When the colder temperatures hit, it's hard not to want to whip out the Crock-Pot every day. Sure, I get the pressure cooker craze, but there's really nothing better than letting ingredients meld all day in a slow cooker, with the intoxicating aromas wafting through the house. Okay, there is one thing better — when the recipe is also super easy. When it comes to these 9 Crock-Pot recipes that use five ingredients or less, the convenience can't be beat.
There's something almost romantic about letting ingredients simmer and stew for hours on end. In this chaotic world we live in, it's nice to let a slow cooker take its time. What's more, you might be surprised at just how many of these types of recipes call for only a handful of ingredients, especially if you're not considering water, oil, and basic seasoning ingredients, like salt and pepper as part of your ingredients list — because you know that they're already in your kitchen pantry.
Of course, I do totally feel like a midwestern mom when I've got my Crock-Pot on the counter, but is it wrong that I'm loving every minute of it? You can too with the nine delicious, efficient recipes below. And if all your have is an Instant Pot in your kitchen, don't worry — there's a slow cook setting on that appliance, too.