Delicious and Easy Crockpot Dulce De Leche Recipe!

Welcome to my kitchen, where magic happens! Today, I am thrilled to share with you one of my all-time favorite recipes – the Crockpot Dulce De Leche Recipe.

Dulce de leche, also known as “milk caramel,” is a delicious and creamy treat that is popular in many Latin American countries. It’s rich, creamy, and packed with flavor, making it perfect for use in desserts.

What’s even more exciting about this recipe is that it only requires one ingredient – sweetened condensed milk! And with the help of your trusty crockpot or slow cooker, you can easily make dulce de leche in the comfort of your own home.

In this recipe article, I’ll walk you through the steps to create perfectly smooth and creamy dulce de leche every time. But don’t stop at just using it as a dessert topping; there are countless ways to use this sweet treat in your cooking.

So grab your apron, get ready to indulge your sweet tooth, and let’s get started on this crockpot dulce de leche adventure together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Crockpot Dulce De Leche
Crockpot Dulce De Leche

Picture this: a rich, creamy, and dulcet sauce drizzled over your favorite dessert like warm apple pie, pancakes, or ice cream. Now imagine making this luxurious sauce with just one ingredient and minimal effort. That’s right; our Slow Cooker Dulce de Leche recipe lets you achieve this dream with ease.

Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a beginner in the kitchen, you’ll appreciate the simplicity and convenience of this recipe. All it takes is a few cans of sweetened condensed milk and a slow cooker – that’s it! No need to stir, boil, or fuss over anything else.

And the best part? This is a versatile recipe that offers endless possibilities for customization. Add flavors such as vanilla extract, cinnamon, espresso powder, or sea salt to elevate the taste even further. You can use it as a topping for your desserts or as an ingredient in your favorite baking recipes.

You’ll love this recipe because it satisfies your sweet tooth with effortless ease while allowing you to experiment with flavor combinations. And if you’re worried about calories or artificial additives, we’ve got some good news for you: Our Slow Cooker Dulce de Leche recipe uses all-natural ingredients that are free from preservatives.

In summary, this recipe is a must-have in your culinary repertoire if you enjoy indulging in decadent desserts without the hassle of complicated methods. Just remember to stock up on some cans of condensed milk (you’ll want more once you try it!) and let your slow cooker do the rest.

Ingredient List

 The golden goodness of homemade dulce de leche!
The golden goodness of homemade dulce de leche!

Here are the ingredients you will need to make Crockpot Dulce De Leche Recipe:

  • 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk
  • Water

It’s that simple! This classic recipe only requires one ingredient, making it not only easy but also extremely cost-effective. You’ll be amazed at how tasty and versatile this dulce de leche is. Let’s dive deeper into the ingredients you’ll be using.

The Recipe How-To

 Turn your crockpot into a magical caramelizing machine!
Turn your crockpot into a magical caramelizing machine!

Step 1: Prep the Slow Cooker

Before beginning the recipe, ensure that your slow cooker is clean and dry. Then, fill it with hot water up to about one inch from the top. This prevents the cans from being in direct contact with the bottom of the crockpot and potentially burning.

Step 2: Prepare the Dulce de Leche

The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity – it only requires one ingredient, sweetened condensed milk. Start by removing the labels from the cans of milk and then place them in the slow cooker filled with hot water, ensuring that they are completely submerged.

Next, place the lid on your slow cooker and turn it on to low heat. Allow dulce de leche to cook for about 8-10 hours, or until a deep caramel color has been achieved. Make sure to avoid opening your slow cooker during this time as it can cause temperature fluctuations and disrupt the cooking process.

Step 3: Cool and Enjoy

Once the cooking time has completed, carefully remove the cans from the hot water using tongs or a suitable utensil. Allow them to cool down at room temperature for at least an hour before opening.

When ready to serve, simply open one of your homemade dulce de leche cans and drizzle over ice cream, cake, or any other favorite dessert to add a delicious touch of sweetness.

Note: If you prefer a thinner consistency for your caramel sauce, gently whisk in some warm water until desired consistency is reached.

Enjoy your homemade sweetened condensed milk caramel sauce!

Substitutions and Variations

 This dulce de leche recipe makes for the perfect topping for your desserts!
This dulce de leche recipe makes for the perfect topping for your desserts!

Are you excited to try out the Crockpot Dulce De Leche recipe but cannot find all the required ingredients? Don’t worry, there are various substitutions and variations that will create equally delicious results.

Instead of using sweetened condensed milk, you can opt for evaporated milk and make your homemade caramel sauce by combining sugar, butter, and vanilla extract. This will result in a slightly different taste but still a great option if you don’t have sweetened condensed milk on hand.

You can also experiment with different flavors by adding spices like cinnamon or nutmeg to the recipe. These warm spices will elevate the caramel flavor and add depth to your sauce. Another fun variation is to incorporate some liqueurs like Kahlua or Baileys to make it even richer.

If you are short on time and need a quicker version of this recipe, try making Dulce De Leche on the stovetop. Simply pour the sweetened condensed milk into a double boiler or a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Cook until the mixture thickens and becomes a caramel color.

Last but not least, if you want to make this recipe vegan-friendly, substitute condensed milk with coconut cream or coconut milk. Using coconut milk will result in slightly altered flavor and consistency but nonetheless an excellent alternative for those who don’t consume dairy products.

With so many variations and substitutions at your disposal, let your imagination run wild as you explore new ways to enjoy this indulgent treat.

Serving and Pairing

 Say goodbye to canned dulce de leche and hello to homemade!
Say goodbye to canned dulce de leche and hello to homemade!

Now that you’ve made this delightful and rich crockpot dulce de leche recipe, it’s time to savor it in the best possible way. This sweet and creamy fall treat can be served warm or chilled, making it versatile for all kinds of occasions. Here are some ideas on how to serve and pair this delectable dessert:

– Spoon a generous amount of the dulce de leche over vanilla ice cream or drizzle it onto your favorite cheesecake for a decadent and heavenly dessert.

– Spread the dulce de leche on toast, muffins, or pancakes for a sweet breakfast treat.

– Dip cookies or fresh fruit into the dulce de leche for a delicious snack.

– Use the dulce de leche as a filling in homemade cakes or cupcakes for an extra special twist on traditional desserts.

– Combine the dulce de leche with whipped cream and chocolate sauce to create a luscious hot cocoa topping.

This recipe pairs well with both sweet and savory snacks. However, if you want to go for a more indulgent experience, try pairing this with Dessert Wine like Port Wine or Muscat. As always though, feel free to experiment with your preferred pairings to find the perfect match.

The possibilities are endless with this crockpot dulce de leche recipe. It will quickly become your new favorite homemade caramel sauce – you might even catch yourself sneaking spoonfuls straight out of the jar!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The easiest slow-cooker recipe you'll ever make!
The easiest slow-cooker recipe you’ll ever make!

One of the greatest things about this crockpot dulce de leche recipe is that it’s easy to make ahead of time and store for later use. When stored in an airtight container in the fridge, the dulce de leche can last for up to two weeks.

When reheating the dulce de leche, you can place it in a microwave-safe dish and heat it at 15-second intervals, stirring after each interval until it reaches your desired consistency. If reheating on the stovetop, place the dulce de leche in a saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently until heated through.

For an even longer shelf life, the dulce de leche can also be canned using the water bath method. To do so, fill slow cooker with water and place jars (filled with hot dulce de leche) into the slow cooker. Make sure there is enough water to cover cans by at least one inch on top. Cover slow cooker and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 8-10 hours. Once done, remove jars from slow cooker and let them sit out for 12-24 hours before moving them into storage.

You can use this milk caramel sauce in various desserts like cheesecake, cupcakes or ice cream sundaes anytime without having to worry about making them from scratch!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The ultimate comfort food made right in your crockpot!
The ultimate comfort food made right in your crockpot!

To ensure that you get perfect results with this crockpot dulce de leche recipe every time, here are some valuable tips that I have for you.

Firstly, make sure to use cans of sweetened condensed milk for the best quality dulce de leche. Evaporated milk may be substituted, but it will not yield the same rich caramel flavor as sweetened condensed milk.

Secondly, be sure to fill your slow cooker with enough water to cover the cans by at least an inch from the top. This will ensure that there is enough heat and pressure to cook the condensed milk into caramel.

Thirdly, always start with cold water in your slow cooker before adding the cans. This method ensures they cook evenly and reduce the chances of the cans exploding inside the cooker. Also, never open the lid while cooking, as this can cause a drop in temperature and prevent proper caramelization.

Fourthly, after cooking for 8-10 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high, allow the cans of condensed milk to cool completely before opening them. This step prevents injury from hot steam and avoids spills.

Fifthly, if you prefer a thinner consistency of dulce de leche, you can add some milk or cream while whisking it for a smoother texture.

Lastly, using homemade caramel sauce instead of store-bought enhances the flavor profile of desserts such as flans or cheesecakes. Simply whisk dulce de leche with some heavy cream until smooth and pour it over your dessert.

By following these simple tips, you will guarantee perfect results every time you make dulce de leche at home using your crockpot!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Crockpot Dulce De Leche recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves sweet and creamy caramel sauces. With just one ingredient and minimal effort, you can make your own delicious and authentic dulce de leche at home.

By using the slow cooker method, you can achieve consistent and perfect results every time. Plus, this recipe allows for easy substitutions and variations to suit your preferences or dietary restrictions.

Once you’ve made your dulce de leche, the possibilities are endless. Drizzle it over ice cream, pancakes or waffles for a decadent breakfast treat. Use it as a filling for cakes or pastries. Or try it as a topping for apple slices or strawberries for a healthy yet indulgent dessert.

So why not give this delicious recipe a try today? I guarantee that once you taste this homemade caramel sauce, you’ll never want to go back to store-bought versions again. Enjoy!

Crockpot Dulce De Leche

Crockpot Dulce De Leche Recipe

Adapted from a recipe in _Make it Fast, Cook it Slow_ by Stephanie O'Dea.
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Cook Time 8 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine Latin American
Calories 1274.1 kcal


  • 2 (14 ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
  • water


  • Place an oven safe dish into a four quart slow cooker. Pour the condensed milk into the dish. Pour hot water around the outside of the dish until it comes 3/4 of the way up the sides. Cover and cook on low 8 hours.

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Serving: 99gCalories: 1274.1kcalCarbohydrates: 215.9gProtein: 31.4gFat: 34.5gSaturated Fat: 21.8gCholesterol: 135mgSodium: 504.1mgSugar: 215.9g
Keyword Dessert, Easy, European, Healthy, High In..., Kosher, Spanish, Sweet
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.