Looking to help simplify life? Check out the wide variety of over 100+ Crock Pot Recipes to help make breakfast, lunch, and dinner time a breeze! Don’t forget the dessert, because their is a whole slow cooker section dedicated to decadent desserts.
I’ve found 100 amazing, delicious Crock Pot/Slow Cooker recipes that can take away the stress of trying to plan and fix a big dinner after a long, exhausting day. Or maybe you are looking for an easy appetizer, a dessert, or even breakfast! The sky is the limit when it comes to what you can cook in the Crock Pot!
I’m here to not only answer some of the most frequently asked questions but also share with you some of the best slow cookers on the market for all price points. Feel free to click on a link in the table of contents and it will jump you down to the section you are interest in looking at.
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Best Slow Cookers
If you don’t own a Crock Pot or Slow Cooker I am here to share with you some of the Best Slow Cookers on the market plus the ones I own. All prices were found in March 2022 and could be subject to change. Below you will find my affiliate links — this means if you purchase from any of these links I make a small commission at no additional cost to you.
- KitchenAid 6-Quart Slow Cooker with Standard Lid found on KitchenAid for $120. This is the similar model of the slow cooker I have. I prefer an oval shaped slow cooker so that I can easily fit in large pieces of meat like corned beef or whole chickens.
- Instant Pot NOVA 6 Pressure Cooker, 6 quart found on Amazon for $42. This does both slow cooking and pressure cooking and a great value.
- Crock-Pot 6-Quart Cook & Carry Programmable Slow Cooker with Digital Timer found on Amazon for $80. The latches are perfect if you plan to be transporting your meal.
- Hamilton Beach Portable 6-Quart Set & Forget Digital Programmable Slow Cooker with Lid Lock, Temperature Probe, Stainless Steel found on Amazon for $70. I love that this has a thermometer that stays in the meat so you don’t have to disturb the meat from cooking.
Here are just some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to cooking with a slow cooker/ Crock Pot.
Some food that cannot be cooked in a slow cooker are:
–Dairy – it will curdle if cooked over a long period of time. Instead add it at the end
–Starches – Ingredients like rice, couscous, and pasta should be omitted from the slow cooker until the end.
– Seafood – most seafood takes minutes to make and you don’t want rubbery fish).
-Lean meats – you can cook boneless skinless chicken breast but you need to remove it from the heat asap and make sure you have a delicious sauce to coat it in.
-Extra fatty meats -trim off the extra fat so that your food cooks evenly)
There are a wide variety of items you can cook in a slow cooker. My favorites are pot roast, whole chickens, jambalaya, and pork tenderloins for main dishes. I also like to cook potatoes, creamed corn, honey carrots as side dishes. Don’t forget dessert. The slow cooker can make a mean dump cake or even cobbler.
Yes, it is safe to put raw meat in a slow cooker. Just make sure it is fully defrosted before cooking. This will prevent unwanted food borne illness.
Yes, a slow cooker is worth buying if you find that you never have enough time to get dinner on the table. Dinner can be placed in a slow cooker in the morning and cook while you are at work. In my book spending the $50-100 is well worth it.
Slow cookers use very little electricity, making them energy efficient and ideal for trying to get a home cooked dinner on the table. Slow cookers, like those from Crock-Pot brand, use between 75-150 watts of electricity on low and between 150-210 watts on high.
Yes, the beauty of the slow cooker is that you can leave it unattended while you go about your day. Since they have either a “low” or “high” setting and if the recipe is followed properly you should have no issues leaving it unattended.
Yes, slow cookers and Crock Pot’s are designed to be left to cook for long periods of time unattended which includes overnight. If you are entertaining for a breakfast or brunch or simply want to bring dinner to a friend the next day. Placing ingredients in a slow cooker before bed and letting it cook overnight can be ideal.
Crock Pot Breakfast Recipes
Everyone thinks of the Crock Pot for dinner recipes, but don’t forget you can easily make breakfast in it. Set it before bed and wake up to a hot breakfast. Here are a few of my favorite Crock Pot Breakfast Recipes from Crock Pot French Toast Casserole, CrockPot Breakfast Casserole, and Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal.
Crock Pot Dip Recipes
If you are looking for easy appetizers make sure you check out my Crock Pot Dip Recipes from Slow Cooker Chili Cheese Dip, Buffalo Chicken Dip, to Rotel Dip with Ground Beef you are sure to find a delicious tasting dip.
Soup Recipes in Crock Pot
Here you will find a wide variety of different Soup Recipes in Crock Pot ranging from Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup, and Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheddar Soup.
Slow Cooker Side Dish Recipes
Looking for Slow Cooker Side Dish Recipes? Try my Baked Potatoes in Slow Cooker recipe or Slow Cooker Honey Glazed Carrots or for a Mexican fiesta my Slow Cooker Ranchero Beans.
Recipes for Chicken in the Crock Pot
Looking for an easy chicken dinner? Check out my various Recipes for Chicken in the Crock Pot. From my families favorite Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken, Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Wings, or Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken sandwiches. I also have squeeze in a few of my favorite turkey crock pot recipes including my personal favorite, Crockpot Turkey and Stuffing.
Beef Recipes in Slow Cooker
If you love beef you will love these Beef Recipes in Slow Cooker and Crock Pots. From traditional Corned Beef to a comfort food favorite like salisbury steak. I’m sure you will find something for everyone.
Slow Cooker Pork Recipes
Craving Pork? I have over a dozen of my favorite Slow Cooker Pork Recipes including my favorite Slow Cooker Ham with Apple Sauce I make during the holidays. I love making Slow Cooker Pulled Pork year round and my Slow Cooker Steakhouse Pork Tenderloin Dinner is a reader favorite.
Vegan Slow Cooker Recipes
If you are Vegan or simply trying to eat less meat check out a few of my favorite Vegan Slow Cooker Recipes. From Weeknight Dinner Ragù with Veggies or Slow Cooker Vegan Sloppy Joes you are sure to find something delicious.
Slow Cooker Dessert Recipes
I love to make desserts in my Crock Pot. Some find it odd, but trust me it yields delicious desserts. A few of my favorite slow cooker dessert recipes are Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler, Crock Pot Berry Cobbler, and my favorite Slow Cooker Brownie Dessert!
If you are new to using your slow cooker or simply looking for a delicious recipe to make I hope you will find this crock pot recipe round up very helpful. Make sure you book mark it and/or save on Pinterest so you can come back to it over and over again.
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Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens
Wow! What a great round-up! This is enough inspiration to keep my crock-pot happily humming along for months and months! 😀 Thanks a million for including our Corn Chowder, Crazy Pineapple Chili, and 3-Ingredient Chicken Tacos. They’ve been super-popular with our readers, and hopefully your readers will love them every bit as much!
I just found out that I have a slow cooker at home. This is quite the list!
Awesome–hope you enjoy cooking! You have enough recipes to get you through half the year.
Christine from Cook the Story
What an awesome round up!