Easy Crockpot Recipe Ideas | U.S. Dairy

Crockpot & Slow Cooker Recipes for Winter

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  • January 10, 2018

When the temperature plummets, a slow cooker can be your kitchen MVP for turning out cozy, delicious and easy meals.

And did you know milk, cheese and butter are key ingredients in plenty of slow-cooker recipes?

We connected with some of our dairy friends from across the country to collect some of their favorite recipes for you. Enjoy these crockpot dishes – and that extra free time!

 

Appetizers & Snacks

Homemade Queso

With three kinds of cheese and pickled jalapenos, this queso brings creamy kick to your tortilla chip. Make it melty on a low-heat setting, then snack away.

 

Warm Beer Cheese Dip

Between the beer and the cheese, this might be the Wisconsinest dip we’ve ever tasted. Nay, devoured. Perfect with pretzels, hard or soft.

 

Lunch, Dinner & Sides

Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

For tender chicken accompanied by a rainbow’s worth of veggies, try this Southwestern-inspired bowl for lunch or dinner.

 

Slow Cooker Cheddar and Chive Mashed Potatoes

Here’s the kind of creamy, dreamy cheddar-y dish that disappears as soon as the crockpot lid is lifted. Guaranteed.

 

Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

When you need a cozy helping of chicken soup, this hits the spot. Top with croutons and shaved Parmesan and, voila, you have a winner.  

 

Creamy Vegetable Barley Soup

Cook up a big pot of this soup for the next time you have a few friends over, or make it to enjoy throughout the week. It’s a harmony of veggies and seasoning.

 

Slow Cooker Fresh Veggie Lasagna

When it comes to easy crockpot recipes, this is a classic. This three-cheese lasagna is a tasty way to serve zucchini, spinach, mushrooms and more.

 

Slow Cooker Creamy Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Soup

Here’s a simple way to get a hearty and flavorful soup on the table. This recipe makes enchiladas far less time-consuming, and its creamy consistency comes from Greek yogurt.

 

Desserts & Beverages

Slow Cooker Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

A touch of hazelnut extract and some condensed milk puts a luscious new spin on everyone’s favorite winter drink. It just might become your favorite slow cooker recipe.

 

Hot Buttered Rum

When the weather turns brisk, this drink will warm you inside and out. And it’s convenient—no need to watch over a pot on the stove, waiting for it to boil!