Crock Pot Challenge Recap

The Crock Pot Challenge is officially over!

Challenge details: Try 10 new crock pot recipes between January 11 and the end of February.

Crock Pot Challenge - 10 New Crock Pot Recipes

We like to keep things simple around here!

I loved the way this challenge encouraged me to experiment a bit with my crock pot and try a bunch of new recipes. When it comes to crock pot cooking, I tend to fall back on my old stand by recipes, so taking the time to plan meals and look for mouth-watering recipes was quite fun!

Here’s a brief overview of the recipes I attempted during the challenge:

  • Crock Pot Carrot Ginger Soup: Healthy and creamy, this soup was the perfect cold weather dinner! I loved the zip from the ginger and the comforting flavor.

Carrot Ginger Soup Crock Pot

Crock Pot Chicken Garam Masala

  • Cuban Chicken: This dish was a hit with my entire family. Veggie-packed and filling! 
  • Mediterranean Succotash: We enjoyed this succotash over brown rice and thought it was delicious! A perfect meatless meal.
  • Slow Cooker Seafood Gumbo: As a big-time seafood lover, I thought this gumbo was delicious! I needed to add more liquid to the recipe, but other than that, I thought it was a winner.
  • Crock Pot Curried Lentils: Not a pretty dish, but a tasty one!

Crock Pot Curried Lentils 

  • Easy Crock Pot Carnitas: Ryan’s favorite recipe from the challenge! He dubbed the carnitas “restaurant quality.”

slow cooker carnitas

Recipes I have on my radar that I still need to try:

Crock Pot Challenge Link Up

And now for your recaps! I initially planned to set up a plugin for you guys to add your own links to this post, but I’m having major issues with the coding this morning, so I’m going to manually add your links. I found a bunch of your recaps myself, but if you have a recap post you’d like to share that isn’t included below, please add it to the comments section or email it to me at and I’ll add it ASAP!

Be sure to check out Crock Pot Challenge recaps from these awesome challenge participants:

Question of the Morning

  • What is the best slow cooker meal you’ve made within the past month or two?  


  1. says

    Thanks for the link–AND for hosting the challenge!
    Your recipes look amazing. I love all of the Indian-inspired dishes and will have to try the chicken tikka masala, garam masala chickpeas/chicken, and the carrot-ginger soup!
    And as a Gulf Coast resident, I can’t believe I’ve never made crockpot gumbo! I’ll have to try that one, too. 🙂


  2. says

    Hi! Thanks for hosting the challenge and for the blog shout out! I had a great time cooking and planning the meals and now I’m finding even more to make through these links.
    Now we’ll have to do some challenges to use my other unused kitchen appliances… I do have a once used ice cream maker… Haha!
    Great idea- I really enjoyed it.
    Julie Wunder


  3. says

    The crock pot rocks my socks off! My favorite crock pot recipe lately is one with just chicken, salsa, chicken broth, cumin, cayenne, and garlic.. It is paleo & great on top of lettuce!


  4. Erinn says

    You should really try the slow cooker apple butter! My boyfriend and I are into canning and apple butter is so easy to make! We gave it out to family for Christmas and we’re already getting requests for more!


  5. says

    I’ve not made any slow cooker meals as I’m yet to buy a slow cooker. It is summer time here in Australia but come winter time I will be buying one and cooking up a storm and filling the freezer with hearty meals like there’s no tomorrow. 🙂



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