Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes

 

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Here’s a peek at my favorite slow cooker recipes now that the 25 Days of Slow Cooking Series is finished. (Whew!) Hopefully thils will make them easy for you to access if you need one in a hurry.

 

If you’ve made any of these recipes, I’d love to hear which ones you’ve liked! To find the recipe, just click the picture below, and you can click the “25 Days Series” at the top of the page or the logo in the right side bar to access this list. Happy Slow Cooking!

Sweet Stuff

Crockpot Monkey BreadSlow Cooker Brownies

Soups

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chilil

Chicken

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Beef

Crockpot Sloppy JoesCrockpot Meatloaf

Slow Cooker Fajitas

Pork

Easy Slow Cooker Ham

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Simple Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pasta

Slow Cooker Ravioli BakeSlow Cooker Mac & Cheese

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Slow Cooker Ranch House Pork Chops

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I bought pork chops yesterday to re-make this recipe (and take a better picture!), however it turns out I’ve got three kids going three different directions tonight, so we’ll be having leftovers on our way out the door. I’ll update the picture when we actually do have a night home to make this one, but oh-my-goodness I promise this one’s delicious and you’ll love it!

I’ve tried several recipes for pork chops in the crockpot, and not really been all that impressed.  (A crockpot is a wonderful thing, but a bad recipe in the crockpot always seems to turn out just horrible!)  So, I was a little skeptical about this recipe, but it turned out perfectly!  (In fact, my son called it a “five star meal” . . . yayyy!)  I literally found this recipe on Pinterest at noon, popped my pork chops in the microwave for a minute to defrost, threw them in Mrs. Potts with the rest of the ingredients while they were still half frozen (really!), and sure enough they were just delicious five hours later. Woot!

 

Slow Cooker Ranch House Pork Chops and Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 6 pork chops
  • 1 packet dry Ranch Dressing Seasoning
  • 10 oz. can cream of chicken soup
  • 4 lbs. potatoes
  • 5 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 6 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1 1/2 cup warm milk (we used skim)
  • 1 tbsp. salt optional, to taste
  • 1 tsp. fresh cracked pepper optional

Instructions

  1. Directions (for the pork chops)
  2. Place pork chops, ranch seasoning & soup in slow cooker and heat on high four hours or low six hours. (Ours cooked on high for four hours, and were even a little frozen when they went in.)
  3. Directions (for the potatoes)
  4. Roast garlic. (To roast the garlic, cover the entire garlic bulb including skin in aluminum foil and bake at 350 for one hour. Then let cool, remove from skins and mix into a paste to add to your potatoes.)
  5. While garlic is cooling, cook peeled potatoes in large pot of water for about 15-18 minutes, until ready to mash.
  6. Mash potatoes, then add garlic, salt, and pepper.
  7. Slowly add in milk until the potatoes are the consistency that you'd like them (mine only needed about 1 cup of the milk.)
  8. Add potatoes to plate, then cover with pork chops from slow cooker and use the sauce for your gravy. . . yummmm!
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Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

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I posted this simple recipe for Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff  way back in September of 2011, but it’s one of our favorites and I’m adding it to our menu plan next week! If you try it out, I’d love to hear what you think.

I’ve never tried Beef Stroganoff in our slow cooker before, so I was thrilled to find a simple recipe that made cooking a night of cooking a little simpler at our house!  This was so good, but a wee bit on the pricey for us.  However, it made enough for dinner plus tons of leftovers, so we’ll freeze what we don’t eat tomorrow and then just reheat the meal when we need a quick dinner.  (You can freeze it in plastic bags even with the noodles as long as they’re cooked, then just re-heat and serve!)

 

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. beef stew meat
  • 2 cans Golden Mushroom Soup
  • 1 onion
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • noodles, cooked

Instructions

  1. Heat bouillion cube in water in microwave for 30 seconds. Then place all of the first ten ingredients in slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low 5-6 hours.
  3. About 30 minutes before meat is cooked, saute mushrooms in 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add to stroganoff and let it cook another fifteen minutes. Whisk any cream cheese that has not melted completely until smooth.
  4. Serve over cooked noodles, enjoy!
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Slow Cooker Honey Chicken

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When I saw this Slow Cooker Honey Chicken recipe on Table for Two I couldn’t wait to try it out! We had it tonight for dinner along with broccoli and Sesame Noodles. Super easy and very good. . .

Slow Cooker Honey Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • cornstarch
  • sesame seeds (optional ~ we didn't have any so I left them out!)

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in slow cooker and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Mix next seven ingredients in medium bowl and then pour over chicken.
  3. Cook 3-4 hours on low or 1 1/2 hours on high.
  4. Remove chicken from crock pot and cut into pieces.
  5. Meanwhile, mix 4 teaspoons cornstarch in 6 teaspoons water, then pour into crockpot.
  6. Replace lid and cook sauce an additional ten minutes on high to thicken juices.
  7. Return chicken to pot to let it soak up the juices and warm. Sprinkle sesame seeds if desired.
  8. Serve over noodles or rice.
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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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Simple Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

 

I made these Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches today in Mrs. Potts, and they were so simple to throw together in a hurry! They were the perfect recipe to make with the $1.99/lb. Boston Butt Roast on sale at Publix this week, and are an easy meal dump in your crock pot on a busy morning.  Here’s the recipe if you need something simple to make for dinner at your house this week!

 

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lb. boston butt roast
  • 1 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • sandwich buns

Instructions

  1. Trim ALL fat from roast. (This is really important ~ these tend to be fairly fatty cuts and you'll want to get rid of as much fat as possible prior to cooking.)
  2. Mix together all the spices and rub into roast.
  3. Place roast in slow cooker
  4. Add water around the roast.
  5. Cook 8-9 hours on low.
  6. Shred pork, cook in juices an additional 15 minutes.
  7. Serve on buns and top with your favorite barbecue sauce.
  8. Enjoy!
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Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese

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Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese

If you’ve been looking for a way to make Macaroni and Cheese in the Slow Cooker, here you go! So simple, and a great way to pinch those pennies while eating at home. Enjoy!

 

As my son headed out the door on his way to school earlier this week, he said “Mom, can we please have Macaroni & Cheese for dinner tonight?”  Well, normally I don’t consider Mac & Cheese an entree, but I had everything we needed, and had been dying to try out some Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese in Mrs. Potts (I really didn’t think it would work . . . .)  Oh my goodness: it. was. perfect.

 

I’d seen several recipes for macaroni & cheese in the crockpot and read reviews saying they usually came out mushy, but this one was just right!  I skipped a few steps in the original recipe to make life easier, so it should take you ten minutes or less to get this recipe thrown together.   All I added were some Simple 7 Up Biscuits, green beans, salads and applesauce, which made for one yummy frugal feast at our house.  If  you’ve got some macaroni-and-cheese loving kids at your house I’m betting they’ll enjoy this one too.

 

 

Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 box uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup milk (we used 1%)
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

Instructions

  1. Boil macaroni for six minutes and drain.
  2. Meanwhile, spray slow cooker with cooking spray and soften butter for a few seconds in the microwave to make everything easier to combine.
  3. Once pasta is cooked, combine all ingredients in slow cooker and stir well.
  4. Cook on low for between 2 and 2 1/2 hours, stirring about every thirty minutes.
  5. Enjoy!
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Slow Cooker Potato Soup

This is a re-post of our favorite Slow Cooked Potato Soup recipe that we make each Christmas. If you need a warm meal while it’s chilly outside, this one is a great penny-pinched option!

 

We made this Slow Cooker Potato Soup on Christmas Eve, and goodness gracious, it was perfect! I’ve made it once before but had forgotten just how yummy it was, however my husband decided after tasting it that this is the only Potato Soup recipe I need to make from here on out.

 

I did use half and half this time (before I’d only tried it with skim milk, which worked well too but it never thickened quite as much.) It was so simple, and would be a great penny-pinched meal to enjoy on a cold winter night this week!

 

Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 5 cups peeled russet potatoes (about five potatoes)
  • 1 medium stalk celery
  • 1 carton (4 cups) chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half or milk (we used skim milk and it was fine, but it might be a little creamier if you use half and half)
  • 8 oz. shredded Cheddar Cheese

Instructions

  1. In skillet, cook bacon over medium heat, until browned & crispy. Remove from skillet, and drain on paper towels, then refrigerate until dinner time.
  2. In bacon drippings, cook onion over medium heat 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until tender.
  3. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray. In cooker, mix onion, potatoes, celery, broth, salt & pepper. Cook in slow cooker on low for 6-7 hours.
  4. In small bowl, beat flour and half and half (or milk) with wire whisk until well blended; stir into soup.
  5. Increase heat on slow cooker until high. Cover; cook about 30 minutes longer or until thickened.
  6. Stir in cheese until melted & smooth. (If you want fewer lumps in your soup, you’ll want to mash the potatoes a bit with a potato masher.)
  7. Crumble bacon, serve on top of soup.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Ro-Tel Dip

Slow Cooker Chicken Ro Tel Dip, adapted from All Recipes

Earlier this week my twelve-year old was in charge of making pancakes for his little sister’s birthday. He did such a great job, but after mixing the batter in the Kitchenaid (he didn’t know you could mix it by hand), making a pancake the entire size of the griddle (he didn’t understand how quickly it would expand while he was dumping . . . his sister was thrilled with her 16″ inch round birthday pancake which took three of us to flip over), and cooking up the first batch to a nicely (errrr . . . more than nicely?) browned state, he said: “Seriously, mom . . . cooking should be a sport!”

 

To which I wisely replied, “Yup, and I do it. Every. single. day.”

 

Not easily impressed (of course. . . he’s twelve, right?), he quickly came back with. . . No, you don’t. You just dump everything in your crockpot and let it do the work.”

 

Guess he’s figured he out. ;)

 

Here’s another easy recipe that requires absolutely no skill at all so long as you can dump stuff in that crockpot of yours.  Because we all know us moms never do any work. (ahem.)

Slow Cooker Chicken Ro-Tel Dip

Slow Cooker Chicken Ro-Tel Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 can Rotel
  • 1 lb. Velveeta
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded (or substitute with canned chicken)
  • 1/3 sour cream
  • 1/4 cup green onion
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. taco seasoning mix
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeno pepper
  • 1 cup black beans, drained

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high until cheese has melted, 1-2 hours.
  3. Stir in black beans, reduce to low.
  4. Cook an additional 15 minutes.
  5. Serve over tortilla chips.
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Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs

Ready for another slow cooker recipe? If you’d like ribs this weekend but it’s too cold out to grill, these are a simple way to make them without lighting up the grill. So good, and you only need five ingredients . . . woot!

 

I think I’ve finally figured out ribs in the slow cooker (WOOHOO!)  After reading through a few suggestions on how to cook ribs in the crockpot, I made these today and they were perfect.  And EASY.  What more could a girl ask for?

 

Here’s the trick:  do NOT just put the ribs in the slow cooker.  (I know, I know . . . that takes a little of the fun out of slow cooking, but I promise spending a few minutes to prepare those ribs in the morning will reward you with some fall-apart-heavenly ribs!)  Allow just thirty minutes in the morning to pre-bake them in the oven, and then let your slow cooker to the rest of the cooking for you.  These were so good that my husband declared them better than Logan’s Roadhouse, and liked them as much as our favorite rib recipe for the grill.

 

 

Yup, I was a rockstar at our house tonight. Here’s the recipe if you want to be a rockstar too. . .  ;)

Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs

Ingredients

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Salt
  • Barbecue Sauce (we used Sweet Baby Rays)
  • 3-4 lbs. Pork Long Country Style Ribs, or Pork Sirloin Chops

Instructions

  1. Season ribs with salt, pepper and garlic salt.
  2. Bake at 350 in oven for 15 minutes, then turn ribs over and bake another 15 minutes.
  3. Transfer ribs to slow cooker (you may need to cut them to fit into Mrs. Potts!) :)
  4. Pour bottle of barbecue sauce over top of the ribs.
  5. Cook for 6-7 hours on low.
  6. Serve along with extra barbecue sauce (optional).
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Slow Cooker Italian Chicken

please forgive the photo . . . it was late and we were hungry, so no time for a pretty pic! ;)

 

I saw this great recipe for Pesto Ranch Chicken Thighs over on Pinterest, but when I went to actually make it, I was missing almost all of the ingredients! Because I’ll do anything to avoid a last minute (un-planned) trip to the grocery store, I decided to see what I could come up with using what we did have on hand.

 

Guess what? This Slow Cooker Italian Chicken turned out perfectly!  I served it with green beans, mashed potatoes, and some of those Country Crock Apples that were $.50 at Publix last week (those taste just like Cracker Barrel. . . ), and my little family gobbled down every bite on their plate. I’m planning to shred the leftover chicken for lunch to make a Caesar Chicken Wrap.  Here’s the recipe if you’d like to add it to your menu plan:

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 - 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup parmesan cheese (I used the DiGiorno grated cheese)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoon minced onion
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in slow cooker.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients, pour over chicken.
  3. Cook on low 6-8 hours, or on high 3-4 hours.
  4. Enjoy!
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Here are the sale items and coupons you’ll want to watch for this week (2/20/13) to pinch those pennies at Publix this week on this meal:

  • Crisco Olive Oil 16.9 oz BOGO $5.99 at Publix
  • Or Extra Light Olive Oil 17 oz. $2.79 at Aldi’s
  • Perdue Chicken Breast Individually Wrapped Frozen 32 oz. $6.99, use $1/1 Perdue Chicken Breast
  • Sam’s Club also has 6 lbs. Daily Chef Frozen boneless skinless chicken breast for $10.98 (makes it $1.83/lb.)

 

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