Looking for some of the best slow cooker recipes ever? This is the best place to start. Whether you are brand new to using slow cookers or you use one like your life depends on it, make sure to pin this with the picture below so you can save it for reference for any day you want to pull that slow cooker out.
What is a Slow Cooker?
A slow cooker is simply an appliance that sits on your counter top (plugged in when you need it) that enables you to cook at a lower cooking temperature for a longer amount of time. It’s as simple as that.
Yet it has so many cooking benefits that it will blow you away. Once you get one and use it a few times, you will always be trying to find the best slow cooker recipes ever to add into your rotation.
What is the difference between a slow cooker and a Crock Pot?
I hear a lot of people get confused between a slow cooker and a Crock Pot. Here is the best way to explain it.
Some people call them tissues, but some call them Kleenexes. A Kleenex is simply the brand name of a tissue. A lot of us have just used this brand for so long that it is completely ingrained in us that all tissues are called Kleenex.
It is the same exact way with a slow cooker and a Crock Pot. There is no difference. The words are often used interchangeably. Crock Pot is a specific brand of a slow cooker (and one that I highly recommend!)
What is the difference between a slow cooker and an Instant Pot?
Slow cookers go for a much longer duration at a very low temperature. Instant Pots are sealed, and use that sealing as well as cooking at higher temperatures to make a meal much faster.
Pretty much, you can take one meal and cook it in the slow cooker or the Instant Pot, but they will have to be made entirely differently.
Why should I use a slow cooker?
If you are asking this question, it breaks my heart a bit, because it means you don’t know the joy of having a slow cooker! Slow cookers come with so many benefits that you will wish you had ran to buy one sooner.
- You can prep a meal and then do anything you need to do throughout the day, then have it ready just by dinnertime without any work right beforehand. (If your a mom of young kids, this is usually during a tough hour when you have to make dinner, so this makes the process so much smoother!)
- You can “dump and go” without much thought and process.
- The seasoning from recipes is multiplied due to how long it simmers
- Clean up is easy!
Can you recommend any slow cookers?
If you use my Amazon shop, you know that I love to recommend kitchen appliances and more. And honestly, you want to make sure you have a great crock pot before you start any of these best slow cooker recipes.
Remember, as I stated above, you can go with a slow cooker or a Crock pot since Crock pot is just a version of a slow cooker.
My 4 Favorite Slow Cookers
You can also choose some small ones like the ones below. Those can be good for lunches or individual meals. I recommend at least buying one of the ones above though for the best slow cooker recipes that I am about to share.
What are the best slow cooker recipes ever?
Well, I am glad you asked! I have found some recipes for any time of the year. These recipes are from me as well as some of the top food bloggers out there. I can guarantee you that if you try any of these recipes that you will agree that they are part of the best slow cooker recipes ever.
So are you ready to get started on the best slow cooker recipes ever? Look below and make sure to let me know in the comments which one you tried and why!
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I made this out of curiosity. What would Crock Pot Apple Crisp be like? I ended up loving it! It was so good that I couldn’t keep my spoon out of the crock pot after it was made. I ate so much I wasn’t hungry for dinner.
Don't want boring recipes for the next game day? Make these Italian beef sandwiches with ease using your slow cooker and be the house everyone stops at for the next big game.
Crock Pot Stuffed Apples are filled with all the delicious flavors of Fall that we love so much. Cranberries, walnuts and brown sugar fill the inside of a cored baking apple. The apples go into your slow cooker to cook.
This is one of the easiest Swedish meatballs recipe, but it also one of the best tasting meatball recipes as well. Instead of tomatoes in a traditional meatball recipe, Swedish meatballs calls for gravy made out of butter, flour and beef stock.
Crock Pot Roast Beef with Sour Cream Gravy After I made the Chicken Breast in Sour Cream Sauce , I couldn’t stop thinking about what it would be like if I made a beef roast and used sour cream in the broth for a gravy. The only way to satisfy my curiosity was to try it and wow- it did not disappoint.
Are you obsessed with meal prep- or want to be impressed with meal prep? How about having shredded chicken always ready at your disposal? Try this recipe, you won't regret always having something in your fridge.
Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup I really love making homemade soups in my crock pot. Most of the time when I’m using it to make soups I’m making a homemade broth first. Today I used a ham bone with meat attached to it left over from a Thanksgiving dinner that I had.
Not only is this an incredible mashed potato recipe, but it includes HALF the amount of butter as your average mashed potatoes. Who can say no to that?!
Crock Pot Potato Soup isn’t just soup, it’s a meal. A delicious, thick, creamy, flavor packed meal. The base of the crock pot potato soup is full of flavor, including: chicken broth, onion, roasted red peppers and spices. It is thickened toward the end of the cooking time with cream and flour.
Go all out with restaurant style cuisine in the comfort of your home. Plus, the prep time is only five minutes. An unforgettable meal with barely any effort at all.
Don’t we just love easy dinners that turn out absolutely fantastic! Crock Pot Garlic & Honey Chicken Thighs is just that, an absolutely delicious chicken dinner made in the crop pot. Crock Pot Garlic & Honey Chicken Thighs is made with ingredients you probably already have on hand in your pantry.
How nice would it be to put this one in the crock pot and come back hours later for the perfect dinner?
Crock Pot Tuscan Chicken Crock Pot Tuscan Chicken is an amazing dinner that once you make it, you will want it again (and again!). I mean seriously…there is no way that you can go wrong when you decide to go deep into your shelves to pull out your slow cooker for Crock Pot Tuscan Chicken.
I promised you the best slow cooker recipes ever, so I wanted to make sure I didn't give you just any pot roast. This is traditional pot roast meets crock pot, and there is no way it gets better than that!
Crock Pot Apple Pudding Cake I am absolutely amazed that I made this apple pudding cake in the crock pot. Good Grief this is good! Where do I start… Warm apples topped with cinnamon, a fluffy cake with a thick pudding flavored with orange; this is absolutely one of the best recipes.
If you are looking for the dump in the crock pot and go type of recipes, you will then claim this one as the best slow cooker recipe ever. Try this spin on salsa verde chicken tacos with the added honey lime!
This recipe is so easy yet packed full of flavor. It’s creamy consistency and light Ranch flavor along with the fork tender chicken breasts is irresistible. I always make egg noodles or rice when making this delicious recipe, the sauce just begs to have something to curl up around and cling to. And believe me, you’ll want lots of delicious sauce hanging around your plate when you eat this!
Crock Pot Cherry Pudding Cake A homemade cake batter with cherry pie filling and chocolate chips makes for delicious dessert made in the crock pot. This is comfort food served warm from the crock pot with ice cream or whipped cream.
Make this for a friend that is sick, or make this for everyone you know. There is no going wrong with this Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup.
You know that this recipe needs to be in your repertoire of the best slow cooker recipes ever. Your kids will love you, and you'll be blessed on nights that you just want some comfort food.
The recipe is delicious, extremely easy and very versatile. After the sauce is made in a pot on the stove, it’s poured over the oatmeal and nuts in the crock pot and stirred to coat.
Winter or summer we can make delicious dinners AND desserts all year round in our crock pots. This very easy Crock Pot Apples with Lemon Sauce is no different. Surprise your guests no matter when in the year it is!
I don't care if you think of pumpkin just as a fall thing, I am up for pumpkin anytime of year! Use this to put on toast, biscuits, muffins, and more!
I love recipes like this. First, this had a great chicken flavor and I loved the idea of putting the veggies into the pot. What surprised me the most was the texture of the rice when it was done. It was so light and fluffy, not sticky, not soggy…it was perfect.