25 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 have a stew, pot roast or another warm fall dish ready in the slow cooker.
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.
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."
Slow-Cooker Brat and Sauerkraut Soup
Potatoes, onion, sauerkraut and brats pack in the German flavor in this homey slow-cooker soup (recipe link above). 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!
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.
Spicy Turkey Lasagna
This healthy version of lasagna is made in the slow cooker. Because it uses ground turkey instead of ground beef, fat and calories are reduced. Serve with a simple salad.
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.
Cream cheese, wine and soup combine to form a complex-tasting sauce-smooth with delicate seasoning-for slow-cooked chicken and mushrooms.
Texas Beef with Butternut Squash
Lightly spiced beef chuck roast combines perfectly with soft butternut squash in the slow cooker. A surprising ingredient is unsweetened cocoa powder, which gives the dish a rich flavor. Serve with crusty French bread to soak up the sauce.
Orange-Sage Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
Orange juice concentrate brings out the sweet flavor while crumbled bacon adds a warm smokiness to this sweet potato side dish made in the slow cooker. Try it with roasted pork loin or turkey breast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brisket in Onion-Ale BBQ Sauce
Beef, chili sauce and brown sugar flavor tender beef brisket in this slow-cooker recipe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 idiot-proof 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."
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.
Burgundy Beef Stew
Either a good Pinot Noir or Burgundy works well in this slow-cooked beef main-dish recipe.
Slow Cooker Pot Roast Stew
When layering ingredients in a slow cooker, put denser vegetables, such as squash, beneath more tender ones.