8 Slow Cooker Recipes to Freeze Winter Weather in Its Tracks

Cold air is blasting its way through the country — a firm, frigid reminder warm days are not on the horizon. It’s good that slow cooker or crock-pot recipes are ideal for thawing chilled bones and require minimal time in kitchen. That makes it a perfect way to cook dinner while hunkering down under a blanket or near the fire. Here are 8 slow cooker recipes that will put an end to any freezing temperatures.

soup with pork and noodles

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1. Posole

Posole, or pozole, is a traditional Mexican dish. Known for its rich flavors, the authentic version calls for a pig’s head. Since many people may be put off by such an ingredient, other versions — like the one below from Oxmoor House — of this hominy stew have been created. It serves 8.


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 (1-pound) pork tenderloins, cut into 1½-inch pieces
  • 4 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 1⅔ cups chopped onion (about 1 medium)
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (15.5 ounce) cans white hominy, rinsed and drained
  • 2 (4.5 ounce) cans chopped green chiles, undrained
  • 1 cup packaged angel hair slaw
  • ½ cup thinly sliced radishes (4 radishes)
  • ½ cup diced peeled avocado
  • 2 limes, each cut into 4 wedges (optional)

Directions: Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add pork to pan. Cook 8 minutes, browning on all sides. Combine pork, broth, and 9 ingredients (through chiles) in a 5-quart electric slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Ladle posole into bowls; top with slaw, radishes, and avocado. Serve with lime wedges if desired.