Consider it your one pot wonder: The crock-pot can be a saving grace when it comes to making meals that would otherwise require a lot of effort. Just toss in the ingredients and allow it to do all of the work for you. And while tasty meals like chicken pot pie and beef stroganoff are slow cooker staples, you crock-pot can crank out more than just the traditional eats. From hearty meals to decadent desserts, uncover the surprising possibilities that are sure to impress your belly. Dinner has never looked so good.
Deep Dish Pizza
Pizza in a crock-pot? You bet! This recipe from Pillsbury offers minimal prep and an easy clean-up, all while providing a delicious deep dish pie with an extra crispy crust you’ll love. Get the recipe at pillsbury.com.
Black Bean Enchiladas
The comfort of Mexican food comes easy with a dish courtesy of The Kitchn. Use your crock-pot to make melt-in-your-mouth enchiladas that are oozing with cheesy goodness. Get the recipe at thekitchn.com.
Sure, baking a cake isn’t so hard, but what if the whole process could be even easier? Simply prepare the batter, then pour it into the slow cooker. The result: a decadent chocolate dessert. Get the recipe at food.com.
Bacon Wrapped Beef Tenderloin
When it comes to a hearty meal, your slow cooker offers the best assistance. Take this dish from A Spicy Perspective, which masters the art of a juicy tenderloin with little stress and big flavor. Plus, bacon! Get the recipe at aspicyperspective.com.
Don’t become a slave to your stovetop. For homemade pasta sauce, simply follow Mumsnet’s recipe instead. Toss in your garlic, veggies, wine, tomato puree, and minced meat to later serve over pasta. Bon appetite! Get the recipe at mumsnet.com.
The steam from the crock-pot and a secret ingredient (ahem, sour cream) gives this slow-cooked cheesecake an extra-smooth texture that is beyond what you’ve ever tasted. Get the recipe at foodandwine.com.
Cherry Pie Moonshine
We saved the best for last: Crock-pots can make yummy cocktails, too! Tammilee Tips shares a recipe for moonshine that is chock-full of cherries, sugar, and vodka. Get the recipe at tammileetips.com.