Sure, we all know the slow cooker is often the secret that makes feeding our families a little easier on busy nights (and, let's be real, nights we don't feel like cooking), but that just scratches the surface. This year, dear readers, you broke out your slow cookers to bring your favorite comfort foods your tables, help stock your freezers, make takeout favorites at home, and so much more. We shared a lot of slow cooker recipes with you this year, and these were your 10 favorites.
Unlike takeout, this sticky-sweet favorite is loaded with orange zest and plenty of freshly squeezed juice for an extra-bright citrusy flavor. It's a great one to cook on a weekend afternoon when you're in and out of the house.
This hearty beef chili requires a little bit of upfront prep before it simmers all day, but it's quick and easy enough to do in the morning before heading off to work or class. And it'll be well worth it when you walk in the door at the end of the day.
Soup is always better when made in the slow cooker — especially this version of ultra-creamy and rich potato soup. Just don't forget the toppings! Crisp bacon and crumbled cheddar crackers really make this soup sing.
Not only does this version of the cookout favorite leave the oven off, but the slow cooker is also the secret to even creamier baked beans.
You'll want to serve this bold-flavored chicken with a side of bread or over a bed of rice or couscous so you can mop up every last bit of the velvety lemon and roasted garlic sauce.
This is not just another recipe for broccoli cheddar soup. In classic Ree style, she takes it above and beyond with two pantry ingredients for an impossibly creamy, cheesy result.
You'll first fall in love with this pulled pork for how surprisingly easy it is to pull off, and then for how wonderfully versatile it is. It's cooked with just a simple, mild spice rub, so when it's time to eat you can toss it with any kind of sauce, then turn it into anything from sandwiches or tacos to a salad topper or pasta mix-in.
This creamy chicken dinner feels especially fancy, thanks to a classic French sauce made with a double dose of mustard, white wine, shallots, and a splash of cream.
The low, steady heat from your slow cooker is perfect for cooking up cheesecake with a creamy, silky, almost custard-like texture. It's a crowd-pleaser every time.
It doesn't get much easier than this lentil soup. Toss everything into the slow cooker, and by the end of the day you've got a seriously hearty vegan soup.