When it comes to home cooking, you really can’t go wrong with a crockpot for delicious meals that are both cost-effective and easy to make.
Using a crockpot to prepare your meals not only makes things super easy but frees up your time to focus on other, more important things. Not only that, but you are able to leave your crockpot on all day, go out to work and return home to a delicious, nutritious meal!
From stews to casseroles, pasta dishes to BBQ beef, there are so many options to choose from. In fact, choosing what to cook for your dinner in your crockpot can be quite the challenge.
That’s why we have compiled a list of the best crockpot recipes around to make life a bit simpler. Now let’s take a look at the best of the best!
1. Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken And Veggies
No chopping, no preparation, just simply throw into your crockpot and let the magic happen. The sauce for this dish is made from honey, ketchup, soy sauce, garlic, and a mixture of herbs, leaving the chicken thighs juicy and tender.
The veggies you choose to include are up to you. For this recipe, there are carrots, potatoes, and green beans used to make a complete meal.
Find the full recipe here – Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies – Damn Delicious
2. BBQ Beef
This recipe is perfect if you want to use up some frozen cuts of meat that might not be of the best quality. The process of slow cooking these cuts of meat leave them with optimum tenderness and full of flavor.
By adding your beef joint to a mixture of barbecue seasoning, broth, hickory smoke, Worcestershire, and barbecue sauce, it creates the perfect environment for your beef to slow cook for the best-pulled beef around. Simply mouthwatering!
Find the full recipe here – No Smoker? No Problem! Make BBQ Beef in a Slow Cooker (parade.com)
3. Chili Con Carne
When it comes to crockpot staples, this recipe is one of the classics! Ground beef, canned beans, garlic, onions, and peppers. Mix this with canned tomatoes, and a mixture of herbs and spices to your own specifications – and voila!
Traditionally served with white rice, but equally delicious over Nachos, or in a baked potato, this meal is very versatile. This recipe is also a great choice for batch cooking and freezing.
Find the full recipe here – Crockpot Chili Con Carne – Family Fresh Meals
4. Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken
This sweet and tangy dish is full of flavor and will be sure to impress the whole family. Combining succulent chicken thighs with a range of herbs and spices, pineapple juice and rings, honey, bell peppers, ketchup, and soy sauce, this recipe produces juicy and tender chicken with a beautiful sauce.
Serve with fluffy white rice for a Hawaiian sensation.
Find the full recipe here – Crock Pot (or Instant Pot) Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken – GypsyPlate
5. Crockpot Tuscan Chicken
This rich and creamy Italian-inspired dish will soon become a firm favorite in any household. Minimal ingredients (most pantry staples) make this a go-to dish for busy lives.
The combination of cream, butter, garlic, and parmesan cheese, creates a velvety sauce that compliments the chicken and spinach perfectly. Serve with diced potatoes for a fulfilling and warm dinnertime meal.
Find the full recipe here – Crockpot Tuscan Chicken – GypsyPlate
6. Pumpkin Curry Soup
This seasonal dish is perfect for using up your Halloween pumpkins and making a deliciously rich soup that the whole family can enjoy.
Using only five ingredients, this soup is super easy to make but also super satisfying. Low calorie, low carb, high taste! Serve with chunky bread for a wholesome fall dinner or lunch.
Find the full recipe here – Easy 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Fall Recipes | Prevention
7. Chicken Dumpling Soup
Can you beat a warm and rich chicken soup for a comforting and wholesome fall or winter meal? We don’t think so either. Not only is this soup utterly delicious, but it is also super easy to prepare with only six ingredients, and will be starting to cook within 15 minutes.
If you want to make this soup more fulfilling, add as many vegetables as you want. Simply add some stock also so as not to dry out the soup.
Find the full recipe here – Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings Recipe | Allrecipes
8. Crockpot Beef Burgundy
This traditional beef burgundy (aka beef bourguignon) recipe is a classic French recipe resulting in tender and mouth watering beef. Partnered with mushrooms, bacon lardons, and a cupful of burgundy wine, this dish is perfect served with rice or noodles.
There is a little bit more preparation involved with this dish due to the number of ingredients, however, it is definitely worth the effort. Not to be missed!
Find the full recipe here – Slow Cooker Beef Burgundy – Crock Pot Beef Bourguignon (parade.com)
9. Creamy Slow-Cooker Beef Stroganoff
This delicious recipe ticks all of the boxes for a warming and hearty meal with minimal fuss. The combination of succulent beef strips mixed with a concoction of mushrooms, garlic, tomato, and a host of herbs and seasoning, makes this dish a favorite the world over.
You can serve this dish with white rice or on its own. However, our firm favorite is ribboned pasta and a large chunk of garlic ciabatta. This dish is also a great choice for batch cooking and freezing any leftovers for a rainy day quick meal option.
Find the full recipe here – Creamy Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Recipe | Allrecipes
10. Crockpot Pork Chops
If you’re tired of dry and tasteless pork chops, then this crockpot recipe will be for you! Super tender and juicy, the sauce acts as a marinade and a gravy all in one to produce the BEST pork chops you have ever tasted.
Yes, this seems a bold claim, however, once you try this dish, you will never look back. This dish is best served with some creamy mashed potatoes and some green beans, this will be a family favorite from the off.
Find the full recipe here – The BEST Crock Pot (or Instant Pot) Pork Chops – GypsyPlate
11. Crack Chicken
Whilst this dish may not sound the most appetizing, believe us when we say this will go down a treat with all who try it. It is also one of the easiest recipes on our list with just six ingredients – Chicken, Bacon, Cheese, Ranch Seasoning, Green Onion, and Chicken Broth.
This dish is an indulgence and we wouldn’t recommend it for a nightly dish. However, everyone deserves a treat, and if you are looking to indulge, then look no further!
Find the full recipe here – Crack Chicken (Crockpot / Instant Pot) – GypsyPlate
12. Easy Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken
If you are looking for a super simple chicken recipe to add to a salad or rice dish, then this salsa chicken recipe is a great option.
With only 5 minutes of preparation time, you can simply throw all ingredients into your crockpot and let the magic commence. Mixing the chicken with chili powder, garlic, cumin, onion, green chili peppers, and salsa makes this dish fiery but not overpowering.
Find the full recipe here – Easy Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Recipe | Allrecipes
13. Slow-Cooker Short Ribs
These beef short ribs are restaurant quality with minimal fuss. They fall off the bone tender and the sauce accompaniment makes this dish a succulent, juicy, and mouth-watering offering to be eaten on their own or as part of a special dinner.
This recipe also includes a range of vegetables such as carrots, onion, and peppers, to make this a dish that can quite easily stand alone. Be prepared for a long cooking time on these, but the wait is definitely worth it!
Find the full recipe here – Best Slow Cooker Short Ribs – How to Make Slow Cooker Short Ribs (delish.com)
14. Slow-Cooker Ham And Potato Chowder
This rich and creamy chowder is hearty and warming, yet considered a low calorie meal. Packed full of vegetables, a sprinkling of cheese, and a small amount of ham, this chowder really does satisfy without the added fat or wasted calories.
Minimal preparation time and only 3 hours to cook, makes this chowder a great dish for a busy weeknight meal.
Find the full recipe here – Slow Cooker Creamy Ham and Potato Chowder (parade.com)
15. Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken
This salsa verde chicken dish will be a family favorite full of flavor, warmth, and spice. The tenderness of the chicken thighs, mixed with the salsa verde and lime sauce make this a perfect dish to accompany rice and warm tortillas.
Find the full recipe here – Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken Recipe – Crock Pot Chicken Recipe — Eatwell101
16. Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
This warming and hearty soup brings a touch of Mexico to the table with a fiery chicken loaded soup. A combination of chili powder, garlic, bell peppers, and tomato, makes this soup the perfect winter warmer.
Fried tortilla strips top this soup off. We also recommend adding avocado, and sour cream to really enhance the texture, along with some jalapenos if you’re looking for some extra spice.
Find the full recipe here – Best Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe – How to Make Chicken Tortilla Soup (delish.com)
17. Slow-Cooker Garlic Shrimp
When you think of crockpot meals, you wouldn’t automatically think of seafood. However, this recipe is a great exception! These garlic shrimp are super quick and easy to make in a crockpot and are delicious served as an appetizer or over fluffy white rice.
Find the full recipe here – Slow Cooker Creole Garlic Shrimp Recipe (thespruceeats.com)
18. Slow-Cooker Marinara And Meatballs
Here we have another delicious recipe which is super easy to make, and budget friendly to boot. You can even use frozen meatballs in this recipe with no defrosting needed which makes this a great dinner choice if you want to use up some freezer staples.
The rich combination of the marinara sauce, italian seasoning, and diced tomatoes, makes this traditional Italian dish a quick and tasty choice for a family dinner.
Find the full recipe here – Slow Cooker Meatballs & Marinara – Emily Bites
19. Loaded Slow-Cooker Potatoes
This fully indulgent dish is perfect as a side dish to your main course, or as an amazing comfort food snack. Topped with bacon, green onions, and cheese, these baby potatoes can be prepped in just under 15 minutes and left to cook to perfection.
Find the full recipe here – Loaded Slow-Cooker Potatoes Recipe – How To Make Crock Pot Potatoes (delish.com)
20. Slow-Cooker Leg Of Lamb
This crockpot recipe will leave you with mouth watering, fall off the bone lamb in just under 8 hours. You will never oven-cook lamb again! Trust us!
21. Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole
This crockpot breakfast dish will make getting up in the morning that much easier. Simply leave overnight and wake to a warming dish of ham, eggs, and hash brown potatoes.
You can add as much spice as you like to make this dish as fiery as you want for a morning kick!
Find the full recipe here – Southwest Crock Pot Casserole Breakfast Recipe (thespruceeats.com)
22. Crockpot Chicken Alfredo
What’s not to love about this recipe? Creamy, cheesy, garlicky sauce, tender chicken strips, and perfectly cooked rigatoni. This dish creates the perfect Italian comfort dish with minimal fuss or effort.
Taking just over 2 hours to cook, and with only 10 minutes preparation time, this dish is ideal for a weekday evening meal after a busy day.
Find the full recipe here – Best Slow-Cooker Chicken Alfredo Recipe – How to Make Slow-Cooker Chicken Alfredo (delish.com)
23. Roasted Tomato Soup
If you’re looking for comfort food, then roasted tomato soup will never fail. This warming soup combines roasted tomatoes with onion and garlic for a rich and easy to make soup.
Ideal for batch cooking and freezing for a later date.
Find the full recipe here – Slow Cooker Roasted Tomato Soup + VIDEO – Fit Slow Cooker Queen
24. Slow Cooker Turkey And Dressing
This crockpot turkey and dressing recipe will leave you amazed at how juicy and tender your turkey turns out in just under 6 hours.
Companioned with cranberry and stuffing, this turkey dish can be enjoyed all year around and not just at Thanksgiving.
Find the full recipe here – Slow Cooker Turkey and Dressing (parade.com)
25. Potato Leek Soup
This crockpot leek and potato soup recipe uses a traditional template with some subtle changes introduced to reduce fat and calorie content without substituting on flavor.
Combining leeks, garlic, thyme, and sweet onions, this delicious soup is a perfect winter warmer.
Find the full recipe here – Slow Cooker Potato Leek Soup | The Foodie Dietitian | Kara Lydon
26. Garlic Parmesan Chicken
This firm Pinterest favorite has taken over the internet for good reason. Garlic, parmesan, and tender and juicy chicken thighs make this recipe a real treat. For a real indulgent meal, team with the loaded potato recipe listed above.
With only 15 minutes preparation time, and minimal ingredients this recipe is a great choice for a treat meal. Now that’s what we call a winner winner chicken dinner!
Find the full recipe here – Slow-Cooker Chicken Parmesan Recipe – How to Make Slow-Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken (delish.com)
27. Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
Once you’ve cooked your ham in your crockpot, you will never cook ham any other way again. This recipe is perfect for the holiday season and lets you sit back and enjoy the succulent, sweet, and perfectly cooked ham joint with minimal fuss.
Find the full recipe here – Slow Cooker Ham With Brown Sugar Glaze – Crock Pot Ham Recipe (thepioneerwoman.com)
28. Mississippi Roast
This internet sensation is famous for all of the right reasons. A one pot slow cooker meal that has everything you need to create the perfect roast dinner.
Succulent fall off the bone beef, just the right amount of seasoning, and any vegetables you have in your pantry.
With minimal preparation time, low cooking time, and flexible ingredients, this will soon become a firm favorite.
Find the full recipe here – Best Mississippi Roast Recipe – How to Make Mississippi Roast in a Slow Cooker (delish.com)
29. Slow Cooker Honey-Money Pretzel Meatloaf
If you thought you could never make meatloaf in a crockpot, then you would be mistaken! Not only does this recipe use pretzels instead of breadcrumbs to make the loaf, this crockpot method is super easy to make with minimal fuss.
Find the full recipe here – Slow Cooker Honey-Mustard Pretzel Meatloaf (parade.com)
30. Slow-Cooker Beef Goulash
An easy and super simple recipe for fall-apart beef, peppers and tomatoes, in a comforting and rich sauce. This beef goulash recipe ticks all the boxes for true home comforts. Perfect on its own or served with brown rice, or small roasted potatoes.
Find the full recipe here – Slow cooker beef goulash recipe | BBC Good Food
31. Butter Chicken
This authentic Indian inspired dish is full of spices and bursting with flavor. Turmeric, jalapenos, and grated ginger, give this dish a hint of spice, whilst still being a dish the whole family can enjoy.
Find the full recipe here – Best Crock-Pot Butter Chicken Recipe – How to Make Crock-Pot Butter Chicken (delish.com)
32. Crock-Pot Lasagna
Is there anything more satisfying than a rich and creamy lasagna dish, served with a side of garlic bread? No, we don’t think so either.
This recipe is a great way to make a super quick and easy lasagna using your crockpot. And it’s a lot simpler than you might think.
Gooey mozzarella, grated parmesan, and a rich marinara sauce perfectly combine to make a cheesy, warming lasagna dish. This is one not to be missed.
Find the full recipe here – Best Crock-Pot Lasagna Recipe – How to Make Slow Cooker Lasagna (delish.com)
33. Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken With Couscous
This rich and flavorsome dish will make you think you’re on an exotic vacation. Bursting with color and vibrant flavors, the spiced chicken is perfectly matched with a host of herbs, chickpeas, and raisins, to give this dish its Moroccan edge.
Once cooked, serve with a fluffy, fruit based couscous and a sprinkling of olives.
Find the full recipe here – Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken with Couscous (parade.com)
34. Irish Stew
If you’re looking to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with a traditional Irish dish, then this crockpot stew is a great choice! Beef, potatoes, carrots, onion, and peas, will leave you with a full meal in one hit.
Find the full recipe here – Slow-cooked Irish stew recipe | BBC Good Food
35. Apple Crisp
This crockpot dessert will become a firm favorite in no time thanks to its rich, sugary center, and walnut, crumbly top.
This beautiful dessert can be whipped up and cooked in just over 3 hours and is perfectly served with vanilla ice cream.
Find the full recipe here – Slow Cooker Apple Crisp Recipe | Allrecipes
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are The Best Meals To Cook In A Crockpot
You can use your crockpot to make a wide variety of meals from breakfast, lunch and dinner, to desserts. Meat dishes with sauce accompaniments work particularly well as they stop meat dishes from drying out and becoming tough.
However, if you follow the recipes correctly, you will be surprised at the variety of meals you can make from your slow cooker.
What Are The Best Meats To Cook In A Crockpot
You can use your crockpot to cook a variety of meats. However, it is worth considering the cut of the meat you are using for an individual recipe for the best result.
Beef roasts, rib shorts, chicken thighs, pork shoulders, and lamb joints will cook to melt in your mouth, fall off the bone tender when cooked in a crockpot.
Leaner meat cuts can dry out when cooked in a crockpot, however, when cooked with a broth or sauce, even these meat cuts can remain moist and tender.
So, as you can see, cooking meals with a crockpot doesn’t need to be boring or complicated. In fact, there is so much choice you will be spoilt for choice. And if you haven’t got a crockpot, we suggest now might be a good time to make that purchase.
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