15 things you didn't know you could make in a Crock-Pot

loooby/iStockSlow cookers aren’t just for soup.

Hearty stews that spend hours simmering in a Crock-Pot keep cooking simple. But there are lots of other easy dishes you can make in a slow cooker that aren’t soup, including desserts, warm beverages, and party dips.

Here are 15 things you probably didn’t know you could make in a slow cooker.

Stuffed peppers can be left to cook in a Crock-Pot.

bhofack2/iStockStuffed peppers topped with cheese.

With a slow cooker, you can stuff the peppers and forget about them until dinner time. No. 2 Pencil’s recipe recommends filling them with ground beef, enchilada sauce, cheese, rice, and more diced peppers.

Crisp and cobbler desserts can also be made in a slow cooker.

loooby/iStockApple crisp a la mode.

Kitchn’s recipe for slow cooker apple crisp recommends placing a paper towel underneath the lid of the slow cooker to keep the topping crisp and crunchy.

Crock-Pot green beans taste just as good as green beans from the stove or oven.

Brent Hofacker/ShutterstockGreen beans with lemon.

You can use the same green bean recipe as any stove-top version.

Slow cookers are great for working with non-delicate fruits and vegetables to make fruit sauces and butters.

Shutterstock/Moving MomentHomemade applesauce.

According to Kitchn, slow cooker applesauce is a great way to use mealy apples that are about to go bad.

Dips can be made in a slow cooker, too.

Mark Stout / iStockA bowl of spinach artichoke dip.

Taco dip, corn dip, spinach artichoke dip, and more party favourites can all be made in a slow cooker.

Crock-Pot brownies are delicious.

Sydney Kramer/INSIDERBrownie squares.

Martha Stewart’s slow cooker brownie recipe produces 14 delicious squares.

You don’t need an oven to make lasagna.

Bernd Juergens/ShutterstockLayers of lasagna.

According to Betty Crocker, lasagna needs four to six hours in a slow cooker to come out perfectly layered and gooey.

Making pineapple upside-down cake in a Crock-Pot can save oven space when cooking for a crowd.

Charles Brutlag/ShutterstockPineapple upside-down cake topped with cherries.

Betty Crocker’s pineapple upside-down cake recipe takes three hours to make and serves 12.

Oatmeal made in a slow cooker provides a hearty breakfast.

Alena Haurylik / ShutterstockOatmeal with fruit and nuts.

Well Plated by Erin’s oatmeal recipe uses steel-cut oats that steep overnight.

Crock Pot cheesecake is possible, too.

Monarexx/ShutterstockA slice of cheesecake.

Crock Pot cheesecake can be made with a small bowl or springform pan that can fit inside your slow cooker, according to Crockpot Ladies.

Quinoa can be made in a slow cooker.

Bartosz Luczak/iStockQuinoa salad.

FoodFanatic recommends adding beans, corn, chickpeas, and peppers to quinoa and cooking it on high for three to four hours.

Mulled cider or wine is a winter favourite that can be prepared in a Crock-Pot.

OksanaKiian/iStockMulled cider.

Mulled cider takes just two hours to make in a slow cooker, according to Tasty Kitchen.

Pulled meats turn out perfectly in Crock-Pots.

GMVozd/Getty ImagesA pulled pork sandwich.

Pulled pork and pulled chicken are at their most tender when prepared in a slow cooker.

Chocolate chip cookie bars can be warm and gooey in a slow cooker.

April Turner/ShutterstockA chocolate chip cookie square.

Lining the slow cooker with foil keeps the chocolate chip cookie bars from sticking to the pot, The Stay At Home Chef writes.

Mashed potatoes can be made hours ahead of time.

AP Photo/Larry CroweA spoonful of mashed potatoes.

Mashed potatoes can be made the night before,” chef and founder of The Epicurean Connection Sheana Davis previously told Insider. “Place them in the Crock-Pot, turn on low in the morning and keep warm until serving. It frees up your stove top. You can also thin the mixture with milk or cream if they get too thick from the heat.”

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