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These 3 genius hacks will make you love your slow cooker even more

Get more out of your slow cooker! Elizabeth Heiskell shares three hacks that'll make you fall in love with your slow cooker all over again.

Hack #1: Whip up a slow-cooker lasagna

No need to boil noodles! This one-pot dish takes minutes to prep. Bonus: Your slow cooker will keep the lasagna warm throughout the meal—perfect for second helpings .

Here's how: Layer uncooked regular lasagna noodles with your favorite fillings like browned, Italian sausage, spinach, tomato sauce, mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan cheese. Cook 4-6 hours on low until noodles are tender and serve.

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Hack #2: Cook two slow-cooker dips at once with one easy tool

Can't choose between spinach artichoke dip and queso cheese dip? You won't have to thanks to this smart tip.

Here's how: Mold a few sheets of heavy duty foil—the kind that's hard to crumple and basically stands up on its own—to form a wall in the center of your slow cooker. Shape it so it fits snugly, then bolster it with more lining so the dips stay separated.

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Hack #3: Warm taco tortillas with your slow-cooker

Your beef, pork, chicken or veggie filling is ready to go, but your tortillas are ice cold. There's no need to break out a pan to serve them up.

Here's how: Place the tortillas on a glass pie plate and place the plate on top of the taco filling in the slow cooker. Cover. In a few minutes the tortillas will be perfectly steamed and ready for your fiesta!

Chicken Chili Tacos
Slow-cooker chicken chili tacos
Maya Visnyei
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