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10 Simple Slow Cooker Dishes for Chilly Nights

1. Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili

Chili is the ultimate comfort food. Maybe it’s the warmth and soft texture, the familiar flavors with just a bit of a kick from the spices, or simply the ease with which you can cook and eat it - either way, nothing conjures up the image of sitting warmly inside, wrapped up in a blanket on a chilly night, quite like chili.

This recipe takes an interesting twist on the traditional chili recipe, adding in sweet potatoes to give it more of a mellow flavor, as well as a more varied texture. Sweet potatoes are a fall staple, so this addition is sure to make the dish stand out as a fall recipe that makes use of the flavors of the season. Click here for more information on the many health benefits of sweet potatoes. 

2. Crock Pot Cranberry Pork Loin

Thanksgiving dinner meets pulled pork in this innovative recipe, which combines the tanginess of cranberries with the mellow, savory flavors of pork. The meat is soft and tender, while the cranberries have lost none of their flavor over the slow cooking process. The sweetness of the berries compliments the savoriness of the meat. Best of all, the recipe (like anything in a slow cooker) is incredibly easy!

3. Savory Irish Stew

One of the best things about stew is how easy it is to prepare; simply cut up the vegetables, brown the meat, and place everything on the stove to cook. With a slow cooker, you can make the process even easier; the cooking technology ensures even heating throughout, and the slow nature of the process ensures that the meat and vegetables end up nice and tender.

This savory Irish stew recipe makes use of the traditional ingredients of beef stew for the ultimate fall comfort food experience. The innovative addition of tapioca makes it even thicker and heartier than a regular stew, which is exactly what you’re looking for on a chilly night in fall.

4. Thai Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut squash is one of the most well-known fall vegetables; it’s great roasted, boiled, pureed, and now cooked in a crock pot as butternut squash soup. This traditional fall recipe takes an interesting turn with the addition of Thai curry, which adds an aromatic, spicy element that livens up the soup and adds the perfect kick of spice to ward off the fall’s chill.

5. Cheese fondue

Fondue is a party classic, but even if you don’t have an occasion to celebrate, it provides the perfect snack for a fall night. This easy recipe focuses on adding a depth of flavor to the fondue, which is achieved by adding white wine and using Swiss cheese, as opposed to the usual cheddar. Use CheeseSticks for dipping to experience the perfect pairing.

6. Crock Pot Spaghetti Bolognese

The secret to this crock pot recipe is how effortless it is - instead of laboring for hours before a stove to get your sauce to the right consistency, you can simply drop the ingredients in, stir them around, and come back at the end of the day for a rich, perfectly cooked sauce that completes your Spaghetti Bolognese.

7. Crock Pot Corn and Potato Chowder

Corn chowder is another comfort food that has everything you could want from a fall dish: it’s warm, it’s hearty, and (if done right) it can be incredibly flavorful. Thankfully, this recipe is exactly that. The addition of potatoes adds a heartiness to the soup, and the butter and cream make sure that it is as rich and creamy as it needs to be for a fall night.

8. Chocolate dipping sauce

Chilly fall weather is sure to awaken your sweet tooth, and that’s why this recipe is so perfect. Whether you are using it for a social gathering or simply for a comforting night in, pair this creamy, smooth chocolate fondue with dipping items (such as gourmet SweetSticks) for a fun way to indulge your chocolate craving.

9. Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Split pea soup is usually hit-or-miss; either you love its richness and thick, hearty texture, or you are turned off by its green color. However, thanks to this crock pot recipe, you can learn to appreciate split pea soup without judging it by its appearance; the addition of several other vegetables makes it both healthy and more visually appealing.

10. Bourbon-Maple Slow-Cooked Baked Beans

Baked beans take on a fall twist in this slow cooker recipe, which combines the traditional fall ingredient of maple syrup with the southern flavors of bourbon, molasses, and barbecue sauce. They’re incredibly easy to make, and are perfectly cooked in the crock pot, which evenly distributes the flavors for an incredible dish.

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