15 All Day Slow Cooker Recipes

Set It and Forget It! These Slow Cooker Meals Will Be Ready and Waiting for You

bowl of chili with beans

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Long-cooking slow cooker recipes that cook for at least 9 to 10 hours are a necessity for today's busy cook. Full work days plus commuting time usually add up to at least 9 to 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

These days, many slow cookers and multi cookers are programmable. Many offer settings that allow you to delay the start time...MORE for up to 2 hours, and they automatically switch to a "keep warm" setting. Because food might be in the danger zone—between 40 F and 140 F—for up to 2 hours, many people consider a delay start unsafe. Even if the cooker offers delay start, you might want to think twice about using it, especially if one of your family members is in a high-risk group for food poisoning. That high-risk group includes young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with chronic health problems and compromised immune systems. The keep warm temperature should keep the food at a safe temperature. To ensure the food is safe, test it with a reliable food thermometer. Look for a temperature of 165 F in most slow cooker dishes. For roasts—other than poultry—the temperature of the meat can be as low as 145 F.

Cooking Tips for Long Cooking Recipes

  • Always start with fully chilled meats and vegetables. 
  • Don't use frozen ingredients. Safely defrost frozen ingredients in the refrigerator before you begin.
  • Prep ingredients the night before and refrigerate them in containers until you're ready to cook. Don't refrigerate the ingredients in the slow cooker insert. If the slow cooker insert is cold, it will take longer to bring the food to a safe temperature.
  • 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 recipes carefully; some might use more fragile ingredients that shouldn't be added until the last 20 to 30 minutes of cooking time.
  • If you're at home, many of these recipes can be cooked on the high setting in far less time. If the recipe doesn't give a specific time for the high setting, subtract about 3 to 4 hours.
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    black bean chili
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    This vegetarian black bean chili is an excellent all-day recipe. Some of the vegetables and spices require about 10 minutes of stovetop cooking time, but that can be done the night before and refrigerated until it's time to fill the slow cooker.

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    corned beef and cabbage
     Linda Larsen

    This recipe for classic corned beef and cabbage is delicious and super easy. It's an all-day recipe you throw together in the slow cooker. Just set it and forget it!

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    crock pot pot roast with potatoes
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    The pot roast is the ideal meat for low and slow cooking. Make sure you use a tougher cut of meat, such as chuck, bottom round, or rump. These cuts have connective tissue that dissolves and makes the meat tender and juicy after the long period of moist cooking. 

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    healthy beef stew
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    Make this stew with pasta or with the more traditional potatoes. It cooks all day long, so the meat is melt-in-your-mouth tender when you're ready to serve. Enjoy it with some crusty rolls and a salad.

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    shredded Italian beef
     Diana Rattray

    Dry Italian dressing mix and pickled peppers are the unusual ingredients in this popular beef dish. The shredded beef makes a tender sandwich filling to serve with split bulkie rolls or kaiser rolls.

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    glazed pork roast with apples
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    Apple juice, brown sugar, and ginger make up the tasty glaze for this slow cooker pork loin. You'll enjoy this juicy and tender entree.

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    Slow Cooker Beef and Chicken Stew
    Diana Rattray

    Beef chuck and chicken thighs team up to make this a scrumptious stew. The chicken thighs hold up well in the slow cooker, and they add texture and flavor to the dish. All you have to do when you get home is add the thickening mixture. 

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    Pulled Pork Tortillas
    Diana Rattray

    This pulled pork is made next-level with the addition of barbecue sauce, salsa, and Mexican seasonings. Serve the shredded pork in warm tortillas with strips of bell pepper and slaw. Drizzle with chipotle mayo or your favorite spicy aioli.

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    beef brisket
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    A perfectly seasoned marinade flavors this fabulous set-and-forget beef brisket. Marinate it in the refrigerator overnight, transfer it to the slow cooker, set it, and go about your day.

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    Irish stew
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    A rich and hearty lamb stew has never been easier! This slow cooker Irish stew is brimming with flavor and healthy vegetables. Serve this stew with crusty rolls or Irish soda bread for a fabulous dinner.

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    Pulled Ham with Mustard Sauce
    Diana Rattray

    Long, slow cooking renders a picnic ham or smoked pork shoulder tender and easy to shred. The shredded smoked pork makes delicious sandwiches with the easy mustard sauce and coleslaw. Use leftovers in scalloped potatoes, mac and cheese casseroles, or on pizza.

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    vegetarian baked beans
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    These baked beans make a delicious side dish for a picnic or cookout or enjoy them as a main dish with freshly baked cornbread and a green salad. The recipe calls for pinto beans or kidney beans. The beans require overnight soaking, so plan accordingly. 

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    slow cooker lamb
     Diana Rattray

    Lamb shanks are another excellent choice for the slow cooker. Browning the lamb shanks first adds to the flavor, color, and texture of the dish, but feel free to skip that step if you're short on time. The dish will still be delicious!

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    meatball stew with carrots and potatoes
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    This all-day creamy meatball stew includes frozen meatballs, potatoes, and carrots. Cook the stew for up to 11 hours. It's perfect for a busy day!

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    short ribs
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    Whether you're cooking a family meal or a big dinner for friends and extended family, you can't go wrong with tender, melt-in-your-mouth short ribs. Barbecue sauce and red wine add flavor to these delicious beef ribs.