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It’s that time of year again. The time when we sadly bid all those lovely summer tomatoes adieu, and turn on the slow cooker. As summer fades into fall and the nights grow cooler, there isn’t much more comforting than coming home after a long day’s work to a house permeated with the smell of dinner simmering away.

These one-pot dishes are perfect week night go-to’s because they practically make themselves. I like to call recipes like these “hibernation food.” They’re warm, filling, and satisfying, and the best part is you can do just about all your prep in the morning or the night before, so you barely have anything to mess with later.

I’ve scavenged high and low for 15 of the best slow cooker suppers in the food blogosphere, and wrangled recipes like buffalo chicken pasta, turkey chili baked potatoes, and butternut squash soup with maple roasted chickpeas. Hope you guys enjoy, and happy slow-cooking!

(Also, if you’re looking for more slow cooker recipes, be sure to follow Ali’s slow cooker recipes board on Pinterest!)

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posted on September 21, 2014 by Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven

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Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven

Hayley Putnam lives to eat, and loves writing, particularly about food! She contributes to Foodie Crush, and also bakes and blogs for her own little nook of the food blogosphere,Tiptoes in the Kitchen.She lives in Greensboro, N.C., with her husband Jay and their four-legged furry daughter, Luma. You can also find Hayley on Pinterest and Instagram.

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22 comments on “15 Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes”

  1. Emily @ Life on Food September 21, 2014 @ 7:21 am Reply

    Love it! Pinned for later.

  2. Kare @ Kitchen Treaty September 21, 2014 @ 8:10 am Reply

    Thanks so much for including my Pasta e fa*gioli soup recipe! The slow cooker rules all.

  3. Julie @ Table for Two September 21, 2014 @ 9:26 am Reply

    I’ve been using my slow cooker so much lately – this is giving me some new great ideas! Thanks for including mine in the round up :) xo

  4. Summer September 21, 2014 @ 10:53 am Reply

    Finally – a bunch of slow cooker recipes where everything doesn’t turn to colorless mush! Thank you!

  5. Maria September 21, 2014 @ 10:54 am Reply

    I think I need to bust out our slow cooker! Thanks for including our soup! xo

  6. Heidi @foodiecrush September 21, 2014 @ 10:58 am Reply

    It’s certainly that time of year! Hayley found some goodies.

  7. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons September 21, 2014 @ 11:31 am Reply

    Definitely time to dust off my slow cooker. Thanks so much for including one of my recipes :)

  8. Millie l Add A Little September 21, 2014 @ 11:44 am Reply

    Slow cookers are such a must during the warmer months! Love the round up!

  9. A Young Wife September 21, 2014 @ 12:44 pm Reply

    Thank you for rounding these up! I love your teriyaki chicken and I have been wanting to try the Salsa Verde. All these recipes look so great! We have been living off our crockpot the last few weeks, thanks for some new recipes to try!

  10. Lee September 21, 2014 @ 2:09 pm Reply

    SLOW COOKER <3 Thanks for linking up! #youdabest

  11. Lori @ RecipeGirl September 21, 2014 @ 3:44 pm Reply

    Great roundup! I need to try them all soon!

  12. Joanna September 21, 2014 @ 3:45 pm Reply

    I’ve just finished making apple jam in my clowcooker! Tesco delivery man complimented me on beautiful smell from my kitchen. Now, time for more! Thanks for the ideas!

  13. Tiffany@CremedelaCrumb September 21, 2014 @ 11:17 pm Reply

    Ali this is such a great roundup of amazing slow cooking recipes! Thanks for including my General Tso’s Chicken! :)

  14. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl September 22, 2014 @ 8:31 am Reply

    I am on a slow cooker roll lately – I can’t stop using it!! Love these ideas – I am so ready for warm comfort foods!

  15. Jennifer @ Crockpot Gourmet September 22, 2014 @ 8:55 am Reply

    What a delicious looking roundup! Will be trying out some new recipes for sure! Thanks for including my buffalo chicken pasta :)

  16. Kathy September 22, 2014 @ 11:14 am Reply

    Beautiful photos! I have bookmarked your site.

  17. Natalie | Paper & Birch September 22, 2014 @ 12:32 pm Reply

    It is that time of year! Great round up Hayley! I’m going to make that Salsa Verde Chicken this week :)

  18. Danielle Wooding @ New England Daughter September 22, 2014 @ 2:46 pm Reply

    Great round up. I was really happy to see so many slowcooker recipes that aren’t completely carb based.

  19. Mondo | I bake he shoots September 23, 2014 @ 9:50 pm Reply

    I’ve been meaning to get out my crockpot so I can “set it and forget it.” thanks for the inspiration.

  20. Kim Holland August 10, 2015 @ 10:10 am Reply

    I just want to say that I love this site!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven August 12, 2015 @ 3:55 pm

      Thank you Kim, we’re glad to hear you’re a fan! :)

  21. Rose Martine February 6, 2020 @ 4:31 am Reply

    This looks tasty but might I suggest that you swap cage-free organic for pastured organic. From what I know, it seems like a kinder option!
    rose martine

15 Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes | Gimme Some Oven (2024)


Can I use an oven instead of a slow cooker? ›

In comparison, when using an oven as a slow cooker, you'll typically set the temperature between 325°F (similar to the low setting) and 375°F (resembling the high setting). Opt for a heavy, oven-safe pot with a tight-fitting lid, like a Staub or Le Creuset Dutch oven, to mimic the moisture retention of a slow cooker.

What is the oven temperature equivalent to a slow cooker? ›

How to use an oven as a slow cooker substitute: Preheat the oven to about 160 C. Follow the slow cooker recipe, but use a baking dish with a lid instead of a crockpot or slow cooker. If the recipe calls for slow cooker setting, then divide the cooking time by 4.

Can you slow cook in an oven? ›

Can you slow cook in an oven? - Quora. Yep. That's basically BRAISING (just without the frying, though if it's meat, definitely fry it). All you need is a decent pot with a cover, a good pre-heated oven, some meat and veggies or a bit of moisture, some time, and VOILA.

Is 15 hours too long for a slow cooker? ›

If you have a model that runs “hot", 15 hours may be too much and will result in an overcooked taste. If this is new model to you, try it out on other dishes to get a feel for it. If you are using a lean cut of meat, long cooking time is not the way to go. The meat will get tougher the longer it cooks.

Is it cheaper to slow cook in oven or slow cooker? ›

Slow cookers typically cost less to run than an oven. They won't necessarily save you money compared with using an induction hob, or even a gas hob. Making exact comparisons is difficult, because there can be lots of variables, such as the type of hob and how you use it.

How do you mimic a slow cooker on the stove? ›

If you don't have a slow cooker, you can slow cook right on stovetop using a cooking pot that has a heavy build (like a Dutch oven) so it can disperse heat evenly to the food cooking inside. You should cover it well with a lid, keep the heat low and keep checking food in between so it does not run out of liquid.

What can I use if I don't have a slow cooker? ›

To mimic a slow cooker, you can use a dutch oven or covered casserole dish in a very low oven preheated to 200° Fahrenheit (United States) or 95° Celsius. Some new wall ovens and ranges include a preset “slow cook” function, then automatically switch to “keep warm” when the cooking time is over.

What if you don't have a slow cooker? ›

As long as you are relatively familiar with the heat characteristics of your stove-top, or even oven, you can go ahead and use a regular old cooking pot with a lid. A casserole dish covered with foil in a low temperature oven will work fine too.

Can you cook meat low and slow in the oven? ›

With this low-and-slow method you simply set your oven to the temperature you want your joint to reach and let the meat do the work. The good thing is once the temperature is reached, the meat won't cook any further, so you can't overcook it! It's actual science.

Does the bottom of the oven cook slower? ›

Most (if not all) ovens are hotter at the top than at the bottom. Thus, if you have two baking sheets in your oven, one on a higher rack and one on a lower rack, the one on the higher rack will cook faster. Therefore, it is important not only to rotate your pans from front to back, but also from top to bottom.

Is it OK to put raw chicken in slow cooker? ›

Yes, you most certainly can cook raw meat in the slow cooker! You put it in “cold”, with whatever liquid your recipe calls for, turn it on either “low” or “high” depending on your recipe (I usually start it on “high” for a couple hours, then turn it to “low”), and in 6–7–8 hours, it's now COOKED meat!

Is it safe to put raw meat in a slow cooker? ›

Research conducted by USDA FSIS indicates it's safe to cook large cuts of meat and poultry in a slow cooker. Follow the manufacturer's recipes and safety guidelines. Start clean. Start with clean hands, utensils surfaces and a clean cooker.

What is the best meat to cook in a slow cooker? ›

Choose the right cut: Chuck roasts, short ribs, pork shoulders and lamb shanks (think fatty and tougher meats) become meltingly tender with the moist, low heat of a slow cooker. Leaner cuts like pork tenderloin tend to dry out. Likewise, dark meat chicken — thighs, drumsticks, etc.

What is a good substitute for a slow cooker? ›

Originally Answered: What can be used as a substitute for a crock pot? As long as you are relatively familiar with the heat characteristics of your stove-top, or even oven, you can go ahead and use a regular old cooking pot with a lid. A casserole dish covered with foil in a low temperature oven will work fine too.

Is 4 hours on high the same as 8 hours on low? ›

The difference between "High" and "Low" on slow cookers seems to differ with every brand and model. One thing that is consistent, though, is that food takes seven to eight hours to reach a simmer point (around 210°) on low; versus three to four hours on high.

What temperature is high on a slow cooker in Fahrenheit? ›

The high setting on a Crock-Pot is between 170 and 280 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature range will cook the food quicker, but it is more likely to overcook or dry out the food. We recommend using this setting only when you're in a hurry or if your Crock-Pot doesn't have a low setting.


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