Tailgating made easy: Skip the fuss and use the slow cooker!
Make a cheesy, creamy dip that also happens to be packed-full of vegetables! This Gimme Some Oven recipe only takes about two hours to make in the slow cooker and she uses light ingredients, like Greek yogurt and low-fat cream cheese, to keep the calories down.
Forget serving twice-baked potatoes at your next tailgate party: Serve up this Veggie Loaded Baked Potato Soup instead! Peas and Crayons’ recipe is so easy to make in your slow cooker and it has so much flavor, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Why make boring old meatballs when you could be making Turkey Enchilada Slow Cooker Meatballs? This Rachel Cooks recipe keeps things lean by using ground turkey instead of beef or pork, and she adds a ton of flavor by putting enchilada sauce into the mix.
Serve up some delicious sandwiches straight out of the slow cooker! This recipe for Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteaks delivers all the flavors of your favorite fattening sandwich, but we keep things lean by using lean round sirloin steak and low-fat cheese. You won’t be able to taste the difference!
Most carnitas recipes end up being greasy and full of fat…but not this recipe from Gimme Some Oven. She uses lean pork roast instead of fatty pork shoulder, resulting in the same flavor with a fraction of the calories. This recipe is great for tacos, but it makes an excellent barbecue chicken sandwich, too!
Almost every sandwich on this list would be made better if it was topped with caramelized onions. Heck, even a bunch of the dips would benefit from the sweet flavor of these onions! Regular caramelized onions take forever, but this Rachel Cooks recipe is made so much easier by using the slow cooker.
Okay, so this one’s an Instant Pot recipe not a slow cooker recipe, but it’s so quick and easy to make I thought I’d include it on this list! Corn on the cob is a great way to fill up at a tailgate party without consuming too many extra calories on chips and bread. Plus, our chipotle sauce tastes so good, you won’t miss the fat-filled dips!
Make a greener version of chili for your next tailgate party. Instead of being heavy with beef and beans, this Slow Cooker Chicken Chile Verde from Rachel Cooks is filled with tangy tomatillos, green peppers, cilantro, and lean chicken breasts. Yum!
Tailgating wouldn’t be complete without a dessert! We absolutely love the flavors in this pumpkin-pie-meets-pecan-pie cobbler. And, since everything is made in the slow cooker, you won’t have to slave over the stove all day just to make a tasty tailgating treat.
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