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35 Set & Forget Slow Cooker Recipes

No matter what you call it (a slow cooker or crockpot), we have some delicious recipes for you in this roundup! There are recipes for all kinds of chicken, beef, soups and stews along with lots of options for full meals that you can set and forget.

Healthy Crockpot Recipes

All of the recipes in this listing are gluten-free and made with real food ingredients. If you are looking for healthy slow cooker recipes, this is the place to be!

There are also options that fit many other dietary needs such as paleo, whole30, keto and dairy-free. Just browse around to the individual recipe pages to see if the recipe is a good fit for your needs.

Looking for more cozy recipes? Check out all of our healthy comfort food recipes!

This is Our Slow Cooker

There are plenty of slow cooker options out there, but below is the one we have used for years.

Here’s why we like it:

  • It’s fairly inexpensive
  • You can lock the lid for easy transport
  • Once the cooking time is up, it switches to a “keep warm” setting

Why Slow Cooking is the Best

We use our crockpot all the time, and here are the reasons we love it.

  • Set & Forget – A little prep goes a long way. Most of these recipes require only prepping the main ingredients and cooking them on low or high for 4 to 8 hours.
  • Batch cook & meal prep – We cook a lot, so we try to batch cook and meal prep when we can. The crockpot is great for cooking a big batch of meat or soup that you can have for leftovers.
  • Slow and low is the way to go – I love our Instant Pot, but I really prefer cooking things like beef and pork roast in the slow cooker. The low heat gives you the perfect fall apart, shreddable meat every time.
  • Easy cleanup – Since you’re cooking everything in one pot, that’s all you have to clean!

A Note On the Instant Pot

In this listing, many of the recipes can be made in either the Instant Pot or slow cooker. If the recipe title notes that it is an Instant Pot recipe, the slow cooker instructions will also be included in the recipe card.

Feel free to use either option and go with whatever works for you.

Crockpot Chicken Recipes

Chicken Carnitas (Slow Cooker or Instant Pot)
This Paleo, Whole30 + Keto crispy chicken carnitas recipe needs 10 minutes of active prep, and then let your Instant Pot or Slow Cooker do all the work!
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Easy Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken
Easy slow cooker jerk chicken on a plate with pineapple and lime vertical image
Fall off the bone chicken thighs slathered with Jamaican jerk seasoning and sauce, all in the slow cooker! Authentic tasting easy slow cooker jerk chicken.
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Chicken Tinga (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto) Instant Pot or Slow Cooker
An easy Instant Pot or slow cooker meal, this Paleo, Whole30 + Keto shredded mexican chicken is a versatile and fun dish that the whole family will love! 
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Slow Cooker Whole Chicken from Happy Foods Tube
Whole cooked chicken in a crockpot with seasonings spread over it and chopped parsley flakes
This is an easy recipe for slow cooker whole chicken that also includes leftover chicken recipe ideas. Rubbed with homemade seasoning and stuffed with apples and onion, this crock pot chicken is a tasty & hassle-free midweek dinner.
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Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken (Paleo + Whole30)
This Paleo + Whole30 slow cooker teriyaki chicken is an easy weeknight dinner or meal prep recipe. This healthy teriyaki chicken recipe is sure to be a new favorite and something you add to you regular rotation as an easy dinner the whole family loves! 
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Slow Cooker Beef Recipes

Beef Barbacoa (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto) Slow Cooker or Instant Pot
Make this Paleo + Whole30 beef barbacoa in your Instant Pot or Slow Cooker. It’s a little smoky with some spice and citrus, and it makes lots of leftovers! 
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Instant Pot Italian Beef (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
Easy instant pot italian beef with a flavorful italian dressing. A delicious whole30, Paleo and low-carb recipe that you can serve with anything!
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Slow Cooker BBQ Beef (Paleo + Whole30)
This Paleo and Whole30 slow cooker BBQ beef is easy to prep and oh so delicious thanks to a tangy and tantalising Whole30 compliant BBQ sauce! Serve it with anything and it’s a perfect freezer meal for meal prep. 
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Mexican Shredded Beef (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
Juicy, rich and flavorful, this Paleo, Whole30 + Keto Mexican shredded beef is easy to make in an Instant Pot or slow cooker. Perfect for meal prep too!
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Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli from Whole Kitchen Sink
Overhead shot of broccoli beef in the slow cooker
This easy Whole30 slow cooker recipe makes cooking beef and broccoli at home so simple. It comes together in the crock pot incredibly fast, and is a great meal prep recipe or weeknight meal.
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Slow Cooker Pork Recipes

Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
This easy slow cooker pulled pork is a healthy recipe made with simple seasonings. 5 minutes of prep for an easy Paleo, Whole30 + Keto pulled pork recipe!
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Marinated Instant Pot Mojo Pulled Pork
Close up overhead image of mojo pulled pork in a bowl
This perfectly seasoned mojo pulled pork recipe is about to rock your world! Make it in the Instant Pot or slow cooker.
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Slow Cooker Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin from The Healthy Consultant
A quick and easy dinner for the whole family–you will love this slow cooker, bacon-wrapped pork loin roast recipe served on a bed of soft sweet potatoes.
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Crockpot Honey Balsamic Pork Chops
These crockpot honey balsamic pork chops get a mild sweetness from the honey that is offset with the tart balsamic vinegar for a bold flavor combination.
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Tender, Flavorful Instant Pot Pork Shoulder
Instant pot pork shoulder served over mashed cauliflower in a bowl.
This instant pot pork shoulder is an easy, flavor packed meal prep recipe. You'll love the versatility of leftovers and only 10 minutes of prep!
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Crockpot Pork Chile Verde (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
Tomatillos and chilies, garlic and cilantro blend to make the perfect sauce for tender pork in this easy Paleo + Whole30 crockpot pork chile verde recipe.
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Slow Cooker Meals (Full Meals)

Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast with Vegetables (Paleo + Whole30)
This easy, tender and juicy slow cooker beef pot roast with veggies is the perfect family meal. Healthy, real food ingredients make it Paleo + Whole30!
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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore from Wholesomelicious
Bowl full of slow cooker chicken cacciatore
Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore is a classic Italian dish that can also be made in the Slow Cooker for an easy weeknight dinner. Paleo, Whole30, and Keto!
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Slow Cooker Gumbo Recipe (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
This Paleo gumbo is packed it with chicken thighs, sausage and shrimp in addition to veggies and lots of seasonings. It’s also Whole30 compliant!
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Carnitas Taco Lettuce Wraps from The Endless Meal
Close up of shredded chicken in lettuce wraps with chopped purple onions
Carnitas Taco Lettuce Wraps are all the things you love about carnitas but wrapped in crunchy, low-carb lettuce. Healthy Mexican recipes don’t get better than this!
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Slow Cooker Potatoes, Cabbage and Kielbasa from The Magical Slow Cooker
Overhead image of cabbage, potatoes and sliced sausages in slow cooker
Slow Cooker Potatoes Cabbage and Kielbasa is a one pot meal full of great flavor! The entire meal is flavored from the kielbasa and the potatoes and cabbage are very tender.
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Ropa Vieja (Paleo + Whole30) Slow Cooker or Instant Pot
This Paleo + Whole30 ropa vieja has a rich, bold flavor with hints of smoky, savory and sweet. It’s our take on the traditional Cuban dish! Make it in your Instant Pot or Slow Cooker. 
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Recipes for Soups in the Crockpot

Crockpot Lasagna Soup (Paleo + Whole30)
This Paleo + Whole30 crockpot lasagna soup takes just 10 minutes to get everything prepped and in your crockpot or instant pot and is a great family dinner!
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Chicken Fajita Soup (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto) – Slow Cooker + Instant Pot
Whether you're cooking in a Slow Cooker or Instant Pot, this chicken fajita soup will have you enjoying a hearty dinner with minimal effort and prep work.
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Hamburger Soup (Paleo + Whole30) Instant Pot or Slow Cooker
Overhead image of hamburger soup in a bowl with potatoes, mushrooms and chopped green onions
This easy Paleo and Whole30 hamburger soup is hearty, packed with veggies and perfect for all your favorite toppings. Instant pot or slow cooker options.
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Quick, Comforting Spanish Chicken Stew
Looking for a hearty, Spanish-style chicken stew, but don't have all day? Easily make it on the stove top or in a slow cooker or Instant Pot.
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Instant Pot Taco Soup (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
This Paleo, Whole30 + Keto Instant Pot taco soup has veggies, bone broth, grass-fed ground beef and is an easy, healthy dinner. Instant Pot or Slow Cooker instructions. 
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Crockpot Chili Recipes

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
This Paleo, Whole30 + Keto Instant Pot white chicken chili is an easy recipe that’s a perfect weeknight dinner. Only 10 minutes of prep for a healthy meal!
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Keto Chili (Paleo + Whole30) Slow Cooker or Instant Pot
This no bean Whole30 Keto Chili is filled with rich, meaty flavor! It’s an easy meal to throw together in either the slow cooker or instant pot. 
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Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Chili from The Real Food Dietitians
Overhead shot of chili with cheese, jalapeno and sour cream toppings
This Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Chili is a crowd-pleasing ‘pull out all the stops’ kind of chili. Perfect for weeknight meals or parties. Serves 8.
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Sweet Potato Chili (Paleo + Whole30) Instant Pot or Slow Cooker
This Paleo + Whole30 sweet potato chili is cozy, comforting and super easy to make! Instructions for both the Instant Pot + Slow Cooker.
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Beef Stew Crockpot Recipes

Crockpot Beef Stew (Paleo, Whole30 + GF)
There is something so cozy about stew packed with beef and veggies. This crockpot beef stew is Paleo + Whole30, yet hearty and boasts lots of flavor!
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Curry Beef Stew (Paleo + Whole30)
This Paleo and Whole30 curry beef stew is real good, and we’ve provided you instructions to make it in either the Instant Pot or slow cooker! It’s packed with comfort foods like potatoes, savory curry flavors, gut healing bone broth and creamy coconut milk.
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Instant Pot Beef Stew (Paleo + Whole30)
Add this Paleo and Whole30 Instant Pot Beef Stew to your agenda, it’s an easy and tasty one you can enjoy all year long. It’s packed with vegetables and you can top it with healthy fats and chopped green onion. 
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35 Set & Forget Slow Cooker Recipes: Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Course: Soup
Servings: 6
Calories: 237kcal
Since the weather turned chilly, this crockpot chicken enchilada soup is one that we've had on repeat! It's so tasty and warming. We've rounded up all kinds of amazing slow cooker and crockpot recipes for you in this roundup.
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  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 can fire roasted crushed tomatoes (14.5 oz can)
  • 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups bone broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper

For garnish:

  • 1 avocado
  • fresh cilantro
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  • Prepare all of the ingredients as noted above, and add all of the ingredients, except for the garnish ingredients, into your crockpot or Instant Pot in the order listed above. 
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours in the crockpot or on high for 3 hours. For the Instant Pot, cook for 20 minutes on the manual setting at high pressure with a quick release. Once done, use two forks to shred chicken in the crockpot. Ladle into bowls and serve with avocado and fresh cilantro. 


Nutrition amounts are per serving and an estimate provided for those following a Ketogenic or low-carb diet. See our full nutrition information disclosure here

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fiber: 4g
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