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As the temperatures drop, the Crock-Pots come out, and the parties seem to multiply. Whether it’s football watching or the holidays, if you have a gathering coming up you’ll love these 19 Crock-Pot recipes that make it so easy on you, and so tasty for your guests.
1. Crock-Pot Spinach Dip
A perfect dip for any get-together involves just throwing the ingredients in and letting the Crock-Pot do the work. This recipe from Six Sisters’ Stuff has you mixing spinach, artichoke hearts, sour cream, and mayonnaise with various cheeses and spices for a delicious hit. Cook on high for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
2. Slow Cooker Chex Mix
Finally, a way to make Chex Mix without bending over and opening and closing the oven all day. Gather Chex cereal, pretzels, Cheerios, and peanuts, then cover with a butter-worcestershire sauce. Slow cook on low for 3 hours. This treat from Gimme some Oven isn’t just good–it’s phenomenal.
3. Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken Wings
These wings from Damn Delicious may be the easiest you’ll ever make. Just throw thawed chicken wings into a Crock-Pot with a soy sauce mixture, and cook on high for 1 to 2 hours. Broil them in the oven for a few minutes for really tender, fall-off-the-bone chicken wings.
4. The Easiest Crock-Pot BBQ Ribs Recipe
Another fall-off-the-bone delicious recipe comes from Pretty Prudent. Start by cutting pork baby back ribs to fit your Crock-Pot. Cook them in the oven for 15 minutes on each side while you make the sauce—which includes brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and oregano. Then, throw everything in a Crock-Pot and cook on low for 8 hours.
5. Beer Cheese Dip
Beer and football often go hand in hand, so making this beer cheese dip from Delish is a total touchdown. Just mix cream cheese, cheddar, and Guinness beer together, and cook on low for an hour, stirring every 10 minutes.
6. Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls
This is a must-have at any gathering and takes less than 5 minutes to pull together. You can start this meal from The Kitchn in the morning by combining brown rice, black beans, corn, and shredded chicken. It’ll be ready by party time.
7. Crock-Pot Hot Fudge Brownies
Recipes like this one from Recipes That Crock don’t get much easier. Not only do these brownies cook evenly in a Crock-Pot, they’re easy to clean up. Start by spraying the inside of your Crock-Pot and evenly pouring in the prepared brownie mix. Follow it up with a chocolate syrup and a water mixture. Cook on high for about 3 hours until the edges set.
8. Crock-Pot Orange Glazed Meatballs
Grab a bag of frozen meatballs, some orange marmalade, jalapeño, orange juice, beef broth, and green onions. Mix everything before adding the meatballs. This recipe from Family Fresh Meals is so easy and so good, your guests will fight over the last meatball.
9. Crock-Pot Apple Butter Barbecue Meatballs
If you’re not feeling the orange glazed meatball love, try these easy apple butter barbecue meatballs instead. The recipe, from What’s Cooking Love?, only requires three ingredients: barbecue sauce, apple butter, and frozen meatballs. Cook for 2 to 3 hours in a Crock-pot.
10. Crock-Pot Sweet & Tangy Balls
Or, try meatballs with a twist of grape. This appetizer from Table for Two is so easy all you do is throw a large bag of frozen meatballs and jars of grape jelly and chili sauce into a crockpot and cook on low for 6 hours, high for 4 hours.
11. Crock-Pot 5-Ingredient White Queso
This queso recipe from The Baking Fairy is cheesy goodness without all the artificial ingredients. Combine pepper jack cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, and green chilies, then add milk as you go. Let the cheese melt on low, stirring occasionally.
12. Crock-Pot Sweet Potato Casserole
Here’s where your Crock-Pot comes in handy to free up oven space. Make this easy casserole from I Wash You Dry combining sweet potatoes, chicken broth, butter, eggs, vanilla, and brown sugar. It’s so easy it practically makes itself.
13. Slow-Cooker Apple Butter Yeast Rolls Recipe
Bread in a Crock-Pot could be the best thing ever. A Spicy Perspective’s recipe has a rich, sweet flavor thanks to the apple butter. It’s perfect for holiday parties and something you can prep in advance.
14. Crock-Pot Crab Rangoon Dip
This kind of dip from Reckless Abandon will steal the show. Everyone at the party will love dipping right into the Crock-Pot. All you need is cream cheese, sour cream, crab meat, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, lemon, and green onions. Cook on low for 2 hours, stirring at least once.
15. Crock-Pot Roasted Sugared Pecans
Have a batch of these ready for any party. This recipe from Mostly Homemade Mom combines pecans, butter, powdered sugar, cinnamon, and allspice. You’ll love how it makes your house smell. Cook on high for 3 hours.
16. Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole
This creamy green bean casserole version from Center Cut Cook cuts out the traditional canned cream soup for a delicious homemade cream sauce made with butter, flour, and chicken broth. Plan on dishing this out right onto a plate.
17. Crock-Pot Supreme Pizza Dip
This easy-to-make crowd-pleaser from A Spicy Perspective has all the charm of hot, steamy pizza that you can dip into again and again. Just layer the cheese, herbs, pizza sauce, sausage, and pepperoni, and slow cook for 1 to 2 hours.
18. Slow Cooker Garlic Herb Mushrooms
Let the Crock-Pot do the work for you. This recipe from Damn Delicious is perhaps the best and easiest way to make mushrooms. Combine mushrooms, garlic, vegetable broth, and some herbs, and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours, adding butter and half and half the last 15 minutes. Get the toothpicks ready, and dig in.
19. Crock-Pot Beef-and-Bean Chili
An easy and delicious chili recipe is a must-have in any house for anytime. This one from My Recipes simply has you browning the meats before adding to the Crock-Pot with the rest of the ingredients. Then just walk away and enjoy the day. Cook on high for 8 hours so the flavors of the beans, tomatoes, cumin, garlic, and onion can come together.