30+ of the best healthy slow cooker recipes

It’s officially below 30 degrees here in Chicago and I’m starting to think summer was only 5 minutes long. anyone else? If you’re like me breaking out the hats, gloves and parkas, sending you all the cozy vibes and of course my very best Healthy slow cooker recipes to make all season long.

There really is nothing better than coming home on a cold day with a warming soup or chilli. OR melt some gooey cheese onto a healthier turkey sloppy joe (omg so good). The best part about these slow cooker recipes is that you can throw anything in your slow cooker (love that brand!) and literally make it easy.

Why we LOVE slow cooker dishes

What’s not to love about crockpot meals? These recipes are:

  • Easy to do. Most slow cooker recipes only require chopping up veggies, maybe searing meat, and tossing it all in your pot to do all the work. Most of these recipes make the perfect freezer meals too!
  • Extra spicy. Since these dishes, as the name suggests, cook slowly, the ingredients have a chance to become perfectly tender and produce a delicious flavor. Spices and herbs are a must!
  • Clean up quickly. You no longer have to clean tons of pots and pans when you let your slow cooker do all the work. See you dishes!

Slow cooker recipe in a crockpot

Tips for preparing recipes in your slow cooker

Most of the recipes below come with instructions for making them in your slow cooker or crockpot, but if they don’t, I have a few simple tips for converting stovetop recipes into slow cooker meals!

  • Timed coordination. The vast majority of my slow cooker recipes can be cooked on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 7-8 hours.
  • liquid ratio. As a general rule of thumb, I would recommend reducing the liquid by about 1 cup when converting a stovetop recipe to a slow cooker recipe. Cooking in a slow cooker naturally creates more moisture and liquid.
  • cooking chicken. Yes, you can put raw meat straight into your slow cooker to cook! If you are making a recipe with chicken, you can cook the chicken breasts or thighs whole in your slow cooker with the remaining ingredients. Once fully cooked, you can remove, shred and return to the slow cooker to simmer.
  • Prepare ground beef or beef. If you’re cooking with beef or ground beef, I would recommend browning the meat in a skillet before adding it to your slow cooker with your ingredients.
  • Add vegetables and pasta. Stir in soft vegetables like peas or spinach at the very end of cooking. The same goes for any pasta or noodles (although you can cook those separately, too).

Scroll through and pick your favorites for the week! I would suggest my famous turkey chili to start. Be sure to use the hashtag #ambitiouskitchen when sharing on Instagram or post a photo to our Facebook group.

vegan butternut squash and lentil soup in one Bowl


Healing Curry Butternut Squash Lentil Soup (with slow cooker option!)

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Peanut Butter Chicken Soup

Creamy tomato and orzo soup with mini turkey meatballs

Soothing and Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Lightened Slow Cooker Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Slow Cooker Black Bean, Quinoa & Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow cooker taco lentil soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Vegan White Bean Soup with Roasted Butternut Squash

Golden Turmeric Chickpea Chicken Soup

Quick and easy black bean soup

Golden Coconut Chicken Lentil Soup

Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Soup (30 Whole, Dairy Free)

The best minestrone soup

Butternut Squash Chili Chicken Soup

Slow cooker white wine chicken stew in a bowl with a piece of bread

Stews & Curries

Slow Cooker White Wine Chicken Stew

Mom’s Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Yellow Chicken Curry

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Vegan Slow Cooker Tofu Tikka Masala

Healing Lemongrass Chickpea Thai Green Curry with Toasted Coconut Brown Rice

Sweet potato and lentil stew with coconut curry

Moroccan stew with butternut squash, chickpeas and lentils

Vegetarian tofu cashew coconut curry

Nourishing yellow chickpea squash curry with brown coconut rice

healthy white chicken chili in a bowl


Healthy White Chicken Chili

The best vegetarian chili recipe

Slow Cooker Black Bean Quinoa Pumpkin Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Black Beans Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Verde

The Best Healthy Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken Chickpea Chili

Black Beans, Sweet Potato & Quinoa Chili with Smoked Chipotle

Lentils & Quinoa Chili

Two beans and corn chipotle turkey chili

Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwich with coleslaw on top


Incredible slow cooker pulled chicken sandwiches

How to make the best slow cooker chicken breasts

Turkey picadillo

Slow cooker turkey tacos

30 Minute Healthier Turkey Sloppy Joes with Homemade Sauce

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken with Sticky Coconut Purple Rice

Easy Slow Cooker Baked Beans in a Crockpot with a wooden spoon

Apps, snacks & side dishes

Homemade baked beans from the slow cooker

Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy BBQ Cranberry Turkey Meatballs

The Best Creamy Garlic Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Butter (No Added Sugar!)

Lightened Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Brown Butter (with a slow cooker option!)

I hope you love these delicious, healthy slow cooker recipes! If you make some, be sure to leave a comment and rating on the recipe so I know how you liked it. Have fun, xo!

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