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18 Fall Dinners & Desserts You Can Make In A Slow Cooker

All of these taste even better when it's cold outside.

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Slow cooker season is in full swing.

And that means we're stockpiling easy Crock Pot dinner and dessert recipes from now until the end of winter. Here are several favorites! πŸ₯˜

(Also: Reminder that since the Instant Pot has a slow cooker setting, any of these can be made in either.)

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1. Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

therecipecritic.com

Looking for leftovers? This makes enough for six people β€” and reheats really well.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

2. Crock Pot Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken

This is a true toss-and-go dinner: just layer everything into the slow cooker and let it do all the hard work.

Recipe: Crock Pot Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken

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3. Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

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Let it be known: In the ultimate ranking of cold weather soups, French onion reigns supreme.

Recipe: Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

4. Slow Cooker Pesto Mozzarella Chicken Pasta

If you start with grocery store pesto, the assembly is a breeze.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Pesto Mozzarella Chicken Pasta

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5. Slow Cooker Mississippi Pork Roast

therecipecritic.com

Equal parts savory, spicy, and sweet β€” and perfect over rice, greens, or stuffed into a pita or hoagie.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Mississippi Pork Roast

6. Crock Pot Minestrone Soup

chelseasmessyapron.com

Super versatile β€” and packed with hearty vegetables.

Recipe: Crock Pot Minestrone Soup

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7. Crock Pot Lasagna

thegirlonbloor.com

This one requires a little bit of pre-Crock Pot prep β€” in that you'll brown the meat on the stovetop to start. (But the end result is worth it!)

Recipe: Crock Pot Lasagna

8. Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli

Joe Lingeman / Via thekitchn.com

Just know ahead of time that you'll want to spoon the simple sauce β€” which includes soy sauce, brown sugar, and garlic β€” over everything.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli

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9. Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Don't forget bread for dipping!

Recipe: Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheddar Soup

10. Crock Pot Picadillo

This version uses lean ground beef to start β€” but you can also swap in ground chicken, turkey, or pork.

Recipe: Crock Pot Picadillo

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11. Slow Cooker Butternut Squash, Kale & Quinoa Stew

realfoodwholelife.com

Creamy, comforting, and loaded with Vitamins A and C thanks to the squash. (Not a kale fan? Swap in spinach β€” and drop it in near the end.)

Recipe: Slow Cooker Butternut Squash, Kale & Quinoa Stew

12. Slow Cooker Pot Roast

If you want to save yourself a bit of slicing and dicing upfront, swap in baby potatoes and baby carrots.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Pot Roast

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13. Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

Prefer drinks over dessert? Try this: red wine spiked with apples, cranberries, citrus, and rum.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

14. Crock Pot Apple Crisp

The apples cook down over several hours β€” then are topped with a buttery oat crumble.

Recipe: Crock Pot Apple Crisp

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15. Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

themagicalslowcooker.com

The secret ingredient is a bit of brewed coffee mixed right into the batter β€” which helps intensify the chocolate flavor.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

16. Slow Cooker Banana Bread With Brown Sugar Glaze

averiecooks.com

Desserts with glaze > desserts without glaze.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Banana Bread With Brown Sugar Glaze

17. Crock Pot Raspberry-Chocolate Chip Shortcake

savorynothings.com

This technically bills itself as a breakfast French toast casserole β€” but it definitely works as dessert too. Feel free to swap in frozen berries during fall and winter.

Recipe: Crock Pot Raspberry-Chocolate Chip Shortcake

18. Slow Cooker Cinnamon Rolls

sallysbakingaddiction.com

For the easiest cleanup β€” and the ability to lift the whole thing out in one piece β€” line the slow cooker with parchment paper first.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Cinnamon Rolls

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