21 Slow Cooker Recipes Because Who Wants to Cook on Football Sunday?

It's game day. You have the best NFL viewing package, so the whole gang is coming over to your house rip-roaring and ready to grub. This is no evening-game-only type of affair. Oh no, this is an all-day shindig, and you have a lot of hungry expectation coming your way, packing more of a punch than J. J. Watt (but not really). It's game day, after all, and the user experience depends on your personal playbook.

You'll want to spend most of your time drinking the game and watching the beer, or something like that, so any complex cooking will certainly draw a flag. Instead of taking the time to focus on food, spend your time facing your friends while your food cooks away slowly in a Crock-Pot.

Putting a few of these game-winning recipes into your game day playbook will result in a touchdown 100-percent of the time, every time. Grub on, football fans.

1. Slow Cooker Chicken Wings in Honey BBQ Sauce

Genius Recipes

No need for any trick plays, here; let's start with something basic. Some good old BBQ wings will wet the whistle of your guests, not the referee.

Get the recipe here.

2. Sloppy Joes

The Kitchn

Craving a burger, but don't want to work too hard? If you don't feel like grilling, these are perfect. Everyone can serve themselves with this easy recipe, just lay out rolls and let the games begin.

Get the recipe here.

3. Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Tacos | Creme de la Crumb
Le Creme de la Crumb

These Ranch Chicken Tacos look like the perfect filler for your sole open hand while watching the game. Why do you only have one open hand, you ask? We're assuming the other has a foam finger on it, of course.

Get the recipe here.

4. Slow Cooker Hot Fudge Brownies

These Slow Cooker Hot Fudge Brownies are FOUR ingredients and absolutely amazing. I will not judge you if you eat them STRAIGHT from the crock pot.
Wine and Glue

Just when you thought the game couldn't get any crazier, they came out with one of the most unexpected plays of the entire season: slow-cooked Hot Fudge Brownies.

Get the recipe here.

5. Crockpot Pulled Pork + Beer Cheese Grilled Cheese

Crockpot Pulled Pork + Beer Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwiches I howsweeteats.com
How Sweet It Is

If you're going to indulge in something a bit over-the-top, at least make it something that's worth it. These Crockpot Pulled Pork + Beer Cheese Grilled Cheese sandwiches are quite the indulgence, and they're worth every single calorie.

Get the recipe here.

6. Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Gluten Free Daddy

If you have a time-tested chili recipe, by all means, make it. It never hurts to have a second string, though, and this White Chicken Chili recipe has the potential to be a starter down the line.

Get the recipe here.

7. Crock Pot Cajun Boiled Peanuts

Crock Pot Cajun Boiled Peanuts
Tammi Lee Tips

Why put out regular peanuts when you could boil up some nuts (peanuts aren't actually a nut, but who cares) Cajun-style? More than your average legume (there it is), the Crock Pot Cajun Boiled Peanut promises to put a few points on the board as much as possible.

Get the recipe here.

8. Fall-Off-The-Bone Slow Cooker Ribs

Slow Cooker Ribs
Southern Bite

If you want some addicting baby back, baby back, baby back ribs, look no further. Fall-off-the-bone is an understatement; these practically melt in your mouth.

Get the recipe here.

9. Quick Crockpot Fondue

Quick Crockpot Fondue | from The Wanderlust Kitchen
The Wanderlust Kitchen

Feeling fancy? For some reason, fondue simply seems fancy. Fancify game day with this quick and easy recipe for delicious melted cheese with white wine in it. Oh, it's just so fancy!

Get the recipe here.

10. Crockpot Bacon Wrapped Smokies

The Frugal Girls

No matter how much will power you think you have, you'll be hard-pressed to say no to these Bacon Wrapped Smokies. They're just a lil' cute and a lotta tasty.

Get the recipe here.

11. Balsamic Roast Beef French Dip Sandwich

Balsamic Roast French Dip Sandwich Recipe from addapinch.com
Add a Pinch

Hey! Stop licking your computer screen! Go buy the ingredients and make it before you make the whole team run hills after practice.

Get the recipe here.

12. Supreme Pizza Dip

Amazing 10-Ingredient Supreme Pizza Dip - Perfect for Super Bowl and can be made in a Slow Cooker!!| ASpicyPerspective.com
A Spicy Perspective

Sure, ordering pizza on game day is fine for a runner-up. To be a champion, though, you'll need to consider something that separates you from the rest. This Supreme Pizza Dip is just that.

Get the recipe here.

13. Fudgy Crock Pot Reese's Spoon Cake

Recipes That Crock

If you just fumbled your iPad, we don't blame you. The Wide Open Eats team has an eternally wide open slot on the roster for anything with Reese's in it, and we're doing everything we can to get this Fudgy Crock Pot Reese's Spoon Cake in the first round of the draft.

Get the recipe here.

14. Best Ever Crockpot Beer Brats

The Slow Roasted Italian

Stating that you're the "best ever" during the post-game press conference is bold, and you'd better be willing to live up to the hype if you don't want negative press coming your way in the future. Here's a little secret, though: These Beer Brats just may be the best there ever was.

Get the recipe here.

15. Spicy Pulled Pork Popper Sandwich

Spicy Pulled Pork Popper Sandwich | Mom On Timeout - Made with my favorite slow cooker pulled pork recipe, caramelized onions, and Spicy Jalapeño cream cheese - seriously good!
Mom on Timeout

Crowd-pleasing, show-stopping, and jaw-dropping are three ways we'd describe these Spicy Pulled Pork Popper Sandwiches.

Get the recipe here.

16. Slow Cooker Korean Grass-Fed Short Ribs

Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com
Nom Nom Paleo

If you're tired of standard ribs, consider a player with a wider skill-set, so to speak. Offering more than the standard BBQ rib flavor profile, these Korean-Grass-Fed Ribs are mouthwateringly good and paleo-friendly.

Get the recipe here.

17. Crock Pot Paleo Cookies With Chocolate Chips

Crock Pot Paleo Cookies with Chocolate Chips - Let the crock pot do the work for you with these cookies that are loaded with gooey chocolate! An easy, healthy, grain-free treat! | Foodfaithfitness.com | @FoodFaithFit
Food Faith Fitness

Speaking of being paleo-friendly, these are the best caveman-approved cookies you could ever imagine. You don't need to be a wiz with an oven to make these, either.

Get the recipe here.

18. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Dip


It's nearly impossible to have too many dips on your game day roster. Why not go with a dip that's not awfully flashy but gets the job done right every time?

Get the recipe here.

19. Crock Pot Spicy Barbecue Kielbasa

Crock Pot Spicy Barbecue Kielbasa Recipe
Tammi Lee Tips

Smokey kielbasa with spicy barbecue is the two-point conversion play that you're going to be glad you practiced earlier in the week. It's not hard to make, but it will be gone so quickly on game day that you may forget that you even served it.

Get the recipe here.

20. Simple Slow Cooker Shredded Buffalo Chicken

Simple Slow Cooker Shredded Buffalo Chicken. This recipe is a must-have for the Super Bowl and is so easy to make! Only 4 ingredients necessary, and it's way healthier than fried wings (although it tastes just as delicious!)! | hostthetoast.com
Host the Toast

Buffalo chicken is always a fan favorite, and when the recipe is this simple it's probably the coach's (read: cook's) favorite too. Plus, if you haven't tried Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Wings sauce (as featured in the background of the above photo), you're truly missing something special.

Get the recipe here.

21. Slow Cooker Chili

Classic Slow Cooker Chili -- super easy to make, and SO GOOD! | gimmesomeoven.com #soup #fall #gameday
Gimme Some Oven

You can't only have one chili option; it's almost as bad as depending on one-star player to carry your team to the 'ship. It ain't happening, no matter how good your dad's meatless chili really tastes. Here's another chili recipe for those who prefer a little color in their bowl.

Get the recipe here.

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