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12 Easy Vegan Recipes in the Slow Cooker

July 24, 2021

If you’re looking for the best, ridiculously easy, healthy vegan slow cooker recipes that you can just throw in the slow cooker – you’re in the right place! From refried bean tacos to creamy chowders & curries, the recipes in this collection are all simple to prepare and perfect low-effort weeknight wins!

four vegan crockpot dishes in black slow cookers on white backgrounds

The crockpot is great for vegan cooking! If you’re new to slow cooking, this curated list of easy recipes is the perfect place to start. Cook your way through this list and you’ll be a crockpot pro in no time.

The dishes that work best for this type of cooking are soups, curries, stews, beans, and even some dips. So you’ll see plenty of those recipes here for you to choose from.

Tip: Many of these can be made ahead of time! Keep these easy meal ideas in your backpocket for busy weeks or anytime you need to easily feed a crowd.

a collection of the easiest vegan slow cooker recipes

If you’ve read my book, then you know I’m all about simplifying things. Less decisions = less stress. At least one dinner a week, I make an easy slow cooker recipe and these are some of my family’s favorites.

Each recipe only needs a few hands-on minutes of prep time. Then simply add your real food ingredients to the pot, set to cook, and let it do the work for you!

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These vegan slow cooker recipes are all super simple and totally delicious – so everyone can enjoy them.

I hope you’ll make these soon. If you do, be sure to share it on Instagram and tag me at @realfoodwholelife so I can see!

12 easy vegan recipes in the slow cooker

The Best Golden Glow Red Lentil Soup is an easy one-pot meal that’s bursting with nourishment. Simple to make in the Instant Pot, Crockpot, or stovetop, you’re going to love this gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian recipe.

Ingredients: red lentils, coconut milk, tomatoes, onion, lime juice, garlic, ginger, turmeric and other spices

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Rich, creamy, and oh-so delicious, Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free) will be the hit of your next party or gathering!

Turn this classic dip into a satisfying, protein-packed dinner by adding chicken! This instant pot spinach artichoke chicken is bound to become a new family-favorite.

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A simple drop, stir, cover, and go recipe; Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free) is so easy to prepare, tastes amazing, and packs well for lunch the next day.

In the mood for more vegetarian options? This slow cooker butternut squash, kale & quinoa stew is a delicious plant-based meal!

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Bursting with vibrant spring vegetables, Slow Cooker Spring Veggie Coconut Curry is easy to pull together and is the perfect dinner, any night of the week.

Love the flavor of curry? This crunchy curry quinoa salad comes together quickly and makes a super refreshing dinner (or side dish)!

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5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are easy to prepare in the slow cooker and make for a filling, festive and delicious meal.

Ingredients: black beans, sweet potatoes, salsa, garlic powder and smoked paprika.

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Make your own pasta sauce at home the easy way with this simple recipe for Slow Cooker 5-Ingredient Fire Roasted Marinara. You’ll love the homemade flavor, how easy it is to prepare, and that there’s none of the processed stuff!

This sauce would go great with homemade meatballs! If you need an easy recipe try these 5-ingredient free meatballs (they're egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free so everyone can enjoy them)

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Traditional flavors combine in this Slow Cooker Barbecue Chickpea recipe, a satisfying and completely plant-based twist on classic barbecue.

Looking for more recipes that use chickpeas? These 5-ingredient smokey maple roasted chickpeas are the perfect sweet-salty-crunchy combo to snack on.

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Rich, sweet and comforting, Slow Cooker Creamy Potato Corn Chowder (Dairy-Free) is super simple to throw together and is oh-so-creamy without the cream! And, since you can use fresh sweet corn or frozen, this easy dinner recipe is sure to become a family favorite any season of the year.

Ingredients: russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, broth, coconut milk, onion, garlic, white wine vinegar and other spices

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With just 2 ingredients and minimal prep, you can whip up a batch of homemade refried beans. Fold into a warm tortilla, pile on the toppings, and you’ll have yourself quick and delicious Slow Cooker Refried Bean Tacos for dinner in no time!

Another delicious way to use these refried beans is by making them into a tasty dip! This real food 7-layer dip is gluten-free & dairy-free. Just the thing to bring to your next potluck or get-together.

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Crockpot Creamy Tomato Soup is super simple to make, and is creamy, dreamy, sweet and savory. Your new favorite paleo, whole30, diary-free recipe!

Ingredients: diced tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, tomato paste, stock, onion, garlic, raw cashews, Italian seasoning and other spices

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5-Ingredient Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili is simple to prepare, totally nourishing, and absolutely delicious.

Ingredients: sweet potatoes, black beans, salsa, vegetable stock, cumin, smoked paprika and salt

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Dairy-Free Salsa Cheese Sauce is an ooey-gooey, totally delicious alternative to traditional cheese sauce. Packed with veggies, and totally dairy-free, you’ve got to try this one to believe it!

Need more easy vegetarian appetizer ideas? This simple lemony white bean dip comes together super quickly and is always a crowd pleaser.

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12+ Easy Vegan Recipes in the Slow Cooker: Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Yield 4 -6
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 5 mins

These slow cooker Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are so easy to prepare, taste amazing and are great for meal prep on busy weeks. Everything cooks together in just one pot! Plus, a dozen more easy vegan slow cooker recipes that I know you'll love!


  • 2 15- oz cans black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 ⅓ cup salsa divided*
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • cup water
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (or 4 small sweet potatoes) scrubbed
  • Optional toppings: Yogurt sour cream, cheese, chopped scallion, sliced avocado, chopped cilantro, pickled or fresh jalapeño, shredded cabbage, fresh lime wedges for squeezing.


  • In the base of a 6-quart slow cooker, stir together the beans, 1 cup salsa, garlic powder, smoked paprika, water and salt. Place the sweet potatoes on top of the bean mixture.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4, or until the sweet potatoes are tender and cooked through.
  • Carefully remove the sweet potatoes, slice in half, and serve topped with the black beans, the remaining salsa, and any other toppings you like.


*Look for a salsa without any added sugar or preservatives. Use mild, medium or hot, depending on your preference for spice.
All slow cookers are different, so you may need to adjust the time up or down depending on your particular model.
Serve the sweet potatoes sprinkled with a little salt and the black beans separately for resistant eaters.
Make a DIY sweet potato bar with all the toppings. Encourage each person to create their own sweet potato masterpiece!

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