25 Easy Tailgating Recipes Made in a Slow Cooker

Tailgating made easy: Skip the fuss and use the slow cooker!

17. Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

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.

18. Crock-Pot Veggie Loaded Baked Potato Soup

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.

19. Turkey Enchilada Slow Cooker Meatballs

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.

20. Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteaks

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!

21. Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas

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!

22. Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions

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.

23. Instant Pot Corn on the Cob with Chipotle Sauce

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!

24. Slow Cooker Chicken Chile Verde

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!

25. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler

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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Chef Lindsay

Lindsay D. Mattison is a professional chef, recipe developer, and food writer. After graduating from Cascade Culinary School, Lindsay worked as the executive chef of a farm-to-table restaurant in Bend, Oregon. She is passionate about using local, organic ingredients and loves teaching home cooks how to incorporate seasonal food into their diet. While she spends most of her time writing these days, she still exercises her culinary muscles on the regular, taking any opportunity to create beautiful meals for her family. She lives with her husband in Colorado, where she enjoys the trials and errors of gardening.

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