Dump It and Forget It Slow Cooker Recipes
Slow cookers are a lifesaver when you need to get dinner on the table fast. Yet, for all their time-saving benefits, some slow-cooker recipes still require you to sauté or chop veggies and meats, adding to your overall prep time and minutes spent in the kitchen. Because every minute counts when you’re short on time, dump recipes prepared in the slow cooker offer the perfect dinnertime solution on busy weeknights. While the name may be a little off-putting, these 24 dump 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!
Recipe: Tomato-Herb Frittata
Toss tomato halves, eggs, herb seasonings, and cheese together and cook overnight on low for three hours. Here's to waking up to an easy breakfast that doesn't require much effort on your part.
Corn and Jalapeño Dip
Recipe: Corn and Jalapeño Dip
Two words: crowd-pleaser.
Navy Bean and Ham Soup
Recipe: Navy Bean and Ham Soup
Trust us, this filling ham and bean soup tastes like you worked much harder than you really did.
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.
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.
White Chicken Chili
Recipe: White Chicken Chili
Slow and low, and you're well on your way to one of the easiest chili dump recipes around.
Recipe: Berry Cobbler
The prep time is only 15 minutes, but this berry-filled dessert tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove.
Chicken Soup for the Soul
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.
Burgundy Beef Tips
Recipe: Burgundy Beef Tips
Dump the beef tips, sliced mushrooms, cream of mushroom soup, onion soup mix, and red wine in the slow cooker, and come home to a delicious aroma wafting through the air. Serve these tender beef tips over egg noodles or rice for a complete meal.
Triple-Chocolate-Covered Peanut Clusters
The absolute easiest, nuttiest, and chocolaty snack ever!
Recipe: Chicken-and-Spinach Lasagna
In case you were tired of making lasagna the old-fashioned way, turn to this simple slow-cooker version to break free from tradition.
Easy Enchilada Bake
Recipe: Easy Enchilada Bake
A hands-off, no-fuss approach to a cheesy and absolutely satisfying enchilada dish.
Plum Pork Tenderloin
Recipe: Plum Pork Tenderloin
The slow cooker delivers a tender pork tenderloin that easily fall aparts and melts in your mouth. Serve over a bed of fluffy jasmine rice to soak up all the tenderloin's juiciness.
5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
If you ask any pitmaster, they're likely to agree that the key to perfect pulled pork has a lot to do with how long the meat has been cooking. Unlike quickly searing a steak or some shrimp, cooking a pork shoulder on low for hours allows the moisture and flavors of the meat to be sealed inside. This pulled pork recipe recipe mimics the 'low and slow' method, and the juicy result is certainly worth it. It's tender, soft, and melts in your mouth. Even better news? You've probably got most of the ingredients you need to make this exceptional pulled pork already in your pantry or fridge – now all you need is a great pork shoulder. This simple recipe calls for a few sweet onions, some seasoning blend, chicken broth, salt, and a tenderloin. That's it. Give the pork between eight to ten hours in your slow cooker, and it will be fork tender and ready to shred by dinner time. Plus, it'll fill your house with a mouth-watering aroma.
Pulled pork is a regional classic, and we believe that all Southerners should be able to make it. This slow cooker pulled pork is a great foundation for both amateur and seasoned cooks, and doesn't take much time to prepare in advance. When it comes to seasoning the meat, we recommend a spice blend of garlic powder, oregano, and crushed red pepper. You can often find this already blended in the spice aisle of your local grocery store, but don't be afraid to mix up the ingredients if you've already got them all on hand. We tested this recipe with McCormick Grill Mates Backyard Brick Oven Seasoning, but try swapping in your favorite pork rub if desired. If you'd rather not serve this great pork dinner recipe as a main dish, it can easily be subbed into many of your other favorite recipes. Try making Pulled Pork Nachos for game day or as a Friday night family dinner treat. Or, whip up some Pork Noodle Bowls as a cozy dinner recipe on cold evenings. We also love topping this juicy pork with our favorite local barbecue sauces – like Alabama white sauce – and serving as a pulled pork sandwich next to some creamy potato salad and a cup of banana pudding. If you're looking to share this recipe with friends, we definitely recommend preparing 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Pork for your next potluck or church gathering; you'll have everyone asking for the recipe.
Lemon Bar Cake
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.
Recipe: Barbacoa Brisket
Start this one before you leave the house in the morning and come home to Texas-style beef brisket that's Taco Tuesday-ready.
Scalloped Potatoes with Ham
Recipe: Scalloped Potatoes with Ham
All you have to do is layer the potatoes between ham and cheese to make this tasty side dish.
Red Beans and Rice
Recipe: Red Beans and Rice
Our favorite Southern duo cooked slow.
Apple and Pear Crisp
Recipe: Apple and Pear Crisp
With the slow cooker, this crumbly, fruity dessert comes together in a cinch.
Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
Recipe: Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
If you like tender, flavorful sweet potatoes, you'll love them even more after they've simmered in the slow cooker. Serve this sweet, salty, and savory side dish with complementary entrées.
Chocolate-Cinnamon Latte Cake
Recipe: Chocolate-Cinnamon Latte Cake
After the slow cooker does all the work, just add a dollop of whipped cream and serve.
Lemon Chicken Vegetable Soup
Recipe: Lemon Chicken Vegetable Soup
The addition of lemon and orzo pasta give this satisfying soup body and plenty of flavor. Dump the ingredients in the slow cooker and set to low for about four hours.
Coco-Loco Chocolate Fondue
Recipe: Coco-Loco Chocolate Fondue
As long as there's a slow cooker around, you don't need a fondue pot to make a rich, creamy, and elegant dessert.
Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches
Recipe: Slow-cooked Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches
Thanks to the slow cooker, chicken cooks to tender perfection in a homemade barbecue sauce made with cola, ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and bourbon.
Slow-Cooker Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings
Recipe: Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings
A slow-cooker chicken dinner that's always a winner.