Dump Dinners Made in Your Slow Cooker

Quinoa with Sausage and Peppers
Dump and slow-cook: That's all these recipes require! With no time-consuming prep or ingredients to add later, these meals can be tossed all at once into your slow cooker in the morning without throwing off your daily routine. And when the day is over, you'll have a delicious slow cooker dinner waiting for you and filling your home with mouthwatering smells.

Mexican Meatball Stew

You may not think Mexican flavors and meatballs go together, but one taste of this rich stew will convince you otherwise. To toss this dinner together with almost no prep time, start with frozen meatballs and corn.

Salsa Verde Beef Taco Salad

A lot of slow cooker dinners lack fresh ingredients, but not this taco salad. Dump ground beef, pinto beans, and salsa into your slow cooker to simmer for the day, then serve on top of a bed of fresh lettuce with other fresh veggie toppers like chopped tomatoes.

Spicy Spring Picnic Pork

These spicy pork sandwiches might have "spring" in the name, but we give you permission to serve them any season. Depending on the toppers you use, the sandwiches can make any day a spring picnic even in the cold of winter.

Italian Pork with Sweet Potatoes

When the smell of this tender pork roast fills your kitchen, you'll have to resist the temptation to take a peek. Look for bags of precut sweet potatoes in your grocery store produce department—you won't have to do any chopping!

Maple-Mustard-Sauced Turkey Thighs

You'll have plenty of time to make a side salad while this meat-and-potatoes dinner slow-cooks. You will have to quarter the new potatoes before dumping them in, but with just four other ingredients to add, the final result is worth it.

Beer Brisket

Tender, juicy brisket is a prime candidate for cooking low and slow all day before dinnertime. You can serve slices of meat on rolls for easy sandwiches, but we won't judge if you savor this brisket all on its own.

Cajun-Seasoned Vegetarian Gumbo

Zesty Cajun seasoning turns a blend of okra, sweet peppers, tomatoes, and black beans into a spicy gumbo-style meal. To make this vegetarian dinner even heartier, serve over hot cooked rice.

Jalapeno Steak 'n' Mushrooms

A steak dinner from the slow cooker? Count us in. Portobello mushrooms and onions cook right alongside the steak, so you'll have a ready-made side dish and entree when this dish is done cooking.

Japanese Cabbage Stew

DIY an Asian-style dinner with pork, bok choy, red sweet peppers, and a blend of spices and seasonings. This yummy cabbage stew only takes a few minutes of prep before it simmers for the day in your slow cooker, so it's easy to toss together in the morning on your way out the door.

Lamb Birria with Barley and Dried Plums

Want to indulge a little tonight? This spicy lamb stew simmers in chicken broth and red wine with a spiced blend of ground ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Just before it hits your table, top each rich serving with crispy tortilla chips, tomato, and parsley.

Maharaja Riblets

Tender slow cooker ribs are always a hit, but these five-spice ribs take deliciousness to a whole new level. You'll have to rub the spices into the meat instead of dumping them on top, but we think this dish is worth a little extra effort.

Dijon Beef Stew

Start this recipe in the morning, and you'll have a warm, hearty bowl of beef stew waiting for you at the end of the day. Tender beef and veggies spend the day simmering in beef broth and a blend of garlic and spices to create this homey, comforting meal.

Spicy Chipotle Chicken Lentil Stew

What makes this chicken stew so spicy, you ask? Chipotle peppers and a few pinches of chili powder add its namesake heat, while a few slices of avocado on top cool it down.

Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs

There's no fuss involved with prepping these juicy ribs: Just place them in your slow cooker and dump beef broth, dark beer, onions, and a few spices on top. If you want to sop up some of the extra juices oozing from these mouthwatering ribs, serve with mashed potatoes or a slice of toast.

French Chicken Stew

This recipe has a long ingredients list, but there's no time-consuming prep—just dump everything into your slow cooker. The combination of chicken, veggies, and spices develops rich French flavors in this stew while it slow-cooks throughout the day.

Saucy Ravioli with Meatballs

This dinner is truly dump and slow-cook. Layer together spaghetti sauce, ravioli, meatballs, and mozzarella cheese, then let your slow cooker take over. Almost like magic, this hearty Italian dinner is ready to serve in just a few hours.

Quinoa with Sausage and Peppers

Looking for more ways to add quinoa to your meal plan? It doesn't get much easier than this slow cooker recipe. Cooked alongside chicken sausage and sweet peppers, this quinoa dinner is a super easy (and delicious) way to introduce the healthy grain at your table.

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