The Best Slow Cooker Recipes For Extra Long Work Days
When it comes to making dinnertime a breeze, slow-cooker meals are always there for us. With minimal hands-on time and flavorful results, these dishes are consistently the easiest way to cook dinner. The only problem is that some slow-cooker meals don’t have cook times that coincide with your schedule. If you put the ingredients in at 8 a.m. before leaving for work, you might not be able to come home in two hours or four hours to take it out, and who has time to worry about cooking tonight’s meal on lunch break? Not us. That’s why we brought together these easy crockpot meals that simmer all day while you’re at work. With total recipe times that clock in perfectly with you're clocking out, these comforting meals are a no-brainer for weeknights. With these meals, you don’t have to worry about getting dinner on the table after work—it’s already done for you.
Slow-Cooker Bolognese Sauce over Pappardelle Pasta
Your slow cooker will allow the Bolognese sauce to simmer all day without having to stand by the stove. You can substitute pappardelle for wide fettuccine if you already have it on hand.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti
This beautiful sauce is more delicious than doctoring up store-bought tomato sauce, and it takes the same amount of hands-on work.
Beer-Braised Pot Roast
Recipe: Beer-Braised Pot Roast
This pot roast is rubbed with dark roast coffee and cooked in stout beer and beef stock for the richest gravy.
Peppered Beef Soup
Recipe: Peppered Beef Soup
Make a few batches of this comfy soup to freeze for up to three months and have on hand for busy weeknights.
Chicken, White Bean, and Spinach Salad
Slow-cooker recipes aren’t all hearty stews and pot roasts. The beans, chicken, and dressing for this light salad can all cook in your slow cooker so you come home to a healthy meal.
Slow Cooker Barbacoa Brisket
Recipe: Slow Cooker Barbacoa Brisket
Let the slow cooker cover taco Tuesday this week with this tender brisket recipe.
Slow-Cooker Ramen Bowls
Recipe: Slow Cooker Ramen Bowls
The low-and-slow method is ideal for getting the most flavorful broth for this healthy dinner.
Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato-Black Bean Chili
This Southwestern chili recipe is a flavorful way to do meatless Monday dinner.
Slow-Cooker Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
This lemony chicken dinner comes complete with slow-cooked potatoes and would be delicious served with a simple green salad.
Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos with Fresh Tomato Salsa
You don’t need an excuse to throw a fiesta with a recipe this easy.
Slow-Cooker Ginger, Sweet Tea, and Whiskey Short Ribs
This bright sauce makes a heavier main dish light enough for summer.
Fresh Corn and Potato Soup with Sautéed Shrimp
This soup proves that the slow cooker can be of plenty use during the summer.
5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork
Thyme-Scented White Bean & Sausage Stew
This comforting stew is topped off with a crunchy Panko breadcrumb mixture that’s the perfect finishing touch.
Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos
Whether you serve these slow-cooker nachos as an appetizer or an easy dinner, you and the kids will love them.
Soulful Chicken Soup
Recipe: Soulful Chicken Soup
When the temperature drops, there’s nothing cozier to come home to than a warm pot of classic chicken noodle soup.
Beer-Braised Beef Tips with Root Vegetables and Horseradish
Horseradish adds a bit of zing to a classic pot roast dish.
Meatball Sliders with Tomato Sauce
These meatball sliders are a perfect kid-friendly recipe that feeds a crowd for nights when they have company.
Slow-Cooker Veggie Chili
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Veggie Chili
Meatless Monday is heartier than ever with this chili recipe that you can freeze for up to two months if you have leftovers.
Herbed Beef Ragu
Recipe: Herbed Beef Ragu
Friday night supper club? This recipe will look beautiful with minimal work on your end after a long work day.
Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos Al Pastor with All the Fixings
The pork cooks in a mixture of pineapple for sweetness, chipotles in adobo for heat, and beer for richness.
Butternut Squash Soup
Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup
This simple soup is an ideal fall dinner recipe.
Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder
Recipe: Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder
Serve this sweet and tangy pulled pork for dinner on Friday and game day on Saturday.
Smoky Turkey-and-Sweet Potato Chili
Lighten up your traditional chili recipe with ground turkey and sweet potatoes. Chipotle peppers add just the right kick.
Slow-Cooker Pot Roast
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Pot Roast
Although it’s the ultimate Sunday supper, tender pot roast can be enjoyed any night of the week with the help of your slow cooker.
Chicken Sausage and White Bean Stew
This stew has all the coziness of our favorite comfort food with a major slash on calories.