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Crockpot Dinner Recipes

Easy Dinner Recipes for the Slow Cooker


There's nothing like coming home to a warm, home-cooked meal that you didn't have to spend hours in the kitchen preparing. These easy Crockpot dinner recipes make it possible every night of the week. There is something here for everyone. From beef to chicken to pasta and even shrimp, these slow cooker recipes let you get dinner done early in the day, so you can have more time with the family in the evening. They're a perfect solution for busy weeknights when the kids have sports practices and activities.

1. Crockpot Beef Stew Recipe

Crockpot Beef Stew
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This hearty one-dish meal simmers in a sweet sauce made of Coca-Cola and tomato sauce. Carrots and pearl onions make this stew rich with flavor, but feel free to add your own favorite vegetables. Celery, turnips and rutabaga would also work well in this stew.

2. Crockpot Chicken Breasts with Mushrooms

Crockpot Chicken Recipe
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Two kinds of mushroom soup (cream of mushroom and golden mushroom) add incredible richness to this recipe. And with only five ingredients, this dish takes virtually no time to prepare.

3. Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
Stephanie Gallagher
It sounds like a lot of garlic, but remember, the slow cooker tends to mute flavors. Also, when garlic cooks slowly, it becomes mellow and sweet. The result is a tender chicken dish that is mildly flavored with garlic. Serve with rice or pasta.

4. Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese
Stephanie Gallagher
This easy mac and cheese recipe is not made with processed cheese or cheese soup, as many slow cooker mac and cheese recipes are. Instead, this one is made with three kinds of cheese for a gourmet flavor. You'll never believe how easy it is to make this dish.

5. Crockpot Brisket Recipe

Crockpot Brisket
Stephanie Gallagher
The best Crockpot recipes are the ones with ingredients that naturally benefit from long, slow cooking. Such is the case with brisket. As this tough cut of meat cooks slowly, it becomes falling-apart tender. The ketchup, red wine and grape jelly make for a wonderful sweet and tangy sauce that is just divine.

6. Pulled BBQ Chicken Recipe

Pulled Chicken
Stephanie Gallagher
This five-ingredient recipe couldn't be easier to prepare, and the long, slow cooking process gives the chicken a wonderfully seasoned flavor and tender texture. Serve on toasted kaiser rolls or hamburger buns.

7. Crockpot Short Ribs Recipe

Short Ribs
Stephanie Gallagher
Short ribs are another tough cut of meat that benefits from a long, slow cooking process. This recipe is flavored with brown sugar, red wine, chili sauce, carrots, garlic and onions. The result is a tender, melt-in-your-mouth dish that is ideal for cold nights.

8. Crockpot Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe

Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Stephanie Gallagher
Because this recipe starts with frozen meatballs, it is literally one of those dump-and-stir slow cooker dishes you can prep in less than 10 minutes. It's a perfect dish for busy weeknights or for watching the big game. When I make these meatballs for parties, I use cocktail size meatballs.

9. Crockpot Shrimp and Grits Recipe

Shrimp and Grits
Stephanie Gallagher
Grits are richly flavored with corn, cream, hot sauce, jalapeno peppers and cheese in this savory shrimp and grits recipe. Once you try this dish, you'll wonder why you ever made shrimp and grits any other way.

10. Crockpot Meatloaf Recipe

Crockpot Meatloaf
Stephanie Gallagher
Bet you never knew you could make meatloaf in the slow cooker, did you? And because the slow cooker keeps moisture in, you can use leaner cuts of meat for this recipe without having to worry about the meatloaf becoming dried out. Serve with roasted green beans and mashed potatoes.

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