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Make Meal Time Easier - 25 Homemade Slow Cooker Recipes

I rely on slow cooker recipes to get me through the week. I’m always making big batches of beans and chickpeas, but I also use it as an easy way to cook a one-pot meal that I don’t have to think about. I’m happy to say I’m branching out from my typical recipes to learn new ways of slow cooking the foods we like to eat anyway. Slow cookers are a parent’s best friend for getting dinner on the table. I would honestly feel lost without mine! One thing though – we don’t do recipes that call for cream of anything or other convenience items. We are fans of 100% from scratch cooking, and that’s what we like to make in our slow cooker.

Check out these great homemade slow cooker recipes including some for breakfast, snacks, condiments, main and side dishes, and even a dessert!

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    homemade slow cooker recipes

    These slow cooker recipes are simple, delicious, and full of 100% homemade goodness.

  • Quick and Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Curry 2 of 26
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    This chicken curry only has 10 ingredients and comes together in about 10 minutes. It's a great mild, kid-friendly curry that the whole family can enjoy.
    Get the recipe for Quick and Easy Chicken Curry on Babble.
    Photo credit: Lindsey Johnson

  • Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup 3 of 26

    This easy classic vegetable soup is sure to be a dinnertime hit with the whole family. With added spinach, it's a healthy way to eat those veggies.
    Get the recipe for Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup on Babble Food.
    Photo credit: Kelsey Banfield

  • Vegetarian Cassoulet 4 of 26

    If you're looking for a hearty, meatless slow cooker meal to feed a crowd, try this cassoulet. It's full of tummy-filling vegetables and beans in a flavorful broth. Serve it up with a loaf of crusty bread.
    Get the recipe for Vegetarian Cassoulet on Babble Food.
    Photo credit: Lindsey Johnson

  • Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork 5 of 26

    Pulled pork is a classic slow cooker recipe. The long, slow cooking makes it extra tender and flavorful. Besides serving it up on a roll or biscuit, try making burritos or tacos.
    Get the recipe for Pulled Pork on Babble Food.
    Photo credit: Julie Van Rosendaal

  • Slow Cooker Vegetable Leek Beef Barley Soup 6 of 26

    This soup is filling, delicious, and a well-rounded meal with whole grains, veggies, and tender chunks of beef.
    Get the recipe for Vegetable Leek Beef Barley Soup on Babble Food.
    Photo credit: Laura Levy

  • Slow Cooker Bacon Jam 7 of 26

    Maybe you didn't know you could make bacon jam in a slow cooker. Actually, maybe you didn't know there was such a thing as bacon jam. Well, there is and you probably need it in your life. The bacon cooks with onions and a few secret ingredients for a smoky, sweet, savory jam perfect for spreading on, well, anything.
    Get the recipe for Bacon Jam on Babble Food.
    Photo credit: Paula Jones

  • Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce 8 of 26
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    This slow cooked spaghetti sauce is more than your average pasta sauce. With ground beef, vegetables, and mushrooms, it's filling and delicious. And without much active cooking, dinner is a snap.
    Get the recipe for Spaghetti Sauce on Babble Food.
    Photo credit: Angie McGowan

  • Slow Cooker Pork Chops 9 of 26

    Pork chops can be hard to cook. They often end up dry and tough. Putting them into the slow cooker ensures they come out tender and juicy. You'll probably never make them any other way again.
    Get the recipe for Slow Cooker Pork Chops on Babble Food.
    Photo credit: Macki West

  • Blueberry Butter 10 of 26

    If you love making homemade jam, but hate standing over the stove stirring, and stirring, and stirring, you'll love this easy recipe. The blueberry butter is nice and sweet with just a hint of spices.
    Get the recipe for Blueberry Butter on Babble Food.
    Photo credit: Kelsey Banfield

  • Leg of Lamb with Rosemary and Garlic 11 of 26
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    The is a leg of lamb worthy of any Sunday dinner table. The long slow cooking time infuses the lamb with the flavors of garlic and rosemary.
    Get the recipe for Leg of Lamb with Garlic and Rosemary on Babble Food.
    Photo credit: Julie Van Rosendaal

  • Brownies 12 of 26
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    Making brownies in a slow cooker?! Who knew! This easy recipe might take a little longer than in the oven, but it's one you can put into the slow cooker and run out to do some errands and come home to fudgy, chocolaty goodness. Bonus:a home filled with an amazing aroma as they cook.
    Get the recipe for Slow Cooker Brownies on Babble Food.
    Photo credit: Kelsey Banfield 

  • Ham and Black Bean Soup 13 of 26

    This isn't your average ham n' bean soup! It's spiced up with jalapeño (or chipotle), and cumin. This is a great go-to slow cooker meals if you have any leftover holiday ham still hanging out in the freezer. (I still do.)
    Get the recipe for Ham and Black Bean Soup on Babble Food.
    Photo credit: Julie Van Rosendaal

  • Applesauce 14 of 26

    Homemade slow cooked applesauce is incredibly easy and delicious. Don't wait for fall to come around. It's a great thing to make all year long. This recipe is also 100% natural - just water, apples, and cinnamon.  
    Get the recipe for Crock Pot Applesauce on Babble Food.
    Photo credit: Paula Jones

  • Red Lentil Dal 15 of 26
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    Dal is my comfort food of choice. This recipe is made with a mix of red lentils and split gram, and a bunch of Indian spices. Ladle up a bowl over brown rice or serve with naan.
    Get the recipe for Red Lentil Dal on Cafe Johnsonia.
    Photo credit: Lindsey Johnson

  • Slow Cooker Frittata 16 of 26
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    This is the perfect brunch recipe. Put everything into the slow cooker on low and a few hours later it's ready to be served. This tasty frittata is loaded up with healthy kale, roasted red peppers, and a sprinkling of feta.
    Get the recipe for Slow Cooker Frittata with Kale, Roasted Red Peppers, and Feta on Kalyn's Kitchen.
    Photo credit: Kalyn Denny

  • Slow Cooker French Onion Soup 17 of 26
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    French onion soup is well-loved in our home. Every element of this recipe is cooked in the slow cooker, right down to the caramelized onion base.
    Get the recipe for Slow Cooker French Onion Soup on Mountain Mama Cooks.
    Photo credit: Kelley Epstein

  • Herbed Balsamic Pork Roast 18 of 26
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    An inexpensive cut of pork can turn into something fall-apart tender and flavorful like this roast. As it cooks for hours, it absorbs the sweet and tangy balsamic sauce. The sauce is best enjoyed over a pile of creamy mashed potatoes.
    Get the recipe for Herbed Balsamic Pork Roast on Cafe Johnsonia.
    Photo credit: Lindsey Johnson

  • Vegetable Curry with Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas 19 of 26
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    Curry lovers unite! I love curry and this one makes me grin from ear to ear. It's a classic Indian recipe filled with healthy veggies and chickpeas and a touch of coconut milk, plus a surprising secret ingredient that adds a sweet element.
    Get the recipe for Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry with Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas on Cookin' Canuck.
    Photo credit: Dara Michalski

  • Mediterranean Beef Stew 20 of 26
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    Add some bold Mediterranean flavors to your beef stew. Rosemary and balsamic vinegar paired with plenty or garlic, olives, and mushrooms make this extra hearty and extra tasty.
    Get the recipe for Mediterranean Beef Stew on Kalyn's Kitchen.
    Photo credit: Kalyn Denny

  • Skinny Slow Cooker Kale and Turkey Meatball Soup 21 of 26
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    Forget ordering this soup at your favorite Italian restaurant. Hand-rolled turkey meatballs, kale, beans, carrots - what could be better? How about putting it all into a slow cooker, setting it and forgetting it. Homemade soup doesn't get much better than this.
    Get the recipe for Skinny Slow Cooker Kale and Turkey Meatball Soup on Foodie Crush.
    Photo credit: Heidi Larsen

  • Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa and Black Beans 22 of 26
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    Another meatless slow cooker wonder! Colorful bell peppers are stuffed with quinoa and black beans and topped with cheese before spending a little time getting cozy and melty in the slow cooker.
    Get the recipe for Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa and Black Beans on Bless This Mess.
    Photo credit: Melissa Griffiths

  • Slow Cooker Whole Chicken 23 of 26
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    Sure it's easy to pick up a rotisserie chicken up at the store, but it's just as easy to make it yourself in the slow cooker. This one features a perfect mix of herbs and spices. Bonus - you can use the leftovers for meals later in the week.
    Get the recipe for Slow Cooker Whole Chicken on Oh Sweet Basil.
    Photo credit: Carrian Cheney

  • Slow Cooker Salsa Rice Bake 24 of 26
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    Making rice in the slow cooker is easy. This yummy side dish is made with piccante sauce and sausage. It would be the perfect side for enchiladas.
    Get the recipe for Slow Cooker Rice Salsa Bake on 365 Days of Slow Cooking.
    Photo credit: Karen Petersen

  • Slow Cooker Roasted Vegetable Lasagna 25 of 26
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    Slow cookers are a pretty fantastic way to make lasagna. This one is made of layers of noodles (no cooking first!), roasted vegetables, tomato sauce, and of course, plenty of cheese.
    Get the recipe for Slow Cooker Roasted Vegetable Lasagna on Make and Takes.
    Photo credit: Lindsey Johnson

  • Slow Cooker Turkey Chili 26 of 26
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    Of course, I can't mention slow cooker recipe without also mentioning chili. Chili is the original slow cooker recipe, I think. This turkey chili is full of peppers, onions, beans, and corn too. Serve it up in a big bowl and top it with shredded cheese.
    Get the recipe for Slow Cooker Turkey Chili on Two Peas and Their Pod
    Photo credit: Maria Lichty

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