17 Best Crockpot Recipes

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A crockpot is the ideal way to cook a lot of food easily. These 17 recipes offer a variety of delicious crockpot meals from around the globe.

From Brisket to Chili and from Curry to Chowder, these 17 recipes encompass Sweet and Savory, Spicy and Mild. Whether you are in the mood for a one pot meal or a main course, there is a delicious recipe waiting for you.

These 17 of the Best Crockpot Recipes include recommended sides. You can easily mix and match the sides to any dish you prefer.


17 Best Crockpot Recipes

These 17 delicious and easy crockpot recipes are simple to customize. Some customizations have been included as extra recipes and you can easily customize them by adding and removing ingredients where possible.

1. Crockpot Stroganoff

This hearty dish is a popular topping for rice or noodles. You can make the Stroganoff sauce ahead of time and reheat it with noodles or rice when it is time to serve.

Great sides for this dish include steamed, roasted, or sauteed broccoli or a broccoli salad. You can also pair this with peas, green beans, or spinach.

Beef Stroganoff

2. Thai Peanut Chicken

Thai Peanut Chicken is a delicious and easy dish to make. It goes great with sauteed spinach and rice. Wow your friends with this Thai restaurant favorite.

This Thai staple comes in two popular varieties: Swimming Rama (Chicken in Thai Peanut Sauce) and Massaman Curry (Chicken in a Thai Curry and Peanut Sauce). Massaman Curry is also sometimes called Mussamun Curry.

Thai Peanut Chicken

3. Meatballs in Sauce

This simple dish goes well on pasta or rice. It is easy to add vegetables to the sauce without changing the flavors. So, if you want a one-pot meal, toss in some peas or green beans.

Whether you are looking for a more Italian Inspired meal or a more Asian Inspired meal, meatballs can be made in a variety of delicious sauces.

Meatballs in Marinara

4. Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is a simple dish to make in a crockpot. All it takes is a sauce and pork shoulder and time. This is something you can toss together and let simmer for a few hours while you prepare the rest of the meal.

Whether you are hosting a barbecue or a taco night, pulled pork comes in many delicious varieties. Great sides are rice and beans (if you are going for taco night) or cornbread (if you are having barbecue).

Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

BBQ Pulled Pork

5. Brisket

Brisket is a southern favorite that appears at first glance to be complicated but is in fact quite simple to make. Whether you are going for a Sunday Roast or a Barbecue Brisket, you will be surprised how easy it is to make this meal.

Brisket is often served with potatoes. Roasted Potatoes, Baked Potatoes, or Mashed Potatoes are all great options for your brisket dinner.

Beef Brisket

6. Ropa Vieja & Picadillo

Ropa Vieja and Picadillo are two popular Cuban dishes that are easy to make in a crockpot. Similar to Brisket and Pulled Pork, Ropa Vieja and Picadillo taste best when allowed to simmer and cook slowly.

Ropa Vieja is a Cuban brisket whereas Picadillo uses ground beef. They are both unique flavors that go great with Cuban Black Beans and Rice.

Cuban Ropa Vieja

7. Chili

Chili comes in all sorts of varieties. One thing they all have in common is that they taste delicious with Cornbread or rice. If you are hosting a Chili party (or even just a chili dinner), make sure to provide a variety of toppings for your guests.

The most popular toppings are chopped onion, tortilla chips, cheese, avocado, Pico de Gallo, chopped tomatoes, cilantro, sour cream, guacamole, and more.

Red Chili

Green Chili (Chili Verde)

8. Honey Garlic Chicken

This Asian inspired chicken is easy to make in a crockpot. It is packed full of flavor so make some simple rice to go with it. A simple vegetable stir-fry would also be a great addition.

If you are not a fan of garlic or honey, try making Teriyaki chicken in your crockpot. It is just as good and just as simple.

Honey Garlic Chicken

9. Curry

Curry is an easy one-pot meal that is easy to customize. Curry is great because there are three main kinds: red, yellow, and green.

You can customize your curry by adding coconut milk, switching the meats, and by adding your preferred vegetables. Curry goes great with rice which is even easier to make than curry.

Chicken Curry

10. Butter Chicken

Indian Butter Chicken is similar to curry. All you need to do is toss the ingredients in your crockpot and let it simmer. Make sure to adapt the recipe to your preferred spice level.

Chicken Tikka Masala, another Indian dish, uses both similar and different ingredients to Butter Chicken and is just as easy to make. Both of these meals are so full of flavor you can serve them with plain rice or a vegetable biryani rice.

Butter Chicken

11. Dal

Dal is another traditional Indian dish that is perfect for making in the crockpot. This dish is simple and vegan. All it needs are spices, vegetables, and lentils.

This is a slow cooking meal so start it first and leave it at a slow simmer while you prepare the rest of the meal. Dal is usually served with basmati rice. It is also good with roasted okra.

Squash Dal

Yellow Dal

12. Chowder

Chowder is a warming soup typically made with seafood. Like any soup or stew, chowder is best made in a big pot like a crockpot.

Chowder can be customized by replacing cream with coconut cream for those who are lactose intolerant. Bread is a common side dish for Chowder. You can make it yourself or pick some up fresh from a local bakery.

Clam Chowder

13. Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup is another old-fashioned and popular crockpot recipe. Whether making Chicken Noodle Soup or Chicken and Dumpling Soup, the crockpot is the best way to go.

Toss in a handful of fresh spinach at the end or put it in your bowl just before adding the hot soup. For some more homestyle comfort, serve grilled cheese sandwiches with your soup.

Chicken Noodle Soup

14. Beef Stew

Beef stew is a classic crockpot dish. Toss everything in and let it simmer for a while. This hands-off meal is great for busy people.

With potatoes and vegetables in the stew, you can eat this as a one-pot meal. Pick up a loaf of your favorite bread to go with it or try some Garlic Pull-Apart Bread.

Beef Stew

15. Jambalaya or Gumbo

Jambalaya and Gumbo are two sides of a southern coin. Jambalaya is a rice dish where all or most of the liquid is absorbed. Gumbo is a similar dish but is more liquid with some rice.

They come in both Creole and Cajun styles. These Louisiana favorites are great for making in a crockpot. Serve them with other southern favorites like fried okra or, for something lighter, try Avocado & Corn Salad.



16. Lava Cake

This delicious Crockpot dessert is easier to make than you might think. The Chocolate Lava Cake is a delicious chocolate delight. And the Pumpkin Spice lava Cake is the perfect fall dessert.

Both of these lava cakes will taste great with a scoop of homemade ice cream. Mix in some crushed candy canes for the Chocolate Lava Cake. Mix in some candied ginger, candied cranberries, or candied orange for the Pumpkin Spice Lava Cake.

Chocolate Lava Cake

17. Cobbler

Cobbler is another great crockpot dessert. Just layer your ingredients and let it simmer to perfection. Cobbler comes in many varieties; you can make this recipe your own by using whatever fruits you want.

No matter whether you go for peach cobbler, cherry cobbler, or apple crisp, your dessert will taste delicious with some homemade vanilla ice cream. The plain vanilla allows the flavor of the fruits to shine.

Peach &/or Nectarine Cobbler

Berry Cobbler

Wrap Up

There you have it, 17 easy and delicious crockpot recipes. Enjoy trying some new flavors and exploring the world and its flavors through cooking in your crockpot.

Pick an old favorite and add a new spin on it or try something totally different but equally as delicious. Happy cooking and happy eating!

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