20 Back-to-School Dinners From Your Slow Cooker

a platter of Slow Cooker Mojo Pork sprinkled with herbs on a white platter with a side of sauce in a red cup
Photo: Yoly

It's back-to-school time, and back to a routine. It's a busy time for everyone in the family, especially the parents. Between making school lunches, helping with homework, and after-school sports, there's little time to even think about dinner. To make the transition a little easier, we're sharing our top-rated slow cooker recipes that kids and parents really love. Most of these recipes take 15 minutes or less to prep, and then your slow cooker does the rest. When you all come home after a busy day your home-cooked dinner will be ready and waiting.

01 of 20

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork for Tacos

two Slow Cooker Pulled Pork for Tacos on a white plate with a side of sliced jalapenos, sour cream, and lettuce
My Hot Southern Mess

Tacos are one of the fastest weeknight dinners, but you can make it even faster by letting the pork cook while you're at work and the kids are at school. When you get home, shred the pork, and put out toppings and tortillas for everyone to make their own. That leaves plenty of time for homework.

02 of 20

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Rave Review: "Even the PICKIEST kids will eat this! My kids love this dish! It's super easy and very tasty!" — Holly Shattuck

03 of 20

Slow Cooker French Onion Pork Chops

a plate with a Slow Cooker French Onion Pork Chop and a side of steamed mixed veggies

This easy slow cooker dinner requires just four ingredients (plus salt and pepper), which means you may well soon be a back-pocket dinner, one you always have in the ready, for every week's meal plan. Swap up the sides to keep things interesting.

04 of 20

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew I

Rave Review: "This recipe was great. It was easy and fast to prepare. My son asked if I could make this every night so I call it a winner." — KITTIE

05 of 20

Slow Cooker Pineapple-Teriyaki Pork Chops

two Slow Cooker Pineapple-Teriyaki Pork Chops on an orange plate

Start these tart, tangy pork chops at lunch, and they'll be juicy, tender, and perfect for the whole family at dinner. A tropical-inspired side like Pineapple-Lime Rice is the perfect option for a side.

06 of 20

Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff

Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff

Rave Review: "My nieces (ages 10 and 14) can be VERY picky so I was careful to choose something to make that I thought might please their palates. Well — winner, winner, chicken dinner! This was a huge hit with everybody!" — Jersey Tomato

07 of 20

Slow Cooker Vegan Leek and Potato Soup

a bowl of Slow Cooker Vegan Leek and Potato Soup with dill spread around it and a brass spoon
Buckwheat Queen

Rich, creamy, and filling on a cool night, this slow cooker potato soup is made without animal products if someone at your table has given up meat or dairy, but it's so decadent even meat eaters will want to lick the bowl.

08 of 20

Slow Cooker Sausage with Sauce

a sandwich filled with Slow Cooker Sausage with Sauce and a side of slaw
Melissa Goff

Rave Review: "This recipe went over well with the entire family. This recipe is definitely going to be on the rotation with our family. It's very rare that I am actually able to find a recipe that everyone enjoys." — Girlyone123

09 of 20

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili

a bowl of Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili with a bowl of salad in the background

Shake up your basic meat-rich chili with this plant-based one. Consider this slow cooker chili a starting point; add any ingredients you think will work and please your family. Allrecipes cook Steph, who took this photo, added corn, which is a fine idea.

10 of 20

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

a square bowl with brown glaze is filled with Slow Cooker Butter Chicken with chopped parsley on top

Rave Review: "My family loves this dish — even my very picky 15-year-old considers it one of his favorites. We make it about twice a month." — goneabroad71

11 of 20

Slow Cooker Mojo Pork

a platter of Slow Cooker Mojo Pork sprinkled with herbs on a white platter with a side of sauce in a red cup

If you prep dinners and lunch on Sundays before the week turns hectic, put this pork butt roast into the marinade, and then Monday morning, crank up the slow cooker to let it cook while you're away. Broiling the pork just before serving creates crispy bits reminiscent of classic mojo pork.

12 of 20

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

a bowl of Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup with a spoon

Rave Review: "Delicious! whole family loved it. I will be making it again & again!" — CBrow

13 of 20

Slow Cooker Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

a slow cooker crock full of Slow Cooker Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

This meatball recipe is quick and great to make on a weekend and store for dinner later in the week. Use the meatballs with pasta, or stuff them into Italian bread for a quick sub.

14 of 20

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese I

Rave Review: "My kids love this and ask for it weekly." — BTang

15 of 20

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

a bowl of Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken with chopped green onions and sesame seeds

Rave Review: "This was surprisingly good. I added an extra tbs of brown sugar because I didn't think it was sweet enough. I checked the chicken in 2.5 hours and it was done. It was so easy to make this. Thanks you for sharing your recipe." — Yoly

16 of 20

Laura's Quick Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

a blue mug holds Laura's Quick Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
Melissa Goff

Rave Review: "This is wonderful! Just the right amount of "heat" to it and very filling. Even my four-year-old daughter loved it." — lala3237

17 of 20

Charley's Slow Cooker Mexican Style Meat

a rolled taco filled with Charley's Slow Cooker Mexican Style Meat, lettuce, and tomatoes

Burritos, tacos, quesadillas — there's no wrong way to use this tender, flavorful meat. If you're sensitive to heat, scale back on the hot sauce and let each person add a few drops of their own.

18 of 20

Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken II

a chicken breast served on a bed of spaghetti, garnished with chopped parsley

Rave Review: "I have used this recipe for a long time and I love it. Delicious over angel hair mixed with olive oil and fresh ground salt and pepper. My kids who are 3 and 5 love this chicken too!" — smorehead

19 of 20

Slow Cooker Lasagna

Slow Cooker Lasagna
Sheila LaLonde

Rave Review: "This is such a hit! I have made it several times before and people always ask for the recipe." — ANGELAGRANT

20 of 20

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Meat Loaf

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Meat Loaf
Kim's Cooking Now

Rave Review: "This turned out great! I had my reservations that it would hold together, but it did! Next time, I'll use foil in the bottom as others suggested." — KelliontheCoast

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