Slow and steady wins the race, so the saying goes, and after you taste what your slow-cooker can do, you just might make that fabled saying your daily mantra. Get in the back-to-school swing with these simple suppers that are sure to please the whole family.
Chicken and Cornbread DumplingsThe way to the family's heart is, well, through its stomach! Make a classic chicken and dumplings recipe even more Southern by topping the vegetable-and-chicken-packed stew with cornbread dumplings.
Slow-Cooker Turkey ChiliThe most popular recipe for chili on our site, Slow-cooker Turkey Chili features lean ground turkey, black beans, onion, corn, and fresh bell pepper. With just 15 minutes of prep time, you can throw all of the ingredients into a slow cooker before leaving for work and return 8 hours later to a piping-hot, home-cooked meal.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka MasalaWe love the heat level in this slow cooker take on tikka masala. If the spice kick is too much for your family, you can cut the red pepper down by half without losing any of the dynamic flavor layers.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with SpaghettiSpend 20 minutes in the kitchen prepping this gorgeous, hearty sauce. Once the sauce simmers in the cooker, all that's left to do is cook a pound of pasta, and serve.
Loaded Twice-Baked PotatoesFor a main dish, split the potatoes from the top, and open slightly; pile on more toppings, and enjoy the entire potato. You could also serve the potatoes topped with chili for a heartier meal.
Easy Slow-Cooker JambalayaHave dinner ready when you come home with this ultimate slow-cooker Jambalaya recipe. Featuring chicken, shrimp and smoked sausage, this classic Creole rice dish is perfect for the slow-cooker as all the flavors blend together over time in a marvelous way.
Slow-cooker Sloppy JoesSloppy joes are easy to prepare and budget-friendly. For this super-easy, hands-off recipe, throw all the ingredients together in 15 minutes and let your slow cooker do the rest of the work. This is our A+ recipe--just like the one's your mom used to make.
Slow Cooker Sausage and Squash LasagnaWe were surprised and delighted by how well lasagna cooks up in the slow cooker. Be sure to use traditional noodles, and place them in the cooker uncooked.
Slow-Cooker Sunday SauceCanned whole peeled tomatoes work best in this delicious sauce. Use a pair of kitchen shears to coarsely cut them in the can, or squeeze them by hand.
Chicken Enchilada StackThink outside the "dish." 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.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Lettuce CupsThese cups pair the freshness of a salad with the heartiness of a taco.
Creamy Tomato SoupCanned tomatoes mean you can enjoy Creamy Tomato Soup all year long. Serve this slow-cooker soup on its own or alongside gooey grilled cheese for a go-to weeknight meal.
King Ranch ChickenYou can never go wrong with comfort food! This slow-cooker version of the fan favorite King Ranch Chicken Casserole is sure to please the whole family.
Salsa ChickenWho wouldn't like to come home to falling-apart tender chicken simmering in salsa and spices? Serve this saucy dish over rice or stuffed into tortillas with your favorite taco toppings.
Tangy Asian MeatballsWith a different and delicious Asian-style glaze, these meatballs are a tangy addition to your family table. Serve these kid-sized meatballs with steamed rice and sautéed snow peas.
Pulled Chicken SandwichesYou already love pulled chicken, so why not try it in a slow cooker? Savor this tender, melt-in-your-mouth chicken sandwich with homemade ketchup-based sauce for lunch or dinner.
Baked ZitiYou only need 6 ingredients for this slow-cooker vegetarian pasta recipe that's perfect for weeknight dinners. Two jars of marinara sauce and three kinds of cheese provide satisfying flavor in this version of the classic dish.
Shepherd's PieUse your slow cooker to make a traditional shepherd's pie that's filled with lean ground beef and vegetables and topped with creamy mashed potatoes.
Cincinnati ChiliThis regional favorite is characterized by its unique combination of seasonings. Chili powder, cinnamon, allspice, cayenne, and cocoa powder add tremendous flavor to lean ground beef. Serve topped with cheese over thick spaghetti for an authentic Cincy experience.
Sesame-Ginger ChickenServe the chicken over steamed rice to savor every bit of the sweet Asian glaze. This classic dish is a slow-cooker must-have on your weeknight meal planner.
Potato SoupThis classic soup gets a double hit of cheese--stirred into the soup and sprinkled over the top. Weighing in at less than 300 calories, you can feel good about serving your family a healthier option tonight.
Simple Grits with ToppingsNothing says "Southern hospitality" quite like a hearty bowl of grits. This 20-minute recipe is perfect for busy families that eat dinner at different times, as your slow cooker is used to keep the grits warm. Set out a toppings bar so each family member can customize his or her bowl.
Turkey TacosStep aside, ground beef, because turkey is taking over this taco night. Serve the shredded meat in taco shells with your favorite toppings or try it as a taco salad.
Spiced Apple Pork ChopsEssential to this recipe, the thickness of the pork chops ensures that the chops stay tender and juicy throughout the long cook time. Mashed sweet potatoes and sautéed Brussels sprouts complete this comforting meal.
Vegetable Pot Pie with Parmesan-Black Pepper BiscuitsLeaving out the chicken doesn’t make this dish any less filling or tasty. The medley of vegetables topped with a fluffy and savory biscuit create phenomenal flavors and will appease every one in your family.
Tuscan Stewed Chicken with White Beans and TomatoFor a flavorful chicken dinner, serve this Tuscan-flavored chicken with a tomato and white bean mixture.
Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and ApplesSimmer bratwurst in the slow cooker along with sauerkraut, apple, mustard and brown sugar to add rich, deep flavor to the sausages. Serve on buns for a hearty main dish.
BBQ Turkey MeatballsThese easy slow-cooker turkey meatballs are the perfect choice for busy weeknights. Serve over mashed potatoes with a side of corn.
Extra-Cheesy Macaroni and CheeseUsing Italian and Cheddar cheeses updates this mac and cheese dish that is sure to please kids as well as impress adults.
Turkey Chili Cheese Pie with Cornmeal CrustLean ground turkey is bulked up with onion, crushed tomatoes, low-sodium beef broth, and kidney beans. Topped with a super simple cornmeal crust, this is one meal your family won't soon forget.
Eggplant ParmesanThis 5-ingredient vegetarian meal bubbles away in the slow cooker for hours, resulting in a delightfully cheesy, layered weeknight dish. A simple green salad rounds out the meal.
Turkey Sloppy JoesLighten up a family favorite with lean ground turkey. Slow cooking the meat allows fantastic flavor to develop, so all you have to do is pile it on whole-wheat hamburgers buns and dig in!
White Bean and Chicken ChiliOne of those “killer” recipes that will wow any crowd, this 9-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.
Turkey Meat Loaf with Cranberry GlazeTurkey Meat Loaf with Cranberry Glaze delivers those favorite Thanksgiving flavors, even when November is months away. Continue the theme by serving the meat loaf with mashed potatoes and gravy.