43 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy Moms

Slow cooker recipes are an amazing way to get a healthy (or kinda healthy) meal on the table in the midst of your chaotic, busy schedule as a mom! Whether you’re a working mom, a stay at home mom, or something in between, slow cookers can be a lifesaver. There are approximately seven million slow cooker recipes online (maybe, I’m not sure… I’m just guessing). So where do you start to find ones that are actually good? Right here!

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I absolutely love my slow cooker! If you don’t currently have one, the Crock-Pot brand one that I use is 6 quarts and super easy to use. Sometimes the worst part about slow cooker meals is spending the time cleaning that big ceramic insert. I fell in love with using these slow cooker liners so that clean up is easy! Once all of the food it out of the slow cooker, you just remove the bag and throw it away! The most I’ve had to do is wipe out some condensation with a paper towel. Definitely a must have! Without further ado, grab a tissue, wipe your drool, and enjoy these recipes! Comment below with which one you’re excited to try.


Balsamic Beef– This perfectly tender meal from Recipe Pocket pairs well with rice or egg noodles. Add a side of steamed veggies for a filling, high protein meal that will feel like comfort food.

photo from Recipe Pocket

Beef and Bean Stew– This recipe from The Improving Cook is definitely a stick to your ribs kind of meal! You can use whatever cut of beef you’re used to and whatever beans you have on hand!

Pot Roast– This melt in your mouth pot roast from The Rising Spoon will pair perfectly with some mashed cauliflower!

photo from The Rising Spoon

Salsa Verde Beef– This three ingredient meal from The Top Meal is low carb, Paleo, Keto, and Whole30 approved!

photo from The Top Meal

Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs– With only four ingredients, this recipe from Simply Happy Foodie is a healthy version of a family favorite! Keep a bag of frozen meatballs in the freezer to make meals like this even easier.

Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup– This soup from I Believe I Can Fry takes a bit of prep but the flavor is worth it!

Beef and Broccoli– Make this classic take-out meal right at home with this flavorful recipe from Well Plated!

photo from Well Plated

Pulled Beef Rice Bowls– This super easy, high protein meal from Hardly a Goddess can be paired with your favorite veggies and whatever rice or quinoa you have on hand!

photo from Hardly a Goddess


Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps– This recipe from The Family Freezer can also be made with ground beef or ground turkey!

Chicken TeryakiPair this recipe from Foodal with your favorite steamed vegetables and some rice or quinoa!

photo from Foodal

Chicken Tortilla Soup– This super easy, delicious recipe from Kitchen Gone Rogue just might become a staple in your house!

Cilantro Lime Chicken– This recipe from Freezer Meals 101 is a great meal to make ahead and store in your freezer for when you need an easy meal!

Crack Chicken– This Keto friendly recipe from Wholesome Yum can be made even healthier by substituting fat free cream cheese and prosciutto! Or just embrace the bacon 🙂

photo from Wholesum Yum

Pollo Verde Chili– This yummy, high protein chili from Foodal can be served over white or brown rice or in a flour tortilla!

photo from Foodal

Salsa Chicken– This recipe from Blessed Simplicity is a staple in my house! We always add in the corn and black beans to make it extra filling!

Shredded Chicken Tacos– Is it Taco Tuesday yet? Then whip out this recipe from Attainable Sustainable and get your taco on, girl!

Butternut Squash, Chicken, Quinoa Soup– Can you taste it already? I’m always looking for ways to use butternut squash since it’s my favorite squash ever, and this soup from Chelsea’s Messy Apron is an excellent option.

Chicken Tikka Masala– Pair this flavorful dish from Savory Tooth with some low carb sides such as cauliflower rice or creamed spinach!

photo by Savory Tooth

White Chicken Chili– Chili is a great way to get a lot of bang for your buck! Try out this white chili recipe from Raias Recipes that packs a ton of flavor.

photo from Raias Recipes

Peach Chicken with Basil– Try out this absolutely heavenly recipe from Real Food Whole Life! Is anyone else drooling reading this recipe?


Apple Cinnamon Pork Loin– This sweet and savory meal from Wicked Spatula is a stick to your ribs, good old fashioned comfort food!

photo from Wicked Spatula

Gluten Free Pork Carnitas– Serve this crispy pork from Food Meanderings over your favorite gluten free tortilla, flour tortilla, or rice!

photo from Food Meanderings

Zesty Orange Ginger Pork– This crowd-pleaser from 9 on a Dime is absolutely perfect to bring to a summer party!

photo from 9 on a Dime

Pulled Pork Tacos– Quick! Gather some chopped tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and avocado slices for these tacos from Attainable Sustainable!

Cranberry Pork Roast– This set it and forget it meal from Family Freezer is perfect for the colder months. Pair it with some mashed cauliflower and steamed green beans for a healthy twist!

photo from Family Freezer

Kale Chorizo Soup– This heavenly soup from Family Freezer is a staple in my home! You can even make it ahead in a freezer bag and cook it later!

photo from Freezer Family


Fire Roasted Tomato Shrimp Tacos– Uh, YUM! Shrimp tacos are a great way to get all that taco flavor without a lot of fat. Try this recipe from Cotter Crunch this summer! Serve it on your favorite tortilla or over rice.

photo from Cotter Crunch

Salmon– Consider this your base recipe for any slow cooker salmon! Delish gives some great suggestions on how you can switch up the flavor profile.

photo from Delish

Cajun Corn and Shrimp Chowder– This low fat chowder from Slow Cooker Gourmet will warm you from the inside out! Skip the heavy cream to make an even lighter version. (or don’t…)

Coconut Cilantro Curry Shrimp– Coconut. Cilantro. Curry. Shrimp. If you’re not convinced yet, just head over to Fit Slow Cooker Queen for the recipe and then quick to the store to buy all of the ingredients!


Turkey and White Bean Chili– I bet you’ll never guess what the secret ingredient is in this yummy chili from Half Baked Harvest!

Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers– This simple, healthy recipe from Family Freezer can be made with ground turkey, chicken, or beef!

photo from Family Freezer

Thai Turkey Noodle Soup– This recipe from Foxes Love Lemons uses my all time favorite Jennie-O turkey breast tenderloin! It’s my go to lean protein and it’s super versatile.

Kale and Turkey Meatball Soup– This super lean, green kale soup machine will become a staple in your house! Check out the recipe from Foodie Crush.

photo from Foodie Fish

Turkey Bolognese Zoodles– You won’t miss the pasta in this flavorful, low fat recipe from Little Bits Of!

photo from Little Bits Of

Meat Free/Vegetable Based

Vegan Curried Tomato Soup– Curry makes everything better! Serve this recipe from Recipes from a Pantry with riced cauliflower, jasmine, rice, or dare I even say it… a grilled cheese? (Are you drooling yet?)

Eggplant Parm– Skip the breadcrumbs (or not) on this delicious eggplant parm recipe from Wendy Polisi for a low carb alternative!

photo from Wendy Polisi

Enchilada Quinoa Bake– I’m fairly certain I should have been given an extra middle name at birth. And that name is Quinoa. This recipe from Cooking Classy certainly doesn’t disappoint a quinoa lover!

photo from Cooking Classy

Vegetable Soup– Everybody needs a vegetable soup recipe! Especially this slow cooker version from Pink Fortitude.

photo from Pink Fortitude

Veggie Lasagna– Who doesn’t love a good lasagna? Enjoy this one from Hip2Save guilt free!

photo from Hip2Save

Detox Lentil Soup– This soup from Pinch of Yum is full of so much goodness, your family and your belly will thank you!

photo from Pinch of Yum

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers– With a whopping 21g of protein per serving, these quinoa stuffed peppers from Pinch of Yum will definitely fill you up!

photo from Pinch of Yum

Vegan Chili– This vegan chili from Happy Kitchen is packed with flavor and protein while being low in calories! What else could you want?

photo from Happy Kitchen

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4 thoughts on “43 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy Moms”

  1. Hi Bri – What a great roundup for slow cooker recipes. PINNED! Thank you for including GrandBob’s Vegetable Soup. My heart is full of gratitude. Hugs, Holly

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