16 Slow Cooker Meals To Warm Your Winter

Just as the winter season brings cold weather, it also brings the need for hearty, comforting dishes that will fill your home with warmth and delicious smells. But who has the time to make a full meal when the days are short and busy? Your slow cooker does. Here are sixteen recipes you can make with minimal effort yet maximum flavor.

1. Sweet Potato Curry

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This vegan Sweet Potato Curry is full of warm and delicious Indian flavors that will make you forget about the cold outside. It’s creamy, hearty, and flavorful, and it’s the perfect way to get some heat and nutrition into your winter meals.

2. Pork Ragout

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Pork Ragout is a classic French stew that can be made with or without meat or pasta. Heavily spiced with basil, parsley, and oregano, this slow cooker recipe is the ultimate comfort food for chilly autumn nights.

3. Split Pea Soup

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This Split Pea Soup recipe can be made in your slow cooker or on the stovetop. Either way, it’s delicious and comforting. Serve with garlic bread and a salad for dinner, or pack it in a thermos for lunch.

4. Bison Stew

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Bison Stew is a hearty, delicious, and healthier version of beef stew. It’s great as is, with rice or a side of green salad and garlic bread.

5. Slow Cooker Carnitas

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If you enjoy carnitas, you’ll love this Slow Cooker Carnitas recipe. It’s fresh with simple ingredients, and all you have to do is prep the tortillas.

6. White Chicken Chili

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This White Chicken Chili is the perfect chili for summer. You can make it as spicy as you want with jalapeno peppers and adjust the flavors easily with different toppings.

7. Honey Sesame Chicken

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This tasty Honey Sesame Chicken will be the jewel of your slow cooker this season. You can serve it over rice or cauliflower rice and top it with plenty of fresh green onions. You can’t go wrong with this one.

8. Chicken And Dumplings

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Indulge in Comfort, Guilt-Free: Our healthy Chicken And Dumplings recipe is a delightful twist on the classic comforting dish, offering all the soul-warming flavors without compromising on your health goals.

9. Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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These Pulled Pork Sandwiches are the epitome of finger-licking goodness. Slow-cooked to perfection, the tender strands of smoky and flavorful pulled pork are piled high on a soft, toasted bun, ready to satisfy your cravings with every bite.

10. Tortilla Chicken Stew

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Tender chicken simmered in a rich tomato-based broth infused with aromatic spices and a medley of colorful vegetables, all topped with crispy tortilla strips for a satisfying crunch. This Tortilla Chicken Stew is a must-try.

11. Meatball Sandwiches

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Whether you want a hearty lunch or a crowd-pleasing dinner, these Meatball Sandwiches deliver comfort and great flavor in every bite. And the best part is that you make these in your slow cooker, so dinner pretty much cooks itself!

12. Baby Back Ribs

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As they cook low and slow in the slow cooker, the meat on these Baby Back Ribs becomes incredibly tender, effortlessly sliding off the bone with each bite. It’s a hassle-free way to achieve restaurant-quality ribs in the comfort of your own home.

13. Meatloaf

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This slow cooker Meatloaf is a game-changer. It gives you all the classic flavors you love in a convenient and fuss-free recipe. It totally takes the stress out of making meatloaf, allowing you to enjoy dinner without a ton of fuss.

14. Taco Soup

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With the absence of high-carb ingredients like tortillas and beans, you can enjoy this delicious soup without worrying about your carb intake. And if you are feeding people who aren’t low-carb, this Taco Soup is delicious with rice added.

15. Pork Loin

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This melt-in-your-mouth Pork Loin is made with minimal effort, thanks to your slow cooker doing most of the work. From its tender texture to its mouthwatering flavors, it’s a dish the whole family will love.

16. Spinach And Chicken

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This incredibly simple recipe takes just minutes to prep. You’ll be in and out of the kitchen, and dinner will cook itself. This Spinach And Chicken meal is great with a side of rice or even tossed with pasta.

Sick Of The Same Ol’ Chicken For Dinner? Here Are 101 New Ways To Make It!

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Having chicken for dinner… again? Here are 101 new ways to level up your dinner game tonight.

Healthy Ground Turkey Dinner Ideas That Actually Taste Good

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Lean ground turkey is a great replacement for ground beef if you are working on your health. Here, we give you 17 Meals with ground turkey that are surprisingly good for you.

While You’re Cooking, Prep Breakfast For Tomorrow Too. It Only Takes 5 Minutes!

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Prepping overnight oats the night before is a fantastic way to ensure that your morning runs smoothly. These delicious oatmeal recipes are prepped in just 5 minutes. In fact, you can even make homemade oatmeal packets with these recipes, so all you have to do is grab a packet and get it in the fridge.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

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