22 Ways to Cook Pork in the Slow Cooker

I don’t know why, but I feel like I get stuck in a rut a lot with pork. It’s not that there aren’t dozens of ways to cook it, it’s just that I draw a blank on what to make with it. Sometimes I see recipes that look so good, but so seem a bit complicated and time-consuming. But, thanks to the slow cooker, it’s really not that hard.

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I love the way that pork works with sweet, tangy flavors. As a sweeter meat, you can put sweeter sauces and fruits with it that you can’t with other kinds of protein. This makes it a great choice for sweet bbq style sandwiches, and sweet and sour Asian dishes. But Pork can hold its own with spicy flavors too.  Pulled pork is one of my favorite things. You can make it sweet or you can make it spicy. It’s good in a hot sandwich. It’s good in a taco. It’s amazing on top of sweet potatoes. But there are so many other pork dinners that we enjoy. From spicy tacos, to Mediterranean flair, to that delicious asian flavors. Making pork in the slow cooker is easy because you can cook it long and slow and get the meat tender and flavorful without drying it out. And with so many ways to make it, you are sure to find a meal that your family loves!

22 Ways to Cook Pork in the Slow Cooker

  1. Peach Pork BBQ Sliders
  2. Pork Gravy Sandwiches
  3. Teriyaki Pork Chops
  4. Tany Sweet Pork Chops
  5. BBQ Peach Pulled Pork
  6. Pork Carnitas
  7. Apple BBQ Pork Chops
  8. Honey Dijon Pork Chops &  Apples
  9. Sweet and Sour Pork Chops
  10. Pork Chops and Baked Beans
  11. Italian Herb Salt Pork Roast and Potatoes

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  1. Cumin Pork Roast and Beans
  2. Mediterranean Pork with Couscous
  3. Brazillian Feijoada Pork and Black Beans
  4. Root Beer BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
  5. Thai Style Pork
  6. Mexi Style Pulled Pork
  7. Shredded Pork Tostadas
  8. Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
  9. Pulled Pork & Mexican Coleslaw Tacos
  10. Asian Pork Tenderloin
  11. Jerk Pork

 

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16 Italian Style Slow Cooker Meals

When it comes to delicious, the Italians know how to put up a good plate of food.  With lots of herbs and that perfect savory tomato sauce, it’s pasta’s perfect match.

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When it comes to Italian food, the slow cooker once again is a wonderful tool for getting lot of flavor into the meal. All sixteen of these meals are really easy to put together. Just a few minutes of prep, and then the slow cooker does the rest. I love great the house smells when Italian is on the slow cooker menu, and my family always is ready for dinner after being tempted all day by the delicious smells.
Serving a quick salad with your meal is a great way to round it out. You can easily spiff up a plain old salad in so many ways, but if you are take a look at my post on what to serve with Italian Food. It might give you some fresh inspiration on the perfect side dish to pair with these easy slow cooker Italian dinners. Of course, don’t forget a good, hearty bread and this delicious and easy dipping oil.

What’s your favorite Italian meal in the slow cooker?

16 Delicious Italian Style Slow Cooker Meals

  1. Italian Sausage Subs
  2. Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce
  3. Italian Herb Salted Pork Roast and Potatoes
  4. Italian Chicken and Tomatoes
  5. Meatballs and Spaghetti
  6. Sausage and Eggplant Pasta Sauce
  7. Italian Parm Herb Chicken and Potatoes
  8. Garlic Chicken
  9. Ravioli
  10. Italian Beef Sandwiches
  11. Italian Seasoned Salt Chicken
  12. Chicken and Gnocchi

Other Bloggers

  1. Zucchini Italiano
  2. Chicken and Zucchini Pasta
  3. Eggplant Parm
  4. Chicken Roll-ups

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20 Slow Cooker Recipes that go with Rice or Pasta

We love saucy food. Sauce makes everything better. So it’s not a surprise that we love just about anything that gets served over pasta or rice.  But since I’m such a big fan of the slow cooker, I’m really loving these meals  that go with rice and pasta right now.

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The options are endless when it comes to meals that include rice or pasta. And with both pasta and rice relatively affordable, it makes sense that a lot of us center our meals around one or the other. You can cook your way through a lot of different flavors from around the world, too. From kicking up the heat with Mexican ingredients, or creating an Asian-inspired stir fry, and taking a trip down south for Jambalaya or just eating something comforting like Chicken and gravy, rice is the perfect starch to round out so many meals. But pasta? I think pasta has a special place in our hearts. I love saucy meat sauces and Italian inspired anything really has to have a good pasta with it.

What I love about all of these recipes is they are all easy and require minimal time in the kitchen. That means I have more time for enjoying the summer and spending time with my kids.

What’s your favorite pasta or rice meal? I am always looking for new ideas!

Slow Cook Recipes to serve with Rice & Pasta

  1. Sausage Jambalaya
  2. Chicken Curry
  3. Chicken Spaghetti
  4. Thai Peanut Chicken
  5. Sweet Korean BBQ Beef Haystacks
  6. Chicken and Broccoli “stir fry”
  7. Italian Chicken with Tomatoes
  8. Spaghetti and Meatballs
  9. Teriyaki Pork Chops
  10. Baked Chicken with Summer Vegetables
  11. Ravioli
  12. Chicken and Gravy
  13. Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken
  14. Garlic Chicken with More Garlic
  15. Sweet and Sour Pork Chops
  16. Zesty Chicken (pasta, rice or couscous)

From other Bloggers

  1. Tamale Balls
  2. Chicken and Zucchini Pasta
  3. Eggplant Parm

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9 Asian Style Meals in the Slow Cooker

Almost everyone loves a good Asian dish. There’s something about even plain old takeout that just hits the spot. It’s probably because Asian food is big on umami, and it’s hard not to crave that perfect combination of flavors. But take out can really add up, especially if you have a family of hungry people to feed, and making it on the stove can take a lot of time. Plus, not everyone has a wok to make the perfect stir-fry. Slow cooker to the rescue!

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The slow cooker is obviously my favorite summer kitchen accessory. It’s the perfect way to keep the kitchen cool. Not turning on the stove or oven makes a big difference!  Of course, I find it to be such a time saver, on top of it.  You can make almost everything in the slow cooker, and Asian food is no exception to this! There’s a lot of things you can do with Asian-inspired flavors in the slow cooker. From tangy, sour and sweet  pork chops, to an easy stir-fry that you can make in the crock pot, it’s hard to beat coming home to food that’s better than take out at the end fo the day.

Of course, most of this food is not authentic Asian by any means. But all of the flavors are inspired by great Asian dishes and some of our favorite take out dishes. All of them really hit the spot when we’re craving  take out. My family loves it when they see any of these nine recipes going into the slow cooker for dinner!

What’s your favorite Asian Inspired meal for the slow cooker?

Asian Inspired Slow Cooker Meals

  1. Thai Peanut Chicken
  2. Korean BBQ Tacos
  3. Soy Ginger Chicken
  4. Thai Curry Chicken Soup
  5. Sweet Korean BBQ Beef Haystacks
  6. Teriyaki Pork Chops
  7. Teriyaki BBQ Chicken Legs
  8. Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
  9. Sweet & Sour Pork Chops

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Garden Produce in the Slow Cooker

You know what one of my favorite things about summer is? Fresh garden produce! But lately it’s just too hot to turn on the stove and cook any of our hauls from the garden.  I love my slow cooker for cooking everything, and it’s perfect for cooking up produce, too!

There are dozens of ways add produce into your meals. But if you’re looking for some ways to straight up cook veggies and fruits, here are some of my favorites.

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Cook Garden Produce in the Slow Cooker

  1. Potatoes Au Gratin
  2. Summer Squash
  3. Brown Sugar Sweet Potatoes (and chicken)
  4. Honey Glazed Carrots
  5. Scalloped Potatoes
  6. Sweet Potatoes and Apples
  7. Apple Butter
  8. Apple Sauce

From Other Bloggers

  1. Baked Potatoes
  2. Caramelized Onions
  3. Corn on the Cob
  4. Parmesan Ranch Mushrooms

 

 

 

 

20 Slow Cooker Sandwiches

Sandwiches are the classic “I need to feed my family–quick!” kind of meals. But quick and easy doesn’t have to mean PBJ or BLTs night after night. There are lots of delicious things to serve between two slices of bread.  These fifteen different sandwiches you can throw into your slow cooker and forget about until dinner time are life savers for us during the summer–or any busy time of the year! There’s enough variety that even if we ate sandwiches for a week straight, we’d probably not be tired of them.

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The slow cooker is such a time saver. And when it’s hot–not having to heat up the kitchen is a huge bonus. And thanks to the slow cooker, you get to enjoy big, juicy flavorful sandwiches without slaving over the stove or grill for hours on hot or busy days.  That’s my kind of dinner!

20 Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker

  1. Hawaiian BBQ Sandwiches
  2. Jerk Chicken Sandwiches
  3. Beef Shwarma
  4. Italian Sausage and Pepper Subs
  5. Pork and Gravy Sandwiches
  6. Chicken Bacon & Ranch Sandwiches
  7. Chicken Philly Sandwiches
  8. Beef Gyros
  9. French Dip Sandwiches
  10. African Pulled Beef Sandwiches
  11. Pizza Steak Sandwiches
  12. BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
  13. Italian Beef Sandwiches
  14. BBQ Peach Pulled Pork
  15. Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches
  16. Cilantro Lime Chicken Sandwiches
  17. Bacon Cheeseburger
  18. Beer Brats
  19. Peach BBQ Pork Sliders
  20. Balsamic Chicken Salad Sandwiches

 

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12 Tex-Mex Slow Cooker Recipes for Summer

If you have been around my blog for long, you know how much I love Tex-Mex. I love the flavors, the spice and how many easy options there are for Mexican style food in the slow cooker. Needless to say, Tex-Mex makes a frequent appearance on our dinner table.

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One of the most popular recipes on the site is the slow cooker fajitas. The fajitas have minimal prep time, so you can get them into the slow cooker quickly. Slow cooking them makes the flavors blend. Plus, making them in the slow cooker means it’s an easy choice to make to feed a crowd! I love that both beef and chicken are freezer friendly. That means you can prep them in batches and easily grab one for the slow cooker in the morning! Speaking of freezer friendly food, shredded taco beef is a huge saver for me. I make up a big batch, and freeze the leftovers for later. Super easy, and there’s so many meals you can make with it as a base.

And tacos! My kids love tacos because they can build their own. While there are hundreds of recipes out there for delicious tex mex food in the slow cooker, these 12 are some of our go-tos and family favorites. Enjoy!

Summer Tex-Mex Slow Cooker Recipes

  1. Salsa Verde Steak
  2. Smoky Chipotle Chicken Tacos
  3. Black Bean and Salsa Chicken and Cornbread
  4. Shredded Taco Beef
  5. Creamy Jalapeno Chicken Tacos
  6. Sloppy Chicken Tacos
  7. Beef Fajitas
  8. Chicken Fajitas
  9. Pork Carnitas
  10. Beans

From other Bloggers

  1. Slow Cooker Enchiladas
  2. Tamale Casserole

Ever wonder what you can serve with Tex-Mex?

Check out this post filled with ideas for some of my favorite sides! 

 

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Traditional Summer BBQ in the Slow Cooker

You know what one of my favorite things about summer is? All the delicious excuses I have for grilled food and barbecues! I absolutely love grilling out and serving dinner al fresco. But sometimes firing up the grill just isn’t an option, and I just can’t bring myself to heat up the house by cooking more indoors.

That’s the perfect time to pull out the summer bbq slow cooker favorites! The slow cooker is a great way to make barbecue super easy.  Plus, the awesome thing about using a slow cooker for barbecue is that you get those long cooking times that really amp up the BBQ flavors without the hassle of hovering over it to make sure it’s staying just the right temperature. It’s a no-fuss way to enjoy those summer flavors we crave without a lot of extra work and heat.

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In honor of summer and barbecue season, I’m sharing nine of my favorite slow cooker summer barbecue recipes with you. From tangy pork chops and pulled meat sandwiches to a complete BBQ Chicken Dinner all wrapped up in one slow cooker, these are the recipes I turn to when I am craving BBQ but don’t have the time or energy to do it the old fashioned way.  I’ve also gotten together a round up of my favorite sides to pair with a good BBQ meal. Together, you have everything you need to make a super easy but delicious no-fuss BBQ meal for you and your family.

Enjoy!

Summer BBQ in the Slow Cooker

  1. Tangy Sweet Pork Chops
  2. BBQ Peach Pulled Pork
  3. Peach Pork BBQ Sliders
  4. Red Eye BBQ Ribs
  5. Apple BBQ Pork Chops
  6. Legs, Sausage, and Potatoes
  7. Teriyaki BBQ Chicken Legs
  8. Pork Chops and Baked Beans
  9. Complete BBQ Chicken Dinner

plus easy sides to pair with your BBQ dinner

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29 Ways to make Chicken in the Slow Cooker

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Does your family eat a lot of chicken? In our house, I sometimes joke that we eat so much chicken that we could start clucking at any moment. I’m not complaining! I love chicken, and so does my family. Chicken has to be one of the most versatile meat. You can fix it in dozens of ways–Tex-Mex, Italian, Asian and good old American BBQ. It’s a huge plus that chicken also fairly affordable and some of the stores often put a good sale out on it, too!

Now that summer is here, I’m trying to avoid heating up my house as much as possible. So, if you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I use my slow cooker a lot. It’s a time-saver and a great way to keep the kitchen cool as well. I love trying new things in my slow cooker, and over the years have created a nice little stash of favorite chicken dishes that I can whip up in there.

From mouth watering curry to our favorite Asian chicken to some of my cheater barbeque go-to’s, here are 29 ways I use my slow cooker to cook a winning chicken dinner for my family. Some of these recipes are also freezer friendly. That means you can stock your freezer and then pull one out in the morning on a busy day and pop it in and let the slow cooker do its thing. That’s a huge plus for me, especially during these busy, glorious summer days.  (If you are looking for even more freezer friendly slow cooker recipes, check out this post with 18 of my favorites!)

Now I want to know, what’s your favorite way to cook chicken in the slow cooker?

29 ways to make Chicken in the slow cooker

  1. Chicken Curry 
  2. Chicken Spaghetti
  3. Thai Peanut Chicken
  4. zesty crockpot chicken
  5. apricot soy ginger chicken
  6. Black Bean and Salsa Chicken 
  7. King Ranch Chicken
  8. Italian Chicken with Tomatoes
  9. Lemon Chicken baked on Sauerkraut
  10. Chicken Cacciatore
  11. Creamy Jalapeno Chicken Tacos
  12. Chicken Fajitas
  13. Teriyaki BBQ Chicken Legs
  14. Brown Sugar Chicken and Sweet Potatoes 
  15. Chicken Tacos
  16. Italian Parmesan Herb Chicken and Potatoes 
  17. Chicken Shwarma
  18. Zingy BBQ Chicken
  19. Maple Apple Chicken 
  20. Chili Sauce Chicken Legs
  21. Chicken and Gravy
  22. Chipotle Chicken Tacos
  23. Honey Mustard Chicken
  24. Baked Chicken with Summer Veggies
  25. Garlic Chicken with More Garlic
  26. Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken
  27. Garlic Rosemary Chicken
  28. Italian Seasoned Salt Chicken
  29. Chicken and Broccoli “Stir Fry

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18 Freezer Friendly Slow Cooker Meals {Plus Tips and Tricks!}

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Stocking up the freezer is one of the things I do to save me time in the kitchen. And if there’s any season where I want to minimize my time in the kitchen, it’s summer time. There are lots of things I can think of that I’d much rather be doing than spending hours prepping food, or working over a stove. So slow cooker meals that I can pull right out of the freezer are a double win in my book!

Since summer’s just around the corner and I have all kinds of plans and activities coming up, I’m glad to take a little bit of time to stock up the freezer with slow cooker meals. If I do it right, I can get 7 meals knocked out of the way in just about an hour’s time. That’s what I call being a smart cook!

If you’ve never really done freezer cooking, I’ve written a couple of posts with my best tips and tricks for everything from streamlining the process to maximize what you get out of your time to what supplies to have on hand before you start. I also have done several videos to walk you through a couple of my freezer cooking sessions.  If you are more of a visual learner, these may help you get started too. I’ve linked those at the bottom of the list, in case you’d like to take a peek.

With the freezer all stocked and our slow cookers ready to go, bring on the heat, summertime!

18 Freezer Friendly Slow Cooker Meals

  1. French dip sandwiches
  2. Zesty crockpot chicken 
  3. Pork carnitas
  4. Chicken cacciatore
  5. Maple apple chicken
  6. Easy shredded taco beef (For Tacos, Salads, Nachos and more! Super versatile.)
  7. Chicken fajitas
  8. Beef fajitas
  9. Chicken fiesta
  10. BBQ chicken fajitas
  11. Sweet and sour meatballs
  12. African pulled beef 
  13. Hawaiian luau meatballs
  14. Chicken broccoli stir-fry 
  15. Ravioli
  16. Cube steaks and gravy
  17. Beef teriyaki 
  18. Pulled Pork (For Sandwiches, loaded baked potatoes, and more!)

plus bulk cooking meats for the freezer in your slow cooker!

Other Freezer Cooking Resources & Videos (Slow Cooker and Non-Slow Cooker)

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