12 Southern slow-cooker recipes

Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster—the delectable dessert made with bananas, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, coconut, and sweeeeet sweet rum hails from New Orleans

Candied yams

These brown sugar and cinnamon-covered beauties are absolutely delicious, and you can make this classic comfort-food side dish in your slow cooker.

Chicken & dumplings

Hot and hearty, chicken and dumplings is basically creamy chicken soup with little doughy biscuits floating in it. Soups are always easier in the slow cooker

Collard greens

We’re also welcoming them to this list. Despite the veggie-centric name, collard greens usually contain some sort of meat, whether it’s ham hock, ham shanks, bacon, turkey drumsticks

Corn chowder

Why are creamy soups the most comforting kind of soup? We can’t answer that, but we can tell you how to make this tasty bacon-topped dish in your slow cooker. Or, better yet


Cornbread in the slow cooker? That’s either blasphemy or brilliance. We think it’s the latter, but be the judge yourself with this slow-cooker cornbread recipe from Fuss Free Flavours.

Cubed steak & gravy

Chicken fried steak would be pretty tricky in a slow cooker, but cubed steak with gravy is a cinch! In fact, this version from The Country Cook uses just seven ingredients.


This classic Jambalaya recipe with a slow-cooker twist. Sausage, chicken, and shrimp all go into this rice-centric classic, which Simply Recipes can show you how to make.

Mac & cheese

You can’t have a list of Southern dishes without mac & cheese, which is a meal, a side dish, a snack, and everything in between.


Meatloaf was born, and the world was never the same. Your life will never be the same after you try this melt-in-your-mouth slow-cooker version from Taste of Home.

Mississippi mud cake

Mississippi mud cake is a chocolate-lover’s dream. Making it in a slow cooker is a baker’s dream. Food.com can help make this dream a reality.

Nashville hot chicken

Hattie B’s Nashville hot chicken is world famous, and this recipe from Plain Chicken adapts it into a slow-cooker-friendly version that’s pulled instead of fried.