15 things you didn’t know you could make in a Crock-Pot

One slow cooker, so many possibilities.

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One slow cooker, so many possibilities.
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  • Slow cookers can make more than just soups.
  • Desserts like brownies, cheesecake, and chocolate chip cookie bars can be made in a Crock-Pot, too.
  • Crock-Pot mulled wine and party dips make entertaining easy.

Hearty stews that spend hours simmering in a Crock-Pot keep cooking simple. But there are lots of other easy dishes you can make in a slow cooker that aren’t soup – including desserts, warm beverages, and party dips.

Here are 15 things you probably didn’t know you could make in a slow cooker.


Stuffed peppers

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Stuffed peppers topped with cheese.
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With a slow cooker, you can stuff the peppers and forget about them until dinner time. No. 2 Pencil’s recipe recommends filling them with ground beef, enchilada sauce, cheese, rice, and more diced peppers.


Crisp and cobbler desserts

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Apple crisp a la mode.
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Kitchn’s recipe for slow cooker apple crisp recommends placing paper towel underneath the lid of the slow cooker to keep the topping crisp and crunchy.


Green beans

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Green beans with lemon.
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You can use the same green bean recipe as any stove top version.


Fruit sauces and butters

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Homemade applesauce.
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Slow cookers are great for working with non-delicate fruits and vegetables. According to Kitchn, slow cooker applesauce is a great way to use mealy apples that are about to go bad.


Dips

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A bowl of spinach artichoke dip.
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Taco dip, corn dip, spinach artichoke dip, and more party favorites can all be made in a slow cooker.


Brownies

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Brownie squares.
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Martha Stewart’s slow cooker brownie recipe produces 14 delicious squares.


Lasagna

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Layers of lasagna.
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According to Betty Crocker, lasagna needs four to six hours in a slow cooker to come out perfectly layered and gooey.


Pineapple upside down cake

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Pineapple upside down cake topped with cherries.
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Making Betty Crocker’s pineapple upside down cake in a slow cooker saves oven space when cooking for a crowd.


Oatmeal

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Oatmeal with fruit and nuts.
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Well Plated by Erin’s oatmeal recipe uses steel cut oats that steep overnight in a slow cooker so that you can wake up to a hearty breakfast.


Cheesecake

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A slice of cheesecake.
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Crock Pot cheesecake is possible with a small bowl or springform pan that can fit inside your slow cooker, according to Crockpot Ladies.


Quinoa

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Quinoa salad.
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FoodFanatic recommends adding beans, corn, chickpeas, and peppers to quinoa and cooking it on high for three to four hours.


Mulled cider or wine

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Mulled cider.
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Mulled cider takes just two hours to make in a slow cooker, according to Tasty Kitchen.


Pulled meats

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A pulled pork sandwich.
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Pulled pork and pulled chicken are at their most tender when prepared in a slow cooker.


Chocolate chip cookie bars

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A chocolate chip cookie square.
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Lining the slow cooker with foil keeps the chocolate chip cookie bars from sticking to the pot, The Stay At Home Chef writes.


Mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes can be made the night before,” chef and founder of The Epicurean Connection Sheana Davis previously told INSIDER. “Place them in the Crock-Pot, turn on low in the morning and keep warm until serving. It frees up your stove top. You can also thin the mixture with milk or cream if they get too thick from the heat.”

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