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25 Slow Cooker Recipes: Time-Saving and Delicious Meals for Busy Lives

Slow cooker recipes are a game-changer for busy individuals looking to enjoy home-cooked meals. They make whipping up a delicious and satisfying meal a breeze, saving you time and effort in the kitchen.

From mouth-watering soups and stews to tender roasts and delightful desserts, slow cookers are versatile and practical. Discover a variety of recipes to suit your taste and maximize the potential of your slow cooker, making everyday cooking hassle-free and enjoyable.

Slow Cooker Mac And Cheese

Preparing a delicious mac and cheese dish in your slow cooker is quite simple. Start by boiling firm pasta for about 8 minutes and then drain. Transfer pasta to the slow cooker, add butter, salt, pepper, and shredded cheese. Stir to combine. Cook on low heat and check occasionally for desired consistency. Enjoy your easy, homemade slow cooker mac and cheese!

Slow Cooker Potato Chowder

In this slow cooker potato chowder, you’ll need potatoes, corn, chicken stock, and a mix of seasonings. Place ingredients into the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Then, stir in butter and cream, and serve immediately. Happy cooking!

Slow Cooker Pork Chops

Preparing: Season pork chops with salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. Sear each side for 3 minutes.

In the slow cooker: Add chopped mushrooms and onions. Combine Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, thyme, and rosemary in a separate bowl. Pour over seasoned pork chops.

Cooking times: Bone-in pork chops: 5-6 hours on Low or 2-3 hours on High. Enjoy your delicious, tender pork chops.

Country Ribs Dinner

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs boneless country style pork ribs
  • BBQ sauce
  • Apricot preserves
  • Seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic)

Ready for a mouthwatering meal? Place your ribs in a slow cooker and mix BBQ sauce with apricot preserves. Pour half the mixture over your ribs, saving the rest for later. Cook on low for 6-8 hours until tender. Brush with remaining sauce and serve with a side of warm vegetables to complete this delicious country ribs dinner.

Slow Cooker Saucy Chicken Thighs

To prepare Slow Cooker Saucy Chicken Thighs, first season the chicken with spices. Quickly fry the thighs on high heat for a crisp texture. Next, place the chicken in your slow cooker. Create a flavorful sauce to pour over the chicken and let it cook until tender. Enjoy your delicious meal!

Slow Cooker Tomato Hamburger Soup

To make a Slow Cooker Tomato Hamburger Soup, you’ll need:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup potatoes, diced
  • 1 cup bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 can (14 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste

Start by browning your ground beef with minced garlic and diced onion. Transfer the beef mixture to your slow cooker and add the carrots, celery, potatoes, bell pepper, and Italian seasoning. Stir in the beef broth, crushed tomatoes, and tomato paste. Cook on low for 8 hours. Enjoy your warm and savory soup!

Slow Cooker Bolognese

Making Slow Cooker Bolognese is simple and requires minimal effort. In a skillet, cook onions, garlic, and beef, then transfer to your slow cooker. Add ingredients like tomatoes, milk, wine, and bay leaf. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve over pasta and enjoy your delicious, effortless meal!

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Stew

To prepare a Hearty Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew, sauté onions and garlic in oil, then add them to your slow cooker. Include a variety of vegetables, like carrots, mushrooms, and potatoes. For flavor, mix in herbs, spices, and vegetable broth. Cook on low for 5-7 hours. Enjoy with crusty bread!

Slow Cooker Gammon

Place gammon, onion, and 100ml of water in your slow cooker for 6-8 hours on low. Add carrots, bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves, and peppercorns. For a honey glaze, mix honey, mustard, and brown sugar. Score the gammon, apply the glaze, oven-cook at 180°C for 20-30 minutes. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Spices: oregano, coriander, cumin, paprika
  • Optional: chocolate, vegetables (carrots, zucchini)

Instructions:

  1. Brown beef with onion, red pepper, garlic, and spices in a pan.
  2. Transfer to slow cooker and add tomatoes, tomato puree, kidney beans, Worcestershire sauce, and optional ingredients.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3 hours. Adjust consistency if needed. Enjoy with your favorite side dish.

Slow Cooker Vegan Soup

Minestrone benefits from slow cooking, allowing flavors to mingle. Cook for 6-8 hours, using a mix of beans, vegetables, and seasonings. For a hearty option, try a Potato Soup with carrots, celery, and vegetable broth. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, ensuring vegetables are soft. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Stew With Chorizo And Olives

To make this delicious stew, first:

  1. Sauté onions and garlic.
  2. Brown chicken thighs in a pan.

Next, add the following to your slow cooker:

  • Cooked onions and garlic
  • Browned chicken
  • Chorizo
  • Olives
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Chopped canned tomatoes
  • Chicken stock
  • Smoked paprika
  • Rosemary
  • Bay leaf

Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 7 hours. Finally, add parsley and serve your flavorful slow cooker stew with chorizo and olives.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew With Dumplings

To prepare beef stew with dumplings, first, sear your floured beef in a skillet. Place it into the slow cooker, along with veggies and seasoning. Cook on low for 8-10 hours, or high for 4-5 hours. Make dumpling dough, and place spoonfuls on top of the stew. Cook for an additional hour. Enjoy your comforting meal!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

To make delicious pulled pork, start by rubbing your pork shoulder with a blend of salt, pepper, and spices. Place the seasoned pork in your slow cooker, adding ingredients like diced onion, garlic, and orange juice for extra flavor. Cook on low for 8 hours for tender results. Once done, shred with two forks and enjoy in sandwiches or salads.

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

To make scrumptious Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas, follow these easy steps:

  1. In your slow cooker, layer bell peppers, onions, chicken breasts, and sprinkle the fajita seasoning.
  2. Add garlic, tomatoes, lime juice, and cook on high for 3-4 hours.
  3. Shred or slice the cooked chicken, mix with the cooked vegetables, and serve with tortillas or your choice of sides. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala

To make Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala, first season the chicken breasts and sear them in a pan. Transfer the chicken to a slow cooker, add mushrooms, and pour the Marsala wine. Cook on low until the chicken is done. Check out these steps:

  1. Season and sear chicken breasts
  2. Add chicken, mushrooms, and Marsala wine to slow cooker
  3. Cook on low until done

Enjoy your delicious chicken Marsala!

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

To make a delicious slow cooker pot roast, follow these steps: First, season your chuck roast with salt and pepper. Then, sear the roast in a skillet with oil over medium-high heat. Once browned on all sides, transfer the roast to a slow cooker.

In your slow cooker, add ingredients such as beef broth, wine, flour, tomato paste, and Worcestershire sauce. Don’t forget to include vegetables like potatoes and carrots for a complete meal. Cook the pot roast on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-6 hours, until the meat is tender. Enjoy your tasty and tender slow cooker pot roast!

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 packet onion soup mix
  • Flour for coating
  • 1 large onion
  • Mushrooms
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Cornstarch & water slurry

1st step: Mix beef, bread crumbs, milk, and soup mix. Form 8 patties, lightly coat with flour. Brown in a skillet.

2nd step: Place sliced onion, mushrooms at slow cooker bottom. Add patties, top with remaining onion, mushrooms. Pour beef broth, ketchup, Worcestershire mix.

3rd step: Cook low for 4.5-5 hours. Remove patties, thicken gravy with cornstarch slurry. Enjoy your Salisbury steak!

Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken

This recipe is perfect for a cozy night in. First, season your chicken with salt and pepper, then sear to a golden-brown. In your slow cooker, layer seasoned potatoes at the bottom and place the chicken on top. Cook on low heat for 7-8 hours. Prior to serving, sprinkle Parmesan cheese.

Slow Cooker Ritz Chicken

Whip up a delicious Slow Cooker Ritz Chicken recipe for dinner tonight. You’ll need:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Cream of chicken soup
  • Sour cream
  • Ritz crackers
  • Melted butter
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper

First, mix the cream of chicken soup and sour cream. In another bowl, combine crushed Ritz crackers, melted butter, and seasonings. Layer chicken breasts in slow cooker, coat with soup mixture, and top with the cracker mixture. Cook until tender and enjoy your tasty meal.

Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

To create a delicious Spinach Artichoke Dip, gather these ingredients:

  • Artichoke hearts
  • Spinach
  • Sour cream
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Milk
  • Feta cheese
  • Mayonnaise
  • Vinegar
  • Pepper
  • Cream cheese

Combine them in your slow cooker, and cook on low heat for 2-3 hours. Stir well after cooking and serve with crackers or chips. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Quinoa

Combine quinoa, water, onion, garlic, and red pepper in your slow cooker. Add black beans, enchilada sauce, diced tomatoes, green chiles, corn, lime juice, cumin, chile powder, and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours until liquid is absorbed. Top with cheese and enjoy this delicious meal!

Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Soup

Looking for a simple and tasty recipe? Try this Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Soup! Start by browning beef with onion in a skillet. Transfer it to your slow cooker and add vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, green beans, and corn. Add broth, tomato sauce, and seasonings. Cook on low for 8 hours, ensuring the beef is tender. Enjoy this warm, comforting dish!

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Preparation:

  1. Shred: Cook chicken, cool, then shred.
  2. Mix: Combine shredded chicken, cream cheese, ranch dressing, buffalo sauce, and shredded cheddar.

Cooking:

  1. Slow cooker: Add the mixture to your slow cooker.
  2. Heat: Set on LOW (3-4 hours) or HIGH (1-2 hours).

Serving Tip: Garnish with blue cheese crumbles and chives for added flavor. Enjoy with your favorite dippers!

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