Potlucks are a year-round thing. Family gatherings, office luncheons, community events and of course – the holiday season. Personally, I love crock pots because they do most of the work for you. Nobody wants to go to a potluck and be working away at preparing a dish, or the alternative which is to stay up late and make the things you need to bring. Slow cookers aren’t just for meatballs, they’re not just for chilis and soups. You can 100% change your potluck game with these amazing recipes that are sure to keep your feet up, and your cooking easy. Now, doesn’t that sound like a dream?

1. Slow Cooker Barbeque Bacon Chicken Dip

A dip you don’t have to warm up in the oven! Complete in the crock pot (which you can also use for serving!) and slice up some bread, or a bowl of chips and you’re as golden as that crust of cheese on top.

2. Slow Cooker Cinnamon Rolls

Oh, yes you can!! Save yourself the baking time by serving them up hot and fresh right from the slow cooker itself. With a parchment paper lining, you’ve also saved yourself from any dishes!

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3. Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese

Bring comfort food to the potluck, and everyone will thank you. This easy to prepare mac and cheese will go so well in the mass pile of meat balls and pulled meats on everyone’s plates!

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4. Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Yes, you can make mashed potatoes in a slow cooker! Potlucks are often just an overflowing of main dishes. Bring some warmth of a complimenting side, in a crock pot that does all the work for you, basically.

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5. Slow Cooker Lo Mein

Be anything but boring, and bring something a little nontraditional to your next gathering. Just make sure you bring the recipe too – it’s going to be asked for, a lot.

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6. Slow Cooker Chex Mix

Now here’s something that can be snacked on at your next potluck, and then grazed on for the days that follow. This is the kind of leftover you don’t mind sticking around for a couple weeks.

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7. Slow Cooker Pierogi Casserole

Pierogi’s were once my absolute favorite thing to see brought to a pot luck function. Many would argue “why mess with a good thing?” and then I will argue “but there’s Kielbasa in it”…

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8. Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl

Burritos at a potluck? I must be dreaming!! This recipe is an all in one, no need for the rice on the side – it all gets tossed in to cook and fuse the flavors together as one.

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9. Slow Cooker Reese’s PB Cup Swirl Cake

You. Are. Welcome. Way to rock the crock pot, my friends.

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10. Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna

It’s always nice to think of those who maybe can’t eat all the meatballs and pulled pork at potluck gatherings, plus it’s a crock pot lasagna and how awesome is that!?

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11. Slow Cooker Thai Meatballs

Okay, so meatballs are so not original…but they are expected and incredibly popular. Trying to break out of potluck boredom? A Thai spin on things should keep you and your potlucking friends happy!

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Sarah Nicole

Since successfully losing 100lbs by changing her relationship with food and her body, Sarah has taken her passion for food and balanced it between cucumbers and cupcakes. When she's not bustling her way around a kitchen, you can find her working out or winding down at home with her 3 kids and pug. Follow Sarah's journey on Instagram @TheBirdsPapaya.

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