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Crock Pot Cooking

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

Beef Taco Filling

The slow-simmered mixture of ground beef, onions, taco sauce, pinto beans and seasonings makes for some delicious and easy tacos!

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recent crock pot recipes

  • Photo of Spicy Joes

    Spicy Joes

    This spicy version of the classic sloppy joes sandwich is made with ground beef and is simmered in the crock pot. It gets its heat from spicy V8 juice, chili powder, and jalapenos.

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  • Photo of Jim's Tex-Mex Chili Mac

    Jim's Tex-Mex Chili Mac

    Ground beef is browned and mixed with onion, tomatoes, chili beans, taco seasoning, and pasta for a Tex-Mex style chili-mac dinner.

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today's top 10 crock pot recipes

Slow Low Country Boil
A flavorful slow cooker version of a seafood boil with shrimp, smoked sausage, potatoes, and corn.

Make-Ahead Egg Casserole
Made with black pepper, salt, cheddar cheese, olive oil, bell peppers, onions, eggs, heavy whipping cream or half and half, frozen hash brown potatoes

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

Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Made with mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, garlic, Parmesan cheese, ground black pepper, artichokes, fresh spinach, tortilla chips

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

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.

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

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.

Baby Back Ribs
These ribs were simply the BEST! I don't know why I ever hesitated to cook them in my slow cooker! The cut I used was a 3-lb Pork Loin Baby Back Ribs. The recipe is super easy and they came out so tasty, fall off the bone GOOD! My husband said that I could make these for dinner anytime that I wanted! -CHITA64

Angel Chicken
Excellent and easy!!! The chicken was so moist and tasty,even pickiest eater in the house liked it. Cooked it on low for 5 hours and came out perfect!

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Oven Or Stovetop High Temp
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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 article tells you how crockpots have changed over the years and yours might be cooking too "hot".
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