Slow Cooker Recipes Under 300 Calories

With 300 calories or less, these light entrees deliver the kind of deep, rich flavors that come from cooking low and slow.

  • Sweet and Spicy Satsuma Turkey
    Oxmoor House

    Sweet and Spicy Satsuma Turkey

    Fresh mandarin oranges, riesling, and orange marmalade provide the highlights for the sweet profile, while crushed red pepper adds the spicy kick to this Asian-inspired turkey dish. Serve with hot steamed rice as an accompaniment to soak up the delicious sauce.
  • <p>Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Bourbon-Peach Barbecue Sauce</p>

    Pulled Pork with Bourbon-Peach Sauce

    Smoked paprika comes from a centuries-old tradition in which chile peppers are slowly dried over low-burning fires of Spanish oak and then ground into powder. In the slow cooker, this earthy, aromatic spice adds outdoor smoked barbecue flavor.
  • Santa Fe Black Beans
    Oxmoor House

    Santa Fe Black Beans

    Black beans are a staple side to any Mexican dish. Serve these beans warm and tender after 10 hours in the slow cooker.
  • Chicken Enchilada Stack
    Oxmoor House

    Chicken Enchilada Stack

    You can enjoy the flavor and texture of enchiladas in a slow cooker; just stack the tortillas instead of rolling them. We suggest lining your slow cooker with a slow-cooker bag so you can easily remove the stack from the cooker.
  • Amaretti Cheesecake
    Oxmoor House

    Amaretti Cheesecake

    Cheesecake in a slow cooker is a brilliant idea for a heavenly fall dessert. Top with fresh raspberries to complete your sweet treat.
  • Smoked Sausage Cassoulet
    Oxmoor House

    Smoked Sausage Cassoulet

    For a thicker consistency, let the cassoulet stand 30 minutes before serving.
  • Balsamic Collard Greens
    Oxmoor House

    Balsamic Collard Greens

    Serve these greens with pork tenderloin and garlic mashed potatoes.
  • Bolognese
    Oxmoor House


    Spoon this savory Italian meat sauce over any pasta of your choice. We love the long, ribbon-style pappardelle.
  • Maple-Hazelnut Oatmeal
    Oxmoor House

    Maple-Hazelnut Oatmeal

    The soothing aroma of fresh oatmeal is the ultimate comfort food. Savor happiness in a bowl with the flavors of brown sugar, cinnamon, and maple syrup topped with chopped hazelnuts and apples.
  • Plum Pork Tenderloin
    Oxmoor House

    Plum Pork Tenderloin

    Serve with jasmine rice to help soak up some of the sauce. Snow peas make a great side dish for rounding out your meal.
  • Herb and Sausage-Stuffed Peppers
    Oxmoor House

    Herb and Sausage-Stuffed Peppers

    You can set up this recipe in less than fifteen minutes, turn on the slow cooker, and go. Come back in four hours, and your supper will be ready.
  • Pineapple-Coconut Tapioca
    Oxmoor House

    Pineapple-Coconut Tapioca

    Small pearl tapioca combined with coconut milk and fresh pineapple makes a simple tropics-inspired treat. The key to success is using small pearl tapioca, not instant or minute tapioca. Fresh mango or papaya works equally well as a substitute for the fresh pineapple.
  • Chicken Thighs with Olives and Tomato Sauce
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Chicken Thighs with Olives and Tomato Sauce

    Chicken thighs take on rustic, bold Italian flavor notes with just a few pantry staples including canned tomatoes, tomato paste, and white wine. Just before serving, add Kalamata olives and fresh parsley to finish things off on a rich note.
  • Double Apple Cake
    Oxmoor House

    Double Apple Cake

    If you’re an apple lover, look no further for dessert than this tasty cake recipe. With only 1 to 1/2 hours in the slow cooker, this apple cake is the perfect, mouth-watering treat.
  • Chunky Applesauce
    Oxmoor House

    Chunky Applesauce

    We left the skins on the McIntosh apples to provide texture and color to this favorite fruit dish.
  • Buffalo-Style Drummettes with Blue Cheese Dip
    Oxmoor House

    Buffalo-Style Drummettes

    Heating the chicken drummettes in the oven helps to brown them. You can also brown them, in batches, in a skillet on the cooktop.
  • Slow-Cooker Barbecue Chicken
    Photo: Kate Mathis; Styling: Paul Grimes

    Slow-Cooker Barbecue Chicken

    Cook chicken breasts in a mixture of bottle barbecue sauce, Italian dressing, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce for a sweet and tangy barbecue chicken that’s great on a bun over even over a baked potato.
  • Chilaquiles
    Oxmoor House


    Before there were nachos, there were chilaquiles. Tomatoes and spices simmer with any kind of meat to make the ideal topping for tortilla chips. Here, chipotle, chicken, and cilantro meld in this filling Mexican favorite.
  • Berry Lemonade Tea
    Oxmoor House

    Berry-Lemonade Tea

    Here's a refreshingly fruity mix of tea and lemonade that is delicious hot or cold--depending on the season. You can even spike it!
  • Potato Soup
    Oxmoor House

    Potato Soup

    This classic soup gets a double hit of cheese--stirred into the soup and sprinkled over the top.
  • Mediterranean Chicken
    Oxmoor House

    Mediterranean Chicken

    Capturing the simplicity found in sun-drenched Mediterranean cuisine, these braised chicken thighs melt under the influence of bright, vibrant lemon, briny olives and capers, and juicy plum tomatoes. Serve with rosemary mashed potatoes or over hot basmati rice.
  • Beer-Braised Beef
    Oxmoor House

    Beer-Braised Beef

    It’s hard to believe that seven ingredients, including the unusual additions of molasses and light beer, can create such fork-tender top round steak. Serve this quintessential comfort food over mashed potatoes, polenta, or egg noodles.
  • Slow-Cooker Veggie Chili
    Jennifer Davick; Buffy Hargett; Vanessa McNeil Rocchio

    Slow Cooker Veggie Chili

    A colorful combo of canned, frozen, and fresh vegetables, this hearty meatless chili is one of our most popular. Serve toppings alongside for a chili bar: low-fat sour cream, low-fat cheddar, green onions, and minced jalapeño.
  • Easy Beef Osso Buco
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr  

    Easy Beef Osso Buco

    Brimming with rich, deep flavors, Easy Beef Osso Buco is a slow cooker classic. With just 30 minutes of preparation in the morning, this warm stew cooks in 8 hours while you are at work or running errands throughout the day and is ready to eat when you get home.
  • Poblano Corn Pudding
    Oxmoor House

    Poblano Corn Pudding

    Guaranteed to heat up any meal, this corn pudding is a tasty menu item for a Mexican-themed buffet.
  • Provençal Beef Stew
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Provençal Beef Stew

    For deep French flavor without a lot of effort, this stew steeps boneless chuck roast with tomato paste, vegetables, spices, and a little bit of red wine. To keep the lid on carbs and calories, potatoes are left out of the mix.
  • Black Bean Soup
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Black Bean Soup

    For days when you feel lazy, this easy black bean soup lets the slow cooker build that “made from scratch” flavor with dried beans and traditional seasonings. Not fond of spicy dishes? Use Anaheim chile instead of serrano.
  • Rosemary Chicken Noodle Soup
    Oxmoor House

    Rosemary Chicken Noodle Soup

    Light and dark meat chicken and vegetables simmer in broth with baby spinach, onions, and celery for a different twist on a classic. A splash of lemon juice and a sprinkle of rosemary help give this soup “fresh off the stovetop” flavor.
  • Slow-Cooker Meat Loaf with Shiitake Mushrooms
    Photography: Karry Hosford

    Slow-Cooker Meatloaf with Shiitake Mushrooms

    A mixture of ground round, turkey, and meaty shiitake mushrooms, this easy meatloaf saves the mess and fuss of lighting the oven. Use leftovers for sandwiches or to create flavorful stuffed bell peppers.
  • White Bean and Chicken Chili

    White Bean and Chicken Chili

    One of those “killer” recipes that will wow any crowd, this nine-ingredient chili relies on pantry staples including canned white beans, broth, and roasted chilies. To build rich flavor, the chicken and onions are browned first in a skillet with garlic and cumin.
  • Slow Cooker Char Siu Pork Roast
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Slow Cooker Char Siu Pork Roast

    Boston pork butt roast becomes meltingly tender in a bath of Chinese barbecue flavors including five spice powder and hoisin sauce. Add a side of steamed rice or serve it on a hot dog bun and you’ll still stay under 300 calories.
  • Thai Red Curry Beef
    Oxmoor House

    Thai Red Curry Beef

    Jalapeño seeds add a slight kick to this Thai beef dish. If you want to decrease the heat, seed the jalapeño before mincing.
  • Slow-Cooker Blood Orange Fizzy Mulled Wine
    Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Sarah Smart

    Slow-Cooker Blood Orange Fizzy Mulled Wine

    The slow cooker offers great convenience here, keeping the stovetop open for meal prep. With only five minutes of work on your end, this technique is the perfect go–to recipe when you’re craving a warming cocktail in the cooler months.
  • Rosemary Slow-Cooker Chicken
    Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Elizabeth Blake

    Rosemary Slow-Cooker Chicken

    Perfectly seasoned and incredibly moist, this chicken is the perfect solution to a comforting homemade meal without all of the work standing over the stove. We suggest you serve with mashed sweet potatoes.
  • Slow-Cooker Beef Pot Roast
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Slow-Cooker Beef Pot Roast

    Pair this home-style favorite with mashed potatoes to soak up the sauce. Leftover meat makes great hot roast beef sandwiches the next day.
  • <p>Slow-Cooker Turkey Meatballs</p>

    Slow-Cooker Turkey Meatballs

    Whether you’re whipping up a pasta dish to go along or serving them alone as an appetizer, these flavorful Turkey Meatballs only require 20 minutes of prep.
  • Braised Pork Loin with Port and Dried Plums
    Oxmoor House

    Braised Pork Loin with Port and Dried Plums

    This tender meat makes a textbook slow-cooker meal. Soaked in savory flavors, this dish is a brilliant comfort food.
  • Sweet and Tangy Short Ribs
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Sweet and Tangy Short Ribs

    This saucy dish is worthy of a dinner party; just serve with a side of brown rice or rice noodles. Cola is the secret ingredient, yielding a luscious sauce with great body.
  • Creamy White Bean Soup with Smoked Ham Hocks
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Cindy Barr  

    Creamy White Bean Soup with Smoked Ham Hocks

    Creamy, starchy, and filling, this hearty, rustic soup is the epitome of comfort. And convenient: Beans go in dry--no need to soak.
  • Hearty Oats and Grains
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Hearty Oats and Grains

    When you have a house full of guests who'd enjoy a wholesome, hearty breakfast at their own pace, the slow cooker can come to your rescue. Get it going first thing, and let folks serve themselves when they're ready to eat.
  • Chicken and Chickpea Tagine
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Chicken and Chickpea Tagine

    Hearty canned chickpeas hold up beautifully in the slow cooker, where they're combined with fragrant spices and just a little stock. Since the chicken cooks on top of the chickpea mixture and is not submerged in liquid, it can cook longer without suffering texturally.
  • <p>Pork Roast with Apples</p>

    Pork Roast with Apples

    Dinner couldn’t get any easier than this! All it takes is five ingredients and 10 minutes of prep work, and when you come home after a busy day, you have succulent, flavorful pork roast ready to be served.
  • Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
    Kate Sears

    Pulled Chicken

    Throw it on a bun, in a salad, or alone; pulled chicken is absolutely delicious. Get that great restaurant taste right in the comfort of your own home, with little effort and time using your slow cooker.
  • Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken
    Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps  

    Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken

    Craving Mexican tonight? No problem! This recipe is perfect for homemade tacos, casseroles and taco salads.
  • Slow Cooker Hoppin' John
    Photo: Mark Thomas; Styling: Lynn Miller

    Slow Cooker Hoppin' John

    Whether you’re celebrating New Years or just craving a healthy Hoppin’ John, this dish is perfect for you. If you’re looking for more heat, kick it up a notch with a little more red pepper in the recipe and sprinkle the dish with hot sauce just before serving.
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