8 Family Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes for Fall & Winter!

Shredded Beef Ragu Recipe in slow cooker with wood spoon and parmesan on the table. It's so easy to make and has a thick meaty texture and a super rich delicious flavor.

It’s time, my friends!  It SLOW COOKER SEASON!!  If you know…you know.  If you are new to the wonderful world of the slow cooker, well, you are about to have your life changed!  That’s because the slow cooker takes the stress out of dinner, gives you time back with your family, cooks dinner for YOU – oh and leaves the hair on your head (lol – yes, I have wanted to pull my hair out vs make dinner too)!  Because I know first hand how amazing the Slow Cooker is, today I have my top 8 Easy Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes that you really must try this Fall and Winter!

These 8 Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes meet the following criteria:

  1. EASY – 90% of the Dinner is cooked in the slow cooker.  This means that the main protein and veggies are cooked in the slow cooker.  The only other parts of the dinner that may be needed are a starch or grain (pasta, rice, quinoa, potato, etc. and potentially a simple salad if you desire.  
  2. KID-FRIENDLY – these recipes are kid-tested and parents have confirmed to me that their kids enjoyed them!  Let’s face it, kids are finicky.  One day they love something and the next they don’t.  So, I don’t pretend that all kids will love these recipes.  However, there is nothing too spicy or too polarizing here.
  3. COMFORTING – It’s getting cold out and we this year, we all need a bit more comfort, right?  All of these recipes are sure to warm your insides and give you a cozy and comfy feeling.
  4. BALANCED – These are recipes that contain a balanced mix of vitamins and nutrients.  I don’t shy away from the yummy stuff (ehem, cheese:) but I do try to include a healthy dose of veggies!

A Slow Cooker is a Busy Family’s Best Friend

My slow cooker is one of my most beloved kitchen appliances.  Not only does a slow cooker make wonderful food, it helps to make your life easier and gives you peace of mind.  You can fill the slow cooker in the morning and let it cook all day while you are at work.  You come home to delicious and comforting aromas and have a warm dinner waiting for you.

I absolutely love love love my easy and simple (and not expensive) Crock-Pot.  I have the 6-Quart version with 5 settings (low 4-hour, low 6-hour, high 8-hour, high 10-hour, and warm).

There are other fancier versions and if I were in the market for a new slow cooker, I would want THIS one with a browning insert!  You can order this today and have it in a few days to start your Slow Cooker Cookin’!

So, here you go!

8 Easy Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes

1. Comforting Beef Stew over Noodles

Slow Cooker Beef Stew over Noodles on a plate. This is downhome comfort food that's full of flavor and texture with carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, beef, and more. Now, try pouring that salty, chunky, saucy goodness over noodles...yup, even more amazing! #beefstew #crockpot #slowcooker #easydinners #dinnerrecipes

Beef Stew over Noodles is one of those slow cooker dinner recipes that is just downhome comfort food. It’s full of flavor and texture with carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, beef, and more. Make it in the Slow Cooker and it’s like your Mom made it for you because it cooks all day while you are out and it’s waiting for you when you are home. Now, try pouring that salty, chunky, saucy goodness over noodles…yup, even more amazing!

2. Slow Cooker Light & Creamy Broccoli Soup

Slow Cooker Creamy Broccoli Soup in two bowls on counter with crockpot in back. This is easy, comforting, and delicious! With Carrots, Broccoli, Onion, Garlic, and Oregano, this is one flavorful soup. And, there is no heavy cream, just milk and a little half and half mixed with cornstarch, so it's healthy and gluten free!

This Slow Cooker Creamy Broccoli Soup is easy, comforting, and delicious!  With Carrots, Broccoli, Onion, Garlic, and Oregano, this is one flavorful soup.  And, there is no heavy cream, just milk and a little half and half mixed with cornstarch, so you can feel good about eating this gluten free veggie-loaded soup!

3. Homemade Chicken & Veggie Soup

5-Ingredient Homemade Chicken Soup in a bowl with spoon and crockpot in background. This soup is thick, creamy, and hearty. It's filled with flavorful broth, meaty shredded chicken, and sweet bursts of bright veggies. You can prepare all of the ingredients ahead and freeze them until you are ready to cook. Then, thaw, pour into the Slow Cooker, set and forget.

This 5-Ingredient Homemade Chicken Soup is thick, creamy (but, no dairy!), and hearty.  It’s filled with flavorful broth, meaty shredded chicken, and sweet bursts of bright veggies.  But, this version is also the easiest ever because you prepare all of the ingredients ahead (even months ahead) and freeze them until you are ready to cook this wonderful meal.  Then you thaw, pour all of the ingredients into the Slow Cooker, set and forget.  Forget until those amazing and comforting aromas remind you that you have a Homemade Chicken Soup waiting for you!

4.  Easy Slow Cooker Short Ribs

Easy Slow Cooker Short Ribs are always a show-stopper and the perfect main dish for entertaining.  I have made them for holiday dinner parties, for Sunday family dinners, visits from out-of-towners, and thank you meals for friends.  They are incredibly decadent and taste like you slaved away in the kitchen for your guests.  The flavors from the onion, carrots, demi-glace, thyme, and garlic all seep into the meat, which is fall-apart tender and absolutely delicious.  These Easy Slow Cooker Short Ribs taste amazing with Creamy Parmesan Polenta, so check out that recipe too!

5. Simple Weeknight Paprika Pork Stew Recipe

Paprika Pork Stew Recipe in a bowl with carrots, onion, parsley. It's an easy family dinner. 

This Paprika Pork Stew Recipe is loaded with flavor and texture.  With each spoonful you get a smokey and salty bite flavor from the pork, paprika, oregano, garlic and onion.  Carrots balance out this dish with a slightly sweet and tender bite.  Finally, the pork is so moist and fork tender.  But the best part is that this entire dinner can be made in the slow cooker during the day.  Or you can make it ahead in the oven and then reheat on a busy weeknight!

6. Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

These Slow Cooker Pork Tacos are mouthwateringly fantastic!  Top them with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled all over!  You get the salty and smoky flavor from the perfectly seasoned and slow cooked pork, a sweet and tart bite from the pickled onions, with creaminess from the cheese, and tang from the cilantro lime crema.

7. Shredded Beef Ragu Recipe

Shredded Beef Ragu Recipe with Pappardelle with a fork on plate with basil and parmesan on the table. It's so easy to make and has a thick meaty texture and a super rich delicious flavor.

This is my easy, made-for-busy-moms Shredded Beef Ragu Recipe!  It has a thick meaty texture and a super rich delicious flavor.  It’s made with beef chuck, so it’s affordable and easy to work with.  It’s made without wine, but instead gets that acidic backdrop from Balsamic Vinegar.  And it’s easy for busy moms because it’s made in a slow cooker!  Just toss all ingredients in, set for 6-8 hours, shred the beef, and that’s it!

8. Slow Cooker Detox Cabbage Soup

Comfort soups can be good for you too.  This Slow Cooker Detox Cabbage Soup is really easy, low-calorie, veggie-packed, which is a great way to get some healthy in between the holiday feastes! This soup is light, but filling with cabbage, tomato, carrots, onion, and garlic. It is also so easy because it is made in the slow cooker, but you can make it faster on the stove as well. It is so good for you and so low calorie, that this makes a great dinner, lunch the next day, and snack whenever you get hungry!

BONUS: 9.  Brazilian Black Beans (Feijão)

Slow Cooker Brazilian Black Beans are thick, rich, and delicious! Serve as a side or main over rice.

These Slow Cooker Brazilian Black Beans, known as Feijão, are a traditional dish in Brazil. The slow cooker makes it incredibly easy to make these anytime and it allows all of the flavors from the meat, onion, cilantro, and garlic to cook into the beans for a distinctive, thick, saucy, and hearty dish. They are great as a side or a main dish. If you have never tried these beans, you really MUST and I promise you will love them.

 

What are YOUR favorite Slow Cooker recipes?  Please share in the comments!

😍 Carrie

Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo & Potatoes

This post is sponsored by Pete & Gerry’s Eggs. All opinions are my own. 

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Slow Cooker Egg Casserole in slow cooker. It has Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

…As visions of a Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo and Potatoes danced in their heads.  Yes, friends, welcome to the recipe that dreams are made of.  This is the breakfast that will cook while you sleep!  You happily wake up to the amazing aromas of chorizo sausage, cheese, potatoes, and eggs.  This is my Slow Cooker Egg Casserole.

This crockpot of love, is inspired by my Mom’s breakfast casseroles and the love my husband and I have for Chorizo (See my recent Chorizo Patatas Bravas recipe!).   It has salty and slightly spicy chorizo, hearty and savory hash browns, and creamy, nutty cheddar and manchego cheeses.  All of this goodness sets up in a fluffy egg mixture for the perfect crowd-pleasing, help-yourself breakfast.

The Best Part?  IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP!!! 

I thought my love for my slow cooker was strong before.  But now that I know it can cook eggs while I sleep!?  Well, let’s just say I feel sorry for the person that tries to come between me and my slow cooker!  I mean, what could be better when your house is full of family and friends for the holidays, than to wake up to the smell of a cooked breakfast casserole?  This Slow Cooker Chorizo & Potato Egg Casserole is the stuff that dreams are made of – literally! 

Piece of Slow Cooker Egg Casserole on a plate with Pete & Gerry's Eggs in background.  It has Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses.  IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

The Next Best Part?  Delicious High Quality Eggs!

If you’re gonna make a recipe that’s almost entirely eggs, then you have to use high quality eggs.  I love Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs.  They are always free from pesticides, added hormones, antibiotics, and GMOs.  And all Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs come from small family farms that are dedicated to humane animal treatment, safety, and environmental sustainability.  I can find them right at my local grocery store chains, too!  I don’t have to go searching high and low to find them.

Slow Cooker Egg Casserole on a plate with Pete & Gerry's Eggs Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Here are some more delicious egg recipes to try!

Piece of Slow Cooker Egg Casserole on a plate with scallions. It has Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

I made this recipe in a slow cooker. However, you could also make it in an oven-safe casserole dish in the oven.

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR SLOW COOKER EGG CASSEROLE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

For this recipe, you can prep the Chorizo, Scallions, and Cheese in advance. 

Chorizo comes in a few different variations. You will find fully cooked sausage, raw sausage, and dry-cured. For this recipe, you will not want dry-cured. You can get either the fully cooked or raw sausage, both of which will likely have a casing that you will want to remove. I used a fully cooked chorizo.  If you get the raw chorizo, you will want to cook it in a skillet before adding it to the slow cooker.

Prep the chorizo by removing the outer casing.  Then rough chop the chorizo up into small pieces, somewhere between the size of a pea and a grape.   This size will evenly distribute throughout the entire casserole.  Store sealed in the fridge until ready to cook.

Peeling casing from Chorizo for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Chopped Chorizo for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Slice the scallions. Shred the cheeses. 

COOK YOUR SLOW COOKER EGG CASSEROLE 

Let’s get cooking!  Again, for this recipe and any recipe where eggs are the hero, I use high quality eggs.  I love Pete and Gerry’s for this one.  Crack 12 eggs into a large bowl. Add most of the scallions, saving some of the greens for garnish. Add salt and pepper, then add 1 cup of milk and beat until mixed.

12 eggs in bowl for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Pouring milk into eggs with scallions in bowl for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

Beaten eggs with scallions in bowl for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

To the slow cooker pot, add the frozen hash browns, salt, pepper, and the chorizo. Mix together.

Raw hash browns and chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

Add the shredded cheeses and mix together. Then pour over the egg mixture and lightly stir, just so the eggs seep into all the potatoes.

Shredded cheddar, hash browns and chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

Shredded manchego, cheddar, hash browns and chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

Pouring raw eggs over hash browns, cheese, chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

Raw eggs, hash browns, cheese, chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

Set the Slow Cooker to 6 hours, low. Do this right before the last person turns into bed for the night, so that you wake up to this wonderful breakfast. After 6 hours, the slow cooker will go to warm mode so that it won’t overcook, but stay warm until you are ready to eat!

The easiest way to slice and serve is to remove the slow cooker pot and place a plate/platter over top. Then invert the pot so the casserole slides right out onto the plate. You can flip it over if you like so the ‘pretty’ side is up or just cut and serve.

Slow Cooker inverted to get Egg Casserole out. Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

Slow Cooker Egg Casserole on platter. It has Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Garnish with the remaining scallion slices.  ENJOY! 😍 Carrie

Piece of Slow Cooker Egg Casserole on a plate with scallions. It has Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Slow Cooker Chorizo and Potato Egg Casserole

This Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo Sausage and Potatoes is so incredibly satisfying and delicious with so many layers of flavor.  The best part is that it COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP!  So you wake up to the beautiful aromas of salty and slightly spicy chorizo sausage, hearty and savory hash browns, and creamy, nutty cheddar and manchego cheeses.  All of this goodness sets up in a fluffy egg mixture for the perfect crowd-pleasing, help-yourself breakfast. #eggs #breakfast #brunch #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, Spanish
Keyword chorizo, egg casserole, eggs, hash browns, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 10 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Hash Browns
  • 12 Eggs
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 3 links Chorizo
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 6 oz Manchego Cheese, shredded
  • 3 Scallions
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Ground Black Pepper

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Prep the chorizo by removing the outer casing.

    Peeling casing from Chorizo for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes
  2. Then rough chop the chorizo up into small pieces, somewhere between the size of a pea and a grape. Store sealed in the fridge until ready to cook.

    Chopped Chorizo for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes
  3. Slice the scallions. Shred the cheeses.

Cook your Egg Casserole

  1. Crack 12 eggs into a large bowl. Add most of the scallions, saving some of the greens for garnish. Add salt and pepper, then add 1 cup of milk and beat until mixed.

    Pouring milk into eggs with scallions in bowl for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe
  2. To the slow cooker pot, add the frozen hash browns, salt, pepper, and the chorizo. Mix together.

    Raw hash browns and chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe
  3. Add the shredded cheeses and mix together. Then pour over the egg mixture and lightly stir, just so the eggs seep into all the potatoes.

    Pouring raw eggs over hash browns, cheese, chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe
  4. Set the Slow Cooker to 6 hours, low. Do this right before the last person turns into bed for the night, so that you wake up to this wonderful breakfast. After 6 hours, the slow cooker will go to warm mode so that it won't overcook, but stay warm until you are ready to eat!

  5. The easiest way to slice and serve is to remove the slow cooker pot and place a plate/platter over top. Then invert the pot so the casserole slides right out onto the plate. You can flip it over if you like so the 'pretty' side is up or just cut and serve. Garnish with the remaining scallion slices and Enjoy!