5 Slow-Cooker Meals That Will Feed the Whole Family — and Then Some

These big-batch recipes couldn’t be easier.

January 14, 2021

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When the weather gets cold and you’re stuck inside all day, it’s hard to find the motivation to whip up a delicious, home-cooked meal. At least, that’s how I feel when I’m vegging out on the couch, wrapped up in a cozy blanket! And, while many of us have been spending our weekends stretching our culinary skills and experimenting with different recipes and techniques this past year, it’s always nice to end a busy weeknight with a ready-made, comforting meal. That’s where your slow cooker comes in!

Imagine treating yourself to a meal that’s been simmering away all day long, filling your house with all sorts of savory and amazing aromas. Slow-cooker meals are definitely worth the wait — and perfect when you need to multi-task (or have a lazy day!). The key is to prep the night before or first thing in the morning. That way you don’t need to hover over the stove or keep a watchful eye on the oven — just pop your ingredients into the slow cooker and let it do all the hard work.

Best of all? Slow-cooker meals are an easy way to feed the entire family. You can make enough to feed everyone — and still have some leftovers for lunch the next day — with these easy recipes that serve 6 or more.

Slow-Cooker Sunday Stew (image above)

Ree’s beef stew is both tender and tasty. Bonus cuts of bacon add a nice salty bite to this meaty, crowd-pleasing main.

FNK SLOW COOKER POT ROAST Food Network Beef Chuck Roast, Olive Oil, Garlic, Yellow Onions, Tomato Paste, Beef Broth, Red Wine, Worcestershire Sauce, Carrots, Parsley, Thyme, Bay Leaves, Celery

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

This hearty main is perfect with a simple green salad or easy-to-make instant rice. Plus, you can use the leftovers in soups, sandwiches and fried rice.



Food Network Kitchen’s Slow-Cooker Shrimp Boil for Summer Slow Cooker/Zucchini Fries/Picnic Brick-Pressed Sandwiches, as seen on Food Network.

Photo by: Renee Comet ©2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Renee Comet, 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Have a mini New England-style clambake right in your house no matter the weather! Let the potatoes cook with the seasoning for a flavorful broth, then add the corn, shrimp and sausage. It’s that easy!

This mouthwatering, fork-tender brisket gets its hearty flavor from kitchen staples like vegetable broth, onions, carrots and garlic. Trust me; your family will be fighting for the leftovers!



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A bowl of chili can go a long way. Take this Texas-style recipe, for example. You can load it up with toppings for a stand-alone meal or use leftovers to make casseroles, chili dogs and more.

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