Top 10 Crockpot Dinner Ideas

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Simple meals are my thing, and it doesn’t get much easier than having dinner ready when you get home. Here are 10 of the best Crockpot Dinner Ideas! Any night of the week — and especially on special occasions — you are going to love these easy crockpot dinners.

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Crockpot Dinner Ideas

Between work and after-school activities, nobody wants to cook when they finally stumble through the door.

Weeknights are the perfect occasion for easy crockpot dinners — dump everything in before you leave, and it’s ready and waiting when you get home!

That’s not to say you can’t make these recipes for weekends and parties too. I’ve done Mexican food bars when we get together with friends and chili bars for winter parties — complete with a toppings spread!

Simple meals are totally my thing, and it doesn’t get much easier than these slow cooker dinner ideas!!

Easy Crockpot Dinners with Beef

Starting off our list of the top 10 slow cooker dinner ideas is one of my favorite proteins… beef! Ground, shredded, sliced, and stuffed — there are so many ways to work with red meat, and each one is tastier than the last.

Chipotles Copycat Barbacoa

Chipotle Barbacoa is the Mexican barbecue of my dreams! Slow-cooked in a spectacular spicy adobo sauce, this shredded beef is one of the most versatile crockpot dinner ideas. Use it for tacos, burritos, nachos, and bowls!

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Italian Beef with peppers and cheese is perfectly seasoned and melt-in-your-mouth tender. Pile onto toasted buns for a quick and easy meal that will keep you feeling full.

Easy Slow Cooker Chili

My Easy Slow Cooker Chili is fully loaded with meat, beans, and just enough heat to make your tongue tingle. It’s one of my favorite crockpot dinner ideas when I need to feed a crowd, and it’s great on baked potatoes or nachos too. Cook it in your crock pot all day or in just 4 hours — it’s up to you!

fork digging into stuffed bell pepper with rice and beef

Did you know you can make Stuffed Peppers in the slow cooker? Well, now you do! Packed with ground beef, sausage, rice, and plenty of cheese, they’re guaranteed to get everyone excited for veggies.

Chicken Slow Cooker Dinner Ideas

Don’t be fooled by this budget-friendly meat. The sky’s the limit with how you can flavor and serve chicken! Choose from wings, thighs, or breast meat — whatever sounds good and is on sale.

Simple Crockpot Buffalo Wings

Simple Crock Pot Buffalo Wings are so tender they will melt in your mouth, and the caramelized buffalo sauce is truly enough to make your taste buds sing! It’s one of the best slow cooker dinners when you’re in a snacking mood. Perfect for game day too!

chicken fajitas on a skillet

This Lazy Day Crockpot Fajitas Recipe is one of my favorite crockpot dinner ideas to reach for when I know we’ll have company. It’s easy to scale up if needed, and everyone can serve themselves. Just have tortillas and toppings handy!

ladle of homemade soup with noodles, carrots and white meat

What’s more comforting than Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup? The kind you don’t have to stand over the stove for, of course! I love to make a big batch to portion and freeze for later. When someone’s under the weather, just thaw and reheat!

crock pot chicken and rice on a plate

This Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Recipe combines all the classic casserole flavors into one easy-to-make dinner. Yes, even easier than casserole! It’s one of the best slow cooker dinners when you’re in a rush — everything cooks in about 2 hours on High.

Best Slow Cooker Dinners with Pork

Incredibly juicy and always a crowd-pleaser, pork is easy to work with in so many ways. Dice up leftover holiday ham to use in other dishes, or get yourself a large roast to shred for sandwiches and more!

The Best Ever Crockpot Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Crockpot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork Sandwiches are one of the best slow cooker dinner recipes when you need to feed a crowd — and one of our most popular recipes on the blog! These are loaded with flavor from a homemade barbecue sauce and Dr. Pepper soda. Yep, you will never believe all the amazing flavor that’s in these sandwiches!

closeup of 15 bean soup in a bowl.

Don’t be intimidated by 15 Bean Soup… all those beans come in a single blend! Soak them overnight, then toss in some juicy ham, veggies, broth, and seasonings. It’s the ultimate set-it-and-forget-it recipe.

We hope you enjoy our list of the best slow cooker dinner recipes. Let us know what you think in the comments below!!

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Originally published October 2014. Last updated and republished April 2024

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  1. My mother, who lived in Kewanee, Illinois and graduated there in 1939 always use to talk about Maid Rites but she didn't know how to replicate them. I am so grateful that I have your recipe. Of course, I never had a Maid Rite, but I will make it in my mother's honor. She passed away about 14 years ago. Thank you.!!!!!!!!!

  2. I am happy that you will make it in your mothers honor. What a great Mothers Day present to her! God bless you and your family and Im sure everyone will love these and think of Mom and Grandma!

  3. Can you tell me why my barbq chicken or whatever never coats in the crock pot but is very runny and juicy even tho I am following recipes?

    1. My experience and thoughts on this: if the skin is on the chicken the meat fats/juice make it thinned out. Dark meat such a thighs are always the worst. Maybe par boil the chicken..personally I haven't tried this myself since I had that water sauce. But it's thought. I now just but my sauce on the side..ugh. It would be interesting what others say..

    2. If you are NOT using a low fat meat product (such as chicken breasts) then you need to precook to render the fat. You can roast, braise or use favorite method to precook the meat & keep it moist. Personally, I recommend cooking the meat in the slow cooker, drain the fat & add sauce to complete the cooking & tenderize.

    3. I steam my chicken pieces first for about 30 minutes then place them on a rack to dry for about an hour. Or pat dry with paper towels. This helps reduce the fat and juices.

  4. Going to try all of these; we have plenty of WINTER left and these warm crock pot dishes all sound amazing. A good hot meat at the end of the day is true comfort food. Really anxious to do your chicken n dumplings. Thanks.

  5. I always remove most of the skin, esp when poaching also, then let it cool in the broth so it will be moist.

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