When fall arrives, that means there's pumpkins to pick, leaves to rake and Halloween candy to eat. So instead of wasting precious time in front of the stove, whip up these slow cooker and Crockpot recipes made with hearty, seasonal ingredients. From soups to chili to roast chicken and even autumnal desserts, these dishes basically cook themselves—now, who’s coming over for Crockpot apple crisp?

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1. Slow Cooker Whole Chicken with Potatoes

Surprise, you can cook an entire bird in a Crockpot and it’ll taste just as delicious as if it were made in an oven.

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2. Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

You could bundle up and go outside. But we have a better idea: Make this cozy slow cooker soup.

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3. Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Soup

For a mini trip to the Tuscan countryside, all you have to do is bust out your Crockpot. The secret to a super flavorful soup? Parmesan rind in the broth.

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4. Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

Normally, this soup requires standing over the stove caramelizing onions for the better part of an hour. This version cooks for hours on its own—no stirring required. (And the results? Ooh la la.)

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5. Slow Cooker Chicken Potpie Soup

The whole family is going to be instantly hooked. Lucky for you, it requires just five minutes of prep.

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6. Cheater’s Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

Julia Child might not have approved, but it turns out your Crockpot is the ideal appliance for making this flavorful French dish.

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7. Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala Meatballs

We love meatballs. We love chicken tikka masala. So we thought, why not combine the two and let our slow cooker do the hard work?

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8. Slow Cooker French-Dip Sandwiches

They’re so melt-in-your-mouth tender, they’re totally worth the wait.

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9. Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with Orange and Herbs

Go ahead, break out that Crockpot on a holiday. It’ll free up the oven for all those Thanksgiving sides.

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10. Slow Cooker Spiked Cinnamon Lattes

Oh, you’re not making big-batch hot cocktails in your Crockpot? Now’s the time to start.

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11. Slow Cooker Deep-Dish Pizza

Step away from the takeout menu.

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12. Slow Cooker Garlic-Herb Mashed Cauliflower

Mmm, they taste just like the best mashed potatoes (but without so many carbs).

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13. Slow Cooker Cranberry Hot Toddy

Planning a holiday party but don’t want to play bartender? We know what drink you should serve.

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14. Slow Cooker Stuffed Shells

Pasta filled with cheese is pretty great on its own, but when it cooks itself in your Crockpot? That’s even better.

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15. Slow Cooker Monkey Bread

Admittedly, baking isn’t the easiest task, but when it’s all taken care of in the slow cooker, anyone can do it.

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16. Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki

Takeout, shmakeout. This is better than any restaurant meal (and you made it yourself!).

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17. Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Use them in tacos. Don’t forget the hot sauce.

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18. Slow Cooker Chicken Piccata

Serve it with rice, a salad or, our personal favorite, pasta.

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19. Slow Cooker Baked Beans

The longer they cook, the better they taste.

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20. Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

It’ll be ready just as your brunch guests arrive.

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21. Slow Cooker Mediterranean Frittata

Oh, six people are coming over for breakfast? No prob.

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22. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Give Taco Tuesday a makeover with your star player, the Crockpot.

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23. Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

It sounds complicated, but it’s deceptively simple to make.

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24. Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Will it cure your cold? The jury’s out on that question, but it will definitely soothe your soul.

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25. Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken

Is it possible to have a crush on a sandwich? Because we’re definitely swooning over this guy.

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26. Slow Cooker Honey Buffalo Meatballs

Make a huge batch and eat them all week.

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27. Crockpot Philly Cheesesteaks

They’re even tastier when you serve them wrapped in foil.

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28. Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Potatoes

Behold, a satisfying side that goes with everything from fish to pork and requires almost no effort to make.

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29. Crockpot Braised Red Wine Short Ribs with Cheddar Potato Pierogi

Further proof that wine (and pierogi) makes everything better.

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30. Slow Cooker Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Here’s what to do with your fall farmers market haul.

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31. Slow Cooker Eggplant Parmesan

It’s a filling, cool-weather favorite as-is, but make it in your Crockpot and you’re winning dinnertime.

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32. Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup

Added benefit: It’ll make your house smell incredible.

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33. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Save this for game night—or don’t; we won’t stop you.

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34. Slow Cooker Maple Chipotle Pork with Cheesy Polenta

You had us at “maple chipotle pork” and again at “cheesy polenta.” Who knew your Crockpot could be so fancy?

35. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Peanut Butter Chicken Soup

Transform your Halloween decorations into dinner. The peanut butter sounds unusual, but it adds a ton of rich flavor and a creamy texture.

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36. Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

The ultimate rainy day dinner. (Bonus: It’s vegan.)

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37. Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup with Sausage and Kale

Our motto: Pasta makes everything better. (Just add it at the end so it doesn’t turn to mush in your Crockpot.)

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38. Slow Cooker Black Bean Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Just as filling as regular chili but a little bit more nutritious.

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39. Crockpot Mac and Cheese

Have you ever seen anything more beautiful? Cream of chicken soup is the secret to its velvety texture.

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40. Crockpot Beer Cheese Dip

Guess who’s coming to your Saturday game watch? (Spoiler: It’s your slow cooker.)

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41. Slow Cooker Chicken Pumpkin Curry

Reason no. 594 to stock up on canned pumpkin.

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42. Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

Wait, you can make dessert in your Crockpot too? This is genius.

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43. Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

It’s so creamy and luxurious, no one will know it’s dairy-free—or that it took you no effort to make.

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