You can set it and forget it. It wondrously decreases your dishwasher loads. It is the secret to that good old “fall off the bone” tender meat. What is this magical appliance you ask? It is the infamous crockpot! These nifty devices not only simplify your life but they yield some of the most delicious meals. The best crockpot recipes allow you hours of freedom to run errands and make sure your family has a fulfilling dinner. This winter, you’ll want some savory ideas to test out that will warm you up from the inside out. Whether you’re vegetarian, a soup, beef, or chicken lover, there is something for everyone among these 10 winter crock pot recipes that you will love.
The Best Crockpot Recipes for Soup Lovers
Vegetarian: Slow Cooker Winter Vegetable Soup with Split Red Lentils
This dish is definitely a winner when it comes to the best combination for warming your body and soul on a cold winter day. The soup is truly packed with vegetables, making a very fulfilling meal. It’s also a great healthy option as the split red lentils are high in fiber and protein. Begin by sauteing some onions and celery over the stove and transferring it to the crock pot. Throw in all the veggies, stock, and seasonings and stir. You’ll have a warm, tasty meal ready to go in 4-6 hours on high heat.
Find the full recipe on A Beautiful Plate.
Vegetarian: Tuscan Bread Soup
Like most of the best crockpot recipes out there, with this one you’ll have to do some low heat cooking to prep before setting your crockpot on high heat. Once you’ve prepped, most of your soup ingredients will need to cook in the crock pot for only about 3-4 hours. After that time has passed you’ll stir in the good stuff – cavolo nero (Italian kale), parmesan, and bread! Let it cook on high heat for 30 more minutes and there you have it, a hearty, healthy, vegetarian soup.
The full recipe can be found on Taste.com.au
Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
The beauty of cooking meat in the crockpot is in the transformation that happens over time. A once tough, chewy piece of meat becomes amazingly tender just by slow cooking it. This chicken and wild rice soup recipe does just that to some whole chicken breasts that you shred after the slow cooking process. While your meat, rice and veggies are prepared in the crockpot, the milk mixture that will thicken the soup should be made on the side, over the stove.
You’ll want to head over to Simply Sisson for all the steps to create this tasty soup.
French Onion Soup with Meatballs
Being a classic on its own sure helps to make this one of the best crockpot recipes. Combine your favorite fully cooked meatballs, onions, broth and your essential seasons in your crockpot and you’ve got this classic dish that will warm your soul. There is also the option to substitute some of the beef broth for some ale. After you set it and forget, the only step left is to add your bread and cheese to the top. This really adds the comfort factor.
Check out the full recipe at Taste of Home.
Read More: 50 Instant Pot Soup Recipes
Something for the Beef Lovers
Here’s another classic favorite done crockpot style. While beef is the common ingredient, feel free to substitute with ground chicken or turkey. You’ll start with caramelizing the onions and then browning your choice of meat in a skillet. While still over the stove add in your seasonings and let it cook for a couple more minutes. Next it all goes into the crockpot along with some broth and the remaining ingredients. Depending on how much time you’ve got you can cook on high for as little as 4 hours or on low for up to about 8 hours. Don’t forget your choice of toppings when serving!
You can find the full recipe over on Half Baked Harvest.
Winter Warm-Up Beef Simmer
Now this is one the best crockpot recipes because this meal is perfect to come home to after a long chilly day. The recipe uses a combination of beef and bacon along with some hearty vegetables that are sure to warm you up from the inside. Start with the ingredients in saucepan over medium-high heat, allowing the meat to brown. Once that is achieved, your veggies will go into the crockpot along with the meat mixture. After about 8 hours it is ready to serve!
Find the full recipe right on the Land O’ Lakes website.
Balsamic Pot Roast
This recipe conveniently calls for many ingredients you probably already have on hand, such as olive oil, garlic cloves, onion, brown sugar, and balsamic vinegar. You may have to grab some dry red wine, carrots, potatoes and chicken broth. You’ll begin with searing the chuck roast on all sides before placing it into the crockpot. The secret to the flavor here is sauteing your onions and garlic, then adding the balsamic vinegar to them. At this point everything is ready to go into the crockpot and cooked on low for 6-8 hours.
The recipe with all the deets you need can be found in full on Delish.
Read More: 8 Whole 30 Instant Pot Recipes
The Best Crockpot Recipes Chicken Lovers Can’t Deny
Cambodian Chicken Curry
This very tasty chicken curry dish is ready in as little as 6 hours on low heat. While you can use other parts of the chicken to create this one, using the thighs will be your best bet to retain some juices in the meat. All your ingredients begin and end in the crockpot. After those 6 hours you have a delicious chicken curry to put over some steamed rice and enjoy!
The full recipe for this hearty meal can be found on Taste.com.au.
Chicken with Vegetables
Beginners, this one’s definitely for you! This is one of the best crockpot recipes to start your crockpot journey with. Add carrots, celery, potatoes and your whole chicken into the crockpot. Rub the seasonings all over the chicken. On low heat, your meal will be prepared in just 6-8 hours. That chicken will be ready for carving and your vegetables nice and tender.
Find the full recipe at Taste of Home.
Suprême de volaille, the origin of the title of this meal, is actually French for boneless, skinless chicken breasts. What makes this one of the best crockpot recipes is the fact that this is actually a classic crockpot recipe, perfect for when you’rey in the mood for a filling dinner that will be ready in as little as 4 hours!
Start by frying some bacon in a skillet, browning your chicken breasts, then creating a creamy soup in the same skillet one after the other. Along with the chicken and soup you’ll add some mushrooms to the crockpot and have those cook on low heat. Then comes the best part second to consuming this delicious dish, sprinkling some cheese and the bacon from earlier over the top. Mouth watering to say the least!
The full recipe for this “supreme” dish is over at The Spruce Eats.
Wintertime or not, these meals are tasty all year round. The crockpot and these recipes will definitely come in handy when time isn’t on your side. The best crockpot recipes require minimal prep and will give you plenty of time to knock things off of your to do list during your day to day hustle and bustle. The end result is always an absolutely delicious, comforting dish that your friends and family will rave about. You’ll be a crockpot pro in no time after giving a few of these recipes a try. Bon appétit!
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