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10 Easy Slow Cooker Meals That Go From Prep to Pot in Minutes

You're going to love how quickly and easily these slow cooker comfort food recipes go from prep to pot in 15 minutes or less. Best of all, they really do live up to the promise of one-pot cooking because you don't have to dirty up any extra pans to get ingredients ready for the crock pot. Keep these ideas handy for when you just don't have time for a lot of work before hitting the ON switch.

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10 Easy Slow Cooker Comfort Foods

1. Slow Cooker Chicken and Salsa

Prep time: 5 minutes | This 3-ingredient recipe sounds way too simple to be good, but reviewers can't stop raving about it. Ponawanda says she got two great meals out of it for her family of four.

 

Slow Cooker Chicken and Salsa

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

2. Slow Cooker Carnitas

Prep time: 10 minutes | Rub a boneless pork shoulder with a handful of spices you probably already have in your pantry to get a big pot of mouthwatering Mexican-style meat you can stuff into tacos, enchiladas, and burritos. Cooked in this quantity, it's a perfect candidate for make-and-freeze meals to stash away for your busiest nights. Watch the video to see how to make this family-favorite.

 

3. Chicken Cacciatore in a Slow Cooker

Prep time: 10 minutes | Feel free to use chicken thighs instead of skinless boneless chicken breasts in this saucy recipe because they really do stand up better to hours of slow cooking. Try it both ways and see which one you prefer.

 

Chicken Cacciatore in a Slow Cooker

Photo by Jenny Aleman

4. Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Pork

Prep time: 10 minutes | You can use a pork loin roast instead of the pork chops called for in the recipe. It's especially delicious served over fragrant coconut rice.

 

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Pork

Photo by Marisa Ramirez

5. Hungarian Goulash II

Prep time: 15 minutes | You can cut up the beef chuck roast the night before you plan to make this, whisk the sauce together, and stash everything in the fridge. Then pop it all into the slow cooker in the morning, turn it on, and get on with your day. Could it be any easier?

 

Hungarian Goulash II

Photo by TracyMarie

6. Mother's Pot Roast

Prep time: 10 minutes | The basic recipe calls for 5 simple ingredients, but you can easily add carrots and potatoes to make this a complete meal. Talk about one-pot convenience.

 

Mother's Pot Roast

Photo by Delly

7. Frank's Favorite Slow-Cooker Thai Chicken

Prep time: 15 minutes | Many reviewers said they were skeptical about combining salsa and peanut butter to make this recipe, but in the end they were won over by the flavor. "Amazing! Usually my attempts at slow cooking are bland failures, but this turned out incredible." -- Deschions

 

Frank's Favorite Slow-Cooker Thai Chicken

Photo by love2cook

8. Flaming Slow Cooker Pork

Prep time: 5 minutes | "Love this recipe! I make this frequently on the weekends then freeze it for easy meals during the week. I usually make 2 separate freezer meals from this. So delicious and easy!" -- laurenherlache

Flaming Slow Cooker Pork
Photo by Janet Henderson

9. Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Prep time: 10 minutes | "The cayenne and the hot pepper sauce is what determines how spicy it gets," says lala, who submitted the recipe. "So start with the little that I recommended and then you can always add more."

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
Photo by jrusk1

 

10. Honey-Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs

Prep time: 10 minutes | "Delicious! These were cooked perfectly. I used 6 bl/sl thighs, but kept the sauce ingredients the same. After the thighs were cooked, I took them out of the slow cooker and stirred in a little cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce, which worked out great." -- Christina

Honey-Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs
Photo by *Sherri*

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