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Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Recipes

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Last Updated on January 20, 2024 by Allison Lancaster

If you’re looking for a way to make your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving feast a bit easier, you will want to grab your slow cooker and bookmark these recipes. These slow cooker Thanksgiving dishes are sure to make you extra thankful for your slow cooker this holiday season!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays (second to Christmas). I love the time of year, good food, family time and football. It just makes me happy. While Thanksgiving is great, it can be overwhelming trying to cook everything at once~this year, I plan to utilize my slow cooker… A LOT.

Must-Make Crockpot Thanksgiving Recipes

Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Chicken

This recipe is technically for Engagement chicken but it also makes the perfect crockpot Thanksgiving chicken recipe. The best part? The gravy recipe is also included!

Slow cooker engagement chicken recipe in a crockpot

Chicken Corn Chowder

This chicken corn chowder is perfect slow cooker side dish for Thanksgiving! You will need chicken thighs, potatoes, carrots, celery, bell peppers, onion, corn, green chilies, cream cheese, chicken broth, milk, butter, creamer, cornstarch, salt and pepper. We will also need crumbled cooked bacon. 

slow cooker chicken corn chowder for Thanksgiving in white bowl

Mississippi Pot Roast 

What is Mississippi Pot Roast? It’s a super delicious beef roast slow cooked in butter with herbs, spices, and pepperoncini peppers. It’s extremely easy and tasty for the holidays. 

Mississippi pot roast with green beans and mashed potatoes on black plate

Bacon Wrapped Smokies 

Lit’l Smokies sausage can be pork, beef, or chicken wrapped in tasty crispy bacon. It’s a perfect slow cooker Thanksgiving recipe idea for the entire family. The author recommends using maple-flavored bacon for the perfect flavor combination.

bacon wrapped smokies with tooth picks


Cocktail Meatballs 

Try these crockpot cocktail meatballs with ground beef, ground pork, eggs, and bread. You will also need milk, yellow onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. 

cocktail meatballs in white bowl with cocktail forks

Pineapple Pork Butt 

This pineapple pulled pork butt is fork tender and made with delicious tenderloin and fresh pineapple juice. Other key ingredients include yellow onion, fresh pineapple, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, honey, sesame oil, and a few other pantry staples.

pineapple pulled pork butt on plate

Crockpot Pulled Pork 

If you are looking for a juicy tender shredded pork recipe for the holidays look no further. The entire family will be excited to eat this pork with some buns or tortillas. With a tiny seasoned barbecue sauce what’s not to love? 

crockpot pulled pork recipe

Chicken Stuffing Casserole 

You’ll love this chicken stuffing casserole in the slow cooker because it is budget friendly. It’s also super simple to rip up because you’re literally just dumb in the ingredients into your pot! 

chicken stuffing casserole on white plate

Slow Cooker Brisket 

Brisket is so tasty for the holiday season! And this dish will quickly become your new favorite Thanksgiving slow cooker recipe. You won’t need beef brisket, baby carrots, onions, garlic, potatoes, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, salt, and pepper.

slow cooker brisket on pan with carrots and potatoes

Pork Loin Recipe 

I have yourself some fresh pork loin from the store or butcher, the author recommends using boneless. Boneless pork loin cooks faster without too much prep time. Then just follow the rest of the directions it’s so easy.

slow cooker pork loin on white plate

Chicken Potatoes & Green Beans 

Grab yourself some boneless skinless chicken breasts, fresh green beans, red potatoes, Italian seasoning, lemon juice, and olive oil for the best crockpot dish ever. 

chicken poatoes and green beans on white plate

Whole Lemon Rosemary Chicken 

Looking for the best easy slow cooker Thanksgiving recipe? Try this whole chicken with lemon and rosemary! It’s cost effective and full of scrumptious flavor. 

whole lemon rosemary chicken on white plate with potatoes and green beans

Crockpot Sausage & Peppers 

Try something different with this crockpot recipe for sausage and peppers. You will need olive oil to sauté the sausages because searing them makes a world of difference. The author recommends using mildly spicy pork Italian sausage links.

crockpot sausage and peppers in crockpot

Tuscan Garlic Chicken 

Creamy Tuscan chicken with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes will surely hit the spot! It’s creamy with savory Italian flavors. You will love the hands off cooking method and your end results will please a crowd. 

Crockpot Slow cooker thanksgiving recipes

Pumpkin Dump Cake 

Time for dessert with this slow cooker pumpkin dump cake recipe. It’s ready in 2 hours and 5 minutes. It can even cook while dinner is in the oven. When it’s ready top it with some vanilla ice cream and chop pecans. 

pumpkin dump cake topped with whipped cream on white plate

Crockpot Cake Recipe 

One more easy dessert recipe that’s effortless and scrumptious. It only takes 15 minutes to prep with simple ingredients and heavenly toppings. It’s the best Thanksgiving slow cooker recipe that’s so moist and soft. 

crockpot chocolate cake with gold fork

Caramel Apple Dump Cake 

What’s more on theme for an easy holiday crock pot recipe than caramel apple dump cake? Plus the topping ideas are endless! You could top it with vanilla ice cream, butter pecan, Cool Whip, caramel drizzle, nuts, cinnamon, and so much more. 

caramel apple dump cake in glass bowl with ice cream

Pumpkin Monkey Bread 

Pumpkin monkey bread is the perfect twist on the classic easy treat. Monkey bread is traditionally made in a Bundt pan but it’s so delicious and ooey-gooey in your slow cooker! It’s ready in two hours and 20 minutes with the most amazing flavors like pumpkin and cream cheese.

pumpkin monkey bread with cream cheese icing drizzled over

Slow Cooker Baked Apples

Want a healthier dessert or option for Thanksgiving? These slow cooked apples are a nutritious option to have at the dessert table. And for hours from start to finish you will have delicious soft and flavorful cinnamon fruit for everyone to enjoy. 

slow cooker baked apples topped with whipped cream

Creamy Hot Chocolate

Now it’s time for the drink options that you can make in your crockpot. You will need milk, heavy cream, milk chocolate chips, sugar, and vanilla extract. All you have to do is combine these ingredients in the pot and cook on low for two hours. 

creamy hot chocolate in white mug with chocolate drizzle topped with marshmallows

Crockpot Apple Cider

Have some nice warm apple cider for everyone to indulge in during the holidays. All you have to do is slice your apples into quarters and combine them in the crockpot with an orange, water, and festive spices. Once it cooks just mash and stream for a delicious beverage. 

crockpot apple cider in mason jars


Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese 

What’s Thanksgiving or any holiday without some creamy cheesy macaroni and cheese? This recipe is so creamy and delicious it will quickly become a new favorite. The best part is you can make it for any day of the week. 

slow cooker macaroni and cheese in white bowl

What foods should not go in a slow cooker?

Although the slow cooker is perfect for countless recipes and foods there are some items that just should not go into your crockpot! For example, lean meats are not the best for the slow cooker because they will dry out. Dairy should not go into the crockpot because it’s easy to curdle and separate. Also, delicate vegetables will likely become way too mushy when cooked in this method. 

We hope you enjoyed this post of slow cooker Thanksgiving recipe ideas! I am greatly anticipating it after seeing all these delicious dishes.

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  1. Oh my gosh, these are genius! I got married a weekish ago and am spending my first Thanksgiving with my in-laws. I am definitely going to have to try these out and show off my impressive skills. I’m obsessed with my slow cooker.

  2. These all look so yummy. I’m obsessed with my crock pot!

  3. Amazing recipes. Definitely marking down that brown sugar apple sauce

  4. Love these! I am always looking for ways to use my slow cooker for meals for thanksgiving. I hate being in the kitchen all morning so any way to eliminate that I am all for!

    Elizabeth Ann //

  5. What a great collection of slow cooker favorites! We need all the simple time-saving recipes we can get for the holidays. I especially like the sweet potato casserole.

  6. Using a slow cooker at Thanksgiving sure would make that day a lot easier and less stressful. Definitely going to be trying some of these. Yum!

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