There's nothing like the slow cooker to make dinner easy, but during the week it can still be rough to get a home-cooked meal on the table. Happily, with only 20 minutes of prep required (or less!), these easy crock pot recipes make cooking practically effortless. Dump in your ingredients and a few hours later you'll be dining in style.
While you need a trio of eggs, heavy cream, and chives for this 5-minute recipe, you can swap the mushrooms for your favorite veggie. (via Brit + Co)
Only a little more complicated then opening a can of the condensed stuff, this slow-cooker chicken noodle soup recipe gives you way more bang for your buck. (via Brit + Co)
Rich, smokey, savory, and sweet, baked beans can be a meal in themselves. Just pair with some B&M brown bread and you've got dinner. (via Brit + Co)
Cheese gives each bite of these chicken meatballs a ooey, gooey mouthfeel. Top them on spaghetti for a complete dinner. (via 3-Step Slow Cooker Cookbook; photo via Jennifer Blume)
Beer at once flavors and tenderizes the meat in these tacos. Skip the salsa recipe and opt for store-bought to make this recipe even quicker. (via Fiestas: Tidbits, Margaritas & More; photo via Isabella Martinez-Funcke)
You don't need a grill to enjoy barbecue. The slow-cooker simmers ribs in a tangy sauce until they're falling off the bone. Blast them under the broiler right before serving to add irresistible caramelized notes to your meal. (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)
Citrusy, smokey, and spicy slow-cooked chicken forms the backbone of these tacos. Spoon it into warmed corn tortillas, then add your favorite toppings. (via Half Baked Harvest)
We love how versatile this recipe is. Add the sausage and peppers to hoagie rolls for lunch, mix with marinara for an Italian dinner, and chop up the leftovers to add to your omelet for breakfast the next morning. (via The Life Jolie)
Cuban-style shredded beef swimming in a sauce of chiles, tomato, cumin, and oregano is flavorful enough to stand on its own. If you have a little extra time, it's even better when added to a bowl of beans, rice, and plantains. (via The Roasted Root)
Skip the delivery fees and make a batch of honey garlic slow-cooker chicken this weekend instead. By the time you get back from drinks with the girls, you'll have a craveable dinner waiting for you in your Crock-Pot. (via Family Food on the Table)
Once you give these pork and pineapple tacos a try, you just may find yourself craving them over and over again. Good news for you, making the meat in a slow-cooker means they're practically effortless to whip up. (via Gimme Some Oven)
It doesn't get easier than a four — yes four!! — ingredient dinner. Just combine egg noodles, Campbell's cream of mushroom, yogurt, and beef, and then let it stew! (via Brit + Co)
A little cooking wine can go a long way! This tasty and very simple slow-cooker recipe will keep you healthy without the cooking stress. (via Brit + Co)
The only thing better than stovetop mac is the slow-cooker version. It's hard to believe that our favorite comfort food could be even creamier and cheesier. (via Brit + Co)
We love when dinner is quick and easy, making these recipes perfect for your next weeknight dinner! We love how these recipes take advantage of seasonal ingredients and recipes that make your crock pot a year-round part of your cooking routine.
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Justina Huddleston is a food writer living in Los Angeles. When she's not busy writing, she spends her time in the kitchen creating both virtuous and decidedly junky vegan food. Buffalo chickpea pizza, anyone? She's also been known to eat a plain block of tofu or beans straight out of the can for lunch, but somehow those culinary adventures don't make it to her Instagram. You can follow Justina on Twitter or see what's cooking in her kitchen on her blog, A Life of Little Pleasures.