Long-Cooking Crockpot Recipes and Tips

Gone All Day? These Meals Will Be Waiting for You

Long-cooking slow cooker recipes that cook for at least 10 hours are really a necessity for today's busy cook. Work days plus commuting time usually adds up to at least 10 hours. Recipes that cook in 5 to 6 hours, even on low, just won't work for many families. See cooking tips and recipes for these needs.

Programming Your Slow Cooker for Long Cooking Recipes

It is possible, with the newer slow cookers, to set a timer and let the crockpot sit for up to two hours before the cooking process...MORE begins. You can also, on some models, program the slow cooker to turn to "keep warm" for another two hours. This type of cooking is generally safe, but it's best to start with a recipe that already has a longer cooking time.

Food Safety with Long Cooking Recipes

If one of your family members is in a high-risk group for food poisoning, you may want to think twice about extending cooking times with holding times on both ends. That high-risk group includes young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with chronic health problems and compromised immune systems. Make sure the food is at least 160 F before you serve it. And test it with a good food thermometer.

Cooking Tips for Long Cooking Recipes

You may need to reduce the cooking time for these recipes if you have a newer crockpot since they cook at much hotter temperatures. Get to know your crockpot, check the crockpot cooking temperature, and be sure you understand its timing and heat before you use these recipes.

Read these recipes carefully; some use more delicate ingredients that need to be added in the last 20-30 minutes of cooking time. Stir your meal thoroughly before you serve it. If you're at home, these recipes can be cooked on HIGH for 5-6 hours 

  • 01 of 07
    Chili with cheese
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    This chili is made without meat, so there is far less food safety concern. The veggies and beans will cook slowly all day and be ready to dish up with your favorite fixings for dinner.

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    Crockpot Corned Beef and Creamer Potatoes. Linda Larsen

    For St. Patrick's Day or any cold winter day, this recipe for classic corned beef and cabbage in the crockpot is delicious and super easy, designed to be slow cooked all day long.

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    Crockpot Split Pea Soup
    Crockpot Split Pea Soup. Linda Larsen

    The ham in this soup is already fully cooked, you also won't have as many food safety concerns with this crockpot dish. Set it and forget it and come home to a satisfying meal. 

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    Easiest Pot Roast. Linda Larsen

    For a hearty meal that is meant to be simmered for 10 hours, pot roast is a great choice. You can finish it up and serve it to the whole family after an all-day outing or after work.

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  • 05 of 07
    Best Beef Stew
    Best Beef Stew. Linda Larsen

    Make this stew with pasta or with the more traditional potatoes. It cooks all day long so the meat is tender when you're ready to serve. Enjoy it with some rolls and a salad.

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    Slow Cooker Chicken and Carrots
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    Believe it or not, this creamy crockpot entree recipe is low in fat. The combination of chicken with potatoes, carrots, and onions in a rich sauce is delicious any time of the year, but it's especially good in winter. The creamy sauce is added at the end of the cooking time.

  • 07 of 07
    Crockpot Pork Roast Dinner
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    This is a simple recipe that bathes the loin roast all day in apple juice, brown sugar, and ginger. You'll enjoy this juicy and tender entree.