15 Crockpot Recipes for Cold Winter Nights

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As a busy mom of a small horde, I am definitely a big proponent of crock pot recipes.

Dumping everything into one pot, turning on the heat, and letting it sit for 8-10 hours, then it’s done? With literally zero to minimal effort from me?

Sounds like a perfect dinner recipe to me.

That’s why I reached out to my fellow blogging moms to get their favorite crockpot recipes, so I can test them out in my own kitchen, and if they’re up to snuff, pass them along to you.

Gathered in this blog post are the top crockpot recipes that I can personally attest are delicious, and definitely worth a try, especially during this cold and wintry season.

So go ahead, give them a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

Since we’re talking about crockpot recipes for cold and wintry nights, I knew I had to start this post off with a delicious recipe for crock pot hot chocolate!

I love this recipe because it is perfect for playing outside in the snow with the kids.

Just throw the ingredients for the hot chocolate in the crockpot, set it on low, then head outside with your kids to build the most epic snow fort.

By the time you’re all frozen through and ready for something warm, voila! Delicious hot chocolate is waiting for you just inside the door, no effort required.

Head on over to the Savings Talents blog to grab the recipe.

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

This crack chicken is delicious really all year long, but it is great for cold nights when all you want is a warm meal.

Kristin serves her crack chicken as a sandwich, and I can attest that serving it this way is delicious, but I also recommend serving it over a warm bed of mashed potatoes for an even warmer meal.

Head on over to the Cookin’ Chicks blog to grab the recipe.

Crockpot Baked Ziti

This is another recipe from Kristin at the Cookin’ Chicks blog, and this one is just as delicious!

Kristin’s crockpot baked ziti is a super simple ziti recipe that only takes 10 minutes to prep (my kind of recipe!) and when it’s all said and done, it disappears from my table in about five minutes.

If you’re looking for an easy and delicious crockpot ziti recipe, head on over to the Cookin’ Chicks blog to grab this one.

Slow Cooker Chicken Sofrito

If you’re looking for something spicy to warm you up on a cold winter night, this recipe should be your go-to!

Rebecca from the Strength and Sunshine blog has put together a delicious chicken sofrito recipe that is sure to wake up your taste buds and warm up your insides.

To make it even better, this recipe is also gluten free and tailored to a paleo diet.

If you’re ready to add some spice into your life, head on over to the Strength and Sunshine blog to grab the full recipe.

Crockpot Root Beer Ribs

These crockpot root beer ribs are AMAZING – fall off the bone tender and deliciously juicy.

After the initial taste test to verify the recipe, I have since been subbing the root beer for beef stock and they have turned out just as delicious (my family and I typically don’t drink soda, hence the sub).

So even if you’re not a soda drinker (like me!), I would definitely encourage you to still grab the recipe from Two Pink Peonies and swap out that root beer.

Crockpot Smothered Chicken Thighs

My husband recently convinced me to give mushrooms a try (I have lived basically my whole life deathly afraid of unintentionally consuming a poisonous mushroom), and my first foray into using mushroom in my cooking was a cast iron skillet chicken recipe much like this one, which turned out absolutely delicious.

So when Two Pink Peonies sent over this smothered chicken thighs that was based in a mushroom sauce, I had very high hopes.

And I was not disappointed!

This recipe is absolutely delicious, and if you’re looking for a filling and super easy dinner idea for a cold winter night, definitely go grab this one from Two Pink Peonies.

Italian Crockpot Chicken

If you’re looking for a quick and easy chicken recipe to go with your weeknight spaghetti, this is your recipe right here.

For ages I made chicken parm to go with my family’s spaghetti, because my husband really hates pasta but the rest of us love it, so to give him something a little more filling, I would whip up chicken parm.

But honestly, chicken parm is pretty labor intensive when you have young kids and are trying to run a business from home.

When Crystal sent over this Italian crockpot chicken recipe, it was like my prayers had been answered!

This chicken is quick and easy to make, and it pairs perfectly with any type of pasta.

Go head on over to Crystal’s blog, and grab the recipe to try out the next night you make pasta. You won’t be disappointed.

Crockpot Onion Soup Mix Chicken

I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical when I first saw this recipe.

I mean, I’ve used onion soup mix for years to make my pot roast, and it always come out delicious, and I guess I could stretch that to be going with chicken.

But cooking green beans and potatoes in the crockpot with the chicken and soup mix?

Despite my skepticism, I decided to give it a go.

And boy was I pleasantly surprised.

This recipe is super easy to make, and it turned out absolutely delicious. Plus it’s a whole meal cooked right in the crockpot, so I don’t need to worry about making any sides.

If you’re looking for an all-in-one super easy and delicious chicken crockpot recipe, head on over to the Salty Side Dish blog to grab this one.

Crockpot Chicken Noodle and Kale Soup

This super easy chicken noodle and kale soup is like warm hugs in a bowl.

It is filled with nutritious goodness, and it is perfect for cold winter nights because not only will it warm you up, but it will fill you full of good things that will help your body fight off any colds that might be headed your way!

Seriously, it is delicious, and I highly recommend you head on over to the Fit Mama Real Food blog to grab this recipe and try it one of these nights.

Crockpot Ranch Chicken Casserole

This crockpot ranch chicken casserole recipe is another great all-in-one dinner recipe that is super easy to make.

It’s super delicious, and is great for an easy winter weeknight dinner.

Head on over to the Budget Delicious blog and grab the recipe for yourself.

Crockpot Drumsticks with Fresh Tomato BBQ Sauce

This is a super easy recipe that is very unassuming, but my oh my is it delicious!

It does require a bit of prep to make the fresh tomato BBQ sauce, but in my opinion, it is totally worth the little bit of extra time.

Head on over to the Little House Living blog to grab the recipe and give it a try.

Autumn Butternut Beef Stew

This autumn butternut beef stew is a delicious twist on the classic beef stew I grew up with.

It does require a bit of prep work to sear the beef (which I guess technically you don’t have to do, but in my opinion, is totally worth doing), but the end result is absolutely delicious.

Plus it’s packed with tons of goodness to keep your body fighting strong during the cold winter months.

Head on over to the Graceful Dame blog to grab the recipe for yourself.

Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks

This is not your typical dump-and-go crockpot recipe, so if you’re looking for something with minimal effort, move right along.


If you are looking for something absolutely delicious, read on.

I originally tried this recipe on a weekend when my husband was home to corral the kids while I tested this recipe out. I definitely needed the space, as it requires a lot of prep work.

However, the effort was totally worth it. These lamb shanks turned out absolutely delicious, and paired with veggies drizzled in the sauce made from the drippings, let me just tell you, my husband and I were in heaven.

I would definitely say grab this recipe from the Where Is My Spoon blog, and give it go when your husband is home to watch the kids. You won’t be disappointed.

Crockpot Italian Beef Sandwiches

While these aren’t your typical meal when you think of something to eat on a cold and wintry evening, I wanted to include them because they are DELICIOUS.

I originally made this recipe without the pepperoncinis because I am not a pepper fan, and they were delicious without them, but I did make a batch later on for my husband (who definitely IS a pepper fan) and he said they were absolutely phenomenal with them included.

So even though it’s not your typical winter meal, head on over to the From Valerie’s Kitchen blog to grab the recipe anyway. It’s totally worth it.

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

This is another recipe that would fall under the “technically not a winter night” recipe, however, it too is delicious.

My husband LOVES tacos. I mean, the man would eat tacos every single night if I let him.

And I, typically, do not like tacos.

I don’t know, I’m just not a taco person.


This recipe has changed my mind. I do actually enjoy these chicken tacos!

So whether you’re a taco lover, or not, head on over to the From Valerie’s Kitchen blog to grab this recipe and give it a try for yourself.

And that’s it folks! I hope you’ve found a least a few new crockpot recipes to ignite your imagination and keep you warm this winter.

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