These delicious crock pot Thanksgiving recipes make it easy to prepare the big meal before the big day so that you can enjoy your family and friends and not slave away in the kitchen!
Thanksgiving can be similar to planning a wedding. There’s so much planning and work that goes into wedding planning, and then its over in the blink of an eye. Very much like Thanksgiving. You clean the house, make multiple trips to the store (because inevitably you forgot something. Or is that just me?) and then the cooking marathon begins. Then everyone eats and it’s over (except for the cleanup… ugh!).
I don’t know about you, but I like the traditions surrounding the holidays and the opportunity to be with family, with a little football thrown in the mix. That’s why I love the idea of these fix and forget it slow cooker Thanksgiving recipes. The prep can be done before the family and friend time begins, then poof! It’s ready to eat! You can still enjoy the traditional Thanksgiving fare without trying to MacGyver how everything will fit in the oven and what goes in and comes out when (I have yet to master that).
So are you ready to rally the troops (or more specifically, their crock pots) and knock these Thanksgiving recipes out before the party gets started?! Oh, and check out these other Thanksgiving hacks if you’re hosting!
I recommend a large crock pot (like this one) if you’re cooking for a large group. The multi-cookers are great too… they have so many great functions to prepare so many kinds of meals with ease.
PRE-GAME (a.k.a Breakfast)
Usually in my family we eat in the late afternoon or early evening, so it’s nice to have breakfast to prevent a starvation based gorge-fest at dinner time! These recipes are perfect for popping in the slow cooker the night before and waking up to some fuel for the big day ahead.
Crock Pot Breakfast Scramble
Recipe and Photo by Damanda Lynn
Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal
Recipe and Photo by The Yummy Life
Slow Cooker Overnight Blueberry French Toast
Photo and Recipe by Happy Domesticity
Crock Pot Pumpkin Spiced Latté
Photo and Recipe by Thriving Home
THE MAIN EVENT (a.k.a. The Turkey!)
Easy Crock Pot Turkey
Turkey in the slow cooker?! Yeah, that’s what I said. But how delicious does this look?! And although the bird is the star of the Thanksgiving meal, it’s often the most problematic… its overcooked. It’s not cooked enough but everything else is ready, and you know where else this can go…
Recipe and Photo by Practical Stewardship
Crock Pot Swiss Steak
Although it’s not the traditional turkey main dish, this Crock Pot Swiss Steak is such a great recipe for a crowd and on top of mashed potatoes is an amazing comfort food meal!
A good side can steal the show!
Crock Pot Cranberry Pecan Stuffing
Stuffing is probably my favorite of all of the Thanksgiving recipes. I love this creative twist with cranberries and pecans.
Recipe and Photo by The Creative Bite
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Recipe and Photo by Creme De La Crumb
Ultra Creamy Crock Pot Mac and Cheese
Recipe and Photo by Cook Crave Inspire
Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole
I recently heard that green bean casserole is more of a Midwest Thanksgiving tradition. I highly recommend it for anyone – no matter your region!
Recipe and Photo by The Magical Slow Cooker
Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
Recipe and Photo by Damn Delicious
Slow Cooker Candied Sweet Potatoes
Candied sweet potatoes is one of Ryan’s favorites Thanksgiving recipes that his mom made every year. The marshmallows are a must!
Recipe and Photo by Six Sisters Stuff
Slow Cooker Apple and Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash
Recipe and Photo by Recipe 4 Living
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup
Recipe and Photo by Two Peas & Their Pod
Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce
Recipe and Photo by Gimme Some Oven
Because you need some liquid to wash down all of the food!
Crock Pot Mulled Apple Cider
Feel free to add some brandy or the spirit of your choice! 😉
Recipe and Photo by The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie
Slow Cooker Mulled Wine
Photo and Recipe by The View from Great Island
Crock Pot Cranberry Cider
Recipe and Photo by Kleinworth & Co.
THE SWEET ENDING
You will definitely want to save room for dessert with these scrumptious recipes!
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Dump Cake
Recipe and Photo by 365 Days of Slow Cooking
Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Crisp
Recipe and Photo by Eat at Home
Slow Cooker Skinny Pecan Pie
Photo and Recipe by Skinny Ms.
How excited are you at the thought of saving countless kitchen hours with these Thanksgiving recipes?! I know I am!
The Crock Pot Cranberry Pecan Stuffing looks so good. My husband & I used to have 2 large crock pots but, we only have one now, because when we moved into the rental house we’re in now, some one broke in & stole a bunch of stuff including one of our crock pots.
Oh no, that’s awful, I’m so glad you were both safe! Have a blessed Thanksgiving and thanks for saying hi!
Blueberry french toast!
Zorianna Szul says
TY for so many delicious options! I have 2 Crock Pots. I guess I’ll be buying another one. TY, again.
Great ideas. I am definitely going to make some of these.