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14 Easy Slow Cooker Meals for College Students

Looking for easy meals for college students? Look no further than these savory slow cooker dishes!

Updated March 01, 2019

College is all about finding that balance between youth and adulthood, between parties and academics, and between productivity and procrastination. While these are some of the daily struggles that college students face, food is one thing that should be a no-brainer.

This guide to 14 Easy Slow Cooker Meals for College Students has been carefully assembled with input from college students and contains some of our easiest, most cost-effective and tastiest slow cooker recipes. Hungry in your dorm room? No problem! Slow cookers are one of the few appliances that most schools allow in dorms, and they don't take up much space if you are living in a small house or apartment this year.

From slow cooker breakfast recipes to slow cooker dinner recipes to slow cooker desserts, this collection contains easy dishes for every occasion. Mastering these delicious slow cooker recipes will be the easiest ‘A’ you receive all semester (and you don’t even have to worry about sitting in the front of the lecture hall or going to extra office hours). So start filling your college years with great food and cooking fun, thanks to this student guide to all things food.

1. Slow Cooker Muffins

If you need a quick grab-n-go breakfast, give these Slow Cooker Muffins the old college try. They're deliciously easy, and they literally bake in your slow cooker while you catch some sleep. What could be easier than that?

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Slow Cooker Muffins

2. Overnight Slow Cooker Ice Cream Oatmeal

Whether you wake up to trudge to the library at the crack of dawn or spend the morning in bed after a long night out, slow cooker breakfast recipes like this Overnight Slow Cooker Ice Cream Oatmeal are the perfect way to get your morning started the right way. Make a big batch over the weekend and eat this as easy, reheatable meals throughout the week.

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Overnight Slow Cooker Ice Cream Oatmeal

3. Must-Make Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes

Ready to start your mornings with a flavorful adventure of taste and texture? Gone are the days where you had to use a skillet to make pancakes. Today, we promise you a new age, one where you can use your slow cooker to make everyone's favorite Sunday breakfast. Rejoice!

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Must-Make Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes

4. Slow Cooker Quiche

Your mom (or maybe your grandmother?) probably make this funkadelic, deliciously easy breakfast recipe back in her college years. Unfortunately for her, she probably had to make it in a dirty, greasy dorm room kitchen that nobody liked to clean. These days, we've taken this healthy and addicting breakfast classic, and we've adapted it, so you can easily whip it together in your slow cooker. 

That's what we call #Winning. 

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Slow Cooker Quiche

5. Semi-Homemade Slow Cooker Caramel Rolls

This slow cooker breakfast recipe is for the truly lazy. With only 3-ingredients, you're able to throw together a delicious, sweet, and oh-so-pleasing breakfast that'll have you clamoring for more. 

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Semi-Homemade Slow Cooker Caramel Rolls

6. Trisha Yearwood's Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Everyone loves a good mac and cheese recipe. We can't think of anyone alive who would shy away from one of the greatest pairings every invented. With this slow cooker recipe, you're able to enjoy your favorite comfort in the comfort of your own dorm room. 

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Trisha Yearwood's Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

7. Copycat Chipotle Pulled Beef Tacos with Avocado Crema

Who doesn't love Chipotle? With this slow cooker copycat recipe, you'll be able to enjoy your favorite Chipotle flavors from the comfort of your own room. Stay in tonight. 

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Copycat Chipotle Pulled Beef Tacos with Avocado Crema

8. Delightfully Easy Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken

This recipe for General Tso's Chicken takes the flavors of your favorite Chinese takeout dish and transforms them into a dish you can easily make in your slow cooker. It's amazing, and it's, as the name implies, delightfully easy. 

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Delightfully Easy Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken

9. World's Easiest Slow Cooker Party Meatballs

Having some friends over for a game night? This easy slow cooker recipe means you won't go hungry. With just a handful of ingredients from the store, you could whip up an addictingly delicious dish to munch on.

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World's Easiest Slow Cooker Party Meatballs

10. Steamed Hams Recipe (in a Slow Cooker)

You've seen The Simpsons, right? At the very least, you've seen the countless Internet memes for Steamed Hams, yeah? If you answered yes to any of those questions, just know that we've turned one of the Internet's best memes into an easy slow cooker recipe you can make when you're really crazy some bur... uh... steamed hams. It's an Albany expression

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Steamed Hams Recipe (in a Slow Cooker)

11. Real Deal Ramen Noodle Soup

Everyone knows college students and ramen noodles go together like peas and carrots. If you're looking to elevate your game when it comes to making ramen, look no further than this exquisite slow cooker soup! It's the perfect way to spice up your evening meal into something extraordinary. 

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Real Deal Ramen Noodle Soup

12. Pork and Ramen Noodle Soup

This wonderful ramen noodle recipe requires only two kitchen appliances - a slow cooker and a microwave! Using these two appliances, you'll be able to whip up a restaurant-quality ramen dish that'll make you the envy of the dorm building. 

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Pork and Ramen Noodle Soup

12. 2-Ingredient OMG S'mores Cake

If there's an easier slow cooker dessert for college students out there (other than, ya know, buying a pack of cookies), we haven't seen it. This dish is as easy as it sounds. 

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2-Ingredient OMG S'mores Cake

14. Slow Cooker Raspberry Coconut Cake

Want to make a delicious dessert for your family when they come to visit you? This slow cooker dessert is simple, yet complex enough to satisfy. As a bonus, it'll make you look like an expert baker! 

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Slow Cooker Raspberry Coconut Cake

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