Beat the Cold with Slow Cooker Comfort Food Recipes

A slow cooker is one of the most valuable cooking tools that any home cook can own. Not only are they hands-free and simple to use, but they’re perfect for making all your favorite comfort food recipes. When you’re craving hot meals to fill you up and keep you warm, turn on your slow cooker for a hearty meal in no time.

Use this list of ideas for slow cooker recipes as cooking inspiration—all of these easy meal ideas are perfect for cold winter nights and can be made in the slow cooker. Then, get in the kitchen and start cooking!


When you start slow cooker recipes the night before, you’ll have hot breakfasts ready by the time you wake up! Try out the following ideas to start your day off on a delicious note:

  • French toast with a fruit topping
  • Overnight oatmeal
  • Sausage, egg and cheese breakfast casserole
  • Banana bread
  • Bread pudding

Lunch or Dinner

You’ll save time and stress this winter when you make your favorite comfort food recipes in the slow cooker. Slow cooking will oftentimes leave you with huge portions, so store leftovers in plastic food storage containers to save for a busy weeknight or take to work.

  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Chili
  • Pulled Pork or Chicken
  • Soup
  • Stew
  • Curry
  • Roast Chicken
  • Twice Baked Potatoes
  • Meat or Alfredo Sauce for Pasta
  • Turkey, Lamb or Beef Meatballs
  • Refried Beans


Slow cookers are great for sweet treats, too! Almost any dessert that can be made in your oven can also be adapted to your slow cooker. Try out the following:

  • Lava Cake
  • Baked Apples or Pears
  • Pound Cake
  • Cheesecake
  • Rice Pudding
  • Fondue
  • Fruit Cobbler
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