Crock Pot recipe ideas, tips, tricks, and accessories

We kicked off Slow Cooker Week last winter, but honestly, our favorite comfort food kitchen appliance shines all year long. To see why we love it so much, check out the best Crock-Pot recipes, tips, and tricks below.

Plus, the best slow cookers to buy and intel on how to care for your Crock-Pot (and Instant Pot too).

Jump to specific areas of interest via the links below, or keep scrolling to see everything:

Slow Cooker Tips, Tricks & Trivia

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Sure, it seems simple, but there are ways to optimize your slow cooker’s performance—and some things you should never do with a Crock-Pot.

The Best Slow Cookers to Buy

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Whether you’re looking for something basic, high-tech, or just pretty enough to sit out on the counter all year, we’ve got you covered—and we’ve used hard data (ratings, reviews, and detailed specs) as well as more philosophical criteria.

Essential Slow Cooker Accessories

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Make the utmost of your slow cooker with the right accessories, including cookbooks and simmer sauces.

Stand-Out Slow Cooker Recipes

Crock Pot recipe tips

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Slow cookers are perfect for comfort food like big batches of hearty meats and stews, but they’re good for a lot more than that, from summer dishes (when it’s too hot to turn on the oven) to desserts!

Instant Pot Intel

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Yes, your Instant Pot is primarily a pressure cooker, but it functions as a slow cooker too. Here’s what you need to know about using it as one, and cleaning it up afterward—plus, a few other tips and tricks.

Instant Pot Recipes

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Much as we love slow cooking, sometimes it’s just not an option—and those times, we’re glad we have the Instant Pot. Here are some of our favorite quick Instant Pot recipes, because sometimes you just can’t wait for hours. Your slow cooker will understand.

Jen is an editor at Chowhound. Raised on scrapple and blue crabs, she hails from Baltimore, Maryland, but has lived in Portland (Oregon) for so long it feels like home. She enjoys the rain, reads, writes, eats, and cooks voraciously, and stops to pet every stray cat she sees. Continually working on building her Gourmet magazine collection, she will never get over its cancellation. Read more of her work.
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