Slow Cooker Recipes to Warm Up Cold Winter Nights
Colder temperatures call for a plate or bowl of something hearty, comforting, and delicious. Cozy up to these winter slow cooker recipes. We’ve got something for everyone—chilis, soups, stews, pot roast, red beans and rice, and more.
Braised Fennel, Cannellini Beans, and Italian Sausage
A long, low simmer in a slow cooker makes a rich, aromatic broth and tender vegetables.
All it takes is a slow cooker and a few pantry staples (onion soup mix, Cheddar cheese, breadcrumbs, ketchup) to make a moist, flavorful meatloaf your family will love.
Beer-Braised Pot Roast
Recipe: Beer-Braised Pot Roast
Warm up on a cold night with tender, slow cooked pot roast served over creamy grits.
Stovetop Red Beans and Rice
Recipe: Stovetop Red Beans and Rice
This big-batch red beans and rice serves 10 people—perfect for cozy winter gatherings or family dinners with plenty of leftovers (leftover beans freeze well).
Uncle Jack’s Mac-and-Cheese
Recipe: Uncle Jack’s Mac-and-Cheese
You’ll love this rich, sliceable mac and cheese, which bakes up right in your slow cooker. Serve it as a main dish with a salad or bring it to a potluck as a side dish.
Good Luck Greens and Peas with Ham
Black eyed peas and greens are said to bring good luck at the start of a new year, but they make a delicious, filling meal any time—especially in the winter.
Spiced Beef Stew with Sweet Potatoes
Tender cubed sweet potatoes add color and flavor to this richly spiced beef stew.
Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings
Recipe: Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings
These soft and fluffy cornmeal dumplings bake up right in the slow cooker on top of an aromatic chicken stew.
Four-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pot Roast
Chuck roast, beer, and Italian dressing mix combine with a splash of oil in this unbelievably good pot roast recipe. Serve the meat over mashed potatoes or on crusty bread as sandwiches.
Chicken Thighs with Carrots and Potatoes
A slow cooker makes inexpensive chicken thighs fall-off-the-bone tender.
Recipe: Beef-and-Bean Chili
Chili is a wintertime staple, and this slow cooker version is excellent served on its on with cornbread or on top of hot dogs.
Soulful Chicken Soup
Recipe: Soulful Chicken Soup
This simple slow cooker soup will help you kick any winter cold—or just shake off the winter doldrums.
Meatball Sliders with Tomato Sauce
Serve these mini meatball sandwiches at your next game day get-together, or any night you want a simple and satisfying supper.