Creative Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes

Slow cooking makes meals extra tender and flavors more rich and bold. We've chosen our most creative slow cooker meals for you to try, including cola-chipotle pork tortas, barbecue veggie joes, Moroccan-style chicken, and more. So kick back, relax, and let your slow cooker do the work.

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    Spicy Turkey Lasagna

    Who said lasagna can't be made in the slow cooker? The trick: Use no-boil lasagna noodles, which can absorb more sauce without getting soggy. Cook the dish on the low-heat setting for a few hours to ensure a perfect slice -- just let the dish stand for 10 minutes before digging in!

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    Shredded Pork Tacos

    Root beer and chipotle chiles may seem like strange selections for your pork taco sauce, but they actually create a perfect balance of sweet and spicy. Trust us: These tempting tacos that can be made in the slow cooker are well worth the try!

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    Garbanzo Bean Veggie Pitas with Creamy Avocado Dressing

    These garlicky garbanzo bean pitas make you wonder why you don't use the slow cooker for dinner every night. Let the chickpeas simmer all day on low heat, then add them to pita rounds along with spinach, tomato, and green onion for a healthy dinner that's fresh and fast.

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    Balsamic Vinegar and Honey Pulled Pork Sliders

    Fresh coleslaw and dill pickles give these mini barbecue pork sandwiches a bright crunch in every bite. Add a squirt of Dijon-style mustard for tang and a spoonful of honey to sweeten things up.

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    Eggplant, Fennel, and Sausage Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

    Nothing beats a hearty, flavorful pasta dish -- especially when your slow cooker does the heavy lifting! The licorice-like flavor of fennel perfectly complements the sweet Italian sausage in this low-cal, high-fiber main dish.

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    Braised Collard Greens

    Soothe the soul with this comforting Southern-style slow cooker recipe. We transform these rough-looking collard greens into a rich and tender meal by simply cooking them with a hearty piece of ham, some red pepper, and onions.

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    Soup in the Slow Cooker: Italian Wedding Soup with Escarole

    Learn how to make this Italian comfort food classic with tender greens, rich meatballs, and pasta -- we'll give you the step-by-step directions for making this hearty soup in your slow cooker.

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    Red Bean, Chicken, and Sweet Potato Stew

    The creamy peanut butter base of this Cajun stew gives it a pleasantly nutty flavor. Toss in beans and a few chopped veggies -- green peppers, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes -- for a wholesome fix of nutrients and a whole lot of flavor.

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    Cola-Chipotle Pork Tortas

    A bubbly can of cola transforms garlicky pork into a sweet and savory sandwich. This refreshing twist on tortas also features a blend of Mexican spices, mayonnaise, and fresh avocado slices.

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    Pot Roast Paprikash

    Rich, colorful Spanish paprika is at the heart of any Hungarian dish. It adds a sweet, smoky flavor to our saucy noodles and pot roast, while onions and carrots add tender crunch.

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    How to Make Pork in a Slow Cooker

    When it comes to slow-cooked pork, it's all about the sauce! Whether your sauce is homemade or store-bought, we show you how, when, and how much to add to your meat -- so you get that delicious extra layer of flavor in every bite.

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    BBQ Veggie Joes

    The all-American king of meat sandwiches makes a scrumptious and satisfying meal when made with tender vegetables, legumes, and grains in the slow cooker. Best of all, you can enjoy this low-fat barbecue spin for under 300 calories per serving.

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    Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya

    Celery, onions, and sweet peppers are staples of Cajun and Creole cuisines. We've tossed them in with brown rice and succulent shrimp, then added our homemade salt-free seasoning to create a low-cal, low-fat superstar jambalaya. Who knew something so healthy could taste this scrumptious?

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    Tex-Mex Mac and Cheese

    Forget the boxed stuff and dig in to our creamy blend of cheesy macaroni, zippy salsa, peppers, and seasoned ground beef. This slow cooker potluck favorite is sure to satisfy both kids and adults alike.

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    Spicy Cuban Flank Steak

    Sink your teeth into a colorful medley of Cuban flavors -- shredded steak, zesty lime, and homemade picadillo relish -- between the puffy halves of a soft French roll.

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    Moroccan Tagine-Style Chicken Thighs

    A pinch of saffron goes a long way in this marvelous Moroccan slow cooker chicken meal. The popular spice lends the date-and-apricot glaze an intoxicating flavor and a golden amber color.

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    Caribbean Pork Chili

    Throw this kaleidoscope of fresh island-style ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning, then return home later to amazing aromas and delicious Caribbean flavors.

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    Steak Sandwiches with Ratatouille

    French-favorite ratatouille meets Italian-seasoned steak in this fabulous bistro-style sandwich. Although ratatouille usually contains eggplant, this appealing artichoke version is delightful and pairs deliciously with soft focaccia bread.

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    Mango Chicken Tinga

    Tinga, a shredded-meat stew, gets its smoky punch from chipotle chiles. To make our savory variation, slowly simmer chicken, mango, and fire-roasted tomatoes for a coastal Mexican twist.

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    Japanese Cabbage Stew

    Forget the takeout! Our steamy slow cooker stew tastes just like egg roll filling and contains fewer calories. The special ingredient? Miso. The highly nutritious fermented bean paste lends this pork-cabbage concoction its savory Asian flavor.

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    Jalapeno Steak 'n' Mushrooms

    Devour a big, juicy steak any time of the year with our spicy, slow-cooked spin. We've taken each hearty hunk of steak, sizzled it in soy sauce, and paired it with jalapeno peppers, onions, and fresh portobello mushrooms.

  • 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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