27 Delicious Crockpot Side Dishes (easy for a potluck, BBQ, or busy weeknight!)
Whether you’re looking for some easy crockpot side dishes for a potluck, or just any regular day, these easy slow cooker side dishes to make your entire dinner come together effortlessly!
It can be a struggle to make your main dish and all the sides at once. Some things are done too early, and you get stuck waiting on others to finish.
Enter the magical slow cooker!
The beauty of the crockpot is that it’s completely hands off cooking.
In addition to making your main dish in a crockpot, did you know that you can slow cook your side dish, too?
If you have 2 slow cookers, you can be making your main dish and side dish simultaneously.
Or maybe you’re cooking your protein on the grill, or want to cook something in the oven at a completely different temperature.
These easy crockpot side dishes are also perfect for a:
- Holiday meal, such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Easter
This list is chock full of slow cooker recipes for side dishes containing vegetables, potatoes, pasta, beans, and more.
Family dinner will never be the same after you try adding in an easy side dish or two, so let’s dive into these simple sides!
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Best Crockpot Side Dishes for a Potluck
Slow Cooker Vegetable Recipes:
These crockpot vegetables are ideal for a crowd, or just an easy weeknight dinner at home. There are even a few fruit recipes too!
1. Green Beans with Tomatoes, Bacon and Potatoes
A healthy dish that you can serve over rice, or as a side dish to chicken.
2. Crockpot Orange, Honey and Herb Glazed Carrots
Delicious carrots that are slow cooked in butter, orange honey and herbs and finished with crunchy, toasted pecans.
3. Creamy Spinach Cheese Bake
This side dish is fancy enough for company, easy enough for every day, and low carb and gluten free!
4. Red Cabbage and Apple Braise
A sweet & sour treat that’s great on its own, or served with roasted meats and veggies.
5. Slow Cooker Pepper Jack Cauliflower
A zesty twist on plain old cauliflower, this slow cooked side dish fits with just about any dinner.
6. Crockpot Collard Greens
Tender, smoky, and rich, these crockpot collard greens are easy to make and melt-in-your-mouth good.
7. Broccoli Cheddar Casserole
Broccoli and cheese combine for a flavorful dish that everyone will love!
8. Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes
A very easy way to incorporate quinoa into your diet, and 100% vegan.
9. Zucchini Casserole
Fresh garden vegetables make up this fantastic side dish recipe. Just add all the ingredients to the slow cooker and turn it on!
10. Copycat Cracker Barrel Cinnamon Apples
A simple slow cooker recipe that is both delicious and easy to make! Just dump all of the ingredients in the slow cooker for a delicious dessert or side dish.
11. 5-ingredient Corn Casserole
A no-fail 5 ingredient corn casserole is a super easy recipe that’s versatile and bakes up into a savory side dish that will complement any meal.
12. Green Bean Casserole
This is one of those crockpot recipes that’ll come in really handy every Thanksgiving.
Save your oven space for the turkey, and make your green bean casserole in the slow cooker!
13. Slow Cooker Parmesan Brussels Sprouts
Garlic, parmesan, and butter turn ordinary brussels sprouts into something truly memorable.
Don’t be surprised if you see everyone going back for seconds.
Slow Cooker Potato Side Dishes:
Potatoes add a delicious comfort food element to any meal. These slow cooker potatoes are also ideal for taking to a potluck or as a make ahead side for Christmas dinner.
14. Crockpot Cheesy Funeral Potatoes
Otherwise known as cheesy potatoes, this Midwestern favorite is a wonderfully delicious side dish recipe perfect for any potluck or family get-together.
15. Hasselback Potatoes with Honey-Siracha Butter
The ultimate weeknight indulgence! Incredibly easy to make in the slow cooker or instant pot, and packed with flavor from homemade honey-sriracha butter.
16. Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Looking for the easiest mashed potatoes recipe on the planet? This is it! Simple, easy & absolutely delicious!
17. Crock-Pot Au-Gratin Potatoes
A great everyday side dish recipe to serve with roasted chicken, pork chops, or roast beef. Or to serve at a holiday dinner!
18. Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes
Tender chunks of potatoes are cooked in a ranch flavored sauce with bacon and cheese.
19. German Potato Salad
A great side dish for BBQ cookouts and other parties. Served warm…with bacon!
20. Sweet Potato Casserole
Preserve for oven space for that holiday meal you’re hosting by making your sweet potato casserole in the crockpot.
It gets just as ooey-gooey and tender, and can be prepped well in advance.
💡 Quick tip: I love using these slow cooker liners to make clean up a breeze!
Slow Cooker Bean Recipes:
These bean crockpot side dishes are perfect to take camping or to a BBQ. Your vegetarian family and friends will certainly appreciate it!
21. Easy Vegetarian Crockpot Refried Beans
The perfect set-it-and-forget-it recipe. Easy and delicious!
22. Mexican Black Beans
An easy way to cook beans in the slow cooker, and perfect for Cinco de Mayo or your next taco night.
23. Maple Baked Beans
Maple syrup and beans go together surprisingly well in this easy slow cooker side dish.
24. Coconut Red Beans & Rice
This Caribbean-inspired dish that works well as a side dish to many dinners, or as a meal of its own.
25. Mexican Red Beans
The perfect side dish for any Mexican meal. Or you can serve it over rice for a tasty, frugal entree!
Comfort Food Crockpot Side Dishes:
These easy slow cooker sides are ideal when you want some comfort food (like pasta!). Or to serve at a potluck or holiday dinner.
26. Best Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese
Creamy and flavorful, this crockpot macaroni and cheese will become a family favorite in no time!
27. Crockpot Stuffing
With just 5 ingredients this recipe comes together super quickly! Of course, it’s perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas, but stuffing (a.k.a. dressing) is actually delicious any time of year.
28. White Cheesy Noodles
The whole family will love this simple and delicious pasta. With only 4 simple ingredients, this recipe could not be any easier to make!
Ready to make some easy slow cooker side dishes?
Your crockpot is a great way to make ahead your side dishes, save oven space, and create a meal that is all finished at the same time.
From slow cooker potatoes, to a healthy side dish packed with veggies, there’s a slow cooker version of all your favorite sides.
I hope this list of slow cooker side dishes gave you some great ideas for:
- Easy dinners
- Potluck dishes
- Feeding a large crowd on a budget
- Make ahead sides for Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner
The hardest part is choosing which easy slow cooker recipe to make first!
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