Peppered Beef Soup
Recipe: Peppered Beef Soup
Described by one online reviewer as “easy to put together,” this delicious Peppered Beef Soup is great on an autumn or winter dinner table, or perfect for that football-season lunch in front of the television. Made with a sirloin tip roast, it is full of beef in every spoonful. You’ll also love the rich vegetables. You can freeze the leftovers in an airtight container for up to three months. Be sure to add a bit of canned broth when reheating to reach the desired consistency. Scoop a bowl of this right out of the slow cooker, or for a pretty finish, serve in Toasted Bread Bowls.
Recipe: Spaghetti Casserole
Spaghetti is great any way you cook it, but a great spaghetti bake or spaghetti casserole takes all that goodness and kicks it up a notch. All your favorite ingredients are featured in this easy slow-cooker version of Spaghetti Casserole. When you layer the ingredients, then let them cook for a few hours, you get a great combination of flavors that truly have time to blend together. Here, you will really appreciate the subtle, smoky flavors of the fire-roasted tomatoes and the aromas of the basil and the Italian seasoning. The Cheddar cheese will cook to a delicious crust, while the freshly grated Parmesan adds just the right amount of salty bite.
Recipe: Honey-Apricot-Glazed Chicken
This dish gets touches of sticky sweetness from both honey and from the apricot brandy that forms part of its delicious broth. Even after simmering for hours, this liquid forms the foundation for a reduction that is whisked with butter, then poured over the chicken just as it is served. When you add a base of basmati rice to this recipe, it complements the honey glaze perfectly. You're going to love the sweet and savory flavor combination in our delicious Honey-Apricot-Glazed Chicken. And best of all, the slow cooker is going to do most of the work for you.
Soulful Chicken Soup
Recipe: Soulful Chicken Soup
No dish is quite as soothing as a hearty bowl of chicken noodle soup. A slow cooker could not make the road to comfort food any easier: Simply toss in the ingredients, switch it on, and then walk away. You’ll savor this soup, seasoned with fresh parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, and a bay leaf. We love old-fashioned, wide egg noodles for this recipe. To make sure they aren't mushy and overcooked, don't leave them in the slow cooker for more than 10 minutes. Stir in a little lemon juice for a bite of citrus, which works wonders with the subtle flavors of the chicken soup, and enjoy.
Beer-Braised Pot Roast
Recipe: Beer-Braised Pot Roast
Described by one online reviewer as “by far the best pot roast I have ever had,” everyone agrees that the preparation required for this dish is well worth the effort. The true challenge with this dish is that it takes eight to ten hours of slowly cooking on low to become its fork-tender best, but your patience will be rewarded with a coffee-and-beer braised and basted delight surrounded by a bed of fantastic vegetables. We suggest you serve this with some hot, cooked grits to capture every delicious drop of juice from the sauce—you won’t want to let any go to waste.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti
It takes 20 minutes of preparation and eight hours of patience to fully enjoy this slow-cooker delight. And, that 20 minutes spent in the kitchen is all for prepping this gorgeous, hearty sauce, spicy with crushed red pepper and piquant with just a touch of white wine. Once the sauce simmers in the cooker, all that's left to do is cook a pound of pasta, and serve. You’ll love the flavors of shredded chicken, the rich, fire-roasted tomato sauce, and the bold, earthy flavor of the kalamata olives. Garnish your dish wish fresh herbs including basil and parsley, then top it with freshly shaved Parmesan cheese.
Uncle Jack's Mac-and-Cheese
Recipe: Uncle Jack's Mac-and-Cheese
In the South it is hard to beat the tastes of classic cafeteria-style goodness, and Uncle Jack’s Mac-and-Cheese certainly captures the taste in every single bite. Cooking this macaroni and cheese in a slow cooker is going to give it just the right baked-crust goodness that everyone loves. It is rich, creamy, and delicious, and gooey with the tangy taste of extra-sharp Cheddar cheese. This recipe yields enough to serve as a side dish for a crowd, or it could be the perfect dinner for a family of four. This fantastic recipe is by Pam Rawlinson, North Augusta, South Carolina.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Lettuce Cups
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Lettuce Cups
These lettuce cups pair the freshness of a salad with the heartiness of a taco. You can serve them as an appetizer, or dress them up for a light dinner. You’ll love the crispness of the Granny Smith apples, and the smoky crunchiness of the thick-sliced bacon. Think of the lettuce leaves as your healthy, edible taco shells. Top these with green onion slices mini pepper slices, or spicy pickles. If you want to bring a little more heat to ever bite, you can even sprinkle on some dried crushed red pepper, but go easy because you will want to savor the subtle tastes of this simple dish.
Meatball Sliders with Tomato Sauce
This fun dish is two recipes in one: delicious, easy meatballs and a slow-simmered tangy tomato sauce. The secret here is the meat mixture—half ground chuck, and half ground pork. You can enjoy these bite-size delights with dinner rolls, or slider buns: whichever you prefer. Topped with half a slice of provolone cheese, each meatball is like a mini Italian cheeseburger. You will love every mouthful. If you have any extra sauce, you can toss it with your favorite green vegetable, spoon it over a bowl of creamy grits, or pair it with pork chops or other meats.
Chicken Thighs With Carrots and Potatoes
For this recipe, you cook the chicken thighs on top of the vegetables in the slow cooker, keeping all of the richness and juiciness together in a delicious broth. All you need is 20 minutes to get this chicken thigh recipe in the slow cooker, then you have a hearty chicken and veggie supper waiting for you when you get home. After cooking low and slow, the vegetables will be done to perfection, and the chicken will be flavored with salt, pepper, and paprika, and infused with the flavors and aromas of garlic and thyme. This is the perfect slow-cooker meal for keeping you warm on a cool autumn evening.
Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder
Recipe: Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder
Of all the Crock Pot recipes out there, this one will easily become your new go-to pork shoulder slow-cooker recipe, thanks to the sweet and tangy soy-and-vinegar flavor profile. Pull the pork, and serve it Southern-style over grits or sandwiched between buns, and ladle on plenty of sauce. You’ll simply love the flavors of the garlic—there are a dozen cloves in here—as well as the bay leaves, the onion, the brown sugar, and the soy sauce. It all goes to give this pork the perfect glaze. Once you have your first bite of this classic pork, you will understand why slow cooking it brings out the tender best in this cut.
Brisket Tacos with Summer Salsa
Recipe: Brisket Tacos with Summer Salsa
Brisket can be a challenging meat to cook, and it takes time and attention to make this meat its magnificent best. Slow cooking a brisket helps to brings all its savory flavors to the fore making the meat tender and delicious. Seasoned with adobo sauce, garlic, cumin, honey, and Worcestershire sauce, these unique tastes will each combine and give the brisket a characteristic taste that is enhanced when you spoon it into the warm tortillas. You’ll love topping your tacos with more of this incredible, homemade sauce, then adding a spoonful or two of our Crunch Summer Salsa, creating a meaty, smoky delight.
Slow-Cooked Cowboy Brisket and Beans
You’ll feel like you’re at home on the range and that your meals are being served right out of the chuck wagon when you dig into a plate of this Slow-Cooked Cowboy Brisket and Beans. This dish will be making your kitchen smell great for seven or eight hours until it is fork-tender and the meat literally falls apart. That’s when you know its’ ready. Serve this stick-to-your-ribs dish with garlicky slabs of thick Texas toast and a green salad to all of your cowpokes on the range; then take a bow as they tip their hats to the chef—and line up at the chuck wagon for seconds.
Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos
Beef nachos are a go-to, simple meal, and you can dress them up however you like. For this recipe, we take them to the next level by starting with a boneless beef rump roast rather than ground beef. Top your tortilla chips with the beef, cover it all with beans, tomatoes, onions, and cheese, and in a few minutes prepare to be amazed.
King Ranch Chicken
Recipe: King Ranch Chicken
This slow-cooker version of the fan favorite King Ranch Chicken Casserole is sure to please the whole family. It is simple to make—just stir the ingredients together, then layer the mixture with corn tortillas in a slow cooker. This version of the recipe lets you prepare everything, then leave it to cook for the afternoon or evening. In a few hours it will be ready, and the only step you need to be aware of once it goes into the slow cooker is to take uncover it 30 minutes before it is ready to serve. You’ll love the delicious smells as the dish simmers.
Slow-Cooker Beef Tacos
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Beef Tacos
Beef nachos are a go-to, simple meal, and you can dress them up however you like. For this recipe, we take them to the next level by starting with a boneless beef rump roast rather than ground beef. The rump roast is then seasoned with garlic, beef broth, and banana peppers before being slow cooked to tender perfection. It may take eight hours before the meat is fork-tender and shreds easily, but by then it will be the best nacho topping you have ever had. Top your tortilla chips with the beef, cover it all with beans, tomatoes, onions, and cheese, and in a few minutes more you’ll be amazed. You can also serve the delicious beef in slider buns with your favorite sandwich toppings for a heartier meal.
Stovetop Red Beans and Rice
Recipe: Stovetop Red Beans and Rice
Here's a simple, low-fat version of the Louisiana bayou favorite that has all the classic, cue-the-trombones flavor you'd expect in this hearty dish. Since we all love dishes that have the authentic taste of the South, red beans and rice are always on our dinner menu. This recipe captures these flavors, using andouille chicken sausage, red bell pepper, garlic, and Creole seasoning. It also has dried red kidney beans, brought to tender perfection in the slow cooker, resulting in the beautiful made-from-scratch flavor that this dish has. Prepare a big batch, and freeze your leftovers for later. This dish only gets better and better.
These are Some of our Slow-Cooker Favorites
Creole Chicken with Field Pea Succotash
You’ll love the simplicity of this Creole Chicken with Field Pea Succotash that you will become full-bodied and deliciously flavored after simmering throughout the day in your slow cooker. This recipe is made even easier by using a few packages of frozen vegetables to help it all come together—frozen field peas, a frozen gumbo mix, and frozen corn can all be tossed right in. Spice it up with a few teaspoons of Creole seasoning that bring just the right amount of heat. Complete the meal by trying this easy side: Drizzle sliced fresh tomatoes with oil-and-vinegar dressing; season with salt and pepper to taste.
Slow-Cooker Burgundy Beef Tips
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Burgundy Beef Tips
Beef tips are a classic Southern meat-and-three dish—that’s a lunch cafeteria where you get one meat dish, and three vegetable dishes. Here we take that taste and turn it into a slow-cooker feast, letting the beef sirloin, mushrooms, and red wine all blend together for four hours until they’ve combined into mouthfuls of pure delight. You’ll want to stir this occasionally, so it works well if you can stay close by. Then, when it is time to dish it out, ladle out a few big spoonsful of rice before you top them with this so you have something to soak up every delicious drop.
Slow-Cooker Parmesan-Herb Pork Loin with Chunky Tomato Sauce
This is a great option when you would love a pork tenderloin but you’d like to cook it some other way than simply tossing it on the grill. This recipe allows you to let the pork cook slowly, and to really steep in the flavors that the slow cooker creates. You’ll coat the pork in Parmesan cheese, fresh rosemary, fresh oregano, and flat-leaf parsley before it goes into the cooker, so it is loaded with great ingredients. Prep the night before, start cooking in the morning, and it will be ready when you get off work. Or prep it and cook on high for a hearty weekend lunch or dinner in 3 to 4 hours.
Recipe: Coriander-Coconut-Braised Ribs
Southerners love ribs, but that often means a slab or a rack slathered in whatever their preferred barbecue sauce happens to be. This recipe takes that idea to a new level, braising the ribs low and slow in coconut milk, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and curry paste, for delicious Asian-influenced flavors. Once these come out of the slow cooker, you’ll love the sauce reduction you can pour over the top. Fresh lime will give the sauce just that little extra bit of citrus bite. Serve these ribs over rice, and top with a few jalapeno slices. This aren’t your traditional barbecue ribs, but we guarantee you will love them.
Andouille Sausage Jambalaya with Shrimp
Andouille sausage is the foundation for this fantastic dish, and in this recipe we’ve mixed shrimp with the usual meat and vegetables. You’ll love the smoky flavor of the fire-roasted tomatoes, and the slowly building heat of the Cajun seasoning will make you feel like you’re on the bayou. Traditionally, rice is cooked in the jambalaya liquid, but for this flavorful slow-cooker version, it's best to stir in the cooked rice at the end. To make this easy, we suggest that you use boil-in-bag rice that you cook separately. When it all comes together, you’ll love these truly Southern flavors.
Slow-Cooker Tomato Sauce
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Tomato Sauce
Everyone loves a beautiful, homemade tomato sauce, and this is a great way to turn the bounty from your vegetable garden into a savory tomato delight. And what better way to turn these extra summer tomatoes into a dinnertime star than to make your own slow-cooker tomato sauce. It will take four or five hours for the tomatoes to cook down, but the herbs and spices are the true stars of your homemade wonder—they’ll add the subtlety you love to your beautiful summer vegetables, turning those tomatoes into something you will want to spoon, ladle, and spread on every dish possible. Take it straight from the kitchen to the table, and enjoy every bite.
Recipe: Chicken-and-Squash Casserole
You can get all your countertop cooking done in a slow cooker, so this Chicken-and-Squash Casserole recipe puts yours to the perfect use. You’ll get a delicious casserole without all the kitchen cleanup. Making a slow-cooker casserole will also mean that every bite is tender. Your chicken and vegetables will be cooked to perfection. Start with tomatoes, onions, squash, and zucchini, then cover everything with Parmesan cheese. All that delicious cheese on top will bubble to a golden brown, and you will love its creamy, slightly salty taste. You will savor every bite. The slow cooker makes it simple; you make it taste amazing.
Braised Fennel, Cannellini Beans, and Italian Sausage
The heart of this dish is the subtle and delicate taste of mild Italian sausage that is pre-cooked before being put into the slow cooker. This is combined with the fennel mixture. Sweet anise-flavored fennel bulb, plus a hint of fennel seed, is paired here with cannellini beans and bitter radicchio for a hearty fall dish. Cooked slowly over the course of an afternoon or evening all of the delicate flavors of these ingredients come together in a mixture of balance and bite. This dish is fantastic topped with freshly shaved Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese, and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.
Slow-Cooker Sunday Sauce
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Sunday Sauce
This recipe could easily be called Slow-Cooker Sunday Sauce because this is a great way to spend a weekend—making a delicious sauce that tastes fantastic and pairs with everything. Chopped, sweet Italian sausage makes this a great, bold sauce, and crisp pancetta brings the perfect salty crunch to each bite. Canned whole peeled tomatoes work best in this delicious sauce. Use a pair of kitchen shears to coarsely cut them in the can, or squeeze them by hand. After seven or eight hours in the slow cooker, you will savor every spoonful. You’ll want to ladle this over fresh pasta as soon as it is ready.
Slow-Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches
Start this recipe with an eye-of-round roast. You will love how this cut develops in the slow cooker over the course of several hours. By the time it is ready, it will be fork-tender and you will be able to shred it inside the cooker. This will let it marinate in the delicious juice, meaning it will be even more savory and tasty. One you pile it on a bun, you will want to take your first bite immediately. Put on a few dill pickle slices, and dig in. Make your favorite creamy coleslaw to serve with or on this barbecue sandwich. Freeze any leftover meat for up to one month.
Black Bean Chimichangas
Recipe: Black Bean Chimichangas
The first step in making these amazing chimichangas is preparing your slow-cooker black beans. That will take five to eight hours, but you’ll savor the aroma of these spicy black beans as they cook. Cumin, pepper, garlic, and ham will all be simmering away with the beans, getting ready to be rolled into a tortilla and taste amazing. Once they’re ready, you can take the next steps. Finishing off these great Black Bean Chimichangas takes less than 20 minutes, and fresh out of the oven you’ll have hot, homemade Mexican food ready to go, and better than takeout. Top them with fresh lettuce and tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole, and olives.
Beef With Red Wine Sauce
Recipe: Beef With Red Wine Sauce
This is an easy way to make a simple one-dish dinner that is sure to wow your guests. This beef recipe, flavored with gravy and mushrooms, is a hearty, filling dish. Pair it with a salad or bread, for sopping up the sauce, and you're ready to eat. In the words of one online reviewer, “the roast was fork-tender!” That is just how it should be, and your slow-cooker beef will be just as delicious if you follow this simple recipe. The red wine sauce will make it even more rich and delicious, and you will savor every incredible bite.
Spicy-Sweet Ribs and Beans
Recipe: Spicy-Sweet Ribs and Beans
Ribs are a Southern favorite, and this recipe shows you how to enjoy their flavor without feeling like you have to be a pit master. There is one trick you can learn from time spent over the barbecue coals though—slow cookers don't brown food, so here we broil the ribs for extra flavor before adding them to the pot. We suggest you serve these with cornbread and a simple green salad with creamy Italian or ranch dressing. However they make it to the table you’ll need plenty of napkins because you will enjoy every bite of these saucy, Spicy-Sweet Ribs and Beans.