Potluck-Perfect Slow Cooker Recipes

Ready for your dish to be the star of the potluck? Whether you're bringing a side, entree, or dessert, save time and effort (without skimping on flavor) with these slow cooker potluck recipes. We have you covered with what to bring and how to serve it -- so get used to your dish being the first to disappear.

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    Cheddar-Beer Weenies

    Bring this cheesy, beer-flavor finger food to the potluck in your slow cooker, along with a pack of toothpicks for easy grabbing! Expecting a large crowd? Double the recipe and use a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker.


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    S'more Cake

    Potluck dessert can go beyond cookies and bars. Just get creative! This mouthwatering s'more cake is super rich and a bit messy. Bring spoons and extra napkins!

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    Sweet-and-Hot Nuts

    This zesty mix owes its flavor to a blend of sugar, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and cayenne pepper. Nuts are better when they're crispy and cool, so allow them to stand for at least an hour before the potluck starts.

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    Italian Beef Sandwiches

    Prep for these tomato-and-beef slow cooker sandwiches is only 20 minutes. Remember: The best part of Italian beef sandwiches is the juice, so bring a ladle for guests to enjoy all the saucy goodness!

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    Jalapeno, Crab, and Corn Dip

    Dips can be tricky at potlucks because people don't want their foods to mix. To combat that, bring small plastic bowls to serve this chunky mild-with-a-kick dip. Remember to set up your slow cooker near an outlet so the dip stays warm, melty, and safe to eat. Don't forget the corn chips! 

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    Turkey, Parsnip, and Tomatillo Tostadas

    Impress guests at your next potluck with these elegant tostadas! For the easiest setup, bring the turkey-tomatillo mix in your slow cooker, plus containers with the crisped tortillas and assorted toppers (think cheese, lettuce, salsa, avocado, and more).

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    Low-Country Shrimp Boil

    Shrimp, andouille, corn, and potatoes stew together in chicken broth in this slow cooker dish. Use a ladle to serve so partygoers can get some of the flavorful juice. Bring small cups to serve cocktail sauce and/or hot pepper sauce.

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    Sweet-Sour Meatballs

    Mini meatballs are a potluck classic! This sweet and sour version gets its flavor from apple jelly, spicy brown mustard, whiskey, and Worcestershire sauce. The recipe makes 36 meatballs, so you may want to double it if you're expecting a big crowd.

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    Dark Chocolate Fondue with Fruit Kabobs

    This easy fondue sauce calls for only three ingredients: whipped dessert topping, dark chocolate pieces, and hot strong coffee. Serve with your favorite fruit kabobs for dipping.

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    Hoisin-and-Honey Chicken Wings

    Hoisin, ginger, sesame, and garlic give these chicken wings their bite. Don't forget to bring along some moist towelettes for sticky fingers!

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    Lemon and Poppy Seed Bread

    Poppy seeds add a crunchy texture and slightly nutty taste to this pretty lemon peel-studded bread. Transport the bread in a cake carrier and your favorite icing in a resealable plastic bag. Before serving, cut off a corner of the bag and drizzle the icing on top.

    Editor's Tip: To make an easy icing, in a bowl stir together 2 cups powdered sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to reach desired glaze consistency.

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    Meatball Sliders

    When you want to impress -- but are pressed for time -- this is the dish to bring. The recipe starts with purchased meatballs, so prep time is only 10 minutes. Assemble these bite-size sandwiches in advance, or set out the sliced roma tomatoes and provolone cheese for people to make their own.

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    Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    These creamy, garlicky mashed potatoes are so easy to make, thanks to your slow cooker. All you need to bring is a serving spoon -- and extra butter, if you'd like.

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    Peaches and Berries Cake

    This firm but moist cake is darker in color because of the addition of nutmeg and ginger. The peaches and berries on top taste delicious at any temp, which makes the cake perfect for a potluck -- no need to keep it hot or cold.

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    Sweet-and-Sour-Glazed Chicken Sausage Bites

    Sweet and savory with a little bit of spice! Swap in pretzel sticks instead of toothpicks as a fun way to serve these apple-and-ginger chicken sausage bites.

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    Crunchy Ranch Party Mix

    Party mix: Easy to make, easy to take, and easy to eat! What could be more perfect for a potluck? This slow cooker party mix has cereal, chow mein noodles, and nuts -- all coated in ranch dressing mix and Worcestershire sauce.

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    Chicken Goulash with Peas and Caraway

    Were you the lucky one tasked with bringing a main dish? This slow cooker goulash has big flavor, thanks to sauerkraut and caraway seed, but it's classic enough (chicken, pasta, and peas) to please a crowd.

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    Zesty Fajita Bites

    Fajita seasoning and brown mustard add some spice to the potluck! Bring a few kinds of salsa for potluck-goers to choose from, if they'd like.

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    Pizza Fondue

    This easy fondue brings pizza to the potluck in a whole new way! Plus, turkey sausage and tons of vegetables make the dish low in fat and calories. Bring veggie dippers and/or bread cubes (plus fondue forks) for dipping!

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    Two-Tomato Herb and Asiago Spaghetti Squash

    This elegant, flavorful side dish gets its flavor from an abundance of spices -- garlic, oregano, parsley, and basil. All you need to bring along is a serving spoon.

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    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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