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20 Satisfying Slow Cooker Recipes

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Slow cookers are the busy home chef’s secret weapon when it comes to streamlining meal prep. When life feels like a nonstop race against the clock, simply toss a few ingredients into this versatile countertop appliance on your way out the door. You'll be grateful dinner is already done when you come home to a simmering, savory, ready-to-eat meal.
One of the best parts of slow cooking is that it can turn tough, lean cuts of meat into juicy, tender, flavorful meals, locking in lots of moisture without adding fat.
Slow cookers are also models of versatility. From appetizers to entrees, Indian to Italian, vegan to Paleo, nearly any type of cuisine can be prepared to perfection with a minimal amount of effort on your part.
The next time you find yourself in need of a recipe refresh after you’ve exhausted your core favorites, check this list of flavorful and nutritious slow cooker ideas.
Slow Cooker Tequila Chicken: A light, bright recipe with lots of fresh lime flavor and just the right balance of spices.

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Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Stew: Homemade meatballs simmer in a rich Italian sauce for a hearty meal that’s sure to be an instant family favorite.

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Slow Cooker Northern Bean and Spinach Soup: Packed with protein and veggies, this hearty and flavorful soup is very satisfying.

Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki: Serve this flavorful meat over whole-grain rice, cauliflower rice, on top of a salad or wrapped in tortillas for a wholesome, family-friendly meal.

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Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken: Loaded with tomatoes, artichokes and olives, this colorful and tasty dish goes great with rice or couscous.

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Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Pork Tacos: Tender, flavorful shredded pork with salsa verde is great for tacos, rice bowls and nachos.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup: It tastes better than anything you can get at a restaurant.

Spicy Mexican Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken: The perfect balance of sweet and spicy, with tender shredded chicken and hearty black beans.

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Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Chili: Loaded with peppers, beans, tender chunks of chicken and plenty of delicious spices, this dish will warm you up on a cold day.

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Healthy 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Granola: Full of big, crunchy clusters, it’s way tastier (and healthier) than store-bought.
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Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken: This slow cooker recipe requires no pre-cooking and yields a sweet, caramelized glaze and tender chicken.

Bourbon Street Chicken: This New Orleans-style chicken is made with shredded dark meat cooked in a light, sweet sauce.

Healthy Slow Cooker Gumbo: Brimming with chicken, sausage and shrimp, it’s a nourishing, cozy and satisfying way to end the day.

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Slow Cooker Asian Chicken: Nine ingredients and 15 minutes of prep is all it takes to make this tender, fall-apart-in-your-mouth chicken.

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Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Roast: This succulent, tender pulled pork swimming in a tangy BBQ sauce really hits the spot.

Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes: This childhood classic has been made healthier and more convenient.

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Slow Cooker Lemony Garlic Chicken Breast: Tasty and nutritious, this slow cooker recipe is sure to be a family favorite.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken: A simple, easy-prep weeknight dinner that has big flavor.

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Slow Cooker Healthy Potato Soup: Let this soup come together in the slow cooker all day, add evaporated milk and enjoy!

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken: It doesn’t get much easier, healthier or more delicious than this.

What are your favorite meals to prepare in the slow cooker? Share them in the comments!

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MSTINA0519 8/5/2020
RAPUNZEL53 7/24/2020
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APRIL0116 5/7/2020
I am going to try the crockpot granola! Report
Delicious recipes here. Thank you. Report
JACKIE4019 9/21/2019
Great recipes Report
MNABOY 9/18/2019
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Thanks for the article! Would have loved a better balance of vegetarian and plant-based recipes, but there are many that can be modified to be more healthful. :) Report
These foods look good, but I looked at one, and there is no nutrition information. It is nice to see calories and carbs on the initial page of the article. Report
I love slow cooker recipes. I will add some of these to my current selections. Report
Yummy ... I'll have to add a few of these to my collection Report
Thank you so much for this article! I love my slow cooker and now I have new recipes to try! Report
Thank you, SparkFriend for these useful recipes Report
I love using my cooker and so easy to adjust to reduce the sodium. Report
Enjoyed this. Thanks! Report
Lots of good choices Report
Lots of good choices Report
I love slow cooker recipes and if worried about sodium modify the recipes then. Report
Absolutely great Report
Great ideas and pictures! Thanks! Report
Good ideas for the slow cooker Report
good recipes.. thanks Report
very tasty Report
thanks for shareing. Report
Great recipes!! Report
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These recipes look sooo delicious!!! Report
Thank you for sharing these recipes. I love cooking in my slow cooker. Report
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Great recipes! Report
Great recipes.
Great recipes. Report
I'll have to give these a try! Thanks! Report
Love these slow cook recipes. Report
I found a recipe on here for a beef and mushroom soup meal for the crock pot. My husband is going to enjoy this Report
I love my slow cooker. So versatile and so easy. Report
Frustrating. I keep trying to look at the recipies, but they just lock up when I try to load them. :( They REALLY look good and I would love to try some of them. Report
Beef and mushroom recipe looks yummy until I went to the recipe calories actually 410. Not very low calorie. :( Report
Some of the nutrition data shown when you see the actual recipe is NOT the same as shown on this page. What is the correct information? These look great but we need good data too. Thanks. Report
What is the serving size for each recipe? Report
So you forgot to defrost!
Put 4 - 6 frozen chicken breast in Pam sprayed crock pot. Then pour in 1 cup of fat free Italian dressing. Cook on low for 4 - 6 hours. So yummy on rice or green leafy salad. Report
I am looking for more Paleo-friendly recipes, recipes low in carbs, low in processed ingredients, high in micronutrients and low in fat....Keep in mind that the food has to be first of all healthy, then if it is great tasting that's a great benefit. Report
I am waiting for my SparkPeople recipe for "Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken" to be done. It smells amazing! Can't wait to try it. LOVE slow cooker recipes! Report
I love my slow cookers. I have a large one and smaller one. They make wonderful meals that are low-fat and low cal....You can even make some yummy low fat treats I would be lost without mine. Report
Both these recipes looked good, but did you check the sodium levels? They both have close to 800 mg per serving. That's too high in my household where we are dealing with high blood pressure and kidney disease. Report
We get lots of pumpkin & winter squash from our CSA farmer. A while back, I made a slow-cooker stew with pumpkin, onion, celery, and a pork roast. I didn't really have a recipe (we tend to do that a lot), but I made it like a regular stew. It was a big hit in my house. Report
I love to use my slow cooker too. One of our favourites is pulled pork. I am going to have to make that soon! Report
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