There are days when you want to lose yourself in the kitchen, enjoying the process of working through a complex recipe or experimenting with different cooking techniques. And then there are those other types of days: When your calendar is packed is so packed you don’t have hours (or even an hour) to spend in the kitchen, or else you simply want a satisfying supper that requires little hands-on work, let your slow-cooker handle dinner duties. These easy (and easy-to-clean-up) recipes prove that you can create flavor-packed, hearty meals with a little prep and the flip of a switch. From the Slow-Cooker Chili Chicken Tacos pictured here to warm, cozy dishes like our classic slow-cooker pot roast, see how this freestanding cooking appliance aces at making dinner for the entire family.
To make the chili chicken tacos, combine boneless, skinless chicken thighs, garlic cloves, prepared tomato salsa, chopped canned chipotle chiles, and chili powder in a slow-cooker. Like most slow-cooker recipes, you can cook this dish for four hours on high heat or eight hours over low heat. Once the chicken is fork-tender and shreddable, stuff the filling into hard taco shells for a crunchy bite that everyone will love. Other family-friendly dinner recipes include two hearty soups guaranteed to keep you cozy on a cold night, such as this Italian-inspired Slow-Cooker Ribollita or our Slow-Cooker White-Bean Soup. Both are vegetarian but packed with protein and plenty of flavor.
Make the most of this ever-popular appliance with these slow-cooker recipes.