8 Easy Crock Pot Freezer Meals – Make Dinnertime Easy

Last month I decided to try out meal planning using crock pot freezer meals. The crock pot freezer meals were a huge success and made dinner time so much easier, I didn’t have to deal with looking through the cabinet and fridge wondering what I would cook for dinner, I could just take out a previously prepped crock pot meal, thaw it out in the fridge over night and plop in the the crock pot the next morning. By dinner time we had a hot cooked meal ready without the stress of running around the kitchen making dinner, and little to no mess to clean up.

We enjoyed trying out the five easy crock pot recipes that I made last month, but decided to give some new recipes a try. After searching Google and Pinterest I decided on 8 different crock pot freezer recipes. All these recipes feed our family of 4, 2 adults 2 children, usually with at least one serving leftover – great for lunch the following day. You can always add in more veggies/meat to customize for your family.

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Tips for Prepping Easy Crock Pot Freezer Meals:

  1. Search & print out recipes.
  2. Make a grocery shopping list of the ingredients needed.
  3. Prep meals in one setting – Take gallon zip lock bags and write the names and directions on each one in permanent marker.
  4. Lay everything out on the counter, wash/cut/slice up all the veggies. I also cut the fat off the chicken breasts & thighs.
  5. Start filling the bags with ingredients. I usually do one at a time, but you can start with putting veggies in all the bags, then the meats, then the spices & sauces.
  6. Place in freezer.

This week we decided on pulled pork, beef stroganoff, cheesy chicken potato and broccoli, BBQ spareribs, orange chicken, honey garlic chicken, chicken sweet potatoes, and nacho chicken for movie night.

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8 Easy Crock Pot Recipes:

Don’t forget to check out the 5 Crock Pot Meal Recipes that I made in May.

Crock Pot Orange Chicken

5.0 from 7 reviews
Orange Chicken
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups carrots
  • 2 cups bell pepper
  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 8 oz orange juice concentrate
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in freezer bag. Seal bag and place in freezer. Thaw over night in fridge. Cook in crock pot on low 4-6 hours. Serve over rice.

Crock Pot BBQ Spareribs

5.0 from 7 reviews
Crock-Pot BBQ Spareribs
 
Ingredients
  • 2lbs of pork ribs
  • 1½ cups ketchup
  • 1½ Tbsp seasoned salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white vinegar
Instructions
  1. Place pork ribs in gallon sized ziplock. Mix remaining ingredients together in a separate bowl and pour over ribs. Seal bag and place in freezer. Thaw over night in fridge. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours.

Crock-Pot Cheesy Chicken Potato & Broccoli

5.0 from 7 reviews
Crock-Pot Cheesy Chicken Potato & Broccoli
 
Ingredients
  • 2-4 chicken breasts
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups broccoli, chopped
  • 1 lb. red potatoes, sliced thin
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • ¼lb. (4 oz.) VELVEETA®, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley - (I used dried parsley)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients except for cheese in a gallon freezer bag. Seal bag and place in freezer. When ready to use thaw in fridge overnight. Cook 6 hours low. Add cheese and cook on high for 5 minutes. Stir melted cheese in.

 

Crock-Pot Honey Garlic Chicken

5.0 from 7 reviews
Crock-Pot Honey Garlic Chicken
 
Ingredients
  • 2-4 Chicken Breasts
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, smashed and chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
  • ½ cup Soy Sauce
  • ½ cup Ketchup
  • ⅓ cup Honey
  • 2 cups carrots (or choice of veggie)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in gallon size ziplock. Seal bag and place in freezer. Thaw overnight in fridge. Cook on high for 3-4 hours.

 

Crock-Pot Beef Stroganoff

5.0 from 7 reviews
Crock-Pot Beef Stroganoff
 
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds of cubed beef stew meat or 4 cups of cooked ground beef
  • 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ c water
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 2T minced garlic
  • packet of onion soup mix
  • chopped mushrooms (optional)
  • egg noodles (to serve over the day you cook)
Instructions
  1. Cook meat & let it cool. Add all ingredients to a gallon size freezer bag except egg noodles. Seal and place in freezer. When ready to use thaw in fridge overnight. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Serve over egg noodles.

 

Crock-Pot Nacho Chicken

5.0 from 7 reviews
Crock-Pot Nacho Chicken
 
Ingredients
  • 2-4 chicken breast
  • 1 can Rotel
  • 1 package taco seasoning
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in gallon size freezer bag. Seal and place in freezer. When ready to use thaw in fridge overnight. Cook on low 8-10 hours.
  2. Spread Nacho Chicken over tortilla chips, and top with your choice of toppings including shredded cheese, green onions, black olives, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and salsa.

Not familiar with Ro-Tel? It’s diced tomatoes with green chilies and can be found in the isle near the cans of diced tomatoes.

Crock-Pot Chicken Sweet Potatoes

5.0 from 7 reviews
Crock-Pot Chicken Sweet Potatoes
 
Ingredients
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup peach preserves OR apricot preserves
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ cup chicken broth or water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
Instructions
  1. Sprinkle chicken with salt, cayenne pepper, paprika, curry powder, and ginger. Add peach preserves, vinegar, and soy sauce to gallon freezer bag. Add in sweet potatoes and onion, and top with chicken. Seal bag and place in freezer. When ready to use thaw in fridge overnight. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours until chicken is thoroughly cooked and sweet potatoes are tender when pierced with fork.
  2. Combine chicken broth and cornstarch and mix well. Add to slow cooker. Cover and cook on high 10-15 minutes until sauce is thickened.

 

Crock-Pot Pulled Pork

5.0 from 7 reviews
Crock Pot Pulled Pork
 
Ingredients
  • 4-5 lbs Pork Butt/Shoulder
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 4 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 large onion - sliced thin
  • BBQ Sauce (optional) We prefer Sweet Baby Rays
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except onion in bowl, rub onto pork. Place onions and pork in a gallon sized freezer bag, seal bag and place in freezer. When ready to use thaw overnight. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours. Shred pork with 2 forks, add BBQ sauce if preferred. Cook on low additional 30-45 minutes with BBQ Sauce

 

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Crock Pot Freezer Recipes originally found at Orange Chicken, BBQ Spareribs, Honey Garlic Chicken, Cheesy Chicken and Potato, Nacho Chicken, Chicken Sweet Potatoes, Pulled Pork and Beef Stroganoff.

Comments

  1. I work 10-12 hour days; is it possible to put some of the meals in for a longer amount of time at a lower temperature? Is there a rule of thumb to go by here?
    I am a total crockpot amateur, but I want to learn!!

    • pearl2006 says:

      By the time I leave in the morning I am also gone for 10 hrs…. They have a new crockpot with timers. I am so going to get it one of these days. Saw it at walmart. You can tell it what time to start cooking, how long, and temp, etc… A new must have.

    • jill snyder says:

      I take mine out of the freezer around 10 pm and place in refrigerator. THe next morning it is only partially thawed. I put the partially thawed ingredients in the crock pot which is plugged into a light timer( the kind you use when you go on vacation) I leave around 7:30 but my crockpot doesn’t turn on until 10am cooking for the suggested time. Always a fresh hot meal for all of us at 5pm

  2. nicole dz says:

    the crock pot nacho chicken sound really good, also the pulled pork is delish. I love these freezer recipes, simple and easy!

  3. Tammy S says:

    I used to make meals ahead of time and then I just kind of got out of the habit. After seeing this post it makes me want to get back into the groove, Your Orange Chicken sounds great!

  4. charlotte storm says:

    I just put the nacho chicken recipe in the crockpot as a trial run. If it,s really good, i’ll put it together for a dine in meal while we afe at the beach!

  5. I have both the programmable crock pot and the light timer one. I agree with Jill partially thawed and then let the time do the rest. A long low cook can lead to very dry meat if it isn’t a large roast or pork butt.

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