Our Best Winter Slow Cooker Recipes

Beat the blustery chill of winter with a warm meal that's ready the moment you arrive home at night. Here are 30-plus must-try slow cooker recipes, including toasty favorites like chicken pot pie, chili, pasta, and pot roast.

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    Herbed Chicken and Mushrooms

    Slow is the new fast when it comes to cooking chicken. Combine the meat with a medley of fresh vegetables and savory white wine sauce in your slow cooker before piling the mixture onto hot cooked pasta.


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    Texas Beef with Butternut Squash

    Sweet and tender squash soaks up the spicy flavor of fire-roasted tomatoes when simmered with chili powder, green chiles, and beef chuck roast. Serve the hearty dinner over hot cooked polenta or rice.

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    Tomatillo-Turkey Chili with Spelt

    Spelt is a variety of wheat that is high in protein. Use it to complement the lean turkey and cannellini beans that fill this satisfying white chili.

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    Acorn Squash with Rustic Raisin Sauce

    Winter wouldn't be complete without a warm helping of sweet acorn squash. Slow-cook the vegetable with raisins and apple pie spice then serve with a sticky topping of honey, vanilla, and pecans.

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    Chocolate Chili with Three Beans

    Bittersweet chocolate, a dash of cocoa powder, and chipotle peppers add rich, complex flavor to this south-of-the-border chili. Balance the slow cooker soup's spice with a dollop of sour cream.

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    Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie

    Serve your family a piping bowl of comfort with classic chicken pot pie straight from your slow cooker. Refrigerated piecrust serves as a crisp and crumbly topper.

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    Honey-Rosemary Roast Lamb with Potatoes and Green Beans

    For fork-tender meat with full-bodied flavor, simmer lamb with honey, lemon juice, rosemary, and garlic. The all-in-one slow cooker main dish comes complete with a side of Yukon gold potatoes, red onion, and fresh green beans.

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    Spicy Turkey Lasagna

    Layer upon layer of spiced ground turkey, gooey ricotta cheese, and chunky pasta sauce create this satisfying slow cooker lasagna. Frozen spinach helps keep the signature cold-weather meal nutritious.

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    Squash Enchilada Casserole

    Bold Mexican flavor meets classic cold-weather ingredients in this blend of enchilada-sauced butternut squash and beans. Crumbly corn bread dumplings finish the slow cooker casserole with home-style flair.


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    Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

    Prepare an Italian classic in your slow cooker! Our easy, slow-simmered chicken cacciatore boasts a mouthwatering wine sauce and tender veggies. Serve it over hot egg noodles or rice.

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    Porter and Roasted Red Pepper Sloppy Joes

    Amplify the saucy goodness of sloppy joes with a splash of porter beer. Roasted red peppers fill the slow cooker sliders, which are perfect for game days or weeknight dinner with family.

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    Corn Chowder

    Why blow your daily calorie expenditure on a heavy cream-base soup when you can have our exciting (and healthy!) slow cooker corn chowder? The classic soup recipe features a base of reduced-sodium chicken broth, dry white wine, and milk so you can enjoy dinner guilt-free.

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    Italian-Style Slow Cooker Meat Loaf

    Mix up Mom's classic meat loaf recipe with modern Mediterranean ingredients like feta cheese, balsamic vinegar, and Italian-style stewed tomatoes. A mixture of lean ground beef and lamb keeps the comfort food favorite low in calories.

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    Pork, Portobello, and Mashed Roots Shepherd's Pie

    Shepherd's pie is the perfect catchall recipe for those seasonal leftovers. Swap ground beef for lean ground pork and mix an array of root vegetables -- rutabaga, carrots, and parsnips -- into the dish's iconic potato mash for a snug slow cooker dinner.

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    Chipotle-Coffee Pot Roast

    Combine ground chipotle pepper with coffee powder for a unique sweet-and-spicy roast rub. Brussels sprouts and parsnips bring added seasonal flavor to the slow cooker pot roast before settling on a bed of made-from-scratch creamy polenta.

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    Pumpkin-Kale Bean Stew

    Dried beans are the secret to this seasonal slow-cooked stew. By simmering black, pinto, and Great Northern beans separately from the pumpkin-kale base, the fiber-rich ingredients don't become overcooked or mushy.

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    Cook Beans for Soup Like an Expert!

    Dry beans have less sodium than canned beans and make your favorite hearty soups and stews even more delectable. Avoid the mush and watch as we show you the secret to achieving the perfect beans for soup.

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    Caramel-Pear Pudding Cake

    Dried pears and pear nectar invoke delicate seasonal flavor in this sticky-sweet caramel cake. A gooey brown sugar syrup tops the moist slow cooker pudding cake.

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    Balsamic Vinegar and Honey Pulled-Pork Sliders

    Sweet and savory, these full-flavor pork sliders can be made in mass if you have a full house to feed. Coleslaw and pickles give the scrumptious sandwiches a crunchy finish.

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    Tinga Poblana

    Chipotle peppers fire up this spicy sausage-pork taco, while red potatoes tone things down. Wrap in a warm tortilla shell and top with diced creamy avocado for a dinner that's sure to impress your fiesta guests.

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    Cheesy Noodle Casserole

    Protein-packed tofu and cheesy noodles meet in this easy one-dish meal. Slow-cooked veggies give the family-friendly dinner a healthful spin.

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    Fragrant Garam Masala Chicken Stew with Peas and Carrots

    Garam masala, a savory blend of spices popular in Indian cuisine, helps intensify this chicken-veggie stew. Add a spoonful of plain fat-free yogurt for a creamier consistency.

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    BBQ Beef Roast with Corn and Pepper Couscous

    Brown sugar and a splash of Worcestershire sauce give this tender beef dish its savory-sweet flavor. Serve atop a layer of classic corn-and-pepper couscous for a Moroccan-inspired meal.

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    Spiced Pork with Squash and Potatoes

    Get your family to eat their veggies with our slow-cooked spiced pork dinner. Brown sugar and cinnamon add sweetness to the warm glaze, while cumin and ginger give it a bit of Asian zing.

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    Lamb Shanks with Barley

    Go Greek tonight with our tasty lamb shanks. Sprinkled with tender barley and cooked in a mouthwatering veggie-chicken broth, this low-cal dish is perfect for large family dinners.

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    Pasta with Eggplant Sauce

    Calling all Italian food-lovers! Eggplant, fresh mushrooms, and spicy sausage star in this saucy slow cooker pasta recipe. A hefty dose of garlic and an assortment of fresh herbs give this easy dish big-time flavor.

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    Gingerbread Pudding Cake

    Our fabulous pudding cake bakes beautifully in any slow cooker and gets even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. With simple prep, this cozy, fall-spiced dessert is perfect for a chilly day.

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    Pesto Chicken Sandwiches

    Whip together these easy Italian sandwiches on a busy weeknight. Top a slice of ciabatta bread with creamy pesto, slow-roasted chicken, and slow-cooked zucchini and sweet peppers.

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    Corny Spoon Bread

    Pair our fluffy, slow-cooked corn bread with any chili or stew. We've added green chile peppers for a spicy kick and melty cheese for a tasty topper.

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    Slow Cooker Meatball Sandwiches

    Warm meatballs cooked in a garlic and chile-tomato sauce make for a delicious and comforting fall meal. Toast your hoagie bun for some crunch, then add melty mozzarella cheese to top it off.

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    Slow Cooker Coq au Vin

    This classic French dish of chicken stewed with wine becomes so easy when made in a slow cooker. Serve the cold-weather entree with homemade mashed potatoes and a sprinkle of fresh parsley.

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    Big-Batch Puttanesca Sauce

    Featuring plump shrimp, tangy Kalamata olives, capers, and Parmesan cheese, this tomato sauce will keep for up to three days in the refrigerator or three months in the freezer. You can serve it over pasta or rice.

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    Vegetable Casserole

    Two kinds of beans and a rainbow of vegetables simmer with garlic and basil pesto to create this delicious vegetarian dish. Shredded Italian cheese makes the easy casserole extra gooey.

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