30 Easy and Satisfying Crockpot Dinners

Crockpot Sweet and Sour Chicken Stew

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A slow cooker is a busy home cook's best friend. Just assemble the right ingredients at the start of your day, and press a button to start the cooking. Then come home to a fully cooked meal — no last minute scrambling required! All you need are the right recipes, and we've got them for you. Enjoy our favorite crockpot dinners that make weeknights easier, from hearty soups and stews, to savory braised meats, creamy pasta and rice dishes, and more.

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    Slow Cooker Island Barbecue Turkey Legs

    Slow Cooker Island Barbecue Turkey Legs

    Diana Rattray

     

    These slow cooker turkey legs are tasty and budget-friendly. A sweet and sour barbecue sauce with canned crushed pineapple gives them exotic island flavor. Serve with rice, noodles, or potatoes, and your choice of side vegetable, for a satisfying meal.

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    Crock Pot Turkey Tetrazzini

    Crock Pot Turkey Tetrazzini

    Diana Rattray

     

    Condensed soup and lots of cheddar cheese create the rich sauce for this easy weeknight dinner your family will love, with diced cooked turkey, mushrooms, onion, and pimiento. You can cook it entirely in the crockpot, or transfer to a buttered dish at the end of cooking if you like, adding more cheese and baking briefly, for a bubbly, golden brown  topping.

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    Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs

    Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs

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    You only need four ingredients, including jarred spaghetti sauce and frozen meatballs, to whip up this super easy spaghetti and meatballs dinner that cooks entirely in the crockpot. Add chopped onion or carrots, if you like, for added flavor and nutrition. Top with grated parmesan for serving.

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    Crock Pot Pizza Pasta Casserole

    Crock Pot Pizza Pasta Casserole

    Diana Rattray

     

    Skip delivery and satisfy your pizza cravings with this crockpot casserole recipe that is sure to become a regular in your household. Your favorite pizza toppings and seasonings combine with pasta noodles and two kinds of cheese in this saucy and filling recipe.

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    Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

    Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

    Diana Rattray

     

    Yes, you can make macaroni and cheese in the crockpot! When it's finished cooking, feel free to spoon your mac and cheese into a baking dish, top with a little more cheese, and pop under the broiler for a minute or two, for that "homemade from the oven" look.

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    Crockpot Ham and Pea Risotto

    Crockpot Ham and Pea Risotto

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    Risotto is a classic Italian recipe that makes a warming dinner on cold winter days. This elegant crockpot risotto with ham, peas, and white wine or pear nectar, eliminates most of the stirring of traditional stovetop risotto recipes.

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    Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes With Salmon

    Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes With Salmon

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    Put fish on the menu when you serve your family this creamy, delicious scalloped potatoes with salmon recipe that cooks all day in your slow cooker. Canned salmon and condensed soups are the secret to the rich, creamy seafood sauce, that flavors moist, tender potatoes.

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    Slow Cooker Golden Short Ribs With Vegetables

    Slow Cooker Golden Short Ribs With Vegetables

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    Flavorful beef short ribs become fork-tender and delicious when cooked low and slow in your crockpot. Golden mushroom soup creates a dense, rich sauce for these juicy ribs that cook along with carrots, onion, and celery, for a nutritious dinner.

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    Crockpot Beef Stroganoff

    Crockpot Beef Stroganoff

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    Beef cubes are cooked to tender, juicy perfection, along with savory mushrooms, and an easy sauce of beef broth, ketchup, and garlic, in this special beef stroganoff recipe. Thickened sour cream is added near the end of cooking, for extra creaminess. Serve over hot cooked egg noodles.

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    Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast

    Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast

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    Onion soup flavors this easy slow cooker pot roast with vegetables that only requires five ingredients, plus some water, to create a filling family meal. Use a good lean beef chuck roast, blade roast, bottom round, or shoulder roast, for best results.

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    Slow Cooker Gingered Beef

    Slow Cooker Gingered Beef

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    Grated fresh ginger root adds fragrant spice to slow-cooked beef and root vegetables in this simple but tasty main dish recipe. Soy sauce and hoisin sauce add satisfying depth of flavor to the dark, luscious sauce. Serve over hot cooked rice or pasta.

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    Crock Pot Beef Chili

    Crock Pot Beef Chili

    Diana Rattray

     

    Lean ground beef, canned diced tomatoes, prepared tomato sauce, and canned pinto beans combine with store-bought chili mix, for a delicious, inexpensive high-protein dinner. Serve it with bread or cornbread on the side, for dinner or game day events.

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    Slow Cooker Meatloaf

    Slow Cooker Meatloaf

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    This moist, juicy, easy crockpot meatloaf with just five ingredients is a great choice for busy home cooks, and makes great sandwiches the day after. Ketchup or barbecue sauce adds a nice moistness to the meat

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    Crockpot Beef Stew With Dumplings

    Crockpot Beef Stew With Dumplings

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    Fluffy, tender dumplings are simmered in a rich, savory sauce with chunks of juicy, roasted beef and vegetables, in this ymmy family dinner recipe. The dumplings are easy to make with store-bought biscuit mix, and canned tomatoes add sweetness to the flavorful beef broth gravy.

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    Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

    Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

    Diana Rattray

     

    Looking for a fabulous Sunday dinner, or a complete meal to serve for your Patrick's Day feast? The crockpot makes short work of this traditional dinner in one dish, with corned beef brisket, potatoes, carrots, and cabbage wedges. Freezes well, up to 3 months.

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    Slow Cooker Creole Chicken With Sausage

    Slow Cooker Creole Chicken With Sausage

    Diana Rattray

     

    Inexpensive boneless chicken thighs and spicy andouille sausage are slow cooked to perfection in your crockpot, along with a tasty, Creole-flavored tomato sauce. Serve over hot cooked rice, for a protein-packed family meal.

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    Creamy Broccoli Chicken

    Creamy Broccoli Chicken

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    If you like your chicken creamy, you're going to love this recipe for crockpot broccoli chicken in a rich, decadent-tasting sauce that is flavored with condensed cream of broccoli soup soup. Serve it over hot cooked rice or spaghetti.

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    Crockpot Chicken Chow Mein

    Crockpot Chicken Chow Mein

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    Use your slow cooker to cook up restaurant style chicken chow mein at home. Browned chicken breasts are added to your crockpot with vegetables, soy sauce, ginger, and some pantry ingredients, then left to cook all day, for moist and flavorful results. Serve with Chinese noodles.

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    Crockpot Chicken Alfredo

    Crockpot Chicken Alfredo

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    Who doesn't love coming home to creamy chicken alfredo? Your crockpot is a great way to make this nutritious, rich-tasting dish that combines meaty chicken thighs with lots of vegetables and prepared alfredo sauce, served over tender fettuccine.

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    Crockpot Creamy Bacon Chicken

    Crockpot Creamy Bacon Chicken

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    In this four-ingredient recipe, chicken breasts are wrapped in bacon, then smothered in a rich sauce made with roasted garlic cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, and some flour. It's all cooked low and slow, until the chicken is melt-in-your-mouth tender.

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    Slow Cooker Cola Ham

    Slow Cooker Cola Ham

    The Spruce

     

    This easy ham dinner recipe starts with a fully cooked ham. The meat is dressed with a tasty glaze made from cola, brown sugar, dry mustard, and placed in your crockpot to cook for several hours, for easy slicing and serving at dinner time.

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    Crock Pot Barbecued Country-Style Pork Ribs

    Crock Pot Barbecued Country-Style Pork Ribs

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    Your favorite barbecue sauce, plus brown sugar, onions, garlic, and a little apple juice, makes these boneless country-style ribs extra-flavorful. They come out tender and juicy from the slow cooker, for a satisfying dinner, served with mashed potatoes and corn.

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    Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pork Loin

    Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pork Loin

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    Boneless pork loin roast is an inexpensive cut of meat that gets maximum flavor in this recipe, thanks to long slow cooking, and a tasty brown sugar and cinnamon glaze. Use leftover meat to create yummy lunchbox sandwiches.

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    Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Barbecue

    Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Barbecue

    Diana Rattray

     

    Nothing beats juicy, savory, slow cooker pulled pork! Boneless pork roast simmers all day long in your crockpot, with onions, bottled barbecue sauce, and a few seasonings, until it's melt-in-your-mouth tender. Serve shredded and piled on split buns, topped with cole slaw and pickles.

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    Crockpot Sweet and Sour Chicken Stew

    Crockpot Sweet and Sour Chicken Stew

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    Here's a nutritious, filling stew with noodles that really hits the spot on colder days. Boneless chicken breasts go into the crockpot with veggies, pineapple chunks, jarred sweet and sour sauce, noodles, and a few other ingredients, for a tasty one-dish entree. 

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    Crockpot Jambalaya With Chicken, Sausage and Shrimp

    Crockpot Jambalaya With Chicken, Sausage and Shrimp

    Diana Rattray

     

    Jambalaya is a classic Creole dish twith chicken, sausage, shrimp, tomatoes, and rice. This winning version is made in the slow cooker, with green pepper and onion for extra crunch and flavor.

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    Crock Pot Split Pea Soup With Ham

    Crockpot split pea soup

    Diana Rattray

     

    Split pea soup with ham is a comforting French Canadian dish that is hearty enough to serve for dinner, with crusty bread and a green salad. This crockpot recipe gets added flavor from garlic, bay, and parsley, along with meaty ham hocks and sweet carrots.

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    Crock Pot Clam Chowder

    Crock Pot Clam Chowder

    Diana Rattray

     

    You don't have to live on the Atlantic coast to enjoy clam chowder for dinner! Bottled clam juice and canned minced clams, along with potatoes, milk, and bacon, create a creamy, seafood lover's stew in this hearty, top-rated crockpot recipe.

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    Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

    Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

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    Come home to homemade chicken tortilla soup with this great Mexican recipe. Serve topped with corn tortilla strips and shredded cheese, as directed, and spice up as you like, with diced jalapenos or red pepper flakes.

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    Slow Cooker Shrimp Creole

    Slow Cooker Shrimp Creole

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    Cook this classic Louisiana-style shrimp dish in your slow cooker, for a satisfying dinner over hot cooked rice. Canned tomatoes and prepared tomato sauce are used for the base of the yummy sauce, with garlic, Tabasco, Creole seasonings, and chopped bell peppers.