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27 Dump Dinners That Basically Cook Themselves

Winner, winner, slow-cooked dinner.

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1. Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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Making this tender winter comfort food may feel intimidating. But all you have to do is combine the beef and marinade in a ziplock bag then pop it into the slow cooker with the veggies. Let it cook on high for 6-7 hours, and voilà. Get the recipe.

2. Slow Cooker Quinoa, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Chili

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This meatless meal will fill you right up. Top it with anything from cheddar cheese or sour cream to chopped green onion and sliced avocado. Get the recipe.


3. Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Lentil Curry

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If you're trying to meal-prep, you can combine all the ingredients except for the coconut milk and stock in a bag and freeze it until you're ready to cook it.Get the recipe.

4. Slow Cooker Chicken Terriyaki

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Keep a few bags of this make-ahead chicken in your freezer. Then whenever you don't have time to cook, thaw it in the fridge overnight for an easy weeknight meal. Get the recipe.

5. Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Honey Lime Chicken Tacos

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Throw this marinated, slow-cooked chicken into tortillas, garnish it with salsa or guacamole, and call it a fiesta. Get the recipe.

6. Slow Cooker Lasagna

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Making lasagna doesn't have to be such a headache. Just layer ground meat, lasagna noodles, ricotta cheese, spinach, shredded mozzarella, and pasta sauce into your slow cooker. Let it cook on high for 3-4 hours, and you've got yourself an Italian feast. Get the recipe.


7. Slow Cooker Jambalaya

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This Cajun recipe may look daunting, but all you have to do it toss sliced sausage, shrimp, chicken breasts, veggies, garlic, and seasoning into the Crock-Pot. Then, wait for dinner to cook itself. Get the recipe.

9. Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken

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This creamy, fragrant marinade is made with yogurt, lemon juice, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, and ginger. Keep a few frozen bags of marinated chicken for when you're craving a healthier version of your favorite takeout food. Get the recipe.

10. Stuffed Shells With Spinach

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Coat your Crock-Pot with marinara sauce, then layer the pasta shells and fill them with a mixture of spinach, ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, garlic, and Italian seasoning. After a few hours in the slow cooker, dinner is ready. Get the recipe.


12. Lemon Pesto Chicken

13. Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

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Homemade mac and cheese is so much better than the boxed stuff. And when you make it in a slow cooker, it's basically just as easy. Get the recipe.

14. Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas


15. Curried Butternut Squash Soup

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There's no pureeing or roasting required. In fact, the only real work you have to do is assemble everything at the base of your slow cooker. Get the recipe.

18. Slow-Cooked Brisket and Onions

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Your slow cooker is the secret to tender, melt-in-your-mouth brisket. If you're cooking for a crowd, you can make this stress-free recipe a day in advance and reheat it when your guests arrive. Get the recipe.


20. Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

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It doesn't get much more comforting than this Italian recipe. And for this version,

you don't even need to turn on the oven. Get the recipe.

21. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

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Make a big batch of this hearty soup and freeze it in singe-serve portions for up to three months. Get the recipe.

22. Crock Pot Meatloaf and Veggies


23. Crock Pot Sausage, Spinach, and White Bean Soup

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Craving a piping bowl of soup on a cold fall day? Ten minutes of prep time and a little bit of patience is all you need. Get the recipe.

24. Whole Cauliflower Curry

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Looking to shake up meatless Monday? Slow-cook a whole head of cauliflower with peppers and potatoes in a flavorful sauce of vegetable broth, curry powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper, Get the recipe.

25. Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash and Meat Sauce

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This better-for-you take on spaghetti Bolognese couldn't be easier. Just brown the turkey on the stove, slice the spaghetti squash in half, and toss all the ingredients into the slow cooker. Get the recipe.

26. Slow Cooker Chicken and Mushroom Stroganoff