Looking for the best Crockpot recipes to make in your slow cooker? You're going to love these easy family favorites!
Looking for some of the most delicious crockpot recipes on the planet? You're in the right place, friend!
Getting my family around the table for dinner has become a big deal at our house. I love catching up with my kids and hubby, and have learned that our home is simply happier when yummy meals are planned and prepped ahead of time.
While I could probably take or leave a big fancy dinner myself, my family walks through the door almost every night shouting “what's for dinner tonight?!”
But with our crazy schedules it's hard to make that happen on busy nights. That's why crockpot meals are so handy and why I have SO STINKIN' MANY go-to crockpot recipes in my arsenal! I just love that I can make them early in the morning, and know that dinner is done.
And especially during the last six months while we've all been eating at home even more, having simple meals prepared just made a stressful season a wee bit brighter.
Easy Crockpot Meals Eliminate Supper-Time Stress
Thankfully, when my kids were tiny I realized that crockpot recipes were fast, low maintenance, and E-A-S-Y. Sadly though, a lot of crockpot recipes that I tried just didn't taste all that yummy, so I made it my life's mission to test and rate almost every single crockpot recipe on the planet.
Some have been amazing.
Some have been awful.
But I've pulled together the best ever crockpot recipes that we've consistently used over the years into one happy list.
In fact, as I was pulling these recipes out to share with you, so many feel like cozy old friends who I can't wait to bring back to our table again.
They're simple, frugal, and oh-so-cozy to come home to on crazy busy nights.
Scroll down to check out several of my family's all-time favorites – but if you REALLY want to make crockpot meal planning easy-peasy…. pick up my Slow Cooker Menu Plans here!
(This Sunday Night we're launching the Slow Cooker Menu Plans and Menu Planning Box, and it's going to be a HUGE blessing to your family, and your grocery budget ~ I just know it!)
These slow cooker recipes have all been kid/hubby tested and everyone-approved – they'll make your life easier and help you make family meal times more doable.
The Slow Cooker Menu Plan includes:
- 12 Weeks of Slow Cooker Recipes
- 12 Slow Cooker Desserts
- Weekly Shopping Lists
- Editable Recipe Cards
- PPP Supper Club Community Membership (Eeek! This *might* be the best part! I just love this sweet group!)
BEST Crockpot Recipes We've Tested
Crockpot Chicken Recipes
Crockpot Beef Recipes
Slow Cooker Nachos with Ground Beef (YIKES these are old pictures… umm 2013! I guess I need to redo this one soon!)
Crockpot Pork Recipes
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe (This is written as a make-ahead freezer meal – but just follow the “Day Of” instructions if making it today!)
More Slow Cooker Recipes:
This is just a little peek at some family favorites – but see LOADS more of my past slow cooker recipes I've posted over the last 10 years here!! (Just give me grace on some of those older photos please – yikes I definitely have learned more about food photography since I started forever ago!)
Or just pick up my Slow Cooker Meal Plan with 60 AMAZING Recipes + 12 Desserts! Also included is a shopping list for each of the 12 weeks and a private facebook group to cheer you on! Take a peek over HERE!
Crocktober Slow Cooking Challenge
EVERY October I cook 20 crockpot recipes in 20 days – all in a row – and we call it CROCK-TOBER!
You can watch me cooking in my slow cooker every morning at 9:30 AM EST and prep your dinner in your slow cooker with me from home. (Isn't it just the BEST feeling when you get close to dinner time and you realize all the work is done?)
👉 Go here to follow along with our Crocktober Slow Cooking Challenge! I'll be making a new recipe from the Slow Cooker Menu Plan every day using (you guessed it) Mrs. Potts 🙂
To join the Crocktober Challenge:
2 . We'll be cooking meals from Weeks 5 – 8 of the Slow Cooker Meal Plan – so you can follow along
3 . Grocery Shopping lists are included so you can pick up everything ahead of time, easy peasy.
What's the Best Crockpot To Buy?
First of all – a slow cooker is the same thing as a crockpot – so don't feel like you need to buy the brand crock-pot to get a good one. Hamilton Beach, Black & Decker, Cuisinart, West Bend and many other companies make quality slow cookers as well!
Best Small Slow Cooker
If you're looking for a small slow cooker to make recipes for 2-4 people, you can't go wrong with the Crock-Pot Round Slowcooker 4.5 Qt Manual Slow Cooker. It's under $17 on sale at Target right now!
Best Large Slow Cooker
Best Programmable Slow Cooker
The Crock-Pot 6-Q Programmable Slow Cooker is the one I use most days and I LOVE it! It's got the same portable features as the Cook & Carry (below) – but it's also PROGRAMMABLE. I love the extra feature of being able to program it to change over to low heat after a couple hours.
Best Portable Slow Cooker
The Crock-Pot 6 Qt Cook & Carry Slow Cooker is really practical & big enough for almost any potluck recipe you can imagine. Take it on the road without worrying about spills. I have owned and loved this crock pot and so has PPP Team Member Jamie!
Slow Cooker That Sautes (and bakes!)
- Crockpot 5-in-1 – I have this one and it's great!
- Instant Pot Gem – does several things in one
- Ninja Foodi 11-in-1 – does all the same slow cooker and stovetop functions – but includes air fryer and pressure cooker functions as well.
- Crockpot 3-in-1 – Sautes, Slow cooks and Bakes
You can check out the 6 Slow Cookers we love!
Slow Cooker Tips I've Learned Over the Years
Crockpot Food Layering
When putting ingredients in the slow cooker – this is a general rule of thumb to follow:
- Root Veggies (i.e. Carrots, Potatoes, Onions)
- OTHER Veggies
Low Heat vs High Heat in Slow Cooker Recipes
When cooking on low, 8 hours is a good rule of thumb. When cooking on high – 4-5 hours should do it. Be aware that nwer slow cookers seem to cook hotter than older models. And all-in-one air fryers that also slow cook – those tend to cook LOWER than normal crock pots. So much so you may need to count on an extra hour or so to get done.
For more tips – see my 15 Slow Cooker Secrets Here!
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