Do you have a slow cooker collecting dust in your kitchen cabinet? You might think that Crock-Pots are just a once-trendy kitchen appliance from the 1970s, but you can actually make 100s of delicious meals with little effort, by putting your slow cooker to use.
Check out 18 of our favorite slower cooker meals, snacks, and desserts below, and try one at home this weekend. Just throw your ingredients in the pot, set it, and forget it!
1. Spinach, Artichoke, and Kale Dip
Add kale to spinach and artichoke dip for an extra dose of iron and antioxidants. Get the recipe here.
2. Tex Mex Pot Roast
This simple recipe uses only five ingredients and will please every audience (minus vegetarians).
3. Apples and Pork Loin
This slow cooker recipe is festive in the fall and refreshing in the summer.
4. Baked Potato Soup
Even if soup isn”t your meal of choice, this slow cooked version is hearty and filling.
5. Biscuits and Gravy
This southern breakfast meal will taste great after soaking up all the flavor in a slow cooker.
6. Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl
It”s like making Chipotle at home…only even better and just as easy! Get the recipe here.
7. Cheesy Pasta and Beef Casserole
This recipe is hearty enough for adults and delicious enough for kids.
8. Crock Pot Cinnamon Roll Casserole
This recipe is so simple, the hardest part is deciding whether to have it for breakfast or dessert.
9. Chicken Enchilada Soup
All you have to do to make this meal is throw all your ingredients in the slow cooker and wait!
10. Dr. Pepper Pork
The only ingredients you need for this sweet and tender meal are onion soup, Dr. Pepper, and pork.
11. Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese
If you love mac and cheese…imagine how good it will taste after soaking in the flavor for hours. Get the recipe here.
12. Peach Cobbler
No need to work on the perfect pie all day. Throw white cake mix, peaches, and butter in a slow cooker and go. See how it”s done here.
13. Teriyaki Pulled Pork
This Asian-American fusion recipe is a sweet treat for all. Get the recipe here.
14. Chicken Pot Pie
This is more of a stew than a pie, but it only takes 10 minutes of prep to make. See the how-to here.
15. Pumpkin Spice Latte Oatmeal
Whip up a batch of this soft, flavorful oatmeal for ready-made breakfast all week.
16. Slow Cooker “Dump” Cake
The name explains the how-to: All you have to do is dump your ingredients into the crock pot! See what you need here.
17. Salmon with Lemon and Fresh Herbs
Make your salmon in a slow cooker and never overcook your fish again. Get the recipe.
18. Taco Soup
Brown your meat before putting it in the slow cooker. In an hour, you”ll have a hearty soup. Read more details here.
I need to try that dump cake ASAP. I never realized I could use my slow cooker for so many delicious meals. Which one will you try first?