The slow cooker is a great way to have a filling, hearty meal ready for the whole family with minimal effort. For a lot of these great recipes, all you have to do is chop up a few ingredients, toss them into the crock pot, and wait. A few hours later, your house will be filled with the incredible scent of slow-simmering food and you'll be happy knowing you've got a great dinner ahead.

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef from The Kitchn

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef from The Kitchn

Easy Slow Cooker Barbecued Ribs from Leite's Culinaria, Photo by Keller + Keller

Easy Slow Cooker Barbecued Ribs from Leite's Culinaria, Photo by Keller + Keller

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches from Baked Bree

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches from Baked Bree

Slow Cooker Coconut Rice and Beans from A Year of Slow Cooking

Slow Cooker Coconut Rice and Beans from A Year of Slow Cooking

Slow-Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken from The Kitchn

Slow-Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken from The Kitchn

Sweet and Spicy Beef Nachos from A Spicy Perpsective

Sweet and Spicy Beef Nachos from A Spicy Perpsective

Slow Cooker Greek Rice with Feta, Red Peppers, and Olives from Kalyn's Kitchen

Slow Cooker Greek Rice with Feta, Red Peppers, and Olives from Kalyn's Kitchen

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork from Simply Recipes

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork from Simply Recipes

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Lettuce Wrap Tacos with Avocado Salsa from Kalyn's Kitchen

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Lettuce Wrap Tacos with Avocado Salsa from Kalyn's Kitchen

Slow Cooker Greek Stuffed Peppers from Martha Stewart

Slow Cooker Greek Stuffed Peppers from Martha Stewart

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