Slow Cookers: Guides, Tutorials, Care & Recipes

A slow cooker is one of the most beloved appliances on the market. Make the most of yours with this library of slow-cooker recipes, techniques, buying guides and more.

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Bonnie’s Chili

This chili is incredibly easy to make, and has a surprising depth of flavor for something that comes together in no time before the slow cooker takes over the work. I can make this for people who like it hot or mild just by changing the salsa. You can make it really spicy if you add hot peppers and hot salsa. —Bonnie Altig, North Pole, Alaska

Hamburger Dip

This is hands-down the easiest dip to make, and I never have leftovers. We have used venison in place of...


Beef Taco Chili

This is one of my husband's absolute favorite dishes. It was voted best chili at our county's autumn harvest festival....


Potluck Enchilada Meatballs

This is a twist on the ordinary potluck meatballs. These are easy, inexpensive and a hit for any occasion. —Terina,...


Slow-Cooker Cheeseburger Dip

This fun dip recipe uses ingredients that I always have in the fridge, so it's easy to throw together on...

Chili Macaroni and Cheese

What could be tastier on a cold winter day than chili or mac and cheese? Put them together and you...


Smoky Peanut Butter Chili

I eliminated beans from my standard chili recipe and added peanut butter and peanuts just for fun. Wow, was it...

Country Bacon-Beef Mac and Cheese

This extra-meaty mac and cheese is easy to make in the slow cooker. Kids love it, and I like that...


Slow-Cooked Calico Beans

My sister-in-law gave me the recipe for these hearty beans that make an appearance at all of our family functions....


Easy Slow Cooker Chili

This hearty chili can cook for up to 10 hours on low. It's so good to come home after a...


Corn Chip Chili Cheese Dip

After trying to create a Mexican soup, I ended up with this outstanding dip. My husband and two young children...

Slow-Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup

I tweaked a recipe I got from one of my best friends, and I couldn't believe how much this soup...


Hearty Tex-Mex Chili

I dreamed up this hearty chili with a Tex-Mex twist 25 years ago. It’s still everyone’s favorite and the go-to...


No-Bean Chili

I often combine the ingredients for this zesty chili the night before. In the morning I load up the slow...


Peppered Meatballs

Plenty of ground pepper gives these saucy meatballs their irresistible zest. They're so hearty, I sometimes serve them over noodles...

Slow-Cooked Italian Meatballs

What I love about these meatballs is that they can be served as an appetizer right out of the slow...


Santa Fe Chili

This colorful and hearty chili is perfect for heartwarming, holiday get-togethers. My family has been enjoying it for years. —Laura...


Chili Mac

This chili mac has regularly appeared on my family menus for more than 40 years, and it's never failed to...


Green Olive Dip

Olive fans will love this dip. It's cheesy and full of beef and beans. It could even be used as...


Spicy Touchdown Chili

For me, football, cool weather and chili just seem to go together. Whether I’m cheering on the local team on...


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Stamp-of-Approval Spaghetti Sauce

My father is very opinionated, especially about food. This recipe received his almost unreachable stamp of approval. I have yet...


Spicy Montana Chili

This thick and chunky chili has some kick to it. I like to top it with shredded cheddar and then...


Spicy Two-Bean Chili

Chili fans will get a kick out of this untraditional recipe. Tomatoes with green chiles, lime juice and kidney and...


Italian Appetizer Meatballs

Store-bought spaghetti sauce speeds up the preparation of these homemade meatball appetizers. Leftovers make terrific sub sandwiches. —Rene McCrory, Indianapolis,...

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Slow-Cooker Italian Sloppy Joes

These tasty sloppy joes with plenty of mass appeal are perfect for a gathering. If you're taking them to an...


Slow Cooker Mexican Dip

My husband and I love to entertain, and we make this hearty seven-ingredient dip often. Using our slow cooker leaves...


Chili Coney Dogs

From the youngest kids to the oldest adults, everyone in our family loves these hot dogs. Inspired by the classic...


Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

This creamy recipe brings two of my absolute favorite foods together in one! The tomato, fresh lettuce and crisp bacon...


Spiced Chili

My father was a cook in the Army and taught me the basics in the kitchen. My childhood baby-sitter inspired...


Cheesy Meatballs

Can meatballs be lucky? My guys think so, and they want them for game time. My beef, sausage and cheese...