You know what they say: Slow and steady wins the race. When it comes to cozy, flavor-packed soups, stews, sauces, and ginormous pork tenderloins, we couldn't agree more.
There's a lot to love about slow-cooked dinners. You can simply set them—and forget them—for one. Then, there's the fact that the gentle heat over an hours-long period makes for the tenderest bites, and the jammiest, best-tasting sauces or broths. Oh, and there's the way they make your home (or, in my case, tiny apartment) fill with a scent so tantalizing and irresistible, you wish you could pack a bag and move right into your Crock-Pot.
Until that becomes possible—for now, there's simply not enough room inside the pot for allofourfavoritethings—we'll have to settle for making our favorite slow-cooker recipes of all time on repeat for the duration of these blustery winter days.
We plan to start with these seven popular slow-cooker recipes our readers can't stop making:
Ella Quittner is a contributing writer and the Absolute Best Tests columnist at Food52. She covers food, travel, wellness, lifestyle, home, novelty snacks, and internet-famous sandwiches. You can follow her on Instagram @equittner, or Twitter at @ellaquittner. She also develops recipes for Food52, and has a soft spot for all pasta, anything spicy, and salty chocolate things.