It can be a lot harder to find the motivation to cook meals in the wintertime when all you want to do is snuggle under the blankets. But maybe you can do both!

Thanks to the crockpot, you can toss together a bunch of ingredients, throw ‘em in the contraption, and let it seep together into dinner, without lifting more than a finger.

We have a collection of cold-weather classics that will send your taste buds dancing and your goosebumps vanishing. Check out these 17 favorite winter favorites meals, all made in the handy dandy crockpot.

  1. Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs

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    A healthier take on spaghetti and meatballs, you can prepare this cozy recipe in 10 minutes flat, and then enjoy it for dinners all week.

  2. Chicken & Dumplings

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    Few combinations re more comforting than chicken and dumplings. This creamy, soothing delicacy is perfect on a frigid winter night.

  3. Hot Chocolate


    What better way to come in from playing in the snow than serving up a mug of hot chocolate? Using just chocolate chips, cocoa powder, cream, milk, and of course a few marshmallows, this cocoa is much better than anything you can get from a packet.

  4. Lasagna

    Never thought you could make this comfort food in a slow cooker, did you? The taste is the same as the traditional version, but the effort is so much less!

  5. Ham & Bean Soup

    There’s nothing better than a cup of soup after coming in from the cold. This ham and bean variety is hearty, comforting and a true crowd favorite.

  6. Taco Chili


    Few recipes are easier than a simple chili, but this one takes the cake—or should we say, the taco. Just one taste of the Southwestern flavors in this American favorite and these cold winter days will pass in no time.

  7. Mac & Cheese

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    Creamy, cheesy and delicious, this slow cooker mac and cheese couldn’t be easier to make. Plus, this recipe is sure to please everyone in the family, from kids to adults.

  8. Pork Posole

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    The combination of pork shoulder with Ancho chile powder makes this recipe a true winner, especially when you need something hearty and nourishing in the winter.

  9. Italian-Style Pot Roast

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    A classic pot roast, but with an Italian twist: We’re talking marinara sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, onions, all the herb, and spices—basically everything you could want when you think of a traditional Italian dish but don’t want pasta.

  10. French Toast

    The crockpot doesn’t always have to be about lunch or dinner. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, after all, and this deliciously sweet French toast doesn’t disappoint.

  11. Creamy Wild Rice Soup

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    This warm creamy soul-warming soup is so easy to make. And what better meal to come home to on a chilly evening than a bowl of this comforting, hearty soup?

  12. Pork Chops

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    These pork chops are smothered in homemade caramelized onion and apple cider gravy. Plus, they’re ready for you when you come home from a long day at work after slow cooking in the crockpot until the meat falls off the bone.

  13. Cinnamon Roll Casserole

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    Another breakfast delight, this cinnamon roll casserole can truly make a weekend morning special. You’ll want to get up extra early to get this going in time for the first meal of the day (and the smell it’ll waft into the house as everyone wakes up will make it all worth it).

  14. Mississippi Roast

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    You’ll have the prep work done for this recipe in as much time as it takes to spell Mississippi! (And when it’s done, the roast beef will be devoured just as quickly.)

  15. Beef Barley Soup


    Easy, delicious, and filling, this beef and barley soup is perfect for the whole family to enjoy together when the temps outside are below freezing.

  16. Tikka Masala

    This traditional tikka masala is chock full of flavor, but made in half the time. As a bonus, it tastes just like the kind you’d get in an authentic Indian restaurant.

  17. Turkey Chili

    Ending the list is a classic turkey chili—the kind of recipe you’ll make again and again for how easy, versatile and delicious it is. Any leftovers, if there are any, can be frozen in bags for future use!

Tell us: Are you a fan of the crockpot, especially in winter? What are your favorite cold-weather meals you like to make during the season?