The Best Slow-Cooker Recipes

Use your slow cooker (or in some cases Dutch oven) to make 26 easy, tasty recipes that practically prepare themselves.

Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Slow-Cooker Shredded Pork

Low and slow is key for this pull-apart, tender shredded pork. After 10 hours, the meat will be rich with the flavors of the recipe's many spices, like chili powder, coriander and cumin.

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Caprese Meatballs

Turkey meatballs made with pesto and Parmesan already possess tremendous flavor (and marry nicely with the basil tomato sauce), but the real surprise is the oozing mozzarella middle.

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Slow-Cooker Coconut-Braised Pork

A few hours in the slow cooker turn this pork shoulder into an aromatic, Thai-inspired stew that's ideal over rice.

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Pea, Ham and Potato Soup

Slow-cook the ham first to create an herb-packed stock, then let the peas, potatoes and other seasonings mingle up to 8 hours to create this bright, soul-warming soup.

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Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches With Blue Cheese Aioli

Pile pulled chicken, Buffalo sauce, celery leaves and blue cheese aioli onto a toasted bun for everyone's favorite party fare in sandwich form.

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Cheeseburger Mac Attack

Bring together two American classics with this easy mac-and-cheeseburger dish. Turkey meat, low-cal cheese and a sneaky dose of cauliflower keep it light.

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Shredded Pork and Pineapple Tacos

Make your slow-cooked pork do double duty by serving it for a second meal as tacos, adorned with quick pickled red onions and an array of garnishes.

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Beef Pot Roast

Two pounds of chuck roast are infused with the flavors of Madeira wine, porcini mushrooms and onions for a guest-ready or simple weeknight meal.

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Hungry Chick Chunky Soup

Hungry Girl's lighter take on classic chicken soup has chunks of tender chicken breast, plus hearty winter veggies and cannellini beans.

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Slow-Cooker Pepper Pork Chops

Pork chops are brined overnight with black peppercorns and brown sugar, then cooked with apples for a spicy-sweet, slow-cooked version of a classic dish.

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Chicken Jambalaya

This take on the Southern staple combines chicken and ham with spices, red and green peppers, and peas for a fragrant slow-cooked stew.

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Slow-Cooker Asian BBQ Ribs

Slather baby back ribs with a spicy-sweet ginger chili sauce for a fun Asian-fusion twist. Slow-cook them until the meat is fall-off-the-bone tender, then throw the ribs under the broiler or on the grill for a crisp, caramelized finish.

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Turkey Roast Dip With Melted Gruyere

Top a baguette with herb-roasted turkey breast and Gruyere cheese, then toast it under the broiler until melted and bubbly.

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Slow-Cooker Bolognese Sauce

The perfect remedy to a long day? A fresh and flavorful Bolognese sauce that's been simmering all day, ready to top quickly boiled pasta.

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Asian Pork Ribs

Eight hours in the slow cooker will turn these pork ribs into a sweet, sticky rack to rival any platter of Chinese barbecue.

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Risotto Primavera

It's hard to believe this bright, springy risotto — filled with fresh seasonal veggies like asparagus and peas — is the result of two hours in the slow cooker.

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Slow-Cooker Creamed Corn

After removing the corn kernels and adding them to your slow cooker, add four of the bare cobs to the ingredients to infuse additional flavor into this creamy recipe.

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Glaze-of-Glory Carrots

Apricot preserves, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg give carrots and bell peppers their "glory" as a sweet and savory glaze.

Get the Recipe: Glaze-Of-Glory Candied Carrots

Slow-Cooker Garlic-Mashed Potatoes

Save space on the stovetop by cooking mashed potatoes in your slow cooker. Cream cheese adds richness, while fresh chives brighten the flavor.

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Slow-Cooker Irish Oatmeal With Bananas and Berries

Simply combine oats, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and bananas in your slow cooker, and eight hours later, wake up to a sweet and spiced hearty breakfast. Top with fresh bananas or berries to your liking.

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Spiced Apple and Pear Butter

Take your breakfast to the next level by spreading this aromatic apple and pear butter on freshly toasted bread.

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Tres Leches Bread Pudding

Too hot (or too busy) to bake dessert? Let the slow cooker do the work for you, turning out a sweet cinnamon-sugar bread pudding that rivals the best baked dishes.

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Slow-Cooker Wassail

This traditional Yuletide beverage — a hot mulled cider — develops even richer flavors of cinnamon and ginger the longer it simmers in the slow cooker.

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Chocolate Raspberry Strata

Cheat your way to warm, gooey bread pudding by simply tossing cream-soaked brioche cubes into a slow cooker with fresh berries and chocolate.

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Banana Leaf Pork

Five ingredients and eight hours in the slow cooker make for a fall-apart-tender dinner. Just wrap fresh ginger, soy sauce and brown sugar-marinated pork in banana leaves, then walk away.

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Cider-Poached Pears

Poaching pears in a spiced vanilla cider infuses the juicy fruit with tremendous flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture, making them a perfect cozy winter dessert.

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