Best Crock Pot Recipes for Any Meal
Crock pot recipes have come a long way over the years! You can find slow cooker recipes for almost any meal, from overnight breakfasts to desserts and healthy dinners to easy appetizers. You can even bake bread in a crock pot! I’ve compiled the best crockpot recipes for you here, along with equipment recommendations for crock pots, to keep your slow cooking as efficient and easy as possible.
History of Slow Cookers
Curious to know when the first slow cooker was made? I did some Googling for details. According to Wikipedia, the Naxon Utilities Corporation of Chicago developed the first slow cooker, or as they called it, the All-Purpose Cooker. A 1950 advertisement shows a slow cooker called the Simmer Crock made by the Industrial Radiant Heat Corporation. In 1970, the Rival Corporation purchased Naxon and in 1971, they reintroduced the cooker under the name Crock-Pot.
Slow Cooking Equipment
Slow cookers range in size from lunch box units that warm up your meals as you work to 11-quart capacity commercial kitchen sized units. Most home cooks use 3-quart, 6-quart, or 8-quart capacity slow cookers. A 3-quart crock pot is great for making smaller portions or side dishes. They’re the perfect size for college students!
The one that I use the most is a 6-quart programmable slow cooker. Look for a slow cooker that automatically switches to “keep warm” when the cooking time is up. This will help keep your food from over cooking, especially if you are away from the kitchen while it is running. This is a great basic model! Most crock pot recipes are written for 5 or 6-quart slow cookers, so if you are just looking for one size, the 6-quart is a great option.
If you are looking for a higher end, all-in-one appliance that also has slow cooking functionality, consider looking into an Instant Pot or similar electric multi-cooker. I would opt for the larger 8-quart size to ensure you have space for traditional slow cooker recipes, which are usually developed for shorter, wider shaped appliances. Because the 6-quart Instant Pot is so tall and narrow, slow cooker recipes may not translate to it as seamlessly.
I love making crock pot dip recipes for parties. If you do too, consider purchasing a Little Dipper; it’s excellent for keeping crock pot dips warm while entertaining. To make clean up as quick and easy as possible, pick up a package of slow cooker liners. They’re perfect for using when you make extra sticky or cheesy crockpot recipes!
Best Crock Pot Recipes
Here are some of my favorite recipes to make in a slow cooker. To make browsing the crock pot recipes as easy as possible, I have organized them into categories for you. If you would like to quickly jump to any given section, simply click the appropriate link below. Otherwise, keep scrolling to see them all!
However, keep in mind that some of the recipes shown below may fit into multiple categories. For example, if you want to make a slow cooker Mexican soup recipe that has chicken in it, it could be listed with the chicken recipes, soup recipes, or Mexican crock pot recipes categories. So if you don’t see a crock pot recipe that you’re looking for, just keep scrolling down… you may find it in a different category!
Note: A recipe’s description is shown above its image. To see the recipe, click on the linked recipe title, found below the images. Now let’s get CROCKIN’!
These are my favorite slow cooker recipes using beef.
We’re kicking it old school with fill-you-up, grandma-approved comfort with this slow cooker recipe for Beef Stroganoff from Scratch. That’s right – there is NO canned soup in this recipe!
Our family LOVES this healthy crock pot recipe for Asian Beef and Broccoli! So easy and the sauce is delicious!
This the the BEST Crock Pot Beef Stew recipe ever! An easy, healthy slow cooker beef stew with fresh veggies, fall-apart tender meat, in a rich and flavorful red wine sauce. Simple, freezer friendly, and perfect every time.
Chicken is anything but boring when it’s made in a slow cooker. Slow cooking chicken amps up the flavor and helps to lock in the moisture, keeping it juicy and delicious.
- BBQ Chicken (BONUS! How to make slow cooker shredded chicken)
Pull out the bibs, keep your napkin at the ready, and grab the jar of homemade barbecue sauce, because your dinner of Crock Pot BBQ Chicken is ready to devour!
Whether you want a low-maintenance weeknight meal or a healthy reset after an indulgent weekend, healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Potatoes hit the spot every time.
Even after hours in a crock pot, the flavors of this Slow Cooker Greek Chicken stay remarkably vibrant and bright. The chicken is some of the most tender I’ve ever had in a crockpot recipe.
Juicy chicken cooked in a creamy coconut milk curry sauce with bell peppers and potatoes. Slow Cooker Chicken Curry is easy, healthy, and full of flavor!
Made with warm spices, chickpeas, golden raisins and fresh veggies, this easy Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken recipe is delicious, healthy and budget friendly!
This tender yogurt chicken tastes just like traditional Shawarma, but Slow Cooker Chicken Shawarma is so much easier to make! Try it tucked into warm pitas.
This easy crockpot recipe for jerk chicken with pineapple is perfect for serving in tacos, over rice, and even in slaws and salads. You’ll love it’s sweet and spicy flavor!
Crock pot teriyaki chicken has all the convenience of takeout but is made in a slow cooker. Sticky, sweet, and a little bit sassy, this easy Asian chicken dinner tastes absolutely delicious.
This healthier recipe for Crockpot Orange Chicken is WAY BETTER than takeout! Easy, skinny orange chicken recipe made with orange juice and honey.
This Crock Pot Bourbon Chicken recipe is easy to make and tastes better than any Chinese restaurant! Less than 10 minutes to prep and absolutely delicious.
Moist and juicy crock pot maple bourbon BBQ chicken sandwiches topped with a crunchy, creamy apple slaw. You will be addicted to this sweet and savory combination!
Bursting with layers of flavor and packed with good-for-you veggies, Slow Cooker Thai Chicken is a wholesome, healthy dinner and one of the best crock pot recipes for a weeknight dinner.
Buffalo Chicken Taquitos feature slow cooker shredded Buffalo chicken rolled inside tortillas with cheese, then baked until golden. An easy crock pot chicken dinner!
Boneless chicken breasts or thighs simmered in a richly flavored tomato sauce. Serve the Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with pasta or rice for a family-friendly dinner.
Better than PF Chang’s! This fresh, healthy, slow cooker recipe for Asian Lettuce Wraps is easy to make, and the sauce is so flavorful and not too spicy.
Because it’s easy to over cook and dry out in the oven, pork can be a finicky protein to work with. Thanks to the controlled environment of a slow cooker, these crock pot pork recipes are full of juicy, flavorful meat.
Fall-off-the-bone crock pot ribs with a sweet and smoky BBQ sauce are so easy to make! The best recipe for slow cooked country-style, baby back, or spare ribs.
Melt-in-your-mouth Slow Cooker Asian Pulled Pork Tacos. EASY, delicious pork tenderloin tacos that are perfect for a crowd and great leftover too!
A healthy slow cooker pork stir fry in a sweet and tangy peanut sauce, served over peanut noodles. Great for weeknights, entertaining, and leftovers too!
Easy butternut squash pulled pork tacos made with smoky chipotle chiles and bright orange juice. Your entire family will love this fresh, healthy meal!
An easy recipe for healthier slow cooker pulled pork with a smoky honey glaze. Serve over cornmeal pancakes for a delicious and unique twist.
Meatless meals are made effortlessly in a slow cooker. Some people believe that slow cooked vegetables lose their flavor and nutrients, but these vegetarian recipes for the slow cooker prove that theory wrong. These meatless recipes are delicious and so simple to make!
Whether you use them as a side dish or stuff them with delicious toppings, everyone can agree that crock pot baked potatoes are an easy way to make dinner without heating the kitchen!
My favorite time to make slow cooker stuffing is on holidays. Save room in the oven for your turkey or ham while your stuffing cooks to perfection in your slow cooker.
Slow Cooker Wild Rice Pilaf with Basil, Corn, and Bell Peppers puts a summer spin on classic rice pilaf. One of my favorite crock pot recipes to make for barbecues and easy dinners.
This Slow Cooker Risotto with Butternut Squash, Goat Cheese, and Brown Rice puts stove top risotto recipes to shame. Just as creamy and comforting as the original, but no stirring required!
Slow cooker scalloped potatoes are a creamy, cheesy potato side dish. Making them in a slow cooker will save oven space, A combination of regular and sweet potatoes for great flavor!
This is one of the best crock pot recipes for holidays! Slow Cooker Brussels Sprouts with Maple Syrup, Cranberries, and Feta. It frees up your oven and tastes delicious!
This gluten free stuffing recipe is so delicious! Crock Pot Stuffing with Wild Rice, Cranberries, and Almonds is an easy side dish that everyone can enjoy!
Eating well is delicious and oh so easy when you make these healthy slow cooker recipes! Since this is a website dedicated primarily to healthy recipes, the recipes in the other crock pot recipe categories are healthy too.
This easy, healthy and vegan crock pot recipe for Red Lentil Cauliflower Curry is perfect as a side dish or a main dish. It’s hearty and flavorful, and lentils are a great source of protein.
Lean ground turkey transforms your favorite comfort food into a healthy dinner. Serve Crock Pot Turkey Meatballs with your favorite healthy sauce, or use them for meatball sandwiches.
An easy, healthy recipe for Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers with quinoa, chicken, and black beans. Less than 15 minutes of prep, freezer friendly, and gluten free!
Traditional lasagna is loaded with carbs, but not this healthy Low Carb Lasagna recipe! The pasta is replaced with healthy and delicious “noodles” made from eggplant and zucchini.
Another favorite comfort food for kids of all ages, Crock Pot Sloppy Joes have ground turkey, chickpeas, and feta. An easy, healthy, kid-friendly recipe your whole family will love!
It doesn’t have to be taco Tuesday or Cinco de Mayo to enjoy these delicious Mexican crock pot recipes, but those are great reasons to do so!
Super easy and delicious Crock Pot Mexican Casserole is packed with quinoa, black beans, and ground chicken or turkey. Healthy, gluten-free comfort food!
Crock Pot Healthy Nachos are loaded with juicy chicken, cheese, beans, avocado, and any of your favorite toppings. The perfect appetizer or easy weeknight meal!
Easy Slow Cooker Taco Casserole has layers of tortillas, cheese, beans, ground chicken or turkey, and veggies, cooked until hot, bubbly, and delicious!
Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Pulled Pork is perfect to serve with rice or use as a filling for tacos. With only 5 minutes of prep time, this recipe is sure to become a weeknight favorite.
Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup is my personal cure for the common cold. Full of tender chicken and vegetables, plus a spicy kick to chase your nasal congestion out of town.
If you have picky eaters in your house, you will love these kid-friendly crock pot meals. They’re flavorful and fun to eat, and your kids will be begging for seconds!
A family favorite healthy crockpot meal, this easy Chicken and Rice dinner is made with real ingredients, is gluten free, and freezer friendly. And your slow cooker does all of the work!
After a fun day of apple picking, let your kids help you make a batch of Slow Cooker Apple Butter. It’s delicious on toast, bagels, and muffins, and it makes a great dip for after-school snacks.
There isn’t a better soup and sandwich combo than a grilled cheese served with a bowl of tomato soup. This Crock Pot Tomato Soup recipe is comfort food like no other!
Crisp, tender potatoes with peppers and onions made EASY in the slow cooker. Crock Pot Breakfast Potatoes are perfect for holidays and always a family favorite!
This Crock Pot Pasta tastes like traditional baked pasta but is made entirely in the slow cooker, even the noodles. This kid friendly favorite is much easier to make, and just as delicious!
Getting your kids to eat their veggies is a piece of cake (pun intended!) with this Crock Pot Honey Glazed Carrots recipe. The carrots are sweet, tender, and incredibly delicious.
One of the best reasons to own a slow cooker is the ability to put together a crock pot breakfast before bed, turn the power on, and wake up to a warm breakfast that’s ready to eat!
Steel cut oats are a delicious and healthy way to start the day, but they take a long time to cook on the stove top. Crock Pot Steel Cut Oats cook overnight so you can wake up to a warm breakfast, ready to eat!
This simple, healthy Crock Pot Granola recipe has rolled oats, nuts, seeds, and maple syrup. It’s a wholesome breakfast in a bowl, and perfect for snacking on-the-go, too.
Healthy steel cut oats, made in a slow cooker while you sleep! With pumpkin, cinnamon, and maple syrup, Crock Pot Pumpkin Overnight Oats are delicious on an autumn morning.
Yes, you can “bake” bread in a slow cooker! This recipe for Crock Pot Bread will show you how to make a perfect loaf of slow cooker whole wheat bread. It’s so much easier than the oven.
Whether there’s a chill in the air or a sniffle in your nose, a bowl of soup or stew made in a slow cooker will be the comfort food your body will crave.
Delicious and healthy Crock Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup makes the perfect cozy meal on a chilly night. The recipe has been updated to include directions for an Instant Pot soup, too.
Ground turkey, quinoa, and all of your favorite chili mix-ins are slow cooked to perfection in this Crock Pot Turkey Quinoa Chili recipe. A family favorite, healthy chili recipe.
If you crave broccoli cheese soup from Panera, you will absolutely love this Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe. Easier to make and the flavor and texture are spot on to Panera’s!
Move over, condensed cheese soup! This Slow Cooker Cheddar Cheese Soup recipe creates a creamy cheese soup, with the perfect kick of heat from fresh jalapenos.
Comfort food gets a healthy touch with this Crockpot White Chicken Chili recipe. Not too spicy, and TONS of flavor. A healthy, easy chili recipe, and your slow cooker does all the work!
This chicken soup with pasta is so good, you will crave it on a regular basis! Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is bright, flavorful, and downright comforting on a chilly day.
Easy Crockpot Lasagna Soup tastes like lasagna, but without the layering or dishes, it’s a win for everyone! A healthy slow-cooker vegetarian soup recipe your whole family will love.
A creamy and delicious recipe for Crock Pot Corn and Chicken Chowder that’s healthy and EASY?! That’s the ticket! Grab a big spoon, and don’t forget extra napkins.
Here are some fantastically easy crock pot recipes for drinks. With alcohol or without, slow cooker drinks are perfect for parties and holiday get-togethers!
Let’s face it. No holiday party is complete without a mug (or three) of Crock Pot Spiced Wine and the company of good friends. The slow cooker keeps it warm while you mingle.
Not everyone is a fan of red wine, so double up on the slow cookers and make a batch of Crock Pot Mulled White Wine to sit next to the spiced red wine.
From cobblers and cakes to poached fruit and pudding, you will be amazed at all of the delicious desserts you can make in your slow cooker!
Have a fridge or freezer full of berries and want a delicious way to use them? Bake those berries into a Slow Cooker Triple Berry Crisp. It’s even better with a scoop of ice cream on top!
This Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler is loaded with flavor, packed with fresh peaches, and a golden crusty top. Simple and delicious, and your kitchen will smell amazing!