Crock-Pot Liver & Bacon – welcome Autumn with this offally easy recipe

With the recent spell of cold, blustery weather (i.e ‘the Summer’) here in Edinburgh, I thought it was about to time to get the trusted crock-pot out and make some comforting dishes to soothe the soul and make me wish it was quite so miserable outside!

crock pot liver & bacon with creamy mustard mash and green veg

Slow-cookers are great for much more than just casseroles and mine has been used for all sorts from curries and tagines to cakes but today I decided on an old favourite from childhood, that great pairing of liver and bacon. Not only is liver extremely good for you but it’s really tasty and very cheap! The 500g I used cost about £1!

I’m not really one to fanny about too much with ingredients and processes (maybe why I’m not a baker where a little more precision is required) so this is how I went about it but ingredients are interchangeable as you see fit.

The ingredients for my crock pot liver & bacon recipe



500g Lambs Liver slices, tossed in seasoned flour

250g Smoked Lardons

3 small red onions sliced

a 400g tin chopped tomatoes mixed in with 1 Knorr rich beef STOCK POT dissolved in 200ml boiling water



Gently fry the liver until browned on both sides. This doesn’t take long, maybe a minute or 2 each side & remove from the pan

Fry the lardons and the onions until browned

Add the liver, the fried lardons & onions and the tomatoes and stock into the slow-cooker, season and leave to cook on the high setting for 3-4 hours!

gently brown the seasoned and flour coated lambs liver


fry the lardons and bacon

eh voila! Delicious, cheap and heartwarming fare – welcome Autumn!

I served mine with mixed green veg and some creamy mustard mash! (simply add a couple of tablespoons of single cream and some wholegrain mustard (to taste) to your potatoes and mash.

add the liver, onion, bacon and tomatoes and stock to the crock pot to cook


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85 Responses to “Crock-Pot Liver & Bacon – welcome Autumn with this offally easy recipe”

  1. carol
    April 12, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    Look great recipe . Just got a croc pot today and have liver in freezer . Thanks . Photos look great 🙂

    • Nadine
      April 13, 2013 at 10:49 am #

      Let me know how you get on!

  2. phil
    August 5, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    going to try your recipe tomorrow the ownly difference will be i’ll be adding leek instead of onion , looks really good thanks .

    • Nadine
      August 6, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

      Oh great, let us know how you get on with it!

  3. Summer
    September 1, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    Just tried out my new croc pot with this recipe and it was really fantastic, its was very tender!
    Thank you

    • Nadine
      September 3, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

      Oh glad you enjoyed it – it’s now turning quite Autumnal here in Scotland so think it’ll be time to dig mine out too

  4. Bob
    October 17, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Thanks for the recipe so easy, I will let you know what it is like when my wife and myself eat it later. If it tastes anywhere near as good as it smells it will be wonderful.

    • Nadine
      October 18, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

      hmm, bon appetit! my crock pot has been out a few times now since the colder weather’s arrived – one of my favourite things about Autumn!

  5. Terri
    November 2, 2013 at 4:57 am #

    Good one-but I always add carrots,garlic&a little chilli + oregano. YUM

    • Nadine
      November 4, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

      ooh, sounds tasty!

      • Richard
        August 29, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

        Hi . Have added Butterbeans and Carrots with a infusion of Grained Mustard. Lentils are another option I would add

        • Nadine
          August 29, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

          oooh, I love butterbeans, what a great shout – I’ll definitely try that next time Richard, thanks!

  6. Tanya
    November 7, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    thank you so much.
    Not a huge fan of liver and onions and thought id try something else.
    WOW it was amazing even my fiance loved it and he hates liver definitely doing it again x

    • Nadine
      November 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

      That’s great to hear – glad you enjoyed it!

  7. Rick
    February 7, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    Would it work as well with calves liver, as I prefer them to lamb’s liver?

    • Nadine
      February 12, 2014 at 11:30 am #

      yes, it should work just as well with calves liver Rick

      • Richard
        August 29, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

        Have used Ox Liver also

  8. April 6, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    Think I’ll give it a try today Nadine thanks for the info, I’ll let you know the verdict,,,,

    • Nadine
      April 7, 2014 at 11:09 am #

      Oh great, let me know how you get on :o)

  9. Noreen Price
    May 28, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    Brilliant recipe, have made this a few times and always turns ot perfect. Thanks

    • Nadine
      June 3, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

      Glad you like it – it’s a favourite of mine too! :o)

  10. Tony
    August 31, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

    Cooking this for my tea today.. Can’t wait to try it! Smashin’.

    • Nadine
      September 2, 2014 at 10:32 am #

      Oooh, hope you enjoyed it – now it’s getting very Autumnal here, I’ll be getting my crock pot back out – yeehaa!

  11. Trisha
    September 10, 2014 at 10:10 pm #

    Why do I have to cook everything before putting in SC , surely it will cook without having to do this, also can it be cooked on the 8 hour timer or will it ruin.

    • Nadine
      September 15, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

      There are plenty of people who don’t brown meat (or cook harder veg like carrots/onions) before adding to the slo coooker, it’s down to personal preferences and length of time it’s cooking over, the 8 hour timer should be fine for it though

  12. Adrian
    September 15, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    Tried this last night, superb result, thank you, I will be repeating this again over the autumn and winter months

    • Nadine
      September 15, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed it Adrian – I haven’t done it yet this year but will be over the next couple of weeks for sure!

  13. Simon
    September 27, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    I used to use Coleman’s liver and bacon casserole mix, but as it has been discontinued have been scouring the internet for a recipe. I’ve just thrown everything in my slow cooker raw and included carrots, garlic, chilli and oregano as suggested by Terri. Going to leave it on low setting for 10 hours. Thanks for the recipe Nadine 🙂

    • Nadine
      September 28, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

      Oh great! Hope you enjoyed!

  14. Simon
    September 29, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    Certainly did, added 1 tablespoon of dried oregano, 2 cloves of garlic and a teaspoon of chilli powder. Will definitely be making this again!

    • Nadine
      October 23, 2014 at 11:32 am #

      the beauty of crockpots – you can always add in any extra seasonings you fancy it never fails! Glad you enjoyed it

  15. Julie G
    October 16, 2014 at 10:04 am #

    Trying this today here in South Africa with lambs liver.

    • Nadine
      October 23, 2014 at 11:31 am #

      that sounds great – hope you enjoyed it!

  16. sylvie
    January 15, 2015 at 5:16 pm #

    Great recipe,trying with polenta/semolina tossing,not flour,cooking bacon chopped &chorizo,garlic,chilli,chick peas & pearl barley this time,great because this recipe is so flexible,adjust according to whatever’s available.

  17. Terri Rice
    March 8, 2015 at 4:10 am #

    We are in Australia – still have hot weather- but still love our casseroles, whatever season it is.
    Although I have cooked this dish for many years, I have added some to enhance as other people have suggested & is in the slow cooker now. Will also add a splash of red wine to it closer to finishing time. Also added celery,mushrooms.
    The wonderful smells at the moment whilst it’s still in the early stages of cooking has made my husband even comment that something smells good !

    • Nadine
      March 10, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

      ha, you can’t beat the smells from the slo cooker – wish I hadn’t just read this while hungry, am absolutely ravenous now!

  18. corinne
    March 24, 2015 at 8:16 pm #

    Will be trying this tomorrow! Can’t wait, not telling girls it’s liver, just “casserole ” and see what they make of it 🙂

  19. Celia
    April 19, 2015 at 7:56 pm #

    If there is any left over can it be frozen? Looks a delicious recipe.

    • Nadine
      April 22, 2015 at 10:43 am #

      Sure Celia, I often freeze it in individual bags to take in to the office for lunch!

  20. Celia
    April 22, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

    Thanks for that, Nadine. Now that it is just the two of us at home I tend to cook 6-8 portions in my slow cooker and I then freeze anything remaining, thus my question. This recipe seems ideal, I’m really grateful.

    • Nadine
      April 23, 2015 at 11:02 am #

      I do the same – it really is lovely! feeling hungry now thinking about it – not had liver for ages either!

  21. Tracy Woods
    May 6, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

    Looks great, wanted a slow cook, i have a kilo of liver so will cook up and then freeze.

    • Nadine
      May 6, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

      Sounds like a great plan Tracy!

  22. Celia
    May 6, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

    I was delayed in making this, but did so last weekend, because it was so cold! It was delicious, Nadine, thank you for sharing it. Best of all, my husband loved it too.
    Do you have any other slow cooker recipes, please?

    • Nadine
      June 3, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed it Celia – I actually cook curries and tagines in the slo cooker too but don’t really write them down as I tend to make them up as I go along, or repurpose a recipe as I feel like at the time, sorry. I probably should though as this one gets load of comments!

      • Celia
        June 3, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

        It is already a favourite in our house, if your other recipes are as delicious they will be very welcome here! If you ever do have the time to post a curry recipe or a tagine recipe I would enjoy trying it out. Thanks again, Nadine.

        • Nadine
          June 4, 2015 at 10:43 am #

          Great – I may well do that Celia – will keep you posted if I do – my chicken and lemon tagine is soooo tasty

  23. Tanya
    August 11, 2015 at 11:34 am #

    All the way from Tasmania Australia lol, wanted an old fav but couldnt remember how my mum used to make it, Cant wait to try, thank you x

    • Nadine
      August 27, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

      Hope it worked out well for you Tanya, always tricky to try and recreate something your mum used to make so that it tastes the same!

  24. Jules
    September 24, 2015 at 6:18 pm #

    Love this recipe, so simple but sooooooo yummy. I’ve declared the official end of summer today and got my slow cooker back out of the cupboard, guess what’s for dinner tonight!

    • Nadine
      October 15, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

      Ha, we’ve had a couple of days of frost now so mine’s coming back out too – hope you enjoyed!

  25. September 25, 2015 at 12:12 am #

    Hello! Thanks a lot for the post, keep up the excellent
    work! Blogging is time consuming, I just set up a photography blog
    and find it hard finding the time to post!

    • Nadine
      October 15, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

      ha, I also find that, especially when it’s busy (like it’s been recently)

  26. Kara
    November 26, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

    Thanks Nadine, it’s cold & damp in Northumberland today , I’m trying out your recipe for the first time – it was so easy to prepare and leave & it smells just lovely

    • Nadine
      November 30, 2015 at 3:14 pm #

      Sorry Kara, only just spotted this – hope you enjoyed it – I must make it again myself soon – especially now Winter has properly arrived here in the Scottish Borders

  27. Jacqui
    December 28, 2015 at 5:04 pm #

    Thanks for this fabulous dish!. We love this with a few mushroom and a red pepper chopped and a dash of worcestershier sauce .

    • Nadine
      January 7, 2016 at 9:28 am #

      OOH yes, sounds tasty – glad you enjoyed it!

  28. Lynda
    April 2, 2016 at 7:10 pm #

    Looked forward to trying this as having kitchen done and using SC a lot. Sorry but it was yuck. Liver all broke up and turned to soup. Won’t be doing it again.

    • Nadine
      April 3, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

      Oh no, sorry to hear that – very weird, I’ve never heard of liver disintegrating like that, what a shame! It really is a very lovely dish I promise

  29. Yvonne
    April 23, 2016 at 8:32 am #

    I tried your recipe last year and it was delicious,nicely cooked through on a 8 hr time,so today we are having it again,thanks for the great recipe 🙂

    • Nadine
      April 23, 2016 at 11:24 am #

      Ooh, great to hear – bon appetit! 🙂

  30. Pam
    August 14, 2016 at 1:49 am #

    Thank you for this recipe giving it a try in my slow cooker today but have it on low and have added kidney.
    Not done lambs fry, kidney and bacon in slow cooker before.
    Depending on end result might add sour cream at the end to give it a creamy texture but will wait and see first.
    Thank you from Queensland, Australia.

    • Pam
      August 14, 2016 at 5:38 am #

      In my fast slow cooker it only took 2 1/ hours on low.
      Didn’t need to add the sour cream as texture was tasty as is.

      Thank you for this recipe definitely a keeper.

      • Nadine
        August 16, 2016 at 8:59 am #

        That’s great news Pam, so glad you enjoyed it – won’t be long until it’s time to start getting my crock pot out again – yay!

  31. Linda
    October 19, 2016 at 1:37 pm #

    Great recipes very tasty added dumplings an hour before finish wonderful

    • Nadine
      October 19, 2016 at 2:32 pm #

      hmmmmmm, LOVE dumplings – a girl after my own heart Linda :o)

  32. margaret
    March 9, 2017 at 9:35 am #

    My husband is a big fan of liver but the rest if the family are nit. Going to try this today and see what they all think. Sounds good.

    • Nadine
      March 9, 2017 at 6:11 pm #

      Good luck with it – hope it’s not just your husband that enjoys it 🙂

  33. Barry J Russell
    March 19, 2017 at 6:29 pm #

    We absolutely loved this Nadine.
    Three hours on high more than enough for a ribsticking meal.

    Just what was needed after watching Rugby on a wet and a windy day.
    Very well done.

    • Nadine
      March 24, 2017 at 3:56 pm #

      awesome news – so glad you enjoyed it Barry!

  34. March 30, 2017 at 12:38 pm #

    Really fancy Liver and bacon so will be trying this later as it sounds delicious! Will let you know how it goes later!

  35. Phil NZ
    May 3, 2017 at 11:18 pm #

    Yum can’t wait to try it tonight. May add some extras but that’s what cooking is all about.
    Thanks Nadine for the idea.

    • Nadine
      May 4, 2017 at 11:28 am #

      Great stuff, that’s definitely what it’s all about. Hope you enjoy it

  36. July 26, 2017 at 2:53 am #

    Do you have to add tomatoes? I’m not a fan of cooked tomatoes.

    • Nadine
      July 26, 2017 at 10:23 am #

      I think it would be fine without the tomatoes – maybe need some corn flour to thicken the gravy or you could add something else in like potatoes or lentils

  37. Granny
    September 12, 2017 at 11:03 am #

    Is it ok to freeze?

    • Nadine
      October 17, 2017 at 11:11 am #

      Sorry, this is probably way too late for you but Yes, it is fine to freeze – well I’ve not had any problems doing so

  38. Stanley
    September 14, 2017 at 2:22 am #

    Hi Nadine

    Congratulations on your simple recipe and instructions
    As a 70 something bachelor I love it when
    there’s no more than four lines for ingredients
    and not many more words on how to prepare.

    Been there done that reading books and recipes
    by gals and guys who say “try my simple” recipes.
    As they say in Kiwiland, “Yeah right!”

    Care to recommend a book/website with recipes which
    meet the above criteria?

    Regards to all in Auld Reekie


    • Nadine
      October 17, 2017 at 11:11 am #

      HUGE apologies Stanley, I’ve only just spotted your message! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! I tend to add the prefix ‘simple’ when looking for recipes online – they generally tend to be. But I’ve also noticed a trend over the past couple of years or so for cookery books with recipes of just four or five ingredients – you may find one like that useful…

  39. Jacqui
    October 28, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

    This has become one of my, at least, fortnightly, regular meals. I can’t get enough of it! I add carrots and serve with mash and peas. A yummy healthy dinner! Thanks Nadine!

    • Nadine
      November 5, 2017 at 10:37 am #

      I’m glad you enjoy it as much as I do Jacqui – it’s such a comforting dish

  40. Nicola
    November 25, 2017 at 8:18 pm #

    I’ve made this a few times from this recipe suggestion, it’s a big hit in my house, I add just a dash of Worcestershire sauce and I fry off celery with the veg too.

    • Nadine
      January 17, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

      Oh that sounds great – I love celery, will have to try that too, thanks for the suggestion!

  41. Brian
    November 30, 2017 at 4:09 pm #

    Thanks for posting this
    We’ve some liver in the freezer and I was wondering what to do with it.

    It looks lovely.

    • Nadine
      January 17, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

      Hope you enjoyed it Brian!

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