A Year of Slow-Cooking

Discover classic and creative ways to make the most of your slow cooker with this week-by-week cooking guide, where you'll find 52 of our best mains, sides and more.

Part of: Comfort Food: Slow-cooker

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Slow-Cooker Beef Barbecue

"Who needs to go out for barbecue? This stuff is amazing, and by far the best version I've ever made."

-Bekah D.

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Slow-Cooker Garlic Glazed Chicken

"This sauce is delicious, and makes a perfect topping for rice. It flavors and marinates the chicken wonderfully while it's cooking."

-ninja

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Slow-Cooker Ravioli

"There's no fussing with pots or boiling water. Use a large spatula to remove the ravioli so they stay whole. I also added frozen meatballs."

-Margaret Gandara

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Slow-Cooker Taco Soup

"This was wonderful with ground beef and tortilla scoops. What an easy, great-tasting dish — and it will be a great tailgating recipe, too!"

-Smilynn

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Slow-Cooker Cola Pork Roast

"The meat was tender, and the gravy was good. I can't see doing a pork roast in the slow cooker any other way. Why mess with success?"

-Sudie

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Slow-Cooker Chili

"This turned out great. I loved the idea of pureeing a can of beans! It made the chili thick and hearty."

-Mees Mees

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Slow-Cooker Thyme-Roasted Beets

"What a great way to roast beets! I used baby beets, so I left them whole. It's a great combination of flavors."

-Mikekey

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Slow-Cooker Potato Chowder

"I thawed out some cream cheese and mixed it in. I also mashed some of the potatoes for a thicker soup. Sooo good!"

-Chef #1421812

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Slow-Cooker Bananas Foster

"Bananas Foster is my all-time favorite dessert, but making it on the stove was always a chore. This was EXCELLENT!"

-Eclipsante

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Slow-Cooker Red Beans & Rice

"I mashed a few of the beans and added them back in to thicken things up. This had a great flavor with onions, garlic and spices."

-CarolAT

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Slow-Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage

"I have prepared many corned beef recipes, but never one quite as easy, flavorful and fall-apart tender as this one."

-Bev

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Slow-Cooker Lasagna

"This is an awesome recipe! I liked it because you can make it meatier, with less noodles than recipes made in a pan."

-Suzy Mags

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Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Apples

"I really love this recipe — it tastes just like an apple pie with no crust. Also, a set-it-and-forget-it dessert is always a great idea!"

-FrVanilla

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Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

"I've used other recipes for pulled pork in the past, but will stick with this one from now on! It was extremely easy — and delicious."

-Chef #1009160

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

"THIS is how chicken noodle soup is supposed to be! It has lots of chicken, lots of noodles and lots of rich flavor."

-*Parsley*

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Slow-Cooker Potatoes, Beans & Ham

"My mom made this in a pressure cooker with beans from her garden. I now make it in my slow cooker! I serve it like a stew."

-Corn Maiden

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Slow-Cooker Cheesy Chicken

"This is absolutely wonderful! I have a large (and very picky) family to cook for, and they all loved it. It's an easy, inexpensive and tasty dinner!"

-Mindy

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Slow-Cooker Braised Lamb Shanks

Looking for something simple but different this Easter? Try these rich-tasting braised shanks — they're a new favorite of our home cooks!

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Slow-Cooker Fruity Spiced Red Cabbage

"This slow-cooker dish is my favorite red cabbage recipe of all time. I loved the fruitiness and the bit of heat from the freshly ground pepper!"

-Geema

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Slow-Cooker Steak Fajitas

"This smelled and tasted terrific. I added a quarter cup of Mexican beer and used lime juice instead of lemon."

-Adria82

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Slow-Cooker Multigrain Hot Cereal

"I loved the mix of grains! This was my first time using wheat berries, and they were great. I sprinkled a few raisins on top."

-Kathy at Food.com

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Slow-Cooker Macaroni & Cheese

"I have been making this recipe for a few years, and it turns out cheesy and creamy every time! It's perfect for get-togethers."

-Virginia Cherry Blossom

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Slow-Cooker Caramel Apple Cheesecake

"This is swirled with caramel and topped with cinnamony apple slices. Since it's for a slow cooker, it frees up the oven!"

-Virginia Cherry Blossom

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Slow-Cooker Whole Chicken

"This chicken is the best! I transfer the cooked chicken to a baking dish and put it under the broiler to crisp it up a bit."

-LisaLouWho

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Slow-Cooker Black Bean Soup

"I made this as written, but only pureed about 2/3 of the beans. Don't skip the cider vinegar or the hickory smoke flavor. They are key ingredients."

-*Parsley*

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Slow-Cooker Omelet Casserole

"This is a sausage omelet for many, made all at once! It's great to make ahead of time at holidays or on vacation — just mix it, set it and go to bed."

-Shawn C

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Slow-Cooker Pork Chops

"The chops were tender and succulent and the sauce was sweetly zesty. It's a really easy but delicious meal!"

-Mike in NC

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Slow-Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

"This is probably the easiest and best recipe I've found yet! All you have to add is some coleslaw and chips and you have a fabulous meal."

-autoguy9171

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Slow-Cooker Baked Beans

"I made these beans for a barbecue and they were a huge hit! The green pepper makes this recipe special."

-mommyoffour

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Slow-Cooker Pina Colada Bread Pudding

"This tweaked tropical bread pudding is made easily in a slow cooker! Try serving it with pineapple ice cream."

-Rita~

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Slow-Cooker Lentil Veggie Soup

"I increased the seasonings and added marinara sauce. It filled the house with a lovely smell that everyone commented on."

-Motivated Mama

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tacos

"I have made this easy recipe many times. It makes wonderfully moist chicken that's great in tacos, enchiladas and many other recipes!"

-Faeanne

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Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

"I added new potatoes on the bottom and placed carrots on the top. My family loved sopping up the gravy with rolls!"

-sweet and sour

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Slow-Cooker Applesauce

"If only I had known it was so easy to make applesauce in the slow cooker. I like it tart, so I used Granny Smith apples."

-GibbyLou

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Slow-Cooker Chive & Onion Creamed Corn

"Oh my — this creamed corn is so good! It's creamy, colorful and rich, but not overly rich! I wouldn't change a thing."

-*Parsley*

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

"This wonderful soup had just the right amount of heat and complex flavor. This could become a staple in my home!"

-Marsha Mazz

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Slow-Cooker Rice Pudding

"I really needed some comfort food and this rice pudding was perfect. What a dream recipe — you don't have to cook the rice first!"

-katew

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Slow-Cooker Chicken with Black Beans

"I could NOT believe how easy and good this is! I spooned the leftovers onto some soft tortillas and made quesadillas."

-johnste

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Slow-Cooker Spiced Apple Cider

"Everyone loved this! The citrus addition is a nice change of pace. Cider in the slow cooker is just the best!"

-Elmotoo

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Slow-Cooker Meatball Subs

"I cooked the meatballs for seven hours on low — they were perfect. I topped them with sauce and cheese and broiled them. Delicious!"

-mommyoffour

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Slow-Cooker Topsy-Turvy Pineapple Cake

"This is so moist, and has so many flavors I love. I've served it with ice cream and whipped cream — both ways are out of this world!"

-OutOfThyme

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Slow-Cooker Pork & Sauerkraut

"This is delicious! Try making it with Oktoberfest sausages instead of the roast — it's great! There are never any leftovers."

-JMSnyder

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Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Chili

"This was really good — and so filling that no one missed the meat! Everyone went back for seconds of this keeper recipe!"

-ellie_

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Slow-Cooker Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal

"This is a hearty breakfast without any work! Be sure to use steel-cut oats, otherwise you'll end up with a pot of gummy paste."

-Mandy at Food.com

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Slow-Cooker Baked Apples

"This is a perfect autumn treat! I HIGHLY recommend eating them with ice cream and caramel sauce."

-Chef #1393459

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Slow-Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken

"What an awesome recipe! I served it over linguine noodles. It was fall-off-the-bone tender and my whole family loved it."

-Chef Smiley7

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Slow-Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

"This was VERY good. I love getting this at restaurants, and now I can make it at home! The au jus was excellent."

-hoosiergirl72

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Slow-Cooker Chicken, Gravy & Stuffing

"I have made this a couple of times now, and it is delicious. It's Thanksgiving in a pot! I serve it with cranberry sauce on the side."

-cooking-BAG

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Slow-Cooker Hot Chocolate

"This hot chocolate is made in your slow cooker! It's one of those set-it-and-forget-it recipes that always welcome us home in the very nicest way."

-Annacia

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Slow-Cooker Creamy Italian Chicken

"This is such a fantastic recipe! My entire family loves it and it's super easy. It's nice enough to serve to company, too!"

-Melissa in WA

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Slow-Cooker Warm Raspberry Cider

"This would be very nice to have simmering in the slow cooker for holiday visitors. The cinnamon adds a wonderful touch."

-Annacia

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Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Make New Year's Eve memorable (and easy). This aromatic, saucy and fork-tender beef stew simmers in your slow cooker, freeing up your day for fun!

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Perfect Pot Roast

"This is a quick and easy slow-cooker recipe. I like to thicken the pan juices with cornstarch to make a tasty gravy."

-Tee Lee

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