Look no further than 12 winter slow cooker recipes – simple, delicious, slow-cooked, warming dinner recipes for the cooler months.
12 winter slow cooker recipes
This year it seemed like the summer heat would never ease. Seriously, in May we were still out in summer dresses (even sometimes at night) wondering when the chill would finally arrive and I could crack out the slow cooker.
Ok I’ll be honest, I really don’t ever put my slow cooker away. Sure it’s no that pleasant to have a mini heater in the kitchen in summer but it just makes such delicious meals.
I have so many favourite appliances that I would have a tough time choosing my number one. They’re all special in their own way but the slow cooker does something that no one else can do – he can turn tough, inexpensive cuts of meat into mouth-watering, tender meals.
What I also love about him is that I can throw in just a few simple ingredients in the morning and by dinner time, something delicious is waiting for me.
It’s almost like having your own personal chef isn’t it?
I don’t know a mum whose dreams don’t involve a personal chef! Seeing as winter has well and truely arrived here in Brisbane (the temps have been below 20!), I’ve put together 12 winter slow cooker recipes that you can throw on in the morning and come home to dinner ready and waiting for you.
12 winter slow cooker recipes
1 Chicken burritos
Chicken burritos – because what’s better than a burrito? A slow cooked burrito of course. This is another great one to make a big batch of and keep in the freezer.
If you don’t like using tortillas, my Paleo corn chips make a great gluten-free burrito bowl.
2 Shredded beef sliders
Shredded beef sliders – I’ve never met a slider I don’t like. What’s better is you can make a big batch of the meat and freeze it for instant dinners just like the chicken burritos.
You’ll sense a theme by the end of this post – most things you can make in the slow cooker you can make in bulk and freeze.
3 Mexican leg of lam
Mexican lamb – Years ago, my friends and I were obsessed with this one Mexican restaurant. We used to go there for every Birthday and celebration and we always ordered the same thing – the slow-cooked Mexican leg of lamb.
It was soooo good. But then, it started to get not-so-good. Not long after the worst one we’d had (it was so bad I had a little chat with the manager) they restaurant closed down so I set out to create my own.
This one is great for dinner parties and wowing your guests when you present the giant, tender leg at the table.
4 Spanish chicken
Spanish chicken – this one is a versatile recipe that can be served over pasta or rice or even a mixed vegetable like a pisto would work really well.
5 Teriyaki chicken
Terriyaki chicken – I haven’t made this one for a little while (reminds me to put it back on the agenda because the boys would love it). It’s just as good as any Japanese restaurant version (that I’ve had anyway).
6 Indian beef curry
Indian beef curry – this is literally one of the most popular recipes on the blog. It has more than 20 five star reviews and the thing most people love about it is just how easy it is. It has just a few ingredients but such an awesome depth of flavour.
7 Beef and apricot tagine
Beef and apricot tagine – this one was created by my lovely nutritionist friend so you can bet it’s got some added goodness. It’s on the rich side (in a good way) and I think best served with couscous.
8 Roast chicken
Roast chicken – I don’t know why but it took me a very long time to discover that you can actually cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker. It will be the most melt-in-your-mouth tender chicken you’ve ever eaten.
9 Meat pies with yoghurt shortcrust pastry
Meat pies – These pretty irresistible and I promise the pastry is actually really easy to make.
In case you’ve forgotten about my love of the freezer – yep you can make the filling for these in bulk then just defrost, whack some in pastry and bake.
10 Beef, red wine and mushroom casserole
Beef, red wine and mushroom casserole – This might not be one for the kids but get me a nice warm crusty baguette and a fireplace and you have the perfect setting for this deliciousness. Equally enjoyed in front of an oil heater.
11 Pulled pork sliders
Pulled pork sliders – For our little guy’s naming ceremony, I made a mega batch of this pulled pork meat, bought a stack of bread rolls from the bakery and this was lunch for everyone.
It’s a great recipe to feed a crowd. I actually made it ahead of time and froze it then threw it back in the slow cooker to heat once it was defrosted.
12 Butter chicken
Butter chicken – apologies for the rubbish photo (must remake this and rephotograph soon) but don’t let it put you off this delicious butter chicken. These days I add some very finely chopped cauliflower and carrot to sneak extra veggies into the kids.
There you have it – 12 winter slow cooker recipes. Which one are you going to try first?
Not sure if a slow cooker is worth the investment? Check out my guide to the slow cooker.
So what about you?
Do you have a slow cooker?
Do you love it?
What’s your favourite thing to make in it?
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