19 Holiday Slow Cooker Recipes

Make cooking your holiday meals hands off with these 19 holiday slow cooker recipes. From breakfasts to side dishes, appetizers to entrées, letting the slow cooker do some of the difficult work frees up your oven and stove top!

When it comes to cooking holiday recipes, I turn to my Instant Pot and slow cooker time and time again. Not only do they free up oven space, but often they require less ‘babysitting’ or stirring, making it more hands off as well.

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It’s actually astonishing what you can make in your slow cooker- some of these recipes are really creative and think outside of the box.

Here are some reasons to use your slow cooker this holiday season:

  • you don’t have to worry about anything boiling over
  • the keep warm setting means you can prep some meals ahead of time
  • it saves room in your oven and on your stove top
  • you can abandon it on all day, and let it work it’s magic

Which slow cooker do I recommend?

1. Breakfast Recipes

While breakfast might not be the first thing you think of when you look at your slow cooker, it’s a really convenient and hands off way to cook it.

Crockpot French Toast Casserole

This crockpot french toast casserole is the great brunch recipe for Easter, Mother’s Day, or just a regular Sunday! Assemble it the night before, and cook the next day, for a super hands-off brunch recipe.

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side view of a piece of french toast casserole on a white plate with blueberries on top and syrup behind it

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole

Set your slow cooker the night before and wake up in the morning to a delicious crockpot breakfast casserole. With eggs, sausage, mushrooms, bell peppers and cheese!

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close up shot of crockpot breakfast casserole with fresh tomatoes

Sow Cooker Steel Cut Oats With Apple and Cranberries

Creamy slow cooker steel cut oats with a fall twist. This delicious breakfast can be prepared the night before and be alert for you when you wake up in the morning!

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2. Appetizers & Drinks

The slow cooker is great for cooking and keeping appetizers or drinks warm while you entertain!

5 Ingredient Cranberry Glazed Crockpot Turkey Meatballs

With just 5 ingredients and only 5 minutes prep time, this simple Cranberry Glazed Turkey Slow Cooker Meatballs recipe is a genuine crowd pleaser at holiday parties and for football game day snacking. It uses 100% juice and honey for a healthier glaze.

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The Best Slow Cooker Spiced Cashews

The Best Slow Cooker Spiced Cashews are delicious and simple. People will think you paid a lot of money for them and they must have arrive in a lovely tin.

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Crockpot Apple Butter

Crockpot apple butter is the tastiest fall treat! No sugar added, thick and buttery, with pure, concentrated apple flavor. 

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two mason jars filled with apple butter


Learn how to make awesome Chex Mix in the slow cooker with this simple recipe! It’s super simple, and always a crowd fave.

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Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider

The great holiday drink, this Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider is made with apple, cranberry and orange juices! Perfect for your Thanksgiving or Christmas party.

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Slow Cooker Chai Tea Latte

This slow cooker chai tea latte is the great after dinner drink for the holidays. Keto-friendly and alcohol-free, but full of delicious soul-warming flavor!

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three cups of chai tea latte and a cup of cinnamon sticks on wood tray

3. Side Dishes

The slow cooker is the great appliance to cook your side dishes, as this frees up valuable space in your oven and on your stove.

Slow Cooker Brown Butter Glazed Carrots

This sweet tender glazed carrots recipe gets a boost from my favorite ingredient of all time: brown butter. An additional secret ingredient that you might not guess puts the flavor of these slow cooker carrots over the top! A great (and EASY) side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

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Slow Cooker Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries, Pecans and Butternut

Make the holidays easier with these slow cooker Brussels sprouts with butternut, pecans and cranberries.  Instructions to prepare them in a slow cooker or on a sheet pan, so you can maximize your oven space!

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slow cooker filled with brussels sprouts cranberries butternut squash and pecans

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Sugar Butternut Squash

Slow cooker butternut squash in a buttery brown sugar and cinnamon sauce.

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Ultra Creamy Crock Pot Sweet Potatoes

Ultra creamy crock pot sweet potatoes are the Trendy effortless recipe you’ll ever make! 5 minutes prep, and works great for meal prep! Plus 3 delicious ways to stuff them.

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overhead shot of whole sweet potatoes in crock pot

How to Cook Acorn Squash in the Slow Cooker

How to make acorn squash in the slow cooker. This sweet and buttery recipe is sure to please!

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Crock Pot Potatoes

These simple crock pot potatoes cook up with olive oil and herbs and save room in your oven or on the stove. The easiest side dish that takes minutes to toss into the slow cooker.

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Healthy Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole

This Healthy Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole is made in the crock pot, saving you valuable oven space. A secret ingredient and a small honey sweeten this side dish, making it much healthier than the traditional version!

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce (Slow Cooker)

A simple 5-ingredient homemade cranberry sauce recipe that’s made in the slow cooker! You can even make it ahead and just reheat the day of. It doesn’t obtain easier than this!

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Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Stuffing

Looking for ways to lighten the oven load this Thanksgiving? Try our wealthy herby Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Stuffing made right on the countertop in a crock pot!

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Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole, a classic Thanksgiving side dish, goes from default to downright delicious in this updated recipe. It’s made from scratch, can be made ahead, and takes up zero genuine estate in the oven.

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Slow Cooker Quinoa Pilaf with Wild Rice

Quinoa pilaf with wild rice is a nourishing gluten free, vegetarian side dish. Make this slow cooker recipe with delicious, antioxidant-wealthy autumn vegetables like golden beets, cranberries, and more!

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 4. Main Courses

The slow cooker is also great for cooking main course options. Here are some great ideas!

Crock Pot Ham

Crock pot ham with spiced honey is the great hands off dinner for your holiday table! Only a handful of ingredients and only ten minutes prep work required.

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ham sliced with spiced honey in crock pot

Crockpot Whole Chicken & Veggies

Crockpot whole chicken with a rotisserie-style rub, potatoes, vegetables, and a delicious gravy to drizzle over everything. Perfect for meal prep or for Sunday dinner!Crockpot whole chicken with a rotisserie-style rub, potatoes, vegetables, and a delicious gravy to drizzle over everything. Perfect for meal prep or for Sunday dinner!

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overhead shot of a whole chicken and veggies in a crockpot

Crockpot Turkey with Garlic Butter

This simple Crockpot Turkey recipe is for those who don’t want to be bothered with roasting! It’s slathered in garlic butter and cooks all day (or night!) in the slow cooker.

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Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Loin

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork loin is slow-cooked tender pork loin with onion soup mix and whole cranberry sauce.

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