10 Easy Crock Pot Meals
"Set it and forget it" are the magic words of the home cook who knows the power of the slow cooker — enchanting words worth evangelizing so we pulled ten of our favorite easy crock pot meals.
Wouldn't it be nice to come home to a hot meal ready to serve as soon as you walk through the door? Sounds impossible, but we're here to tell you that it's not just a great idea in theory, but you can, in fact, make it a practice with the magic of a slow cooker! Actually, there is no sorcery involved in flipping the switch, but after the first bite of a spellbinding stew, you'll never want to put your slow cooker away (or at least until winter is over). To enchant you, we picked out some of our favorite easy crock pot meals. They require a little more effort than waving a magic wand, but you won't be disappointed.
Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon
Slow cooker beef bourguignon is one of those recipes that never fails to please. It's ideal for a cozy winter night or even a holiday meal. This is a true one-pot wonder — you don't need anything else to complete this meal. A delicious combination of beef cubes, vegetables, fresh herbs, and beef broth come together to create a rich stew, with an irresistible aroma.
Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken
This healthy chicken recipe is wonderful for a simple meal on busy days. You'll first cook the boneless skinless chicken breasts throw them in your slow cooker along with vegetables, curry powder, and coconut milk. From there, dinner is just 2-3 hours away! Serve your chicken curry over rice or Asian noodles, and sprinkle with toasted flaked coconut to complete the dish.
Crock Pot Lasagna
Nothing says comfort food like classic lasagna! This recipe is perfect for Sunday dinner, shared around the table with family and friends. Start by placing half of the noodles in the slow cooker, then you'll brown the ground beef with garlic and onions, then add tomato sauce and seasonings. From there you'll layer the sauce and the noodles in the slow cooker, and let it cook on low for 3 to 5 hours. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese, and serve with a big green salad and Italian bread.
Slow Cooker Chili
This easy recipe is a great option for meal prepping over the weekend and enjoying all week long. Simply cook the ground beef and onion before adding to your slow cooker along with the rest of the ingredients. Let the chili simmer on low for 6-8 hours and you're left with a thick and hearty meal. This chili would be perfect for game day at home or tailgating on a fall day. Top your bowl with shredded cheese, sour cream, or crumbled tortilla chips to complete the meal.
Crock Pot Cheesy Bacon Ranch Chicken
This creamy, cheesy dish requires minimal prep time and couldn't be easier to pull together. It's perfect for busy weeks when you need an easy recipe on hand! Simply throw the chicken and ranch into your slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours. When it's done, shred the chick and stir in the sour cream, cheese, and bacon. Serve it with green beans, rice or potatoes for a simple yet delicious dinner that the whole family will love, and enjoy leftovers for lunch all week.
Easy Slow Cooker Texas BBQ Pulled Pork
This all-American dish is made with pork roast, barbecue sauce, chicken broth, and seasonings. The end result is tender meat, in a sweet and savory sauce, that easily shreds with a fork. It's ideal for a laid back, family-style dinner, or meal-prepping for the week to come. Serve the finished pork on a buttered, toasted roll, or enjoy over a salad, with rice and beans, or a side of potatoes and grilled vegetables.
Slow Cooker Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
Approved by kids and adults alike, creamy mac and cheese is a comforting recipe that's delicious any time of year. Thickened with condensed cheese soup and half and half, with the richness of butter, and sharpness of cheddar, it's a delightful balance of flavors. The total cook time is as little as 2 1/2 hours, depending on your slow cooker and heat level. Dress it up by adding lobster, or give it a nutrition boost by adding spinach, kale or other vegetables of your choice. Serve your mac and cheese with a salad or enjoy a big bowl all on its own.
Slow-Cooker Spanish Meatballs
A unique spin on the Italian, classic, these Spanish meatballs call for cumin and hot smoked paprika for deep flavor. Dried breadcrumbs add extra texture, while fresh parsley provides a pop of color. These meatballs call for ground pork, but you could easily substitute it with ground beef, turkey, or chicken. Once you form the meatballs and brown them for a few minutes, transfer them to your slow cooker and cook on low for 5 hours until they're tender. Serve them with spaghetti and rustic bread to complete the meal. Perfect for a cozy weekend dinner, or prep ahead of time to use for quick lunches all week.
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Indian butter chicken, also known as Murgh Makhani, is made with tandoori masala paste, Indian spices, coconut milk, vegetables, and of course, butter. While this simple recipe calls for chicken breasts, you could also use chicken thighs if you prefer. Cook the chicken, onions and garlic, before adding to your slow cooker with the remaining ingredients and cooking on high heat for 4-5 hours. You'll be left with a deliciously moist and tender chicken, smothered in creamy sauce. Serve it over basmati rice with traditional naan on the side.
Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Impress your dinner guests with this deceptively simple recipe! All you need to do is sear the beef chuck roast, place it in the slow cooker along with the vegetables and herbs and let it cook on high for about four hours. This delicious one-pot meal cooks itself while you're at work, getting chores done, or enjoying a weekend afternoon relaxing!
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