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EASY Slow Cooker Recipes – I Heart Naptime


The great hands-free way to cook flavorful meals. When life gets hectic, let one of these simple slow cooker recipes do the work for you.

I’m all about making recipes as simple as possible. Especially during busy weeknights – simplicity is key! That’s why I love to make simple crockpot recipes, as well as sheet pan dinners, 30-minute meals and freezer meals. Quick, simple and delicious!

collage of slow cooker recipes

Dinner is the one time each day our entire family gets to gather together and catch up. While having a meal together is something I look forward to, I don’t necessarily want to spend an hour prepping, chopping, and cooking dinner each evening.

Days like that are when crockpot cooking comes into play. I particularly love simple slow cooker recipes because I can simply add ingredients into the crockpot and let the cooking happen on my behalf while I obtain to spend time with my kids. Here are some of the top slow cooker recipes—give them a try and you’ll love them too!

Chicken recipes

Chicken is by far the Trendy frequently consumed meat in our home. I particularly love slow cooker chicken recipes. Unless you are making something with ground chicken, you don’t need to cook the chicken beforehand–the crockpot will do all the work for you.

chicken taco bowl topped with sliced avocado, sour cream, cilantro, fresh limes and tortilla chips
Chicken Taco Bowl Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Bowls – A delicious taco bowl loaded with cilantro lime rice, seasoned chicken, black beans and corn. Easily made in the slow cooker and dinner is alert when you are! 

Total Time: 4 hours

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shredded chicken in a white crock pot
Crockpot Shredded Chicken Recipe

Easy shredded chicken made in the crockpot or instant pot. One of the Trendy simple, versatile and tasty recipes out there. Perfect to put on salads, tacos, nachos…you name it! 

Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

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crockpot honey garlic chicken
Slow Cooker Honey Chicken Recipe

Slow cooker honey chicken is one of my favorite crockpot chicken recipes that’s fast, flavorful and exactly delicious. It comes out perfectly tender each time!

Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

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crockpot italian dressing chicken
Crockpot Creamy Italian Chicken

This creamy Italian chicken is made in the crockpot with just 4 simple ingredients. A family favorite meal that’s great for busy weeknights.

Total Time: 5 hours 5 minutes

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BBQ chicken in the crockpot
BBQ Pulled Chicken

This crockpot BBQ chicken is only 3 ingredients and 5 minutes prep! Tender, flavorful and juicy shredded BBQ chicken that’s great for sandwiches, salads, tacos, pizza and more.

Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

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slow cooker chicken tacos in taco shell
Shredded Chicken Taco Recipe

Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Tacos – A tried and true family favorite recipe that takes just 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to prep! Quick, simple and healthy. This crockpot ranch chicken is so juicy, tender and full of flavor!

Total Time: 6 hours

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teriyaki chicken in the crock pot
Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Flavorful and simple teriyaki chicken made in the crockpot! Only 5 minutes of prep and an instant family favorite!

Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos - 5 minutes to prep and it tastes like it came from a Mexican restaurant!
Crockpot Chicken Tinga Recipe

A delicious crockpot chicken tinga recipe that tastes like it came straight from a Mexican restaurant. So simple and only takes 5 minutes to prep. These tinga tacos are authentic and astonishing!

Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

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Slow Cooker Chicken Salad is so delicious and easy to make! Perfect for lunches all week!
Shredded Chicken Salad Recipe

Slow cooker chicken salad is a delicious make-ahead recipe that is great for lunches and potlucks. Made with some of the classic chicken salad ingredients but with a modern spin!

Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

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salsa chicken
Salsa Chicken Recipe

This crockpot salsa chicken takes just 2 simple ingredients and is one of the easiest recipes ever! Perfect on salads, bowls, tacos, burritos and more. 

Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

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hawaiian haystack in a white bowl with toppings
Hawaiian Haystacks Recipe

These Hawaiian haystacks are a family favorite dinner that’s simple, inexpensive and completely customizable. Made in the crockpot and great for busy weeknights.

Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes

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salsa verde chicken
Salsa Verde Chicken Recipe

Flavorful and juicy salsa verde chicken made in the crockpot or instant pot. Takes only 7 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep! 

Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

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Recipes with beef

Beef is one of the Trendy versatile ingredients out there—just think of the difference between ground beef and shredded beef. Each one of these recipes uses a cut of beef to create a filling (and tasty!) meal.

Insider’s Tip: Once I find a slow cooker recipe with beef that my entire family loves, I keep a close eye out to see when that cut goes on sale and stock up to make freezer meals.

crockpot lasagna
Crockpot Lasagna Recipe

EASY Crockpot Lasagna – Delicious layers of noodles, meat sauce and melted cheese cooked to perfection in the crockpot! Only 10 minutes of prep, making this simple lasagna recipe great for busy weeknights. Sure to be a family favorite! 

Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

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shredded beef taco recipe
Shredded Beef Taco Recipe

These shredded beef tacos are a great meal for busy school nights. They are so simple – the slow cooker does all the work for you. The whole family will love them!

Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

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Mississippi pot roast on white plate
Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe

Tender and juicy Mississippi pot roast that’s made in the crock pot. Just 6 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep to make this simple dump and go dinner! 

Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

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beef and broccoli in white bowl
Crockpot Beef and Broccoli Recipe

Skip the takeout and make your favorite beef and broccoli at home. This recipe only takes 10 minutes to prep and the slow cooker does the rest!

Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

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A BBQ brisket sandwich with coleslaw on a plate
Slow Cooker BBQ Brisket Sandwiches

Sliced, tender brisket is cooked in the slow cooker to perfection then sliced and piled high on a soft roll. Top with coleslaw and extra sauce for the great summer meal.

Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes

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crock pot corned beef and cabbage
Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Corned Beef and Cabbage –  A hearty and delicious comfort meal with tons of flavor! The brisket simmers in the crockpot all day, giving it a wonderfully seasoned and tender taste. Perfect dish for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! 

Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

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taco lasagna in crockpot
Taco Lasagna Recipe

Slow Cooker Taco Lasagna – Layers of tortillas, cream cheese, beans, taco meat, enchilada sauce and cheese. Perfectly creamy, cheesy and has tons of flavor. This is the BEST taco lasagna recipe!

Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

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sweet and sour meatballs
Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs Recipe

These slow cooker Hawaiian meatballs take only 3 ingredients and 5 minutes to make! So simple and always a crowd pleaser. Makes the great appetizer or main dish.

Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

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beef stroganoff served over egg noodles in a white bowl
Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff Recipe

This slow cooker beef stroganoff only takes 5 minutes to prep and is made with less than 10 ingredients! A classic comfort food dish that’s packed with flavor in a creamy sauce.

Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

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Pork recipes

Pork slow cooker recipes are definitely underrated. In fact, these are some of the top recipes out there! Pork is another meat that can be used in so many different ways and with so many different cuisines.

BBQ pulled pork sandwich on white plate
Pulled Pork Recipe

This simple BBQ pulled pork takes just 5 minutes to prep with 5 simple ingredients. It’s perfectly juicy and tender, with delicious BBQ flavor. Make it in the crockpot OR instant pot! 

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

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carnitas tacos on a taco holder stand
Slow Cooker Carnitas Recipe

These slow cooker carnitas are super simple to make and taste great in tacos, nachos, enchiladas or burritos! So tender and full of flavor.

Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

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shredded kalua pork in a white bowl
Kalua Pork Recipe

Perfectly tender kalua pork with the top Hawaiian flavor. Takes only 3 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep! 

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

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Slow Cooker Ribs - easy to make, delicious to eat!
Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe

Easy baby back ribs smothered with a homemade rub and sweet and tangy barbecue sauce. Cooked to perfection in the crockpot and fall off the bone delicious. These are the top slow cooker ribs!

Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes

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spiral ham
Slow Cooker Spiral Ham

Just 5 minutes of prep for tender, juicy crockpot spiral ham each time! You will never fix ham any other way again. This is the great recipe for holiday meals! 

Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

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sweet pork tacos on a white plate
Sweet Pork Recipe

Slow Cooker Sweet Pork – Made with 5 ingredients and only takes 5 minutes of prep work! Tastes great in tacos, burritos, salads and enchiladas! This sweet pork recipe is SO simple to make and full of flavor!

Total Time: 8 hours

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Soups

Over the cooler months, these simple crockpot recipes are in constant rotation at my home. There is truly nothing like a steaming bowl of homemade soup to warm you right up!

Plus, this is a great way to add lots of fiber and protein to your day in an simple-to-digest form. The vegetarian slow cooker recipes on this list are exactly incredible and are just the thing to make for Meatless Mondays.

slow cooker potato soup
Crockpot Potato Soup Recipe

The ultimate comfort food in a bowl! This simple potato soup takes just 5 minutes of prep and turns out exactly astonishing. Just cast it all in the crockpot and forget it! 

Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

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slow cooker chicken enchilada soup
Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe

This slow cooker chicken enchilada soup is creamy, warm and exactly delicious! One of my favorite ‘set it and forget it’ crockpot meals that’s great for busy weeknights! 

Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

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A close up of cabbage soup in a silver ladle
Slow cooker cabbage soup

This cabbage soup is not only delicious and flavorful but chock full of vegetables with lots of fiber and is very satisfying. All you need to do is dump everything in the slow cooker and let it do the work for you!

Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

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Mexican chicken soup in white bowl
Mexican Chicken Soup Recipe

Paleo, gluten-free and Whole30 friendly! An simple crock pot soup recipe that takes just 5 minutes of prep. This Mexican chicken soup is packed with veggies and is healthy and delicious!

Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

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white chicken chili
White Chicken Chili Recipe

 A creamy and delicious crockpot white chicken chili that’s great for a chilly day! Takes just 5 minutes of prep and is great for busy weeknights. Add your favorite toppings and dig in!

Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes

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bowl of seafood stew
Slow Cooker Seafood Stew Recipe

A delicious seafood recipe cooked in a tomato-based broth with potatoes. This stew is comforting and is an simple to make dinner recipe!

Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes

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beef bourguignon in slow cooker
Beef Bourguignon Slow Cooker Recipe

An simple and hearty meal made with beef, burgundy wine, fresh vegetables, and herbs, all cooked to perfection within the slow cooker! In this beef bourguignon recipe, the alcohol is cooked out, leaving a wealthy and thick liquid for the beef and vegetables to cook in.

Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes

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chicken and rice soup
Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe

Chicken and rice soup is a comforting and delicious one-pot meal that the whole family will love! Makes the great soup recipe for chilly weather!

Total Time: 30 minutes

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Crockpot side dishes

These are great to make for the holidays or for a dinner party where you don’t want to abandon meal prep to the last minute. These slow cooker side dishes are completely portable too—just let it cook all day, then when it’s time to go take your crockpot with you, and plug it in to keep it warm.

dipping a fork into a bowl of creamy macaroni and cheese
Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe

Only takes 10 minutes to prep and is made with only a few simple ingredients! Pure comfort in a bowl and tastes exactly astonishing.

Total Time: 2 hours

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wooden spoon in slow cooker mashed potatoes with butter slices on top
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes Recipe

This simple side dish recipe only takes a few minutes to prep and the slow cooker does all the rest! This will become your modern favorite recipe.

Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

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creamed corn
Creamed Corn Recipe

This slow cooker creamed corn is made with a secret ingredient to give this classic dish a twist! Super creamy, wealthy and has astonishing flavor. 

Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

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Slow Cooker Risotto with Butternut Squash and Sausage
Slow Cooker Risotto Recipe

This butternut squash risotto recipe is a savory, good-for-you dinner that’s loaded with veggies and bits of sausage, all cooked together in the slow cooker. This dinner practically prepares itself and everyone will clamor for seconds.

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

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If you aren’t pulling your crockpot out of your cabinet right now, what are you waiting for? 🙂 Give yourself a break and reach for any of these simple slow cooker recipes. Enjoy!

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Jamielyn Nye

Jamielyn Nye is the creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. She is also the author of the I Heart Naptime Cookbook. When she’s not creating in the kitchen, Jamielyn loves to chase her four small monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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