Dear Crissy

Slow cooker recipes for fall

I have to admit, I’m obsessed with slow cooker recipes. There’s something irresistible about putting a bunch of ingredients into a countertop appliance and in 6-10 hours, dinner is ready! I love making slow cooker recipes for Sunday dinner as well as a meal solution for a busy weeknight.

Not all slow cooker recipes are alike, let’s face it, there are duds out there. Not all are guaranteed to turn out tasty, some turn out just plain bland. I love it when I discover or develop a new family favorite. I wanted to share with you some of my favorites and would love hear about yours!

My Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes

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This Whole Chicken in a Slow Cooker recipe is roast chicken as easy as it gets. When I roast chicken or turkey, I always put a quartered lemon in the cavity, this ensures the meat stays moist and tender. After the chicken’s done in the slow cooker, put it under the broiler to crisp the chicken. With the leftover chicken, we make another favorite, chicken pot pie.

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Beef pot roast is a longtime fall and winter favorite — comfort food at its best. I love this French Onion Pot Roast because it’s super simple using a condensed French onion soup. The veggies that cook with the roast make great side dishes along with mashed potatoes.

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I have been obsessed with beef short ribs ever since I first had them at a restaurant. I have found making them in the slow cooker the perfect way to make them. This recipe for Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs is amazing. There is a bunch of prep before putting everything into the crock pot but it’s worth it and you’ll thank me when you make this dish.

Here are a couple slow cooker recipes that I’m dying to try:

I have been searching for a Beef Bourguignon recipe that doesn’t include bacon and I think this is the one! I love Aggie’s version because it looks super easy. There is a little bit of prep before everything goes into the slow cooker but it looks worth it!

These Korean Beef Tacos from Tina look amazing. Food trucks have exploded all over including in Central Florida and I can’t wait to try her Tina’s slow cooker version of this food truck hit!

Do you have any favorite slow cooker recipes? I would love to hear about them. Link up in the comments.

This is a guest post by Julie Deily of The Little Kitchen.

Crissy Page

Crissy Page is the founder and CEO of Dear Crissy and Parent Pretty. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two spirited and super-cool kids.

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  1. Curt — November 17, 2011 @ 10:05 am (#)

    I love meat when it’s nice and tender. That’s what’s so great about the slow cooker!


  2. Stacie — November 17, 2011 @ 10:09 am (#)

    Wow I’m hungry now! These recipes look amazing! I don’t know how to make much in my slow cooker and really need to use it more. I’ve made roast beef in it and that’s about it!


  3. Jennifer Soltys — November 17, 2011 @ 10:09 am (#)

    OOooh yum! You just gave me some serious motivation to break out my slow cooker! Thanks :)


  4. Sadie — November 17, 2011 @ 10:10 am (#)

    Thanks for sharing, Julie!


  5. Emily @ Random Recycling — November 17, 2011 @ 10:11 am (#)

    Crock pot is Mom’s best friend! I use mine weekly and love the Not Your Mother’s Cookbook for a great variety of recipes.

    One note on the onion recipe~ many of the condensed packs contain MSG. You might be better off just adding fresh cut onions and salt without losing too much of the flavor.


  6. Nichol — November 17, 2011 @ 10:12 am (#)

    I roast a chicken every Sunday in the crockpot for easy chicken meals throughout the week and chicken salad. It is simple. Ribs are also a favorite in our home! Great post.


  7. Kristin — November 17, 2011 @ 10:14 am (#)

    I, too, am obsessed with my slow cooker. I love how some people think of it as the cooking of last resort, like if you have to work all day, etc. The heck with that! It makes the BEST meals and is not labor-intensive, so where is that rule that says I can only use it when it’s absolutely necessary? I make all kinds of amazing stuff in the slow cooker. As soon as my husband finds out that dinner is out of the slow cooker, he’s psyched because he knows it’s gonna be amazing!!


  8. Angela — November 17, 2011 @ 10:48 am (#)

    These look like great recipes! I love doing short ribs in the slow cooker!


  9. Mary — November 17, 2011 @ 10:51 am (#)

    LOVE the Whole Chicken in a Slow Cooker !! I have made it several times !!!


  10. Kelly — November 17, 2011 @ 11:57 am (#)

    These look amazing!


  11. Diane {Created by Diane} — November 17, 2011 @ 12:35 pm (#)

    oh my goodness everything looks great. I really want a plate full of those braised short ribs!


  12. Emily — November 17, 2011 @ 1:00 pm (#)

    Oh man, these all look really good! I might have to bust out the slow cooker for tonight dinner – yum!


  13. Erika — November 17, 2011 @ 1:10 pm (#)

    Ooh those look delicious! I love slow cooker recipes too and am always on the lookout for new ideas, thanks for posting this!


  14. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — November 17, 2011 @ 2:54 pm (#)

    You beat me to it! I planned on doing a little roundup soon! Fantastic recipes Julie! I still have to try a chicken in the crock.


  15. Chelsea @ Someday I'll Learn — November 17, 2011 @ 6:17 pm (#)

    Oh my gosh, yum! I love the slow cooker.


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