22 Slow Cooker Recipes With A Twist

Check out these delicious slow cooker recipes with a twist - you'll want to make them again and again!
Beans and Chilli peppers cooked in a slow cooker with assorted raw vegetables
Slowcooker Recipes with a Twist © DepositPhoto / snyfer

If you’re tired of seeing the same old slow cooker recipes, take a look at my great collection of the most unusual (and, of course, delicious) recipes you’ll find anywhere.

From Slow Cooker Breakfast (cooked overnight) to Pumpkin Chili or Peanut Butter Cup Swirl Cake there’s bound to be something that takes your fancy!

Slow Cooker Oatmeal (Chinese Style) from Pickled Plum

Oatmeal in a white bowl topped with sliced onions
Slow Cooker Oatmeal © Pickled Plum

This is a great recipe for those who enjoy savory oatmeal for breakfast. With vibrant colors and a zingy flavor, this oatmeal will certainly get you going in the morning.

Best of all you can cook it overnight and it’s ready for you when you wake.


Slow Cooker Chinese Take Out Beef & Broccoli from This Old Gal

Beef, broccoli, peppers and sesame seeds on a bed of rice
Chinese Beef and Broccoli © This Old Gal

Here’s how to make Chinese Beef and Broccoli that tastes just like your favorite takeout!

It’s not too sweet, not too salty and uses lots of authentic chinese ingredients.


Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Cup Swirl Cake from Averie Cooks

Peanut Butter cup cake cooked in a slow cooker
Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Cup Swirl Cake © Averie Cooks

Averie herself admits that this isn’t the most photogenic cake, but it is delicious!

Peanut butter and hot fudge swirls make the cake soft and moist in the center, and it’s topped with a peanut butter glaze. Rich, decadent and easy!


Cozy Peppermint Hot Chocolate – Slow Cooker from Little Spice Jar

Clear glass mugs of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream
Peppermint Hot Chocolate © Little Spice Jar

This is such a warm and comforting winter drink – the whole family (especially the kids!) will adore the not-too-sweet chocolate and peppermint taste, topped off with whipped cream.

The secret ingredient? Candy Canes!


Hot Fudge Slow Cooker Brownies from Spend With Pennies

Rich brownie dessert covered with ice cream and chocolate sauce
Hot Fudge Slow Cooker Brownies © Spend With Pennies

This is a great recipe to make when you’ve got guests coming – prep the mixture in advance, pop in the slow cooker, and it will be deliciously gooey and ready to serve when you are ready to eat it.

Holly from Spend With Pennies says that this chocolate dessert is like lava cake meets brownie!


Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs from Averie Cooks

Meatballs with red sauce and pineapple served on a bed of rice
Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meat Balls © Averie Cooks

This is such a versatile recipe – great for parties and get-togethers, but also great for a weeknight meal served with rice.

Either way, the slow cooker does all the work in this easy dump-and-stir recipe.


Slow Cooker Crunchy Granola from Five Heart Home

Crunchy Granola cooked in a Slowcooker
Slow Cooker Crunchy Granola © Five Heart Home

Usually, you need an oven to cook great crunchy granola, but Samantha from Five Heart Home has created this delicious recipe that allows you to cook crunchy granola in your slow cooker, without needing to turn your oven on!


Slow Cooker Homemade Cranberry Sauce from Little Spice Jar

Slow cooked cranberry sauce in white bowl
Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce © Little Spice Jar

This delicious cranberry sauce only has 5 ingredients, and you can use fresh or frozen cranberries, whichever you prefer.

You just need to toss the ingredients into your slow cooker, and your house will smell like Christmas for the next few hours!


Crock Pot Carnitas with Egg and Avocado from Iowa Girl Eats

Meat with avocado and fried egg on top
Crispy Crockpot Carnitas with Egg and Avocado © Iowa Girl Eats

Carnitas is the Mexican version of pulled pork, where the tender slow-cooked pork is fried until golden brown and audibly crunchy!

In this recipe, the delicious carnitas is teamed with avocado and a fried egg to make a great meal for breakfast, lunch or even dinner.


5-ingredient Slow Cooker Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from Real Food Whole Life

Chicken, new potatoes and chili sauce in a slow cooker ready to be cooked
Salsa Chicken Stuffed Potatoes © Real Food Whole Life

This is the ultimate one-pot recipe – with two layers!

The delicious black bean stuffing is at the bottom of the slow cooker, and the sweet potatoes are placed on top so that they can all cook together.


Slow-Cooker Carrots with Honey Balsamic Glaze from Eatwell 101

Slow Cooker Honey Glazed Carrots
Slow Cooker Carrots © Eatwell101

Cooking your carrots in the slow cooker instead of the oven is so easy. Just pop the carrots and the honey balsamic glaze ingredients into the slow cooker 3 hours before dinner.

They’ll be deliciously juicy and glazed, and ready to serve when you need them.


Slow Cooker Eggnog Bread Pudding from Five Heart Home

Bread pudding on a spoon
Slow Cooker Eggnog Bread Pudding © Five Heart Home

This is a wonderfully luxurious recipe that can be used for holiday breakfast, brunch or dessert!

The nutmeg and cinnamon combine wonderfully with juicy raisins and eggnog to create a deliciously spiced dish.


Slow Cooker Carne Asada Recipe from Nutrition in the Kitch

Strips of grilled meat on a white plate
Slow Cooker Carne Asada © Nutrition in the Kitch

Carne Asada is a traditional Mexican dish where marinated steak is seared or grilled and then sliced.

This recipe uses a slow cooker instead of a grill to cook the beef.

It is still marinated in the traditional Carne Asada sauce, so the flavor is very similar and just as delicious.


Slow Cooker Apple Cider from Dinner at the Zoo

Apple cider with large slices of fruit, cranberries and spices
Slow Cooker Apple Cider © Dinner at the Zoo

This apple drink is just perfect for drinking around the bonfire at Hallowe’en or around the tree at Christmas time.

It is really easy to make – just simmer the ingredients for around 3 hours in your slow cooker. The exact timing isn’t critical – the longer you leave it the stronger the spice flavors.


Slow Cooker Whole Cauliflower Curry and Cashew from Eatwell 101

Whole cauliflower curry served in a white bowl
Whole Cauliflower Curry © EatWell101

This deliciously spicy easy recipe makes a great vegetarian main course – with lots of goodness from the added sweet red peppers and chopped potatoes.


Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole from Iowa Girl Eats

Breakfast omlette cooked in a slow cooker on a white plate with a mug of black coffee
Crockpot Breakfast Casserole © Iowa Girl Eats

If you’re entertaining for the weekend and need to cook breakfast for everyone, this recipe makes things nice and simple.

All the favorite ingredients for a slap-up breakfast can be cooked together overnight, ready for this scrumptious dish to be served when everyone gets up.


Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup from Nutrition in the Kitch

Lasagne Sour in white bowls topped with herb leaves
Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup © Nutrition in the Kitch

This delicious twist on the traditional Italian recipe is gluten and dairy-free, so everyone can enjoy it.

It’s really simple to make, compared to making a traditional lasagne – there are only 4 main steps, and it uses a small number of ingredients that you probably have in your fridge or pantry already.


Slow Cooker Pumpkin Paleo Chili from Real Food Whole Life

Chilli in white bowls topped with crisps and lemon slices
Pumpkin Paleo Chili © Real Food Whole Life

This is traditional Chili with a real twist – canned pumpkin!

The pumpkin doesn’t overpower the taste, but it does add lots of body to create a rich and hearty chili.


Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes from Spend With Pennies

Mashed potatoes with herbs in a slow cooker
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes © Spend With Pennies

This is the perfect way to cook delicious silky smooth mashed potatoes without having to worry about boiling them on the stove.

Ideal if you’re preparing a large holiday meal – just chop the potatoes, season them and add chicken broth in the slow cooker, and you can forget about them for 6-8 hours, whilst you cook everything else!


Crock Pot Peach and Bourbon Pulled Pork from Iowa Girl Eats

Burger bun containing slow cooked pulled pork and peach and salad
Crockpot Peach and Bourbon Pulled Pork © Iowa Girl Eats

Kristin from Iowa Girl Eats says that this is a perfect summer slow cooker recipe.

You can prepare this succulent pulled pork without overheating your kitchen, as you won’t need to turn your stove on!

A perfect summery flavored addition to your BBQs this year.


Crockpot Salsa Chicken Stuffed Potatoes from Real Food Whole Life

Chicken, new potatoes and chili sauce in a slow cooker ready to be cooked
Salsa Chicken Stuffed Potatoes © Real Food Whole Life

This is the easiest week-night dinner ever – only three ingredients and you just have to dump them into your slow cooker!

Press start, and three hours later you have a delicious and filling meal.


Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate from Dinner at the Zoo

Thick hot chocolate cooked in a slow cooker with lots of marshmallows on top
Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate © Dinner at the Zoo

This recipe shows you how to make delicious luxury hot chocolate from scratch, and it will put those powdered hot chocolate mixes to shame!

It is really quite easy – just put the ingredients in your slow cooker and then let it simmer for a couple of hours.


I hope you’ve enjoyed these unusual slow cooker recipes. To me they’re a breath of fresh air – showing how to cook things you’d never imagined possible in a slow cooker!