Slow Cooker Buffalo Ranch Wings

I usually cook wings on my Char-Broil Big Easy or on my charcoal grill using the Vortex. I have to admit, I was pretty pessimistic about the idea of cooking wings in a slow cooker. Would I like the texture? Would they taste as great as wings off the grill?

One thing’s for sure, making Buffalo Ranch wings in a slow cooker really couldn’t get any easier. It was the perfect recipe for my working-from-home lunch. Toss everything in first thing in the morning and at lunch, enjoy some wings!

So how were they? Well, mighty tasty for starters. In fact, I loved the flavor. Big time. Texture-wise, they got barely crispy but the meat was oh-so-tender and juicy. For truly crispy skin you’ll have to leave them under the broiler for a good bit of time, but keep an eye on them. I found the skin to be melt-in-my-mouth tender and I didn’t actually miss not having super-crunchy wings. In fact, it was a nice change. I loved them!
Slow Cooker Buffalo Ranch WingsAlthough not traditional Buffalo wings to a purist, I still enjoyed these slow cooker Buffalo Ranch wings more than I actually thought I would. No mess, no fuss and very tasty. Certainly much easier than firing up a grill or even deep fryer to make a batch of the wings you normally expect.

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Ranch Wings

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 -4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips discarded or saved for making chicken broth
  • 1 cup your favorite Buffalo wing sauce
  • 1 packet Ranch dressing mix about 3 tablespoons of homemade
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Ranch dressing for serving

Instructions

  • Place the wings into the bottom of your slow cooker.
  • Combine the wing sauce, Ranch dressing mix and salt and pepper and pour over the wings.
  • Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2 hours - 3 hours until the meat is starting to pull back from the bones.
  • Carefully transfer the wings to a baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with non-stick spray. Place under the broiler and broil until just starting to crisp.
  • Let cool slightly then serve with Ranch dressing for dipping.

Slow Cooker Cauliflower and Cheese

It’s not that you have to hold me down and force me to eat my veggies, it’s just that I think they need a little ‘help’ to make them good. If you add cheese, then they’re great and I’m going to eat them like they’re going out of style. This slow cooker cauliflower and cheese is a super-simple way to make a delicious side dish that anyone will love.
Slow Cooker Cauliflower and CheeseI’ve made slow cooker cauliflower with cheese a number of times. Sometimes I mix it up by using half a head each of cauliflower and broccoli. Or just broccoli. Whatever you prefer, it’s good stuff!

For a little kick, add a few pinches of red pepper flake. For a little crunch, serve topped with a few good sprinkles of French fried onions.

Also try my mashed cauliflower.

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Slow Cooker Cauliflower and Cheese

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Side
Servings: 4 -6 servings
Author: Inspired by a recipe from Spicy Southern Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower or broccoli cut into florets (or do 1/2 head of each)
  • 1 10.5 ounce can condensed cheddar soup
  • 1 5 ounce can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar

Instructions

  • Lightly spray a 3-4 quart slow cooker with non-stick spray.
  • Add the florets.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the remaining ingredients. Stir until the cheddar has melted.
  • Pour the cheese mixture over the florets. Cover and cook on low 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until crisp-tender. Cook longer if you like your veggies more tender.

Slow Cooker Jalapeno Pot Roast

It’s not uncommon for me to dream of a meal the night after I’ve had it. What isn’t common is when I dream about a meal BEFORE I’ve even had it. I knew going in that this slow cooker jalapeno pot roast was going to be great. Of course, after a day in the slow cooker the meat was tender and easy to shred. And it has just the right amount of spicy kick to it. It’s definitely not a bland pot roast by any stretch of the imagination.
Slow Cooker Jalapeno Pot RoastI set out making slow cooker jalapeno pot roast for po boy sandwiches and that’s it. As soon as I came across the recipe I knew that that’s what I was going to do. And the sandwiches came out absolutely perfect. I could’ve served the pot roast over mashed potatoes or made an open-faced sandwich or even better, used it in tacos, but I wanted a sandwich with some cool toppings like tomato and onion and lettuce to contrast the spicy beef. Perfect!

Also try my slow cooker BBQ pot roast and Mississippi pot roast.

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Slow Cooker Jalapeno Pot Roast

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 hrs
Total Time10 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 -8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds chuck steak or roast
  • 1 4 ounce can fire-roasted jalapeno peppers, not drained
  • 1 large yellow onion sliced thin
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  • Place meat into the slow cooker.
  • Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl and pour over the meat.
  • Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours.
  • Carefully remove the meat and chop or shred as desired, then return to the slow cooker to absorb the juices.

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos

I made a batch of tremendously good baked smothered chicken burritos the other day. The chicken was cooked slow all day, resulting in the perfect tender filling. I was still flashing back to them when I came across this idea for slow cooker cream cheese chicken taquitos. Just like the burritos, these taquitos are stuffed with fantastically tasty chicken that just falls apart as it cooks.
Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken TaquitosThe creamy chicken and melted smooth cheese needed a little kick in my opinion, so I topped the taquitos with diced jalapenos and spicy salsa. Then all was right in the world again!

Also try my slow cooker creamy Italian chicken.

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Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 hrs 30 mins
Total Time8 hrs 35 mins
Course: Main

Ingredients

For the cream cheese chicken

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces cream cheese cubed
  • 1/3 cup water

For the taquitos

  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese or combine shredded extra sharp cheddar with taco seasoning
  • 12 6 inch flour tortillas
  • Your favorite toppings extra cheese, chopped fresh cilantro, salsa, jalapenos, green onions, etc

Instructions

For the cream cheese chicken

  • Add all of the chicken ingredients to a slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours or until the chicken is fall-apart tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the chicken and shred or chop as desired.
  • Return chicken to the slow cooker, stir, and cook another 15 minutes.

For the taquitos

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Spray a 9" x 13" baking dish with non-stick spray.
  • Lay tortillas out onto a flat surface.
  • Spoon 2-4 tablespoons of chicken into the middle of each tortilla.
  • Top with 1-2 tablespoons of cheese.
  • Roll tortillas up tightly and place seam-side down into the baking dish.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and the tortillas are lightly browned and hardened.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings.

Slow Cooker Bold Ranch Pork Chops

Cold weather can sometimes make me ‘cooking lazy’. That’s when I just want to toss a few out-of-the-pantry and out-of-the-fridge ingredients into a slow cooker, turn it on, and come back half a day later to a done dish. Doesn’t mean it has to be all out of a can, but it isn’t all from scratch either. And it’s still good. And spicy. Gotta have spicy and these slow cooker bold ranch pork chops deliver on that.
Slow Cooker Bold Ranch Pork ChopsI served these slow cooker bold ranch pork chops with warmed leftover mashed potatoes. The gravy from the slow cooker is great over mashed potatoes, but I think it’d be even better over grits, so I’ll give that a whirl next time. They’ll be instant grits, though, to keep with my ‘cooking lazy’ mood.

Also try my slow cooker balsamic pork sliders.

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Slow Cooker Bold Ranch Pork Chops

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 10 ounce can cream of chicken soup, undiluted (low-salt recommended)
  • 1 packet of Ranch dressing mix about 3 tablespoons if you buy in bulk or make your own
  • 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning see my note
  • 4 thick cut boneless pork chops

Instructions

  • Note: Between the soup and Cajun seasonings, this dish can be salty. I recommend a low-salt soup and making your own Cajun seasoning, cutting the amount of salt in half.
  • Turn your slow cooker on low.
  • Whisk together the soup, Ranch dressing mix, and Cajun seasoning in a small bowl.
  • Place the pork chops in the slower cooker.
  • Add the soup mix.
  • Cover and cook for 6 hours.

Slow Cooker Chili Dogs

It was not a great day for grilling. I’ve always said that grilling is a passion not a season. But 50 MPH winds and blowing rain can make me rethink that philosophy. I was still jonesin’ for a chili dog so I brought out the slow cooker and satisfied my need for a good dog on a bad weather day. The dogs end up tender and they even absorb some of the great chili flavors. Topped with cheese, onion and jalapeno they hit the spot.
Slow Cooker Chili Dogs

Slow cooker chili dogs are a really great way to feed a crowd with no fuss whatsoever. You can easily double or triple this recipe if your slow cooker is big enough, ideal for that big game party!

Also try my slow cooker chicken wings.

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Slow Cooker Chili Dogs

Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the hot dogs in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  • In a bowl, combine the chili and soup and pour over the hot dogs.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
  • Serve hot dogs with buns, onion and cheese nearby. (I also like to have a few slices of fresh jalapeno for a little kick!)

Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs

We spent a week in a condo on fabulous Tybee Island, Georgia not long ago. I wanted to maximize our time on the beach, which meant that I wanted meals that I could prepare with minimal effort and time. Slow cooker spaghetti and meatballs was the perfect choice. And it was mighty tasty too. Yummy meatballs in a flavorful sauce, with the spaghetti already mixed in. It really doesn’t get any easier.
Slow Cooker Spaghetti and MeatballsI always like a little kick in my spaghetti and meatballs, whether they’re from the slow cooker or not, so I added a bit of red pepper flakes. You can leave them out if you like.

The perfect side dish for spaghetti and meatballs? My gotta-have-it garlic bread. And ya gotta also try my slow cooker ravioli lasagna¬†and my baked spaghetti and meatballs. My stuffed pasta shells ain’t nothin’ to shake a stick at either!

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Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 hrs 20 mins
Total Time8 hrs 25 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 24 ounce package frozen meatballs
  • 1 24 ounce jar your favorite spaghetti sauce
  • 1 48 ounce container beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried red pepper flake
  • 1/4 cup plus more for serving, freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces angel hair pasta broken into 1 1/2" pieces

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients except for the pasta into a slow cooker.
  • Cook on high for 8 hours, stirring every hour or so.
  • Add the broken pasta, stir, and cook another 20 minutes.
  • Serve with additional Parmesan cheese for topping.

Slow Cooker Chicken Wings

I’m usually a crispy, grilled or fried chicken wing kind-of-guy. But I am open to other ideas, and I can’t pass up a tasty wing no matter what. So I went into the idea of cooking wings in my slow cooker with an open mind and empty stomach. What resulted were very tasty, very tender wings covered in a fantastic homemade Buffalo wing sauce.

Cooking the wings in Buffalo sauce in the slow cooker before transferring them to the oven ensured that each and every bite was packed with that great traditional wing flavor. These wings aren’t just covered in sauce, there’s sauce all the way through.
Slow Cooker Chicken WingsThe sauce is what makes these slow cooker chicken wings great. It’s the perfect traditional Buffalo wing sauce. I make a big batch and keep it on hand. I like to fill a squirt bottle with wing sauce and squirt it on macaroni and cheese. Yep, try it. It’s good.

You can get a bit of a char and crisp on these wings if you put them under the broiler for a bit just before serving. Keep an eye on them, though. You don’t want to burn them.

Also try my slow cooker chili dogs.

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Wings

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 45 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 -4 servings
Author: Mike

Ingredients

For the wings

  • 2 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips discarded
  • Buffalo wing sauce from below or use 1 cup store-bought

For the Buffalo wing sauce

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 stick plus 2 more tablespoons
  • 1 1/2 cups hot pepper sauce I used Frank's RedHot
  • 2 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

For the wings

  • Place the wings into the bottom of your slow cooker.
  • Add HALF of the sauce.
  • Cook on high for one hour.
  • Heat your oven to 400 F.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray lightly with non-stick spray.
  • Add the wings and brush with some of the remaining sauce, reserving the rest for dipping if desired.
  • Place in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Optionally, turn on the broiler for the last 10 minutes to get a little color and crisp on the wings.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and extra wing sauce for dipping if desired.

For the Buffalo wing sauce

  • Place the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Once the butter is melted add the remaining ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and continue simmering for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  • Remove from heat and let cool before using.