves cooked with a tomato sauce in the slow cooker or on the stovetop.

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    Slow Cooker Pot Roast
    Photo: Diana Rattray

    This onion soup pot roast is always a hit. The pot roast is cooked with potatoes and carrots in an easy, creamy sauce.

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    Crock Pot Great Northern Beans
    Diana Rattray

     These crock pot great northern beans are made with dry beans and an assortment of vegetables. Remember to add the salt at the very end of the cooking time. If you add it early, the beans might not soften.

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    Pulled Pork Barbecue Slow Cooker
    Diana Rattray

    A pulled pork recipe made with pork roast and barbecue sauce, along with onions and other seasonings. This slow cooker recipe was shared on our forum.

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    crock pot clam chowder
    Diana Rattray

    This is an easy and great-tasting clam chowder for the slow cooker, made with potatoes and milk, a little bacon or salt pork, and canned minced clams. Cornstarch makes the chowder thick and satisfying.

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    Crock Pot Hash Brown and Ground Beef
    Diana Rattray

    This easy slow cooker hash brown dinner takes just minutes to assemble, and it's an excellent choice for a busy day. Just set the slow cooker and you're free for the rest of the day. 

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    Slow Cooker Beans With Beef
    Diana Rattray

    This beef and bean dish makes a delicious meal with hot baked cornbread, and it also makes a nice side dish for barbecue.

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    sloppy joes with barbecue flavor
    Diana Rattray

     This "sloppy" barbecued ground beef mixture makes delicious sandwiches with barbecue flavors. These sandwiches are especially good with French fries or potato chips and coleslaw or serve them with roasted potatoes or a potato salad. They make a fabulous casual family meal

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    Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes
    Diana Rattray

     These popular scalloped potatoes are cooked in the crockpot, leaving your oven free for other dishes.

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    grape jelly meatballs
    Diana Rattray

    These great tasting grape jelly meatballs are always a hit, and once you taste them, you'll see why. The combination of chili sauce and grape jelly with the Dijon mustard makes a flavorful, tangy sauce. Besides that, it's fun to see the look on people's faces when you tell them about the grape jelly.

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    This is an old fashioned beef stew for the slow cooker. The easy slow cooker beef stew is flavored with a variety of basic pantry herbs and seasonings, along with garlic, onion, and vegetables. 

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    Barbecued Boston Butt Recipe With Slaw
    Diana Rattray

     This Boston butt -- also known as pork shoulder -- is slow-cooked to succulent perfection with your choice of beer, apple juice or broth. Shred the pork and serve it with barbecue sauce.

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    Super Easy Slow Cooker Pork Chops
    Diana Rattray

    These easy pork chops are perfect for a busy day any time of the year. The chops are flavored with onion soup mix, and they take about 5 or 6 hours' cooking time.

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    baked beans
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    Dried navy beans are slow-cooked with molasses, salt pork or bacon; brown sugar; and ketchup. 

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    Tater Tot Casserole
    Diana Rattray

     Serve this split pea soup with freshly baked cornbread or hot yeast rolls and slices of Monterey Jack, cheddar or Muenster cheese.

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    Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pork Loin
    Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pork Loin. Photo © Diana Rattray

     This is a juicy, tender slow cooker pork roast with a sweet and lightly spiced brown sugar and cinnamon glaze. Serve this easy pork roast with mashed potatoes or baked potatoes, along with steamed broccoli or your favorite side dish vegetables

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    Meatloaf slow cooker
    Diana Rattray

    This crock pot meatloaf includes potatoes, which makes it a convenient one-pot meal. Add some steamed broccoli or add some thick-sliced carrots to the slow cooker along with the potatoes.

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    Rick's Crockpot Chili
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     Rick's chili is a perfectly seasoned mixture of browned ground beef (very lean), beans, and tomatoes. Black olives and Tabasco jazz it up. Serve with freshly baked cornbread.

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    Pulled Chicken Sandwich
    Diana Rattray

     A homemade barbecue sauce makes this easy slow cooked shredded chicken flavorful and juicy. Serve the chicken on split toasted buns with coleslaw and baked beans, along with sliced pickles and your favorite side dishes for barbecue.

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    Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken (Easy!)
    Diana Rattray

     This slow cooker chicken dish is all about convenience. The combination of condensed soups makes a tasty sauce that is delicious served with the chicken.

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    Barbecued Country-Style Ribs, Crockpot
    Diana Rattray

     Boneless country-style ribs are an excellent choice for the slow cooker, and your favorite barbecue sauce and a little apple juice and garlic makes these ribs extra-flavorful.

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    Marie's Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
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     This soup takes just minutes to put together in the slow cooker, then it cooks hands-free for about 7 hours. 

    Top this soup with crispy tortilla chips, extra shredded cheese, and some fresh chopped cilantro or 

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    Pot Roast With Mushrooms
    Diana Rattray

    This slow cooker pot roast takes all day to cook, but only 3 or 4 minutes to prepare. Condensed French onion soup makes this pot roast quick to fix and the crock pot makes it a breeze to cook.

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    Italian Seasoned Chicken With Potatoes
    Diana Rattray

     This slow cooker chicken dish takes about 10 minutes to put together. Layer the ingredients, set the slow cooker on low, and forget it for 5 to 7 hours! This is a flavorful meal with chicken, cheese, and potatoes -- add a steamed vegetable or some garden fresh sliced tomatoes, and you have a complete dinner! 

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    Stuffed Green Peppers
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    Prepare the stuffed peppers and put everything in the slow cooker before you leave for work and you'll have dinner ready when you get home! Add a salad and mashed potatoes for a fabulous everyday meal.

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    Swedish Meatballs
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     The meatballs are prepared and baked, and then they are briefly cooked with the sauce ingredients in the slow cooker. The meatballs and sauce may be cooked on the stovetop as well.

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    Chicken in Spaghetti Sauce
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     Chicken breasts are briefly browned then it is cooked with a simple spaghetti sauce. The chicken is finished in the oven with a topping of Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

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    Crock Pot Chicken With Biscuits
    Diana Rattray

     This delicious slow cooker chicken and biscuits​ dish is a meal the whole family will enjoy, and your crock pot helps to make it quick and easy to prepare. 

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    crock pot black-eyed peas and collard greens
    Diana Rattray

     These crock pot black-eyed peas and collard greens make a fabulous meal with baked cornbread and a salad. Black-eyed peas and greens are a natural combination, and the addition of bacon, tomato paste, garlic, and pepper flakes flavors the dish perfectly. Use fresh collard greens or a combination of collard greens and turnip 

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    crockpot garden cabbage soup
    Healthy garden cabbage soup in a slow cooker. Diana Rattray

     This easy crock pot cabbage soup is light and flavorful. The soup is loaded with vegetables, including cabbage, zucchini, carrots, and spinach. 

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    Slow Cooker Taco Stack
    Slow Cooker Taco Stack. Diana Rattray

     This dish might be a bit messy, but the Tex-Mex flavors are out of this world. Making the foil "handles" is essential to cutting down on the mess, so be sure to do that. Also, let the stack cool a bit before cutting it into wedges.

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    Diana Rattray

     Boneless chicken thighs and spicy andouille sausage are slow cooked to perfection in a deliciously seasoned tomato sauce. This chicken recipe is easy to put together with no advance cooking needed. Just cover the slow cooker and plug it in. Serve this flavorful chicken over hot cooked rice for a fabulous meal any night of the week.

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    Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs
    Diana Rattray

     These meatballs make an excellent appetizer or serve them as a main dish with hot boiled rice or these easy sesame noodles and a salad.

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    Crock Pot Pork Loin Roast With Tangy Sauce
    Diana Rattray

      This delicious pork loin roast starts with a simple herb and spice rub and then it is slow cooked to perfection with a tangy sauce mixture. The sauce is thickened and served with the pork.