Have a slow cooker, but not sure what to make for dinner? You'll never have to struggle with that feeling again. We've put together top slow cooker recipes that we have tested and approved in our Cooktop Cove's test kitchen.
In our test kitchen, we make sure our recipe directions are easy to understand and follow, our ingredients are accessible and the food tastes so good that you will be happy you spent time making these recipes.
1. Tomato Parmesan pot roast
In the recipe above, we take the magic of sun-dried tomatoes and combine them with Parmesan cheese to make a beautiful crust on the roast. Paired with garlic and fresh rosemary, this flavorful pot roast is sure to wow just about everyone. Make sure to let your roast rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving. This step is super important in keeping your roast nice and moist.
Pot roast is a dish that everyone knows and loves. You can enjoy a good pot roast at any time of the year and for any occasion from Christmas dinner to after-work dinner on a Tuesday or a birthday party. For the tomato Parmesan pot roast recipe and other top pot roast recipes, be sure to check out these 10 best slow cooker pot roast recipes. If you aren't feeling pot roast but want another meaty dish, make sure to see the next recipe below.
2. Smothered pork chops
Everyone loves tender, smothered pork chops, like the one pictured above. With this recipe, you can. And they're so perfectly juicy and tender, you might find you start coming home to this delicious dinner more often. Best of all, there's virtually zero work that comes with this quick and easy meal.
Pork is a staple in most households, but it's hard to get the meat perfectly tender each time. Wouldn't it be nice if you could come home after a long day at work and know that the pork for your next dinner was perfectly cooked? Thanks to the slow cooker, you can enjoy tender pork in no time. For smothered pork chops and other pork recipes, be sure to check out these slow cooker pork recipes.
3. Bacon-wrapped mini hot dogs
When you need a party dish that’s easy to make, mini sausages are an obvious choice. This recipe wraps them in smoky bacon and then cooks them in brown sugar so that they become crisp and glazed. The salty-sweet combination is totally addictive.
Parties can be so much fun and delicious appetizers can make them even more enjoyable. The trick to a successful party is a terrific menu that keeps your guests coming back for more. Aim for a variety of flavors from sweet to salty, mild and spicy. If you want the mini hot dog recipe along with other appetizer ideas, then check out these top slow cooker appetizer ideas.
4. Scalloped potatoes
This recipe for scalloped potatoes really lends itself to the slow cooker. It is easy to throw together, and when you come home at the end of the day all you really need to do is make a veggie or salad for dinner to be ready!
Potatoes can really bring a dish together. They are often one of the most important parts of a meal, especially a comfort meal. The other good thing about potatoes is that they cook up quite nicely in a slow cooker. For this scalloped potatoes recipe and other potato recipes, be sure to check out these 7+ quick slow cooker potato recipes for dinner.
5. Honey & mustard glazed ham
Honey and Dijon mustard go together so well. When you pour all of that deliciousness over a ham, as is done in this recipe, those flavors only get better and better.
Nothing makes a table setting quite like slow-cooked ham. The glistening, shiny meat really makes a statement on the dinner table, especially during holiday time. Plus, it will make your kitchen and whole house smell divine. For this honey and mustard glazed ham recipe and other ham recipes, be sure to check out these 5 quick slow cooker ham recipes for dinner.
6. Cabbage rolls
Cabbage rolls are a dish that seems made for the slow cooker. Even in the oven, they take a long time to cook, and there's really no way around first browning the beef, cooking the rice and actually rolling it all up in tight cabbage bundles. But cooking them in a slow cooker as shown in this recipe brings a few benefits over the oven method.
Packed with vitamins, minerals and great taste, cabbage is one of those ingredients that chefs, foodies and health enthusiasts can't get enough of. Fried, stuffed, braised or roasted, cabbage is amazingly versatile. With the help of a slow cooker, you will find that making cabbage as a side dish or a main entree, has never been easier. For the cabbage rolls recipe and other cabbage recipes, be sure to check out the best slow cooker cabbage recipes.
7. Potato and corn chowder
This simple, yet incredibly flavorful, chowder is composed of fresh baby red potatoes, corn, onion, cream and spices, all blissfully brought together with the incredible smoky addition of crumbled bacon. This stellar recipe for slow cooker potato and corn chowder is the go-to winter dish this season and one that the family is sure to adore!
Our slow cookers really are our secret weapons in the kitchen, as they have the uncanny ability to produce mouthwatering, belly-warming and finger-licking-good meals with minimal effort. Corn is one of many vegetables that are easy to cook in the slow cooker. For this potato and corn chowder recipe and other corn recipes, be sure to check out these top slow cooker corn recipes.
8. One-pot honey garlic chicken
Looking for a meal that will leave the in-laws or houseguests thinking you spent all day in the kitchen? Try this tasty slow cooker honey garlic chicken recipe — it only takes a few minutes to prepare and even less time to clean up since it's all in one pot! That's right, the veggies and potatoes cook in the same pot as the chicken!
Chicken is always a fantastic option when it comes to your slow cookers. It's inexpensive, incredibly adaptable and when cooked correctly, can produce some of the most memorable dishes out there. For the one-point honey garlic recipe and others, be sure to check out these slow cooker chicken recipe ideas.
9. Beef and noodles
This recipe for beef and noodles is great for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. It's also great for those picky eaters in the family. You can never go wrong with a pasta meal in your house. Remember, dinner for the whole family doesn't have to be hard or time-consuming.
Beef is really the ideal protein when it comes to slow cooking. Almost synonymous with the word "braising," beef is one of those meats that gets more intensely flavorful and juicy the longer it cooks. Cooking beef in your slow cooker is really as simple as it gets. As with any meats, browning them in a skillet on the stove beforehand is a wonderful way of sealing in flavor but is hardly necessary. For the beef and noodles recipe and others, be sure to check out these easy slow cooker beef recipes.
10. Sticky ribs
Pork ribs and some kind of sticky, sweet-n-spicy sauce are just so good to eat. Preparing them in the slow cooker is a great idea, as shown in this recipe. The long, slow cooking process coaxes the meat away from the bone until it's just barely clinging on for dear life and perfectly tender to the bite.
There's definitely more than one way to create delicious and succulent ribs, but none of them can beat the finger-licking-good ribs that come straight out of a slow cooker. If you are looking for a solid rib recipe like the one for sticky ribs, be sure to check out these top slow cooker rib recipes.
11. Bacon mac and cheese
This recipe is actually a really wonderful macaroni and cheese dish you can easily make in your slow cooker. It's one to enjoy on special occasions, or maybe just when you've had a long day at work. It's incredibly simple to make but the results at the end will have you feeling like it might have been made at a restaurant.
Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food, isn't it? You know what's not comforting about it? Spending the time making it. With just a few simple ingredients, you can prepare an ooey gooey mac and cheese dish in your slow cooker and, if you didn't know better, swear it had just come out of the oven. For this bacon mac & cheese recipe and others, be sure to check out these top mac and cheese recipes for the slow cooker.