The temperatures have gotten cooler, meaning it’s officially crockpot season. And honestly, we’re welcoming it with open arms. There’s nothing better than a no-fuss meal that you can throw in the slow cooker at the beginning of the day for a warm, cozy meal later on. It’s like doing a favor for “4-8 hours into the future you,” or like having a personal chef, in a way. Or at least a kitchen helper who lets you dump everything into a pot and says, Alright, girl – I’ll take it from here.
Yes, the trusty crockpot is the friend that we all need, especially on a busy day. And with these 16 cold-weather recipes, you’re sure to find a new favorite:
1. Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili
Nothing says fall like a warm bowl of chili, and this one has all the fixings. It makes for an easy weeknight dinner, or the perfect crowd-pleasing meal to toss in the crockpot on game day.
2. Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Lattes
If you’re hosting a fall brunch, this is the drink to make. It uses real pumpkin and tons of fall spices for an autumn-girl classic in the comfort of your own kitchen.
3. Salsa Verde Chicken Chili
This salsa verde chicken chili takes just five minutes to prep and contains a whopping 42 grams of protein per serving. The salsa verde gives it a burst of fresh flavor and just the right amount of kick. Top it off with fresh cilantro and a dollop of Greek yogurt to pack in even more protein.
4. Orange Chicken
Resist the urge to order in and prep this takeout classic in the morning instead – it’s cheaper and likely better for you! And with just four ingredients, it’s super simple to throw in and go before starting your to-do list for the day. Serve with steamed broccoli and snap peas over rice for a balanced weeknight meal.
5. Crockpot Beef Ramen Noodles
A college girl classic, but elevate it. This recipe calls for browned ground beef, so it takes just a tad more work than just throwing it in the pot and calling it a day, but it’s more than worth it. You can also substitute ground chicken, turkey, or pork if you’re not feeling beef.
6. Crockpot Marry Me Chicken
A rich and indulgent favorite that’s said to make the man in your life drop to one knee. It’s cheesy, creamy, and oh-so delicious. And it makes a big batch, so get ready for leftovers!
7. Crockpot Southwest Chicken Bowls
If you’re looking for an easy meal that’s warm and comforting, and also packed with veggies and protein, these southwest chicken bowls fit the bill. They’re perfectly balanced and loaded with vegetables and quinoa for a quick and nutritious meal.
8. Spaghetti Squash, Meat and Tomatoes
The best thing about this recipe is that it’s so versatile. You can make it with ground turkey, chicken, or beef, and pretty much any vegetables your heart desires (in addition to the spaghetti squash). Not to mention, the spaghetti squash makes it feel like you're eating a yummy bowl of pasta without the weighed down after-effects.
9. Crockpot Chipotle Queso Chicken Chili
Another chili recipe that’s loaded up with chicken, sausage, beans, and spices. For an extra smoky kick, toss in a couple of diced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.
10. Slow Cooker Thai Red Chicken Chili
Another go-to takeout meal that’s more budget (and body) friendly. Add more sriracha if you want even more spice, and garnish with fresh cilantro and lime juice.
11. Mulled Apple Cider
This mulled apple cider recipe isn’t technically meant for the crockpot, but you could totally go that route instead of simmering it on the stovetop. It’s the perfect warm drink for your upcoming holiday gatherings and will make your house smell amazing.
12. Crockpot Lasagna Soup
I can’t think of anything better than walking in the door after a long day to the smell of warm, cheesy lasagna that’s ready to be devoured. Use regular noodles or gluten-free, and top with parsley to freshen it up.
13. Slow Cooker Honey Soy Chicken Noodles
Ginger, teriyaki and sriracha make this Asian-inspired dish burst with flavor. It’s easy-peasy to put together, and you can make it with any vegetables you have in your fridge.
14. Slow Cooker Irish Beef and Guinness Stew
The rich flavor of Irish beef stew is comfort in a pot. This one uses Guinness for an even deeper profile. Enjoy with a glass of red wine and your favorite fall read.
15. Crockpot Creamy French Onion Chicken and Orzo
If you love the savory flavor of French onion soup but need something with a little more substance, whip up this creamy chicken version. The white wine and heavy cream give it the perfect richness for a cozy night in.
16. One Pot Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini
Nothing beats yummy, cheesy tortellini on a chilly night. Just add garlic bread and a side salad, and voila – dinner is served!
There’s nothing better than having a few easy weeknight meals in your dinnertime rotation, and it truly doesn’t get any simpler than a crockpot dish. Not to mention, it’s the best way to fill your home with all the cozy smells and flavors of autumn.
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