The slow cooker makes cooking a hearty and hot meal easy even on weekdays—while you're working—and on busy weekends when you have better things to do than spend hours chained to the stove. Here are our top slow cooker recipes, including main dish recipes and side dishes. You'll also find a few popular appetizer recipes in the list.
01 of 30
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Barbecue
This popular slow cooker pulled pork barbecue will be your go-to recipe when friends and family visit. The shredded pork is piled onto buns and topped with coleslaw and pickle slices.
For something a little different, try your hand at pulled ham or an easy pulled chicken.
Interested in more pulled pork recipes? Check out 14 of our best-pulled pork recipes.
02 of 30
Easy Crockpot Pork Chops With Onion Soup Mix
These easy crockpot pork chops with onion soup mix are an excellent choice for a busy day. The chops are flavored with a simple mixture of broth and onion soup mix. The liquids are reduced and then thickened to make a flavorful sauce.
03 of 30
Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes
These crockpot scalloped potatoes are especially convenient when your oven and stovetop are being used for other dishes.
They are a great side for a potluck and a wonderful addition to your holiday dinner menu.
Want to spruce up your scalloped potatoes? Try these easy slow cooker potatoes with cheese and ham. Because who doesn't enjoy ham and cheese?
04 of 30
Crock Pot Onion Soup Beef Pot Roast
This crock pot onion soup beef pot roast is cooked to perfection with potatoes and optional baby carrots. Onion soup mix makes a delicious broth. Just thicken the liquids to make a tasty gravy. Yum!Continue to 5 of 30 below.
05 of 30
Crockpot Rotel Dip With Ground Beef and Cheese
This crockpot rotel dip with ground beef and cheese will be the hit of the party! Serve this hearty dip with sturdy chips and crackers, or crudités if you're feeling like you want to balance out this cheesy dish with a more healthy dipping vehicle.
Not only is it scrumptious, but it's versatile as well. Add some chopped mild or hot chili peppers, mushrooms, or some spicy seasonings.
06 of 30
Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pork Loin Roast
If you're in the market for a sweet and savory dinner, this tender, succulent slow cooker brown sugar pork loin roast is a delicious choice. Glazed with a brown sugar and cinnamon mixture, it ticks all the right boxes.
07 of 30
Hearty Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
This hearty, slow cooker chicken chili is made with chicken breasts, beans, corn, and tomatoes. It's a nice change of pace from the basic white chicken chili.
08 of 30
Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore
In the mood for Italian, but don't want to spend an hour over the stove? Try our rustic crockpot chicken cacciatore dish with hot cooked spaghetti or linguini. Just throw your cacciatore ingredients together and run some errands, and come back to a cooked meal!
Doesn't hurt that the tomato sauce is flavored with garlic, oregano, and basil either. Mama Mia!Continue to 9 of 30 below.
09 of 30
Taco Soup for the Slow Cooker
Taco seasonings add zing to this hearty, beefy taco soup for the slow cooker. Add a dollop of sour cream or guacamole to the soup for a slight variation on these tummy-warming flavors.
10 of 30
Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese With Variations
This slow cooker macaroni and cheese with variations is a simple preparation. This recipe can be altered with items like ham, bacon, and a hearty breadcrumb topping, you just can't go wrong.
11 of 30
Crock Pot Barbecued Country-Style Ribs
Craving barbecue, but it's too cold outside? This crock pot barbecue country-style ribs and this popular recipe is a testament to that fact.
12 of 30
5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Beans
These easy 5-ingredient slow cooked beans are flavored with barbecue sauce, bacon, and brown sugar. It just couldn't be easier!Continue to 13 of 30 below.
13 of 30
Easy Slow Cooker Round Steak
Onion soup mix and condensed soup make a creamy and delicious gravy for this easy slow cooker round steak. The crock pot steak is sliced in portions or strips and slow cooked to perfection. Delish!
14 of 30
Southern Pinto Beans With Ham Hocks
Looking for an alternative way to incorporate more protein into your diet? Try these Southern pinto beans with ham hocks. Ham hocks season these homemade pinto beans along with bay leaves and red pepper flakes. Great for a party or potluck dinner!
15 of 30
Root Beer Pulled Pork
Pork shoulder is simmered in root beer, onions, and spices for tender, succulent pulled pork. The root beer adds a hint of sweetness without overpowering the meat. It's delicious as a main dish, piled on a sandwich, or added to tacos or burritos.
16 of 30
Slow Cooker Chicken With Biscuits
Comfort food at its finest; this slow cooker chicken with biscuits is an absolute delight! Frozen, canned, or homemade biscuits are baked separately and then served atop the easy slow cooked chicken and vegetable mixture.Continue to 17 of 30 below.
17 of 30
Slow Cooker Mini Smoked Sausages With Grape Jelly Sauce
A simple 2-ingredient grape jelly sauce makes this slow cooker mini smoked sausages with grape jelly sauce ridiculously easy.
Not into sausage? Try these scrumptious grape jelly meatballs instead.
18 of 30
Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers
Prepare these slow cooker stuffed peppers and put everything in the slow cooker before you leave for work and you'll have dinner ready when you get home! What could be easier than that?
19 of 30
Crock Pot No-Bean Beef Chili
This crock pot no-bean beef chili is a breeze to prepare and cook in the slow cooker, and there are many possible variations.
20 of 30
Savory Slow Cooker Short Ribs
These boneless, savory slow cooker short ribs are cooked with vegetables, red wine, and chicken broth.Continue to 21 of 30 below.
21 of 30
Slow Cooker Pot Roast With Red Wine
This tender slow cooker pot roast with red wine is sure to become a family favorite. The beef chuck roast comes out perfect every time. The best part is that a delicious gravy is made from the juices. Yum!
22 of 30
Crock Pot Great Northern Beans
These crock pot great northern beans make a delicious dish on their own or along with baked ham or pork. In addition, they can be frozen and used in any dish calling for canned beans.
23 of 30
Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken Thighs
Boneless chicken thighs are a great choice for the slow cooker, and they are easy on the budget. These slow cooker Tex-Mex chicken thighs are cooked with corn, black beans, taco seasoning, and salsa. Serve the dish with rice for a delicious everyday family meal.
24 of 30
Easy Slow Cooker Applesauce
The slow cooker isn't just for savory dishes, and this easy slow cooked applesauce is a great example. With only five ingredients, this delectable dessert -- or snack -- can be spruced up with a wide array of add-ins, such as pear, rhubarb, cranberry, and ginger.Continue to 25 of 30 below.
25 of 30
Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken
A combination of chicken breasts and thighs ensures the most flavorful and juiciest slow cooker pulled chicken.
26 of 30
Lazy Crock Pot Chicken and Mushrooms
Whether you just don't feel like cooking or you have a busy day ahead of you, this lazy crock pot chicken and mushrooms is the perfect solution. All you have to do is throw four ingredients together in the crock pot with some basic seasonings and then set it and forget it! The slow cooker does all the work while you go about your daily routine.
27 of 30
Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs
This fabulous five-ingredient recipe for slow cooker spaghetti and meatballs tastes like something from a restaurant.
It's perfect to serve to your family, and comforting and delicious enough to serve to guests.
28 of 30
Slow Cooker Barbecued Boston Butt
This easy, no frills slow cooker barbecued Boston butt recipe is made with only a few additional ingredients. Use your favorite homemade or store-bought barbecue sauce.
Serve this slow cooker pork roast shredded, with split toasted buns, coleslaw, and fries or chips, and enjoy!Continue to 29 of 30 below.
29 of 30
Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole
This crock pot breakfast casserole makes getting out of bed worth it -- your hearty, nutritious breakfast cooked to perfection while you slept! Hash brown potatoes, eggs, and ham team up in this breakfast casserole along with lots of shredded cheddar cheese and seasonings.
30 of 30
Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken
This slow cooker sweet and sour chicken is made with a homemade sauce, pineapple, and chicken breast halves. Add red and green bell pepper strips for extra flavor and color.