25 of Our Best Slow Cooker Recipes for Spring

updated Feb 24, 2022
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Just because we’ve got winter in the rearview mirror (finally!), there’s no reason to push your slow cooker to the back of your kitchen cabinet. This appliance is a useful tool for making easy meals all year long. In fact, now that the weather is warming up we’re more into hands off meals than ever. Why cook harder when we can cook smarter?

Slow cookers are perfect for making meals that feel luxurious without requiring you to spend all day standing over the stove. Take advantage of the changing weather outside while still putting a delicious meal like spinach and artichoke chicken on the table. From seasonal soups to breakfast casseroles to chicken dinners, don’t pass through spring without making these 14 slow cooker essentials.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala
A simple and elegant chicken Marsala recipe that puts dinner on the table in 2 hours. It's just what to serve when you have people coming over on a Sunday.
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Sweet & Tangy Slow Cooker Brisket
Meaty brisket is simmered in the slow cooker with a sweet and tangy tomatoey sauced laced with tender onions and just the right amount of spices.
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Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings
Tender chicken and vegetables in a creamy sauce crowned with pillowy dumplings, all cooked in a slow cooker.
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Slow-Cooker Hoisin Chicken
Hoisin sauce is amazing when served with perfectly cooked chicken. Serve this tasty protein on a bed of rice or noodles, or enjoy it on its own!
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Slow Cooker Cream of Mushroom Soup
This slow cooker cream of mushroom soup is an ideal make-ahead addition to your dinner party menu.
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Slow Cooker Potato Soup
This slow cooker twist on classic potato soup is the perfect fall dinner for a crowd.
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Slow Cooker Honey-Glazed Ham
Did you know you can actually make a really good glazed ham in the slow cooker? Well, now you do! Skip out on the oven this year and opt for letting the slow cooker do all the work.
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Slow Cooker Ginger Chicken Congee
Flavorful chicken congee is a great way to get your day started. This easy morning meal can be prepped in the slow cooker in a matter of minutes and, once it's finally come together, you can customize it with some of your favorite toppings.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Posole
Inspired by traditional Mexican posole, this version packs a ton of flavor into a slow cooker meal that's both beautiful and simple to put together. Plus, tender chicken and hominy give this stew the perfect texture.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
You can probably make a case that there's no wrong time to enjoy chicken soup, but this slow cooker, Tex-Mex–inspired chicken soup is a great way make a comforting spring dinner. Be sure to jazz things up with toppings like avocado or chopped cilantro.
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Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
In this beef stroganoff, hearty pieces of inexpensive beef cook alongside mushrooms, onion, and broth in the slow cooker.
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Slow Cooker Sausage and Spinach Breakfast Casserole
Slow cooker casseroles are a boon to breakfast and weekend brunches, and this fresh and hearty number — loaded with potatoes, sausage, and spinach — is the one I’m keeping on my radar through spring and beyond.
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Slow Cooker Chicken and Potatoes
I’ll let you decide whether the best part of this slow cooker supper is the rich and super-juicy chicken thighs or the buttery, schmaltz-soaked potatoes that are nestled and cooked underneath.
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Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Chicken
If, like me, you’re all about dinners that feels kinda fancy but are a cinch to pull off, you’re going to love this easy and elegant spring supper. It’s inspired by everyone’s favorite dip, with slow-poached chicken breasts in a luxurious lemon broth with wisps of green spinach and forkfuls of tender, nutty artichokes.
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Slow Cooker Pesto Chicken
This herb-packed chicken is a meal prep miracle. After two hours of hands-off cooking, you’re left with a ton of shredded chicken to be used in salads, sandwiches, bowls, and so much more.
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Slow Cooker Potato Leek Soup
I’m convinced it is impossible to go through spring and not think about potato leek soup. With a lightened-up taste, it’s spring’s answer to winter’s potato soup. And when the slow cooker is involved, you know it’s bound to be easy.
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Slow Cooker Spinach-Artichoke Dip
If you need an appetizer that’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, this dip does the trick every single time. Lemon zest gives this version a springtime twist, and it can be made and served straight from the slow cooker.
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Slow Cooker Lemon-Garlic Chicken Breast
If your goal this spring is to eat as many lemony things as possible, you must make this chicken. Juicy chicken breast is partnered with a velvety sauce that is bursting with sweet, tangy lemon and infused with pungent garlic.
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Slow Cooker Poached Salmon
Your slow cooker is quite possibly the easiest way to cook salmon. This foolproof recipe turns out moist, juicy fish infused with sunny lemon and herbs, and you barely have to life a finger to make it happen.
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Slow Cooker Ham Bone Soup
Maybe you’ve still got last years Easter ham bone in the freezer? Need to use it up before this year’s Easter ham? This is the recipe for you to do just that.
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Everyday Green Vegetable Slow Cooker Soup
If spring has you thinking about the return of all the green things, you’ll want to add this vegetable soup to the mix. The recipe calls for frozen peas, but if you’re able to snag some that are fresh, go ahead and swap them in.
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Slow Cooker Chile Verde
This green chile and onion infused chile verde will get you so excited for spring and summer cooking. Still hearty enough for the blustery days of spring, this recipe is also bursting with bright flavor and eager for thinly sliced spring radishes.
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Sausage and Lentil Soup
Stews can totally be spring fare! This lentil and sausage version is full of warming flavors, but also finished with tons of spring greens like hearty kale, spinach, or chard.
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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
This is a hearty slow cooker chicken stew with white beans, Southwest spices like cumin and coriander, and a few cans of fire-roasted green chilis.
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Slow Cooker Sausages with Peppers and Onions
This recipe takes about just 10 minutes of prep in the morning. Slice up peppers and an onion, then mix in some whole-grain mustard and your favorite beer (don’t go too bitter though, so pass on the IPA). Nestle sausages on top — or go with bratwurst for more traditional flair, but Italian is also great — then walk away.
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