Cooking in a slow cooker can save time and make the kitchen too warm. One solution is to make a slow cooker casserole. Casseroles can cook while you’re not home. Here, we give you a recipe for cooking casseroles in a slow cooker.
There is nothing like coming home to a comforting slow-cooker meal after a busy day. It takes stress off, knowing that dinner has already been made. Most casseroles are inexpensive, comforting, healthy, and kid-friendly. Here are 20 casseroles to make in your slow cooker that will please your entire family!
During this season of life, with three sons in elementary school, I have come to rely on my slow cooker to survive. In any given season, we might have three kids in baseball, basketball, soccer, etc. and having dinner already made in the slow cooker when we get home from these activities is a god sent. My kids love casseroles or “hot dishes” in parts of the midwest. Here are 20 comfort food casseroles you should make in your crock pot!
What kind of slow cooker should I use?
I love my “Casserole” style slow cooker. However, any slow cooker will work just fine for these recipes.
Pantry ingredients to keep on hand for “cooking off the cuff.”
potatoes, frozen vegetables, onions, garlic, canned tomatoes, salad, black beans, corn, rice, pasta, cream of chicken soup, cheese, your favorite spices, and a variety of meats, like ground turkey, chicken, meatballs, pork chops, roast, ground beef, and sausage.
Origin of Casseroles
Casseroles have been around longer than you might think! The word “casserole” is a french word that means ” saucepan.” Early casseroles were pans of rice layered with meat and vegetables. Think lasagna, Greek Mousakka, and Shepherd’s Pie. American “Hot Dish” became popular in the 19th century because casseroles were a very economical way of stretching meat and vegetables. There is no right way to make a casserole, and I encourage you to use what you have on hand for these recipes.
20 slow cooker casserole recipes
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This creamy hashbrown chicken pot pie is an easy slow cooker recipe with no condensed soup.
The seven-layer casserole is a traditional ” hot dish” in the midwest. You can make it using pantry items, and it tastes delicious!
Kids will love the flavor of these cornmeal dumplings, slow-cooked all day with a creamy chicken sauce.
This crock pot stuffed shells recipe tastes like lasagna but can be prepared in a few minutes. You can place this meal in the oven to melt cheese on top before eating.
Breakfast for dinner is always a hit at our house. You will love the tenderness of the eggs when you cook them in your crockpot.
If you like Enchiladas, you will love this crock pot chicken recipe! Ensure you keep spices like chili powder, cumin, green chiles, and enchilada sauce on hand.
If your kids like pizza, this will become one of your favorite crock pot meals. This tastes just like pizza but is much easier to prep!
8. Crock Pot Ranch Chicken Casserole
You can make this recipe using chicken breasts or chicken thighs. This will become one of your favorite crockpot recipes.
Stuffing isn’t just a side dish! Stuffing mix is a great pantry item to keep on hand for various delicious casseroles!
Who knew you could cook noodles in your slow cooker? Check out this slow cooker version of the classic tuna noodle casserole!
If you frequent your local Mexican restaurant often, try this slow cooker version at home! Make sure you have some sour cream for garnishing!
This slow cooker poor man’s casserole is genius. It is inexpensive but doesn’t skimp on taste at all! Make you give the potatoes plenty of time to cook. This recipe will also work well with leftover bbq chicken. I have also made this, subbing sweet potatoes.
This beef enchilada casserole is the best! Love the addition of the green chiles. Make sure you add bell peppers for some sweetness!
If you enjoy Tex-Mex flavors in your house, here is another good one!
This Slow CookerCorned Beef Hotpot is a great dish using your leftover corned beef!
16. Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken pot pie is the ultimate comfort food! You will love coming home to this dish after a long day!
Broccoli might be my favorite vegetable to add to casseroles. I can’t wait to make this Chicken Broccoli Stuffing casserole.
Tatertot casserole is a delicacy in the midwest! Your kids will love this bacon cheeseburger version!
Cracker Barrell Hashbrown Casserole is a classic dish in middle America. Add ham, leftover chicken, or pork to make this a meal.
This Beef Bourguignon will turn out super tender when slow-cooked, similar to most pot roasts.
Did you make any of these slow cooker casseroles? I would love to hear how they turned out for you! Please comment below this blog post or tag me on social media and let me know how they turned out for you. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
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