Slow Cooker Main Dish Recipes

Beef, chicken, pork, and more tasty dinners you can set and forget in the slow cooker.

Staff Picks

Slow Cooker Italian Beef for Sandwiches

Rating: 4.63 stars
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This makes a sandwich similar to one I used to get at a local restaurant when I lived in a suburb of Chicago. My all time favorite! Serve on crusty rolls with roasted sweet or hot peppers, if desired.

Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken II

Rating: 4.16 stars
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Seasoned, browned chicken breasts slow cooked with lemon juice, garlic, and chicken bouillon. A wonderful 'fix and forget' recipe that is easy and pleases just about everyone. Great served with rice or pasta, or even alone.

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Rating: 4.73 stars
908
These are the best I've had, short of the actual grilling method of course! 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. This is what I do when I want ribs during the week and have to work all day. I'm eating them within a half-hour of getting home, and they turn out perfect every time!

Slow-Cooker Pepper Steak

Rating: 4.45 stars
2413
Very tender and flavorful, this recipe is one of our family's favorites. It's great to make ahead of time in the slow cooker and then serve over rice, egg noodles, or chow mein.

Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker

Rating: 4.71 stars
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This is a simple way of making traditional Hawaiian kalua pig without having to dig a hole in your back yard.

Charley's Slow Cooker Mexican Style Meat

Rating: 4.59 stars
903
This recipe can be used with chicken, beef, pork and even venison. It freezes well, and can be made into burritos, tacos, or any number of other Mexican-style dishes. This dish uses a lot of spice, so please be sure to adjust to your taste.
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Slow Cooker Ham

Rating: 4.59 stars
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For a delicious, no-fuss ham that is juicy and good, try this slow cooker sensation with only two ingredients!

Chicken Cacciatore in a Slow Cooker

Rating: 4.32 stars
178
This is a very simple meal to make. You just throw everything in the crock pot and let it cook during the day. I like to serve this over thin spaghetti (especially garlic and herb thin spaghetti when I can find it).

Sweet and Savory Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Rating: 4.63 stars
210
This is a sweet and savory pulled pork that combines many techniques for the best flavor. The slow cooker makes the meat fall off the bone!

Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast

Rating: 4.72 stars
1093
The real secret here is making sure you sear the meat before the long, slow braising. Serve with mashed potatoes.

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

Rating: 4.32 stars
298
This creamy, comforting meal takes just moments to assemble and is always a big hit. Great for large family gatherings and to take to pot luck dinners. I'm always asked for the recipe!

Easiest Pot Roast Ever

Rating: 4.39 stars
378
Easy Pot Roast made in the slow cooker.
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Inspiration and Ideas

10 Saucy Slow Cooker Sandwiches

Every recipe can be prepped in less than 15 minutes, and makes multiple delicious sandwiches.

10 Slow Cooker Main Dishes Paired with Simple Sides

These menus complete the meal. We've paired delicious slow cooker main dishes with quick and easy side dishes.