As much as we love our slow cooker, sometimes it’s easy to get stuck in a routine of making the same old crockpot recipes. Monday is chili, Tuesday is chicken soup, Wednesday is pulled pork, etc.
Although slow cookers are definitely not seasonable and can — and should — be used year-round, our favorite time to dust them off is during the winter.
Harsh, cold weather makes you want to come home and cuddle up with a warm meal… Not spend hours over a stove.
Don’t even get us started on how easy it is! Crock-Pots allow you to prepare your food in the morning (or even the night before, depending on what meal you’re trying to make), then they slowly cook that food for the next six to eight hours while you’re busy sleeping, getting things done, going to school, or working.
From chicken and dumplings to soup to lasagna, there are so many great slow cooker recipes to try.
Our Tope 5 Winter Crockpot Recipes
Slow Cooker Short Ribs
It may seem like a no-brainer, but the best way to get fall-off-the-bone deliciousness is through a slow cooker. Try this recipe to see if it competes with your favorite ribs recipe (I bet it does!)
Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodles
Rarely is ramen outshone by its toppings, but with this crispy caramelized pork ramen there’s no contest. Pairing the pork with wild mushrooms, delicious ramen noodles, and sweet and sour notes makes this dish to die for.
Dairy-Free Butter Chicken
If you’re haven’t tried butter chicken, you’re missing out. It’s a popular dish with chicken in a spiced tomato, butter, and cream sauce (or gravy). Since we know so many people have food allergies we thought it would be a nice touch to try a lightened version without butter (or cream) so those who are dairy-free can enjoy it as well!
Mac and Cheese with Crispy Parmesan-Phyllo Crust
You probably don’t want to wait until the Thanksgiving feast to test this one, but we 100% recommend trying it at least once.
Slow Cooker Baked Ziti
Making pasta dishes in your slow cooker is really convenient because you don’t have to dirty another pot to boil the pasta. Cooking the pasta right in the sauce means that it absorbs the flavor of the sauce for an extra flavorful finished dish. Win-win!