Crock-Pot Recipes

Slow Cooker & Crock-Pot Recipes

There’s nothing quite like walking into the kitchen to a warm, fully cooked meal that didn’t require you to hover over the stove or oven, and that’s why we love our slow cookers so much. With little to no effort on your end – just a little bit of prep and some patience – you can easily create crowd-pleasing Crock-Pot meals. Perfect for when it’s too hot to cook, you’re too busy or even when you just want a day off, slow cookers provide the help you need to make a delicious and healthy dinner any night of the week.

What is a Crock-Pot or Slow Cooker?

Let’s start with the name. “Crock-Pot” is actually a brand name and just one type of slow cooker, but the term has become so popular you’ll often find the two terms being used interchangeably. Slow cookers, or Crock-Pots, include a base with a heating element, a vessel that sits inside the element and a glass lid. The base is heated, which causes hot air to rise up the sides and into the food. The steam that’s generated from the heat creates a vacuum seal, keeping the temperature low and consistent during the cooking process. The moist heat cooks your food at a low temperature over a long period of time.

Most slow cookers have a low and high setting, ranging between 175°F to 215°F. Once the cooking timer has gone off, the slow cooker typically keeps food on a warm setting around 165°F to 175°F. A general rule of thumb is that cooking on low will take about twice as long as cooking on high.

What are the Best Things to Cook in a Crock-Pot or Slow Cooker?

This surprisingly versatile appliance can make a deeply flavorful dish from even the most budget-friendly ingredients. Because tougher, fattier meats can become melt-in-your-mouth tender when cooked in a slow cooker, cuts such as chuck roasts, short ribs, pork shoulders, lamb shanks and dark meat chicken (such as thighs and drumsticks) are all great options to try.

Easy Crock-Pot Recipes

Ready to get cooking? We’ve gathered a few of our favorite slow cooker recipes to get you started. Not only are these slow cooker meals easy to whip up, but you might just find your family’s new favorite dinner here.

Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo Tortellini

This invitingly warm chicken tortellini recipe takes just a few minutes of prep and is easy to serve right from the slow cooker.

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1½ lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 jars (16 oz. each) Kroger Brand Four Cheese Alfredo Sauce, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp. ground pepper
  • 4 oz. baby Bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 package (19 oz.) Kroger Brand Tri-Color Cheese Tortellini
  • 1 bag (12 oz.) Kroger Brand Meal-Ready Sides California Style Vegetables, prepared according to package instructions

Directions:

  1. In slow cooker, combine chicken breasts and 1 jar alfredo sauce. Cover, cook on high 4-6 hours or until chicken is cooked through. Shred chicken.
  2. In slow cooker, add remaining jar of alfredo sauce, garlic, pepper, mushrooms and tortellini. Cover, cook on high 15-20 minutes, until heated through.
  3. Serve with steamed vegetables.

Vegan Quinoa Slow Cooker Chili

While this game-changing vegan chili slowly simmers to perfection in your slow cooker, you can focus on spending time with your family.

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 4 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (15 oz.) chili beans
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • ½ Tbsp. cumin
  • ½ Tbsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced
  • 1 avocado, diced

Directions:

  1. In slow cooker, combine onion, poblano pepper, bell pepper, garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili beans, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, quinoa and water. Stir to combine.
  2. Cook on HIGH 2 to 3 hours. Turn to LOW; continue cooking 2 to 4 hours. Alternatively, cook on LOW 8 hours.
  3. Serve with jalapeños and avocado. Refrigerate leftovers.

Slow Cooker Beef Machaca Tacos

This recipe skips the traditional drying and rehydrating of machaca, but delivers the same delicious, rich flavors.

Prep: 30 minutes

Cook: 6 hours

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. oregano
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1½ lbs. boneless chuck shoulder roast
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 8 small corn or flour tortillas
  • ½ cup Kroger Brand Shredded Mexican Style Blend Cheese
  • ½ cup shredded lettuce
  • ½ cup sour cream

Directions:

  1. In small bowl, mix together chili powder, salt, black pepper, cumin, garlic powder, oregano and cayenne pepper; season chuck roast with spice mix.
  2. In 5-quart or larger slow cooker, combine chuck roast, bell pepper, onion, tomato and broth. Cover.
  3. Cook on LOW 6 to 7 hours, until meat is tender. Remove meat and shred with fork.
  4. If desired, use immersion blender to blend cooking liquid, peppers and tomatoes into thicker sauce. Toss meat with cooking liquid. Stir in lime juice. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  5. To serve, divide meat between tortillas. Top with cheese, lettuce, onion and sour cream.

Loaded Slow Cooker Queso

Packed with ground beef, three different cheeses and chili beans, this fully loaded queso dip is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 8 oz. natural American cheese, cut into ½” pieces
  • 1 bag (8 oz.) sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 can (15 oz.) chili beans
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • Tortilla chips, for serving, optional
  • Potato wedges, for serving, optional

Directions:

  1. In large skillet over medium heat, crumble beef. Cook until internal temperature reaches 165°F. Drain excess juices.
  2. In slow cooker, combine cooked beef, American cheese, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, milk, diced tomatoes and green chilies, chili beans and cumin. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW 1 to 2 hours, until cheese is melted.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips or potato wedges.

German Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Inspired by German Schweinebraten, these sandwiches are made with pork that’s slow cooked with mustard and onions, then served with sauerkraut and potato dumplings.

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 7 hours

Ingredients:

  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ cup spicy brown mustard, plus more for serving
  • 3½ lbs. Kroger Brand Pork Steak Ready Shoulder Butt, patted dry
  • 12 potato rolls, toasted if desired
  • 1½ cups sauerkraut, drained

Directions:

  1. In bottom of 6-quart or larger slow cooker, combine onions and juice.
  2. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper and garlic powder. Rub pork shoulder with mustard and spice blend. Place on top of onions.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 8 hours or until pork is tender.
  4. Using two forks, shred meat. Toss with onions and cooking liquid.
  5. Serve pork on potato rolls. Top with sauerkraut and mustard, if desired.

Don’t feel bad if you’re slow to the slow cooker game – there’s still time to try both old and new favorites in this handy kitchen appliance. For more Crock-Pot dinners and ideas, take a look at our bonus Crock-Pot recipes below, or try some of these delicious slow cooker chicken recipes. For even more meal inspiration, check out these easy meal solutions to help you plan your menu.

Crock-Pot Recipes

Slow Cooker & Crock-Pot Recipes

There’s nothing quite like walking into the kitchen to a warm, fully cooked meal that didn’t require you to hover over the stove or oven, and that’s why we love our slow cookers so much. With little to no effort on your end – just a little bit of prep and some patience – you can easily create crowd-pleasing Crock-Pot meals. Perfect for when it’s too hot to cook, you’re too busy or even when you just want a day off, slow cookers provide the help you need to make a delicious and healthy dinner any night of the week.

What is a Crock-Pot or Slow Cooker?

Let’s start with the name. “Crock-Pot” is actually a brand name and just one type of slow cooker, but the term has become so popular you’ll often find the two terms being used interchangeably. Slow cookers, or Crock-Pots, include a base with a heating element, a vessel that sits inside the element and a glass lid. The base is heated, which causes hot air to rise up the sides and into the food. The steam that’s generated from the heat creates a vacuum seal, keeping the temperature low and consistent during the cooking process. The moist heat cooks your food at a low temperature over a long period of time.

Most slow cookers have a low and high setting, ranging between 175°F to 215°F. Once the cooking timer has gone off, the slow cooker typically keeps food on a warm setting around 165°F to 175°F. A general rule of thumb is that cooking on low will take about twice as long as cooking on high.

What are the Best Things to Cook in a Crock-Pot or Slow Cooker?

This surprisingly versatile appliance can make a deeply flavorful dish from even the most budget-friendly ingredients. Because tougher, fattier meats can become melt-in-your-mouth tender when cooked in a slow cooker, cuts such as chuck roasts, short ribs, pork shoulders, lamb shanks and dark meat chicken (such as thighs and drumsticks) are all great options to try.

Easy Crock-Pot Recipes

Ready to get cooking? We’ve gathered a few of our favorite slow cooker recipes to get you started. Not only are these slow cooker meals easy to whip up, but you might just find your family’s new favorite dinner here.

Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo Tortellini

This invitingly warm chicken tortellini recipe takes just a few minutes of prep and is easy to serve right from the slow cooker.

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1½ lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 jars (16 oz. each) Kroger Brand Four Cheese Alfredo Sauce, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp. ground pepper
  • 4 oz. baby Bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 package (19 oz.) Kroger Brand Tri-Color Cheese Tortellini
  • 1 bag (12 oz.) Kroger Brand Meal-Ready Sides California Style Vegetables, prepared according to package instructions

Directions:

  1. In slow cooker, combine chicken breasts and 1 jar alfredo sauce. Cover, cook on high 4-6 hours or until chicken is cooked through. Shred chicken.
  2. In slow cooker, add remaining jar of alfredo sauce, garlic, pepper, mushrooms and tortellini. Cover, cook on high 15-20 minutes, until heated through.
  3. Serve with steamed vegetables.

Vegan Quinoa Slow Cooker Chili

While this game-changing vegan chili slowly simmers to perfection in your slow cooker, you can focus on spending time with your family.

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 4 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (15 oz.) chili beans
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • ½ Tbsp. cumin
  • ½ Tbsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced
  • 1 avocado, diced

Directions:

  1. In slow cooker, combine onion, poblano pepper, bell pepper, garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili beans, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, quinoa and water. Stir to combine.
  2. Cook on HIGH 2 to 3 hours. Turn to LOW; continue cooking 2 to 4 hours. Alternatively, cook on LOW 8 hours.
  3. Serve with jalapeños and avocado. Refrigerate leftovers.

Slow Cooker Beef Machaca Tacos

This recipe skips the traditional drying and rehydrating of machaca, but delivers the same delicious, rich flavors.

Prep: 30 minutes

Cook: 6 hours

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. oregano
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1½ lbs. boneless chuck shoulder roast
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 8 small corn or flour tortillas
  • ½ cup Kroger Brand Shredded Mexican Style Blend Cheese
  • ½ cup shredded lettuce
  • ½ cup sour cream

Directions:

  1. In small bowl, mix together chili powder, salt, black pepper, cumin, garlic powder, oregano and cayenne pepper; season chuck roast with spice mix.
  2. In 5-quart or larger slow cooker, combine chuck roast, bell pepper, onion, tomato and broth. Cover.
  3. Cook on LOW 6 to 7 hours, until meat is tender. Remove meat and shred with fork.
  4. If desired, use immersion blender to blend cooking liquid, peppers and tomatoes into thicker sauce. Toss meat with cooking liquid. Stir in lime juice. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  5. To serve, divide meat between tortillas. Top with cheese, lettuce, onion and sour cream.

Loaded Slow Cooker Queso

Packed with ground beef, three different cheeses and chili beans, this fully loaded queso dip is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 8 oz. natural American cheese, cut into ½” pieces
  • 1 bag (8 oz.) sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 can (15 oz.) chili beans
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • Tortilla chips, for serving, optional
  • Potato wedges, for serving, optional

Directions:

  1. In large skillet over medium heat, crumble beef. Cook until internal temperature reaches 165°F. Drain excess juices.
  2. In slow cooker, combine cooked beef, American cheese, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, milk, diced tomatoes and green chilies, chili beans and cumin. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW 1 to 2 hours, until cheese is melted.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips or potato wedges.

German Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Inspired by German Schweinebraten, these sandwiches are made with pork that’s slow cooked with mustard and onions, then served with sauerkraut and potato dumplings.

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 7 hours

Ingredients:

  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ cup spicy brown mustard, plus more for serving
  • 3½ lbs. Kroger Brand Pork Steak Ready Shoulder Butt, patted dry
  • 12 potato rolls, toasted if desired
  • 1½ cups sauerkraut, drained

Directions:

  1. In bottom of 6-quart or larger slow cooker, combine onions and juice.
  2. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper and garlic powder. Rub pork shoulder with mustard and spice blend. Place on top of onions.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 8 hours or until pork is tender.
  4. Using two forks, shred meat. Toss with onions and cooking liquid.
  5. Serve pork on potato rolls. Top with sauerkraut and mustard, if desired.

Don’t feel bad if you’re slow to the slow cooker game – there’s still time to try both old and new favorites in this handy kitchen appliance. For more Crock-Pot dinners and ideas, take a look at our bonus Crock-Pot recipes below, or try some of these delicious slow cooker chicken recipes. For even more meal inspiration, check out these easy meal solutions to help you plan your menu.