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15 Must-Try Slow Cooker Recipes

Got a favorite stovetop or oven recipe that you wish you could make in the slow cooker? If it has some moisture in it—whether from water, broth, wine, sauce, or canned soup—you’re in luck. Just about anything you can braise, stew, bake, or roast can work well in a slow cooker. Just keep some tips in mind when you’re converting a conventional recipe for your crock pot.

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These 5-star recipes are easily converted from stovetop or oven to slow cooker.

1) Awesome Red Wine Pot Roast

Lightly coat the roast with flour and brown well on all sides. Then it’s everything in the crock pot! Remember to cut the liquids in half, though.

Photo by TTV78.

2) Chef John’s Coq au Vin

This recipe calls for bone-in chicken thighs — always a great choice for crock-pot cooking. But you might want to take the skin off for this preparation.

Photo by Chef John.

3) Chinese Braised Spare Ribs

Even after cutting the liquids in half, you might end up with too much here. In which case, remove the lid, turn the pot up to high, and cook some of it off.

Photo by Ajaye2010.

4) Simple Beef Pot Roast

As the veggies cook, they break down and combine with the meat’s juices to create a natural sauce that’s terrific with

horseradish mashed potatoes.

Photo by abapplez.

5) Ellen’s Chicken Cacciatore

This recipe already calls for skinless chicken thighs. Brown ’em up, along with some chopped onions and mushrooms. The slow cooker will take it from there.

Photo by L83.

6) Spaghetti Sauce with Ground Beef

Here’s one of those dishes that just gets more and more delicious the longer it simmers. The slow cooker’s the perfect choice for this operation.

Photo by Sherri.

7) Pork Chops Italiano

Drain some of the juice off the diced Italian tomatoes. Or cook down the liquid at the end.

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine.

8) Chicken Thigh and Dumpling Stew

You know the drill: Remove the skins from the chicken thighs. And add the buttermilk biscuits at the end.

Photo by chefster.

9) Mom’s Stovetop Pork Ribs

When you use the slow cooker, you can skip the boiling step. Just give the ribs a good browning, and toss ’em in the crock pot.

Photo by HockeyFan.

10) San Francisco Pork Chops

The recipe calls for boneless chops, but bone-in chops would be terrific here.

Photo by Naples 34102.

11) Sherry-Braised Beef Short Ribs

“The beef must be really well browned,” says Chef John. “I’m talking deep, dark, crusty, and caramelized. After browning properly, the only way to mess these up is to undercook them, so don’t.”

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine.

12) Braised Pork Ragu

Brown the pork shoulder in cubes as the recipe says, or leave the meat whole and shred it up after it’s cooked to super-tender.

Photo by KIRSTEN.

13) Carnitas Filling

Another one that just gets better with more cooking time. Shred the meat and enjoy it in tacos, burritos, and tamales.

Photo by mis7up.

14) Beef Bourguignon II

Brown the beef, veggies, and mushrooms in a skillet and then add to the crock pot. Toss in the fresh herbs at the end.

Photo by Dianne.

15) Rich and Creamy Beef Stroganoff

Add the sour cream and the secret ingredient — cream cheese — at the end of cooking.

Photo by Tera.Tera
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