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Essential Slow-Cooker Recipes You Need in Your Life

The easiest way to make a meal for the whole family? Use a slow cooker (naturally). Here, we've got essential Crock-Pot recipes for every meal of the day—breakfast, lunch, dinner and, yes, even dessert.

Slow-Cooker Pulled Chicken

Serve it as a main dish with some hearty sides for dinner or as a simple sandwich for lunch. Get the recipe

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Slow-Cooker Turkey Breast with Orange and Herbs

Easiest way to cook a turkey, ever

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Slow-Cooker Stuffed Shells

Pasta and cheese? Yes, please

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Slow-Cooker Whole Chicken with Potatoes

The foolproof way to roast a whole chicken

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Slow-Cooker Garlic-Herb Mashed Cauliflower

Meet our new go-to side dish

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Slow-Cooker French-Dip Sandwiches

Far from your average sandwich

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Slurping is seriously encouraged

Photo: Jon Cospito/Styling: Erin McDowell

Slow-Cooker Spiked Cinnamon Lattes

Throw a party featuring this cocktail

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Slow-Cooker Triple-Berry French Toast

Easier than making a pot of coffee

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Slow-Cooker Cranberry Hot Toddy

The best winter pick-me-up

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Slow-Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Soup

This soup packs a ton of flavor

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Vegan Slow-Cooker Detox Coconut Soup

Vegan, gluten free, and delicious

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Slow-Cooker Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Can't go wrong with this classic. 

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Overnight Slow-Cooker Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal

Make this breakfast the night before

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Slow-Cooker Cherry-Almond Granola

A satisfying morning treat 

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Slow-Cooker Cherry Cobbler

It doesn't get much better than this dessert

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Piccata

Italian classic made (way) easy

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Slow-Cooker Beef-and-Sweet Potato Chili

(from Cooking Light)

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

Set it, forget it, and then make sandwiches

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Slow-Cooker Deep-Dish Pizza

No need to travel to Chicago 

Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

(from MyRecipes)

Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Lindsey Lower

Slow-Cooker Sausage Cassoulet

(from Cooking Light)

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

A little Indian spice for the dinner table

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Slow-Cooker Chicken Potpie Soup

The whole family will love this.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Slow-Cooker French Onion Soup

You're going to love this savory soup. 

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Slow-Cooker Chicken Enchilada Casserole

A Mexican-style casserole cooked in a Crock-Pot? Yes, please. Get the recipe

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Slow-Cooker Baked Beans

The essential side dish

Photo: Victor Protasio

Slow-Cooker Thai Beef Curry

(from Cooking Light)

Erin McDowell

Crock-Pot Corn Chowder

Mmmm, summery slow-cooker soup

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Slow-Cooker Monkey Bread

A foolproof ooey, gooey dessert

Photography: Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Anna Hampton; Prop Styling: Lindsey Lower.

Slow-Cooker Santa Fe Meatloaf

(from MyRecipes)

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Slow-Cooker Salted-Caramel Rice Pudding

It basically cooks itself

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Slow-Cooker Pork Carnitas

Meet the best taco filling ever

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Teriyaki

Skip the takeout and make this instead

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Slow-Cooker Mediterranean Frittata

Mornings should always be this easy (and tasty)

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How to Poach Eggs in a Slow Cooker

It's totally doable—here's how

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Slow-Cooker Breakfast Casserole

Give us all the eggs...and bacon

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Blackberry-Peach Slow-Cooker Crumble

(from Cooking Light)

Slow-Cooker Hot Chocolate

Forget the instant stuff—we've got a recipe that'll take your hot chocolate to the next level.