It’s no surprise that we’re obsessed with Crock Pot recipes. They save a ton of time on busy weeknights (just like these other incredible make-ahead dinner recipes and one-pan meals) and make cleanup a breeze. Meal prep is easy when there are only a few ingredients: just dump them in, turn it on, and forget about it until you’re home for the evening. We’ve rounded up a list of our all-time favorite slow cooker recipes, from whole roasted chickens to pot roasts and tacos. And if you’re looking to save time in the morning as well, you can try these make-ahead breakfast recipes, too.  

Savory Crock Pot Soup Recipes

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

This is a fix-it-and-forget-it recipe if we’ve ever seen one. For kids who think wild rice is weird, substitute long-grain white rice. Get the recipe from Eating Bird Food.

Crock Pot Lasagna Soup

Lasagna that’s made in a slow cooker? That’s served in a bowl? This has all the makings of our new favorite weeknight dinner recipe. Get the details from The Cozy Cook.

Baked Potato Soup

A baked potato with all the fixings is always a good idea, and this Crock Pot recipe for baked potato soup is so easy and so perfect for chilly days, you’ll be thanking us for finding it. Get the recipe from Slow Cooker Meals.

Slow Cooker Carrot and Apple Soup

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Foxes Love Lemons

This hearty and flavorful soup from Foxes Love Lemons features ingredients like apple, carrot, and fresh garlic. It’s a guaranteed fall classic slow cooker recipe and a great way to warm up on a chilly day! 

Chicken Noodle Soup

Bowl of chicken noodle soup, one of our favorite crock pot recipes

If there's another soup that is as big of a crowd-pleaser as chicken noodle soup, we haven't found it. Weelicious serves up this easy slow cooker version you'll want to add to your recipe rotation immediately. 

Hearty White Bean Soup

three bowls of white bean soup, cooked in a crock pot, sit beside a carrot and celery
My Whole Food Life

After trying this Crock Pot recipe from My Whole Food Life you'll never want to make soup on your stovetop again. Simply prep your veggies and then let the slow cooker do the work. 


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Cultural Cuisine Crock Pot Recipes

Healthier Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

A pot of slow cooker baked ziti with a serving spoon
Kristine's Kitchen Blog

Sometimes a chilly winter day calls for hearty pasta! This recipe from Kristine's Kitchen Blog is the perfect stick-to-your-ribs meal, with a healthier twist. (Think: ground turkey and whole wheat pasta.)

Moroccan Chicken Tagine

A bowl of tagine made from a slow cooker is ready to serve
Feed Me Phoebe

This tagine from Feed Me Phoebe is one of those great Crock Pot recipes to make ahead for the weekend. There's protein and veggie goodness in every bite, and you can adjust the seasoning to accommodate tiny taste buds. 

Chicken Tikka Masala

A bowl filled with dinner made from a chicken tikka masala crock pot recipe
One Lovely Life

This delish chicken recipe from One Lovely Life is bound to become a weekday Crock Pot staple. The rich, flavorful sauce and tender chicken pair perfectly with rice and veggies. 

Slow Cooker Ramen

A bowl of chicken ramen made in a slow cooker and topped with eggs
A Spicy Perspective

Ready for the best ramen news ever? You can make your fave noodle soup right in your own slow cooker! All you need for broth that's drink-from-the-bowl good is this recipe from A Spicy Perspective. Then just add noodles, chicken, and soft-boiled eggs!


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Chicken Slow Cooker Recipes

Chicken Enchiladas

A platter of chicken enchiladas made from a crock pot are topped with sour cream

Reason #1 to fall in love with this dish? It only takes 10 minutes to prep! These slow cooker chicken enchiladas from Urban Cookery are one of the more simple recipes to make and taste delicious topped with cheddar cheese, enchilada sauce, sour cream or salsa.

Korean Chicken Sliders

A Korean chicken slider sits on a black plate. It's one of those crock pot recipes that's great for entertaining
Shared Appetite

This crock pot recipe from Shared Appetite will quickly become a staple in your house. Since all of the work is done by the slow cooker over four hours, it's one of those recipes fit for entertaining. With toppings like aioli, bean sprouts, and avocado, your guests (and kids!) won't be able to resist these sliders. 


Lemon Chicken

A few lemons, a whole chicken, and a little salt and pepper turn into something magical after a few hours in the slow cooker. This dish pairs perfectly with jasmine rice and roasted veggies. 

Chicken Teriyaki

Chicken teriyaki is always a hit with our kids, and this slow cooker recipe makes it easier than ever. With just five ingredients, it’s perfect for busy weeknights. Get it here.

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

A plate of Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Domestic Superhero

Ditch the carbs with this easy slow cooker recipe from Domestic Superhero. With only eight ingredients in total, your dinner could not be easier. 

Slow Cooker Chicken

A bowl of honey garlic chicken made in a slow cooker
Hello Spoonful

Slow cooker recipes are our favorite, and this chicken recipe from Hello Spoonful is a keeper—with only six ingredients, you can get this into the crock pot in the morning in less than 10 minutes. Once it’s time for dinner, serve it over rice, with salad, or in sandwiches—the sky’s the limit!

5-Cheese Chicken Bacon Pasta

A plate of cheese and bacon chicken that was cooked in a crock pot
Slow Cooker Gourmet

Chicken and bacon over pasta? With five cheeses? Sign us up for this decadent dinner from Slow Cooker Gourmet.  

Orange Chicken

A plate of slow cooker orange chicken garnished with sliced oranges
Kirbie’s Cravings

Forget Panda Express—this orange chicken recipe from Kirbie’s Cravings is off-the-charts delicious and way healthier than anything you’d get in a restaurant. It’s the best way to brighten up your plate on a dreary weeknight. 

Perfect Roast Chicken

Forget roasting the chicken in the oven. Check out this recipe for throwing the entire chicken in the Crock Pot instead. The result is a delicious fall-off-the-bone dinner.

Crock Pot Comfort Food Recipes

Beef Stew

A white bowl of beef stew that was made from a Crock Pot
A Healthier Michigan

On a cold day, there’s no better way to warm up than with a hearty beef stew. This Crock Pot version is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, with tender chunks of beef, plenty of veggies, and a flavorful tomato base.

Crock Pot Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes made from a crock pot are served in a bun on a plate
Dragon Fly Homes Recipes

What could be more down-home than a batch of sloppy joes? These amazing (and amazingly simple) sloppy joes from Dragonfly Home Recipes are our new favorite meal! 

Scalloped Potatoes

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Well Plated

For a hearty side, try making these yummy scalloped potatoes from Well Plated. They’re made using a mix of Yukon Gold and sweet potatoes, and the cheesy sauce makes them an instant kid favorite.

Mashed Potatoes

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Life Is But a Dish

We would have never thought to make mashed potatoes in the Crock Pot, but this recipe from Life Is But a Dish works like a charm. And since nobody likes cold ‘taters, the cooker keeps them warm until you’re ready to eat. 

Chicken Pot Pie Stew

Chicken pot pie is the ultimate comfort food, but who has time to roll out a pie crust and bake it to perfection? That’s why we can’t resist this stew, which incorporates all our favorite elements of a chicken pot pie without the hassle.

Chicken and Dumplings Crock Pot Recipe

There are a ton of chicken and dumpling recipes out there, but none are so healthy (or fast!) as this one that includes fresh, whole ingredients.

Turkey Breast with Gravy

Slow cooker turkey breast sits on a plate next veggie sides and a gravy boat
Skinny Taste

Who says turkey is just for Thanksgiving? This delicious recipe from Skinny Taste helps keep the turkey moist by cooking it in the gravy mixture.

Chicken Parm

crock pot chicken parmesan

A three-ingredient recipe that’s oh-so-yummy? Sign us up! While this recipe may not satisfy chicken parm traditionalists, we love how easy it is. And, the outcome is just as good as the real (non-crock pot) thing.

Crowd-Pleasing Party Dishes

Ranch Chex Mix

A close of of pretzels and other ingredients in a Ranch Chex mix that was made from a slow cooker recipe
Oh, Sweet Basil

The slow cooker isn’t just for main dishes—try out this awesome slow -cooker-made party mix from Oh, Sweet Basil. You can customize it by adding your favorite crunchy snacks, and the tangy ranch coating is super addictive. 

Spinach Bacon Dip

A close up of a white bowl of Spinach Bacon Dip surrounded by bread
Slow Cooker Gourmet

This genius recipe from Slow Cooker Gourmet is perfect for feeding a crowd, whether it’s game day or a family gathering. Serve it with warm crusty bread and tortilla chips for an appetizer that will disappear in a flash. 


BBQ Ribs

While everyone loves barbecue ribs, not everyone loves the prep time involved with this favorite meal. Nix the hassle and opt for the slow cooker. You won’t be disappointed.

Kid-Friendly Crock Pot Recipes

Sweet Pork

crock pot sweet pork recipe
Our Table for Seven

This just might be the easiest dinner recipe ever—only three ingredients are needed! Brown sugar and salsa come together to create a tasty sweet-but-spicy (depending on what kind of salsa you choose) glaze for the pork.

Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese that was cooked in a Crock Pot sits in a blue bowl
A Bountiful Love

Ditch the boxed mac and cheese and opt instead for this recipe from Khit of A Bountiful Love food blog. Not only is this recipe easy but it's budget-friendly. 

Honey Ginger Chicken

The Skinny Fork

This Asian-inspired dish from The Skinny Fork incorporates tastes that kids love, from savory soy sauce to sweet honey. The juicy chicken pairs perfectly with broccoli and steamed rice.


Mongolian Beef

Get adventurous with your slow cooker with this fun recipe for Mongolian beef. The little ones will love the delicious combination of sweet, tangy, and slightly spicy flavors.

French Dip Sandwiches

Talk about getting your hands dirty—kids will love dunking their sandwiches in a super tasty beef jus made in a slow cooker. Plus, these French dip sandwiches are definitely a unique twist on your usual beef roast.

Pulled Pork Tacos

pulled pork crock pot taco recipe
Frankie Lopez via Unsplash

Pulled pork isn't just for barbecue—this pulled pork taco Crock Pot recipe is super simple and fun for kids to customize with their own toppings. Add some veggies, cheese, and guac, and you've got a complete meal.

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Lemon Chicken Pitas

chicken pita crock pot recipe

Kids will love this fresh Mediterranean-inspired dish. Lemony chicken, tzatziki sauce and veggies are served on top of warm pitas—delish! 

Vegetarian Crock Pot Recipes

Veggie Lasagna


Why slave away in the kitchen for hours trying to layer the perfect lasagna when you can easily make the recipe with your handy slow cooker?

Black Bean Soup

A black bean soup crock pot dish sits in a bowl
Away from the Box

Meat eaters and omnivores alike will love this filling soup from Away from the Box. You can finish it with tasty toppings like avocado, sour cream, and pico de gallo. 

Breakfast Crock Pot Recipes

Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole


Slow cooker recipes aren’t just for dinner! The mornings are often as hectic (if not more) as the evenings. Try prepping your breakfast the night before with this breakfast recipe made for the slow cooker.

The Sweeter Side

Blueberry Apple Cobbler

Two small bowls of blueberry apple cobbler topped with whipped cream

This cobbler from Spiced is as comforting as homemade pie but way easier to make—sign us up! Topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it’s a guaranteed win with kids and adults alike. 

Nutella Bread Pudding

A delicious Nutella Bread Pudding made from a Crock Pot sits in a festive bowl
The Perfect Pantry

Dessert in the Crock Pot? Who knew! Little ones will happily gobble up this comforting Nutella bread pudding after a long day at school.

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