Fresh Spring Slow Cooker Recipes

Italian Braised Chicken with Fennel and Cannellini,
Get out and enjoy spring weather while dinner cooks itself! How? Use our slow cooker recipes. We've compiled some of our favorite spring slow cooker recipes to give you more time to enjoy the fresh air. The flavors of spring produce abound in these fresh slow cooker meals.

Slow-Cooked Pork Carnitas

This fresh dinner is all about flavor. Boneless pork shoulder is rubbed with an eight-spice blend, then is slow-cooked. Serve with fresh lime, cilantro, and tomato-avocado salsa. 

DIY Yogurt

Forget about the packaged stuff. This homemade yogurt calls for only three ingredients. Plus, you have total control over the taste—add flavors, fruit, or pass mixture through a strainer to make Greek yogurt.  

Slow-Cooked Moroccan Chicken

You're only eight ingredients away from this wow-worthy dish. Juicy chicken thighs get a Moroccan kick with the help of curry powder and cinnamon.

Gluten-Free Pho-Flavor Flank Steak Lettuce Wraps

Pho is a Vietnamese noodle bowl that's ubertrendy right now. Here we've twisted the trend into slow cooker lettuce wraps filled with a crew of hip ingredients: pink radishes, pho-style flank steak, jalapenos, and sriracha.

Rosemary-Parmesan Bread with Garlic Butter

Fresh rosemary is the star of this easy-to-make loaf. The bread is baked in your slow cooker, then it's broiled in the oven for a crisp, golden crust.

Saucy Italian Chicken

This seven-ingredient chicken recipe tastes deliciously complex, but it couldn't be easier. Just bundle chicken breasts in a quick wrap of deli-sliced ham and shredded cheese, then pour jarred pasta sauce over the bundles in your cooker. Served hot over pasta with a crunchy bread crumb topper, this Italian slow cooker recipe is amore, plain and simple.

Slow Cooker Moo Shu Chicken

Takeout, eat your heart out! These savory garlicky chicken wraps taste even better than restaurant versions, and with a little planning, the simmering chicken mixture will be ready to dish out of your slow cooker the moment you arrive home. No waiting for delivery!

Mushroom Risotto with Peas

Creamy risotto cooks in your slow cooker while you enjoy your day. Spring peas add nutrients and texture. 

Low Country Shrimp Boil

There's nothing quite like an old-fashioned shrimp boil—especially when it's made with the convenience of your slow cooker! Featuring the classic Low Country flavor combo of shrimp, sausage, onions, potatoes, and sweet corn, this slow cooker recipe is made for easy spring entertaining.

Tinga Poblana

Imagine coming home to a slow cooker full of meaty, pleasantly seasoned stew featuring savory chorizo, tender shredded pork, and hearty red potatoes, perfect for topping with creamy avocado and crumbly queso fresco. Sound amazing? Believe us—it is!

Slow Cooker Taco Salad

Salad from a slow cooker? Why yes, absolutely! This delicious taco salad's beefy, spicy topper bubbles to tender perfection on your countertop. Toss it over crunchy greens and add chopped avocado, corn, and tomatoes for a bright springtime finish.

Slow Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes can be tricky, but this six-ingredient slow cooker recipe ensures a perfect mash every time. Two tablespoons of brown sugar add a subtle sweetness, while toasted pecans give the springy side dish some crunch. 

Lemony White Bean and Carrot-Spinach Salad

Toss a bag of white beans into your slow cooker alongside springtime's freshest ingredients—carrots, spinach, and lemon—for a colorful salad that comes together effortlessly. Avocado slices add a creamy in-season finish.

Brazilian Black Bean Stew

This hearty soup recipe is an adaptation of feijoada, a Portuguese pork, beef, and bean stew. Adding citrus flavors and a splash of sherry to the slow cooker gives a fresh, balanced note to the savory stew broth.

Mongolian Beef

Hard to believe this saucy, fork-tender beef-and-onion dish is weeknight easy—but courtesy of your slow cooker, it is! Fresh grated ginger and a sprinkle of green onions give this Asian-inspired dish its tongue-tingling zip.

Italian-Style Slow Cooker Meat Loaf

Sorry, Grandma, there's a new meat loaf recipe we love. Featuring ground lamb, fresh garlic, and peppers, this dish is made easily in your slow cooker. Springtime zucchini makes a surprise appearance in this slow cooker recipe.

Greek Sloppy Joe Pitas

Feta cheese, lamb, olives, and cucumber transform this lunch favorite into a whole new dish. Slices of flatbread or pita pockets are perfect for holding this Mediterranean sandwich together.

Slow Cooker Corn Chowder

This hearty chowder is perfect for those almost-warm-weather nights. It's warm and filling, but still has fresh spring flavor, thanks to fresh veggies and thyme. 

Chile-Orange Short Ribs

Spring is totally perfect for citrus. These slow-cooked short ribs call for three hits of the sunny stuff: orange peel, OJ, and fresh tangerines. Soy sauce and chile pepper give this slow cooker recipe an authentic Asian kick.

Lentil- and Rice-Stuffed Peppers

Fill sweet peppers with a delicious mix of lentils, brown rice, and veggies for a nutritious and easy make-ahead meal. If you prefer more-tender peppers, boil sweet pepper halves about three minutes, until they're crisp-tender, before stuffing.

Greek Chicken with Cucumber Salad

Lemon makes a splash in this bright Greek twist on slow-cooked chicken. Featuring cool cucumber, fresh mint, and fat-free Greek yogurt, what's not to love?

Spicy Marinated Pork and Eggs

This slow cooker recipe isn't your usual egg bake. Spicy chile peppers and salsa-marinated pork add out-of-the-ordinary flavors to a traditional breakfast bake. Top with cheese, cilantro, and, if desired, jalapeno slices.

Chili Verde

Chile peppers and chopped tomatillos bring the right amount of chipotle spice to this chili alternative. Top with sour cream and fresh cilantro to balance the bold flavors in this soup.

Mediterranean Kale and Cannellini Stew with Farro

Tender kale and farro combine in a tasty Mediterranean dish that's sure to please. Both ingredients are packed full of nutrients and rich in fiber, too.

BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

Slather these sliders with homemade barbecue sauce flavored with Dijon-style mustard, honey, and balsamic vinegar. Layer with fresh coleslaw for bright taste in each bite.

Make a flavorful pulled-pork sandwich with the help of your slow cooker. The secret is selecting the right types of meat (we help with beef and chicken options, too), plus seasoning the meat and adding homemade or store-bought sauce at the right time in the process.

How to Make Pork in a Slow Cooker

Cooking any type of meat in a slow cooker can be a no-brainer as long as you do it correctly. Follow our instructions to make the perfect slow cooker pulled pork.

Slow Cooker Taco Meat Loaf

Get the best of both worlds by using tasty beef-and-pork meat loaf in your tacos. The loaf is jam-packed with tomatoes, corn, and crushed tortilla chips, making it a delicious taco filler.

Curried Chicken Stew

Chicken, sliced onion, and chopped carrots provide the savory base for spicy curry paste. Simply toss the ingredients in your slow cooker and let the flavors meld for a delicious stew.

Party Potatoes with Creamy Aioli

Aioli adds bright flavor to the hearty potatoes in this tasty side dish. Make it ahead of time for a spring party appetizer that's conveniently low-prep!

Slow Cooker S'more Cake

Capture the taste of everyone's favorite outdoor dessert without all the mess—or the threat of unpredictable spring weather. A boxed cake mix gets some major upgrades as your slow cooker does all the work.

Thick Hummus-Style Soup

If you're a hummus fan, you'll love this thick and creamy soup recipe. Sweet pepper, pita bread, and toasted sesame seeds add satisfying texture.

Slow-Toasted Granola

Perfect for a spring morning, this slow-toasted granola is full of fresh, bright flavors and filling oats. Plus, the mixture lasts two months in the freezer—so you no longer have an excuse to skip breakfast. 

Quinoa with Sausage and Peppers

Quinoa, a grain high in protein, fiber, and vitamin A, adds delicate nutty flavor to the spicy sausage and sweet peppers in this make-ahead meal. Add shredded cheese for a melty, delicious topper.

Braised Collard Greens

Turn Southern greens into rich and tender soul food by simply cooking them with pork. Intensify these bold greens by adding crushed red pepper and sugar for sweet and spicy flavor.

Sausage, Artichoke, and Sweet Pepper Deep-Dish Pizza

No need to call the delivery guy—homemade pizza night just got easier. You're in the kitchen prepping for only 35 minutes, and then your slow cooker takes over.

Chicken-Edamame Chowder

Green sweet pepper, soybeans, and zucchini give this chunky chowder its green coloring and great taste. With fewer than 350 calories per serving, this high-fiber slow cooker recipe is a great option to help you eat healthy.

Braised Chicken with Fennel and Cannellini Beans

In this high-fiber meal, chicken, fennel, and sweet peppers simmer in a tomato-wine sauce. By cooking with cannellini beans, you'll add a bit of extra protein to your dish.

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