Easy Slower Cooker Dinner Recipes

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The slow cooker tends to be one of the most underutilized and underappreciated appliances in the kitchen. Instead of sitting forgotten in the back of the cabinet, your slow cooker could be turning out tasty, easy dinners that are ready when you get home from work.

Beef Pepper Steak Recipe

Serve this flavorful dish over hot cooked rice or egg noodles.


  • 2 pounds beef sirloin, cut into 2 inch strips
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cube beef bouillons
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 green bell peppers, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 1 (14 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Sprinkle meat with garlic powder. Heat oil in large skillet, then brown the beef on both sides. Place beef in slow cooker. Mix bouillon cube with hot water, stir until dissolved, then stir in cornstarch. Pour over meat. Mix in soy sauce, sugar and salt. Add vegetables, stir to mix. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or high 3 to 4 hours.

Pot Roast Dinner Recipe

Your mouth will start watering the moment you walk in the house and smell the wonderful aroma.


  • 5 pound pot roast or tri-tip
  • 2 (10 ounce) cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
  • ¾ cup red wine
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • 8-10 red potatoes, halved
  • 2 onions, quartered


In slow cooker, mix water, wine and onion soup mix. Layer vegetables on bottom of slow cooker, stir to coat with soup mix. Set meat on top of vegetables. Cook on low for 8 to 9 hours, or high for 3 to 4 hours.

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Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Classic comfort food, made simple with refrigerated biscuits and the slow cooker.


  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 (10 ounce) packages refrigerated biscuit dough, torn into pieces

InstructionsPlace all ingredients except for dough in slow cooker. Add just enough water to cover ingredients.

Cook 5-6 hours on high. 30 minutes before serving, add biscuit pieces to slow cooker. Push biscuit down into the liquid. Continue cooking until biscuit dough is cooked through.

Whole Chicken and Vegetables

Come home to a delicious chicken dinner so tender, the meat will fall off the bone.


  • 2-3 pound whole chicken
  • 7-8 red potatoes, halved
  • 1-2 onions, quartered
  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Melted butter
  • Poultry seasoning salt
  • Minced garlic


Layer vegetables in bottom of slow cooker. Rub chicken with melted butter, poultry seasoning and garlic. For best flavor, lift the skin and rub seasonings underneath, directly on the meat. Set chicken on top of vegetables, breast side down. Pour in chicken broth. Cook on low for 8-9 hours, until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.

Vegetable Chili Recipe

Just the right amount of spice kicks off this easy vegetarian chili. Serve with cornbread as the perfect complement.


  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 2 zucchini, sliced thin
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 1/3 cup of chili powder (less if you prefer a more mild chili)
  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Combine all ingredients in slow cooker, mix. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. For more chili recipes see Easy & Delicious Chili Recipes.

Kalua Pork Recipe

The secret to this wonderful pork is Hawaiian sea salt, sometimes called red clay salt. It has a smoky, spicy flavor, and can be found at many specialty shops, or larger supermarkets.


  • 6 pound pork shoulder or butt roast
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Hawaiian sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke flavoring


Pierce pork all over with fork, then rub sea salt over the meat. Follow with a rubbing of liquid smoke. Place pork in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 16 to 20 hours, or high for 10 hours, until tender and easily shredded. Turn once halfway through cooking time. Serve with rice.

Barbecue Pork Sandwiches

Finger licking good, and so easy! You will love these tender pork sandwiches. Serve with a salad or corn on the cob to complete the meal.


  • 2 pound pork tenderloin
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle of root beer
  • 1 (18 ounce) barbecue sauce
  • 8 hamburger buns, lightly toasted


Place pork in slow cooker, pour root beer over top. Cover and cook 6-7 hours on low, until pork shreds easily. Drain out root beer, pour in barbecue sauce. Mix shredded pork in the sauce. Serve on toasted buns.

Slow Cooker Jambalaya Soup Recipe

No need to slave for hours over a stockpot preparing jambalaya. Toss the ingredients into your slow cooker, and let it do the work. Spicy and filling!


  • 1 pound chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 pound spicy sausage or kielbasa, sliced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 pound frozen cooked shrimp without tails


Mix all ingredients in slow cooker except for shrimp. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours, or high for 3-4 hours. Add shrimp for the last 30 minutes of cooking time.

Your slow cooker can make weeknights so much easier. Just add your ingredients in the morning, turn the cooker on, and come home to a savory, waiting dinner the whole family will love.

Last Updated: May 3, 2012
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About Michelle Ullman Michelle Ullman has lived and gardened in Southern California since childhood. A freelance writer, she covers topics ranging from gardening to home improvement to health issues. She also has experience as a catalog copywriter and poet. Michelle has trained and worked as a respiratory therapist and surgical technologist, but prefers to spend her time gardening, and walking with her dog. Michelle holds a Bachelor's Degree from Redlands University in Business Management. 

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