20 Easy Christmas Crockpot Recipes

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Easy Christmas Crockpot recipes help you spend more time with your family and less in the kitchen this holiday season. Easy slowcooker main dishes and make ahead side dishes to help keep your Christmas menu simple.

A Crockpot next to 3 photos of easy Crockpot recipes for Christmas.

The best way to ensure you spend more time with family and less time in the kitchen this Christmas is to plan a Christmas menu all around your crock pot!

This year, I'm popping my favorite slowcooker turkey breast into one Crock Pot as soon as we're done opening gifts and it will be ready in plenty of time for dinner.

While it cooks? I get to hang out with my kids and watch Christmas movies or play family games.

Now that's what I want for my holiday, don't you??

Why Crockpots Make Great Christmas Dinners

If you want to make a large cut of meat like a holiday ham, turkey, or roast, you'll find that they always turn out better when they've been cooked low and slow.

The meat becomes more tender and flavorful and you can enjoy the aroma while you relax with your family.

If you're using your slowcooker to help make vegetables or side dishes, you'll find that it is an awesome tool for keeping everything warm on a buffet table.

This encourages slow, relaxing mingling at the table and is great for keeping second servings just as toasty as the first course!

Tools You Need

You could plan just one Christmas Crockpot recipe to keep your meal easy and it would be worth having a slowcooker on hand.

But, plan an entire Crockpot menu for a completely hands-off dinner? BRILLIANT.

Pick one main dish and one or two side dishes and stock up on the most basic slowcookers you can find.

You can read more about my favorite sizes of slowcookers to keep in my kitchen here:

Christmas Crockpot Hot Chocolate Bar

Whether you serve this for Christmas Eve with cookies or for Christmas breakfast with homemade cinnamon rolls or coffee cake, your family is going to wild for this crockpot hot chocolate bar!

If you've never tried real homemade hot chocolate, you'll be shocked just how simple it is to make in a slowcooker!

Ultimate Crockpot Hot Chocolate
This easy Crockpot hot cocoa recipe is perfect for a holiday open house or Christmas Eve! Set up the ultimate hot cocoa bar with one of these fun flavor variations and plenty of festive toppings for guests to mix and match their own custom mug.
5 from 1 vote
A blue mug filled with hot cocoa has mini marshmallows on top and chocolate pieces and marshmallows scattered around it.

Crockpot Spiral Ham

This easy slow cooker spiral ham is the perfect Christmas Eve dinner for cooking while your family is out of the house at church or a special event. Come home to a hot ham ready to be glazed and broiled for just 5 minutes for that picture-perfect finish.

Serve it with crispy air fryer green beans and make-ahead baked mac and cheese for an elegant but delicious holiday feast.

Crockpot Spiral Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze
This easy Crockpot spiral ham recipe is the perfect way to cook your holiday dinner while your family is out of the house at church on Easter morning or Christmas eve. Come home to a hot ham ready to be glazed and broiled for the picture perfect finish in just 10 minutes. Choose a traditional sweet brown sugar and mustard glaze or use hot honey for a delicious sweet and spicy spin on a holiday classic.
4.98 from 49 votes
The spiral ham is on a roasting rack so it can be broiled to make the brown sugar glaze crispy.

Slowcooker Boneless Turkey Breast

Tender and juicy, this easy slowcooker boneless turkey breast recipe can be popped in your Crockpot right after you finish opening gifts on Christmas morning and be ready for Christmas dinner while you take a well deserved break!

Serve it with festive holiday sides like a wild rice pilaf, make ahead sweet potato casserole, or a light apple pear salad with dried cranberries.

If you want an awesome comfort food dish, make the turkey and gravy the day before and shred the meat into big chunks. Reheat the gravy and turkey together in one big crockpot and serve my favorite open face turkey sandwiches!

Slow Cooker Boneless Turkey Breast
This easy slowcooker turkey breast is a quick and easy way to make a smaller turkey for a holiday gathering or even a busy weeknight dinner. All white meat slices neatly for turkey sandwiches and makes great leftovers.
4.97 from 54 votes
Two slices of slow cooked turkey breast are on a plate drizzled with gravy.

Slowcooker German Sauerbraten

This awesome German Christmas recipe is actually prepped 5 - 7 days in advance so the beef can marinate in the fridge. This makes it the EASIEST make ahead Christmas dish ever!

The hint of crushed gingersnaps in the gravy make it perfect for the holiday feast. Serve it with make ahead German red cabbage and spaetzle in butter sauce or egg noodles.

German Sauerbraten
This traditional German sauerbraten is a sweet and sour beef recipe that is delicious when served with buttery spaetzle, savory mashed potatoes or potato pancakes, or classic German red cabbage. Prep it days in advance for an easy meal that is elegant enough for Christmas dinner!
4.99 from 52 votes
A plate of sauerbraten has homemade spaetzle and red cabbage on the side.

Crockpot Tortellini Soup

With a pretty red tomato broth base and festive green beans in the mix, this colorful soup is loaded with tender vegetables and savory beef.

You could mix and match your favorite tortellini flavors with ground turkey, sausage, chicken, or pork to mix things up.

Serve it with warm fresh bread or biscuits for a simple Christmas Eve meal that is ready and waiting for you when you get home from church!

Crockpot Tortellini Soup
This hearty slowcooker tortellini soup is the perfect vegetable soup to keep simmering on a busy day. Rich tomato broth, savory ground beef, and fluffy cheese tortellini make a satisfying dinner with fresh bread or a side salad.
5 from 2 votes
A crockpot has tortellini soup with a tomato broth base.

Slowcooker Apricot Chicken

The original recipe calls for an Instant Pot, but this sweet and savory apricot chicken would work perfectly in your slowcooker. Just follow the instructions but cook on LOW for 3 - 4 hours before serving.

Serve with my awesome herb butter rice and air fryer green beans for a simple but elegant holiday meal.

Slowcooker Apricot Chicken
This sweet and savory apricot chicken is fall-apart tender and a very easy weeknight dinner. Serve it over herb butter rice with the apricot sauce drizzled over the top.
5 from 35 votes
A baking dish is filled with saucy apricot chicken sprinkled with fresh herbs.

Crockpot Mashed Potatoes

These rich and creamy mashed potatoes pair perfectly with the slowcooker turkey breast or Crockpot sauerbraten recipes above! They're also a great way to serve potatoes with your favorite Christmas roast.

Crockpot Mashed Potatoes
This is the creamiest, fluffiest mashed potatoes recipe you'll ever find. It's the perfect make ahead side dish for a busy holiday dinner. Use the Keep Warm setting and the potatoes will be ready when you are!
5 from 54 votes
A silver Crockpot has finished mashed potatoes that are sprinkled with fresh chives and two pats of butter.

Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes

These elegant cheesy potatoes get a golden brown edge even though they're baked right in the slowcooker.

They make an excellent side dish for turkey, ham, or a beef roast.

Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes
Easy cheesy scalloped potatoes bake right in the slowcooker and still get a golden brown crispy edge to them thanks to the aluminum foil trick we use. Serve these for a delicious holiday meal or special Sunday dinner with a glazed ham, pulled pork, or roast chicken.
5 from 53 votes
A slowcooker has an aluminum foil lining and is filled with baked scalloped potatoes with fresh chives sprinkled over the top.

Crockpot Funeral Potatoes

If you're hosting a Christmas brunch these Crock Pot cornflake potatoes are essential for your holiday menu.

BONUS: The recipe also includes a way to bake them in your oven if you prefer. Whether you choose the slowcooker instructions or the oven method, you'll have crispy cornflake topping with awesome crunch.

Cheesy Cornflake Potatoes
This easy cheesy potato casserole has a crispy cornflake topping. Otherwise known as "funeral potatoes," it is a popular holiday side dish or church potluck recipe.
4.92 from 48 votes
The funeral potatoes recipe has been baked and a spoon has scooped out a serving from the baker.

Crockpot Stuffing

My mom's famous Italian sausage stuffing but made in a hands off slowcooker recipe!

This pairs well with a roasted turkey or ham.

Crock Pot Stuffing
Make ahead Crock Pot stuffing can be prepped up to 24 hours in advance and then just cooked before serving to save space in your oven during busy holiday dinner prep. Serve the golden brown, crispy stuffing straight from the slowcooker on the buffet table to keep it warm for hours.
5 from 34 votes
A scoop of golden brown Crock Pot stuffing is served on a small white plate. The slowcooker power knob is seen in the back.

Slowcooker Tuscan Chicken Pasta

We love Italian food for Christmas and the red sundried tomatoes and bright green spinach in this slow cooker Tuscan chicken pasta recipe is perfect for the holiday.

Serve it over boiled gnocchi or your favorite pasta shape. Farfalle or rigatoni are our two favorites.

Slowcooker Tuscan Chicken Pasta
This creamy Tuscan chicken pasta with sundried tomatoes and baby spinach tossed together with tender farfalle or penne is an easy dinner for a busy night.
4.72 from 7 votes
A CrockPot has a batch of Tuscan chicken with sundried tomatoes and spinach.

Crockpot Bourbon Chicken

This boozy bourbon chicken would be a fun alternative to a Christmas dinner for a crowd!

Serve a big crockpot filled with the tender, savory chicken and bourbon sauce alongside another crockpot filled with mashed potatoes (like the recipe above) or use it as a filling for sweet potatoes (recipe below.)

It also pairs really well with my Instant Pot herb butter rice.

Crockpot Bourbon Chicken
This sweet and sticky bourbon chicken is cooked in a crock pot for an easy weeknight dinner. Serve the shredded meat over a bowl of rice and spoon some of the delicious spicy-sweet sauce over the top.
5 from 1 vote
A bowl of rice is topped with shredded bourbon chicken from the crockpot.

Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes make an awesome Christmas side dish because you can load them with butter, brown sugar, and chopped pecans on the simple side of things or make them extra fancy with a scoop of my saucy bourbon chicken mentioned above!

Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes
Need baked sweet potatoes for a side dish or to mash for a Thanksgiving side dish recipe? When you're busy in the kitchen and need an easy way to cook sweet potatoes, pop them into your slow cooker so you can focus on other tasks.
5 from 22 votes
A slow cooker pot has several sweet potatoes in it ready to bake.

Crockpot Corn Casserole

A cozy side dish you can dump into a slowcooker in the morning and let it cook all by itself.

Sweet cornbread mix with melty cheese and fresh green onions is always a hit.

Crock Pot Corn Casserole
Classic corn casserole cooks in a slowcooker for a hands-off side dish for your holiday meal. Sweet Jiffy cornbread mix with canned corn and shredded cheese makes a delicious addition to a cozy family dinner.
5 from 47 votes
The spoon is scooping out a serving of Jiffy cornbread corn casserole out of the Crock Pot bowl.

Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole

I'm a huge fan of green bean casserole for Christmas dinner. Sometimes it gets lost in the buffet at Thanksgiving, so I love to make it again when I can appreciate it better.

This is such a simple side dish for a festive meal and use my trick to keep the fried onions crispy when you serve it!

Crispy Crockpot Green Bean Casserole
Classic green bean casserole is a Thanksgiving side dish essential. When you need to feed a crowd and your oven is full with other things, you can make a crispy Crockpot green bean casserole that stays hot and crunchy for your guests with these tricks.
5 from 44 votes
A serving of crispy green bean casserole is in a blue dish with a fork.

Crock Pot Creamed Corn

Skip the canned creamed corn and make this easy recipe from scratch in just minutes.

It is an easy addition to your Christmas buffet table and it will keep warm for hours.

Crock Pot Creamed Corn
Sweet creamed corn is an easy holiday side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter. This hands-off recipe lets you dump everything into the slowcooker and focus your attention on prepping the rest of your meal. The smooth cream cheese and butter sauce clings to the whole corn kernels giving it the perfect texture.
5 from 42 votes
The white ruffled bowl has creamed corn made in the Crock Pot. Fresh chives are sprinkled over the top.

Crockpot Sweet and Sour Meatballs

This is such a classic Christmas open house recipe. Who doesn't love finding a crockpot of tangy meatballs on the kitchen island during a party??

Sweet and Sour Meatballs in the Crockpot
Classic cocktail meatballs keep warm on your buffet table for hours in the slowcooker. This wildly popular sweet and sour sauce is made from ketchup and grape jam but is elevated by a dash of hot sauce to keep it from being too sweet.
5 from 46 votes
The white serving bowl is filled with sweet and sour meatballs in a rich glaze.

Crockpot Little Smokies

A holiday open house staple, these sweet and tangy sausages are so fun to eat with a party pick. Grab my Crock Pot Little Smokies recipe for easy entertaining.

Crock Pot Little Smokies
Savory bite-sized sausages in a sweet and tangy sauce with just a hint of heat. Keep these cocktail sausages warm in a slowcooker on your party table for hours.
5 from 1 vote
Saucy little hot dogs are in a slowcooker being stirred by a spoon.

Slow Cooker Acorn Squash

The Crockpot is a miracle tool for getting easy vegetables to be part of your Christmas menu.

This festive acorn squash is sweetend with butter and brown sugar and has a sprinkle of bright red dried cranberries and juicy apples in the mix.

Slow Cooker Acorn Squash with Apples and Raisins
This easy side dish is perfect for Thanksgiving or other fall dinners. Pop the acorn squash and apples into the crockpot and enjoy a sweet side dish with turkey or pork.
5 from 42 votes
A sliced open acorn squash has been filled with red dried cranberries and a spoonful of brown sugar.

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