While slow cookers are perfectly fine to use year-round, people start to get excited about using this trendy appliance in fall. Slow cooker meals provide warmth and comfort, and are generally time-savers. They are perfect for stews, soups, and easy chicken dinners. They are also easy to clean.
Looking for inspiration for your next slow cooker meal? I asked 10 popular bloggers to share the top slow cooker recipes from their sites. I wasn't surprised to find that a lot of the recipes ended up being simple, meat-heavy recipes. There are also some delicious soups and one three-ingredient dessert that sounds like magic.
1. Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies from Damn Delicious
There's no cooking or sautéing that happens in this recipe before putting everything in the slow cooker. Just dump the vegetables, chicken, and sauce into the slow cooker and you're all set.
2. Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas from Cooking Classy
It's not surprising that fajitas would be one of the most popular recipes for the slow cooker. If you cook this on low, it's good to go for eight hours, which is perfect for a weekday option.
3. Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef from Creme de la Crumb
The blogger behind Creme de la Crumb says this recipe is better than takeout. There aren't a ton of ingredients that go into this dish, too, so it's a great option for when you need to prep something fast.
4. Best Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches from Carlsbad Cravings
A quick search on Pinterest for "slow cooker recipes" will show you a ton of recipes from Carlsbad Cravings. I thought it was super interesting that this sandwich recipe was the most popular slow cooker recipe on the site. Have you tried it?
5. Slow Cooker Broccoli and Cheese Soup from Well Plated
The second it gets a bit chilly outside, this cheesy soup needs to be in your slow cooker. It's mostly a set-it-and-forget-it kind of meal, but you do need to blend it afterwards for optimal texture.
6. Seasoned Chicken, Potatoes, and Green Beans from The Magical Slow Cooker
Chicken and vegetables strike again with this slow cooker recipe. The vinaigrette that gets poured over the chicken, however, makes the recipe a little more special.
7. Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup from Foodie Crush
I've seen this recipe floating around the internet for a couple years now. It seems to be in almost every slow cooker roundup (Kitchn even featured it in 2013). This recipe seems super comforting for winter with all the spices and coconut milk.
8. Crock-Pot Honey-Garlic Chicken from Diethood
This chicken is covered in honey, soy sauce, sesame seeds, and a whole bunch of spices. I feel like this would be great with some roasted vegetables or a simple side salad.
9. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili from Slow Cooker Gourmet
This recipe has three very important things going on that will make it super popular: Buffalo wing sauce, chicken, and a slow cooker. It's a trifecta that nobody can resist — not even you.
10. Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler from 365 Days of Slow Cooking
You only need three ingredients to make this cobbler. That's it! Peaches, cake mix, and butter. Of course this recipe is going to be super popular — it's just too easy to make.