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!

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!

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.


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.

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.

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”…

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.


9. Slow Cooker Reese’s PB Cup Swirl Cake

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

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!?

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!

12. Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

Let the Crock Pot make that beef tender and shredded with a perfect au jus for dipping. The only extra thing you need to bring is small hoagie buns to serve them on! Easy and a total change from the typical potluck offerings!


13. Crock Pot Butter Chicken

Move away from all the traditional potluck foods for an International flavor that everyone loves – butter chicken! This easy Indian cuisine-inspired recipe is the perfect pairing for your potluck. Bring along some pre-made basmati rice and you’ll be winning the potluck game!

14. Crock Pot Sloppy Joe Cheeseburgers

With a touch of nostalgia and a splash of comfort, this recipe is going to make your Crock Pot dish the one that won’t be bypassed because it’s an absolute must try.

15. Crock Pot Spaghetti

No boiling necessary, but your potluck friends will be delighted to see that spaghetti is on the menu!! By adding a bit more liquid to your sauce and adding the uncooked pasta later in the cooking time, you end up with a complete meal that everyone will love!

16. Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Ribs

Just like the Swedish meatball recipes floating out there on the internet, grape jelly lends itself into more meaty slow cooker recipes beyond meatballs. With these ribs, your diners will be getting potlucky with this on their plates!


17. Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

One of my favorite things to do for potlucks is bring something I can actually eat. Whether you have health goals or dietary needs, sometimes you gotta look out for number one, while feeding your friends too! This healthy, but delicious Crock Pot option is sure to be a nice balance between all the other options.

18. Crock Pot Margarita Chicken Dip

Bring a side of chips and you’re good to go. With everyone bringing main dishes to potlucks, be one that starts the whole thing off with a warm appetizer everyone will certainly appreciate!


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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