Flavorful Fall Slow Cooker Recipes Perfect for Chilly Nights
Old-Fashioned Beef Stew
There are few meals as comforting as a hearty bowl of beef stew. This easy fall slow cooker recipe requires only five ingredients (plus water) and comes together in minutes. All you've got to do is patiently wait while the beef, potatoes, and carrots stew to tender perfection.
Slow Cooker Indian-Inspired Chicken Stew
Ground ginger and curry powder give this fall slow cooker stew recipe its warming touch. Any chicken cut would do well in this slow cooker concoction, but chicken thighs hold up best in this stew of chickpeas and diced tomatoes. Serve it with a side of rice or try serving it on a bed of our slow cooker sweet potato farro recipe for even more fall flavor.
Slow Cooker Pecan Pie
This Southern sugar pie is a staple for fall feasts, and our slow cooker recipe saves space in your oven without cutting corners on flavor. Two cups of toasted pecans provide the crunch for this soft and sugary pie. For a crispier top, broil the pie 3 to 4 minutes before serving.
Slow Cooker Lentils Bolognese
Brown lentils take the place of meat in this vegetarian fall slow cooker recipe version of a Bolognese. The lentils pick up flavor as they slowly cook alongside onions, chopped tomatoes, and sliced carrots. Serve over your choice of usual spaghetti noodles or strands of spaghetti squash.
Beef and Carrot Ragu
Cider-Poached Pears in the Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
The aromas of this poached pear slow cooker recipe are warmer and sweeter than any candle could produce. Crushed cardamom pods, chopped crystallized ginger, and a whole cinnamon stick steep in a broth of apple cider and honey to perfume the pears with the ultimate fall scents. Serve the pears warm with a dollop of vanilla-flavor Greek yogurt and chopped pistachios to add a savory crunch to this sweet fall slow cooker dessert.
Everyone knows chili is great football-weather food. Here, chopped plums and dark chocolate take rich chili beyond the tailgate into a delicious fall slow cooker meal. Subtle hints of sweetness mingle with spicy red pepper and smoky paprika for a fired-up flavor you’ll love whether you’re a football fan or not.
Pumpkin, Chickpea, and Red Lentil Stew
Maple-Mustard Turkey Thighs
Savor an early taste of Thanksgiving with these sweet, tangy, and savory turkey thighs made in the slow cooker with ease. Coarse-grain brown mustard balances out the sweetness of the maple syrup in this tasty slow cooker turkey recipe. Bonus: New potatoes layered at the bottom of the slow cooker soak up flavor for an instant, fuss-free side.
Bourbon Citrus Sipper
The trick to this boozy fall treat is to let the cider simmer in a slow cooker for 2 to 4 hours. This slow cooker cocktail recipe uses whole cloves and cinnamon sticks with a sprinkle of anise seeds to spice up the liquid. The bourbon isn’t added until just before serving, so it’s easy to omit for a fall mocktail recipe everyone can enjoy.
Sausage and Apple Stuffing
This twist on a classic fall recipe makes a playful side dish for any autumn gathering. In place of pork chops and applesauce, this fall slow cooker side dish recipe uses pork sausage and chopped apples to add flavor to dried bread cubes and sliced green onions. Line the slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner for easy cleanup once this stuffing is done. Serve in the crock or transfer to a casserole dish for prettier presentation.
Zesty Bean Posole
A traditional soup made popular in Mexico, this posole recipe is a perfect fall slow cooker meal. Instead of the usual meat and hominy combo, we've paired the puffed corn with red beans. Substitute the chicken broth with vegetable broth and you've got a vegetarian-friendly dinner on your table.
Fig-Orange Breakfast Barley
Prep this fall slow cooker breakfast the night before and set your slow cooker to low so you can wake up to a warming bowl of fall flavors the next morning. Barley is a nutrient-dense grain and, alongside the fresh orange juice and dried figs in this recipe, is a great way to fuel up in the morning before a fun-filled fall day. Slice fresh oranges on top for some added freshness.
Fire-Roasted Tomato and Italian Sausage Grinders
Dish out the hearty flavors your family craves when cold weather sets in. Start this fall slow cooker dinner recipe in the morning and stuff the sandwiches just before supper. (And broiling a little provolone over the top is always a good idea.) Save the leftover sauce for dipping.
Pistachio-Cranberry-Brussels Sprouts Gratin
Dried cranberries and orange zest add a fresh burst of autumn to this fall slow cooker side dish recipe. Adding goat cheese at the end of cooking creates a creamy texture, while the mixture of panko bread crumbs and chopped pistachio nuts adds a satisfying crunch. Simply top with extra cranberries and serve.
Fragrant Garam Masala Chicken Stew with Peas and Potatoes
Need a slow cooker meal packed with seasonal flavors and some international flair? This warm-spice slow cooker stew for fall fills the bill. The garam masala and ginger coat the chicken in this hearty slow cooker stew that makes even the most blustery days cozier.
Pasta with Eggplant Sauce
Apple-Buttered Sweet Potatoes
Slow Cooker Pumpkin-Cinnamon Rolls
Made right in your slow cooker, this fall bread recipe produces perfectly fluffy sweet rolls. If pumpkin spice lattes (PSLs) are your go-to drink once fall hits, you’ll definitely love the latte variation of these slow cooker pumpkin-cinnamon rolls, which includes an espresso-flavor drizzle instead of cream cheese icing. Pair these sweet rolls with an actual PSL for the ultimate indulgent fall combo.
Fast or Slow White Chicken Chili
Switch up chili night with this creamy slow cooker recipe. This white chicken chili combines cannellini beans, corn, and fresh poblano chiles in a bowl of goodness. If you’re in a crunch for time and didn't have time to get the ingredients into the slow cooker before work, you can quickly make this fall slow cooker chicken recipe with only 12 minutes in your trusty pressure cooker.
Caramel-Pear Pudding Cake
Philippine Chicken Adobo with Smashed Sweet Potatoes
Hot German-Style Potato Salad
If Oktoberfest leaves you craving this tangy-sweet German classic, we hope you’ll remember two things: 1) This slow cooker version is saucy, filling, and wonderfully hands-off. 2) Slow cookers have a high setting if you just can’t wait. It’s the perfect fall slow cooker side for when the weather’s too cool for chilled potato salad.
Pork Roast and Harvest Vegetables
Slow Cooker Spiced Pumpkin Butter
Slow-Cooker Pumpkin-Blueberry Bread
Lamb Meatball Stew
Sure, there are lots of slow cooker stew recipes out there, but just one look at this lamb stew makes it clear it was made for fall. Pomegranate seeds and Swiss chard add beautiful color—and great flavor—to this slow cooker dinner recipe. Top individually portioned bowls with snipped fresh mint and pomegranate seeds along with a dollop of Greek yogurt.
Cajun-Seasoned Vegetarian Gumbo
All you need to do for this easy fall slow cooker vegetarian recipe is dump some canned veggies, beans, and frozen okra into your pot. A few hours later, you've got a delicious meatless gumbo ready for eating. Serve with hot cooked rice to round out your fall meal.
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte
No list of fall slow cooker recipes would be complete without the ultimate fall beverage, the PSL! Our dairy-free slow cooker pumpkin spice latte recipe lets you skip the line at the coffee shop and enjoy this fall treat anytime. Skip the whipped cream topping—or swap it with a homemade sweet cashew cream—to keep this recipe dairy-free.
Lentil Soup with Beef and Red Pepper
This two-step fall slow cooker soup recipe is a dump dinner perfect for busy weeknights. Add the veggies, spices, and steak, and let your slow cooker work its magic. Try freezing leftover soup so you'll have another meal ready at a moment's notice.