26 Satisfying Slow Cooker Side Dishes

From potatoes and vegetables to rice, corn bread, and even mac and cheese, these easy side dish recipes are ideal for your next potluck or weeknight meal.

Cathy Long


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Slow Cooker Risotto

    This slow-simmered dish combines wheat berries (available in the natural foods section of many supermarkets), fresh mushrooms, Asiago cheese, sweet peppers, and various herbs.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12 to 14 side-dish servings
Prep   40 mins 
Cook  4 hrs 4 hrs.
Stand   15 mins 
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Vegetable Casserole

    Polenta, spinach, tomato, radicchio, Italian cheese, and two kinds of beans simmer with garlic and basil pesto to create this delicious vegetarian dish.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  4 hrs  to 6 hrs (low) or 2 to 2-1/2 hours (high)
Stand   5 mins 
3/27
Slow Cooker Vegetarian Curry

    Taste a spoonful of this colorful curry and you'll discover a delicious combination of spices -- curry powder, coriander, crushed red pepper, and cinnamon.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  7 hrs  to 9 hrs (low) or 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours (high)
Stand   5 mins 
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Succotash

    For a terrific side dish, try this recipe that combines two kinds of corn, lima beans, and sweet pepper with a generous helping of smoked Gouda cheese and plenty of sour cream.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  5 hrs  to 6 hrs (low) or 2-1/2 to 3 hours (high)
Stand   10 mins 
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Orange-Sage Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

    Take a break from the usual candied sweet potatoes and serve these herb-accented golden slices instead.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Roast  5 hrs  to 6 hrs (low) or 2 1/2 to 3 hours (high)
6/27
Balsamic Root Vegetables

    Potatoes, parsnips, carrots, and onions mixed with balsamic vinegar make the perfect accompaniment to any meat.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Slow Cook  9 hrs  to 11 hrs (low) or 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours (high)
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Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    Chicken broth seasoned with garlic makes these fluffy mashed potatoes especially flavorful.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Slow Cook  6 hrs  to 8 hrs (low), 3 to 4 hours (high)
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Southwestern Polenta with Corn and Chiles

    Corn, diced green chiles, and Monterey Jack cheese turn ordinary cornmeal into a tempting side dish for any occasion.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Slow Cook  7 hrs  to 9 hrs (low) or 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours (high)
9/27
Apple-Buttered Sweet Potatoes

    Cubes of sweet potatoes and Granny Smith apples cook alongside dried cranberries, spices, and butter to make a tasty side dish that won't last long at the dinner table.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Slow Cook  6 hrs  to 7 hrs (low) or 3 to 3 1/2 hours (high)
10/27
Herbed Wild Rice

    Toothsome wild rice cooks with carrots, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and a generous medley of herbs for an ideal dish that's generous enough to serve a crowd.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Slow Cook  6 hrs  to 7 hrs (low) or 3 to 3 1/2 hours (high)
11/27
Creamy Corn and Roasted Red Peppers

    Creamy corn mixed with red sweet peppers and onions makes an attractive offering for your next potluck or buffet.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Roast  6 hrs  to 8 hrs (low) or 3 to 4 hours (high)
12/27
Saucy Green Beans and Potatoes

    Tender potatoes and crisp green beans achieve elegance in a mustard-dill sauce that owes its satiny texture to cream of celery soup.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  6 hrs low; High 3 hours
13/27
Tex-Mex Mac and Cheese

    Macaroni and cheese with taco flavorings combines two favorite foods into one yummy dish that's sure to be a potluck pleaser.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Slow Cook  5 hrs 30 mins  to 6 hrs (low)
14/27
Easy Cheesy Potatoes

    These hash browns are dressed up with bacon, leeks, and three kinds of cheese to make the perfect dish for family and friends.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  6 hrs  to 8 hrs (low)
15/27
Alfredo Green Beans

    This saucy slow-cooked green bean recipe is perfect for your next potluck -- or at holiday time when your oven is busy.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  5 hrs  to 6 hrs (low) or 2 1/2 to 3 hours (high)
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Cauliflower and Broccoli in Swiss Cheese Sauce

    Swiss cheese and Alfredo sauce make a rich and creamy blend, but it's the herbs that elevate this cheesy vegetable dish to sublime.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Slow Cook  6 hrs  to 7 hrs (low) or 3 to 3 1/2 hours (high)
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Corny Spoon Bread

    This fluffy corn side dish mixed with red peppers and diced green chile peppers is the perfect stand-in for dressing when chicken or turkey is on the menu.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Slow Cook  4 hrs (low)
18/27
Cowboy Rice and Beans

    This slow cooker version of the popular barbecue multibean bake gets a tasty kick from chili beans and jalapeno peppers.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Slow Cook  5 hrs  to 6 hrs (low) or 2 1/2 to 3 hour 9high)
19/27
Succotash

    This colorful blend of tomatoes, lima beans, corn, potatoes, and onions rounds out any weeknight dinner.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  7 hrs  to 9 hrs (low) or 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours (high)
20/27
Barley-Squash Gratin

    Butternut squash, spinach, onions, and barley mixed with Parmesan cheese make a savory gratin side dish for a crowd.

Makes: 6 servings
Serving size: 6 main-dish servings or 12 side-dish servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  6 hrs  to 7 hrs (low) or 3 to 3 1/2 hours (high)
Stand   10 mins 
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Caramelized Onions and Potatoes

    This mixture of caramelized onions and creamy potatoes makes a tasty accompaniment to your favorite meat dishes.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  6 hrs  to 7 hrs (low) or 3 to 3 1/2 hours (high)
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Cheesy Cauliflower for a Crowd

    Even kids will eat their vegetables when they're cooked in a delicious cheesy sauce. Make this generous recipe when you've got company coming for dinner.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  6 hrs Low or High 3 hours
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Wild Rice with Pecans and Cherries

    Dried cherries provide a tart flavor to this herbed wild rice dish, while toasted pecans add a generous crunch.

Makes: 15 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  5 hrs  to 6 hrs (low)
Stand   10 mins 
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Creamy Potato Wedges

    Sour cream and two types of cheese make a creamy sauce that turns packaged potato wedges into a company-special side dish.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   10 mins 
Cook  3 hrs 30 mins Low or High 3 1/2 hours
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Acorn Squash with Orange-Cranberry Sauce

    No matter whether you serve this festive cranberry-sauced squash with meat, poultry, or fish, it's a top-notch way to round out a meal.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  6 hrs  to 7 hrs (low) or 3 to 3 1/2 hours (high)
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Multigrain Pilaf

    Wheat berries, barley, and wild rice make this dish wholesome, filling, and infinitely interesting.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  6 hrs  to 8 hrs (low) or 3 to 4 hours (high)
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