21 Slow Cooker Recipes with 6 Ingredients or Fewer

These recipes prove that you can have tasty meals with basic ingredients.

Sometimes less is more. You don’t need a dozen ingredients to create an interesting meal, and you don’t need every bottle in the spice aisle to flavor meat. These 21 Slow Cooker Recipes with 6 Ingredients or Fewer prove that you can enjoy a tasty, satisfying meal with basic ingredients.


1. Overnight Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Oats
This oat recipe can cook as you sleep. It takes about 8 hours in the slow cooker. Just combine the ingredients the night before and a nice breakfast will be waiting for you in the morning.

2. Slow Cooker Creamy Almond Oatmeal
This creamy almond oatmeal takes less time to cook than our pumpkin pie oats recipe – it’s ready in four to five hours. It’s the ideal breakfast when you need to feed your entire family.

3. Slow Cooker Frittata with Artichoke Hearts, Roasted Peppers, and Feta
This veggie frittata is full of flavor and low in calories. It’s made with simple ingredients and can easily be made vegan by foregoing the feta cheese.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Chicken

Main Dishes

4. Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Chicken
Chicken, broth, barbecue sauce, salt, and pepper: these are all basic ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen. You can also make our clean-eating Barbecue sauce recipe to avoid the unnecessary additives in store-bought brands.

5. Slow Cooker Everything Chicken
This chicken breast is flavored with clean, basic ingredients: olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook the chicken in the slow cooker and you’ll have tender meat for any recipe. Serve with a side dish, shred into salads, or wrap in a tortilla. The possibilities are endless!

6. Slow Cooker Basil Chicken with Carrots
You probably already have these ingredients. The chicken is flavored with fresh lemon juice and basil, then cooked in broth with sliced carrots. With only 165 calories per serving, this is a go-to slow cooker recipe for the whole family.

7. Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken
This recipe is simple yet zesty. It’s a nice change to the average chicken dinner. The best part? It’s incredibly healthy. This dish contains 30 grams of protein per serving and only 2 grams of carbohydrates.

8. Slow Cooker Herb Crusted Turkey Breast
This recipe proves that you don’t need a hundred ingredients to have a well-seasoned, flavorful meal. It uses poultry seasoning, garlic, onion, thyme, and pepper to add tons of interesting flavors to the turkey breast.

9. 5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili
This healthy chicken chili recipe can be made overnight or while you’re at work. Cook it on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. It’s tasty and incredibly easy to make.

10. White Bean & Sausage
This simple crock pot stew is delicious and filling. The sausage makes this dish a savory treat that you can enjoy guilt-free.

11. Slow Cooker Macaroni & Cheese
Paired with a large serving of mixed vegetables, this five ingredient mac & cheese is the perfect savory treat to complement a balanced meal.

Slow Cooker Homestyle Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary

Side Dishes and Sauces

12. Slow Cooker Homestyle Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary
Pair this simple side with lean chicken or turkey to make a classic meal everyone will love.

13. Slow Cooker Mexican Oats
Who says oats are just for breakfast? Oats can replace traditional rice. This recipe is low in fat and sugar and delivers all the savory Mexican flavor you crave.

14. Slow Cooker Pomegranate Spiced Applesauce
For a twist on traditional applesauce, try this pomegranate spiced version! It uses six ingredients and can cook overnight in the slow cooker. If you want to stick to the basics, we have a traditional crockpot applesauce recipe.

15. Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce
This cranberry sauce recipe is super easy. It uses four basic ingredients: fresh cranberries, orange juice, cinnamon, and honey. Throw everything in the slow cooker and chill after cooking.

16. Slow Cooker Roast Vegetables
Side dishes don’t get any easier than this. This recipe is simple and requires very little effort. Since it’s made in the slow cooker, the vegetables can cook while you’re at work or running errands.


17. Slow Cooker Molten Lava Cake
Dessert has never been so simple. With only six ingredients and the crockpot, this molten lava cake is easy and decadent.

18. Slow Cooker Fudge
Fudge is a great slow cooker recipe. Combine the ingredients and allow them to sit in the crockpot. You don’t even need to worry about it burning!

19. Slow Cooker Bananas FosterFor a less traditional dessert, try this New Orleans classic. This recipe is a clean eating version sweetened with honey and cooked with unrefined coconut oil.

20. Slow Cooker Honey Banana
This honey banana recipe is similar to Bananas Foster, but instead of flavoring with rum extract, it uses lemon, honey, and cardamom seed.

21. Slow Cooker Pecan Pie
Pecan pie is an all-time holiday favorite. Our Skinny Ms. recipe keeps it simple with only six ingredients. It’s also sweetened with honey, which contains nutrients that refined sugar lacks.

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Sofia Lopez

Sofia received her BA from Cornell University and her MFA from San Francisco State University. She creates workouts and fitness challenges. Her hobbies include running, hiking, and listening to audiobooks from the exercise bike.

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