5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Recipes That Make Cooking a Breeze

Crock-Pot Salsa Chicken
Photo: Caitlin Bensel

What's better than an easy slow-cooker recipe? The answer is a slow-cooker recipe that also has a short ingredient list. Plenty of our favorite slow-cooker recipes call for just 5 ingredients—but that doesn't mean they skimp on flavor. Our Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken, for example, uses a jar of salsa to supercharge chicken with big flavor. We've rounded up our best five-ingredient slow-cooker recipes that will make getting dinner on the table easier than ever before. Aside from pantry staples and spices, these slow-cooker recipes call for just five ingredients—or less!

These easy recipes will make weeknight dinners and weekend entertaining quick, effortless, and delicious. From appetizers to mains, sides, and desserts, you can make any type of dish with just 5 ingredients in your slow cooker. Other than requiring a short ingredient list, we also love these recipes for their short hands-on times. Simply get everything into the slow cooker quickly and go on with the rest of your busy day. Before you know it, dinner will be on the table.

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Four-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

Four-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pot Roast
Melina Hammer

Recipe: Four-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

You're just four inexpensive ingredients away from a comforting, homemade meal. Prep this pot roast in the morning and it'll be fall-apart tender by dinnertime.

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Uncle Jack's Mac-and-Cheese

Uncle Jack's Mac-and-Cheese
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Uncle Jack's Mac-and-Cheese

Whether you need a side to bring to your next potluck, or a dinner the whole family will love, you can never go wrong with mac and cheese. Just like Grandma used to make, this comfort food uses evaporated milk and cheddar to create cheesy goodness.

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Slow-Cooker Carnitas Tacos

Slow-Cooker Carnitas Tacos
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Carnitas Tacos

The Mexican version of pulled pork, these carnitas make for a tender and tasty dinner. In addition to tacos, slow-cooked pork shoulder can be used for enchiladas, sliders, quesadillas, and more.

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Chipotle-Barbecue Meatballs

Chipotle-Barbecue Meatballs
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Chipotle-Barbecue Meatballs

Even though this easy party appetizer is only five ingredients, it's not short on flavor. Bottled sauce and cherry preserves are the key to unlocking big flavor in so few steps.

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Easy Apple Butter

Easy Apple Butter Recipe
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Easy Apple Butter

Use this spread to top biscuits, toast, and sandwiches to jazz up your favorite sides and snacks. Once you make this easy recipe, you'll wish you had made it sooner. Plus, it makes a great hostess gift.

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Slow-Cooker Buttermilk Grits

Slow-Cooker Buttermilk Grits
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling; Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Buttermilk Grits

Whether you want to get a head start on weekday breakfasts or will be hosting a weekend brunch, these tangy buttermilk grits are an easy, no-fuss meal. Try one of our three tasty topping combinations for a few extra ingredients you won't regret.

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Slow-Cooked Cowboy Brisket and Beans

Slow-Cooked Cowboy Brisket and Beans
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Slow-Cooked Cowboy Brisket and Beans

After 7 to 8 hours in your slow cooker, this brisket will be fork-tender and mouth-watering. Serve with Texas toast and a green salad, then tip your hat to yourself for a meal well done.

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Easy Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Easy Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

This pulled pork is great as a main dish, or can be used for sandwiches, tacos, nachos, and more. The best part? This delicious dinner needs only 10 minutes of hands-on time.

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Slow-Cooker Green Beans

Slow-Cooker Green Beans Recipe
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Green Beans

Cooking green beans low and slow will ensure they are tender and filled with flavor. Crispy bits of bacon make everything better, but especially this Southern comfort food classic.

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Slow Cooker Barbecue Pork

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Pork
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Slow Cooker Barbecue Pork

This super easy pork barbecue can be paired with coleslaw, cheese grits, or cornbread for a delicious dinner that makes even better leftovers. A can of cola is the secret ingredient in this flavorful and juicy meat recipe.

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Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Crock-Pot Salsa Chicken
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Perhaps our easiest slow-cooker recipe of all time, this dish is versatile and delicious. We recommend serving salsa chicken over rice for your first taste, but it also shines in potato dishes and topping off a taco salad.

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