What’s for Dinner: 10 Crock Pot Recipes to Feed Your Tribe

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Now that school is back in full swing, schedules are a little tighter.

Child A has soccer practice after school while Child B has dance rehearsal on the other side of town, and Child C is just along for the ride. But with all of the craziness that the new school year brings, there’s no better time to turn to crock pot recipes.

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Despite the faulty one that started a fire and killed America’s favorite dad, Jack Pearson on This is Us, I absolutely LOVE my crock pot.

Whether you’re cooking for 2 or 20, there’s no easier way to whip up a wholesome meal than to dump everything into a ceramic heating dish in the morning, and let time work its magic.

Crock pot recipes are also super easy to shop for. You don’t have to think much in advance to pick up a few staple items and voila, you have just what you need to have dinner ready tonight.

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So skip the drive-thru this week, and try some of these 10 crock pot recipes with your tribe.

Pro tip: Don’t start any of these crock pot recipes without stocking up on these gems: Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners.

1. Slow Cooker Meatball Subs

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This is one of those crock pot recipes you can do well or you can do fast. If you have the time to do it well, you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 pounds of ground chuck
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2 tablespoons of parsley
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic
  • 1 1/4 cup of Italian style bread crumbs.
  • Combine together in a bowl, and use mixture to form 20-26 handmade meatballs.

For the lazy moms like myself who need to do it fast: Buy frozen meatballs.

Mix up the following sauce mixture in the crock pot, then add your meatballs:

  • 1-28oz can of Hunts crushed tomatoes with basil
  • 1 small can of Hunts tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • You’ll also need a bag of mozzarella cheese—but that comes later.

Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours.

When you get home from football practice, or band rehearsal, simply arrange desired number of meatballs on a kaiser roll and top with extra sauce and mozzarella cheese.

2. Crock Pot Cheesey Chicken & Rice Casserole

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Can anyone resist cheesey goodness? I think not! Especially when it only takes four minutes to throw together!

  • 1 cup long grain long cooking rice (NOT fast-cooking or minute rice!)
  • 10.5 oz can Cheddar cheese soup
  • 10.5 oz can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 4 cups cooked chicken cubed
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter sliced
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

In a large bowl, mix together your rice, soups, broth and chicken. Add in your milk, butter and onion and stir well. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and then pread your mixture into your crock pot. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese all over the top.

This recipe comes from Aunt Lou at recipesthatcrock.com, who recommends cooking this casserole on LOW for 3 to 4 hours. She says keeping an eye on your casserole the first time you make it is a good idea because every crock to is different and you may need to cook it a little longer.

3. Crock Pot Baked Ziti

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Get your mid-week Italian fix with this super easy slow cooker recipe that cooks the noodles FOR YOU! Can I get an amen?

  • 2 (25 ounce) jars of pasta sauce
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 pound UNCOOKED penne pasta
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup freshly chopped basil
  • 2 cups of freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup grated Asiago cheese (or use shredded mozzarella)

Start by combining ricotta, eggs and basil in a bowl until it becomes a consistent mixture. Then, in a separate large bowl, combine both pasta sauces and your tomato sauce and mix well.

This crock pot recipe calls for some layering—four parts, three times. Begin by adding 2 1/3 cup of sauce to the bottom of the crock. Add 1/3 of the uncooked pasta, dollop on half of the ricotta mixture and spread evenly. Then add half of the parmesan cheese (1 cup).

Do this step over one more time to create your second layer, then top it off with the final 1/3 of uncooked pasta and remaining sauce mixture.

Cover and cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours. Serve with melted asiago or mozzarella across the top.

4. Creamy Crock Pot White Chicken Chili

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With football season in full swing, there’s no better quick and hearty bite than a hot bowl of chili! White chicken chili is my personal favorite. My husband is an avid hunter, and we’ll often swap out chicken for pheasants during the thick of hunting season.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts trimmed of excess fat
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 24 oz. chicken broth (low sodium)
  • 2 15oz cans great Northern beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 4oz cans diced green chiles (I do one hot, one mild)
  • 1 15oz can whole kernel corn drained
  • small handful fresh cilantro chopped
  • 4 oz reduced fat cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup half and half

You’ll also need some spices:

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Start by placing your chicken breasts on the bottom of your slow cooker and topping them with your spice mixture. Add in diced onion, minced garlic, great northern beans, green chiles, corn, chicken broth and cilantro.

Cover and cook on low while you’re at work for 8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours. Shred chicken, add cream cheese and half and half, then cover and cook for remaining 15 minutes.

Serve with desired toppings. I recommend shredded cheese, sour cream, jalepenos, tortilla chips or strips, or sliced avocado.

5. Seasoned Chicken, Potatoes + Green Beans

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This wholesome crock pot recipe has everything you need for a balanced meal. You’ve got your meat: chicken, your carbs: potatoes, and your greens!

  • 1.5- 2lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • ½ lb. fresh green beans, trimmed (about 2.5 cups)
  • 1.25 lb. diced red potatoes (about 4 cups)
  • cup FRESH lemon juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ¼ tsp. onion powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

Start by arranging your chicken breasts in the center of your slow cooker, then adding the potatoes and green beans to either side. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic cloves. Pour this mixture evenly over the chicken, green beans and potatoes. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours, without opening the lid during the cooking time.

Sarah Olson is the author of this crock pot recipe, and she HIGHLY recommends NOT opting for bottled lemon juice if you want this meal to taste good.

6. Three Ingredient Roast

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This one might take the cake as my favorite of all the crock pot recipes on the list, and that’s simply because there are three, just THREE ingredients.

  • 2 pounds of beef roast (Preferably, look for a chuck roast or rump roast. It should have small ribbons of fat, not large chunks.)
  • 1 can cream mushroom soup
  • 1 packet onion soup mix

Place your beef roast into the slow cooker and pour in one can of cream of mushroom soup (no water added), and then sprinkle one packet of onion soup mix on top. Cover and cook on LOW for approximately 8 hours.

Serve in sandwich rolls (with or without cheese) or with a few of your favorite sides (mashed potatoes, veggies, salad, toast, etc.). You can also add chopped potatoes, carrots and/onions to the roast at the beginning to have a whole ready-to-eat meal straight out of the pot.

7. Shredded Chicken Tacos

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Did someone say Taco Tuesday? You can do tacos any day with my personal favorite go-to chicken taco recipe.

This is one of the easiest crock pot recipes you can find, because it’s only five ingredients with almost ZERO preparation. Simply dump, cover and walk away. We pretty much eat this weekly in the Lamm household, and I have a strong feeling you soon will too!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and ready to go
  • 1 jar of chunky salsa—any kind you like.
  • 1/2 packet of taco seasoning
  • small handful fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 limes for squeezed juice

Place your chicken in the slow cooker and sprinkle the taco seasoning over it. Add, your salsa and cilantro, then squeeze the limes over top. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours, or HIGH for 4 hours. Shred chicken in crock pot, and serve on tortillas, over chips, in taco shells or even on it’s own with all of your favorite taco toppings.

8. Cheesey Chili Macaroni Soup

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This is another fall favorite for ALL the right reasons. First, because it’s chili, and what better dish can you make in the fall than a hearty bowl of chili? Second, because it’s another one of those crock pot recipes that I can modify during hunting season and take advantage of all that tasty, lean venison my husband is bringing back from the woods.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Pound Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 Large Onion, Diced
  • 1 15 Ounce Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 15 Ounce Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 3 15 Ounce Cans Chili Beans
  • 3 Cups Beef Broth
  • 2 Cups Macaroni, Cooked
  • 1 1/2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese

You’ll also need spices:

  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Hot Pepper Sauce, Optional

Start by browning the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat along with the diced onion until no longer pink. Drain grease if necessary.

Add the beef mixture to the bottom of your slow cooker along with the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, chili beans, beef broth, and seasonings.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours.

Before serving, add the shredded cheese and cooked macaroni and stir well.

9. Parmesan Herb Chicken + Orzo

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This crock pot recipe is a slow and effortless way to get a hearty home-cooked meal without the hearty effort.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 teaspoon Italian seasoning, divided
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo pasta
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/2 cup shaved or finely shredded parmesan cheese
  • freshly cracked black pepper and herbs (such as thyme or parsley) for garnish

Start by seasoning the chicken with some of your Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, then cook in a large non-stick skillet until browned on both sides (about 1-2 minutes). Transfer chicken to slow cooker, adding chicken broth, butter, mushrooms, onions, garlic, and salt and pepper to the crock pot.

Cover and cook on HIGH for 1-2 hours or on low for 3-4 hours. Stir in orzo, cover and cook for another 30-45 minutes on HIGH.

Uncover and use a fork to pull chicken out of the slow cooker. Stir contents of slow cooker, then return chicken to slow cooker, on top of the orzo mixture.

Sprinkle parmesan cheese over chicken. Cover and cook until cheese is melted, about 5-10 minutes, then serve.

10. Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

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Who needs KFC when you can have down-home southern comfort food straight out of your slow cooker? All it takes is six ingredients and some love.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • ¼ cup Italian dressing
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • salt to taste

Start by seasoning your chicken breasts lightly with salt and placing in the slow cooker. In a mixing bowl combine BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Stir until well combined. Then pour the sauce over your chicken and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours.

When you’re ready to serve, you can either pull apart the chicken for shredded BBQ, or serve the whole breasts. If shredding, pull apart the chicken and then re-cover crock pot for another 15 minutes. Serve on buns, over rice, in wraps, on a salad or eat a plateful as is! The recipe creator, Corey Valley enjoys it on fresh rolls, topped with coleslaw.

There you have it, folks! Dinner time doesn’t have to be a last minute scramble to find ingredients and time to cook! Add these crock pot recipes to your morning and mid-day routines, and you’ll be eating good every night!

These no fail crockpot recipes are sure to please your entire family!


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Bri Lamm
Bri is an outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure. She lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese in between capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras.