15 Fall Dinners from the Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Recipes from The Kitchn

With shorter days and crisper temperatures heading our way, having a warm, home-cooked dinner waiting for us when we walk in the door is such a comfort. With the help of a slow cooker, the prep and cooking don't have to happen at the last minute, which frees you up to focus on other important tasks, like pouring that glass of wine!

From comforting soups to hearty braises, there's plenty to choose from with these 15 recipes. Bonus: These recipes also make plenty of leftovers — perfect for lunch the next day!

1. Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew

Plenty of vegetables and chickpeas are loaded into this stew, all cooked together in a rich curry-coconut sauce.

2. Slow-Cooker Vegan Pumpkin Curry

Grab an extra pumpkin from the pumpkin patch or grocery store in this homage to fall ingredients. Serve with plenty of rice to soak up all the sauce.

3. Slow-Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

Why cook all the fillings in a burrito separately when they can all cook together? In this recipe, rice, chicken, beans, and corn cook and flavor each other, all in one pot. It's so tasty that tortillas are optional.

4. Slow-Cooked Bolognese Sauce

A slow cooker is the perfect vehicle to make a big batch of bolognese sauce. You're left with some to serve with pasta for dinner, and tons extra to freeze for a quick weeknight meal in the future.

5. Slow-Cooked Brisket and Onions

Braise a tough cut of meat like brisket in the slow cooker and you'll end up with tender, juicy meat in a savory garlic-and-onion sauce.

6. Slow-Cooker White Chicken Chili

Chicken is simmered with chiles, spices, beans, and corn in this tomato-less chili. This lighter chili is perfect with a salad or side of cornbread for dinner.

7. Slow-Cooker Sausage and Spinach Lasagna

Yes, a cheesy lasagna can be made in a slow cooker! This version has loads of spinach and sausage for the ultimate comfort pasta dinner.

8. Slow-Cooker Chicken in Milk

Our favorite chicken recipe ever can now also be made in the slow cooker! Milk may seem like a strange ingredient, but it turns into an amazing sauce as it braises the chicken.

9. Slow-Cooker Black Bean Enchiladas

If you love enchiladas because of how all the ingredients — cheese, sauce, filling, and tortillas — meld together, then this vegetarian recipe is for you.

10. Slow-Cooker Korean Short Ribs

Once these short ribs are quickly browned with the aid of the broiler, they're slow-cooked in a savory sauce until super tender. Serve with a side of rice or load into lettuce leaves with pickled vegetables for a fun lettuce wrap.

11. Slow-Cooker Tuna Noodle Casserole

This classic American casserole gets a turn in the slow cooker and the results are just as comforting. Add in your favorite vegetable at the end of cooking time for an easy one-dish meal.

12. Slow-Cooker Pork Carnitas

Make Taco Tuesday happen with this slow-cooker carnitas recipe. All you need is pork shoulder, some spices and aromatics, and some tortillas and favorite toppings for serving.

13. Slow-Cooker Celery Soup with Bacon

A humble bunch of celery can turn into a rich, creamy soup with the addition of some bacon, potatoes, and broth. Serve with some crusty bread for a warm and comforting dinner.

14. Slow-Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

All the bold flavors of chicken enchiladas come together in this thick soup. It's a hearty and welcoming dinner to come home to when it's cold outside!

15. Slow-Cooker Coconut & Green Curry Pork

This simple pork and Thai curry stew has bold flavors and can feed a hungry crowd. While it's great over rice, try with it with store-bought naan for sopping up all the yummy sauce.

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