We all know the slow cooker is a lifesaver on a busy day. I use mine at least a few times a week, if not almost every day. There’s something wonderful about walking into your house at the end of the day and smelling the aroma of dinner ready to be served.
Your slow cooker can be used in other ways, as well. I love to use it for sides and appetizers when my oven is otherwise occupied, or when I’m just having a few people over for a gathering. Check out some of my favorite slow cooker appetizers here.
1. Spicy Beef Queso Dip
Source: Brown Eyed Baker
Forget the melted cheese dip, this spicy twist on a classic will have guests and tailgaters gobbling it up in a hurry! With jalapeños and a kick from taco seasoning mix, this dip will add flavor to any party.
2. Spinach Artichoke Dip
Source: Six Sisters’ Stuff
When I head to a restaurant this dish is always on the menu. This creamy, cheesy dip is perfect for any get-together and always has guests asking for more.
3. Italian Turkey Meatballs
Source: Skinny Taste
These delicious and addictive Italian Turkey Meatballs are a savory addition to any appetizer table. Let guests eat them as is or add bread for a meatball sub!
Find more tailgate-worthy slow cooker recipes right here!
4. Hawaiian BBQ Pork Wonton Tacos
Source: Creme de la Crumb
Add a different flavor to your typical slow cooker appetizers with this wonton twist. Savory pork slowly cooked to the perfect texture with a delicious glaze will make this pop at your next party.
5. Spicy Macaroni & Cheese
Source: A Day in Motherhood
We can all throw mac and cheese in the slow cooker and watch as it melts to creamy perfection. Adding a little spice with some canned tomatoes is a twist that makes taste buds smile! Serve this as a side dish and watch everyone learn that mac and cheese has many flavorful sides.
6. Mashed Potatoes
Source: A Beautiful Mess
These creamy potatoes will melt the minute they hit your tongue. Serve them with one of these savory chicken dishes.
7. Roasted Veggies
Source: Chocolate-Covered Katie
No meal is complete without some colorful, delicious veggies. Stop the sogginess and get that smokey flavor with these easy tips for the perfect healthy side.
8. Caramel Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Cake
Source: Crazy for Crust
No dinner or gathering is complete without a dessert that melts in your mouth. Mix warm and cold with this cake and ice cream dish that makes me want to eat the whole thing!
9. Cider Wassail
Source: A Spicy Perspective
I have to add a warm, wintery drink into the mix now that summer is almost over. Curl up as your favorite sports team beats their opponent with a cup of this fragrant drink!