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22 Restaurant Copycat Recipes for Your Slow Cooker

When you're craving restaurant quality at pantry prices, these copycat recipes are just the ticket. Plus, thanks to your slow cooker, you barely have to lift a finger.

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Inspired By: Carrabba's Italian Grill Spaghetti and MeatballsTaste of Home

Inspired By: Carrabba's Italian Grill Spaghetti and Meatballs

I’ve been cooking 50 years and this dish is still one that guests ask for frequently. My No. 1 standby slow cooker meatballs recipe also makes amazing hero sandwiches, and the sauce works for any pasta. —Jane McMillan, Dania Beach, Florida

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Inspired By: Cracker Barrel MeatloafTaste of Home

Inspired By: Cracker Barrel Meatloaf

I used to serve this meat loaf in my cafe, where so many of my customers asked for it. I adapted the recipe for my slow cooker at home, where it's quite popular, too. —Robert Cox, Las Cruces, New Mexico

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Inspired By: Starbucks Caramel Apple SpiceTaste of Home

Inspired By: Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice

Spiced with cinnamon sticks, allspice and caramel, this warm-you-up sipper will chase away winter's chill. Serve brimming mugs alongside a platter of festive cookies at your next holiday gathering. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Inspired By: Golden Corral Macaroni and CheeseTaste of Home

Inspired By: Golden Corral Macaroni and Cheese

This is a great way to make America's most popular comfort food. The dish turns out cheesy, rich and creamy. —Jennifer Babcock, Chicopee, Massachusetts

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Inspired By: Famous Dave's Georgia Chopped Pork SandwichTaste of Home

Inspired By: Famous Dave's Georgia Chopped Pork Sandwich

The slow cooker not only makes this an easy meal but keeps the pork tender, saucy and loaded with flavor. —Beki Kosydar-Krantz, Mayfield, Pennsylvania

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Inspired By: O'Charley's Overloaded Potato SoupTaste of Home

Inspired By: O'Charley's Overloaded Potato Soup

I put a twist on one of my favorite comfort foods that my grandmother used to make. I look forward to passing this down to my kids. —Jamie Chase, Rising Sun, Indiana

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Inspired By: Cheesecake Factory Original CheesecakeTaste of Home

Inspired By: Cheesecake Factory Original Cheesecake

Cinnamon and vanilla give this cheesecake so much flavor, and making it in the slow cooker creates a silky, smooth texture that's hard to resist. —Krista Lanphier, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Inspired By: Buffalo Wild Wings Sweet BBQ WingsTaste of Home

Inspired By: Buffalo Wild Wings Sweet BBQ Wings

I took these slow-cooked wings to work, and they vanished before I even got a bite! The tangy sauce is lip-smacking good. —Sherry Pitzer, Troy, Missouri

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Inspired By: Denny's Slow-Cooked Pot RoastTaste of Home

Inspired By: Denny's Slow-Cooked Pot Roast

My husband and I like chuck roast recipes, so this slow-cooked recipe is terrific. You'll also love how flavorful and tender this comforting beef chuck roast turns out. —Bette McCumber, Schenectady, New York

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Inspired By: Chili's Fresh SalsaTaste of Home

Inspired By: Chili's Fresh Salsa

I love the fresh taste of homemade salsa, but as a working mother, I don't have much time to make it. So I came up with this slow-cooked version that practically makes itself! —Toni Menard, Lompoc, California

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Inspired By: Qdoba Shredded BeefTaste of Home

Inspired By: Qdoba Shredded Beef

My husband adores this beef roast simmered in lime juice, chipotle and cumin. He would eat it one a week if I would make it that often! We have it over rice with cilantro and a spritz of lime. —Aundrea McCormick, Denver, Colorado

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Inspired By: Olive Garden MinestroneTaste of Home

Inspired By: Olive Garden Minestrone

This colorful soup is vegetarian-friendly and full of fresh flavors from a rainbow of vegetables. You can use any multicolored pasta in place of the spirals. —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado

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Inspired By: Texas Roadhouse Beef TipsTaste of Home

Inspired By: Texas Roadhouse Beef Tips

We once owned an organic greenhouse and produce business. Weekends were hectic, so I made no-fuss meals like yummy beef tips to fortify us at day’s end. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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Inspired By: Boston Market Creamed SpinachTaste of Home

Inspired By: Boston Market Creamed Spinach

My daughter often serves this cheese and spinach blend at church suppers. Even people who don't usually eat spinach like this flavorful dish once they try it. There are never any leftovers. —Frances Moore, Decatur, Illinois

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Inspired By: Wendy's Rich and Meaty ChiliTaste of Home

Inspired By: Wendy's Rich and Meaty Chili

The slow cooker makes this chili ideal for entertaining. A few minutes of prep and then it cooks away while you can attend to other party details. Your guests will really enjoy this nicely seasoned hearty dish.—Jan Wagner-Cuda, Deer Park, Washington

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Inspired By: Applebee's Triple Chocolate MeltdownTaste of Home

Inspired By: Applebee's Triple Chocolate Meltdown

When a chocolate craving hits, I whip up this cake my aunt inspired. It’s gooey and saucy but not crazy sweet. It’s also potluck-perfect. —Lisa Renshaw, Kansas City, Missouri

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Inspired By: Ruby Tuesday Spinach Artichoke DipTaste of Home

Inspired By: Ruby Tuesday Spinach Artichoke Dip

With this creamy dip, I can get my daughters to eat spinach and artichokes. We serve it with chips, toasted pita bread or fresh veggies. —Jennifer Stowell, Montezuma, Iowa

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Inspired By: PF Chang's Mongolian BeefTaste of Home

Inspired By: PF Chang's Mongolian Beef

My mom received this marinade recipe from a neighbor while she lived in Seoul, South Korea, which is where I was adopted from. Mom created heritage night for my brother and me, and she served Korean bulgogi with sticky rice, kimchi and chopsticks. As a busy mom of four, I keep her tradition alive with this slow cooker Korean beef!—Jackie Brown, Fairview, North Carolina

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Inspired By: Bob Evans Slow Roasted TurkeyTaste of Home

Inspired By: Bob Evans Slow Roasted Turkey

This quick-prep recipe lets you feast on turkey at any time of year. We save the rich broth for gravy, noodles and soup making. —Joyce Hough, Annapolis, Maryland

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Inspired By: Outback Steakhouse Baby Back RibsTaste of Home

Inspired By: Outback Steakhouse Baby Back Ribs

It's easy to get a smoky outdoor barbecue flavor from your slow cooker. Trust me, I've fooled many people on more than one occasion with these ribs. —Mary Louise Lever, Rome, Georgia

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Inspired By: Panera Bread Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice SoupTaste of Home

Inspired By: Panera Bread Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

This go-to weeknight recipe is one I tweaked over and over till it was just right. It has morphed from a labor-intensive wintry bowl to a steamy, comforting, slow-cooked favorite for our family. —Courtney Riggin, Hatchechubbee, Alabama

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Inspired By: Chipotle CarnitasTaste of Home

Inspired By: Chipotle Carnitas

We shared these flavor-packed tacos with friends from church who came over to help us move. They're so good, I put them on my blog, manilaspoon.com! The slow cooker makes this recipe extra easy, and I love that whenever I make it, I'm reminded of the wonderful people back in Michigan. —Abigail Raines, Hamden, Connecticut

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