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Slideshow: 7 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes To Warm the House on a Cool Day

Slow-Cooker Chuck and Veggies

Is there a recipe more perfectly suited to the slow cooker or Instant Pot than a hearty beef stew? Throw these ingredients in a slow-cooker in the morning, and come home to a rich, savory dinner full of veggies and fall-apart beef. A great, lower-carb dinner that's perfect for a cold day.

Slow-Cooker Flank Steak Tacos

The low-and-slow cooking process of a crock pot is the perfect way to tenderize leaner cuts of meat, such as flank steak. These tacos put that lean-but-tender cut center stage, though feel free to top these with avocado and cheese, if desired. No matter how you dress them up, these delicious but super easy tacos will soon be a favorite.

Crock Pot Veggie Soup

While meats most often get treated to the low-heat braising process, veggie dishes can shine in a slow-cooker as well. This take on vegetable soup makes a great side dish. Serve it alongside roasted chicken or fish for a complete meal. And if you're a plan-ahead meal-prepper, this recipe freezes well, so portion it out into to-go containers, throw them in the freezer, and have lunch planned for the week.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sliders

Have a crowd to feed? These little sandwiches are perfect. Start the chicken in a slow cooker and then assemble these fun sliders when your guests walk through the door. For a lower-carb option, go bunless and enjoy the fall-apart BBQ chicken all on its own.

Devin Alexander's Crock Pot Chipotle Steak Simmer

This recipe from celebrity chef Devin Alexander relies on chipotle peppers to add a smokey, subtle spice to the beef. Plus, if you're using an Instant Pot or other multi-cooker, this recipe is a one-pot wonder. Use the sauté setting to brown the beef, onions, and peppers, and ditch the extra pan (and the extra clean up).

Chipotle BBQ Pork Folded Tacos

This is another taco recipe that shows off the versatility of the slow cooker, this time taking a cut of pork and infusing with spices to get an amazing Southwest flavor (without adding extra fats). The pork is so good that you can keep the toppings minimal and let the complex flavors in the meat really shine.

Slow Cooker Pork and Pumpkin Stew

While pumpkin is typically considered a fall harvest ingredient, this no-fuss meal lets is great any time of year. Paired with steamed nonstarchy vegetables or a salad, this stew is a true crowd-pleaser.

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