Winter Slow Cooker Recipes

If you’re looking to use your slow cooker more this winter, this round-up has 24 slow cooker recipes to help you put it to good (and delicious!) use.

photo collage with slow cooker dishes.

There are plenty of main dish ideas, from soup, stew, pasta, and more. Some of the recipes are from yours truly, with a few delicious recipes from other great food blogs. I hope you find a few new slow cooker recipes to try!

Chicken Recipes

salsa verde chicken on rice with guacamole and tortilla strips.

Salsa Verde Chicken

This Salsa Verde Chicken is an easy recipe! The chicken, tomatillos, poblano peppers, jalapenos, and other simple ingredients go right in the slow cooker – no precooking steps are needed. A few hours later, you get tender, juicy chicken coated in a bright, flavorful verde sauce. Spoon it over rice and add your favorite toppings for a delicious dinner.

Thai-style chicken noodle soup in a bowl garnished with lime

Thai-Style Chicken Soup

Chicken noodle soup meets Thai chicken curry, which means this soup is packed with flavor and the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter’s day.

chicken ragu spaghetti in a slow cooker.

Chicken Ragu

Tender chicken thighs and sauce simmer in the slow cooker for several hours – when it’s done, shred the chicken and add your favorite cooked pasta. It’s a comforting low-fuss dinner.

Bistro chicken in a baking dish with a serving spoon

Bistro Chicken Thighs

This slow-cooker chicken recipe is loaded with flavor! Slow-cooked chicken thighs with tomatoes, wine, onion, garlic, and thyme will turn your kitchen into a cozy French bistro. Serve the chicken with mashed potatoes on the side for a comforting cold-weather dinner.

Beef Recipes

chili in a slow cooker with a ladle.

Ground Beef Chili

This easy no-bean chili recipe cooks in the slow cooker for an easy weeknight dinner. Lean ground beef, peppers, onions, green chile, and chili seasonings simmer for hours – when it’s done, ladle it into bowls with your favorite toppings for a cozy and hearty dinner.

Slow Cooker Pho in a bowl with chopsticks

Slow Cooker Pho

Pho is mainly about two things: the beef broth and the toppings, and Susan, as usual, has nailed it with her slow cooker version. The broth cooks for hours on its own, so when it’s done, you have a deeply flavored, savory base for the soup. This is definitely a must-try!

close-up shot of shredded beef in a slow cooker.

Easy Shredded BBQ Beef

Shredded BBQ Beef cooks in the slow cooker all day until it’s falling apart tender! This is an easy recipe that only takes a few minutes to prep. Leave it to cook, and hours later, you’ll have juicy, flavorful BBQ beef you can serve up a few different ways.

Asian-style slow cooker pot roast on a plate with rice and carrots

Asian-Style Pot Roast

Pot roast is a classic winter comfort food dish, and I love the seasoning twist in this slow cooker version. The beef simmers in beef stock, soy sauce, and five-spice seasoning, along with carrots and potatoes, for an easy, hands-off dinner.

Sunday sauce in a slow cooker with a ladle.

Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce

If you love a  meat sauce, you will love this slow cooker Sunday sauce. It combines beef and Italian sausage, simmered for hours in the slow cooker with tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, garlic, and seasonings. It’s the best weekend pasta sauce recipe when there’s time to prep it in the morning and then just leave it to simmer all day.

honey garlic meatballs in a slow cooker.

Honey Garlic Meatballs

To make these honey garlic meatballs, you need only a slow cooker and five ingredients. They’re a great party appetizer, but I also like them with rice and veggies on the side for a quick and easy dinner.

beef being shredded in the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef

This shredded beef is super easy and can be served over rice, mashed potatoes, or (and my favorite) used to make shredded beef sandwiches.

slow cooker meatballs in homemade sauce

Slow Cooker Meatballs

These slow cooker meatballs don’t need any pre-cooking – just mix, roll, and drop them in the slow cooker with the sauce. These soft and juicy meatballs are freezer-friendly and great for sub sandwiches or served with pasta.

Slow cooker beef stew in a slow cooker

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Cozy and comforting beef stew with rutabaga, carrots, and fresh herbs. Use a 6-quart slow cooker to simmer the stew all day until the beef is falling apart tender. Serve with crusty bread on the side to soak up all the gravy.

Brisket with Mushroom Gravy on a plate

Beef Brisket with Mushroom Gravy

How would you like to serve yourself that plate of brisket and potatoes on a cold night? And that mushroom gravy looks so delicious!

Beef Ragu

Beef Ragu

Are you a make-ahead meal prepper? How about a big batch of beef ragu that you can make ahead in the slow cooker for easy meals during the week? Sounds good to me!

Beef and Broccoli with a bowl with rice

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

I love a great take-out / fake-out recipe, and this beef and broccoli is a 7-ingredient-low-prep dinner wonder that cooks all day in the slow cooker – no take-out menus required!

Meatball Soup in a white bowl

Crock Pot Meatball Soup

Homemade mini meatballs simmered with veggies all day and then ladled into bowls. Sounds like a soup I’d be happy to have any night of the week -especially with some crusty bread on the side to soak up all the broth.

Pork Recipes

crock pot pork chops with apples on a plate with fresh apple slices

Easy Pork Chops and Apples

Apples and pork chops are a classic combo, and this looks like a great way to enjoy them together!

Photo of a bowl of chili garnished with avocado and cheese

Roasted Poblano-Tomatillo Chili with Pork

Warm and cozy poblano-tomatillo chili with pork that cooks in the slow cooker for an easy, hands-off, cold-weather dinner!

tongs holding some shredded pork.

Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

This Pulled Pork recipe is an easy slow cooker recipe with just a few ingredients. It’s easy to prep, and then you leave it to cook until the seasoned meat is tender and juicy. Use it to make BBQ pulled pork, sandwiches, enchiladas, or nachos.

a bowl of spaghetti bolognese.

Slow Cooker Bolognese

This slow cooker bolognese sauce is made with ground beef, pork, crushed tomatoes, and Italian seasonings. It simmers in the crockpot for hours until it’s thick and rich. Serve it with pasta for a cozy comfort food dinner.

close-up shot of the ribs.

Teriyaki Ribs

These easy teriyaki ribs cook in the slow cooker and then are brushed with teriyaki sauce and broiled. They’re juicy and tender with a delicious caramelized sticky-sauce crust.

Ground Turkey Recipes

a bowl of chili with a spoon.

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

This slow cooker turkey chili is easy to prep in the morning – just brown the turkey and add all of the other ingredients! Leave it to simmer all day on low, and dinner will be a breeze later that night.

Tex Mex Lasagna in a slow cooker

Mexican Lasagna

No rolling necessary! This Mexican Lasagna is made in a slow cooker. You can use your favorite store-bought enchilada sauce or try Isabel’s homemade one. Either way, this is a slow cooker must-try.

Want More Recipe Ideas?

Are you ready to get the slow cooker out? I hope you give some of these cozy winter slow cooker recipes a try. Enjoy!

Happy cooking,


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