No holiday meal is complete without a delicious stuffing. This recipe for Crock-Pot Stuffing is easy to make and tastes amazing. Perfect for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner! And, with just 5 ingredients this recipe comes together super quickly!
Slow Cooker Stuffing
I came up with this recipe for stuffing made easy in my slow cooker a few years ago at Thanksgiving and have made it at every Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner meal since.
After testing the recipe a few times, once with cooking the onion first and again adding the onion in raw I found out that it really doesn’t matter. And that means no pre-cooking at all in this recipe!
However, when I make this for the holidays I usually make two batches. One batch with onions and one without the onions for anyone in the family who doesn’t love onions like my father-in-law.
I love how easy this recipe is, you can make it hours before the stress of getting everything on the table. You don’t need to stuff the turkey with it (I am always afraid of getting sick). And, the best part about this recipe is that it totally frees up oven space as this dressing cooks away on the countertop while your oven is busy roasting the turkey or ham and baking pies.
The recipe, as is, is a basic recipe and tastes amazing as is. But feel free to toss in your favorite add-ins.
12 Crock-Pot Stuffing Add-In Ideas:
- Dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, apricots or cherries)
- Toasted chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, pine nuts or almonds)
- Leeks (instead of onions)
- Diced carrots
- Cubed winter squash (such as butternut, pumpkin or acorn squash)
- Sliced grapes
- Cooked and crumbled sausage (breakfast sausage, Italian sausage, andouille or chorizo)
- Diced jarred chestnuts
- Cooked and diced giblets from the turkey
- Cooked and crumbled bacon
- Sliced mushrooms
- Diced apples or pears
Low Calorie | Low Cholesterol | Low Fat | Low Sugar
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Crock-Pot Stuffing Recipe
- 12 Ounces Stuffing Mix
- 5 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (melted)
- 1 Cup Diced Yellow Onion
- 1 Cup Diced Celery
- 3 Cups Low-Sodium Chicken Broth (store bought or homemade, divided)
- In a large mixing bowl combine together the stuffing mix, melted butter, onion, celery and 2 ½ cups chicken broth.12 Ounces Stuffing Mix –5 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter –1 Cup Diced Yellow Onion –1 Cup Diced Celery –3 Cups Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
- Mix until the dry stuffing mix is moistened. If you need more liquid because the stuffing mix is still dry add water a little at a time.
- Pour mixture into a 5 quart slow cooker.
- Pour the remaining ½ cup of chicken broth along the sides of the slow cooker to add moisture and prevent the stuffing from burning.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 3 to 4 hours, checking every hour or so to make sure the stuffing is cooking and not drying out. If it appears look too dry add more water or chicken broth.
- Serve and enjoy!
This is Sarah Lady’s sister (who usually cooks the stuffing for Thanksgiving). Actually got the idea from my best childhood friend–when I went to CA years ago to visit her–and “spread the joy”. Couple things. Make sure to line the crock pot with tin foil. Helps the stuffing cook correctly–and WAY easier to clean up afterward. I usually spray the tin foil with some cooking spray too. So–that’s my hint. And yes–the “we” she speaks of includes me 🙂
Lady Heidi says
Great tip Mary on lining the crock-pot with tin foil. Would a plastic crock-pot liner work as well or does the foil really make a difference in how it cooks? I am doing Thanksgiving this year at my house and am totally going to do as many recipes as I can in the crock-pot(s)
Lady Sarah says
I used a regular plastic liner when I did it, and it worked great. One thing I may try…it is extremely important that you have very little room in the crock pot inch wise..so a 1/2 full crock pot…the stuffing will brown too much, but I’m wondering if you use tin foil on the top to help with the extra space if it won’t brown. Because when making it for thanksgiving you end up needing to use more then one crockpot unless you have a very small family! I will try this at least one more time before thanksgiving and see if that helps. My very big crockpot I filled all the way up, my smaller one, I put the left over to cook but it wasn’t as full..so it browned too much.
Lady Sarah says
I added the tin foil on my last batch at the top and it worked perfectly to keep it from browning!
Sounds like my recipe, but I like to add extra sage.
Patty Kasiewicz says
We made this for a couple years now. It is yummy but even on low the bottom wants to scorch. i tried a differant crockpot,same thing. any suggestions. It doesnt scorch bad bad but enough nobody wants the crispy bottom.
sylvia waters says
Why are all the stuffing recipes cutting out the giblets? Haven’t found one this year that includes giblets
Can I do this using boxed stove top stuffing instead of the bagged??
Lady Katie says
You could make the boxed stuffing alone and just add in a few of the extras (no spices). I think the boxed stuffing mix (dry pouch) has flavoring in it.
Awesome recipe! We had no issues with the stuffing drying out & it really helps having one less item to worry about taking up oven space. Used a crock pot liner, but foil would work as well. Will definitely make this one again!
Can the stuffing be mixed and kept in the fridge overnight before cooking???
Lady Katie says
Stan Wright says
Even though this seems to be a ladies site, I got on here because I really like crock pot cooking. It is so easy. I like stuffing anytime. I add a can of chicken and a can of Rotel tomato and green chile. Yum.
This is very similar to the one I make only I use ground pork in mine. I will have to try it in the crockpot. I so love stuffing anytime of the year!
Is that 12 packages weighing 15 oz …
A 12 oz or 15 oz package…
Sorry I’m confused.
Lady Sarah says
This isn’t an exact science. I have seen bags between 12 oz to 15 oz packages. Either will work.
barbara waterman says
can regular sliced bread be used instead? if so how many slices?thanks.
Lady Heidi says
We have not tested this recipe using regular sliced bread so cannot comment on how to make that work.