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18 Fall Slow-Cooker Recipes

A small investment of time in the morning—peeling onions, chopping carrots, browning beef—pays off in the evening, when you come in from raking leaves or cheering the home team and find a stew, pot roast or another fall dish ready in the slow cooker.
Slow Cooker German-Style Beef Roast

Slow-Cooker German-Style Beef Roast

Red wine, chopped dill pickles and zesty mustard set this German-style recipe apart from other beef slow-cooker meals.

Slow Cooker German-Style Beef Roast

Cranberry Pork Roast

Carolyn Sinclair of Grey Eagle, Minnesota, received this pork roast recipe from her son for her family cookbook. "When I serve it, I almost always have to give out the recipe," she says. "The tangy gravy is a good complement to pork."

Cranberry Pork Roast

Slow-Cooker Brat and Sauerkraut Soup

Potatoes, onion, sauerkraut and brats pack in the German flavor in this homey slow-cooker soup. Try with Whole Wheat Pretzel Rolls; the soft pretzels' chewy, brown exterior comes from being boiled in an alkaline solution—the 1/4 cup baking soda in the water isn't a typo!

Slow-Cooker Brat and Sauerkraut Soup

Whole Wheat Pretzel Rolls 

Saucy Pulled Pork Sandwiches

If you’re serving this dish at a party, you can keep it warm, covered, on low-heat setting for up to 2 hours. Just stir it occasionally.

Saucy Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Chipotle Black-Bean Chili

This chili is great for tucking into your slow cooker in the morning, so you can come home to a warm winter dinner. Omit the meat if you'd prefer a hearty meatless main dish. If you like, add chopped avocado or shredded cheese as toppers before serving.

Chipotle Black-Bean Chili recipe

Angel Chicken

Cream cheese, wine and soup combine to form a complex-tasting sauce—smooth with delicate seasoning—for slow-cooked chicken and mushrooms.

Angel Chicken

Beef and Sweet Potato Stew

Sweet potatoes, cumin, cinnamon, and dried apricots or plums add a North African flavor to this lower-sodium version of slow-cooker beef stew.

Beef and Sweet Potato Stew

Slow-Cooker Meatball Sandwiches

Cook homemade meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce, then top with mozzarella cheese before serving on a toasted hoagie bun. If you're in a hurry, substitute an 18-ounce package of frozen cooked meatballs for the homemade ones.

Slow-Cooker Meatball Sandwiches

Cider-Baked Stuffed Apples with Salty Caramel Sauce

Nuts and cranberries fill these simple baked apples that cook in your slow cooker. Top them with Sea Salt Caramel Sauce and, if you like, a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Cider-Baked Stuffed Apples with Salty Caramel Sauce

Italian Beef Sandwiches

Italian seasonings flavor boneless beef sirloin or beef rump roast in your slow cooker. Top sandwiches with Italian cheeses, assorted peppers or sliced pepperoncini.

Italian Beef Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Indian Chicken Stew

Curry and ginger give zesty Indian flavor to the chicken, chickpeas and diced tomatoes in this slow-cooker meal. Stir in fresh spinach leaves just before serving for added color and nutrition.

Slow Cooker Indian Chicken Stew

Brisket in Onion-Ale BBQ Sauce

Beef, chili sauce and brown sugar flavor tender beef brisket in this slow-cooker recipe.

Brisket in Onion-Ale BBQ Sauce

Sausage and Tortellini Soup

Prep time is just 10 minutes for this slow-cooker soup; combine canned Italian-style stewed tomatoes, frozen green beans, water, a can of onion soup and turkey sausage. Add coleslaw mix and refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini 15 minutes before serving.

Sausage and Tortellini Soup

Chicken & Shrimp Jambalaya

The three-pepper homemade Cajun seasoning adds lots of fiery flavor to this slow-cooker version of jambalaya. We've used no-salt-added and reduced-sodium products to create a healthier main dish.

Chicken & Shrimp Jambalaya

Chicken Cacciatore

Serve this slow-cooked Italian classic with plenty of pasta to sop up the chunky sauce, full of fresh mushrooms, celery, carrots, onions, sweet peppers, diced tomatoes and garlic.

Chicken Cacciatore

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Root Beer

A surprise ingredient, root beer, adds sweetness to this roast and its dark sauce. Try leftover pork in quesadillas or stir it into ramen noodles.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Root Beer

Warm-Me-Up Chicken Chili

Combine chicken, chopped vegetables and canned beans for a warm and comforting chili. This fall recipe gives variations for Slow Cooker Chicken Chili as well as a spicier Chipotle Chicken Chili.

Warm-Me-Up Chicken Chili

So-Easy Apple Butter

Store extra jars of this slow-cooker spread to give as hostess gifts, suggests Michele Lowe of Dublin, Ohio. Serve the butter with cheese and crackers. "I was thrilled when I found this idiotproof recipe for apple butter," Michele says. "I like it because I don't have to spend all my time in the kitchen. I can get a few things done while the apples are cooking in the Crock-Pot."

So-Easy Apple Butter

Aunt Bonnie's Taco Soup

Resolve the dinnertime decision with this quick and easy fix. When this irresistible soup is simmering in her crockery cooker, Vicki Johnson of Hallsville, Missouri, thinks fondly of her late aunt.

View Aunt Bonnie's Taco Soup recipe

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