A rack of slow cooker ribs on a cutting board with four single ribs cut off.
Keller + Keller
1 of 12

Slow Cooker Ribs

These slow cooker ribs will feed a crowd and leave your oven free with these lip-smacking beauties.
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A tray of unbaked bbq meatballs with a set of measuring spoons beside it and a bowl of barbecue sauce in the background.
Jerrelle Guy
2 of 12

BBQ Meatballs

These BBQ meatballs are tossed in the crockpot or oven (translation: no stovetop spattering to clean up) and slathered in a homemade molasses barbecue sauce. Here's how to make them.
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A bowl of shredded beef chili with sweet potatoes on a plate containing a spoon, two lime wedges, and cilantro leaves.
Izy Hossack
3 of 12

Shredded Beef Chili With Sweet Potatoes

This shredded beef chili with sweet potatoes, can be made in the oven or slow cooker. Loaded with tender braised beef, sweet potatoes, beans, peppers, and tomatoes, it’s the answer to all your chili dreams.
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Three slow cooker French dip sandwiches on a cutting board
Stephen DeVries
4 of 12

Slow Cooker French Dip

These tender slow cooker French dips are so simple to make that you'll be having them every week. Flank steak is so underrated but this recipe will show you just how incredible it is. And don't forget the pickled onions!
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Two bowls of Instant Pot chicken gumbo in a metal tray with spoons, some cubes of bread, and chopped parsley sprinkled on top.
Tieghan Gerard
5 of 12

Creole Chicken Gumbo

This Instant Pot chicken gumbo is a comforting one-pot meal made with chicken thighs, andouille sausage, peppers, tomatoes, and a truly Creole blend of spices. It can also be made in the slow cooker.
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Romulo Yanes
6 of 12

Carnitas ~ Mexican Braised Pork

This old-school carnitas–pork shoulder simmered with onion, garlic, bay leaf, and orange until falling-apart tender and crispy–is excellent in burritos, tacos, or on its own. And it can be made in an Instant Pot or slow cooker.
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A bowl of pork, avocado, and hominy in a red broth on a cutting board with tortilla chips.
Stephen Kent-Johnson
7 of 12

Slow Cooker Pork Posole

Slow cooker pork posole is sorta a cheater’s version of authentic Mexican posole, a stew of sorts made with pork, hominy, onions, garlic, and all the traditional toppings. About the only thing missing is the constant need to tend it on the stovetop.
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Leela Cyd
8 of 12

Pork Tacos

These pork tacos, made with pork, beer, spices, and soft tortillas, are wicked tender and almost like tacos al pastor. Slather, bite, repeat.
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A cast iron pot filled with braised short rib chili with a bowl of diced onion on the side and a handful of cilantro.
Eva Kolenko
9 of 12

Short Rib Chili

This short rib chili recipe is made with luxuriously rich braised beef and is easy to make on the stovetop or in the slow cooker. It’s the best.
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A slow cooker insert filled with shredded slow cooker pulled pork.
Pete
10 of 12

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

This slow cooker pulled pork is easy to make with pork shoulder, aka pork butt, onion, beer, sugar, and spices, and it capably feeds a crowd. (Just be certain to stash some in the back of the fridge so you have leftovers.)
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A person assembling a slow cooker barbacoa taco with a pot of shredded barbacoa meat, a small dish of onions, a bottle of hot sauce, and some cilantro around the taco plate.
Jody Horton
11 of 12

Barbacoa Tacos

These slow-cooker barbacoa tacos, filled with tender shredded meat, onions, salsa, limes, hot sauce, and cilantro is perfect comfort food any time of the day.
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A pottery bowl of slow-cooker beef chili from Skinnytaste, topped with tortilla chips, cilantro, red onions, and cheese.
12 of 12

Skinnytaste’s Slow Cooker Beef Chili

This slow cooker beef chili, from Skinnytaste, is easy as can be to make, satisfying beyond words to taste. All you do is dump the familiar chili ingredients in a crockpot. And just like that, dinner is done.
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About David Leite

David Leite has received three James Beard Awards for his writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.


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