15 Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes | Gimme Some Oven (2024)


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It’s that time of year again. The time when we sadly bid all those lovely summer tomatoes adieu, and turn on the slow cooker. As summer fades into fall and the nights grow cooler, there isn’t much more comforting than coming home after a long day’s work to a house permeated with the smell of dinner simmering away.

These one-pot dishes are perfect week night go-to’s because they practically make themselves. I like to call recipes like these “hibernation food.” They’re warm, filling, and satisfying, and the best part is you can do just about all your prep in the morning or the night before, so you barely have anything to mess with later.

I’ve scavenged high and low for 15 of the best slow cooker suppers in the food blogosphere, and wrangled recipes like buffalo chicken pasta, turkey chili baked potatoes, and butternut squash soup with maple roasted chickpeas. Hope you guys enjoy, and happy slow-cooking!

(Also, if you’re looking for more slow cooker recipes, be sure to follow Ali’s slow cooker recipes board on Pinterest!)

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posted on September 21, 2014 by Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven

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Hayley Putnam lives to eat, and loves writing, particularly about food! She contributes to Foodie Crush, and also bakes and blogs for her own little nook of the food blogosphere,Tiptoes in the Kitchen.She lives in Greensboro, N.C., with her husband Jay and their four-legged furry daughter, Luma. You can also find Hayley on Pinterest and Instagram.

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22 comments on “15 Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes”

  1. Emily @ Life on Food September 21, 2014 @ 7:21 am Reply

    Love it! Pinned for later.

  2. Kare @ Kitchen Treaty September 21, 2014 @ 8:10 am Reply

    Thanks so much for including my Pasta e fa*gioli soup recipe! The slow cooker rules all.

  3. Julie @ Table for Two September 21, 2014 @ 9:26 am Reply

    I’ve been using my slow cooker so much lately – this is giving me some new great ideas! Thanks for including mine in the round up :) xo

  4. Summer September 21, 2014 @ 10:53 am Reply

    Finally – a bunch of slow cooker recipes where everything doesn’t turn to colorless mush! Thank you!

  5. Maria September 21, 2014 @ 10:54 am Reply

    I think I need to bust out our slow cooker! Thanks for including our soup! xo

  6. Heidi @foodiecrush September 21, 2014 @ 10:58 am Reply

    It’s certainly that time of year! Hayley found some goodies.

  7. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons September 21, 2014 @ 11:31 am Reply

    Definitely time to dust off my slow cooker. Thanks so much for including one of my recipes :)

  8. Millie l Add A Little September 21, 2014 @ 11:44 am Reply

    Slow cookers are such a must during the warmer months! Love the round up!

  9. A Young Wife September 21, 2014 @ 12:44 pm Reply

    Thank you for rounding these up! I love your teriyaki chicken and I have been wanting to try the Salsa Verde. All these recipes look so great! We have been living off our crockpot the last few weeks, thanks for some new recipes to try!

  10. Lee September 21, 2014 @ 2:09 pm Reply

    SLOW COOKER <3 Thanks for linking up! #youdabest

  11. Lori @ RecipeGirl September 21, 2014 @ 3:44 pm Reply

    Great roundup! I need to try them all soon!

  12. Joanna September 21, 2014 @ 3:45 pm Reply

    I’ve just finished making apple jam in my clowcooker! Tesco delivery man complimented me on beautiful smell from my kitchen. Now, time for more! Thanks for the ideas!

  13. Tiffany@CremedelaCrumb September 21, 2014 @ 11:17 pm Reply

    Ali this is such a great roundup of amazing slow cooking recipes! Thanks for including my General Tso’s Chicken! :)

  14. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl September 22, 2014 @ 8:31 am Reply

    I am on a slow cooker roll lately – I can’t stop using it!! Love these ideas – I am so ready for warm comfort foods!

  15. Jennifer @ Crockpot Gourmet September 22, 2014 @ 8:55 am Reply

    What a delicious looking roundup! Will be trying out some new recipes for sure! Thanks for including my buffalo chicken pasta :)

  16. Kathy September 22, 2014 @ 11:14 am Reply

    Beautiful photos! I have bookmarked your site.

  17. Natalie | Paper & Birch September 22, 2014 @ 12:32 pm Reply

    It is that time of year! Great round up Hayley! I’m going to make that Salsa Verde Chicken this week :)

  18. Danielle Wooding @ New England Daughter September 22, 2014 @ 2:46 pm Reply

    Great round up. I was really happy to see so many slowcooker recipes that aren’t completely carb based.

  19. Mondo | I bake he shoots September 23, 2014 @ 9:50 pm Reply

    I’ve been meaning to get out my crockpot so I can “set it and forget it.” thanks for the inspiration.

  20. Kim Holland August 10, 2015 @ 10:10 am Reply

    I just want to say that I love this site!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven August 12, 2015 @ 3:55 pm

      Thank you Kim, we’re glad to hear you’re a fan! :)

  21. Rose Martine February 6, 2020 @ 4:31 am Reply

    This looks tasty but might I suggest that you swap cage-free organic for pastured organic. From what I know, it seems like a kinder option!
    rose martine

15 Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes | Gimme Some Oven (2024)


Can I use an oven instead of a slow cooker? ›

In comparison, when using an oven as a slow cooker, you'll typically set the temperature between 325°F (similar to the low setting) and 375°F (resembling the high setting). Opt for a heavy, oven-safe pot with a tight-fitting lid, like a Staub or Le Creuset Dutch oven, to mimic the moisture retention of a slow cooker.

What is the equivalent oven temperature for a slow cooker? ›

For low setting, divide the time by 4 and bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. For high setting, divide the time by 2 and bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are converting an oven recipe to crock pot, multiply the baking time by 2 or 4 depending on the heat setting you want to use.

Can you slow cook in an oven? ›

You can use an oven as a slow cooker alternative. The temperature of a slow cooker is about 80 C on low and 90 ºC on high. At such low temperatures an oven will function a lot less well. If you use the oven as an alternative slow cooker, you will have to adjust the preparation a bit for many slow cooker recipes.

What temperature do you slow cook meat in the oven? ›


Best cooked at 150-170C, recipes that require slow-roasting are trickier to control using a domestic oven. Brown the joint first to give it a bit of colour, cook it covered on low, then turn up the heat at the end to brown the meat.

Is it cheaper to slow cook in oven or slow cooker? ›

Slow cookers typically cost less to run than an oven. They won't necessarily save you money compared with using an induction hob, or even a gas hob. Making exact comparisons is difficult, because there can be lots of variables, such as the type of hob and how you use it.

How long to cook in slow cooker vs oven? ›

Cooking Conversions for Slow Cookers
Traditional Oven or Stovetop LowLow Slow Cooker Setting (about 200°F)High Slow Cooker Setting (about 300°F)
15-30 minutes4-6 hours1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hours
35-45 minutes6-8 hours3-4 hours
50 minutes- 3 hours8-10 hours4-6 hours
Dec 8, 2016

What can I use if I don't have a slow cooker? ›

To mimic a slow cooker, you can use a dutch oven or covered casserole dish in a very low oven preheated to 200° Fahrenheit (United States) or 95° Celsius. Some new wall ovens and ranges include a preset “slow cook” function, then automatically switch to “keep warm” when the cooking time is over.

Is 3 hours on high the same as 6 on low crockpot? ›

If a recipe calls for cooking on the HIGH setting for three hours, you can cook it for seven hours on the LOW setting instead. Or if a recipe calls for eight hours on HIGH, it can be cooked for up to 12 hours on LOW.

How do you replicate a slow cooker in the oven? ›

You should always check your meat with a thermometer before pulling it out of the oven.
  1. 4-6 hours low (2-3 hours high) in slow cooker = 15-30 minutes in oven.
  2. 6-8 hours low (3-4 hours high) in slow cooker = 35-45 minutes in oven.
  3. 8-12 hours low (4-6 hours high) in slow cooker = 1-3 hours in oven.
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What is a very slow oven? ›

Standard phrases
Table of equivalent oven temperatures
Very slow oven250 °F120 °C
Slow oven300–325 °F150–160 °C
Moderately slow325–350 °F160–180 °C
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Does the bottom of the oven cook slower? ›

Most (if not all) ovens are hotter at the top than at the bottom. Thus, if you have two baking sheets in your oven, one on a higher rack and one on a lower rack, the one on the higher rack will cook faster. Therefore, it is important not only to rotate your pans from front to back, but also from top to bottom.

Can you slow cook meat at 200 degrees? ›

Preheat oven to 200°. Place roast on a wire rack set inside a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of meat registers 118°–120° for medium-rare, about 2½ hours. Let rest 1 hour (internal temperature will continue to climb to 125°–130°).

Is it safe to cook meat at 250 degrees? ›

Some people worry that cooking foods at a low temperature for a long time in a slow cooker or in a slow oven is unhealthful. But it's OK. Cooking meat for four hours at 250 degrees does not present a health risk and will not “incubate” bacteria. Commercial slow-cookers heat at between 200 and 300 degrees.

How long to cook meat at 400 degrees? ›

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Rub steak with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Transfer steak to the oven and roast for 10-12 minutes, or until desired doneness is reached. Let the steak rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

What is a good substitute for a slow cooker? ›

While a slow cooker offers convenience, it's not the only route to slow cooking. With alternative methods like Dutch ovens, stovetop simmering, oven baking, pressure cooking, and utilising crockery, you can still savour the joys of slow-cooked meals. The results will be worth the wait.

What if I don't have a slow cooker? ›

Originally Answered: What can be used as a substitute for a crock pot? As long as you are relatively familiar with the heat characteristics of your stove-top, or even oven, you can go ahead and use a regular old cooking pot with a lid. A casserole dish covered with foil in a low temperature oven will work fine too.

How do you slow cook meat in the oven? ›

Place roast on rack inside a roasting pan, or something deep and wide, if you don't have a roaster. Place roast in oven at temperature for 1 hour. after the hour, turn temperature down to 200 and let site for about 4 hours. This will net you a medium to rare roast with a flavourful outer cuts.


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