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31 Fall Slow-Cooker Recipes for Every Day in October

Put your slow cooker to work as the leaves fall outside! Here are our favorite slow-cooker recipes that use pumpkin, spice and everything nice.

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Day 1: Slow-Cooker German BratwurstTaste of Home

Day 1: Slow-Cooker German Bratwurst

I created this Old World favorite from a dish I had in my travels. This flavorful slow-cooker bratwurst recipe is perfect for weeknights or special occasions. I like to serve it with pasta. —Gerald Hetrick, Erie, Pennsylvania

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Day 2: Slow-Cooker Butter ChickenTaste of Home

Day 2: Slow-Cooker Butter Chicken

This slow-cooker butter chicken recipe is similar to the Middle Eastern version I had in Malaysia. I spent several years there eating a variety of Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian food. Butter chicken was one of my favorite dishes while I was there! —Shannon Copley, Upper Arlington, Ohio

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Day 3: Slow-Cooker Curried Pumpkin SoupTaste of Home

Day 3: Slow-Cooker Curried Pumpkin Soup

Looking for something new to beat dinnertime doldrums? Try my pumpkin soup! A touch of curry powder lends an aromatic spiced appeal while whipping cream gives the soup its silky texture.Debbie Flocco, Norristown, Pennsylvania

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Day 4: Weekday Chicken CacciatoreTaste of Home

Day 4: Weekday Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken cooked cacciatore means a dish prepared hunter-style with tomatoes, mushrooms, onions and seasonings. We add a touch of white wine to make ours northern Italian-style. Lisa Bynum, Brandon, Missouri

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Day 5: Apple Betty with Almond CreamTaste of Home

Day 5: Apple Betty with Almond Cream

I love making this apple betty for friends during the peak of apple season. I plan a quick soup and bread meal, so we can get right to the dessert! Elizabeth Godecke, Chicago, Illinois

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Day 6: Chorizo ChiliTaste of Home

Day 6: Chorizo Chili

I modified a bean soup recipe and came up with this wonderful chili. I make it mild, as that's how my family likes it, then I just add Tabasco sauce to spice up my bowl. Feel free to make it vegetarian by using soy chorizo and vegetable broth. Jenne Delkus, Des Peres, Missouri

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Day 7: Grampa's German-Style Pot RoastTaste of Home

Day 7: Grampa's German-Style Pot Roast

Grampa was of German heritage and loved the old-world recipes given to him by his mother. I made a few changes to give this recipe an updated flavor and to use my slow cooker instead of the oven. Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Day 8: Meat Loaf from the Slow CookerTaste of Home

Day 8: Meat Loaf from the Slow Cooker

This simple, easy-to-make meat loaf is one of my personal favorites. I'm often asked for the recipe. Laura Burgess, Mount Vernon, South Dakota

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Day 9: Pumpkin Spice CustardTaste of Home

Day 9: Pumpkin Spice Custard

We love this traditional Crock-Pot pumpkin spice custard. The added espresso powder gives it a latte effect! —Shelly Bevington, Hermiston, Oregon

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Day 10: Lentil Pumpkin SoupTaste of Home

Day 10: Lentil Pumpkin Soup

Garlic and spices brighten up my hearty pumpkin soup. Its just the thing we need on a chilly fall day. Laura Magee, Houlton, Wisconsin

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Day 11: Slow-Cooker Short RibsTaste of Home

Day 11: Slow-Cooker Short Ribs

These ribs are an easy alternative to traditionally braised short ribsyou don't need to pay any attention to them once you get them in the slow cooker. (That makes it my favorite beef short ribs recipe!) Rebekah Beyer, Sabetha, Kansas

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Day 12: Slow-Cooker RatatouilleTaste of Home

Day 12: Slow-Cooker Ratatouille

Not only does this classic recipe make a phenomenal side dish, you can also serve it with sliced French bread for a warm and easy appetizer. Jolene Walters, North Miami, Florida

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Day 13: Slow-Cooker GritsTaste of Home

Day 13: Slow-Cooker Grits

Since moving to the South, I have come to love grits! I also love my slow cooker, and I worked to find a way to make perfect grits without stirring on the stovetop. I knew this slow-cooker grits recipe was a winner when my mother-in-law overheard someone at a church potluck say that "it just wasn't right that a Midwesterner could make such good grits!" —Tacy Fleury, Clinton, South Carolina

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Day 14: Autumn Pumpkin ChiliTaste of Home

Day 14: Autumn Pumpkin Chili

We have this turkey pumpkin chili often because everyone loves it, even the most finicky grandchildren. Its a definite keeper in my book! Kimberly Nagy, Port Hadlock, Washington

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Day 15: Fudgy Peanut Butter CakeTaste of Home

Day 15: Fudgy Peanut Butter Cake

I clipped this easy peanut butter cake recipe from a newspaper years ago. The house smells fantastic while it's slow cooking. My husband and son enjoy the cake with ice cream and nuts on top. Bonnie Evans, Norcross, Georgia

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Day 16: Slow-Cooked Ropa ViejaTaste of Home

Day 16: Slow-Cooked Ropa Vieja

I traveled to Cuba a few years ago and had some of the best food imaginable. This dish stuck out, and when I returned home I began to experiment with making ropa vieja in the slow cooker. I hope you enjoy the flavors of Cuba as much as I do. Joshua Boyer, Traverse City, Michigan

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Day 17: Italian Shredded Pork StewTaste of Home

Day 17: Italian Shredded Pork Stew

Need a warm, soothing meal for a blustery night? Throw together this slow-cooked stew loaded with sweet potatoes and kale. And the shredded pork is oh-so-tender! Robin Jungers, Campbellsport, Wisconsin

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Day 18: Fall Vegetable Sloppy JoesTaste of Home

Day 18: Fall Vegetable Sloppy Joes

I make this dish in the fall and sneak grated vegetables into the sloppy joe mixture. Its especially good when children dont like to eat their vegetables! Just walk away until the end of the day and let the slow cooker do all the work. Also delicious: Top the filling with a little shredded cheese before serving. Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Day 19: Slow-Cooker Spinach Bean SoupTaste of Home

Day 19: Slow-Cooker Spinach Bean Soup

This navy bean soup is heartwarming comfort food at its best. It's my signature soup, and I make it for my family and friends. The bright red and green of the peppers and spinach give it a suitably seasonal look. Barbara Shay, Pasadena, California

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Day 20: Slow-Roasted Chicken with VegetablesTaste of Home

Day 20: Slow-Roasted Chicken with Vegetables

Even a beginner cook could make this slow-cooked chicken and have it turn out perfectly. This recipe could not be easier. A few minutes of prep and youll come home to a delicious dinner. Anita Bell, Hermitage, Tennessee

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Day 21: Shredded Lamb SlidersTaste of Home

Day 21: Shredded Lamb Sliders

Lamb, a wonderful special-occasion meat, is a big crowd-pleaser in these delicious sliders. I served up about 1,500 in two days when I made them for the Great American Beer Fest, using every little bit to satisfy the very last customer. Craig Kuczek, Aurora, Colorado

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Day 22: Moist Cranberry Pork RoastTaste of Home

Day 22: Moist Cranberry Pork Roast

I love to serve this tender, flavorful pork to guests. You dont have to toil away in the kitchen to prepare it, yet it tastes like a gourmet meal. Kimberley Scasny, Douglasville, Georgia

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Day 23: Slow-Cooker Lasagna SoupTaste of Home

Day 23: Slow-Cooker Lasagna Soup

Every fall and winter, our staff has a soup rotation. I have modified this recipe so I can prep it the night before and put it in the slow cooker in the morning. My colleagues love it! Sharon Gerst, North Liberty, Iowa

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Day 24: Fall Garden MedleyTaste of Home

Day 24: Fall Garden Medley

I like to make this recipe in the fall and winter for special occasions because it's very colorful, tasty and healthy. It's a hearty side that complements many different meat dishes. Krystine Kercher, Lincoln, Nebraska

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Day 25: Slow-Cooked Pumpkin Apple CobblerTaste of Home

Day 25: Slow-Cooked Pumpkin Apple Cobbler

This spiced pumpkin apple cobbler recipe is sure to please all of your holiday guests. It's perfect for fall, but can be made year-round since it uses fresh or frozen cranberries. Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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Day 26: Mexican Bubble PizzaTaste of Home

Day 26: Mexican Bubble Pizza

This tasty pizza offers a new way to experience Mexican cuisine. Serve it at your next party and watch it disappear before your eyes. Jackie Hannahs, Cedar Springs, Michigan

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Day 27: Partytime BeansTaste of Home

Day 27: Partytime Beans

A friend brought this colorful bean dish to my house for a church circle potluck dinner. As soon as I tasted the slightly sweet slow-cooked beans, I had to have the recipe. I've served the beans and shared the recipe many times since. Jean Cantner, Boston, Virginia

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Day 28: Slow-Cooked Split Pea SoupTaste of Home

Day 28: Slow-Cooked Split Pea Soup

I've been making this soup for years. After every holiday where ham is served, the hostess hands me the ham bone and a bag of peas when I leave. I love it with a slice of crusty fresh bread. Susan Simons, Eatonville, Washington

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Day 29: Slow-Cooker Thai Butternut Squash Peanut SoupTaste of Home

Day 29: Slow-Cooker Thai Butternut Squash Peanut Soup

This seemingly exotic dish is simple, vegan, healthy and hearty. The peanut butter blends beautifully with the sweetness of the squash and Thai seasonings. You can also serve this soup without pureeing it first. Kayla Capper, Ojai, California

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Day 30: Slow-Cooker Turkey Sloppy JoesTaste of Home

Day 30: Slow-Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes

Chili sauce and ground turkey make a delicious marriage in these sloppy joes, and the mashed avocado adds a special touch to the sandwiches.Nichole Jones, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Day 31: Spiced Acorn SquashTaste of Home

Day 31: Spiced Acorn Squash

Working full time, I found I didn't always have time to cook the meals my family loved, so I re-created many of those dishes in the slow cooker. This treatment for squash is one of our favorites. Carol Greco, Centereach, New York

Caroline Stanko
As an Associate Digital Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.

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