Crock-Pot/Slow Cooker

If you’re feeling short on time and still want a great dinner recipe, many call on their trust slow cooker to help out. For main dishes, soups and more, just throw the ingredient in and let the crock pot work it’s magic.

All the recipes and tips you need to make delicious crock pot dinners, sides, appetizers, soups and more!

Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes

Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes are the perfect easy side dish to your next family dinner. Just dump, cook, and enjoy some cheesy tender potatoes for your next meal or holiday gathering.…

4 hours 5 minutes

5 from 11 votes

Baked Beans

This Homemade Baked Beans recipe is a must-have at all of our BBQ’s. It’s such a simple and easy recipe, requires only FIVE ingredients, and cooks in the crock pot.…

4 hours 5 minutes

4.92 from 12 votes

Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes

Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes – these creamy potatoes are a perfect side dish to just about any meal! You only need a few simple ingredients, and your crock pot does…

4 hours 15 minutes

4.93 from 13 votes

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

These cheesy garlic Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes are the perfect accompaniment to any meal, and so incredibly easy to make. They’re creamy, smooth and savory, and the cheese adds so…

4 hours 15 minutes

5 from 4 votes

WHY I LOVE THE CROCK POT!

There are so many dishes from desserts to dinner and soups to sides that you can cook in a crock pot.

The BEST reason I have to use mine is that I can toss the ingredients in and forget about it. This is especially helpful when I know my day is going to be busy and I can still have a hot meal to serve my family. 

Another great reason to bust out your crock pot is when you are planning to cook up a storm and need to utilize every mode of cooking possible. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner – I’m talking to you!  

Most Popular

Crock Pot Recipes

Crock Pot Mac and Cheese

2 hours 15 minutes

4.92 from 37 votes

Pulled Pork

8 hours 5 minutes

4.93 from 13 votes

Crock Pot Brisket

8 hours 5 minutes

5 from 12 votes

Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo

3 hours 15 minutes

5 from 6 votes

CROCK POT TIPS

Here are some great crock pot points. Be sure that you always refer to your own user manual for information specific to your own brand or cooker. 

PREHEATING: Did you know you can Preheat your slow cooker just like you would an oven? Since the cooker takes a “hot minute” in getting warm, that extra time is just a nice little jump start. Simply turn iron when you start prepping your ingredients. Remove the lid and add everything at once.   

BROWNING THE MEAT: Many recipes call for you to brown your meat before adding it to the crock pot. This is not a vital step for it to cook thoroughly. However, it does add a nice layer of flavor so it is worth the few extra minutes. Don’t forget to scrape all the flavorful juices and flakes out of the pan and add it to the crock pot. 

COOKING ON HIGH or LOW: Neither cook the dish better than the other. The only consideration you need is how much time you have. High temperature is about 280°F. Low temperature setting is about 170°F. One hour of the HIGH setting is equal to about 2 hours on LOW. 

KEEP IT COVERED: Every time you take a peek at the dish it takes 20 minutes for the pot to get back to the right temperature. So unless there is a specific reason you need to remove the lid then keep it on and let the crockpot keep on cookin’.  

EASY CLEAN UP: Line your pot with a cooking bag. No scrubbing needed. Simply remove the bag and toss it. You can also spray the pot with cooking spray before adding your ingredients. This will help keep food from baking on and save you some elbow grease scrubbing it off.  

Our Favorite

Crock Pot Dinners

Pot Roast

7 hours 5 minutes

4.88 from 24 votes

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

4 hours 5 minutes

4.77 from 21 votes

Crock Pot Baked Potatoes

5 hours 10 minutes

4.8 from 10 votes

Slow Cooker Kalua Pork

9 hours 5 minutes

5 from 18 votes

Slow Cooking Certain Ingredients

Fattier, less expensive cuts of meat do the best. The extra fat breaks down and leaves the meat juicy and tender. The more expensive leaner cuts of meat can be used, but are often a bit dried out in comparison to their fattier counterpart.

FROZEN MEAT: Using frozen meat is not recommended. The frozen cuts will cause the crock pot to take much longer at getting to the correct cooking temperature. During the delayed time food-borne illness can begin to form. Thaw your meat in the fridge overnight. You can also quickly thaw the meat using cold tap water. Change the water every 30 minutes until the meat is thawed enough to cook. Do not let meat thaw on the counter for the same reason we don’t cook it in the crockpot. 

DAIRY: sour cream, milk, cheeses, heavy whipping cream etc… can curdle if cooked for too long. Add those during the last 30-40 minutes of the cook time.

FRESH HERBS: Fresh herbs are another ingredient that you want to wait to add until the end of the cook time. 

VEGETABLES Cut vegetables about the same size and place them at the bottom of the pot. That way they have enough liquid to cook in and cook at the same rate. Add delicate vegetables like peas and zucchini toward the end of the cook time. 

LIQUID: Since most foods often produce their own liquid juices, you do not need to add very much extra liquid to the pot. If you find that your dish is overly watery, then remove the lid and set the temperature to high heat. The extra liquid will evaporate out of the pot. Keep in mind it may take up to 2 hours depending on how much you wish to have evaporated. When it looks right, place the lid back on and adjust the temperature gage if needed. 

Reader Favorite

Crock Pot Soups

Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup

3 hours 35 minutes

4.87 from 66 votes

Crock Pot Spinach Tortellini Soup

3 hours 5 minutes

4.85 from 45 votes

Chicken Tortilla Soup

4 hours 15 minutes

5 from 38 votes

Crock Pot Chicken Stew

3 hours 5 minutes

4.91 from 20 votes

Soup Tips

Keep these tips in mind when making soups in the slow cooker:

  • Cut all the ingredient the same size. For example the chucks of meat and pieces of potatoes should be similar in size.
  • If you have time: brown the meat and firmer veggies before adding them to the pot. This will help bring out a more rich flavor from the ingredients.
  • Don’t overfill the pot.
  • Thaw food, especially meats, before cooking.
  • Most all soups can be prepared ahead of time and kept in the freezer. Remember to leave out the “add at the end” ingredients when making a freezer meal. Thaw the soup overnight in the fridge and throw it in the crock pot.

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CROCK POT COLLECTIONS

Newest Recipes

Crock Pot Lo Mein

3 hours

5 from 6 votes

Chicken Tortilla Soup

4 hours 15 minutes

5 from 38 votes

Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo

3 hours 15 minutes

5 from 6 votes

Crock Pot Mongolian Beef

4 hours 10 minutes

5 from 7 votes

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

4 hours 10 minutes

5 from 6 votes

Crock Pot Spinach Tortellini Soup

3 hours 5 minutes

4.85 from 45 votes

Crack Chicken

6 hours 10 minutes

5 from 6 votes

French Dip Sandwich

6 hours 45 minutes

4.89 from 9 votes