Ever wish you could send out a dinner distress call? Help! I need a last-minute weeknight dinner! Or easy appetizers. Or an impressive dessert. No matter the mealtime emergency, your slow cooker is here to rescue you.


App for a Crowd

Problem: You need an easy appetizer that feeds a crowd.

  Solution: Sweet Chile Hot Wings 

Dinner Party Dish

Problem: You need a dinner-party dish but can't spend all day in the kitchen.

  Solution: Slow-Cooker Paella

Slow-Cooker Paella

Simple Sweet Ending

Problem: You're having friends over and forgot about dessert.

  Solution: Spiced Wine-Poached Pears

Spiced Wine-Poached Pears

Stew Upgrade

Problem: You'd like a hearty slow-cooker stew that's not chili.

  Solution: Sausage, Bean & Spinach Stew

Sausage, Bean & Spinach Stew

Tons of Versatility

Problem: You need a do-ahead dish that you can quickly turn into different dinners.

  Solution: Low & Slow Chipotle Maple Beef gets transformed into three totally unique dinner recipes.

Low & Slow Chipotle-Maple Beef

Dinner 1

Sesame Beef Noodle Bowl: Toss cooked flat rice noodles (sometimes called pad Thai noodles) with some of the shredded beef. Pour some of the braising liquid over the noodles. Drizzle the noodles with sesame oil and soy sauce, then top with a handful of bean sprouts and thinly sliced scallions.

Low & Slow Chipotle-Maple Beef

Dinner 2

Smoky Beef Tacos: Serve the pulled beef with warm corn tortillas and your favorite taco toppings. (We used diced avocado, diced white onion and little chopped cilantro).

Smoky Beef Tacos

Dinner 3

Beef Ravioli with Sage Butter: Lay wonton wrappers on a work surface; brush with water. Spoon a tablespoon of beef on each wrapper. Top each with another wrapper, pinching the edges to seal in the filling. Simmer the ravioli in salted boiling water until tender, about 3 minutes. Meanwhile, melt butter for a sauce in a skillet over medium heat. Add a handful of sage leaves and cook until the sage is crispy and the butter browns, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sage to a plate. Transfer the ravioli to the skillet; season and toss with the sauce. Serve with the sage and shaved parmesan.

Beef Ravioli with Sage Butter

More Slow-Cooker Recipes!

From chicken & dumplings to pudding cake, you can throw almost anything in a crock-pot for delicious, slow simmered flavor.