5 Crock-Pot Comfort Food Recipes for Cozy Family Dinners All Week (PHOTOS)

Liz Alterman | Sep 7, 2014 Food & Party

With autumn fast approaching, moms everywhere are switching gears from planning warm-weather meals like grilled burgers and summery salads to easy, hearty comfort food dinners that practically cook themselves on those cool fall nights.

And let's face it: Whether you've been working all day or running around with the kids, nothing is better than coming home to a dinner that's pretty much ready to serve when you walk in the door.

I don't know about you, but even with a busy schedule, I still love to sit down to a really good meal that didn't just slide out of a box coated in icicles. But, after a long day, as much as I crave that marvelous dream dinner, I don't always feel up for preparing it. And that's where my trusted old friend the Crock-Pot comes in!

Take the chill out of a crisp autumn night with one of these super easy, super tasty Crock-Pot comfort food recipes. Your kids will love them all, and bonus: One of them is a dessert! (You're welcome!)

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  • Cincinnati Chili

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    Looking for an alternative to your traditional chili this fall? Why not give Cincinnati Chili a try? Smoother in texture, this slow cooker concoction consists of finely ground beef cooked in a rich, cinnamon-spiced tomato sauce. It's typically served over pasta, another interesting switch from your regular chili recipes.

  • Beef Stew

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    One of the best things about fall is indulging in a hearty beef stew. This one smells so good, you won't have to call anyone to the table -- they'll already be there waiting! 

  • Meatloaf

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    This meatloaf requires minimal prep time and tastes amazing on a chilly evening. (Leftovers, if you have any, are great as sandwiches, too!) Serve this with your choice of vegetables, biscuits, or thick bread. 

  • Chicken Pot Pie

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    No one needs to know (or will even suspect) that this chicken pot pie required very little effort. About 15 minutes before it's ready, heat up your favorite biscuits or puff pastry rounds and top this tasty meal with a flakey crust.

  • Apple Crisp

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    No comfort food-focused dinner would be complete without dessert! If you've gone apple picking and come back with bushels of them -- or just bought a whole bunch at the grocery store -- put them to good use. This apple crisp is simple to make and so yummy. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream and watch it disappear fast!

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