You can make just about anything in a slow cooker – lasagna, enchiladas, granola, even pizza and brownies. How creative you can get with one pot cooking may surprise you. But the best slow cooker recipes are without a doubt the hearty, warming, stick-to-your-ribs type of meals. It’s the soups, the stews, the slow braises and the chilies that truly shine when given the low and slow treatment. Slow cookers were made for comfort foods.
There isn’t much better after a long day than to come home to a slow cooker that’s been working overtime to greet you with a delicious smelling house and dinner ready to go. Just prep the evening before, throw everything into the crock in the morning and let it simmer. After the ingredients party in the pool together for hours, you’re left with great flavors and minimal cleanup. It’s so easy and yet you get so much more out than the effort you put in.
From fall-off-the bone braises to the most indulgent desserts, these are some of the best slow cooker recipes that Pinterest has to offer. If you don’t already have a slow cooker, allow this list to convince you why you should.
Slow cooker soups
Three standby soup recipes (including a classic chicken noodle recipe that has been pinned hundreds of thousands of times!) that should be part of everyone’s recipe repertoire. Each will fill you up and warm you to your bones. How’s that sound after a long day of shoveling or driving in the snow?
However you prefer your chili – traditional or white, spicy or mild, with noodles or without – one (or all) of the following is sure to satisfy what you crave.
Who needs the closest barbecue joint when you have a slow cooker? From fork and knife ribs to saucy pulled pork sandwiches, your homemade barbecue can contend with the best of them.
Stews & braises
These are the types of slow cooker recipes that have made the Crockpot famous, and for good reason. Low heat and long cook time is ideal for tougher cuts of meat, reducing them to tender, flavorful forkfuls of deliciousness over several hours. They also happen to be the cheapest cuts, so you get an easy meal that feeds the whole family with minimal damage to your wallet.
Dessert slow cooker recipes
Patience is a virtue, my friends. The cobbler and brownie pudding each take about three hours to make, and the cinnamon rolls are an overnight endeavor. But they are worth it. I mean, just look at the photos. They are so worth it.