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The Slow Cooker is and always will be my favorite go-to for making mealtime easy when our lives get busy. I use it at least once a week! It’s so versatile – you can make anything from breakfast to dessert and every meal (and snack) in between. I have lots of favorite recipes that I’ve created or followed from other recipe sites and cookbooks, but today I’m sharing some of my all-time favorites!

I have had a few slow cookers in my time. There are low end, inexpensive machines that are still work horses and there are super fancy, high-end expensive machines, too. I like to stay somewhere in the middle. My best advice is to keep it digital because it just makes it easier to control the temperature and timing. Also, make sure that you buy the size that you need. They run everywhere from 1.5 quarts (perfect for dips) to 6 quart (fits large roasts and perfect for family meals). Here are some great, highly-rated Slow Cookers for every budget:

Crock-Pot 4-Quart Manual Slow Cooker ($19.99) – Gets the job done with 3 manual temperature controls. just be sure to watch the time.

Cuisinart 3-in-1  Cook Central 6-Quart Multi Cooker – One of the highest rated Slow Cookers out there! Has oven features and also a browning function.

Calphalon 4-Quart Digital Slow Cooker – Has browning, steaming and other oven functions. Also monitors temperature of the contents.

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Shredded Chicken (to portion for recipes)

Easy and All-Purpose Shredded Chicken made in the slow cooker. Freeze in portions to use in all your favorite recipes! Flavorful, tender and juicy every time.

Slow Cooker Shepherd’s Pie


Blackberry Orange Barbecue Chicken


Chicken Fajitas

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajita Recipe - a delicious Mexican dinner recipe made easily in your Crockpot, with easy homemade Fajita seasoning!

Easy Carnitas

Easy Slow Cooker Carnitas - Tender pork cooks to melt in your mouth perfection in your crockpot!

Slow Cooker Chicken Stew

Slow Cooker Chicken Stew - a rich and hearty crockpot meal that is the perfect comfort food for a cold night.

Brown Sugar Teriyaki Pork

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar & Garlic Teriyaki Pork - Just a few ingredients make this crock pot meal a sure winner for your busy weeknight dinner. Just add rice and veggies for a complete meal!

Black Bean Soup

Two bowls of black bean soup on a table

Shredded Beef (for tacos and burritos)


Fajita Chicken & Rice

Fajita Chicken & Rice

Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Balsamic Chicken

Chicken on a blue plate

Kalua Pork

Kalua Pork 5

Asian Beef & Ramen Broth Bowls

Ramen in a blue bowl

Asian Style Drumsticks

Asian Chicken Drumsticks in the Slow Cooker are great as an appetizer or for a busy weeknight dinner.

Creamy Taco Ranch Chicken

Slow Cooker Creamy Fiesta Chicken 6

Mexican Beans

Slow Cooker Beans (4

Red Chile Beef

Slow Cooker Red Chile Beef 19

Raspberry Chipotle Chicken Sliders

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Pork Roast

Tender and flavorful, this Easy Pot Roast is a hit every time!

Creamy Corn

Slow Cooker Creamy Corn - Sweet corn in a creamy sauce, made easily in your slow cooker and perfect for Thanksgiving!

Mongolian Beef

A plate of beef, rice and broccoli


Slow Cooker Applesauce

Apple Spice Cake

This Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Spice Cake is just the right dessert for your holiday gatherings. It's sweet, with moist spice cake and tender, tart apples.

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Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Tamara L Jeanneret says:

    I just discovered your blog, and I love it already. I am cooking the refried beans today. Thank you for giving us such a wonderful site.

    I love to cook, and I recently retired. Yeah!!!!!