Fabulous 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Recipes

You are only five ingredients away from a delicious slow cooker meal with these recipes for sandwiches, chili, pasta, pot roast, ribs, and more.

Cathy Long


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In-Your-Sleep Chili

    We only exaggerate slightly when we say this great-tasting ground beef chili is so easy you can prepare it in your sleep.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  4 hrs  to 6 hrs (low) or 2 to 3 hours (high
2/22
Pot Roast with Fruit and Chipotle Sauce

    This is no ordinary pot roast recipe. Dried fruit and chipotle peppers give this hearty meal a sweet and spicy flavor.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  10 hrs Low or High 5 hours
3/22
Bean-and-Rice-Stuffed Peppers

    These stuffed peppers mixed with chili beans, tomato sauce, and shredded cheese will give your family a delicious meal straight from the slow cooker.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  6 hrs  to 6 hrs 30 mins (low) or 3 to 3 1/2 hours (high)
4/22
Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

    This slow cooker version of the old-fashioned favorite combines canned soup, mixed vegetables, and noodles into a delicious family meal.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  6 hrs  to 8 hrs (low) or 3 to 4 hours (high), plus 20 minutes (high)
5/22
Corned Beef and Cabbage

    Make this Irish classic for St. Patrick's Day or any time you're in the mood for the tasty flavors of corned beef paired with cabbage.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  10 hrs  to 12 hrs Low or High 5 to 6 hours
6/22
Simple Hoisin Chicken

    The slow cooker allows the chicken plenty of time to absorb the sweet and spicy flavors of the hoisin sauce.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  4 hrs  to 5 hrs (low) or 2 1/2 hours (high) plus 30 minutes (high)
7/22
Pesto Meatball Stew

    This meatball stew made with fresh-tasting basil pesto is guaranteed to warm you up on cold winter nights.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   10 mins 
Cook  5 hrs  to 7 hrs (low) or 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours (high)
8/22
Ham and Potatoes Au Gratin

    Boost the flavor of au gratin potatoes that start from a mix by adding roasted red peppers and creamy cheese soup.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Slow Cook  7 hrs  to 8 hrs (low) or 3 1/2 to 4 hours (high)
9/22
Simple French Dip Sandwiches

    Loads of sweet onions and plenty of well-seasoned juices make these sandwiches especially appealing.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  10 hrs  to 11 hrs (low) or 5 to 5 1/2 hours (high)
10/22
Cranberry-Chipotle Country-Style Ribs

    Chipotle peppers add considerable heat and smokiness to these delicious country-style pork ribs.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  7 hrs  to 8 hrs (low) or 3 1/2 to 4 hours (high)
11/22
Cha-Cha Corn Chowder

    Two kinds of corn give this creamy soup a rich consistency and interesting texture.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  6 hrs  to 8 hrs (low) or 3 to 4 hours (high)
12/22
German-Style Pork Stew

    Apple juice and caraway seeds complement this classic pork stew seasoned in rich mushroom gravy.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  7 hrs  to 8 hrs (low) or 3 1/2 to 4 hours (high)
13/22
In-a-Hurry Chicken Curry

    Frozen stew vegetables keep preparation time to a minimum for this five-ingredient chicken curry main dish.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  6 hrs  to 7 hrs (low) or 3 to 3 1/2 hours (high)
14/22
Ancho-Beef Stew

    Ancho chile peppers provide a blast of flavor with every bite of this chunky beef and vegetable stew.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Slow Cook  8 hrs  to 9 hrs (low) or 4 to 4-1/2 hours (high)
15/22
Garlic-Artichoke Pasta

    Seasoned tomatoes blend with garlic, artichokes, and cream for a sensational sauce to serve over your favorite pasta.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  6 hrs on low or 3 hours on high
Stand   5 mins 
16/22
Chicken Cassoulet-Style Soup

    Pasta sauce made with red wine and herbs gives this white bean, chicken, and turkey sausage cassoulet a hearty depth.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  5 hrs  to 7 hrs (low) or 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours (high)
17/22
Turkey Shepherd's Pie

    Traditionally made with lamb, shepherd's pie is also delicious when slow-cooked with turkey and frozen vegetables.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook   10 mins 
Cook  6 hrs Low or High 3 hours
18/22
Nacho Cheese Chicken Chowder

    Basic, comforting flavors and thick texture make this cheesy chowder a good choice for dinner any night of the week.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   10 mins 
Cook  4 hrs  to 5 hrs (low) or 2-2.5 hours (high)
19/22
Sloppy Chicken Joes

    Your family will love this vegetable-studded chicken takeoff of the popular sloppy sandwiches.

Serving size: 8 sandwiches
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  6 hrs  to 8 hrs (low) or 3-4 hours (high)
Broil   1 min 
20/22
Beef and Bean Ragout

    Beans, beef, and hash brown potatoes star in this tasty, well-seasoned stew.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   10 mins 
Cook  8 hrs  to 10 hrs (low) or 4-5 hours (high)
21/22
Hominy-Pork Stew

    Lime salsa lends a refreshing hint of citrus to this pork, navy bean, and hominy stew.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Slow Cook  8 hrs  to 9 hrs (low) or 4 to 4-1/2 hours (high)
22/22
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