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18 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes You Must Try

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For anybody who has wondered how to cook a roast in a slow cooker, just check out our featured slow cooker recipe for Easy Cook Pot Roast or our bonus recipe for Slow Cooker Country Pot Roast. The editors of The Mr. Food Test Kitchen have also put together a collection of 18 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes You Must Try! Slow cooker recipes are incredibly quick and easy, but if you've never actually tried them, they can seem daunting.

One of the best aspects of slow cooking food is that the low temperature makes it almost impossible to burn food! And they make a cheap meal for the whole family - inexpensive cuts of meat are perfect for slow cookers because the long cook time softens meat without toughening it. There's almost no limit to the variety of one-pot meals you can create, including beef, chicken, vegetarian, chili and more.

In addition to our Featured Recipe, check out these other easy-to-follow recipes for slow cookers (also called Crock-Pots®), all of which having a cooking time of 6 to 8 hours. Slow cooker meals are fabulous time-saving dinners: prep is minimal and if you use a slow cooker liner, you won't have to deal with cleanup either!

Featured Recipes: Pot Roast

Easy Cook Pot Roast is one-step cooking at its finest . This classic slow cooker recipe, with hearty gravy, vegetables and eye of round roast, is a great place to learn the basics. Easy Cook Pot Roast also made our reader favorites list for 2010, so you know it's a tried-and-true recipe that has the Mr. Food community stamp of approval! 

This easy Slow Cooker Country Pot Roast recipe will fill your house with a delicious down-home cooked aroma that'll call everyone to the dinner table! That's another thing we love about slow cooker recipes... the smell!

Beef Slow Cooker Recipes

We're never too short on time when we have a slow cooker to turn to in our kitchen. This version of Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage literally cooks itself, and we come home to one of our favorite Irish dishes.

Have you ever thought of making meatloaf in a slow cooker? It's a worry-free way to make the family favorite. (But it's so good that, sorry, I can't promise there'll be leftovers for cold meat loaf sandwiches!)

Our twist on traditional cacciatore makes pot roast the star of your recipe. This saucy flavor combo is sure to tempt your family to ask for seconds.

We use lots of paprika in our Hungarian Goulash, so that you really get to experience the traditional flavors in our inspired and hearty stew. And when it's served over buttery noodles, you can bet on your whole family gobblin' up every last bite!

Chicken Slow Cooker Recipes

For those days when there's a lot to do and little time to do it, recipes like this Creamy Chicken and Rice are great. Your slow cooker does all the work, while you go about doing whatever it is you need to do. Come dinnertime your house will smell darn good and you'll have something tasty to eat!

Cure your comfort food cravings with our Shortcut Chicken 'n' Dumplings recipe! Thanks to shortcut ingredients, we can put this slow cooker recipe together in minutes! And everyone will love this creamy dinner full of savory chicken, veggies, and plump dumplings.

Your gang's gonna love this slow-cooker Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole because it tastes so good. You'll love it because you don't have to precook the pasta. It's a win-win for everyone!

Fill your house with the rich aroma of roasted garlic and fresh rosemary with our slow cooker recipe for Roasted Garlic Chicken. This amazing chicken dish is from our "Cook it Slow, Cook it Fast" cookbook and is just one example of how making dinner in your slow cooker can be so rewarding.

Stew & Chili Slow Cooker Recipes

This Make Ahead Hungarian Beef Stew is perfect to make in your slow cooker. It's so helpful to be able to cut up everything the night before and store it in the refrigerator. Then you just place it in the slow cooker in the morning and let it cook!

The long-cooked taste of homemade beef stew doesn't require us to be home to monitor the pot on the stove-top. Our Rancher's Beef Stew simmers all day with chunks of fresh veggies and an easy  sauce we make from beef broth and a duo of canned mushroom soup varieties.

Personal Chef and cooking instructor, Chef Danielle stopped by the Test Kitchen to share her hearty and flavorful recipe  for Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili. And man, is it good!

While they're cheering for their favorite team, give 'em something else to cheer about by serving up heaping bowls of beefy, Touchdown Chili. This recipe is hearty enough to keep them going until the last play, and easy enough so that you can set it and forget it!

Mexican Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow cooker recipes allow us to come home to a family dinner that's ready to serve, and our south-of-the-border recipe for Tamale Pie is a zesty all-in-one meal that's sure to please!

This recipe comes courtesy of Tiffany from Eat at Home who knows the power of a pulled pork slow cooker recipe. She says, "Five minutes of prep, and the slow cooker does all the work. Taco night never tasted so good!"

This recipe comes courtesy of Sara from Budget Savvy Diva who says, "This is the perfect dish if you want a meal that is extremely yummy, but you do not want to be stuck in the kitchen. You and your family will love it!"

Chalupa is the Spanish word for "boat." It describes the taco shells that hold the savory pork-and-bean mixture. You can also serve the mixture over cornbread or rolled up burrito style in flour tortillas.

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