By Carl Hanson

These lucky 13 crock-pot recipes are easy to prep in the a.m., and ready to gobble up when you get home. You'll love 'em on busy weeknights...and lazy weekends, too. Enjoy these top-rated slow-cooker recipes for soups, stews, ribs, roast beef, and other classic comfort foods.

Our Best Slow Cooker Recipes

1. Best Italian Sausage Soup

Cook it all day, add noodles at the end. "This hearty, rich, delicious soup is now my favorite winter soup! My husband even loved it, and he's NOT a soup lover," says ELLIELOU13.

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2. Andy's Spicy Green Chile Pork

A delicious filling for tacos, burritos, and enchiladas. "This was by far the easiest and tastiest slow cooker recipe I have ever found. It took me about 5 minutes to put this together," says naomiblue.

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3. Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Brilliant move by BusySpoons: "Double the ingredients and freeze the second portion for a quick dose of comfort food mid-week."

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4. Jerre's Black Bean and Pork Tenderloin Slow Cooker Chili

Here's a rich, delicious, and tender pork and black bean chili that stews all day in the slow cooker. "My Aunt Jerre won Third Place in the St. Louis Slow Cooker Cook Off with this recipe!" says ValleyGirl.

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5. Emily's Chipotle Chili

"Chipotle peppers give this chili a subtle, smoky flavor," says Emily. "Serve with sour cream, sharp Cheddar cheese, and chopped fresh cilantro."

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6. Mushroom Slow Cooker Roast Beef

A tender, fall-off-the-bone roast beef with mushrooms. "Shred the leftovers for cheese steak sandwiches," says J.

7. Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

"This is what I do when I want ribs during the workweek," says norah. "I'm eating them within a half-hour of getting home, and they turn out perfect every time! It's not rocket science, just ribs cooked in the slow cooker and finished in the oven."

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8. Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Chicken thigh meat simmers slow with tandoori masala and garam masala in a sauce of coconut milk and tomatoes. "Finally! I love Indian food and have tried for years to perfect a butter chicken recipe," MUNECASTACE. "This one is right on the money!"

9. Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Soup

So simple, you'll combine stew meat with onion soup mix and cans of carrots, corn, green beans, potatoes, and tomatoes. "Very easy, hardly anything to 'prepare,' one of the best soups I have ever had," says NEPENTHEAN. "Perfect!"

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10. Slow Cooker Pork Cacciatore

Boneless pork chops and tomato sauce simmer in the slow cooker with onions, bell pepper, mushrooms, garlic, white wine, and seasonings. "A wonderful Italian neighbor showed me how to make this recipe after I commented on how good it made the neighborhood smell when she made it," says Sneakyteaky.

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11. Easy and Delicious Slow Cooker Cassoulet

Here's a classic, hearty French bean stew with smoked sausage, tender chicken, and tomatoes. "A simple, elegant cassoulet that's wonderful for cold nights and dinner parties," smart cookie. "Double the recipe for leftovers—it melds overnight very well."

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12. London Broil for the Slow Cooker

This simple London broil recipe requires almost no prep time. "A 5-star recipe for sure, especially considering how incredibly easy and affordable it is," says Darkgardyner. "It basically cooks itself, tenderizes all on its own, and is a perfect accompaniment to potatoes, rice, noodles, and veggies."

13. Slow Cooker, Easy Baked Potato Soup

"I don't make potato soup too often because my other recipes are labor intensive," says Pametra Briggs. "This soup was fantastic, good flavor, and minimal prep. With this in the arsenal I see my family enjoying potato soup more often."

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