Cooking and eating grain-free food is like adjusting to any other diet—it takes some time to get the hang of it. We’ve long been fans of the Crock-Pot (and the Instant Pot) because of how simple it is to set it and forget it. To see what we mean, we rounded up 17 gluten-free slow cooker recipes that are so satisfying you won’t be reaching for more food a few hours later, so choose your favorite recipe (or two) below.
Tuscan White Bean and Lemon Soup
If you follow a meat-free diet, then try this tasty Tuscan white bean and lemon soup recipe from Half Baked Harvest that’s both gluten-free and vegetarian. This isn’t your basic soup; parmesan, lemon juice, and basil pesto add something special to a broth made with Tuscan kale, carrots, quinoa, and cannellini beans. We strongly suggest you finish it off with another heaping spoonful of parmesan.
Cook Time: Four to five hours on high; two to three hours on low.
Keto Beef Stew
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: Beef stew is among the best comfort foods (right along with mac ’n’ cheese.) Now, most stews call for flour for thickening, but it’s not necessary when you use grass-fed beef, red wine, wild mushrooms, bone broth, veggies, and spices. P.S. If you have an Instant Pot, you can make this yummy meal from Root + Revel in just 25 minutes.
Cook Time: Eight hours on low; four hours on high.
BBQ Paleo Chicken Wings
Did you know that you can make just about any dish gluten-free? All it takes is a little bit of creativity. Take, for example, these BBQ paleo chicken wings from Food Faith Fitness: They're dry-rubbed and then loaded up with a tangy homemade barbecue sauce. The key to their crispiness? Broiling them for a quick 15 minutes at the very end. Trust us—it’s worth heating up the oven for.
Cook Time: Three to four hours on low.
Chipotle Chicken Tamale Chili
Leave it to Half Baked Harvest to add enchilada sauce and ground cornmeal to this chili recipe for a true tamale taste. Mango, lime juice, corn chips, avocado, and cheese make for the very best toppings. Oh, and don’t forget the cilantro. If you use store-bought enchilada sauce, make sure it's gluten-free.
Cook Time: Six to seven hours on low; four to six hours on high.
Thai Chicken Soup
A chicken soup flavored with peanut butter? Yes, please. This Thai-style broth from Foodie Crush relies on unique ingredients to get it just right. Red curry paste, coconut milk, and gluten-free fish sauce are just a few of the ingredients that give this dish its signature taste. Don’t forget to add a few spoonfuls of brown sugar to balance out the acidity.
Cook Time: Four hours on high.
Turkey Sweet Potato Chili Quinoa
Talk about a satisfying meal—this gluten-free crockpot recipe form Foodie Crush relies on beans, ground turkey, and quinoa to keep you full. It’s best cooked slowly so the jalapeño and diced tomatoes can inject some serious flavor. You can add a bit of water so nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot.
Cook Time: Six to eight hours on low; three hours on high.
Slow Cooker Chilorio
Chilorio is a Mexican dish consisting of slow-braised pork marinated in orange juice, chiles, onion, and spices. And what better way to cook the meat than with a slow cooker? This particular recipe from Hola Jalapeño calls for a mixture of dried chiles—chipotles, moritas, árbol, guajillo, and cascabel. Traditionally, the dish is served atop flour tortillas, but feel free to sub in corn tortillas as well.
Cook Time: Eight hours on low; four hours on high.
Mexican Quinoa Casserole
Food Faith Fitness writes that her recipe for slow cooker Mexican quinoa casserole is akin to deconstructed chicken enchiladas––but with quinoa. Chickpeas, black beans, peppers, corn, tomatoes are slathered with homemade fajita seasoning in a slow cooker. Top with cheese and cilantro for a complete meal.
Cook Time: Three to four hours on high.
Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Soup
This slow cooker tomato soup by Real Food Whole Life is creamy, yet dairy-free! Blended cashews are added to tomatoes and seasoning for cream-like mouthfeel. Garnish with scallions, basil, and honey to take things up a notch.
Cook Time: Six hours on low; four hours on high.
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
Recreating Strength and Sunshine's recipe for slow cooker teriyaki chicken is only a matter of pouring store-bought or homemade teriyaki (which she includes an eight-ingredient recipe for, too) over chicken breast or thigh in the pot, and setting the slow cooker. Toss in veggies a few hours before the time is up to retain its texture, and dinner is served!
Cook Time: Six hours on low heat; four hours on high.
In A Virtual Vegan's rendition of minced meat Keema, Keema lentils are completely vegan, gluten-free and simple to make. Just toss lentils, onions, and vegetable stock with aromatics and spices: Ginger, garlic, turmeric, garam masala, coriander, and cumin into a slow cooker. Garnish with cilantro and serve with rice.
Cook Time: Low for four to five hours, or until broth has mostly absorbed.
Chicken and Dumplings
To make Gluten Free on a Shoestring's comforting recipe for chicken and dumplings, you'll want to make a recipe for gluten-free biscuits ahead of time (she provides a link to the recipe she used) and freeze them. Chicken is cooked through in the Crock-Pot with chicken stock (choose gluten-free, or stock sans wheat in the ingredient list), milk, garlic, and potatoes before removing the chicken and stirring in the 'dumpling' biscuits.
Cook Time: Five to six hours on low, or until chicken is cooked through.
Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Meatballs
To make these slow cooker meatballs gluten-free, Small Farm Big Life writes she uses brown rice crumbs instead of bread crumbs. Season ground beef with Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, oregano, tomato paste, garlic, basil, and parsley.
Cook Time: Three to four hours, or until marinara sauce is bubbling and meatballs are browned.
Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili
We're sure even omnivores will appreciate this veggie-forward slow cooker vegan chili by Watch Learn Eat. A medley of beans join butternut squash, bell peppers, jalapeños, and a smattering of spices in a Crock-Pot. Add salt to taste, then top with whatever you're into and fits your dietary preferences—cheese, cilantro, red onion, anyone?
Cook Time: Four to six hours on high, or until squash is tender.
Slow Cooker Potato and Bean Mole
Ancho, guajillo, and chipotle chili peppers are blended to create Healthy Slow Cooking's recipe for slow cooker potato and bean mole. With the peppers pureed, potatoes, kidney and pinto (or black) beans go in the slow cooker, along with the puree and garlic, cumin, allspice, cinnamon, dark chocolate, maple syrup, oregano and a few other ingredients. Given that traditional, hand-ground Mexican mole takes up to an entire day to prepare, this slow cooker version seems much more manageable in modern times.
Cook Time: Seven to nine hours on low heat, or four hours on high.
Crock-Pot Butter Chicken
Kitchen Sanctuary's Crock-Pot butter chicken recipe is creamy, and spiced with curry powder, garam masala, paprika, cinnamon, cardamom, and chopped cilantro for garnish. Garlic, tomatoes, chicken stock (choose one without wheat as an ingredient to go gluten-free), and heavy cream create the broth for chicken thighs or breast to stew in.
Cook Time: Six to eight hours on low, four to five hours on high heat.
Turkey Mushroom Bolognese
Feasting at Home's recipe for slow cooker turkey mushroom bolognese begins with a bit of stove top work to soften the vegetables. Then add tomato paste, a splash of soy sauce (or fish sauce) and Parmesan rind. Serve bolognese over gluten-free pasta, quinoa, or spaghetti squash. Note: According to the National Celiac Association, soy beans are naturally gluten-free, however some soy sauces may have gluten-containing ingredients. Fish sauce may also contain gluten.
Cook Time: 5–6 hours on lowest setting