Crock pot Side Dishes

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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Not Just for Main Dishes!

Crock Pots are not just for Main Dishes.

From green beans to Mac and Cheese, you can make a variety of side dishes in the pot as well. This can be very helpful since this allows you to free up oven space yet still get warm savory sides.

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

They include general crockpot tips as well as tips for transporting your side dish to family dinners or potlucks.

Slow cooker hash brown casserole side dish served on a white plate

Crock pot Tips

A few tips to help you out –

  • HIGH heat takes about half as long as LOW heat so time accordingly.
  • Avoid peeking under the lid, unless noted in the recipe. When the lid is lifted it will take up to 20 minutes for the pot to return to the correct cooking temperature.
  • Foods don’t cook properly if there isn’t enough or there is too much for the size of the pot. For the most even cook, the amount of food should fill your pot ½ way to ⅔ full. Note that most recipes are designed for a 5-6 qt pot.
  • Don’t overcook: Some crockpots have a timer that will automatically switch to the warm mode, but if yours doesn’t you’ll need to remember to do it manually.
  • Crockpot liners are great for easy clean up.
Green bean casserole side dish inside a crock pot

Transporting slow cooker dishes

Whether you made the dish in the crock pot or you are using a crockpot to keep a dish warm, transporting is pretty easy especially if the pot has a locking lid.

If it doesn’t have a locking lid, you can use heavy duty rubber bands to string around the handles and over the lid to hold it in place.

Trust me—you are going to want to secure the lid down. Otherwise, despite your best efforts, you may end up with food on the floor of your car.

To keep the pot from sliding around, place it in a sturdy laundry basket or box, then make it snug with a towel.


Slow cooker creamed corn in a serving dish

Favorite slow cooker Side Dishes

So many great ones that we love to make for dinner and the holidays! Here are some of our favs:

Side Dish Slow Cooker Green Beans Recipe
Crock Pot Green Beans – just a few ingredients make the yummiest green beans ever! We love this delicious side dish recipe.
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
4 from 1 vote
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Main Course Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes Recipe
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
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Side Dish Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
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 all the work.
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
4.93 from 13 votes
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Side Dish Crockpot Mashed Potatoes Recipe
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 much delicious flavor.
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Side Dish Crock Pot Creamed Corn Recipe
A big holiday dinner wouldn't be complete without rich flavorful creamed corn! It's creamy, buttery, and cheesy. Everyone's favorite holiday side dish!
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Main Course, Side Dish Crock Pot Baked Potatoes Recipe
The crock pot takes all the guess work out of baked potatoes. Simply prep and wrap your potatoes, throw them in the crock pot, and they come out perfectly ready to be topped with all your favorite fixings!
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
4.8 from 10 votes
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Side Dish Homemade Baked Beans Recipe
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. 
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
4.92 from 12 votes
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Main Course Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe
Everyone loves a good slow cooker recipe, and this Crock Pot Mac and Cheese is so simple, cheesy and delicious. With loads of cheese, butter, and sour cream it’s hard not to love this creamy macaroni and cheese recipe.
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
4.93 from 38 votes
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Breakfast Crockpot Hashbrown Casserole Recipe
Potluck, Easter brunch or just your typical Sunday Breakfast, this Slow Cooker Hash Brown Casserole is easy, delicious and a family favorite!
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
4.63 from 8 votes
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Side Dish Crock Pot Green Bean Casserole Recipe
Crispy, creamy crock pot green bean casserole is beyond easy and delish. It's just as tasty as the original oven-baked classic.
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Side Dish Crock Pot Rice Recipe
No need for a rice cooker when you have a crock pot in your cupboard! Follow our recipe for crock pot rice—it's the easiest method!
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Side Dish Pinto Beans Crock Pot Recipe
Nutrient rich pinto beans cooked to perfection. These make a great meal or a tasty side dish to any of your Mexican dishes.
Total Time: 12 hours
5 from 7 votes
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