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Slow cook dinners are super convenient. You can put them together ahead of time without having that big worry it’ll burn. You can leave it to slow cook, check and stir once in a while, and then serve it when you’re ready to.

There’s plenty of slow cook dinner choices you can make. You have stews, soups, beans, casseroles, and meats.

I’ve owned a crock-pot ever since I could cook and I can say it’s one of my favorite kitchen appliances. It’s perfect for people who are just starting out to learn how to cook. Still, don’t just throw in what you want to and expect it to taste good. You still need to have a feel of what ingredient goes well with each other.

So, without further ado, here’s our list of slow cook dinners.

Classic Minestrone Soup

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Minestrone soup is served in almost every restaurant and it’s understandable why. It’s healthy yet packed with gastronomic flavors. A dish perfect for vegan or non-vegan and every season especially during the fall and winter.

If you use easy to cook beans, you won’t even need to cook this for too long. Just dump your ingredients in, give it a stir and let the spiced aroma waft through your home.

Awesome recipe right here!

1Beef Goulash 

The first time I’ve ever tried Goulash was at a German restaurant owned by a family friend and I thought I could die and go to heaven on the first bite. A rich beef and tomato stew packed with different herbs and spices to give it the hearty earthy taste.

I thought it was difficult to make, but it turns out it’s one of the tastiest and easiest slow cook dinners! For just about 3 hours prep and cook time, this recipe will become a regular on your weekly menu.

2Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pies are classic favorites of family dinners. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard my friends say, “Wait til you try my mom’s chicken pot pie!”. Honestly, my mom makes the best chicken pot pie and whenever she brings the slow cooker out, I ask if that’s what she’s making.

Grab the full recipe of one of the classic slow cook dinners here.

3Creole Chicken and Sausage

Stews with the right amount of kick are sure to get two thumbs up from me. And judging by the ratings on this recipe, most people do, too. Ranking at 4.7 stars out of 5, this is one of my must-try slow dinners on this list.

Read the full recipe here!

4Roasted Garlic Butternut Squash Soup

Although this isn’t the main dish in your slow cook dinners, it wouldn’t hurt to serve a creamy and hearty soup before all the heaviness you’re going to consume. For some people, a creamy soup and nicely toasted bread is more than filling.

Get the recipe here.

5Classic Pot Roast

One of the hardest things for me to cook is pot roast. I have never been able to get it right cooking it in a regular pot on the stove. I’ve never been able to keep it at the perfect heat without burning it or taking too long. The slow cooker has solved that. Pot roasts are on my slow cook dinners list ever since.

Here is the classic pot roast recipe you’d want to keep for life!

6Pulled Pork

For warmer winter nights, a pulled pork sandwich is a perfect dinner main. The thought of sweet and smoky flavors piled on top of a perfectly buttered and toasted bun is already making my mouth water. Add some sauteed citrusy onions on top and maybe some jalapenos make it even better!

Full recipe here!

7Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin

It can’t get any meatier than this. Pork loin wrapped in bacon? I don’t know about you, but I’m sure my family would enjoy it this season. Maybe include this in my Christmas eve dinner menu? Hmm.

Find the full recipe here.

8French Onion Soup with Cheesy French Toast

You can actually start this the night before. According to the recipe, the soup tastes a lot better if the onions are left to cook overnight. The great thing about slow cookers, you don’t have to worry about your meal burning because it stays in the same temperature constantly which also means cooking more evenly.

Get this cheesy recipe here.

9Vegetable Beef Soup

This is a complete meal. You have the protein from the beef, carbs from the potatoes and the other nutrients from the other vegetables. You can cook it on high for 4 hours or on low for 7 hours.

Click here for the full recipe.

10Turkey Meatballs

I love meatballs and always have a stock in the freezer for quick meals. Turkey meatballs are really good and the thought that you can just easily dump them into a slow cooker and let it simmer til it’s ready.

Grab the full recipe here.

11Pork and Kale Ragu

Yes, pasta dishes can also be slow cooked. You don’t have to separately cook the noodles. You can just let it cook in the stew. Top it off with basil when it’s almost ready and serve it with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Get the full recipe here.

There you have it. More than ten recipes for slow cook dinners you can try on the last 12 nights before Christmas. 

There are more recipes online, but this selection is perfect for the winter. You can definitely give the slow cooked enchiladas or carnitas a try. There are even a lasagna and mashed potato recipe. You can practically cook anything in a slow cooker which is why I love it!

So, what are you waiting for? Check your pantry, see what you’re lacking and get slow cooking!

Got any slow cook dinners you’d like to share with us? We’d love to hear from you. Leave us a comment below!

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Fueled by fun and the simple things in life, I am a full-time writer, a baker on some days when I actually have spare time and a back-up vocalist on the weekends. Coffee and I don't work well together but give me a glass of milk tea or really rich cocoa and we'll be friends for life.

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