Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Recipes

Slow-Cooker Balsamic Root Vegetables
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas / Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford / Food Styling: Vanessa McNeil Rocchio

A slow cooker can be your secret weapon in the kitchen when you want to whip up a delicious and easy meal fitting for your busy life. It means less time in the kitchen, more time to spend with family and friends or to complete tasks on your never-ending to-do list. There's no denying that we love the versatility and ease of using a slow cooker, whether it be for seasonal comfort food, kid-friendly meals or even dessert. But we're always looking for more ways to use a slow cooker in everyday life and for every type of meal, and sometimes life calls for a vegetarian dish. Cooking meat-less can be healthy and budget-friendly, or it can just be a good way to switch things up in the kitchen. Now, we love bacon as much as the next person, but there's no reason to skip over delicious veggie-packed dishes that are perfect for all occasions. Here are some Southern mouthwatering vegetarian slow-cooker recipes to try today.

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Slow-Cooker Veggie Chili

Slow-Cooker Veggie Chili
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Veggie Chili

This chili is packed full with delicious veggies—the flavors of zucchini, squash, carrots, and more make this dish hearty and flavorful, perfect for a filling and healthy dinner.

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Stewed Green Beans and Tomatoes

Stewed Green Beans and Tomatoes
Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Recipe: Stewed Green Beans and Tomatoes

A favorite Southern side with a Asian twist.

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Spinach-and-Broccoli Breakfast Bread Pudding

Spinach-and-Broccoli Breakfast Bread Pudding
Southern Living

Recipe: Spinach-and-Broccoli Breakfast Bread Pudding

Don't let the name fool you—this yummy dish makes for one crowd-pleasing dinner too.

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Slow-Cooker Green Bean Casserole

Slow-Cooker Green Bean Casserole
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Green Bean Casserole

A staple of the Southern dinner (or any holiday at least) gets even easier with a little help from our slow cooker. Don't forget those French-fried onions!

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Baked Pimiento Cheese Dip

Baked Pimiento Cheese Dip
Photo Jennifer Davick, Prop Stylist: Missie Crawford, Food stylist: Toni Brogan

Recipe: Baked Pimiento Cheese Dip

Don't get us started on the perfection that is pimiento cheese, but this easy slow-cooker dip is especially great for a party. No worries—the addition of cornstarch to classic pimiento cheese helps to keep the oil from separating when the dip is heated.

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Easy-Does-It Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Easy-Does-It Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Helen Norman

Recipe: Easy-Does-It Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This easy and healthier alternative to mashed potatoes is a great side for everyday dinners. The slow cooker will keep them at the perfect temperature and prevent any major thickening disaster.

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Black Bean Chimichangas

Black Bean Chimichangas
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Black Bean Chimichangas

Slow-cooker black beans give major flavor to these chimichangas. The recipe features a chicken-optional approach that you can leave out for a meat-free Tex-Mex dinner.

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Slow-Cooker Tomato Sauce

Slow-Cooker Tomato Sauce
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Tomato Sauce

You can whip up a big batch of this Slow-Cooker Tomato Sauce to have on hand all week, making for a super versatile menu!

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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

Who doesn't love some traditional mac-and-cheese? It's the ultimate comfort food made even easier with your trusty slow cooker.

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Balsamic Root Vegetables

Slow-Cooker Balsamic Root Vegetables
Beth Dreiling Hontzas / Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford / Food Styling: Vanessa McNeil Rocchio

Recipe: Balsamic Root Vegetables

These colorful root vegetables make the perfect addition to any dinner.

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Slow-Cooker Cheese Grits

Slow-Cooker Cheese Grits
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Cheese Grits

These simplified Slow-Cooker Cheese Grits are a great base for any breakfast or brunch. You can customize them with a variety of toppings to spice up this Southern classic. It's also a great starter for easy shrimp-and-grits!

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Chickpeas in Curried Coconut Broth

Chickpeas in Curried Coconut Broth
Oxmoor House

Recipe: Chickpeas in Curried Coconut Broth

Fresh and so flavorful, this dish is so much easier than it sounds. It's sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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Slow-Cooker Baked Ziti

Slow-Cooker Baked Ziti
Photo: Kana Okada; Styling: Susan Vajaranant

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Baked Ziti

This easy pasta dish is easily a family-favorite—it's easy and kid-friendly!

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Candied Yams

Candied Yams
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Candied Yams

Bring this Southern classic straight from the slow cooker to your holiday table.

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Apple Butter

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Recipe: Apple Butter

We'll be spreading this homemade apple butter on biscuits at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Cinnamon-Pecan Breakfast Bread Pudding

Cinnamon-Pecan Breakfast Bread Pudding
Southern Living

Recipe: Cinnamon-Pecan Breakfast Bread Pudding

Whether you're serving breakfast for dinner or Sunday brunch, this cinnamon-pecan breakfast pudding deserves a spot on your plate.

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Wild Rice Pilaf

Slow-Cooker Wild Rice Pilaf
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Wild Rice Pilaf

This wild rice pilaf is the easiest slow-cooker side for the holidays.

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Spicy White Cheese Dip

Spicy White Cheese Dip

Recipe: Spicy White Cheese Dip

Every game-day party needs a warm, cheesy dip. Here's your new favorite.

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Squash and Green Chile Casserole

Squash and Green Chile Casserole
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Squash and Green Chile Casserole

Southern squash casserole gets a hint of Southwestern flavor from green chiles and tomatillos.

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Wild Mushroom Pasta Alfredo with Walnuts

Wild Mushroom Pasta Alfredo with Walnuts
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Wild Mushroom Pasta Alfredo with Walnuts

This Alfredo pasta is full of color, flavor, and texture, and it requires virtually no hands-on time.

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