Whether we’re gathering with friends at a tailgate or just watching at home, we have to admit that the food is one of the best parts of football season. And for delicious game-spread eats without the stress, we like to use our slow cooker. It makes it easy to cook up all sorts of favorites, plus it keeps everything warm from kickoff to the last whistle. We’re talking mac and cheese, pulled pork sliders, stuffed potatoes and so much more. We rallied up our favorite game day slow cooker recipes from the Woman’s World test kitchen that are minimal effort with all the flavor. So even if your favorite team doesn’t come out on top, you can rely on these delicious winners to make the day memorable.
10 game day slow cooker recipes
Take your pick or try ‘em all — these dishes are a guaranteed touchdown for your tastebuds. Want to make the day into a real event? Click through for our tailgating party planning tips.
1. Spicy-Sweet Chicken Wings
A touch of honey in the glaze is the perfect compliment to the chili sauce on these crispy Asian-inspired wings.
2. Slow-Cooker BBQ Spareribs
Melt-in-your-mouth tender ribs practically cook themselves. Bake them covered, at 350°F for 1½ hours, then uncovered for 30 minutes. For a fun flavor twist, click through for our pomegranate teriyaki slow cooker short ribs.
3. Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip
Three kinds of cheese guarantee this classic starter cooks up extra rich — for added flavor, stir in some chopped basil.
4. Cranberry-Glazed Meatballs
Canned cranberry sauce comes together with orange juice and Dijon to create the glaze on these spicy-sweet bites.
5. Slow-Cooker Mac ‘n’ Cheese
So simple and creamy with two kinds of cheese, you’ll never go back to the boxed mix again.
6. Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders
Set-it-and-forget-it slow-cooked pork melts into the scrumptious filling for these finger-licking-good mini sandwiches.
7. Fiesta Salad-Topped Meatloaf
We replaced breadcrumbs with crushed tortilla chips in this nachos-inspired spin on a classic — just slice and serve.
8. Chili-Stuffed Potatoes
Baked potatoes in the slow cooker? You bet! And they’re even more delicious topped with chili and good-for-you avocado.
9. Spicy Jambalaya
Andouille sausage adds authentic Cajun flair to this satisfying meal — for a bit less spice, swap in precooked chicken sausage.
10. Baked Potato Soup
All the great tastes of a loaded baked potato are rolled into this creamy bowlful made extra delicious with diced ham.
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