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Getting food ready for a big church potluck can be a bit challenging, but with the help of your slow cooker, it can be easier. I am sharing with you some of my Favorite Easy Church Potluck Crockpot Recipes that everyone asks for the recipe afterward.

The best part is a crock pot saves you time on Sunday morning because you can prep the ingredients ahead of time, carry it to church and allow the slow cooker to simmer until it’s time to eat. 

I will tell you the best slow cooker that will not make a mess in your car when transporting it to and from church. I have also compiled some tips and tricks for slow cooker potluck recipes that will make your next potluck recipe a sure hit!

soups, chili, cheesy potatoes, mac and cheese, and goulash

If you need more ideas for great recipes to take to a potluck, be sure and read through my cold finger food ideas, make ahead tea sandwiches, and cheap party finger foods.

Why Have A Church Potluck

  • Church potlucks are a great way for members of a church community to come together and bond over a shared meal. 
  • It provides a great opportunity for members to get to know one another, build relationships, and even share stories of their faith. 
  • Praising God and sharing what He has been doing in their lives as a community is always a great way to strengthen the bond between members and create a positive, loving atmosphere.
  •  A church potluck can also be a time of fellowship and fun. Talking and playing games together after dinner builds the bonds of the church family.

How To Organize A Church Potluck

church potluck table with food and flowers on it
  1. Set a theme: Consider setting a theme for the potluck, such as “comfort food” or “international cuisine.” A theme can help ensure that the dishes complement each other and provide a cohesive meal.
  2. Create a sign-up sheet: Create a sign-up sheet for people to list the dish they will bring. A list can help ensure a good variety of dishes will be brought and avoid duplicates.
  3. Coordinate serving supplies: Make sure to coordinate with volunteers to bring serving supplies such as plates, utensils, and napkins. You may also need volunteers to help set up and clean up the event.
  4. Consider dietary restrictions: Be sure to ask people to indicate any dietary restrictions or allergies when they sign up so that everyone can enjoy the meal. Consider assigning a separate table for gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan dishes.
  5. Promote the potluck: Promote the potluck through the church bulletin, website, or social media. Encourage everyone to invite friends and family to join in the community meal.

Best Slow Cooker For Potlucks

No matter how hard I tried, I always had a spill or leak when transporting a full slow cooker to a church dinner. I finally found a foolproof, no mess slow cooker that made toating it in the car easy and mess-free!

My absolute favorite slow cooker for potlucks is the Presto Nomad 8-quart Traveling Slow Cooker!

  • It’s easy to carry with a swing up handle.
  • It has a locking lid that seals tight for spill-proof transport
  • The slow cooker has a rugged cooler-style body.
  • Cool-touch housing keeps the inside hot and the outside cool to touch.
  • Viewing window lets ou see what is inside without having to unlock the lid.
  • Bult in cord storage and removable utensil holder doubles as a spoon holder.
  • Easy to clean exterior so the slow cooker always looks new.
  • Removable cooking pan for easy clean-up.

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The Potluck Party Planner is a comprehensive digital product that provides everything you need to plan and execute a potluck gathering successfully. This printable planner includes a variety of templates and checklists to help you stay organized and ensure nothing is overlooked. From countdown timelines, shopping lists, and menu planning to assigning dishes and coordinating the potluck table with printable, this planner has got you covered. All for just $5.00!

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My Favorite Easy Church Potluck Crockpot Recipes 

I have gathered some of my favorite church potluck recipes that are always a big hit with friends and family. Most require minimal prep time and are easy to make and budget-friendly for a crowd.

Easy Crock Pot Recipes Under 5 Ingredients

Some of my favorite recipes to make in my slow cooker have under 5 ingredients. They are really quick and simple to make. With only a few required ingredients, they are budget-friendly and easy enough for the kids to pitch in and help make dinner for your next church crockpot potluck.

Homestyle 4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken and Stuffing
4 Ingredient Slow Cooker chicken with fork
This 4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken With Stuffing is the perfect make-ahead slow cooker meal for a church potluck. Plus, it's an easy crock-pot chicken recipe that is very budget-friendly. The gravy is made with a can of cream of mushroom soup or cream of chicken soup, sour cream, and a box mix of stuffing. Comfort food at its best.
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5 Ingredient Crock Pot Potato Soup With Frozen Hashbrowns
5 Ingredient Crockpot Potato Soup with bacon, cheese and onions
Here is another great idea if you want to try a new recipe with only a few ingredients. For this easy and delicious Crockpot Potato Soup recipe, look no further! This 5 Ingredient Crock Pot Potato Soup is perfect for a cold day or when you're short on time. And the best part? It's loaded with a home-cooked meal flavor!
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Chicken Slow cooker Recipes

These chicken slow cooker potluck recipes are easy to prepare perfect for a crockpot potluck. They can all be prepared with boneless chicken breast, chicken thighs, or turkey.

Rich and Creamy Cajun Smothered Chicken Recipe with Gravy
Cajun Smothered Chicken with Gravy in a bowl with gravy spoon
This rich Smothered Cajun Chicken Recipe is loaded with flavorful gravy and tender chicken breasts. Creole cuisine has never been so easy. Just pan-sear your chicken and finish this dish in a Crock Pot for a meal that needs 15 minutes of prep time and almost no effort at all. Great for a dinner party or a family night.
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Creamy Slow Cooker Mississippi Chicken Recipe
Creamy Slow Cooker Mississippi Chicken on a plate with chopped basil all over pasta
Creamy Italian Slow Cooker Mississippi Chicken Recipe is perfect for busy weeknights or laid-back weekends. It's made with tender chicken breasts, a mix of savory, slightly spicy Italian banana peppers, and cream. The best part is it's under 10 minutes of prep time until your slow cooker does the rest of the work.
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How to Make Sweet & Juicy Chicken Tocino (Easy Crockpot!)
a plate full of chicken tocino with red sauce on top, rice and fried egg on the side
This simple slow cooker recipe for easy chicken tocino is sweet and tangy, and can be served any time of the day. Made with a simple homemade marinade and a quick and easy replacement for annatto powder, you can make this economical recipe in minutes (while it bubbles away in the Crock Pot all afternoon). Perfect for hosting guests or making a quick and easy family dinner.
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Texas Roadhouse Portobello Mushroom Chicken Recipe (Copycat)
portobello mushroom chicken recipe texas roadhouse copycat recipe on a white plate topped with cheese and parsley
This easy recipe for a slow cooker potluck is a Texas Roadhouse copycat. The dish has tender herb-infused chicken breasts baked in a creamy portobello mushroom sauce. A slice of pepper jack cheese and a sprinkle of fresh parmesan cheese crowns this easy dinner idea.
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French Onion Soup Mix Chicken In The Slow Cooker
Slow cooker french onion soup mix chicken on a plates with rice and parsely on top. Fork with a piece of shredded chicken on a fork
The chicken cooks in a simmer sauce, making everyone think you have a magical slow cooker! This recipe has a rich, creamy gravy with bites of sweet chewy sun-dried tomatoes and herbs smothered over juicy cornish game hens. It's also easy to use boneless chicken breast instead. It's made with simple ingredients like chicken broth, whipping cream and topped with parmesan shredded cheese.
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Slow Cooker Chicken In Green Salsa; Pollo Verde Recipe
A delicious and easy Slow Cooker Pollo Verde Recipe highlighting a fresh roasted salsa verde. A step-by-step guide will show you how to make this mouth-watering Pollo Verde dish with a simple and quick tangy salsa verde recipe.
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pollo verde on a bed of rice with cilantro and peppers chopped on top
Easy Slow Cooker Cornish Hens with Rich Creamy Sauce
This easy Slow Cooker Cornish Hens Recipe is delicious and simple to prepare. Serve it on a fluffy bed of rice smothered in the rich, creamy gravy flavored with sweet sun-dried tomatoes and herbs. The best part is this dinner can be cooked in your crockpot with minimal effort. Yum! Your loved one is sure to enjoy it.
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Marry Me Cornish Hens on a white platter with sauces all around them
Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
Simplify pot pie by using your crockpot! Make this slow cooker chicken pot pie with minimal effort. Great dinner for a busy weeknight!
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Church Potluck Crock Pot Meatballs

Meatballs are always a huge hit when it comes to church potluck crockpot recipes! What makes this super easy on you? Start with frozen meatballs!

3 Ingredient Sauce Ideas For Easy Crockpot Meatballs
6 bowls of 3 ingredient sauce idea meatballs
When you need an easy appetizer, all you have to do is grab some frozen meatballs and pick your sauce combination. The best part is it will take you less than 5 minutes to prep these saucy meatballs.
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Saucy Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe; Easy Slow Cooker
sweet and sour meatballs recipe in a curved dish with toothpicks in some meatballs
These sweet and sour meatballs are a mouth-watering combination of tender meatballs, juicy pineapple chunks, and colorful bell peppers, all simmered in a delicious blend of sweet BBQ and teriyaki sauce. Preparing them is a breeze; it only requires 10 minutes of prep time, and your slow cooker takes care of the rest. You can serve these delicious Hawaiian meatballs as a main dish over rice or as a simple appetizer at your next party.
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Creamy Rich Meatballs and Gravy Recipe (Easy Slow Cooker)
meatballs in rich creamy brown gravy
Learn how to make tender meatballs with abundant rich flavorful gravy using a slow cooker. This step-by-step recipe will teach you how to create a delicious appetizer or satisfying meatballs and creamy gravy sauce meal sure to impress your family and friends.
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Saucy Crockpot Meatballs With Grape Jelly And Chili Sauce
Crock Pot meatballs with grape jelly and chili sauce are the easiest appetizer recipe I know. Beyond easy to make and cooked in the slowcooker, these cocktail meatballs are tender, juicy, and full of flavor – and you barely have to lift a finger.
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grape jelly and chili sauce cooked with frozen meatballs ready to serve in a bowl.
Homemade BBQ Meatballs Recipe Easy Slow Cooker
This easy BBQ meatballs recipe guarantees juicy, tender hand-rolled meatballs covered in a homemade smokey barbeque sauce and then simmered in a slow cooker. Perfect for easy entertaining or an easy home-cooked weeknight dinner.
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Cheese Lovers Crock Pot Recipes

You will surely bring a hit recipe to your next church potluck if it has a lot of cheese. The slow cooker is perfect for this type of recipe since you have a low and slow heat, allowing the cheese not to burn but become a gooey stringing bite of goodness.
Some favorite cheese crockpot add-ins are shredded cheeses such as pepper jack or cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and parmesan.

Creamiest, Cheesiest, Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe
slow cooker mac and cheese recipe with extra cheese melted on top ready to serve.
This slow cooker mac and cheese recipe will become a family favorite, I promis! There’s nothing like the creamy, cheesy goodness of digging into a hearty helping of homemade mac and cheese. It’s especially delicious when it’s cooked in the slow cooker, mostly because it requires almost no effort. The hardest part is cooking the pasta. For real!
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Crock Pot Cheesy Potatoes
Cracker Barrel Cheesy Hash Brown Recipe on a plate
If you're looking for a delicious and easy side dish to make in your Crock Pot, you must make this copycat Cracker Barrel Cheesy Hash Browns Recipe. It's one of those fantastic recipes that will become a family favorite. It is also the perfect cheese lovers potluck dish that only takes a few minutes to prepare.
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Ground Beef Crockpot Potluck Ideas

Homemade Sloppy Joe Recipe For A Crowd: Easy Slow Cooker
sloppy joe sandwich close up
This homemade sloppy joes recipe has a sweet and tangy sauce that is incredibly easy to prepare and simmer in your slow cooker.  It's a great main dish recipe for busy weeknights, church potlucks, or a casual party with friends.
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Layered Cheesy Slow Cooker Mexican Casserole with Ground Beef
layers of slow cooker mexican casserole ground beef topped with sour cream, fresh jalapeno and cilantro on a plate
Layered Cheesy Slow Cooker Mexican Casserole with Ground Beef is a delicious crockpot taco casserole made with taco seasoning, enchilada sauce, ground beef, and black beans, all layered in gooey cheese. It's an easy-to-make tortilla casserole recipe that is budget-friendly and always a big crowd-pleaser.
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Creamy Taco Soup with Ranch Dressing Recipe (Easy Crockpot)
taco soup recipe with ranch dressing and velveeta cheese in a bowl topped with cilantro
One of my top go-to picks for Mexican-style soups is this Creamy Taco Soup with Ranch Dressing. The soup is packed with ground beef, a variety of beans, and veggies, all in melted cheese and creamy ranch dressing. A bowl of this taco soup is hearty and filling. The best part, it's easy to prepare in under 15 minutes and then let your Crockpot do the cooking on those hectic days.
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Rich Hawaiian Zippy’s Chili Recipe; Slow Cooker
zippy's chili in a bowl with a scoop of rice on top
Chili is an iconic dish of chili that has been well-loved by the people of Hawaii for decades. It's a hearty mix of beef, sausage, beans, and unique spices that provide a range of flavors and textures in every spoonful. Serve over a scoop of white rice, on hamburgers, french fries, spaghetti noodles, or fill a burrito. My favorite thing is a topping on hot dogs.
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Crockpot Pimento Cheese Dip
Pimento Cheese Dip is a quick and easy recipe that can be used for filling burritos, tacos, or over nachos. It will become a favorite toppings item on a hot dog or sausage dog.
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Slow Cooker Goulash Recipe
This slow cooker recipe is a delicious, filling, and hearty meal that is super easy to prepare in your crockpot. It requires just minutes of prep time and a few simple ingredients. Slow cooker goulash is perfect for your next potluck.
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Crock Pot Hot Dogs For a Crowd

How To Make Slow Cooker Hot Dogs For A Crowd (Beer Or Broth)
hot dogs in slow cooker stacked upright
Are you hosting a party and need an easy way to feed a crowd? Whether it's a birthday, BBQ, game day, or any other gathering, here is a great way to make it easy on you. Making slow cooker hot dogs is the perfect solution: it takes only a few minutes to set up, and all you need is 3-4 hours of slow cooking, and you'll be able to serve up a ton of hot dogs from your crock pot!
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Hearty Soup Favorite Recipes

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Corn Soup
Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Corn Soup with bacon and green onions on top for garnish. Soup has potatoes, carrots, corn, chicken in a white cheesy sauce
Crockpot chicken corn soup makes is a creamy hearty soup that will be a hit at your next church potluck dinner. It cooks up mostly unattended until you're ready to serve it for dinner. It's a perfect recipe for a cool fall or winter meal.
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Cheesy Tortilla Mexican Chicken Soup Recipe (Slow Cooker)
Cheesy tortilla mexican chicken soup recipe in bowls topped with cheese, jalapenos, cilantro and radishes.
Cheesy Tortilla Mexican Chicken Soup Recipe is a classic Mexican soup recipe that features tender shredded chicken, smoky fire-roasted tomatoes, and authentic Mexican spices made in your slow cooker. Combined with creamy queso cheese and thickened with crushed tortilla chips for a deliciously satisfying twist.
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Jamaican Oxtail Recipe: Easy Slow Cooker
oxtail stew in a bowl with kidney beans/
This classic Jamaican oxtail recipe for stew simmers in a slow cooker with a savory sauce infused with classic Jamaican seasonings.
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Tex-Mex Chicken Taco Soup Recipe (Crock Pot Make-Ahead)
chicken taco soup recipe with cilantro, cheese, radishes and sour cream by it for toppings. a bowl of chips on the side too.
Hearty Tex-Mex Chicken Taco Soup Recipe is an easy make-ahead soup recipe that is full of traditional Mexican seasonings and veggies. Simply dump all of the ingredients in the pot, set it on low, and let it cook all day long. When you're ready to eat, you'll have a delicious and satisfying soup everyone will enjoy.
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Crock Pot Hearty Bean Soup
navy beans in a bowl with onions chopped on top
Crock Pot navy bean soup is a delicious and hearty soup that is a bowl of comfort. This yummy soup has a base of aromatic vegetables like onions, carrots, and celery with a creamy base.
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Crockpot Potluck Ideas For Beef

Seared Mexican Steak Picado Recipe (Tender Crock Pot Recipe)
Steak Picado over rice with smoky tomato sauce and steak
This classic Mexican Steak Picado Recipe smothers seared beef strips in a smoky tomato sauce with plabanos, jalapenos, green peppers, and onions. Here is the best part: this Crock Pot recipe takes less than 20 minutes to prepare. Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner or festive dinner party with friends.
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Tender Sirloin Tip Roast In Slow Cooker With Vegetables
Sirloin Tip Roast that was made in a Slow Cooker With carrots, potatoes, celery, onions, are smothered in gravy. butter and gravy on the side.
Your family will say thank you when you make this delicious slow cooker recipe for tender, juicy sirloin tip roast with a mix of delicious vegetables and savory gravy. This make-ahead recipe is an easy-to-prep sirloin tip roast in a slow cooker that is perfect for a hassle-free, mouthwatering dinner.
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Slow Cooker Pasta Recipes

Easy Crockpot Ravioli Recipe
Easy Crockpot Ravioli Recipe
Crockpot Ravioli requires only 6 ingredients. It only needs to be cooked for 3 hours, which is perfect timing for a noon meal. Enjoy a yummy plate of cheesy pasta covered in tasty Italian sauce!
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Easy Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe
This easy crockpot spaghetti and meatballs recipe is made right in your slow cooker! It's a tasty meal that even kids will want seconds of. Let the pasta sauce simmer while you accomplish other things around the house. This family-favorite recipe makes a perfect fellowship dinner main dish with tons of flavor!
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Easy Creamy Tortellini Soup In A Slow Cooker
creamy tortellini soup crockpot recipe made in a crock pot
Make this Creamy Tortellini Soup in your slow cooker for a super easy, comforting meal.  If you want easy, this is a good recipe. Tortellini soup takes at most 20 minutes of prep time, and your slow cooker does the rest of the work for you. It's a complete meal with veggies, chicken meat, sauce, and bread. 
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Crockpot Side Dishes For Potluck

Best Crock Pot Baked Beans
Crock Pot Baked Beans are the way to go! Once you try these, you'll never eat them straight from the can again. Great for summer BBQs themed potlucks.
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How To Perfectly Cook Asparagus Spears In A Slow Cooker
cooked asparagus with lemo wedges
Crock Pot asparagus is a good recipe for members that are trying to stick to a low-calorie diet. This recipe is one of my favorite dishes to serve in the spring around Easter. Cooking asparagus in a crock pot is an easy way to serve perfectly cooked asparagus instead of mushy, like some cooking methods produce.
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Tips For Using Your Crock Pot

Slow cooker recipes are usually easy and always turn out perfect. However, some mishaps are easy to fix with a few simple tips. 

  • Chili Is Watery or Thin: Here are some great tips for How To Thicken Chili In a Slow Cooker or Crock-Pot.  Here, you will find a variety of ideas that use everyday pantry items to thicken the chili.
  • No Beef Broth: We have all had it happen, you are right in the middle of making a recipe, and you realize you are out of beef broth, so you can finish making dinner. Save yourself a trip to the grocery by using one of these 25 Easy Substitutes For Beef Broth In A Slow Cooker.
  • Sauces and Soups Are Wattery: Sometimes, after cooking a recipe in a slow cooker, the mixture is too thin and watery, or perhaps you’re looking for a thicker consistency that will cling to the food better. Here is your rescue: How To Thicken Sauces In A Slow Cooker.  These tips will also help thicken stews, chili, tomato sauces, and soups that were cooked in a slow cooker. In any case, there are several simple ways to thicken stews, sauces, and soups, and in this article, we’ll discuss some of the most popular methods!
  • Safety Guide For Using A Slow Cooker: Slow cookers are great for busy families, but there are a few Safty Tips for Using Your Slow Cooker Properly

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