One brilliant thing about crockpot cooking is the scale. You put a bunch of things in, wait the requisite number of hours, and you’re rewarded with a big crock of something delicious, plenty for a party. If the party is more like a party of two, don’t despair. Another brilliant thing about slow cookers is the extraordinary leftovers they generate. Here are 9 leftover-friendly beauties.
1. Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
A smoky ham bone, some aromatic vegetables, a bit of chicken broth—combine these with a few handfuls of dried split peas and you’ll get a comforting Sunday soup followed by a few days of even more flavorful leftovers. Get our Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup recipe.
2. Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut
The perfect Sunday dinner, a complex assemblage of kielbasa sausage, country-style ribs, potatoes, and homemade sauerkraut. As the week progresses, though, it becomes a simple source of delicious leftovers. Get our Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut recipe.
3. Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo
Filipino adobo is meant to be a dish that lingers, picking up more and more flavor as it sits. This crockpot version’s raison d’être is a fridge full of Tupperware containers. Get our Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo recipe.
4. Slow Cooker Beef Stew
The great thing about beef stew is that it’s as good cold as it is steaming hot. That means you can make up a batch on the weekend and continue eating it during the week, even if the weather turns balmy. Get our Slow Cooker Beef Stew recipe.
5. Easy Slow Cooker Chili
The slow cooker wasn’t invented specifically for chili, but it might as well have been. The slowly-simmered weekend chili ritual becomes even more golden when it yields a few meals for later in the week. Get our Easy Slow Cooker Chili recipe.
6. Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Olives and Fennel
Versatility is the beauty of this recipe. Eat it hot on Sunday, then shred the chicken, chop the vegetable elements, and make it into an amazing sandwich spread for weekday lunches. Get our Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Olives and Fennel recipe.
7. Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches
Backyard barbecue sandwiches shouldn’t be history once the party’s over. This rich, tender filling tastes even better as leftovers later in the week. Get our Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches recipe.
8. Slow Cooker Chicken Soup
If chicken soup is for the soul, then your soul should be happy all week. This comforting recipe just gets better and better every time it’s reheated. Get our Slow Cooker Chicken Soup recipe.
9. Slow Cooker Chicken Chile Verde
Tomatillos and high-flavor poblano peppers are the perfect vibrant partners for chicken in this easy crockpot recipe that goes on tasting great when Sunday turns to Monday. Get our Slow Cooker Chicken Chile Verde recipe.