Set it and forget it until dinnertime.
In between back-to-school shopping, sports practices, and twice-daily school runs, it can feel impossible to make time for eating dinner, let alone for cooking dinner. If your stress level rises the closer the clock inches to dinnertime, have no fear. We have some stress-free supper ideas for you. Those long back-to-school days stretch into hungry nights. It’s unavoidable. That’s when you know it’s time for the slow cooker. The slow cooker is your key to stress-free weeknights. It’s the year-round kitchen MVP, and it’s definitely the unsung hero of back-to-school season. Plug it in, and get to cooking. (It will make your life easier, we promise.) We’ve rounded up some of our favorite slow-cooker recipes for you to try this month. These are the family-favorite meals that the kids request again and again. Don’t let the back-to-school blues get you down. Spice up your weeknights with a few recipes that are delicious and oh-so easy. Kids like chicken? We have plenty. From Honey-Apricot Glazed Chicken to Slow-Cooked Barbecue Sandwiches, there’s a flavor for every taste. Crazy about tacos? Read on for our Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos Al Pastor and Barbacoa Brisket. We have the back-to-school weeknight recipe classics, too, like mac and cheese, spaghetti, chicken soup, and chimichangas. Enjoy! (And be sure to read to the very end for our two favorite slow-cooker dessert recipes!)
Meatball Sliders with Tomato Sauce
It’s the entree that launched a thousand great dinners. Kids can’t get enough of these tasty meatball sliders.
Black Bean Chimichangas
Recipe: Black Bean Chimichangas
This recipe for Black Bean Chimichangas is as fun to make as it is to eat.
White Chicken Chili
Recipe: White Chicken Chili
Gather the ingredients, and you’re halfway to dinner.
Slow-Cooker Tomato Sauce
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Tomato Sauce
This will become your go-to tomato sauce in no time at all.
Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos
Could there be an easier or more kid-pleasing dinner than nachos? Only if it’s this recipe, which is customizable and also made in the slow cooker. Win-win.
Baked Four-Cheese Spaghetti with Italian Sausage
Take your classic spaghetti up a notch—and cut down on prep time—with this delectable four-cheese, slow-cooker version.
Slow-Cooker Beef Sliders with Pickled Peppers
Kids love sliders, and so do we. Back to school has never been so tasty.
Easy Enchilada Bake
Recipe: Easy Enchilada Bake
This has all the flavor of enchiladas with none of the labor-intensive prep.
Recipe: Spaghetti Casserole
Bake your spaghetti into a casserole for a dinner that will double as leftovers all week long.
Slow-Cooked Cowboy Brisket and Beans
Channel your inner cowboy and round up dinner with this delicious brisket-and-beans dish.
Soulful Chicken Soup
Recipe: Soulful Chicken Soup
Chicken soup isn’t just for sick days. It’s also a comforting back-to-school supper.
Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos Al Pastor with All the Fixings
Put all the fixings on the table, and the kids will love putting together their own tacos.
Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings
Recipe: Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings
We always love chicken and dumplings for an easy supper, but we’re really over the moon for this slow-cooker version that incorporates cornbread.
Uncle Jack's Mac-and-Cheese
Recipe: Uncle Jack's Mac-and-Cheese
It’s comfort food at its finest, and you’ll love the easy prep.
Slow-Cooked Barbecued Chicken
Recipe: Slow-Cooked Barbecued Chicken
Skip the pre-cooked chicken at the grocery store, and make your own with this easy recipe.
Honey-Apricot Glazed Chicken
Recipe: Honey-Apricot Glazed Chicken
Simmer for a few hours, and you’ll be on your way to a delicious chicken dish with complementary (and irresistible) sweet and sour flavors.
Turkey Meatball Stroganoff
Recipe: Turkey Meatball Stroganoff
Kids never say no to this tasty and filling slow-cooker stroganoff recipe.
Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder
Recipe: Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder
Whip up a pork shoulder in the slow cooker on Sunday, and you’ll have the base for any number of dinner entrees all week long.
Coriander-Coconut Braised Ribs
Recipe: Coriander-Coconut-Braised Ribs
Think ribs are a no-go for weeknight dinner? Think again, thanks to this easy recipe with flavors both parents and kiddos will crave.
Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili
Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
Sweet potatoes and bacon are a dynamic back-to-school duo.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti
Bookmark this chicken cacciatore recipe for a classic weeknight supper that's sure to please.
Slow-Cooked Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches
Barbecued chicken is a solid sandwich choice at any time of year, but it’s especially satisfying during back-to-school season.
Chicken Thighs with Carrots and Potatoes
This slow-cooker recipe is a no-fail, kid-pleasing meal.
Chicken Sausage and White Bean Stew
As summer turns to fall, you’ll need more hearty recipes like this one.
Scalloped Potatoes with Ham
Recipe: Scalloped Potatoes with Ham
You can make this classic scalloped potatoes side in the slow cooker, easy.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Lettuce Cups
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Lettuce Cups
Lighten up dinner with this satisfying salad alternative.
Recipe: Barbacoa Brisket
What can’t you do with barbacoa brisket? It’s a perfect base for all your greatest weeknight dinner ideas.
Recipe: Chicken-and-Spinach Lasagna
Sneak some leafy greens (i.e. spinach) into this lasagna for a slightly healthier and soon-to-be signature lasagna that you’ll want to make every week.
King Ranch Chicken
Recipe: King Ranch Chicken
Lean on the slow cooker to make king ranch chicken casserole even easier. This recipe is one for the books.
Recipe: Peach Cobbler
Some weeknights call for a classic dessert. Go with this one.
Apple and Pear Crisp
Recipe: Apple and Pear Crisp
Put those apples and pears to good use in this easy slow-cooker dessert recipe.