Save on Pinterest

The Most Addictive Slow Cooker Recipes You’re Not Making Yet

For breakfast, dinner, snacks and desserts, these surprising slow-cooker recipes will earn you rave reviews.

1 / 53

Chili Mac

This chili mac has regularly appeared on my family menus for more than 40 years, and it's never failed to please at potlucks and bring-a-dish gatherings. Sometimes I turn it into soup by adding a can of beef broth. —Marie Posavec, Berwyn, Illinois
2 / 53
Hawaiian Kielbasa Sandwiches Exps Scmbz18 41127 D01 03 3b

Hawaiian Kielbasa Sandwiches

If you are looking for a different way to use kielbasa, the sweet and mildly spicy flavor of these sandwiches is a nice change of pace.—Judy Dames, Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
3 / 53

Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Lasagna

When I make this tasty chicken lasagna at home, I use a whole bottle of Buffalo wing sauce because my family likes it nice and spicy. Increase the pasta sauce and use less wing sauce if you prefer. —Heidi Pepin, Sykesville, Maryland
4 / 53
Texas Chili Fries Exps Sdjj18 201402 C02 13 3b 3

Texas Chili Fries

The delicious chili goes together in minutes and then cooks while you run errands. The only way to make it even better is to pour it over crisp french fries and sprinkle with cheese. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
5 / 53

Raspberry Coconut French Toast Slow-Cooker Style

I put the ingredients in the slow cooker crock the night before, refrigerate it, then pop the crock into the slow cooker in the morning. You can use regular milk or half-and-half, include your favorite jam, and substitute almond extract instead of vanilla. —Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan
6 / 53

Slow-Cooked Thai Drunken Noodles

I really love pad kee mao and was inspired to try my recipe in the slow cooker on a really busy day. It came out tasting great! I was so happy to have it ready to go when we got home. You can easily substitute chicken, turkey or beef for pork. —Lori McLain, Denton, Texas
7 / 53
Sweet Kahlua Coffee Exps Scbz18 43484 B06 26 4b 2

Sweet Kahlua Coffee

I have this beverage brewing in my slow cooker at my annual Christmas open house. I set out the whipped cream and grated chocolate in festive dishes so guests can help themselves to as much Kahlua-flavored coffee as they'd like.—Ruth Gruchow, Yorba Linda, California
8 / 53
Slow-Cooker Enchiladas

Slow-Cooker Enchiladas

As a busy wife and mother of two young sons, I rely on this handy recipe. I layer enchilada ingredients in the slow cooker, turn it on and forget about it. With a bit of spice, these hearty enchiladas are especially nice during the colder months. —Mary Luebbert, Benton, Kansas
9 / 53
Slow Cooker Cheese Dip Exps Gbbz20 13404 B10 17 2b 2

Slow-Cooker Cheese Dip

I brought this slightly spicy cheese dip to a gathering with friends and it was a huge hit. The spicy pork sausage provides the zip! —Marion Bartone, Conneaut, Ohio
10 / 53

Slow-Cooked Chicken and Stuffing

Prepared in a slow cooker, this tasty, no-fuss main dish has a flavorful blend of seasonings and the irresistible duo of tender chicken and moist dressing. It's nice enough for the holidays and easy enough to fix year-round. -Angie Marquart, New Washington, Ohio
11 / 53
Hot Crab Dip Exps Sdjj18 11277 C02 14 4b

Hot Crab Dip

I have six children and one grandchild, work full-time, and coach soccer and football. So I appreciate recipes like this one that are easy to assemble. The rich, creamy dip is a fun appetizer for holiday gatherings. —Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan
12 / 53
Mulled Grape Cider Exps Thd18 2123 E08 01 10b 4

Mulled Grape Cider

I came up with this recipe one year when I tried to make grape jelly and ended up with 30 jars of delicious grape syrup instead. I simmered the syrup with spices to make a lovely autumn drink. —Sharon Harmon, Orange, Massachusetts
13 / 53

Slow-Cooker Reuben Spread

My daughter shared this recipe with me for a hearty spread that tastes just like a Reuben sandwich. Serve it from a slow cooker set to warm so the dip stays at its most tasty temperature. —Rosalie Fuchs, Paynesville, Minnesota
14 / 53
Sweet N Tangy Chicken Wings Exps Mtbz18 35373 C03 06 3b 3

Sweet 'n' Tangy Chicken Wings

I love the convenience of slow-cooker recipes for get-togethers. Start these wings a few hours ahead of time and you'll have fantastic appetizers ready when your guests arrive. —Ida Tuey, South Lyon, Michigan
15 / 53
Chipotle Beef Sandwiches Exps Hscbz19 40901 B07 18 2b 5

Chipotle Beef Sandwiches

A jar of chipotle salsa makes it easy to spice up beef sirloin for these mouthwatering sandwiches. Keep this no-stress recipe in mind the next time you have to feed a hungry crowd.—Jessica Ring, Madison, Wisconsin
16 / 53
Spicy Sausage Hash Browns Exps Hscbz19 41291 E07 11 5b 5

Spicy Sausage Hash Browns

I love to develop my own recipes and have people calling for them often. My family members and friends from our church tend to be my favorite and most honest critics. —Angela Sheridan, Opdyke, Illinois
17 / 53

Truffle Hot Chocolate

Greet holiday guests at the door with steaming mugs of rich hot chocolate. As the crowning touch, offer a selection of flavored whipped creams.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
18 / 53
Exps46040 Hsc143552c08 01 7b 4

"Everything" Stuffing

My family goes crazy for this stuffing that I make in the slow cooker. It freezes well so we can enjoy it long after Thanksgiving has passed. —Bette Votral, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
19 / 53
Chipotle Pomegranate Pulled Pork Exps Hscbz19 44470 B07 18 3b

Chipotle Pomegranate Pulled Pork

Once I was making pulled pork and wanted to kick it up a bit. Pomegranate jelly and smoky chipotles were the perfect additions. —Tatiana Hendricks, Visalia, California
20 / 53
Butternut Squash Soup With Cinnamon Exps Scbz18 49701 E07 25 3b 3

Butternut Squash Soup with Cinnamon

The golden color, smooth and creamy texture and wonderful taste of this soup make it a welcome addition to a chilly fall day. It has a slightly tangy flavor from the gingerroot, and the sweet cinnamon really comes through. —Jackie Campbell, Stanhope, New Jersey
21 / 53
Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes Exps Cscsbz19 49845 B04 09 2b

Slow-Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes

The combination of chili sauce and ground turkey in these sloppy joes creates a delicious flavor. The avocado adds a special touch to the sandwiches. —Nichole Jones, Idaho Falls, Idaho
22 / 53
Tropical Compote Dessert Exps Hscbz19 128895 B07 12 2b 3

Tropical Compote Dessert

To make a more adult version of this recipe, use brandy instead of the extra tropical fruit juice. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
23 / 53

Amaretto Cherries with Dumplings

You can't beat the combination of almond flavor with cherries. These light and fluffy dumplings are heavenly. Topped with the sauce and ice cream, it makes for a scrumptious dessert. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
24 / 53

Apricot-Apple Cider

Dried apricots give this comforting cider a marvelous twist. Add cranberries, cinnamon, allspice and cloves for the perfect hot drink to sip on cool nights. —Ginnie Busam, Pewee Valley, Kentucky
25 / 53
Pulled Pork Taters Exps Chmz19 95327 B10 26 6b 4

Pulled Pork Taters

This recipe is as hearty as it gets—part bbq pork, part potatoes, completely delicious. My family can't get enough of this bbq baked potato recipe. —Shannon M Harris, Tyler, Texas
26 / 53

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Pudding Cake

Growing up, I remember my grandfather cherishing the chocolate-covered cherries we’d bring him for Christmas. He passed away this past year, and I came up with this rich recipe in his honor. It’s delicious served with whipped topping. —Meredith Coe, Charlottesville, Virginia
27 / 53

Jazzed-Up Green Bean Casserole

This is not your mama's green bean casserole, but she'll still be raving about it! After trying many variations, I decided to give this old standby extra kick. The crunchy texture, cheesy goodness and bacon make it a hit. —Scott Rugh, Portland, Oregon
28 / 53

Butterscotch Pears

This grand finale simmers during dinner and impresses as soon as you bring it to the table. Serve as is, or with vanilla ice cream and a slice of pound cake. Leftover pear nectar is heavenly when added to sparkling wine or simply poured over ice. —Theresa Kreyche, Tustin, California
29 / 53
Conga Lime Pork Exps Scbz18 118402 C07 27  3b 6

Conga Lime Pork

Dinner guests won’t be too shy to get in line when this yummy chipotle pork moves to the buffet table. —Janice Elder, Charlotte, North Carolina
30 / 53
Slow Cooker Baked Apples Exps Scbz18 84964 E06 26 6b 2

Slow-Cooker Baked Apples

Coming home to this irresistible dessert on a dreary day is just wonderful; it’s slow-cooker easy. — Evangeline Bradford, Erlanger, Kentucky
31 / 53
Shrimp Marinara Exps Sscbz18 9371 C08 28 6b

Shrimp Marinara

Flavorful marinara sauce simmers for just a few hours. Right before mealtime, toss in the shrimp to cook quickly. Serve over hot spaghetti for a delicious weeknight dish that feels dressed up. —Sue Mackey, Jackson, Wisconsin
32 / 53

Moist Corn Spoon Bread

Enjoy this easy take on a southern specialty by using the convenient slow cooker. Here's an excellent side dish for Thanksgiving, Easter or any special feast. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
33 / 53
Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake Exps Scbz18 133470 C06 28 4b

Slow-Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

Everyone who tries this dessert falls in love with it. Using a slow cooker liner makes cleanup a breeze. —Latona Dwyer, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
34 / 53
Machaca Beef Dip Sandwiches Exps Scbz18 158049 C07 10 1b 4

Machaca Beef Dip Sandwiches

The winning combination of beef, cumin, chili powder and the spicy heat of chipotle peppers makes these sandwiches game-day food at its finest! —Karol Chandler-Ezell, Nacogdoches, Texas
35 / 53
Mango Coconut Chicken Soup Exps Sbz19 142741 B09 20 3b

Mango & Coconut Chicken Soup

I love preparing dinner in a slow cooker because it's "carefree cooking." This chicken dish uses ingredients that I love, such as coconut milk, edamame and fresh ginger. The Asian-style entree is perfect for a potluck party. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California
36 / 53

Spaghetti & Meatball Soup

A couple of nights a week our family ends up eating in shifts because everyone is going every which way, all at the same time. Having a hearty soup simmering in the slow cooker is an easy way to give them all a warm meal. —Susan Stetzel, Gainesville, New York
37 / 53
Buffalo Chicken Sliders Exps Tohfm20 186279 E09 20 3b 12

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

I got the idea for these Buffalo chicken sliders from my mom and dad, who'd made a similar version for a family get-together. It's a versatile recipe, and I sometimes use several different styles of Buffalo sauce and let guests mix and match their favorites. —Christina Addison, Blanchester, Ohio
38 / 53
Brazilian Pork Black Bean Stew Exps Ssbz18 190739 B03 09 5b 1

Brazilian Pork & Black Bean Stew

During high school, I spent a year in Brazil and fell in love with the culture and food. One of my favorite dishes was feijoada, a chili/stew served over white rice. I introduced this easy recipe to my family, and it has become one of our favorite comfort foods. —Andrea Romanczyk, Magna, Utah
39 / 53
Pineapple Upside Down Dump Cake Exps Tohcom19 204281 B10 04 5b 8

Pineapple Upside-Down Dump Cake

This dump cake recipe is wonderful topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. It works well with gluten-free and sugar-free cake mixes too. —Karin Gatewood, Dallas, Texas
40 / 53

Slow-Cooked French Onion Soup

My husband and I love French onion soup, so I wondered if I could turn it into a less labor-intensive dish by altering my recipe to work in a slow cooker. The rich, cheesy result was an instant winner at home. —Ronda Eagle, Goose Creek, South Carolina
41 / 53
Slow Cooker Chickpea Tagine Exps Sdas18 204155 D04 03  4b 3

Slow-Cooker Chickpea Tagine

While traveling through Morocco, my wife and I fell in love with the complex flavors of the many tagines we tried. Resist the urge to stir this dish too much, as it will break down the veggies. Add shredded cooked chicken in the last 10 minutes, or serve with grilled fish. —Raymond Wyatt, West St. Paul, Minnesota
42 / 53
General Tso S Soup  Exps Thso18 220757 B04 19 7b 6

General Tso's Stew

I love Asian food and wanted a chili-like soup with the distinctive flavors of General Tso’s chicken. The slow cooker makes this super easy, and you can use any meat you like. It’s a great with turkey, ground meats or leftover pork. —Lori McLain, Denton, Texas
43 / 53
Moroccan Chicken Tagine Pockets Exps Sddj19 219445 B07 20 7b 2

Moroccan Chicken Tagine Pockets

I enjoy shredded chicken dishes, Moroccan seasonings and pita sandwiches. The addition of the carrot salad laced with dates and pomegranate seeds lends an extra punch and crunch. Mini flour tortillas can be substituted for pitas. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois
44 / 53
Vietnamese Chicken Meatball Soup With Bok Choy Exps Tohfm20 198499 E07 10 4b

Vietnamese Chicken Meatball Soup with Bok Choy

Throughout Vietnam there are many kinds of soups, “canh,” served all year long. I particularly love enjoying this warm, flavorful bowl of Vietnamese chicken soup on laid-back weekends, but it's also great packed in a Thermos for lunch. It's the perfect bok choy soup, too! —Brenda Watts, Gaffney, South Carolina
45 / 53

Cantonese Pork

This Cantonese-style recipe is our favorite way to prepare pork loin. We love it with fried rice and veggies, but it's also delicious sliced and served cold as an appetizer. Try dipping it in soy sauce, hot mustard and sesame seeds. —Carla Mendres, Winnipeg, Manitoba
46 / 53

Cheesy Bruschetta Spread

Every bite of this cheesy dip delivers tons of flavor. I have been asked over and over again for the recipe. It's so easy to make and a great appetizer for any time of year. —Maggie McDermott, Central Square, New York
47 / 53
Slow Cooker Breakfast Burritos Exps Tohas19 237919 E04 18 3b 1

Slow-Cooker Breakfast Burritos

Prep these tasty, hearty burritos the night before for a quick breakfast in the morning or let them cook while you are away on a weekend afternoon for an easy supper. —Anna Miller, Churdan, Iowa
48 / 53

Spicy Stuffed Banana Peppers

Banana peppers can be very tricky: Sometimes they are hot and sometimes they are not. If you want to be on the safe side, I recommend using Bianca peppers instead, which are a more sweet type of pepper. —Danielle Lee, Sewickley, Pennsylvania
49 / 53
Hungarian Treasure Szekely Gulyas  Exps Thedscodr19 214586 E02 22 5b 7

Hungarian Treasure (Szekely Gulyas)

This combination of pork, sauerkraut, sour cream and paprika is heavenly served on buttery egg noodles with or without poppy seeds. Here's to great comfort food. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
50 / 53

Slow-Cooker Jambalaya Risotto

I love risotto, but I don't always love the time and stirring it takes to get the creamy goodness. I found a slow-cooker risotto recipe and thought it was too good to be true. I decided to adapt a jambalaya recipe for this dish. —Angela Westra, Cambridge, Massachusetts
51 / 53
Greek Style Stuffed Peppers Exps Thedsc19 217215 B02 08 4b 3

Greek-Style Stuffed Peppers

The bounty of peppers found at the local farmers market in the early fall, combined with some standard Greek ingredients, creates a dish that bursts with color and fresh flavor. —Renee Murby, Johnston, Rhode Island
52 / 53
Green Chili Posole Exps Thedsc19 197423 B02 08 1b 3

Green Chile Posole

This recipe combines parts of my nanny's and my mother's recipes that were taught to me when I was young. An optional sprinkling of queso fresco on top is an absolute delight in my opinion. —Jaime Love, Las Vegas, Nevada
53 / 53
Sausage Sauerkraut Soup Exps Hscbz19 49195 E07 18 3b

Sausage Sauerkraut Soup

I've taken this satisfying soup to church gatherings and family reunions, and it always receives wonderful compliments. Everyone loves it! —Elizabeth Goetzinger, Lewiston, Idaho

Kristin Sutter
A big fan of homegrown cooking, Kristin has been a writer and editor for nearly 20 years. She has mastered the art of learning from her inexpert riffs on other people's truly good recipes.
cover
Subscribe & SAVE Save Up To 80%!