5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Recipes for Basically Every Occasion
Slow cooking shouldn't be fussy. By its nature, slow cooking is meant to take a load of work off you so that you can make a delicious, filling dinner for your family or a party without standing over a stove and stirring for hours on end. While some recipes require more than a dozen ingredients — and they may very well be worth the effort — the beauty of slow cooking is that even just a handful of ingredients can lend themselves to savory, comforting end results. In short, there's something to be said for going back to basics and keeping things easier. We've gathered some of our favorite slow cooker recipes that call for five ingredients or less. These recipes often use pantry ingredients, along with slow cooking staples, so they'll come together quickly. These recipes couldn't be easier!
Crock Pot® Party Meatballs
Slow cookers are an entertaining godsend. These perfect party meatballs stew in your slow cooker and will keep warm in the cooker for the whole game or party.
Big Game Dip
Easy, Two-Ingredient Pulled Pork
If you're serving your family or a crowd, pulled pork is an ideal choice. All you need (besides this super-simple recipe) are buns and some side dishes to make the perfect pulled pork dinner. No need to break a sweat.
Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient French Dips
French dip sandwiches may seem like too much fuss to attempt. This recipe, however, takes the hassle out of making the classic sandwich so that it's easy enough to prep on a weekday.
Slow Cooker 5-Ingredient Ham
"Made this for several holidays and it's always a big hit," says recipe creator Kathy, "Not only is it simple, fast, and easy to put together, but it's perfect for a busy weekday. I turn on the slow cooker before I leave for work and it's ready when we get home. Very moist and tender, feeds a crowd!"
So Simple Beef Stroganoff
Beef stroganoff is a classic dinner for a reason. This hearty dish only needs some rice or noodles to make a meal that will delight your family. This version takes the hassle out of the stew without sacrificing flavor.
Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken
Slow Cooker Chicken and Salsa
Mother's Pot Roast
If you crave the comfort of your mother's pot roast, you can find it in this five-ingredient recipe. "The best vegetable gravy you ever tasted — and the roast isn't bad either," writes recipe creator J.Stewart. "We always had this meal with mounds of mashed potatoes. Great on a cold wintry evening!"
Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs
Don't sweat standing over a smoker or grill for hours. Let's your slow cooker do the work of tenderizing racks of ribs for your next barbecue. "These are the best I've had, short of the actual grilling method of course," says recipe creator Norah. "This is a very simple recipe that I came up with a few years ago. It's not rocket science, just ribs cooked in the slow cooker and finished in the oven."
Slow Cooker Green Beans and Potatoes
Pinto Beans Muy Facil
3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Sweetened Condensed Milk
What's worse than realizing you're missing a pantry staple right as you're about to start cooking? When that staple happens to be sweetened condensed milk, know that you can make your own fresh version. Your slow cooker does all the work!
Slow Cooker Cider Applesauce (No Sugar Added)
Applesauce is a staple for many, but even no-added-sugar versions can still contain preservatives. Plus, nothing tastes better than fresh applesauce. This simple slow-cooker recipe will help you keep the good stuff in stock at your house, while giving you total control over ingredients.
Kefir Yogurt (Sana)
These days, yogurt and kefir are on the menu for a lot of people who are trying to eat healthier. But most home cooks don't know just how easy making homemade versions from scratch is. Your slow cooker keeps things simple, and you can add whatever flavors or mix-ins you want.
Alexander's Chocolate-Covered Peanuts
Melting chocolate to make candy may seem daunting, as it requires double boilers and a lot of attention to ensure it doesn't scorch or seize. Your slow cooker and a few pantry ingredients are all you need for these delicious confections, which make a great hostess gift or addition to a dessert buffet.
Slow Cooker Vanilla Tapioca Pudding
Your slow cooker is a perfect vehicle for all sorts of sweets, like this five-ingredient vanilla tapioca pudding. Best of all, it takes just five minutes of prep time!