Easy Slow-Cooker Recipes

Find simple, comforting slow-cooker recipes for soups, stews and tender meats from Food Network.

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Slow-Cooker Georgia Pulled Pork Barbecue

Trisha Yearwood tops bone-in pork roast with a homemade barbecue sauce and slowly cooks until tender.

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Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili

Cocoa powder may seem a bit out of place in chili, but it has two jobs in this mole-inspired version: It adds depth of flavor and helps thicken the sauce. We suggest serving the chili with tortilla chips, but it would also be great with cornbread.

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Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Take the time up front to make a thick gravy and you'll love how rich and delicious it makes this slow-cooked stew. Even though the caraway is optional, we recommend giving it a try — it's a simple way to add something special to a classic.

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Slow-Cooked Cuban Sandwich

Jeff Mauro cooks boneless pork shoulder in a slow cooker before turning it into a sandwich. When the meat is ready, layer it with Swiss, ham, pickles and onions.

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Slow-Cooker Pulled Turkey Sandwiches

Slowly cook turkey thighs before shredding the meat to serve on seeded hamburger buns with pickle slices and prepared coleslaw.

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Slow-Cooker Mexajita Chicken

All you need are five ingredients for Sandra Lee's easy chicken dinner that gets Mexican-inspired flavors from fajita seasoning.

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Slow-Cooker Apple Butter Recipe

Turn fresh apples into apple butter with just a few spices, apple juice, applesauce and sugar. Store the butter and use on hot biscuits, toast or scones.

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Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Brisket comes in two different cuts: point and the leaner flat. Depending on which you get, your corned beef may be tender and sliceable (flat cut) or very tender and falling apart (point cut). If your meat isn't labeled, speak with the butcher about which variety your grocery store stocks.

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Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

Taking the time to make a smooth, thick gravy for this slow-cooked dinner is worth it. As the pot roast cooks, the water and juices from the vegetables and meat will thin the gravy out, creating just the right consistency.

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Sandra's Slow-Cooker Short Ribs

Sandra's short ribs become tender and juicy when slow cooked, resulting in a truly comforting dish.

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Slow-Cooker Peach Cobbler

Frozen peaches make this dessert a favorite at any time of year. Alton Brown cooks them with a crumble mixture and serves with a scoop of ice cream.

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Slow-Cooker Beanless Beef Chili

This meaty slow-cooker chili makes a great weeknight meal.

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Slow-Cooker Beef and Barley

Throw everything into the slow cooker and you'll end up with tender beef chuck mixed with other hearty flavors in this go-to stew.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

This slow-cooker version of the classic soup is super-easy to make. Chicken thighs are best here, as they're less expensive than breasts and tend to not dry out. If you like, skip the noodles and stir in your favorite cooked grain at the end.

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Slow-Cooker Pork Stew

Pork shoulder becomes pull-apart tender when cooked on low for eight hours. Potatoes and veggies make it a complete meal.

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Slow-Cooker Black-Bean Soup with Turkey

Black beans soak up the rich flavor of a presmoked turkey leg in this no-hassle soup.

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Slow-Cooker Brisket with Brown Gravy

Sandra browns her brisket on the stove and then places it in a warm slow cooker to finish cooking. If you have a hot piece of meat, you have to put it in a warmed-up slow cooker so you don't crack the sleeve.

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Slow-Cooker Spicy Fajita Soup

Sandra's soup requires just 15 minutes of prep time before simmering in a slow cooker.

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Slow-Cooker Mexican Chicken Soup

Break out your slow cooker to make one of Ree Drummond's favorite soups. Canned tomatoes, chicken broth, chipotle peppers and loads of spices create the soup's base, which is brimming with chicken and black beans.

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Slow-Cooker Moroccan Turkey Stew

This easy stew is full of Moroccan spices and flavors. Just before serving, whip up a quick cilantro sauce for an added note of brightness.

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Slow-Cooker Caribbean Beef Stew

Cook beef stew meat with thyme, ginger and more spices to get an incredibly flavorful dish.

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Slow-Cooker Ropa Vieja

This dish's name means "old clothes" in Spanish because the skirt steak or flank steak used in the dish is shredded before serving.

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Slow-Cooker Split Pea Soup

Cooking green split peas in a slow cooker with a turkey leg imparts great flavor to this split pea soup.

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Slow-Cooker Sauerbraten

What's the secret ingredient in this sauerbraten? Crumbled gingerbread cookies.

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Slow-Cooker Barbecue Brisket

Rub beef brisket with brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, celery salt, garlic, and salt and pepper before smothering in ketchup, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce and then cooking for eight hours.

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Slow-Cooker Chili

Top this beefy chili with cheese, scallions and avocado.

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Slow-Cooker Turkey Mole Tacos

Mole can be an intimidating sauce to make for tacos. By adding spices that include chile powder, cocoa powder and Chinese five-spice powder to a slow cooker, you'll have a mole-inspired sauce without the fuss.

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Beef Provencal

Let your slow cooker transport you to the French countryside with this hearty beef stew that's flavored with herbes de Provence, cognac and sun-dried tomato tapenade.

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Slow-Cooker Sunday Gravy

The long-simmered stovetop sauce your grandma used to make is simplified with the help of a slow cooker. This version showcases tomatoes in three different ways for a rich, familiar flavor.

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Shredded Pork Tacos

Make taco night a snap by slow-cooking pork shoulder in citrus, pineapple and achiote paste. Once the pork's shredded, fire up the flavor even more with quick-pickled onions and habaneros.

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Pepper Pork Chops

Alton gives his pork chops a briny peppercorn and brown sugar bath before they hit the slow cooker. Dried apples and thyme infuse the meat while it's braising, resulting in deeply flavored pork that's fall-off-the-bone tender.

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Sausage, Bean and Pasta Stew

A steaming bowl of this meaty stew is the perfect companion for a cold night. Italian sausage, smoky tomatoes and Parmesan rind create a rich broth without complicating the shopping list.

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Slow-Cooker Gooey Brownie Cake

This easy-to-make cake has the best parts of a soft, warm brownie: gooey on the inside and slightly crisp around the edges. It takes almost no time to prep and gives you the excuse to use your slow cooker for something sweet.

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Slow-Cooker Banana Upside-Down Cake

Brown sugar, rum and butter create a caramelized banana topping for this moist cake that's best served warm with a dollop of ice cream.

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Slow-Cooker Chocolate Candy

Trisha's four-ingredient dessert is super easy to make. Layer peanuts, sweet chocolate squares, semisweet chocolate chips and white almond bark before slow cooking into a creamy mixture that can be dropped into cupcake liners for a hand-held treat.

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Slow-Cooker Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Draping paper towels over the top of the slow cooker helps absorb extra moisture and keeps this sweet, caramelized cake from getting soggy. We line the insert with a double layer of foil to prevent burning around the edges.

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Slow-Cooker Berry Cobbler

This colorful cobbler is very juicy, but the sweetened berry "sauce" is so delicious it's worth spooning up. If you don't have time to make the sour cream topping, a sprinkle of confectioners' sugar or a dollop of vanilla yogurt works well, too.

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Slow-Cooker Cranberry-Walnut Stuffed Apples

This is the perfect dessert for a crisp autumn day. Be sure to use large baking apples such as Rome or Golden Delicious — they'll have just the right tenderness. Enjoy leftovers for breakfast the next day with a dollop of Greek yogurt.

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Slow-Cooker Peach Cobbler

This slow-cooked cobbler makes great use of frozen peaches and is so easy to put together. Add some toasted, chopped pecans for a little Southern flair.

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Slow-Cooked Winter Bread Pudding with Dried Pears

Stale bread works best for this pudding; it's soaked in a whiskey-laced custard and cooked until puffy.

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Pot Roast with Baby Vegetables

Tyler Florence's pot roast, perfumed with aromatic vegetables and herbs, is classic comfort at its most familiar. Slow-cook the beef for hours to maximize flavor and tenderness.

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Slow-Cooked Korean-Style Short Rib Soup

Perfect on a cold winter's day, this short rib soup borrows from the Korean palate with restorative flavors like garlic, ginger and red chili paste. The slow-cooked beef melts in your mouth, and the fresh spritz of cilantro and lime at the end balances everything out.

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Slow-Cooker Barbecue Beans and Sausage

These comforting beans are sweet, succulent and loaded with chicken-apple sausages. The slow-cooking process tenderizes the beans while deepening all the dark barbecue flavors.

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Slow-Cooked Curried Chicken with Cauliflower

For a bit of homemade comfort, nestle into a warm bowl of curried chicken. Cauliflower and chickpeas add heartiness and heft, while lentils help to thicken the stew without the use of flour.

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Slow-Cooker Chipotle Chicken Stew

Slow-cook boneless chicken thighs in a spiced-up blend of fire-roasted tomatoes, chipotle chiles and cumin for a big-flavored, fuss-free meal best topped with cheese, avocado and cilantro.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Chili

The best part of this chili recipe? You just toss everything in the slow cooker and let it go. But be sure to leave the chili powder until the end; this ensures that the spices remain bright and vibrant rather than dull and bitter.

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Southeast Asian Slow-Cooked Winter Vegetables

This hearty vegetable stew is perfect for winter. Use up those sweet potatoes, butternut squash and mushrooms, and bathe them in this gorgeous Southeast Asian-inspired broth of coconut milk and sambal oelek.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Curry powder is the secret ingredient in this easy slow-cooked soup. It adds to the depth of flavor and turns the soup golden yellow. Be generous with the cheese!

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Slow-Cooker Pork Roast

You'll hardly believe this dish came out of a slow cooker. Searing the meat and coating it with a fresh-herb paste gives this roast a good head start. A little rest and some fresh parsley and egg noodles ensures a great finish. Serve with roasted or mashed potatoes if that's what your crowd likes.

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Slow-Cooker Whole Chicken

This no-fuss whole chicken is moist and tender. We rub it in spices and prop it up on canning lids, suspending it above the juices for a roasted effect right in the slow cooker. Piercing the skin on the bottom lets excess juices run out, allowing for even and gentle cooking. A simple homemade barbecue sauce comes together in mere minutes, perfect for slathering all over.

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Slow-Cooker Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Sandra covers pork shoulder in a homemade dry rub before pouring a sauce over the meat and cooking on low for eight hours.

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Slow-Cooker White Chicken Chili

The Pioneer Woman gets a head start on dinner by loading the makings of a core-warming white chili into her slow cooker. Brimming with chicken, beans, sweet corn, peppers and spices, it's best served with a dollop of sour cream, extra cheese and cilantro, plus warm corn tortillas on the side. 

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Slow-Cooker Indian Butter Chicken

For a hands-off Indian dinner, slow cook chicken thighs in a butter-spiked, ultra-spiced tomato sauce for hours on end. The recipe's final step is stirring in a little cream for a swirl of added richness.

 

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Slow-Cooked Pineapple

Ever slow-cook a pineapple? It really works: Warm spices like ginger and cinnamon pair well with the transformed, tender-sweet tropical fruit.

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