10 Slow-Cooker Recipes Made for Fall TV Binges

September 13, 2018

There are a few things I do when I come home from work: I greet my pup Quentin "Q" Compson, kneeling down to her level and sticking my head out so she can lick the heck out of my face (which, I've read, helps raise her serotonin levels). I pour myself a glass of wine, put on an episode of whatever show I'm watching, and cook myself something to eat. In many ways the television is beside the point; it's just background noise to calm me into my weeknight ritual.

When the weekend hits, however, this quaint domesticity is magnified times a thousand. As an introverted hermit, I like to shut off completely for those three nights (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) and recharge my INTJ batteries in the cozy comforts of my Netflix queue.

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Appropriately, we're in the thick of it: fall television premieres. I'm most excited about the new season of BoJack Horseman, which is returning to Netflix this Friday—and you can bet your bottom dollar I'll be binging the entire season in one sitting without talking to a single soul.

In times like these (when sitting on the couch with a bowl of something good to eat is all that matters in the world), it helps to have something slow-cooking away in the Crock-Pot so you can catch up on your favorite shows. To aid in this important era of "peak television" viewing, here are some of my favorite lazy, set-it-and-forget-it recipes. At the end of 6 to 8 hours (about the runtime of one season of BoJack), dinner will be waiting for you.

Our Best Slow-Cooker Recipes

Martha Stewart recipes reprinted from Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker. Copyright © 2017 by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Photographs copyright © 2017 by Stephen Kent Johnson. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Hugh Acheson recipe reprinted from The Chef and the Slow Cooker. Copyright © 2017 by Fried Pie, LLC. Photograph copyright © 2017 by Andrew Thomas Lee. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.

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What's your favorite thing to make in the slow cooker? Let us know in the comments below.



Josh S. September 23, 2018
Just curious, was this a sponsored post by Netflix?
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Eric K. September 24, 2018
Hi Josh, nope! All sponsored posts are marked up top with an all-capped SPONSORED. This just comes from someone who loves three things: 1) slow cookers, 2) staying in, 3) BoJack Horseman.
Elaine B. September 23, 2018
Into my slow cooker before I go to bed, I add a frozen pork hoc, kidney beans, water or chicken stock, and set it to cook 8 hours. The next morning, I adjust seasoning and now I have "ham and bean soup" ... hearty and delicious!
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Eric K. September 24, 2018
Sounds delicious. Thanks for the idea, Elaine.
Michele J. September 23, 2018
Great article! I absolutely adore my slow cooker My favorite things to make are chicken soup with matzo balls, and Italian beef for Italian beef sandwiches. Set it and forget it. What a win!
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Eric K. September 24, 2018
Mm. You wouldn't happen to have those recipes lying around, would you?
Nan G. September 23, 2018
My fav slow cooker recipe is the versatile rotisserie chicken.<br />The whole bird gets a dry rub of equal parts <br />brown sugar<br />salt <br />chili powder<br />Then it goes in a dry slow cooker on low for 5 or 6 hours.<br />You can do anything with it when it's done.<br />Whole pieces, or, shredded in soups, salads, beans, etc.<br />It's absolutely lovely.
Cin September 23, 2018
Slow cooking dry sounds interesting and I would like to try it. How big was your chicken?
Nan G. September 23, 2018
I have a small oval cooker so I get small whole chickens.
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Eric K. September 24, 2018
Me too, fascinated by this recipe... Let me know if you guys try it?
Ann S. September 23, 2018
I wish this list included some nice slow cooker vegetarian options too. After all, people who don't eat meat also like to solo binge tv too.
Linda D. September 23, 2018
Yes, exactly.
Nicole S. September 23, 2018
Me, too!<br />
Jusika September 23, 2018
Me 3
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Eric K. September 24, 2018
Hi Ann, Linda, Nicole, and Jusika: I'm on it!
Lisaly September 24, 2018
Great! I'm interested in vegetarian slow cooker options too!