The first recipes that come to mind when you think of slow cooker meals are slow cooker soup and chili recipes. Few things are as comforting as a pot of soup or chili simmering in the slow cooker, leaving you time to relax and enjoy family time. Here are more ways to put your slow cooker to use to make these two mealtime staples with this delicious collection of slow cooker soup, chili, and stew recipes. Our hearty slow cooker soups and stews include recipe ideas for silky squash soups, broth-based chicken soups, and chunky vegetable and meat stews. We also have slow cooker conversions, an essential guide for you to convert your favorite stove-top soups and stews into slow cooker-appropriate versions. You might think that slow cookers involve too much prep time in your already busy morning, but we have an abundance of tips to help you trim essential minutes from your slow cooker dinnertime prep.
Make a meal version out of your favorite spicy appetizer with this jalapeno popper chili recipe featuring ground turkey, bacon, and beans. Give it a few hours in the slow cooker. Or try the pressure cooker to get the job done in about 30 minutes.
Short on time? You can also make this easy chili mac recipe in your Instant Pot! To avoid any chance of cheese burning during cooking, our Test Kitchen recommends saving one cup of the cheese to top-off your chili when it's ready to eat.