35 Dump and Go Slow Cooker Recipes That Are Too Easy To Mess Up

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Slow cookers are a lifesaver when you need to get dinner on the table with little effort. Yet, for all their time-saving benefits, some slow-cooker recipes can be deceivingly complicated, still require you to sauté or cook some of the components before adding them to the slow cooker. This additional work adds to your overall prep load and time spent in the kitchen. Because every moment counts when you're short on time, dump and go slow cooker recipes offer the perfect solution for busy weeknights. These dump and go recipes only require two steps: throw everything in the slow cooker and walk away. It's just that simple—no pre-cooking, browning, or using extra pots and pans. From there, all that's left for you to do is dig in!

In addition to dinner, this roundup also includes easy dump recipes for sides dishes, appetizers, and even desserts. From Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken to Peach Cobbler, these recipes have you covered for every course.

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Slow-Cooker Chipotle Brisket Sliders

Slow-Cooker Chipotle Brisket Sliders
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chipotle Brisket Sliders

A new favorite for gameday, the brisket comes together entirely in the slow cooker.

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Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken

Crock-Pot Salsa Chicken
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken

Taco Tuesday has never been easier. With just five ingredients and virtually no hands-on time, this truly is a dream meal for busy cooks.

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Slow-Cooker French Onion Soup

Slow-Cooker French Onion Soup
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Slow-Cooker French Onion Soup

We take a hands-off approach to this French classic, making an elegant appetizer easier than ever to execute.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Chicken Soup for the Soul

No fancy pot or ingredients needed here, as the slow cooker brings this easy dish to life when you're craving a bowl of soul-soothing comfort.

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Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

Slow-Cooker Pot Roast
Photo: Alison Miksch; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl; Food Styling: Mary-Claire Britton

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

The convenience of a slow cooker makes it easy to enjoy this classic any day of the week.

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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

Spice up dinner with this simple recipe that combines pork shoulder, chicken broth, orange juice, garlic, pepper, and salt in your slow cooker.

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Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip
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Slow-Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs

Slow-Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Ali Ramee; Prop Styling: Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs

We call these slow-cooker meatballs the king of the appetizer spread.

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Slow-Cooker Black Bean Soup

Slow-Cooker Black Bean Soup Image
Southern Living

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Black Bean Soup

Since this simple soup lets you set it and forget it, you'll have plenty of extra time to set up a toppings bar. Different cheeses, tortilla chips, green onions, and avocados are some of our favorite finishing touches.

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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

What's even better than an easy slow cooker recipe? One that only requires four ingredients.

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Lemon Chicken Soup

Lemon Chicken Soup
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Lemon Chicken Soup

There is almost nothing as warm or comforting as a bowl of homemade chicken soup. Luckily, this recipe makes it a breeze because all you have to do is place the ingredients in the slow cooker and let it create a delicious meal for you.

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Good Luck Greens and Peas with Ham

Good Luck Greens and Peas with Ham
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Good Luck Greens and Peas with Ham

You had us at black-eyed peas and greens. Plus, all that leftover ham in the fridge was just begging to be used for this delicious reason.

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Ham-and-Bean Soup

Ham-and-Bean Soup
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Ham-and-Bean Soup

For best results, we recommend cutting all of your veggies as uniformly as possible.

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Apple and Pear Crisp

Apple and Pear Crisp
Jennifer Davick; Food Styling: Vanessa Rocchio; Prop Styling: Missie Crawford

Recipe: Apple and Pear Crisp

With the slow cooker, this crumbly, fruity dessert comes together in a cinch.

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White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: White Chicken Chili

Slow and low, and you're well on your way to one of the easiest chili dump recipes around.

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Slow-Cooker Cheddar Soup

Slow-Cooker Cheddar Soup
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Cheddar Soup

Deliver a delicious dinner with a hands-off approach thanks to the dynamic duo of pretzels and cheese.

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Slow Cooker Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Slow Cooker Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
Jennifer Causey Styling: Lindsey Lower

Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Bone-in chicken ensures chicken doesn't dry out while maintaining maximum flavor.

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5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

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

Recipe: 5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

Cooking pork low and slow for 8 to 10 hours allows it to easily shred with a fork.

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Slow-Cooker Lentil Soup

Slow Cooker Lentil Soup
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Lentil Soup

Since lentils don't require soaking, you can simply toss your ingredients in a slow cooker before going about your day.

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Easy Enchilada Bake

Easy Enchilada Bake
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Easy Enchilada Bake

A hands-off, no-fuss approach to a cheesy and absolutely satisfying enchilada dish.

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Lemon Bar Cake

Lemon Bar Cake
Jennifer Davick; Food Styling: Vanessa Rocchio; Prop Styling: Missie Crawford

Recipe: Lemon Bar Cake

It's as easy as whisking together a few ingredients and dumping them in the slow cooker to make this bright, citrusy dessert.

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Navy Bean and Ham Soup

Navy Bean and Ham Soup
Photo: Hector M. Sanchez

Recipe: Navy Bean and Ham Soup

Trust us, this filling ham and bean soup tastes like you worked much harder than you really did.

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Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler
Jennifer Davick; Food Styling: Vanessa Rocchio; Prop Styling: Missie Crawford

Recipe: Peach Cobbler

Can you believe this was all prepared in the slow cooker, using fresh peaches and a cheap box of cake mix? After just two hours in the slow cooker, this bubbly, crispy, golden perfection will wow dinner guests for nights to come.

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Slow-Cooker Corn Chowder

Slow-Cooker Corn Chowder
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Corn Chowder

Fresh kernels are the foundation of this anytime chowder. Paired with bacon, potatoes, and onions, it's sure to become a family favorite.

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Chocolate-Cinnamon Latte Cake

Chocolate-Cinnamon Latte Cake
Jennifer Davick; Food Styling: Vanessa Rocchio; Prop Styling: Missie Crawford

Recipe: Chocolate-Cinnamon Latte Cake

After the slow cooker does all the work, just add a dollop of whipped cream and serve.

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Slow-Cooked Barbecued Chicken

Slow-Cooked Barbecued Chicken
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: Slow-Cooked Barbecued Chicken

This recipe is proof that your slow cooker is all you need to reach peak barbecued chicken at home.

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Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

A touch of garlic and bacon takes this simple slow cooker side up a notch.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs With Carrots and Potatoes

Chicken Thighs with Carrots and Potatoes
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs With Carrots and Potatoes

We recommend sticking with bone-in chicken thighs to ensure this recipe is successful.

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Slow-Cooker Vegetable Soup with Bacon

Slow-Cooker Winter Vegetable Soup with Bacon
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Vegetable Soup with Bacon

A slow-cooker dump soup that calls for simple, microwaved bacon? It really doesn't get any easier than that.

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Corn and Jalapeño Dip

Corn and Jalapeno Dip
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Corn and Jalapeño Dip

Cream cheese meets spicy jalapeños and pops of corn in this all-star appetizer, perfect for gameday.

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Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole

Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole
Southern Living

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole

No need to roast or boil the potatoes in advance with this simple recipe. Just peel, cube, and place them in your slow cooker along with brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon.

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BBQ Brisket

BBQ Brisket
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: BBQ Brisket

Brown sugar, chile powder, cumin, salt, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper make the perfect rub for this slow-cooked main.

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Berry Cobbler

Berry Cobbler

Recipe: Berry Cobbler

The prep time is only 15 minutes, but this berry-filled dessert tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen.

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Apple Butter

Apple Butter
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Apple Butter

You'll want to spread this sweet condiment on just about anything, from French toast to chicken sandwiches.

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Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili

Not sure what to do with leftover holiday turkey? Try tossing it in your slow cooker. This chili will use up your extra meat in no time.

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