Slow Cooker Sundays: 11 easy recipes to keep this winter relaxing

Let’s face it: We all love a lazy Sunday—that includes staying out of the kitchen. Those chilly days are going to be here soon, so what better way to stay warm and relaxed on a weekend afternoon than with winter slow cooker recipes such as stews, chilies and soups. Below is a list of easy-to-make slow cooker recipes that will last you through most of the winter.

Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Get your pot roast on! This recipe calls for chuck roast, baby carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and some dry onion soup mix. Set your slow cooker to low and presto—you have yourself a delicious dinner.

Barbacoa Loaded Sweet Potato Fries

You don’t have to wait to eat barbacoa only when you’re out at restaurants. Take dinner into your own hands by combining diced tomatoes, onion, garlic and chipotle peppers. Once cooked, use a fork to pull apart the meat and serve. 

Fiesta Chicken with Rice and Beans

Put a little variety into your weekly meals by adding this Latin-inspired recipe to your menu. With only four main ingredients—chicken, black beans, rice and spicy tomatoes—this recipe is not only tasty but also quick to make.

Cuban Carnitas Nachos

Enjoy your Cuban sandwich served a different way. Everything you love about the classic sandwich stays the same, with the exception of switching the bread for crunchy nachos. Sunday just got a whole lot more fun.

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

No grill? No problem. Because summer ended doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some good BBQ—just use your slow cooker to recreate summer food favorites. This pulled pork recipe is flavored with hickory and brown sugar barbecue sauce before being served in French rolls.

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

No take-out needed this Sunday. Create your own Chinese-inspired meal in the comfort of your home by preparing this stir-fry dish early in the afternoon and enjoy leftovers for days.

Slow Cooker Mushroom Spinach Lasagna

Enjoy a tasty and hearty vegetarian recipe by preparing this dish full of sliced mushrooms, spinach leaves, diced tomatoes and Italian seasoning.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Pork Stew

This hearty stew is super-easy to make and serves a group of six, so get ready for second helpings.

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili


For those who are chicken obsessed, this is the recipe for you. Mix up your chili using chicken thighs instead of beef, canned beans and zesty tomatoes.

Spicy Beef and Bean Chili

Beef nowadays might be a little expensive, but for the sake of tastiness, sometimes it’s worth the expense. Kick your spice tolerance up a notch with this chili recipe using cubed beef, seasoned pinto beans and diced tomatoes with green chilies.

Slow Cooker Banana French Toast Casserole

This dish takes a little over four hours to make, so you might want to wake up early to prepare it—don’t worry though, it’s totally worth missing some shut-eye. Breakfast (or brunch) takes an unexpected twist by making this classic recipe in a slow cooker filled with bananas, French bread cubes, brown sugar and cinnamon. Once served, top your French toast with our unique peanut butter syrup.