Easy Crock Pot Meals for Any Night of the Week
Whether you're looking for an easy weeknight dinner or a new family favorite for Sunday night, we've got you covered with these tantalizing slow cooker recipes.
You love your crock pot. Why shouldn't you? While you get work done, help the kids with their homework, or kick back to watch your favorite shows, that trusty pot is transforming your ingredients into a bubbly hot melange of delicious slow-cooked flavor. All you need to do is prep a handful of vegetables or a few cuts of meat and throw them into a crock pot; you can reclaim your day and enjoy savory chili, stews, soups, or other entrees that taste like you spent hours on them! Need a few more reasons to pull out your slow cooker? Here are some new recipes that will have you loving your crockpot eight days a week.
Crock Pot Roast with Vegetables
This easy slow cooker favorite keeps getting rave reviews from Yummly users based on the fall-apart tender beef, rich, comforting flavors, and family-friendly appeal. A 3-pound chuck roast simmers away on low for 10 hours with carrots, onions, and potatoes — giving you plenty of time to get to work and back and have a hearty weeknight meal waiting to be served.
Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Soup
Using frozen tortellini is a quick and easy way to transform any soup recipe into a classy Italian affair. With a creamy broth and soft cheese tortellini, it's like fettucini alfredo in a bowl! Baby spinach and diced tomatoes round out the soup and make sure your family gets a healthy serving of vegetables along with the hearty pasta. Make it vegetarian by swapping out the chicken broth for vegetable stock.
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
This paleo-friendly teriyaki chicken recipe is made with just 5 ingredients (plus salt and optional sesame seeds for garnish). Forgot to get the crock pot going in the morning? The recipe also includes instructions for an Instant Pot version that cooks in a mere eight minutes! Whether you cook it fast or slow, the end result is the same: Sweet, sticky chicken with hardly any effort. Serve over white or brown rice for a complete meal.
Slow-Cooker Texas Chili
This Texas chili is all meat and savory sauce — no black beans here! Boneless beef chuck soaks up the flavors of dark beer, tomatoes, and spices in this sumptuous classic from the Lone Star State.
This already easy Filipino classic becomes even easier when turned into a slow cooker meal. Tender chicken thighs and drumsticks cook slowly in vinegar and soy sauce to develop the hallmark adobo chicken flavors. It's also an ideal make-ahead recipe; the flavors are even better the next day — perfect for Sunday night meal prep!
Chicken Tortilla Soup
If you've been looking for a go-to tortilla soup recipe, look no further. This chicken soup recipe gets its flavors from prepared enchilada sauce, chilis, and of course, cumin and chili powder. The chicken is cooked and shredded before adding to the pot: Shred the meat from a rotisserie chicken for an easy shortcut, or boil three chicken breasts for 20 minutes and shred with a fork before adding to the soup.
Thai Peanut Pork
This slow cooker pork recipe takes inspiration from traditional Thai flavors but makes for a weeknight-friendly dish with the help of our good friend, the crock pot. Lean pork loin combines with bell peppers, snow peas, and green onions in a creamy peanut butter sauce, which is equally at home served over rice or thin rice noodles.
Buttered Chicken and Tomato Curry
Don't let the long ingredients list on this recipe scare you — it's almost entirely spices, meaning your work is limited to scooping spices out of jars and into the pot. Stir it all together with tomato puree and chicken, and let this Indian comfort food simmer away while the spices work their magic, creating incredible flavors the whole family can enjoy. The spices are mild, not hot, so even little ones will enjoy this tasty crockpot recipe.
Sticky Slow Cooker Ribs
Slow cookers excel at long-cooked barbecue recipes like these sticky baby back ribs. This recipe uses both a dry rub and a sweet sticky sauce to double the flavor on the ribs. After eight hours in the slow cooker, a quick layover under the broiler yields fall-off-the-bone ribs that are crispy, gooey, sweet, and spicy!
Slow Cooker Homemade Beef Stew
Beef stew is another dish that highlights how well traditional dutch oven recipes translate to the slow cooker. With a slow cooker, you can stretch the cooking time out to seven hours, so you have plenty of time to go about your business while the beef slowly tenderizes and the potatoes become fork-tender. Be sure to serve with a loaf of crusty French bread to sop up the sauce.