30 Slow Cooker Recipes…Dinner Ideas for Busy Families

So, tell me friends…does the fall and back to school seem oh so hectic? Well, for our family it does too. We have 2 kids, in 2 different schools, involved in very different activities. That means getting a little creative with our family meals. We love cooking with our slow cooker during the fall and winter months to help ease that last minute … “what’s for dinner?” question.

Let me tell you how much I loved our slow cooker… yes loved… after almost 20 years { it was a wedding gift }, my beloved slow cooker died while cooking my family’s favorite… Beef Stroganoff .

I think I might have cried.

See, she sat on the counter and never got put away, we truly loved her. But never fear, the hubs and his obsession with gadgets and new products, found us a replacement… The Ninja Cooking System. So, now all is good in our home!

So why not a month { yep 30 days } of Slow Cooker Recipes to start off the fall and help you get those monthly meals all scheduled…


We searched all over and have collected 30 Slow Cooker Recipes for you to enjoy from some of the best blogs out there. Here is our collection of crock pot recipes from around the blog world, we hope you will enjoy trying these out in your home…

Slow-Cooker-Boneless-Beef-Ribs1_Cherished_BlissAshley from Cherished Bliss shared Boneless Beef Ribs.

Slow-Cooker-BBQ-Chicken_no2pencilMelissa from No.2 Pencil created BBQ Chicken

Slow-Cooker-Sweet-and-Sour-Chicken_cupckaesandcrinolineMary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline shared Sweet and Sour Chicken

Slow-Cooker-Veggie-Full-Spaghetti_momontimeoutTrish from Mom on Timeout and her Veggie Full Spaghetti

Slow_Cooker_Chicken-Tortilla-Soup_TodayscreativeblogKim from Today’s Creative Blog made this Chicken Tortilla Soup

slow_cooker_enchilada_tacos_ishouldbemoppingthefloorsKristi from I Should Be Mopping the Floors shared Enchilada Tacos

Slow-Cooker-Pot-Roast_apumpkinandaprincessCrystal at A Pumpkin and a Princess shares Beef Stew

Slow_cooker_pesto_chicken_pasta_RRWorkshopRachel from R&R Workshop created Pesto Chicken Pasta

slow_cooker_lasagna_raisedbycultureXenia from Raised by Culture created this Lasagna

slow_cooker_creole-sausage-mrshinesclassSharon from Mrs.Hines Class shared her Creole Sausage with Rice and Beans

slow_cooker_chicken_and_biscuitsLaura from Inspiration for Moms created Chicken and Biscuits

Slow_Cooker_Chicken-Enchilada-Stuffed-Peppers_KatiesCucinaKatie from Katie’s Cucina shared Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Peppers

Slow_Cooker_Mac_and_Cheese_missinformationKelly from Miss Information created Mac and Cheese


Jennifer from Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll shared Ole! Carnitas

Slow_Cooker_Chicken-Black-Bean-and-Corn-Taco-Soup_ThatswhatchesaidCheryl from That’s What Che Said created Chicken Taco Soup

slow_cooker_beef_burritos_posedperfectionNici from Posed Perfection shared Beef Burritos

slow_cooker_creamy_chicken_soup_craftomaniacJen from Craft-o-Maniac created Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

slow_cooker_red_beans_and_rice_dukesandduchessesRandi from Dukes and Duchesses shared Red Beans and Rice

Slow_Cooker_Beef_Stroganoff_yumyhealthyeasyJen from Yummy Healthy Easy shared Beef Stroganoff

slow-cooker Heart-Healthy-Chili-Recipe-momontimeoutTrish from Mom on Timeout created Heart Healthy Chili

slow_cooker-cheesey-chicken-spaghetti_ReasonstoskipthehouseworkMelanie from Reasons to Skip the Housework created Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

slow_cooker_pasta-e-fagioli-atthepicketfenceHeather from At The Picket Fence shared Pasta e Fagioli {an Olive Garden Knockoff}

slow_cooker_lemon_pepper_chicken_therecipecriticAlyssa from The Recipe Critic created Lemon Pepper Chicken

slow_coker_sweet_and_sour_ribs_dukesandduchessesRandi from Dukes and Duchesses shared Sweet and Sour Ribs

slow_cooker_ Jambalaya_katiescucinaKatie from Katie’s Cucina created Jambalaya

Slow_Cooker_Honey-Sesame-Chicken_domesticsuperheroAllyson from Domestic Superhero created Honey Sesame Chicken Lettuce Wraps

slow_cooker_french_dip_sandwiches_therecipecriticAlyssa from The Recipe Critic made French Dip Sandwiches

slow_cooker_root_beer_pulled_perk_thatswhatchesaidCheryl from That’s What Che Said made Root Beer Pulled Pork

Slow-Cooker-Chicken-Parmesan-Recipe-Easy_momontimeoutTrish from Mom on Timeout shared Chicken Parmesan

slow-cooker-Chicken-and-Dumplings-yummyhealthyeasyand finally Jen from Yummy Healthy Easy created Chicken and Dumplings

Oh wait! What about the months with 31 days? Ok..here is the bonus one for those months…


How about our Honey Barbecue Sandwiches created by our sweet contributor Liz!

Can you say YUMMO!

All these amazing Slow Cooker recipes are sure to please your family and help you create more family time at the meal table each week!

Need a little help with meal planning? Be sure and check out our Meal Planning Ideas and Free Printable.


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  1. These all look so absolutely delicious! Pinning. :)

  2. What a great round up. These recipes sound delicious. I can’t wait to try them out!

  3. Thanks Ladies for including my mac and cheese! This is a great round up!

  4. Thanks so much for including me ladies! Honored to be a part of such a yummy looking round up! I am a big fan of slow cooker meals, yay for less mess! : )

  5. Slow cooker meals save my life. seriously. I can’t wait to try all these yummy recipes! Thank you for including my Pesto chicken Pasta. :)

    Rachel @ R & R Workshop

  6. I seriously love crock-pot meals. they save my life! Cant wait to try these recipes!!
    Thanks for including my Pesto Chicken Pasta :)

    Rachel @ R & R Workshop

  7. Thanks for including me, friends! Everything looks so good…now I’m craving Pasta E Fagioli!!

  8. Thanks so much for including me in this awesome round-up!! Pinned and excited to try some of these awesome crock pot meals!

    ~Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

  9. yum! All of these slow cooker recipes sound great! I can’t wait to give some of them a try and of course thank you for including my recipes in your round-up!

  10. Thanks for including my Honey Sesame Chicken Lettuce Wraps in this fabulous round up! I am pinning for future reference as there look to be a ton of delicious recipes here! Thanks!

  11. Thanks so much for sharing these! They look fantastic!

  12. Slow cooker meals are the best, aren’t they?! Thank you so much for including my Chicken and Biscuits recipe! Great round-up! :)

  13. A great roundup! I’m definitely pinning this so I’ll know what to make when I pull the Crock-Pot out!

  14. I use the crockpot a LOT and always looking for some new recipes. Thanks so much!

  15. Awesome! Now I have a bunch of recipes to try out this fall! Cheers :)

  16. How did I miss this feature? Thank you so much for sharing my Cheesy Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti!

    Melanie :)

  17. Francine Fahey says:

    These all look so wonderful.I have the chicken parmesan on the go now,it was a hard choice to make so I let my son make it.lol.Can’t wait to try.I know its going to be a hit.THANKS for these yummy recipes and for making them esay for days like today.

  18. Francine Fahey says:

    All these recipes look so wonderful.I have the chicken parmasen on the go now.It was a hard choice to make,so I let my son make it.lol.I know its going to be a hit.Thanks for these yummy recipes,can’t wait to try some others I really got my eye on.And thanks for making them easy especeally on days like today.CAN’T WAIT FOR DINNER :)


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