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Collection of crock pot recipesDon't overlook the slow cooker as being just as valuable a kitchen tool as your stove or oven. While it's long been recognized as an ideal way to cook roasts and stews, it can do so much more - and we'll show you how.

Our recipe collection will let you bake bread, fix breakfast, and even make a cake in your crock pot (in addition to all the tasty dinner and side dish recipes).


 

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featured crock pot recipe

Beefaroni

Ground beef, elbow macaroni, and a tangy tomato-based sauce create this crock pot version of beefaroni.

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recent crock pot recipes

  • Broccoli Cheese Noodle Soup

    Broccoli soup, simplified! Frozen broccoli, cooked noodles, and cheese are cooked in the crockpot for a few hours to make a rich, and tasty soup.

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  • Country Ribs In Beer

    The crock pot makes the most tender ribs! This is a simple recipe that slow cooks the ribs in a mixture of beer and barbecue sauce.

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today's top 10 crock pot recipes

1.
Chicken And Noodles
Made with egg noodles, chicken broth, boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cream of chicken soup

2.
Three Envelope Roast
The easiest crock pot roast ever! Made simply with your choice of beef roast, ranch salad dressing mix, Italian salad dressing mix, and brown gravy mix.

3.
Colonial Hot Buttered Rum
A classic holiday drink made in the crock pot. This version of hot buttered rum is made with brown sugar, butter, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, rum, and topped with whipped cream.

4.
Bayou Gumbo
Sausage, shrimp, okra and rice provide all the great flavors of a classic Louisiana style gumbo in this recipe but with the ease of the crock pot.

5.
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
The delicious flavors of a loaded baked potato slow cooked into a soup. This recipe is made with potatoes, onion, chicken broth, cream, Cheddar cheese, and topped with sour cream, bacon, and additional cheese when serving.

6.
Easy Peach Cobbler With Crunchy Oat Topping
A slow cooked peach cobbler using fresh or canned peaches.

7.
Brown Rice
Want perfectly cooked brown rice? Try making it in your crock pot. Never mushy, just perfectly cooked grains of rice.

8.
Sausage And Egg Casserole
Need a great breakfast for a group? Make it ahead of time with this tasty all-in-one casserole made with eggs, sausage, and cheese.

9.
Homemade Chili
A simple chili recipe made with ground beef, tomatoes, kidney beans, tomato paste, chili powder, and topped with cheddar cheese.

10.
Pork Chops And Rice
Made with water, cream of mushroom soup, pork chops, rice, onion soup mix

convert your favorite recipes to crock pot recipes

Crockpot
Oven Or Stovetop High Temp
300F
Low Temp
200F
15-30 minutes1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hours4 - 8 hours
35-45 minutes3 - 4 hours6 - 10 hours
50 minutes - 3 hours   4 - 6 hours8 - 16 hours

Cooking times will also vary by how full your crock pot is, how dense the ingredients are, and the temperature of the foods when you add them.

crock pot 101

1) A properly working crock pot uses as about as much electricity and resources as a light bulb - making it more economical than using your stove! It also won't heat up your kitchen in the summer months.

2) Place vegetables in the bottom of the crock pot and place meat on top. Fresh vegetables like carrots and potatoes take the longest to cook. Frozen vegetables may be placed on top of meat as they usually do not take as long.

3) Crock pot cooking times listed with the recipes are guidelines - actual cooking times may vary based on the brand of crock pot, size, amount of liquid or food, ingredient temperatures, etc. Certain brands cook at a much higher temperature than others. Get to know your crock pot so you can adjust times accordingly.

4) The crock pot should be filled 2/3rds full when cooking for best results. Scale recipes up or down to fit your size crock pot.

5) Make sure the lid fits snuggly. Crock pots create extra steam inside to keep foods moist. If the lid lets that steam out your food may dry out or even burn.

6) Do not put large pieces of frozen meat (such as whole chickens or roasts) in the crock pot. They will not heat evenly and dangerous bacteria can form in a short amount of time.

slow cooking advice and articles

The benefits of crock pot cooking

Sarah shares a little history of slow cooking and why it has become her go-to appliance in the kitchen.
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No Kitchen? Try the Slow Cooker

Pam shares tips on how handy a slow cooker can be when you don't have a traditional kitchen available to you.
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These New Crockpots Are Hot . . . Literally

Do you find that some recipes don't work as expected in your crock pot? This div tells you how crockpots have changed over the years and yours might be cooking too "hot".
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