20 Slow Cooker Meals for Families

Weeks are crazy, especially with the kids in school and activities and just general errands. To make things easier, we're sharing 50 of our favorite slow cooker meals that we know your family will love.

Chicken and Dumplings

This chicken and dumpling recipe is a piece of cake. You don't even have to be an expert to make these dumplings. 

Portobella Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe

If you like mushroom and chicken, you'll definitely be a fan of this recipe. It only takes 6 hours on low or 4 hours on high and has 4 ingredients. 

Cheesy Tortellini

Tortellini is a yummy pasta treat, and this slow cooker recipe will have everyone begging for more. 

Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce

This pasta sauce takes about 8 hours in a slow cooker and is perfect to sit at home all day while you're at work soaking up flavor, then just take a few minutes to make pasta when you get home and serve it.

Beef Barley Soup

This beef and barley soup takes just a few minutes of prep time and then you cook it on low for 6 hours and have something to keep you warm.

Chicken Tikka Masala

This yummy recipe and favorite for many people when they go out to dinner takes 5-7 hours when cooked on low or 2.5 - 3.5 hours when cooked on high. 

Guinness Beef Stew

This traditional Irish recipe is packed with flavor and you don't have much prep work, but you will have a scrumptious meal.

Braised Beef Ragu with Polenta

You can make the polenta ahead of time or in the time it takes to shred the beef after it's been cooking for 8 hours. It doesn't take much time to make and really completes this meal

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Lime Curry

If you're looking for a hearty vegetarian meal, this one one will definitely be satisfying. It's easy and delicious and you just set it for 8-10 hours and it's ready to eat.

Slow Cooker Ribs

Cooking this on low for 8 hours will give you incredibly tender ribs, not to mention this recipe includes an incredibly easy BBQ sauce. 

Chili Mac n Cheese

This chili mac n cheese isn't too spicy but tastes great, you can put it on in the morning and 8 hours later it's ready to eat. 

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Make this pulled pork to eat on its own or serve it as pulled pork sandwiches, either way it tastes great. 

Broccoli Mac n Cheese

This recipe only takes about 2 1/2 hours in a slow cooker so it's nice that while you're milling around the house or doing other things you can just set it and forget it. 

Teriyaki Chicken Quinoa and Veggies

This slow cooker recipe is a great take on teriyaki chicken with the addition of quinoa. 

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

If someone's sick or it's a generally cold day, this chicken soup is the perfect remedy. 

Thai Chicken with Peanut Sauce

Cook this recipe on low for 6-8 hours and you'll have excellent and tender thai chicken. 

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies

A complete meal filled with veggies in one pot isn't always easy to make, but this recipe does a fantastic job of combining and cooking the ingredients together.

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

Who doesn't love a good serving of orange chicken and rice? This recipe is great because it requires minimal ingredients and you just set it and forget it.

Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs

Looking for some incredibly tender meatballs that don't require oven or stovetop cooking? This recipe is really easy, and the sauce is delicious.

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

This delectable recipe for butter chicken can be served with raita, naan and mango chutney. 

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