26 Zero-Prep Slow Cooker Dinners
These quick and easy crockpot recipes make weeknight dinners a breeze. There's something about slow cooker recipes that call for cooking beforehand that's just... frustrating. Ideally, you want a recipe that lists the slow cooker in the very first step. So, we snagged our best hassle-free recipes for crockpot chicken, chili, and more to make the most of your slow cooker's capabilities.
Slow Cooker Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
White meat can dry out after a long haul in the slow cooker, so we opt for bone-in thighs to guarantee optimal flavor and succulence. Make prep easier with prepeeled garlic, and pretty-up the platter with lemon slices and thyme sprigs.
Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas
This slow cooker pork carnitas recipe is a perfectly simple and inexpensive way to feed a crowd. Set out a stack of warm corn tortillas along, with a few simple toppings, and allow everyone to pile on the unbelievably rich and tender pork as they please.
Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Corn Slow-Cooker Chowder
Great for a game-day get-together, this hearty and creamy soup feeds a crowd with little hands-on time required.
Slow Cooker Shrimp Boil
For a classic summery meal without a fuss, look no further than this slow cooker shrimp boil. With a simple ingredient list and a largely hands-off cooking method, this easy seafood boil is a perfect recipe to plan on for casual warm weather entertaining or even as a low-effort meal to make at the rental house during a beach vacation.
Creamy Potato-and-Ham Hock Slow-Cooker Soup
The potatoes absorb the rich, smoky flavor of the ham hocks in this one-pot soup. Serve with crusty bread, a salad, and hot sauce on the side for an easy meal both kids and adults will love.
5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork
A simple spice rub goes a long way to make this simple dump dinner. Just grease the slow cooker, place the onions and roast in, and let it cook low and slow until it's tender and delicious.
Slow-Cooker Macaroni and Beef
Make this tangy meat sauce in the slow-cooker to top macaroni or other pasta. A quick and easy meal when you're craving some classic Italian flavors.
Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
Pop this sweet potato mixture into your slow cooker on a busy morning. It will be ready to serve as soon as everyone sits down to dinner. Serve aside a simple roast or rotisserie chicken for extra protein.
Slow Cooker Tuscan White Bean Soup
Creamy white beans are the perfect match for a hearty leafy green like kale. Sausage adds a meaty bite, and a touch of Parmesan finishes it off beautifully.
Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Collard Greens
This vegetarian collards recipe brings all the flavor without any meat. We call for fire-roasted tomatoes, smoked paprika, and apple cider vinegar for the ultimate meat-free flavor.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti
Once the sauce simmers in the cooker, all that's left to do is cook a pound of pasta, and serve up this gorgeous, hearty sauce.
After a hectic day at work, hearty bowlfuls of Vegetable-Lentil Soup await you in the slow cooker.
Tacos are always a great meal you can eat with your hands. In this recipe, your pork gets perfectly tender and shreddable in the slow cooker.
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
While the chicken becomes fall-apart tender, briny capers, crushed red pepper, and garlic infuse the tomatoes for a robust marinara sauce.
Soulful Chicken Soup
No dish is quite as soothing as a hearty bowl of chicken noodle soup. Slow cookers couldn't have made the road to comfort any easier: Simply toss in the ingredients, switch on, and then walk away. We love old-fashioned, wide egg noodles for this recipe. To make sure they aren't mushy and overcooked, don't leave them in the slow cooker any longer than 10 minutes.
Slow Cooker Chicken Congee
The slow cooker does all the work in this comforting rice porridge, breaking down the rice with fragrant ginger and star anise and poaching the chicken until silky. A bit of chili oil is the vibrant kick this dish needs. You can also use Sriracha or a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
Slow Cooker Barbacoa Brisket
Slow cooking tougher cuts of meat, such as beef brisket, gives you a meltingly tender texture. For tacos, serve the saucy barbacoa in tortillas with green and red onion, cilantro leaves, jalapeño slices, and fresh lime wedges.
Slow-Cooker Collard Greens with Ham Hocks
When cooked low and slow, the tender ham hocks completely fall apart and infuse the collard greens with a savory, smoky flavor. Carefully remove the hocks before serving to make sure no bones remain.
Slow-Cooker Split Pea Soup with Smoked Turkey
This super meaty meal is the perfect blend of split pea soup and a hearty turkey stew. Look for smoked turkey legs near the bacon at your grocery store (or use a ham hock).
Slow Cooker Beef and Cabbage with Potatoes and Carrots
There's no better dinner than a showstopping feast of beef, cabbage, carrots, and potatoes. To create the traditional flavor profile of corned beef and cabbage without the traditionally massive sodium spike, we simmer brisket in a strong aromatic spice blend at low and slow heat rather than starting with brined beef.
Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili
This soup has a mild chile flavor. If you want more heat, increase the amount of chili powder and don't seed the jalapeños.
Smoked Turkey-Lentil Soup
Throw smoked turkey, dried lentils, and a handful of other ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning, and you'll come home to a hearty and comforting meal.
Slow Cooker Creamy Lentil Soup
Simple flavors and a rustic touch will make this soup an instant home-cooked favorite, especially on chilly, wintry days. Inexpensive dried lentils make up the bulk of the soup, helping fill in your fiber gaps and keep you full longer. Chickpeas are the secret ingredient to achieve supreme creaminess, which become delightfully smooth when blended, and sneak in an extra 3g fiber per serving.
Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork
This slow-cooker pulled pork recipe makes budget-friendly homemade barbecue a breeze! 7 ingredients are all you need to get this dish cooking for dinnertime. For delicious barbecue sandwiches, add honey, barbecue sauce, mustard, and soy sauce to the slow cooker when the meat is done and cook for an additional hour on low. Serve on hamburger buns with a side of baked beans, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, and cornbread for the ultimate Southern plate.
Easy Brunswick Stew
Okra, barbecued pork, lima beans, and chopped chicken make this stew a hearty, filling option for the slow-cooker.
Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Sriracha BBQ Sauce
Rub pork with a sweet and spicy mixture, then let it cook down in a sweet and vinegary sauce.