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These set-it-and-forget-it side dishes won’t heat the kitchen and can be made the morning of for a less stressful evening. Crockpot side dishes are delicious and easy. Win-win!

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We Love Sides!

Crock Pots are not just for main dishes. Soup and salad make great sides, but sometimes you want something a bit more warm, cozy, and filling.

Why we love the crock pot:

  • Variety. From green beans to mac and cheese, you can make a variety of side dishes in the slow cooker.
  • Space saver. Free up oven space for things like turkey, and still get warm, savory sides.
  • Ease. Just add the ingredients, and forget about it for hours.
  • Feeds a crowd. You can easily fit large side dishes in a slow cooker for big parties or gatherings.
  • On the go. Easily transport your side dishes and keep them warm!

I have an entire list of crockpot recipes that I love to make, but before I lay them all out, I have some tips!

Crockpot mashed potatoes in a white serving bowl.

Transporting Slow Cooker Dishes

  • Use the built-in locking lid.
  • No locking lid: use heavy-duty rubber bands. String around the handles and over the lid to hold it in place.
  • To keep the pot from sliding around, place it in a sturdy laundry basket or box, then make it snug with a towel.
  • Or buy a carrier – we have two favorites: the Hamilton Beach Travel Case and the Homest Slow Cooker Bag. Both make transport so easy!
Creamed corn in a white bowl with a spoon.

COMMON MISTAKES FOR CROCKPOT USE

Keep these tips in mind when working with your slow cooker. They will help you make delicious crockpot sides!

  • Temperature. HIGH heat takes about half as long as LOW heat, so time accordingly.
  • Activate aromatics. Onions, bell pepper, celery, and garlic are typically sautéed in a pan to get their flavor going and then added to the pot.
  • No peeking. Avoid removing the lid, unless otherwise noted. When the lid is lifted it will take up to 20 minutes for the pot to return to the correct cooking temperature.
  • Don’t overfill. Foods don’t cook properly if there is too little or too much for the size of the pot. Be careful with adding excess liquid. For the most even cook fill your pot ½ to ⅔ full. Note that most recipes are designed for a 5-6 quart pot.
  • Don’t overcook. Some crockpots have a timer that will automatically switch to the warm mode. If yours doesn’t, remember to do it manually.
  • Easy cleanup. Crockpot liners are great for easy cleanup.
  • Veggies. Tossing in veggies too early can make for an undesired mushy texture.
    • Vegetables such as peas, asparagus, spinach, and mushrooms can become a flavorless, mushy mess in a slow cooker.
    • Stick to heartier root vegetables like potatoes, onions, yams, carrots, and sweet potatoes, or wait to add the tender vegetables until the last 30 minutes or so of cooking time.

Favorite Crockpot Sides

There are so many easy crockpot side dishes that we love to make for dinner and the holidays – especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. We have our go-to sides that make an appearance at most family gatherings. So enjoy our faves!

1 Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe

Main Course Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

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4.99 from 277 votes
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2 Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Cheesy Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 367 votes
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3 How to Cook Rice in a Crock Pot

Side Dish How to Cook Rice in a Crock Pot
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 14 votes
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4 Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes

Side Dish Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 17 votes
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5 Crockpot Green Beans Recipe

Side Dish Crockpot Green Beans Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
4.92 from 12 votes
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6 Crockpot Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

Breakfast Crockpot Hashbrown Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

Recipe Video

4.94 from 48 votes
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7 Slow Cooker Creamed Corn Recipe

Side Dish Slow Cooker Creamed Corn Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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8 Crockpot Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Crockpot Green Bean Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 20 votes
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9 Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 181 votes
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10 Crockpot Spanish Rice Recipe

Side Dish Crockpot Spanish Rice Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
5 from 111 votes
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More Crock Pot Side Dishes

Need even more ideas?! Check out these delicious sides that are tasty, easy, and also made in a crock pot!

11 Crock Pot Baked Potatoes Recipe

Main Course, Side Dish Crock Pot Baked Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
4.89 from 17 votes
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12 Crock Pot Pinto Beans Recipe

Side Dish Crock Pot Pinto Beans Recipe
Total Time: 12 hours

Recipe Video

5 from 45 votes
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13 Baked Beans Recipe

Side Dish Baked Beans Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

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4.98 from 41 votes
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14 Crockpot Meatballs Recipe

Appetizer Crockpot Meatballs Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 213 votes
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15 BBQ Meatballs Recipe

Main Course BBQ Meatballs Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Perfect Sides for Any Meal!

Using your slow cooker not only frees up oven space, it is also a great way to make deliciously easy slow cooker side dishes that will stay nice and warm. We’re sure you’ll find some new favorites on this list!

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6 Comments

  1. I didn’t know so may things could be made in crock pot. I’ve made the baked beans several times and they are always a hit.

  2. These side dishes are perfect for our turkey this Thanksgiving. I’ve always loved your recipes and this one is always a hit!

  3. this has become a game changer for the holidays and planning thanksgiving dinner or even christmas dinner! the assortment of side dishes makes for easy work

  4. The variety of side dishes on this site are amazing. They all look so good and simple. Can hardly wait to try them.