Slow-Cooker Dinners

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Chicken Nacho Soup

Instead of tortilla strips, garnish chicken soup with a comfort food favorite: nachos. For the perfect bite, dunk a chip into the soup, making sure to scoop up the chicken and hominy. 

Get the Recipe: Chicken Nacho Soup

Meatball-Sausage Subs

Don't throw out the Parmesan rind. Letting the sauce cook with it all day adds a wonderful depth of flavor.

Get the Recipe: Meatball-Sausage Subs

Beef Tacos with Salsa Verde

The easiest way to achieve tender, flavorful taco meat is in the slow cooker. Stick with jarred salsa to keep taco night totally stress-free.

Get the Recipe: Beef Tacos with Salsa Verde

Hoisin Baby Back Ribs

For fall-off-the-bone tender meat with a crispy, caramelized skin, cook ribs for 6 hours in the slow cooker and finish them off under the broiler for 3 to 5 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Hoisin Baby Back Ribs

French Dip Sandwiches

Make a spice paste of scallions, thyme, garlic, celery seeds and allspice to flavor the roast beef for these sandwiches. 

Get the Recipe: French Dip Sandwiches

Moroccan Chicken and Squash

Amp up your weeknight chicken dinner with a medley of warm spices like cumin and turmeric. This dish with butternut squash and turnips needs only 4 hours in the slow cooker. 

Get the Recipe: Moroccan Chicken and Squash

Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna

Traditional homemade lasagna can be hard work, but slow-cooker lasagna is foolproof. Make it meatless with lots of spinach and mushrooms. 

Get the Recipe: Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna

Tex-Mex Casserole

Use tostada shells in place of tortillas in this casserole. They'll hold up better between the decadent layers of salsa, beans and cheese. 

Get the Recipe: Tex-Mex Casserole

Coriander Pork Roast

Once the meat is done, add fire-roasted tomatoes, citrus and fresh mint to the cooking liquid for a delicious sauce.

Get the Recipe: Coriander Pork Roast

Jambalaya       

There are only two steps to make this Cajun favorite: Combine ingredients in the slow cooker, and cook on low for 4 hours, adding the shrimp during the last 20 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Jambalaya

Steak Roulade with Provolone

Make flank steak stuffed with garlic, breadcrumbs, cheese and pine nuts to serve at a dinner party or for Sunday supper. 

Get the Recipe: Steak Roulade with Provolone

Ham with Barbecue Beans

Make your own barbecue sauce. Combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook the beans directly in the sauce, with the ham on top. 

Get the Recipe: Ham with Barbecue Beans

Chicken Tikka Masala

You don't need hard-to-find spices to make great Indian food at home. This dish gets heat and spice from ginger, jalapeno and ground coriander. 

Get the Recipe: Chicken Tikka Masala

Curried Chickpeas and Spinach

This comforting dish is packed with healthful ingredients like chickpeas, spinach and cauliflower. Top with farmer's cheese and serve with naan. 

Get the Recipe: Curried Chickpeas and Spinach

Pork-Brisket Chili

This chili made with pork shoulder and beef brisket may replace your go-to recipe. The slow cooker does all the work, but you'll get all of the credit. 

Get the Recipe: Pork-Brisket Chili

Latin Pork Chops with Potatoes and Peppers

Sazon seasoning gives pork chops a vibrant Latin flavor. 

Get the Recipe: Latin Pork with Potatoes and Peppers

Salmon Chowder with Dill

Make each serving look elegant by cutting a salmon fillet into four large pieces instead of small chunks.

Get the Recipe: Salmon Chowder with Dill

Turkey Pot Roast 

Don't wait until Thanksgiving to enjoy turkey and gravy. Use a bone-in turkey breast to make a flavorful turkey pot roast, perfect for Sunday supper.

Get the Recipe: Turkey Pot Roast

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