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    23 Easy Slow Cooker And Instant Pot Recipes For Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, And Beyond

    Short on work, but looong on deliciousness.

    The best kind of meal is one that pretty much makes itself.

    That's why we're such big fans of appliance-based cooking — or recipes that call for a slow cooker or Instant Pot to do all the hard work. 

    Below you'll find a ton of our favorite easy Crock-Pot and Instant Pot recipes that are perfect for lunch, dinner, and dessert. (And reminder that since the Instant Pot has a slow cooker setting, many of these can be made in either appliance!)

    1. Slow Cooker Chicken & Biscuits

    Slow Cooker Chicken & Biscuits

    Talk about comfort food. And what could be more comforting than coming home to dinner already done? This takes minutes to toss together in the morning and then slow cooks all day for chicken-y, biscuit-y perfection.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken & Biscuits I Shop The Recipe

    2. Slow Cooker Thai Green Curry

    Slow Cooker Thai Green Curry

    The secret weapon here is Thai green chili paste — aka the best way to make any leftover vegetables you might have taste like a million bucks.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Thai Green Curry Shop The Recipe

    3. Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

    Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

    Instead of simmering for hours and hours, this soup builds flavor fast in the Instant Pot, so you're left with all the good stuff but none of the waiting. And don't skip out on the toppings! Cheese, avocado, tortilla strips, sour cream, hot sauce — the world is your oyster here.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Shop The Recipe

    4. The Best Ever Slow Cooker Pot Roast

    The Best Ever Slow Cooker Pot Roast

    Onion soup mix is truly a magical cooking secret. You can use it in onion dip, to make meatloaf or Salisbury steak, and in this pot roast for a ton of flavor without any of the fuss.

    Recipe: The Best Ever Slow Cooker Pot Roast Shop The Recipe

    5. Instant Pot Crème Brûlée

    Instant Pot Crème Brûlée

    Crème brûlée can feel intimidating (I mean, it's even intimidating to type!), but this recipe uses just five ingredients and the Instant Pot for super-easy deliciousness. And you don't even need a torch for that crackly top — use your broiler!

    Recipe: Instant Pot Crème Brûlée Shop The Recipe

    6. Healthy Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

    Healthy Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

    This indulgent dip gets just a little bit of a makeover with yogurt in place of the traditional sour cream. Definitely follow the advice of commenters here, though, and be sure to add Parmesan and a little bit of garlic. You won't regret it.

    Recipe: Healthy Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip Shop The Recipe

    7. Instant Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork

    Instant Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork

    One of the Instant Pot's best qualities is transforming "all day" recipes into "totally doable after work" recipes. With just an hour of pressure cooking, you get totally gorgeous pulled pork that'll be tenderized by the root beer, with just a hint of that soda-y flavor.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork Shop The Recipe

    8. Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup

    Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup

    I would like to meet the inventor of loaded potato soup, so I can give them a hug in return for creating this hug in a bowl. There is truly nothing cozier. And if you want a little thicker of a soup, commenters recommend blending a few of the potatoes to really amp up the texture.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup Shop The Recipe

    9. Instant Pot Beef Bulgogi

    Instant Pot Beef Bulgogi

    Korean food can be tricky to make at home if you don't have all of the ingredients in your pantry, but this recipe is a great place to start from. The meat will get super tender in the Instant Pot, and you can totally go all out with the toppings and sides.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Beef Bulgogi Shop The Recipe

    10. Slow Cooker Coconut Curry

    Slow Cooker Coconut Curry

    This is a great recipe for using up those veggie odds and ends that can accumulate in your crisper drawer. You can basically throw whatever in, and the coconut milk and spices will make it taste darn good.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Shop The Recipe

    11. Instant Pot Butter Chicken

    Instant Pot Butter Chicken

    If you're craving Indian food but don't want to wait for takeout, this is the recipe for you. Tender chicken and a perfectly spiced sauce, hopefully with some naan on the side? Dinnertime perfection.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Butter Chicken Shop The Recipe

    12. Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

    Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

    Beef and broccoli is my go-to Chinese takeout order, and this at-home version is just as good (and way cheaper). You can serve it with rice, by itself or even with stir-fried noodles for a different take.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli Shop The Recipe

    13. Instant Pot Mac & Cheese

    Instant Pot Mac & Cheese

    Making pasta in the Instant Pot is a divisive subject, but TBH you can never go wrong with mac 'n' cheese. This one takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish and is incredibly cheesy, so I think it's worth the controversy.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Mac & Cheese Shop The Recipe

    14. Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

    Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

    This is a great recipe for a mixed crowd of meat- and veggie-eaters! Just do it as written (but with vegetable stock) for vegetarians, and add chicken or even ground beef for the meat lovers.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers Shop The Recipe

    15. Instant Pot Cinnamon Rolls

    Instant Pot Cinnamon Rolls

    This one is definitely for true lovers of gooey, melty cinnamon rolls. The Instant Pot uses moisture to cook, so there are truly no dry bites available in these bad boys.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Cinnamon Rolls Shop The Recipe

    16. Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

    Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

    Creamed corn is one of my favorite holiday foods, but this recipe makes it a totally accessible anytime food. It comes out thick, glorious, and the perfect side for basically anything you can think of.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Creamed Corn Shop The Recipe

    17. Instant Pot Summer Corn and Bacon Soup

    Instant Pot Summer Corn And Bacon Soup

    Use up all that perfect late-summer corn in the best way imaginable. Plus, everything (even the bacon!) gets cooked in the Instant Pot, so you don't have to heat up your kitchen by using the stove or oven.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Summer Corn and Bacon Soup Shop The Recipe

    18. Slow Cooker Rosemary Bread

    Slow Cooker Rosemary Bread

    The slow cooker does double duty here, on the warm setting for proofing the dough, and then on high to cook it all the way through. After that all it needs is a quick blast in the oven for that gorgeous crust, and you've got beautiful bread.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Rosemary Bread Shop The Recipe

    19. Instant Pot Whole Herb Chicken

    Instant-Pot Whole Herb Chicken

    There's nothing like a whole roasted chicken just falling off the bone, and the Instant Pot makes it incredibly easy. Just give it a final crisp in the oven or on the stovetop for that delicious skin, and you're all set! 

    Recipe: Instant Pot Whole Herb Chicken Shop The Recipe

    20. Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler

    Slow-Cooker Peach Cobbler

    The smell of this cooking for two hours might legally be torture, but trust me it is worth it. And if you can't find peach pie filling, regular canned peaches work just fine — just be sure to drain some of the liquid, so you don't end up with soup instead of cobbler.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler Shop The Recipe

    21. Instant Pot Italian Chicken & Veggie Soup

    Instant Pot Italian Chicken & Veggie Soup

    Talk about a perfect weeknight dinner: It should take less than 30 minutes from start to finish, and using jarred pasta sauce means you get all those herby, garlicky flavors without any extra effort. It's a win-win!

    Recipe: Instant Pot Italian Chicken & Veggie Soup Shop The Recipe

    22. Slow Cooker Vegan Butternut Squash Mac

    Slow Cooker Vegan Butternut Squash Mac

    If you or someone you know is a vegan who desperately misses mac 'n' cheese, get this recipe to them STAT. The butternut squash, cashews, and nutritional yeast provide a really rounded-out cheesy flavor that they won't be able to get enough of.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Vegan Butternut Squash Mac Shop The Recipe

    23. Slow Cooker Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs and Sauce

    Slow Cooker Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs

    For those meals when you need an absolute scene-stealer? These deliver every time.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs and Sauce Shop The Recipe

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