Fabulous 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Recipes

Not sure what to serve for dinner tonight? You're only five ingredients away from a delicious, hearty dinner with these easy slow cooker recipes. We have five-ingredient slow cooker dinner recipes to fit every family's tastes, including warming soup recipes and new takes on classic pot roast.

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    Bean-and-Rice-Stuffed Peppers

    So hearty, no meat. Fill peppers with chili beans, rice, cheese, and tomato sauce, then set your slow cooker for six hours. Voila! All that's left for this easy slow cooker meal is to prepare your belly for the delicious 300-calorie dinner.

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    Sausage and Bean Jambalaya

    Here's a five-ingredient slow cooker dinner recipe that's as good straight from the pot as it is reheated the next day. This jambalaya needs just four hours on low before the quintessential flavors of New Orleans will be yours to devour.

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    Five-Spice Chicken Wings

    It sounds surprising, but the plum sauce on these juicy wings imparts a sweetness that contrasts nicely with the five-spice powder you stir in. On game day or every day, this wing recipe is a slow-cooker winner.

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    Beef and Carrot Ragu

    Basil and roma tomatoes are the secret to the fresh Italian flavor in this simple dinner. But the real stars of this easy slow cooker meal are the short ribs that become extra tender as everything simmers together. 

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    Fruited Pork Chops

    A package of mixed dried fruit and a pinch of thyme work wonders on slow cooker BBQ pork chops. Pair with fluffy biscuits or corn muffins to complete this tasty five-ingredient slow cooker entree.

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    Sesame-Ginger Turkey Wraps

    Dig in to a healthy 200-calorie spin on Asian lettuce wraps that doesn't require a lot of prep, thanks to shortcut ingredients like purchased shredded veggies. The sesame-ginger stir-fry sauce lends bold flavor to the turkey, and green onions add a bit of zip.

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    Cowboy Beef

    Chipotle peppers and chili beans give this pot roast recipe an irresistible Old West makeover, while canned vegetables cut down on prep time. You'd never guess that this satisfying recipe is also healthy, too, coming in at less than 400 calories per serving. Add this one to your list of easy slow cooker recipes—your family will beg to have it again.

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    Mexican Meatball Stew

    With veggies, black beans, and lean turkey meatballs, this five-ingredient slow cooker stew proves that easy dinners don't have to be boring. Finish the meal on a fresh note with a sprig of fresh oregano.

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    Chicken Drumsticks with Barbecue Sauce

    The name pretty much sums up the shopping list. Just add honey, yellow mustard, and Worcestershire sauce to your cart, and dinner is done.

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    Honey-Mustard Barbecue Pork Ribs

    Achieve tender ribs in your slow cooker with basic ingredients: country-style pork ribs from your butcher, honey mustard, barbecue sauce, and garlic-and-herb seasoning blend. Get ready to get messy.

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    Turkey Shepherd's Pie

    Traditionally made with lamb, shepherd's pie is also delicious when slow-cooked with turkey and frozen vegetables. This is one easy slow cooker meal that is, well, easy as pie. 

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    Garlic-Artichoke Pasta

    Seasoned tomatoes join with garlic, artichokes, and cream for a sensational sauce to serve over your favorite pasta (we love cheese tortellini).

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    Cajun-Seasoned Vegetarian Gumbo

    Easy slow cooker recipes aren't necessarily boring! Case in point: With just five ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time, you can stir up a batch of this bold, Southern-inspired gumbo in your slow cooker. It's especially delicious (and filling) when served over hot white rice.

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    Shredded Pork Tacos

    Skip the purchased seasoning mix and simmer your way to irresistibly tender pork tacos with this five-ingredient slow cooker recipe. Chicken broth and enchilada sauce add bold Mexican-inspired flavor to each bite. Pair with your favorite taco toppings like lettuce, cheese, and avocado.

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    Simple Hoisin Chicken

    Get a guilt-free takeout fix anytime with this easy Asian-inspired chicken dinner. Thanks to bottled hoisin sauce and frozen veggies, prep time is just 15 minutes.

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    In-Your-Sleep Chili

    This great-tasting ground beef slow cooker chili is so easy to prepare—just brown beef, mix with veggies, then add it to your slow cooker for a filling meal that's ready when you get home.

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    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. After just one fork-tender bite, it will become one of your favorite easy slow cooker meals.

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    German-Style Pork Stew

    Cozy up to a bowl of hearty German stew! Apple juice and caraway seeds complement this classic pork stew seasoned in rich mushroom gravy. 

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    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. This five-ingredient slow cooker favorite simmers to tender perfection when you set-it-and-forget-it. 

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    Simple Peachy Barbecue Chicken

    Think bold, saucy barbecue from your slow cooker is too good to be true? It's real, and the finished product is irresistible. The barbecue sauce and apricot preserves infuse the chicken, and a dash of yellow mustard adds a hint of spice. 

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    Cha-Cha Corn Chowder

    Two kinds of corn give this creamy soup a rich consistency, and diced green chiles add a hint of heat to each bite. Crumble crackers on top of each bowl for even more home-style appeal.

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    In-a-Hurry Chicken Curry

    Satisfy your curry craving without heading to a restaurant when you scoop into bowlfuls of this easy slow cooker recipe. Frozen stew vegetables keep hands-on time to a minimum so you can spend more time relaxing—and enjoying this curry.

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    Ancho-Beef Stew

    Ancho chile peppers give a blast of flavor to every bite of this hearty beef and vegetable slow cooker stew. Serve with corn bread to complete your meal.

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    Nacho Cheese Chicken Chowder

    Comforting flavors and a thick texture make this cheesy chowder a good choice for any night of the week (especially when you're craving comfort food).

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    Gingered Chutney Chicken

    A hint of sweet (tapioca), a hint of sour (mango chutney), and a hint of heat (chili sauce). Just add chicken thighs and a bit of grated ginger, and your five-ingredient slow cooker dinner is done.

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    Taco Chili

    You'll love this five-ingredient chili recipe because it's easy; your kids will eat it up because it's like having a bowlful of zesty tacos.

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    Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken

    This five-ingredient slow cooker chicken dinner has some odd ingredients on paper (tapioca and onion soup?), but don't knock it until you try it. After all, it takes just 15 minutes of effort before it cooks. What do you have to lose?

  • Next Slideshow Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

    Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

    Chicken is our all-time favorite blank canvas for dinner. Healthy chicken recipes check all the boxes: affordable, low in fat, and high in protein. The only thing that could make the MVP better is if it cooked itself. Enter the slow cooker! We have plenty of healthy slow cooker recipes, including soups, stews, rice, and pasta dishes that practically prepare themselves.
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