5 Surprise Slow Cooker Ideas

From lasagna to chocolate cake, these recipes will challenge you to think outside the box, and inside the slow-cooker.

  • Slow-Cooker Lasagna
    Photo: Anson Smart

    Slow-Cooker Lasagna

    This is a no-fail recipe that guarantees you won't end up with hard, crusty noodles. Simply layer the ingredients in the slow-cooker, sit back, and relax!
  • Easy Burritos

    Easy Burritos

    If you've got burritos on the brain, make sure to start with a great filling, like this one made from a sirloin beef roast. The best part? The slow-cooker does the work for you–your meat is moist, easy to shred, and ready for any flour tortilla that comes its way.
  • Slow-Cooker Meat Loaf with Shiitake Mushrooms
    Photography: Karry Hosford

    Slow-Cooker Meat Loaf with Shiitake Mushrooms

    Take the guesswork out of making meat loaf with this slow-cooker version that produces a super moist and tender loaf every time.
  • Slow Cooker Char Siu Pork Roast
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Char Siu Pork Roast

    This Asian version of barbecue is moist and tender. Pair it with sticky rice and steamed veggies for a complete meal.
  • Rocky Road Chocolate Cake
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    Rocky Road Chocolate Cake

    If you thought slow-cookers are meant for just main dishes, you'll be surprised at how easy it is to bake a cake in one! Using prepackaged cake and pudding mixes add delicious flavor without adding prep time.
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