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You guys! I saw RAIN coming in the forecast! I know for non-Californians, that isn’t very exciting, but for me? Well I’m just about up to HERE with this triple digit heat. I don’t see serious rain, but I did see it mentioned and that means that fall is basically here.

Know what fall means? Crockpots & cozy, homemade meals. And I just love my crockpot more than an average person. I may or may not own three, with my eye on the new Pioneer Woman one since it’s just so dang cute!

Without further ado, a compilation of my most favorite crockpot meals as gathered on my Crockin’ It Pinterest board – many of which are starting to make their way into my monthly meal plan rotation:

  1. Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken: This meal is so simple and so elegant. It’s perfect for company, or if you are trying to meal plan for the whole week. Frugal and meal-planning tip: It’s a wonderful way to prepare a large amount of chicken for further recipes in the week.
  2. Mississippi Roast : When I first came across this recipe, I was skeptical. However, the reviews were so amazing, and people raved and raved about how good it was. So I was intrigued. Plus I love pepperoncinis and love an excuse to eat them. I know some people are anti pre-packaged things like Au Jus Gravy or Ranch seasoning. If that is the case, I think beef bouillon with a combination of onion, garlic, dill, and various “ranch” type flavors would work. However, I use them rarely, so I am ok with them in this recipe. Lastly, I added a little extra pepperoncini “juice” to the roast for that extra spicy, vinegary kick. Yum.
  3. Crock Pot Minestrone Soup:  I love soup. Talk about the ultimate comfort food. This soup is hearty, healthy, and delicious. My daughter loves all things “soup”, and this is a great way for me to get a few more veggies in her without her even realizing. Additionally, it can easily be converted to a delicious vegetarian option by using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. Pair this with some fresh, crusty bread, curl up next to the fire, and call it a perfect evening.
  4. Turkey Breast of Wonder:  This dish epitomizes fall, more specifically, Thanksgiving dinner. It is tender, delicious, and a great way to prepare a ton of meat for the week to use in later recipes when time gets tight.
  5. Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak: Salisbury Steak is a regular in our family rotation. Sometimes I mix it up by shaping the patties into meatballs (to keep the little one on her toes) and sometimes I cook and crumble the ground beef into a gravy. Sometimes I add mushrooms, sometimes I don’t. Your personal preference. Either way, it’s delicious over a bed of creamy mashed potatoes, or sometimes over hot rice.
  6. Crockpot Mashed Potatoes: This was one of my favorite cooking hacks I discovered. Crockpots are so amazing! Cooking the potatoes directly in the crockpot and not dealing with the huge pot of water, the draining, etc? Amazing. Another thing I love about this recipe is that it is super easy to customize to your personal preferences. Sometimes I like to add sour cream or cream cheese for a richer mashed potato. Other times, the addition of roasted garlic or chives make them ever so special. Sometimes I even add freshly grated parmesan. Yum. This side dish is wonderful because you can make it early, let it cook, prepare it and let it sit on warm until you are ready to serve it. I love that I can take advantage of a few spare minutes to prepare it and not worry about it during the hustle before dinner starts.
  7. Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken: I love it when I make a meal and the chicken gets super tender but so flavorful! This is a favorite in our household, especially with the kids. It pairs nicely with a bowl of steamed rice and maybe some yummy stir-fry veggies of choice.
  8. Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos: I LOVE this recipe. You all know how I feel about #tacotuesday. For me, it’s a way of life. Consequently, I love most Mexican influenced flavors, especially when it comes to chicken. This recipe is great for the base of chicken tacos, but it’s also delicious for enchiladas (yum….with a verde sauce!!) or chicken nachos.
  9. Crock Pot White Chicken ChiliBeans are one of the most frugal things you can make for dinner. I love their versatility. Sometimes I’m not in the mood for a slightly heavier, more acidic traditional chili and this White Chicken Chili really hits the spot. I love to top it with pepper-jack and pair it with grilled quesadillas. It is the perfect meal after a long and busy day at work.
  10. Slow Cooker Creamy Tuscan Chicken: Sometimes you just need a little decadence in your life, and this meal is it. It makes me feel better that it has spinach in it though {spinach = healthy}. It looks like it is super complicated, but a jar of your favorite Alfredo sauce is the backbone of this quick meal. Pair it with pasta and a salad, and you have a complete, rounded meal.
  11. Crockpot Bacon Ranch Potatoes: This is a huge hit in our house. If I’m making something on the grill like burgers or chicken, or even cooking up chicken tenders, this is a great side dish. I mean, how can you really go wrong with bacon, potatoes, and cheese?
  12. Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana: This is one of my most favorite soups for when the weather starts to change. If you have ever had this at Olive Garden, you’ll understand. The spiciness of the sausage and the rich, creaminess of the soup itself are so amazing with the potatoes and kale. I love this with fresh, hot, crusty bread. It’s enough to make me pretend it’s not going to be 96 today (dang summer just won’t give up) and throw it in the crockpot.

I have many, many more recipes on my Crockin It board, and more lists to come! What are your favorite slow cooker recipes?

Author: Erin

I'm doing what I can to provide the best life I can for my family. I love cooking & baking, homestead arts, DIY, and gardening {as well as coming up with projects for Mr. Wanderstead Husband!!}...but I love to explore the world around us too! We will figure out how to do it, and eat well while trying.

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13 thoughts on “12 of the BEST Cozy, Homemade, & EASY Slow-Cooker Meals for Welcoming Fall

  1. YAY! Thanks for this one, Erin! And, yes! we had rain this morning … and big thunder and lightening. The trees are starting to turn and it does feel falls.
    Thanks for the reminder about crock pot stuff. I tend to forget all about it but I see several on your list above that I want to try. Keep these ideas coming! xo

    Posted on September 13, 2017 at 6:27 pm
    1. Sounds like your fall weather is moving in quicker than ours. I’m jealous! But I know it will be here soon enough. The leaves were showering down yesterday.

      Posted on September 14, 2017 at 11:13 am
  2. I was reading this article with great interest when imagine my surprise to see it was written by the wonderful Erin!! Hey there Erin💕💕

    Posted on September 14, 2017 at 1:40 am
    1. Hi there!! I’m so glad you enjoyed the article!! It’s great to hear from you!

      Posted on September 14, 2017 at 11:11 am
  3. I love using my crockpot too!! This is a great list of recipes and I plan to try several of them. I like the different chicken recipes. I love eating chicken and am always looking for different ways to make it. The best part about the chicken dishes is that they allow you to do something bulk cooking!

    Posted on September 14, 2017 at 9:02 am
    1. Absolutely! One of my favorite things to use the crockpot for, especially with chicken! Let me know what you think!

      Posted on September 14, 2017 at 11:12 am
  4. Love all these great recipes! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Posted on September 14, 2017 at 1:33 pm
    1. Thanks! Get cooking and let me know what you think 🙂

      Posted on September 14, 2017 at 7:22 pm
  5. Looks great Erin… A diverse collection of yumminess…and the website and photos look fab also…Re: mashed potatoes…Who boils in a vat of water ?? I have always steamed the cut up potatoes…It is faster and less mess than boiling and the potatoes are not waterlogged…and that means you can add more cream, butter, cheese or whatever. MMMmmmmm

    And yes, fall is definitely happening..Wild berries are picked, tomatoes are reasonable and plentiful at the Farmer’s Market and it’s time for jam and chutney making…

    Posted on September 14, 2017 at 5:14 pm
    1. Thank you for the kind words! And oh my goodness, I never thought to steam potatoes, what a great idea! I’ll try that tonight, as mashed potatoes are on the menu 🙂

      Posted on September 14, 2017 at 7:20 pm
  6. I can’t wait to try all of these! The white bean chili looks amazing. I have a great recipe I made once and can’t find it again. It’s probably buried in my Pinterest board, lol! Always love your recipe reviews. I know I can come here when I can’t figure out what to make. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Posted on September 15, 2017 at 12:18 pm
    1. Thank you! That white bean chili IS amazing. I think you’ll like it a lot. Let me know what you think!

      Posted on September 15, 2017 at 12:24 pm
  7. Can’t wait to try at least half of these!!

    Posted on September 19, 2017 at 4:23 pm