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10 Slow Cooker Appetizers You Need to Try

10 Slow Cooker Appetizers You Need to Try

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Who says that slow cookers are only for big meals?

Your slow cooker could be your best party tool yet!

The slow cooker is one of the most misunderstood, under-explored, and underused appliances in the kitchen, especially when it comes to dishing up appetizers. Crock-pots have gone in and out of fashion, but they’re making a comeback for those of us with particularly busy schedules. It’s time to realize the potential and power of the slow cooking pot. Don’t let it collect dust just because you don’t know what to do with it.

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Dump in your ingredients, whether it is for a soup, a pudding, or a roast — the possibilities are endless. Then just set it and forget it. That means your dinner can be cooking and canapés heating without constant attention. Set low enough, super moms can be elsewhere and dutiful dads needn’t worry.

With a plethora of recipes ranging from old-school pot roasts to avant-garde custards, your trusty slow cooker will be there for you. It could be more than just a time saver; it could even be a life saver.

Crock-pots can also serve as an extra hand. A busy host can’t be everywhere at once, and more often than not there is not enough space in the oven to keep tasty treats heating for the gathering. That’s when the slow cooker can be handy to keep things warm or to cook up quick-prep recipes.

Who knew that hors d'oeuvres could be prepared in these slow cookers, not just Sunday roasts? Crock-pots’ slow cooking is ideal for making succulent pulled pork appetizers; ditto for dips and meatballs. Slow cookers are also the perfect vessels for warming up and cooking those delicious pre-meal bites for your next party or barbecue.

Carnitas Tacos

Why reserve tacos only for Tuesdays? Carnitas tacos are super easy in the slow cooker and make the perfect summertime appetizer any day of the week. The zesty spices and slow-cooked flavors will truly put guests over the top. To make the carnitas tacos bite-sized, use a round cookie cutter or a glass to cut tortillas into mini portions.

Pulled Pork

Throwing that pork butt into the crock-pot with other tasty ingredients makes for effortless appetizers. Slow-cooked pulled pork can top rice cakes with a garnish of cilantro and white onions or a drizzle of BBQ sauce or can fill phyllo cups to dress it up. Pulled pork can be the life of your party in other ways, too — sliders might just be the epitome of snack food. Pulled pork sliders are a wonderful addition to your hors d’oeuvres roster, as pulled pork is super quick and hassle-free with a slow cooker. Just plop the ingredients your crock-pot and let it do its thing.

Here are the 10 recipes that I used:

Slow Cooker Black Bean and Corn Salsa Chicken
2 (14 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed

Slow Cooker BBQ Cranberry Chicken
2 lbs chicken breasts
1/4 cup dried minced onion
1 (16 oz) can whole cranberry sauce
1 cup barbecue sauce

Combine all ingredients in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag and zip closed. When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 6-7 hours.

Side dish idea:
Baked potatoes and a side of stuffing

Slow Cooker Beef and Mushrooms
3 lbs stew meat, cubed
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
2 (4 oz each) cans mushrooms, with liquid
1/2 cup apple juice
1 (1 oz) packet dry onion soup mix

Combine all ingredients in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Zip closed.
When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on HIGH for 6 hours or LOW for 10 hours.
Serve over rice.

Slow Cooker Pineapple Glazed Ham
4 thick slices of boneless ham, fully cooked (I cut mine about 3/4″ thick)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple (do not drain)
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard (optional)

Mix together brown sugar, pineapple, and mustard in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Place ham slices inside and zip bag closed.
When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 5-6 hours.

Slow Cooker Sweet and Tangy Meatballs
1 (12 oz) jar chili sauce
1 (16-18 oz) jar grape jelly
1 (2 lb) package frozen meatballs

In a bowl, combine chili sauce and grape jelly until smooth. Place meatballs in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Pour in the chili sauce mixture and mix together in the bag until thoroughly combined. Zip bag closed.

Mom’s Slow Cooker Chili

Slow Cooker Sweet Teriyaki Chicken
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 onion, chopped
1 1/2 lbs chicken breasts

Mix together soy sauce, sugar, garlic salt and chopped onion in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Place chicken breasts inside the bag and zip closed.
When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 7-8 hours.
Serve over rice.

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches
3 lb bottom round beef roast
2 (1 oz each) packages dry Italian salad dressing mix
1 cup water
1 (16 oz) jar pepperoncini peppers (can substitute milder, sweeter peppers if desired)

Mix together salad dressing mixes, water, and peppers in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Add the roast and zip the bag closed.
When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on HIGH for 7 hours or LOW for 10-12 hours.
Serve on your favorite kind of buns.

Slow Cooker Creamy Salsa Chicken
1 lb chicken breasts
1 (16 oz) jar chunky salsa
1 (10.75 oz) cream of chicken soup

Mix together salsa and chicken soup in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Add chicken breasts and zip closed.
When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 6-7 hours.
When finished cooking, shred chicken and serve over rice, with tortilla chips, over a salad, in tortilla shells, or wrapped in a soft tortilla (this meat is so versatile). Garnish with cheese, sour cream, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and hot sauce.

Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes
1 1/2 lbs pork chops, boneless (about 4-6 chops, thick sliced)
6-8 medium potatoes, chopped into large pieces
2 (10.75 oz each) cans cream of chicken soup
2 (1 oz each) packages dry Ranch dressing mix
1 cup milk
Dried parsley to sprinkle on top (optional)

In a bowl, mix together the soups, milk, and ranch dressing mixes and pour into a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Combine all other ingredients together and zip closed.
When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 6-7 hours.
Use the extra sauce in the slow cooker as a gravy for the potatoes and the pork chops. Sprinkle with dried parsley if you want.

(This picture is actually from the first 8 Freezer Meals that I put together- you can find those recipes and shopping list HERE).

Low-Fat Slow Cooker Recipes

There are a number of low-fat slow cooker recipes available. Below is just a sample of three delicious, vegetarian soups.

There are a number of low-fat slow cooker recipes available. Below is just a sample of three delicious, vegetarian soups. However, if you like a little meat, then they can easily be adapted.

Crockpot Barley Vegetable Soup

This is a very nutritious soup that contains a range of delicious vegetables along with barley and sweet potatoes.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 8 hours


  • 1 cup of medium pearl barley
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 5 ounces of carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups of sweetcorn
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 cups of green beans, chopped
  • 14 ounces of canned, diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups of vegetable broth
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of fennel seed
  • salt and pepper to taste


Put all the vegetables minus the tinned tomatoes into the slow cooker. Leave on low heat for 6 to 8 hours. After this, pour in the tomatoes, stir, then allow to cook for another 10 to 15 minutes. Take out the bay leaf before you serve.

Crockpot Lentil Soup

Other low-fat slow cooker recipes include lentil soup. This is another richly nutritious soup that leaves room for many variations.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 4-8 hours


  • 2 cups of lentils
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 8 cups of vegetable broth
  • salt and pepper to taste


Put all the ingredients into your slow cooker apart from the salt and pepper. On a low heat, you can leave it to cook throughout the day, but on high, it’ll take about 4 hours. You can add potatoes for a thicker consistency or tinned tomatoes or ham for a meatier version, thereby creating other low-fat slow cooker recipes.

Crockpot Broccoli Potato Soup

In terms of low-fat slow cooker recipes, this is a very popular one. Again, it’s also open to variation.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 6-8 hours


  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped
  • 3 large potatoes, cubed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste


Put all the ingredients apart from the salt and pepper into the slow cooker and allow it to cook for 6 to 10 hours, depending on the heat. Add the salt and pepper to taste. You can serve this with sour cream, cheese, or even bacon pieces.

A low-fat slow cooker recipe is a fantastic way to cook healthy and nutritious meals. What’s more, there is a wide variety of low-fat slow cooker recipes to choose from.

10 Slow Cooker Church Suppers

Church suppers can also involve some nostalgia from past decades. Recipes from grandma sometimes come into play when we want to serve something that grandma and grandpa grew up eating and still truly adore. We want to give out a wide array of pleasure when we think about what is the right thing to serve to your diverse clan of family. There are certain recipes from each decade that different family members identify with and we try to make dishes that we know everyone will eat with joy. We are thrilled to share some of our collection of church supper recipes that will have your family asking for more. These are some of our absolute favorites to eat after church.

10 Slow Cooker Recipes with 5 ingredients or less!

When I think of crockpot cooking I think “easy.” These 10 recipes are easier than easy! With 5 ingredients or less they take minimal time to prepare. Many of these recipes have super easy ingredients that you already have in your pantry.

1. Slow Cooker Buffalo Pork Lettuce Wraps

2. Slow Cooker Saucy Salsa Chicken

3. Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Chicken and Gravy

4. 5-Ingredient Dijon Chicken

5. 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

6. Spicy Beef Taco Filling

7. Slow Cooker Garlic Green Beans

8. Slow Cooker Warm Black Bean Dip

9. Slow Cooker Cheesy Ranch Orzo

10. Slow Cooker Bacon Kalua Chicken

Belly warmers: 10 hearty slow cooker recipes your family will love

As the weather cools down there’s nothing better than coming in from work or sports training and smelling the mouth watering aromas of the hearty dishes that have been slowly cooking while you’ve been away. In most cases it’s a simple matter of throwing in all the ingredients and letting your slow cooker do the rest. Winning!

We’ve gathered up some of our favourite belly warmer recipes from the kitchen masters at New Idea Food to help you get through the cooler months ahead in the gallery below …

10 hearty slow cooker recipes your family will love …

Easy step-by-step seafood gumbo

Cajun flavours of the Deep South are on display in this traditional rice and seafood dish. Serve it with a side of cornbread for a complete meal.

Slow Cooker Meatball Cacciatore

Let your slow cooker do all the work for you with this classic Italian dinner!

Slow Cooker Beef with Potatoes

This winter classic will be a new weekly favourite in your home!

Easy Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls

So soft and SO easy! You’ll never have bread any other way.

Slow-Cooked Spanish Chicken

Delicious chicken and flavourful spices, perfect for those cooler nights in.

Cuban slow-cooked pork

This delish pork dish is filled with tender meat and the subtle flavours of oregano, orange, coriander and cumin.

Slow-cooked Napoletana sauce

A quality homemade sauce is the secret to absolutely mouth-watering tomato-based Italian meals.

Slow-cooked Irish stew

This winter favourite is full of flavour and smells absolutely delicious.

Middle Eastern slow-cooked lamb shoulder

A melt-in-your-mouth one-pit dinner to impress the whole family.

This lamb is slow-cooked in a Middle Eastern rub of orange, paprika, garlic and cinnamon.

40 Easy & Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes That You Need To Try

Are you looking for fast and simple slow cooker dump meals that taste delicious at the same time? If so, this post is great for you!

The slow cooker is such an astonishing invention, because it saves busy parents so much time and money. There’s a reason why slow cooker meals are also referred to as “dump meals” – once everything is dumped into the cooker in the morning, you can just abandon it cooking and go about your day as normal. When you obtain home, you have a delicious, home cooked meal waiting for you and your family! No prep, no fancy swirling and twirling, just dump and bounce.

With that said, there are many slow cooker meals that are kind of… average. That’s why I wanted to make a collection of recipes that are truly tried and tested – simple to prepare, but also super delicious for both you and the kids. In this post, you’ll find the top recipes including chicken, casseroles, pasta,Mexican recipes and so much more!

I tried to add a varied collection of recipes, so that all of your cravings would be covered. If you’re alert to find your next favorite slow cooker meal just keep on scrolling!

How to cook dried chickpeas in the slow cooker?

Cooking dried chickpeas in the crockpot is my preferred method by far since it doesn't require soaking or hanging out by the stove. All you need to do is add the washed chickpeas to the slow cooker with a liquid of choice. Plus one pound of dried chickpeas yields about four cans worth so it's more affordable by far.

For every pound of chickpeas, you will want to add 7 cups of liquid. This can be water or broth. You can also add some flavor agents like salt (about 1 teaspoon), pepper, garlic, onions, bay leaves, or herbs, which I recommend to add flavor to the chickpeas.

  • Low: Cook on low for 7-8 hours until the chickpeas are soft and tender. Drain any excess liquid. (preferred)
  • High: Cook on high for 3-4 hours until chickpeas are cooked through and tender. Drain extra liquid.

Optional: Some people recommend adding 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to the liquid when cooking in the slow cooker to help soften the chickpeas. I found it works with and without the chickpeas.

Freezing slow cooker chickpeas: If you cook up a big batch of chickpeas and plan on saving them for later, make sure to freeze them with some of the cooking liquid. This will preserve the texture and taste. Then just drain when you defrost them.

Now let's talk about recipes! Most of these use canned chickpeas but you could cook up a big batch of dried chickpeas and then use them in these recipes. Additionally, there is information below about how and when to use dried chickpeas in these recipes.

Don't be intimated by cooking a big bird. Making a whole turkey in a slow cooker results in a wonderfully tender and flavorful dish. Even better? This also leaves your oven free so you can cook up more holiday sides at the same time.

Slow-Cooker Falling-Off-the-Bone Short Ribs

This versatile, tasty cut of beef gives us everything you could ask for in meat. It's wonderfully tender and the marbling keeps it incredibly moist while cooking. The sauce for this recipe is incredibly comforting, too.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Biscuit Pot Pie

This Southern classic may seem like a humble dish but it's just perfect for feeding a hungry crowd on a cold wintry night. Instead of worrying about perfecting an ornate chicken pot pie crust, let the slow cooker cook up fluffy biscuits that make the perfect complement for the rich gravy.

Al Roker's Slow-Cooker Lamb Shank and Couscous

Lamb is traditionally associated with Easter but this elegant dish is also perfect for a Christmas feast. "This slow-cooker meal is one I make for my family on Sundays," said Al Roker. "It's perfect because you can prep in the morning, spend time with the family and then have a finished meal waiting for you eight hours later." Sounds like a Christmas morning miracle!

Slow-Cooker Glazed Ham

The folks over at Honey Baked Ham may have their recipe down to a science but it's surprisingly easy to make a beautiful ham at home . especially if you let your slow cooker do the heavy lifting! This simple method ensures a show-stopping centerpiece that is tender and full of flavor. Topped with a sweetly spiced mustard glaze, every slice is dressed to impress.

Slow-Cooker Spinach Lasagna

Celebrate Christmas the Italian way. This classic dish is surprisingly simple and incredibly easy to make in a crockpot.

Giada's Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis gives beef stew an Italian spin with the addition of Marsala wine and sun-dried tomatoes. Depending on the slow-cooker setting being used, this stew will take up to 8 hours, but we promise it's worth it.

Siri Daly's Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese

Whether it's a busy weeknight, a birthday celebration, a casual get together with friends or a fancy holiday meal, there's really never a bad time to serve macaroni and cheese. Siri Daly's delicious version is incredibly simple because there's no need to worry about making a complicated roux — just throw everything into your crockpot and turn up the heat.

Slow-Cooker Triple Chocolate Brownies

Who can resist warm and gooey chocolate brownies straight out of the pot? Yes, it's true, you can make practically anything a slow cooker, even decadent desserts! This recipe is delightfully easy and the results just melt in your mouth.

Slow-Cooker Chocolate Marble Cheesecake

The beauty of using a slow cooker to make cheesecake is the steady, moist heat the device creates. Allowing the cheesecake to sit in the slow cooker for an hour after it’s fully cooked ensures a gradual cooling, which is key to keep the top from cracking. Plus, this recipe can serve six to eight people.



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