38 Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Recipes in 2018

Thanksgiving is hectic and it’s easy to run out of space on your stove to cook all of your dishes. Lucky for you, there are tons of options to cook delicious foods in the beloved Slow Cooker…

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1. Fall Harvest Hot Apple Cider

Gather all of the beautiful, fresh, Fall and Winter fruit available, pop it into the slow cooker, and warm up with this delicious hot apple cider drink. Warm and comforting this homemade hot apple cider recipe is a must in your arsenal of Fall drinks to nourish you.

From: Whole Food Bellies

2. Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

The Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake is so good!!! There is no doubt that this a chocolate cake! The beauty is how moist this cake is. The fact that this cake is made in the slow cooker makes me even more happy!

From: Tabs and Tidbits

3. Honey Ham in the Slow Cooker

Since most holiday hams come fully baked, all I have to do is load it into the slow cooker in the morning to have ham in time for lunch. As another bonus? The slow cooker can be set to warm, so the ham stays moist while we wait for that one sister-in-law who is always late.

From: kitchn

4. Crockpot Baked Apples

These babies are juicy, delectable and a crowd pleaser. We grew up eating these baked apples for dessert every holiday season. Anything that goes well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream has to be good, right?

From: Foodie & Wine

5. Pineapple-Glazed Carrots

These Slow Cooker Pineapple Glazed Carrots are the perfect side dish for Christmas, Thanksgiving, or any dinner! They are perfectly sweet and tender with a punch of flavor from balsamic vinegar, and they are so easy with the help of the crockpot!

From: The Recipe Rebel

6. Crockpot Ham, Green Beans, and Potatoes

Crockpot recipes are always so good, the secret is the slow cooking, it lets the ingredients keep all of their flavors. Check out this recipe.

From: Home Family Recipes

7. Easy Crockpot Fried Apples

These Easy Crock Pot Fried Apples are a perfect, effortless Thanksgiving side dish or an everyday treat! You’ll love how easy they are to whip up!

From: A Night Owl Blog

8. Crockpot Turkey Breast

The most tender and deliciously seasoned crockpot turkey breast. Perfect for smaller holiday get togethers or to have turkey ready for lunches and salads during the week.

From: Chelsea’s Messy Apron

9. Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Learn how to make delicious and creamy mashed potatoes in the crock pot with this delicious Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes recipe. It only takes a few minutes to prep, and it’s always a crowd favorite. 🙂

From: Gimme Some Oven

10. Cornbread Dressing/Stuffing

A delicious southern cornbread dressing made in the slow cooker. Make the cornbread ahead of time for easy meal prep. Takes minutes to assemble and is ready in about 4 hours. Perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving meal!

From: Plain Chicken

11. Cheesy Chicken Fajita Soup

An easy and flavorful recipe for cheesy slow cooker chicken fajita soup. Not your typical Thanksgiving soup, but definitely something warm and cozy to try in the Fall season!

From: Baked by Rachel

12. Easy Slow Cooker Corn Chowder

Fresh vegetables, chunks of tender potato, and smoky bacon add so much flavor while the creamy corn base adds a touch of sweetness to this delicious corn chowder. The perfect cool weather soup served with some crusty bread for dipping!

From: Spend With Pennies

13. Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Chicken

This is one of those crock pot recipes that only has a few ingredients that you throw together in less than 5 minutes and you end up with a delicious meal a few hours later.

From: My Mommy Style

14. Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats

As the temperature drops and the sun rises later, having a cozy breakfast to look forward to helps me climb out of bed in the morning, when our house is chilly and dark.

From: Well Plated

15. Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese

We all love macaroni and cheese, and we all know that there’s nothing better than a homemade version of the cheesy, creamy pasta.

From: TipHero

16. Chunky Beef & Potato Stew

With only the richest of piquant flavors, this Slow Cooker Thick & Chunky Beef Stew will make you feel like the queen at a medieval feast. Slow cooking is the only way to craft a proper stew with hearty and healthy ingredients.

From: SkinnyMs

17. Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

All you need to make it are 5-6 easy ingredients, 1-2 minutes to toss them all in the Crock Pot, a few hours to let everything simmer, and then the most delicious Slow Cooker Creamed Corn will be yours to enjoy.

From: Gimme Some Oven

18. Brisket & Onions


This old-fashioned pot roast, cooked quietly in the slow cooker all day with just a handful of ingredients and a mess of caramelized onions, makes a rich broth and meat that melts in your mouth.

From: kitchn

19. Barbecued Green Beans

Slow Cooker Barbecued Green Beans are sweet and tangy with lots of smoky bbq flavor. Made from canned beans, they are a cinch to make and are a great side dish for potlucks and family meals. They are kind of like the flavor of baked beans, only with green beans. What’s not to love about that?

From: Spicy Southern Kitchen

20. Wild Rice Stuffing

Crock Pot Stuffing is a holiday meal must-have. Making stuffing in a slow cooker frees up your oven and helps the stuffing to stay moist. This Crock Pot Stuffing has wild rice, cranberries, and crunchy almonds, making it one of the best crock pot recipes for a healthy holiday side dish!

From: Well Plated

21. Pumpkin Apple Crisp

This Slow Cooker Pumpkin Apple Crisp is an easy dessert that’s made completely in your crock pot!

From: Kristine’s Kitchen

22. Potatoes au Gratin

An easy recipe for slow cooker potatoes au gratin — simple and delicious comfort food. Plus a secret tip to keeping the potatoes crispier in the crockpot. These potatoes make for the perfect Thanksgiving side-dish — they can be made ahead and save that precious oven space!

From: Chelsea’s Messy Apron

23. Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Need an easy, cheesy dip recipe? This Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip is delicious and made in your crock pot with lots of cheeses, fresh spinach and artichoke hearts.

From: Home Cooking Memories

24. Lime Cilantro Chicken Tacos

Try something different this Thanksgiving with these easy and delicious Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos.

From: The Diary of a Real Housewife

25. Best Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Easy Slow Cooker Turkey Breast recipe made with butter, a sliced apple and a basic mix of traditional seasonings. Crock pot turkey breast recipe perfect for any time of the year!

From: Butter with a Side of Bread

26. Real Food’s Thanksgiving Stuffing

Considering that stuffing is really just a glorified bread pudding, why not move it to the slow cooker?

From: Nourishing Joy

27. Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce could hardly get any easier on the stove. But if you happen to love slow cookers as much as I do and want a stove-free Thanksgiving (or if you at least want to free up some extra space on that stove), you’ve gotta try this one.

From: Gimme Some Oven

28. Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows

Rich, creamy sweet potatoes loaded with mini marshmallow topping? Count us in! From cooking to mashing to seasoning with cinnamon and nutmeg, it all happens in one convenient spot – the slow cooker.

From: McCormick

29. Cranberry BBQ Meatballs

Slow Cooker Cranberry BBQ Meatballs are sweet and tangy with a little kick you will love. The easiest appetizer and finger food that is perfect for parties and entertaining.

From: Tastes Better From Scratch

30. Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Free up your oven with this amazingly easy crockpot recipe. Simply throw everything in and you’re set! Easy peasy!

From: Damn Delicious

31. Dinner at the Zoo’s Turkey Breast Recipe

The most tender and deliciously seasoned crockpot turkey breast. Perfect for smaller holiday get-togethers or to have turkey ready for lunches and salads during the week.

From: Chelsea’s Messy Apron

32. Sweet Potato Casserole

This holiday side dish cooks perfectly and is loaded with lots of butter, brown sugar, marshmallows, and pecans.

From: Cincy Shopper

33. Applewood Cider Slow Cooker Chicken

The rub I used for this slow cooker chicken was a seasoning blend with smokey undertones. Paprika, garlic, granulated onion and a hint of Applewood flavoring, along with other spices for added flavor.

From: Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen

34. Brussel Sprouts + Cranberries

Make the holidays easier with these slow cooker Brussels sprouts with butternut, pecans and cranberries. Instructions to prepare them in a slow cooker or on a sheet pan, so you can maximize your oven space!

From: Sweat Peas and Saffron

35. Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate

Slow Cooker Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate is a delicious, creamy and amazing drink that is perfect to warm up to on those chilly Fall nights!

From: TornadoughAlli

36. Green Bean Casserole

My family can not go without the Green Bean Casserole. It’s pretty much the best side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas (well, besides the mashed potatoes).

From: The Magical Slow Cooker

37. Creamy Chicken, Stuffing, and Green Beans

This Creamy Crockpot Chicken Stuffing and Green Beans is the one-pot hotdish at its best. It has everything a good hotdish should have: meat, starch, and veggie all in one pot, with no fancy or complicated ingredients. Just good, plain, solid comfort food.

From: Family Fresh Meals

38. Candied Pecans

I’ve made many different flavored nuts in the slow cooker in the past but these Slow Cooker Candied Cinnamon Pecans have been the runaway hit of the bunch.

From: Dinner Then Dessert

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