Slow cooker recipes for beginners

February 3, 2020


It happened! I finally got myself a slow cooker. Well, it’s a bit more than a slow cooker really. It’s one of those brilliant Crock-Pot multi cookers that can slow cook, saute, roast, bake and steam. Ekk! *It’s pretty overwhelming when you think that ‘one pot’ can do all that.


The beast, as I like to fondly call it, looks (and is) super easy to use, however I’ve definitely been shying away from giving it a really good go as I’ve not got a clue where to start recipe wise. 


I think as a complete slow cooker beginner my worry is getting all the ingredients, cooking it for bliming ages, and then it going horribly wrong and everything being a waste. Now really, this could be said when trying out any new recipe in all honesty, but there’s something about that really really (really) long cooking process that gives me the ‘what if it’s awful’ jelly legs.


So, instead of just winging it *as you do, I decided to ask for a little help with tried and tested, super-dupa easy, slow cooker recipes for beginners!  


Slow cooker recipes for beginners



Slow cooker recipes for beginners


BBQ Pulled Pork 

Boo, Roo and Tigger Too have recommended a tasty BBQ Pulled Pork slow cooker recipe. It’s a slimming world friendly one and best of all it looks very easy to make. *I’ve actually recently made this recipe and it really was very easy to make. Yay! Here’s how it turned out. I was so pleased with it and it made loads and LOADS.


Slow cooker recipes for beginners



Minted Lamb Stew 

There’s definitely one thing I HAVE to conquer with our Crock-Pot and that is a good lamb dish. It can be quite expensive though can’t it. Big Family Big Fun have found a clever way round the expense with this easy Minted Lamb Stew slow cooker recipe. This is next on my list to try! 



Root Vegetable Stew

I don’t know why, but when I think of a slow cooker I automatically think of meat dishes. However, you can actually make some amazing vegetable based dishes. This slow cooker recipe for Root Vegetable Stew from Hodge Podge Days looks amazing. It does look like it has more ingredients than some of the other recipes, but I’m not going to let that put me off giving this one a try.  



Fruity Beef Casserole

This was the first full out slow cooker recipe I tried! It’s a Fruity Beef Casserole slow cooker recipe from Chilling with Lucas. Yum!! I wish I’d taken a photo of it, but everyone was so impressed, that by the time I remembered to take a photo, it had already got eaten. I think the secret fruity addition is so clever! 



Brisket of Beef with Beer

Kate from Woman of Thin Ice has recommended a slow cooked Brisket of Beef with Beer recipe. It feels like quite an impressive grown up (?) dish, but, the 3 and a half hour cooking time has completely won me over. I might just brave it after a bit more practice. That’s if I can hold out as it does look so so soooo tasty!



Spanish Chicken

A chicken dish! Yes! I’ve been wanting to do a chicken dish, so was really pleased when All About A Mummy suggested a Spanish Chicken slow cooker recipe. We love having wraps on a Saturday night as we want something not too time consuming to make that takes away from fun and games. This recipe does take 8 hours but as its a ‘throw everything in’ type of dish, I think it would be perfect for any busy family. 



Chocolate and Mint Aero Bubble Cake

Yass! Cake. Baking Queen 74 has recommended a ‘wow’ bake of slow cooker Chocolate and Mint Aero Bubble cake. It looks very chocolatey and moreish, exactly the type of cake that you want with a cup of tea on a cold day. The recipe does seems simple enough, so it would be rude not to try it right 😉



Thank you so much to all the lovely bloggers for their recommendations for us beginners! 



If you have any fail safe slow cooker recipes that you love to make, please do share them with me in the comments below so I can try them out. 



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21 responses to “Slow cooker recipes for beginners”

  1. Ah this is just what I need as I was given a slow cooker for Christmas and can’t wait to get cooking with it! Thank you for the inspiration 🙂

  2. I only use my slow-cooker for beef stew at the moment but I really want to branch out – they make life so much easier!

  3. Sarah-Marie says:

    I definitely don’t utilise my slow cooker enough so will definitely give some of these a go. I especially like the sound of chocolate and mint aero cake! #DreamTeam

  4. Talya says:

    I do love a slow cooker recipe! I’ve not thought about doing a minty lamb before so will have to give that a go.

  5. Kim Carberry says:

    I love using my slow cooker and use it at least once a week. Great ideas for recipes. I especially love the sound of the Fruity Beef Casserole x

  6. Sam says:

    Ooo you have picked some cracking recipes. I do love a slow cooked meal especially after a long day coming home to delicious cooking smells X #dreamteam

  7. I have a slow cooker similar to you in that it can do a variety of tasks which is really handy. I never thought of bakiing a cake in it though and that chocolate one sounds amazing! I have another pulled pork recipe on my blog which is a bit different to the one you mention and I’m not sure it’s slimming world friendly but my kids love it! Here it is:

  8. Rachel says:

    Thanks for this post, I have new ideas for meals to try in the slow cooker now 🙂 pulled pork, root veg stew, minted lamb stew.. yum!


    I’ve not gotten around to getting one yet myself. I would really love to make pulled pork in one though as it’s meant to make it really well.

  10. I have a basic slow cooker and I’m wanting to upgrade to one of the ones you have they look fab. Great recipes thanks for the inspiration x. #DreamTeam

  11. Kate Holmes says:

    Was very tempted by the minted lamb dish as I adore lamb and remember making mint sauce in my childhood days on Sundays to go with the roast. But then I saw the root vegetables one and that really appeals too. Thanks for sharing my recipe too. #DreamTeam

  12. We put on a slow cooker meal once a week. Pulled pork is a favourite in our home.

  13. Kara Guppy says:

    I have about three go-to recipes for my slow cooker, so this is very helpful

  14. I’ve had a slow cooker for years and I still don’t think I’ve mastered it. There is lots of inspiration here to help me out though

  15. The cake sounds amazing! We had a slow cooker for years but then left ours in Australia when we moved to the UK. Just recently we bought a new one and I have become obsessed again. I am loving this chicken and pasta soup recipe – I will see if I can find it for your! #DreamTeam

  16. Heather Keet says:

    I haven’t done pulled pork in my crock pot, but I need to try this recipe! #DreamTeam

  17. I have thought about getting a slow cooker. But initially a bit like you I wondered if it would create loads of work. But these recipes sound great and I will be heading over to read the prep guidelines x

  18. I love slow cook recipies, I have to use my oven though as no slow cooker is big enough for my family and I’ve run out of workspace with gadgets to store 2 of them. #DreamTeam

  19. Crummy Mummy says:

    I couldn’t live without our slow cooker, it’s out all the time at this time of year – AND you can make fudge in it! #DreamTeam

  20. Kirsty Hall says:

    I must use my slow cooker more. The pulled pork sounds awesome. You can do a whole chicken in them and it tastes lovely #DreamTeam

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