Top 20 CrockPot Meals

When my friend Chris asked me recently for CrockPot meal recommendations, I realized I didn’t have an easy list to hand over. I’ve shared CrockPot recipes over the years, but they’re not all in one place.

I went through and easily picked out 20 meals that I’ve made multiple times (I’ve made some of the recipes dozens of times each). Many of these recipes link back to the original authors. Whenever I link to a blog post that’s not my own, I’ve listed any adaptations that I make while cooking.

All 20 recipes are gluten free. Due to a thyroid condition, I’ve been eating mostly gluten-free for almost three years. (I never cook with gluten at home, but every once in a while I’ll eat gluten outside the house if it’s something special.) Even if you’re not gluten-free, I promise you won’t miss it in these recipes.

Following the gluten-free theme, most of these recipes (minus stuff like the chili and soups) have generally been served with either brown rice or brown rice pasta at my house.

In addition, the first 11 recipes are Paleo (minus the rice and pasta, of course). I’m not 100% Paleo but I do try to follow the eating recommendations as much as I can.

As you can see, I’m a big fan of the slow cooker. Looking at these recipes might lead you to believe that it’s all I use, but I assure you that’s not the case. It is, however, a treasured tool in my kitchen arsenal.

In random order:

#1: CrockPot Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Although these recipes are in random order, I had to list this one first because I’m sure I’ve made this dish more than all the others. It’s super easy to put together and tastes great.

You can add a can of black beans (drained) and corn (I use frozen) if you’re not Paleo and want to bulk it up a bit. I’ve done this in the past. (Shown here served over cabbage, but I usually eat it by itself.)

CrockPot Pumpkin Turkey Chili

#2: CrockPot Chicken Curry with Sweet Potatoes, Tomato and Raisins

Changes: 1) I use 2 lbs chicken instead of three, 2) Use 1/2 can full-fat coconut milk instead of yogurt; 3) Don’t add agave nectar.

#3: CrockPot Pork Ragu

Changes: 1) I don’t sear the pork in advance (I just add the meat and spices directly to the CrockPot); 2) I usually don’t add grated carrots.

#4: CrockPot Mexican Pulled Pork Tacos

Changes: 1) I use a 2-lb pork tenderloin but don’t double the amount of sauce; 2) Don’t add brown sugar.

CrockPot Mexican Pulled Pork Tacos

#5: CrockPot Chicken & Pumpkin Curry with Apple & Sweet Potatoes

Changes: 1) I use chicken breast instead of thighs; 2) Don’t add coconut sugar or spinach; 3) Only add one sweet potato (instead of three).

#6: CrockPot Thai Chicken Stew

I changed this one quite a bit because it started out as a beef stew recipe (see original link).

Changes: 1) Use 2 lb chicken breast (cut into small pieces) instead of beef; 2) Didn’t cook meat or veggies in advance (just dumped it all in the CrockPot at once); 3) Didn’t add jicama or carrots, but I did add a 1-lb bag of frozen broccoli (thawed, then added to the CrockPot at end of cooking time).

CrockPot Thai Chicken Stew

#7: Crockpot Mango Chicken Coconut Curry

Changes: 1) I use 2 lb chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces; 2) Don’t add honey or fennel (I’m fine with fennel but I have a hard time finding it at my grocery store).

#8: CrockPot Red Curry Pork with Pickles

This is another recipe I’ve made dozens of times. Only a few ingredients but great flavor.

CrockPot Red Curry Pork with Pickles

#9: CrockPot Mocha-Rubbed Pork Loin

This is another recipe where I changed the type of meat the recipe called for (I used pork but the original recipe called for beef).

Changes: 1) I use 2 lb pork tenderloin; 2) Don’t add Aleppo pepper to seasoning mix; 3) Use chicken broth instead of beef broth; 4) Substitute dates for the figs.

#10: CrockPot Chicken Tikka Masala

Changes: I make this with coconut milk and use dried cilantro instead of fresh.

#11: CrockPot Creamy Red Shrimp & Tomato Curry

CrockPot Creamy Red Shrimp and Tomato Curry

#12: CrockPot White Bean Chicken Chili with Zucchini

CrockPot White Bean Chicken Chili with Zucchini

#13: CrockPot Caribbean Pork Chili

Changes: I don’t add the optional chipotle chile pepper or red onion shards.

CrockPot Caribbean Pork Chili

#14: CrockPot Pork Tenderloin with Spicy Peanut Sauce

I make this recipe easier by whisking the sauce ingredients together rather than using a food processor. Less dishes!

Changes: 1) I use a 2-lb pork tenderloin, seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic powder; 2) Use 15-oz can tomato sauce (instead of 1/4 cup); 3) Use tamari (or coconut aminos) instead of soy sauce; 4) Don’t add sugar/splenda.

CrockPot Pork Tenderloin with Spicy Peanut Sauce

#15: CrockPot Minestrone Soup

CrockPot Minestrone Soup

#16: CrockPot Moroccan Lentil Soup

Changes: I use regular lentils instead of red lentil and dried parsley/cilantro instead of fresh.

#17: CrockPot Pork & Edamame Soup

CrockPot Pork & Edamame Soup with Rice Noodles

#18: CrockPot Indian Butter Chicken

I promise this tastes much better than it looks.

CrockPot Indian Butter Chicken

#19: Crockpot White Chicken Chili

#20: CrockPot Turkey Pasta with Spinach and Mushrooms

CrockPot Turkey Pasta with Spinach and Mushrooms

Have you tried any of these? Will you?

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  • Reply FitMomPam December 17, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Thanks for featuring our recipe! I linked your post to our FB page so hopefully more people will see it!

    • Reply Zandria December 17, 2014 at 10:19 am

      Thank you, Pam! I very much appreciate that.

  • Reply Elissa December 17, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    I finally bought a replacement crock pot today. I haven’t had one in over a year! 🙂

    • Reply Zandria December 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      I can’t believe you waited so long! I would be running out to the store immediately after mine broke.

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