Crock Pot Cozy Comfort Food Ideas

The days are getting shorter as we enjoy all our fall activities. At the end of the month we celebrate Halloween, and then we shift gears for November. Today let’s think of all the warm and cozy food we enjoy as the weather is colder and darkness lengthens. There’s something so comforting about a hearty, warm meal when you get home. Nothing makes a meal easier than a slow cooker or crock pot. I want to share some of my favorite crock pot comfort food ideas that will fill your home with delicious aromas and warm your heart.

Slow Cooker Homemade Beef Stew

This one pot meal is hearty and inexpensive. Cheaper cuts of beef are usually used and root vegetables are inexpensive and plentiful. The most popular cut of meat used for stew is chuck. You may also use a variety of roasts like bottom round, round tip, top round, and pot roast.  Remove excess fat and cut into chunks. Don’t try to cook stew in a hurry as the meat will be tough. Slow cooking is what makes the meat tender and melt-in-your mouth beef.

Slow Cooker Pork & Sauerkraut

Slow cooker pork & sauerkraut is the ultimate hearty meal for a cold evening. The pork is perfectly juicy and tender after simmering with sauerkraut and apples. You can use pork loin (not tenderloin) or shoulder roast. I’ve even made it with lean pork chops.

Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage

Stuffed cabbage is an old-fashioned family favorite. It’s a hearty meal that’s easy to make. Using a slow cooker makes this dish even easier to prepare on a busy day. Make a flavorful combination of ground beef, pork, and brown rice stuffed into pre-boiled cabbage leaves.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore is an easy dish that brings lots of warmth, flavor, and comfort but with only 15 minutes prep. Italian chicken cacciatore usually uses a mix of chicken parts and is slowly simmered on the stove.  I like a healthy chicken cacciatore slow cooker approach. Making chicken cacciatore in the crock pot achieves the same tenderness and depth of flavor as the slow-simmer method, with less hassle.

Slow Cooker Turkey & Pumpkin Chili

Autumn is pumpkin time in every sense of the word. Because it is crammed full of antioxidants, many of us believe that pumpkin can help to corral free radicals. To explain, free radicals allow certain kinds of cancer to quickly multiply and spread. Tests revealed that those who regularly consume foods containing alpha and beta carotene had a lower risk of contracting throat, pancreas, stomach and breast cancer. It makes sense to try adding pumpkin to other foods to increase their nutritional value. Of course, they also make everything taste good.

Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff

My slow cooker chicken Stroganoff is a a leaner Stroganoff. I used boneless, skinless chicken, low salt chicken broth, low fat Greek yogurt or low fat sour cream for the classic flavor with fresh mushrooms and onion. This great weeknight meal takes less than 15 minutes to prep, then the slow cooker does the rest.

Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce

This pantry recipe requires ground meat, herbs, crushed tomatoes, and milk to make a go-to-sauce for pasta, stuffed peppers, and even lasagna. Bolognese sauce is a meat sauce with tomatoes, carrots, celery, onion, and garlic. Most of us aren’t used to adding dairy to tomatoey, meaty sauces, but adding milk to your bolognese adds such a richer depth of flavor, and results in much more tender meat. Add a little wine to the simmering meat; the alcohol will burn off but the wine adds another note of flavor.

Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup

It’s time for some serious comfort food, and my first thought is soups and stews. One of the easiest and heartiest meals, Beef Barley Soup with vegetables is even better when made in a crock pot. It’s filled with tender beef, hearty vegetables, and plump barley. You spend so little time for such a wonderful filling meal. Put it on and leave it alone while you do something else. Add crusty bread or rolls and dinner is served.

I hope you’ve found at least one of these recipes to sample. Happy Fall and Happy Eating!

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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

18 thoughts to “Crock Pot Cozy Comfort Food Ideas”

    1. I must apologize that I didn’t include more vegetarian dishes in the round-up. I’m glad you like the mushroom, lentil, and barley stew. Let me know what you think. Take care my friend.

    1. Oh I love the aroma from a crockpot meal. You shared some really good ones here. My mom used to make chicken cacitori. Thank you for sharing at #aclwcc.

  1. I LOVE using a slow cooker! These look wonderful. I’d like to try the pork and sauerkraut and that bolognese. Yum. Pinning! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this post at the Will Blog for Comments #12 linkup. Hope to see you there next week, too.

  2. I love beef stew cooked long and slow in the winter, the pork and sauerkraut dish sounds delicious too. I’d like to give that one a try 🙂


  3. Oh thank you! I need lots of crock pot meals and ideas just now; our oven broke at the end of last month and we’re waiting for a new part to come in.. We haven’t had beef stew or chicken cacciatore in ages.

  4. Perfect winter warmers! I love stew, we had some just the other day.
    The Slow Cooker Turkey & Pumpkin Chilli sounds delicious, I am going to give that one a try. Adding this to my pins queue. 🙂

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