Grandma's Favorite Slow-Cooker Recipes

Classic Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Alison Miksch; Food Stylist: Karen Rankin; Prop Stylist: Josh Hoggle

Southern Grandmothers know that slow cookers make serving up homemade meals possible without having to spend all day in the kitchen. When the slow cooker does the cooking, it leaves you more time to spend with your loved ones while still being able to get a delicious supper on the table. These slow-cooker recipes will fill your kitchen with the same aromas that you remember smelling as soon as you walked into Grandma's house.

From beef stew to pot roast to cocktail meatballs, and more, these classic slow-cooker recipes come together easily thanks to a helping hand from everyone's favorite countertop appliance.

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Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

Alison Miksch; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl; Food Styling: Mary-Claire Britton

We think this classic Sunday supper is best when made in the slow cooker. Not only is it convenient, but it's also comforting and delicious.

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Slow-Cooker Pork Roast

Slow-Cooker Pork Roast
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

The key to serving up a delicious pork roast is to remove it from the slow cooker once it reaches an internal temperature of 135°F so it's not overcooked.

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Slow-Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs

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

No matter the occasion, a crock full of meatballs covered with a sauce that's made with grape jelly, chili sauce, and barbecue sauce, is the grandma-approved way to get any party started.

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Soulful Chicken Soup

Soulful Chicken Soup
Iain Bagwell

Make sure to reserve the noodles for adding during the last 20 minutes of cooking once you remove the bones from the chicken.

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Classic Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Classic Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Alison Miksch; Food Stylist: Karen Rankin; Prop Stylist: Josh Hoggle

When beef stew is on the dinner menu, make sure to serve it with plenty of crusty French bread for enjoying every last drop of the dish.

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Julie Yoste's Mississippi Roast

Mississippi Pot Roast / Yoste Roast
Alison Miksch

A jar of pepperoncini peppers and an envelope of Italian dressing mix come together to create one crowd-pleasing roast supper.

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Beef-and-Bean Chili

Beef-and-Bean Chili
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

This classic chili recipe starts by browning the beef on the stove and then letting is slow cook with the rest of the ingredients for 8 hours so flavors have ample time to develop.

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Slow-Cooker Collard Greens with Ham Hocks

Slow-Cooker Collard Greens with Ham Hocks Recipe

Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch Stelling; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

A little bit of crushed red pepper adds a touch of spice to these slow-cooked collard greens.

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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

You'll know this vegetable soup is ready to serve when the beans and potatoes are fork-tender.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs With Carrots and Potatoes

Chicken Thighs with Carrots and Potatoes

Jennifer Davick

Bone-in chicken thighs are not only more budget-friendly than other cuts of the bird, but they also add extra flavor to this slow-cooker dinner thanks to the dark meat.

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Spaghetti Casserole

Spaghetti Casserole
Jennifer Davick

Cooking up spaghetti in the slow cooker turns it into an easy-to-serve casserole.

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Lemon Chicken Soup

Lemon Chicken Soup

Hector Manuel Sanchez

While chicken soup definitely had some extra healing powers when Grandma made it with love, this recipe will help you make a batch that's just as flavorful as it was when she made it.

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Slow-Cooker Green Beans

Slow-Cooker Green Beans

Stacy K. Allen; Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Stylist: Christina Daley

Cooking green beans low and slow ensures they're full of flavor.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken

Slow-Cooker Roasted Chicken
Southern Living

Preparing a whole chicken in the slow cooker will free up both oven space and time to allow you to focus on the side dishes.

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Slow-Cooker Sloppy Joes


The slow cooker not only helps Sloppy Joes develop flavor over several hours of cooking, but it also will keep the filling warm until you're ready to serve the sandwiches.

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