Assertively seasoned with garlic, oregano, pepper, and enough salt to form a crust, pernil—a Puerto Rican mainstay—lingers in the slow cooker for 18 hours until browned and fork-tender. It's served with vinegar-based pique criollo, a hot sauce made with peppers, garlic, pineapple and herbs.
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Ropa vieja, the classic Cuban dish of shredded stewed beef flavored with a vinegary tomato and pepper sauce, is a natural choice for the slow cooker, stewed all day and served with rice and beans.
Creamed corn, made in the slow cooker, is gussied up with cream cheese, American cheese, and crème fraîche.
Hearty and lively at once, harissa-flavored beef stew helps ease the transition from winter to spring.
Traditional red lentil soup is prepared in the slow cooker before it's garnished with cilantro, red onion, and lemon juice.
Blasted with lime, this red curry soup contains a commingling of chicken, kale, potatoes and mushrooms.
Slow cooker Italian sausage meatballs are served in a long-simmered sauce that gets its depth from dry red wine and balsamic vinegar.
Beef stroganoff is prepared in the slow cooker, yielding tender, tangy results.
Traditional chicken with 40 cloves of garlic is easily adapted for the slow cooker.
Comforting Mexican pot roast is prepared in the slow cooker with saucy beans.
Slow cooker paprika pork, seasoned with thyme and caraway, is finished with sour cream and served over egg noodles.
Spicy tomatillo chicken is cooked in the slow cooker and tucked into corn tortillas topped with red onions and cilantro.
Hawaiian kalua-style pork is cooked for 18 hours in the slow cooker, yielding tender pulled meat for sandwiches.
Combos, the classic Chicago sandwich of Italian sausage and Italian beef, can be made and held for a crowd in the slow-cooker.
Comforting, aromatic slow-cooked pork shoulder makes for a rich, meaty pasta sauce. Here, it's seasoned with fennel seeds and thyme, garnished with Parmesan and a grating of lemon zest.
Savory beef brisket gets slow-cooked with potatoes and peppers in a deeply flavorful sauce.
Aromatic pho, made in the slow cooker, is both comforting and customizable.
This simple slow-cooker adobo pork with garlic fried rice is tangy, comforting, and delightfully fragrant.
Super rich and tart, this stew is perfect for the end of summer when tomatoes season is coming to a close.
This simple pulled pork recipe takes only 10 minutes to prepare, then set it and forget it in your crock pot. Sweet, tender, and delicious.