The 10 Most Essential Winter Slow Cooker Recipes

updated Nov 15, 2023
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While the slow cooker is really an all-season tool in the kitchen, it shines most in the cold winter months, when it can work overtime churning out the hearty soups, stews, and braises we all need to keep warm until spring. While there are so many good options for a winter slow cooker dinner, these 10 stand out among the rest and are essentials for the season. French onion soup, anyone?

Winter Slow Cooker Recipes

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French Onion Soup in the Slow Cooker

French onion soup is on my “must make” list each and every winter, thanks to its rich broth and gooey, cheesy lid. Making it in the slow cooker eliminates a lot of the hands-on time that the stovetop version requires.

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Slow-Cooked Boeuf Bourguignon

This French beef stew, made popular by Julia Child, is exactly the cure for bitter cold winter nights, especially when paired with a glass of red wine and a crusty baguette.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken in Milk

While cooking a whole chicken in milk may seem odd, but trust and you will be rewarded. The result is the most tender, moist bird that’s dripping in a lemony, sage-infused sauce.

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Classic Beef Brisket in the Slow Cooker
The beef brisket that makes the whole house smell like a cozy day perfect for snuggling on the couch.
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Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Chops

What’s great about this recipe is that you can prep everything in advance and store it in an airtight container in the freezer. Then simply thaw and toss in the slow cooker when you need it.

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Slow-Cooker Minestrone

While this vegetable-packed soup is usually also dotted with pasta. This bright, veggie-packed version goes the way of croutons, which add crunch to every comforting bite.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Spooned over some steamed rice, this easy slow cooker tikka masala is about to make your busy days very happy indeed.
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Slow Cooker Maple & Dijon Pot Roast

This tender pot roast is infused with a touch of maple syrup, Dijon mustard, and balsamic vinegar. While it’s traditional to serve pot roast over egg noodles, this version is also great over creamy polenta.

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Slow-Cooked Bolognese Sauce
A recipe for Italian Bolognese sauce that can be made in the slow cooker or on the stove.
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Slow-Cooker Beef and Barley Stew with Mushrooms

This hearty beef stew, filled with nutty barley and tender mushrooms, is the perfect thing to hunker down with when snow is falling outside and you’re not planning on going anywhere for awhile.

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