80 Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Recipes

by lydia on December 3, 2013

My CrockPot (aka – slow cooker, CrockPot is actually a trademarked brand name) has not only become my best friend, but it has been my saving grace too! As a busy momma with hungry boys to feed, I spend a LOT of time and energy planning and preparing meals. And I’ll be honest, sometimes I get fed up with feeding people (what momma hasn’t?). That is why I’ve come to rely heavily on my slow cooker as of late.


I try to make 3 slow cooker dinners per week, typically on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. I’m finding this to be working out really well for us. It saves me time in the long run to prepare ahead like this, and it saves me stress. Not to mention, it’s helpful on those nights I’m picking kids up from activities or headed to my son’s football games (Now that football is over, it’s wrestling season. Do you have any idea how long wrestling meets are?).

Making dinner while everyone is under foot is quite a challenge. Add to that, needing to pick up kids from activities after school, finish house chores, do homework, as well as keep the boys from harming each other or the furniture. Making dinner while the kids are home, hungry and waiting is often NO FUN at all. Taking about 20-30 minutes during the day to prep ahead has made all the difference for me. While some of the slow cooker meals I make are indeed one dish dinners, some are not. However, making a side dish right before dinner is FAR easier than cooking the whole thing from scratch. Plus, while I get my slow cooker meal going, I also make sure I’m as prepped as I can be to make any additional side dishes closer to dinner time. Seriously, my life has taken on new meaning with my trusty slow cooker pulling it’s weight! (For even more ideas on saving time, check out these posts: Solve The Mystery Of What To Make For Dinner Tonight, Make Dinner Time A Snap With These Freezer Recipes).

Today, I’m here to share an arsenal of slow cooker recipes with you, in case you are like me and are wanting to turn dinner time into a more pleasant and feasible experience. All the recipes will be gluten free. They come from other real food bloggers across the web. These recipes include a lot of dinner options, as well as a variety of others – like sauces, jams/jellies, yogurt and more! There are also some repeat recipes, like pulled pork and roasted chicken, though they vary slightly -so I shared them anyhow.  I’m so excited because now I have more recipes than I could ever dream of to try in my slow cooker. Oh, and I’m also gonna share a bunch of slow cooker cookbooks and an eBook you can check out, in case this list of 80 recipes isn’t enough for you! Let’s dive in shall we?!

*Please Note: I have done my best to make sure all recipes are truly gluten-free. Some may include gluten-free substitutes. It is up to every individual on a gluten-free diet to KNOW all the potential sources of gluten that can be lurking in various forms and read the ingredients of any recipe thoroughly before making. For a list of ingredients to avoid on a gluten-free diet, please refer to this article.

80 Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Recipes // divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com

80 Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Recipes

 Main Dishes- Chicken/Turkey

Main Dishes – Beef/Bison

Main Dishes- Pork/Lamb



Vegetables/Starchy Sides

Fruit Options



Slow Cooker Cookbooks I Recommend

The Paleo Slow Cooker: Healthy, Gluten-Free Meals The easy Way (affiliate link) – If you are on a strict Paleo diet, like gourmet cooking, have little more wiggle room in your budget and enjoy gorgeous pics all bound in hardback -this book is totally for you! I love the ideas in this book!

Paleo Slow Cooking: Gluten Free Recipes Made Simple (affiliate link) – This book is family friendly and loaded with recipes that look easy and delicious. It also includes some paleo breakfast and dessert ideas, as well as complementary side dishes that are not done in the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever with More Than 400 Easy To Make Recipes (affiliate link) – This is my new favorite cookbook recommendation. It is not paleo and not even gluten-free, however it has 400 recipes to choose from and many are recipes that work within my dietary framework. I’ve tried a number of the recipes with great success and was thrilled with the ideas from the book. If you are someone who is able to use a recipe as a template and work around it a bit -this book will rock your socks!

Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes (affiliate link)-If you don’t mind reading cookbooks on your kindle, this cookbook looks good and it’s uber cheap!

Paleo Slow Cooker Soups & Stews (affiliate link) – Another one for the kindle. I do not have this eBook, but thought I would include it since it’s only .99 cents.



Slow Cooker Sites

PaleoPot is a site based on the paleo diet and using a slow cooker for the most part. He has a great post on how to turn your analog crock into a programmable unit, that I thought was genius. Years ago, before I was a hardcore real foodie, I followed the blogging 365 Days of Crockpotting -which is now called A Year of Slow Cooking (trademark issues I guess). Anyway, it was crazy cool -Stephanie O’Dea took on a year of blogging how she used her crockpot every single day for a year. Now, her recipes are not real food based though they are gluten-free, so for the creative minded chefs, her ideas might inspire you. So that’s why I mention it -to get ideas.

Are you on Pinterest? Check out my Slow Cooker Pin Board


Don’t have a slow cooker yet? Here are a couple that I can recommend to you:

One of these is a regular ole crockpot that I use in my home. Another is a programmable one for the work-outside-of-the-home folks. Lastly, I’ve included my 22 qt. roaster – okay perhaps it’s not a crockpot, but it can act like one. It’s what I use to make beef bone broth. It can hold a lot of bones at once and since I simmer my beef broth for 3 days, this is a convenient way to do it and not take up so much space on my stove top. I’ve also done large batches of my pulled pork recipe  in it, as well as used it for a turkey. It makes a great holding place for my turkey at Thanksgiving too, when I need the oven for all the other items.

Want even more gluten-free slow cooker recipes?

 (This post contributed to ‘Allergy Free Wednesdays‘).

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Melanie December 3, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Great post…from one busy mom to another!

lydia December 4, 2013 at 7:28 am

I hope you can use some of the recipes Mel!

Shanti @ Life Made Full December 3, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Thanks for including my Brownie Bites!

lydia December 4, 2013 at 7:29 am

Thanks for sharing them with everyone Shanti -they look good!

Tara December 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm

I’m excited to share this one. Thank you for including my creamy tomato soup and pinto beans.

lydia December 4, 2013 at 7:30 am

YW Tara – thanks for sharing them with us!

Tara Pantera December 3, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Omg, I love you so much right now!

lydia December 4, 2013 at 7:30 am

Tara – :)

June Sinclair December 3, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Can you email these recipes to me. I cannot print from my I pad. Thanks

Anonymous December 3, 2013 at 6:50 pm

June, I’m assuming sending 80 separate recipes to you via e-mail would be a bit time-consuming. That’s a lot to ask of someone!

lydia December 4, 2013 at 8:24 am

I suggest getting to a PC and printing them out that way June.

Tara December 4, 2013 at 9:27 am

Take your iPad into the kitchen! I bought a little stand for mine (about $6) and I just use my iPad like a cookbook. 😉

Natalie December 3, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Thank you so much for including mine! All of the recipes in this post look great!! :)

lydia December 4, 2013 at 8:24 am

Sure thing Natalie – thanks for sharing your recipes!

Jaime Reid December 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Great roundup of recipes for my favorite kitchen appliance. I could not survive without my slow cooker.

Elizabeth December 5, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Wonderful recipes and comments,
Thanks everyone! Will sure try these and dig out my old slow cooker!

Marcella December 8, 2013 at 10:58 am

Very interesting recipes !

linda spiker December 15, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Thanks for the share:) Great post!

Erin December 19, 2013 at 9:10 am

My slow cookers keep us fed through football & wrestling season (my husband coaches both…I’ll be seating in bleachers for decades!). Our older boys are now in Jr High so I have someone to cheer for besides the coach :-)
Thank you for compiling this list-it will add some variety in our lives.

lydia December 19, 2013 at 9:35 am

Do your wrestling matches go until 9:30 at night Erin? Oh my word, I can’t believe how time consuming this sport is….

jenna January 1, 2014 at 11:16 am

I recently had to start a gluten free diet and have been very depressed about it. Thank you for showing me that there are still good foods I can eat being gluten free.

Jane January 2, 2014 at 9:43 pm

You had me with the first paragraph. Anyone who can understand the whole football/wrestling scheduals. I had 2 boys so that ment 8 years of that same schedual. Now we are just down to travel and saturday football games and having to choose which direction do we go this week.
We will be tryin some of these, thanks for takin the time to do this

Kristen S January 3, 2014 at 11:35 am

Why isn’t there a pin to this? I’d like to pin it for later.

lydia January 3, 2014 at 11:42 am

Kristen -there is a Pin button on each of the images!

Jeri January 3, 2014 at 1:39 pm

All Stephanie O’Dea’s recipes on 365 CrockPot are gluten free–one of her kids has celiac disease. Just wanted to point that out because you mentioned that they are not. I agree with the not real-food based now that I switched over to Paleo but they are gluten free.

lydia January 3, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Oh well I’m glad you pointed that out to me Jeri! I’ll be sure to update the post to reflect that! 😉

Beverly Griffin January 3, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Always wanting to get new ideas, and enjoy newer ideas crockpot cooking, simply time saving cooking…..

patricia January 4, 2014 at 1:45 pm

I am new to gluten free& the crock pot
I she best way to go

Anonymous January 4, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Watch out for those Beef Stroganoff recipes…..Wostershire Sauce is NOT gluten free!

Laura January 4, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Watch out for the Beef Stroganoff recipes…Wostershire Sauce is NOT gluten free.

lydia January 4, 2014 at 3:29 pm


There are plenty of GF Worcestershire sauces out there! But good to point out to people that it may not be unless you look for it!

barry January 4, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Why does eating gluten free have to be a Paleo diet??

lydia January 4, 2014 at 10:02 pm


It doesn’t HAVE to be a Paleo diet at all…..however, Paleo automatically is gluten free by default.

Denise January 5, 2014 at 8:08 am

How can I save this recipe list to my device? so I can call it up when I want to try something new? I don’t want to lose it as my newsfeed continues to grow. My options are:
Mac desktop
iPhone- but I’d rather use something else
Dell latitude 10

lydia January 5, 2014 at 8:27 am

Denise – Can you bookmark it or save it to your Mac Desktop files? Do you have a Pinterest account by chance?

Lea January 5, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Do any of your recipes have meals for 2? I would love to crockpot my meals a couple times a week but we have so much left over that we just have it for dinner two nights, sometimes three!

lydia January 5, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Lea- I’m really not sure how many servings each recipe has -but you can simply half them if you need. Or freeze some for future meals and save on the cooking later on!

Tara Pantera January 7, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Hi Lea, I’m not sure it’s possible to run out of options with this fantastic list, but Once A Month Meals has a bunch of different menus (gluten free, Paleo, vegetarian, etc) to choose from and you can customize them to suit the size of your family! I don’t get any kind of comission, I just SWEAR by that website! An entire MONTH of meals in ONE day!

Gina January 5, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Lydia what a delightful gift you have given us with this listing of “Crock Pot” (got my first one in1978) recipes! My sweet daughter sent me the link stating that she now wants to purchase a slow cooker. Yay! Loved wandering around your site. Mahalo for all you do :)

lydia January 6, 2014 at 11:32 am


So glad you found this post helpful! Enjoy!

Wenonah January 6, 2014 at 10:29 am

My understanding is that Quinoa is not gluten-free. At least it seems to affect my body the same as wheat does and my friend told me that quinoa is related to wheat.

lydia January 6, 2014 at 10:32 am


Quinoa is gluten free. However, quinoa contains ‘saponins’ which are very hard on the gut lining. People who are gluten intolerant usually have damage to the gut lining already and things like quinoa, not properly soaked/prepared can hurt their guts.

If you have trouble with it, it’s best to leave it out of the diet and focus on letting your gut lining heal. Try it again down the road to see if you tolerate it. Also, it’s best to soak it before cooking -check out this post here: http://www.realfooddigest.com/basic-quinoa/#

Barbara Hurren January 6, 2014 at 10:50 am

i have Ceiliac disease from birth and i am now in my 50’s and i have a crock pot i don’t use it much because i am a oven person but now i can cook more in my crock pot i got it given to me as a gift from my son and family….years a go LOL its like brand new…….

Debbie January 6, 2014 at 4:32 pm

This is great don’t have to cook at night thank you and can have leftover s

Patricia Haskins January 6, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Thanks for putting this site together. Great for me and the new way I want to eat to help me be healthier and lose some weight.

Erik January 7, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Your picture shows the crock-pot cooking with the lid latched on. Those latches are just for holding the lid on when transporting the appliance. You never want to use them while cooking. It’s unlikely, but if the vent hole ever somehow got plugged while the lid was latched on, the heat would make the pressure build up and up . . . and the result could be pretty nasty.

Anonymous January 8, 2014 at 10:38 pm

Pinterest would be a better place to save. Please consider adding it.

Sheryl January 11, 2014 at 11:59 pm

The first recipe I clicked on is the Roast with potatoes and carrots. It calls for 2 T. flour. Not exactly a Gluten Free recipe.

lydia January 12, 2014 at 9:06 am

Sheryl – Simply substitute gluten-free flour! I made a note about this in the post -FYI!

lydia January 12, 2014 at 3:13 pm

P.S. – The blogger who contributed that recipe made a note on how to sub for gluten-free!

Bennie January 12, 2014 at 12:12 pm

In your recipes, there are items that I am not sure are gluten free. For instance, I haven’t been able to purchase any tomato paste nor tomato sauce without wheat or gluten. You have many recipes that uses these items. If you know a company that is making these gluten free, please let me know.

lydia January 12, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Most tomato pastes likely won’t have an actual gluten-free label on them so it’s best to google for brands that are. I’ve been using Bionaturae and Trader Joe’s brand tomato paste for years. I don’t buy tomato sauces -I usually just make my own if we ever use them from canned tomatoes and season it myself.

A quick google search will help you find brands that are safe. Then you can also call the company to ask further info. in the case that you have celiac, you will want to find products that are not processed in facilities that also process gluten.


Judy Geib January 17, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Always look for something to put in the crock pot for the days I work as I usually only go out 2 or 3 days a week but those days get long Thanks

Julie January 22, 2014 at 4:18 pm

This recipe collection is invaluable!!! I’m allergic to wheat and am a new first time mom and this has literally saved my life in terms of not having to fight to find gluten free recipes that taste great but also to prepare something fast in order to tend to the new baby and have something amazing for my husband to have for dinner after work. Thank you sooo much!!!

lydia January 22, 2014 at 4:34 pm


I’m so glad this post has been helpful for you!

Be sure to check out my latest post with 125+ recipes – yes, MORE GF SLOW COOKER RECIPES -HOORAY!


Sue May 8, 2014 at 5:25 am

Great Recipes!!

Kate February 12, 2015 at 6:47 pm

I can’t see the recommended slow cookers… only a crossed out link to a contest that has ended. Will try clicking that, but just listing your faves here would be nice. :)

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