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 it in 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 Crock Pot Freezer Meals:

  1. Shop sales & stock up on meat. I store meat in freezer using Ziploc perfect portions.
  2. Search & print out recipes.
  3. Make a grocery shopping list of the ingredients needed.
  4. Prep meals in one setting – Take gallon zip lock bags and write the names and directions on each one in permanent marker.
  5. Lay everything out on the counter, wash/cut/slice up all the veggies. I also cut the fat off the chicken breasts & thighs.
  6. 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.
  7. Zip close. Place in freezer.
  8. When ready to use, thaw in fridge over night. Then empty contents out of the Ziploc bag and into the crock-pot.

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.

I don’t have the estimated cost for all meals as I stock up on meats and canned food when on sale. You can always add in extra ingredients/change the recipe to your family’s liking, these are meals and ingredients that our family enjoys. Between my husband and I’s work schedule, the 4-6 hour meals work best for us which is why most of the recipes are not for 8-10 hour days, I also always have never placed the ingredients in frozen – always thawed, so I’m not sure the cooking time if frozen.

I use a Hamilton Beach 6-Quart Oval Stay Or Go Slow Cooker .The meals are cooked for 2 adults and 2 young children (ages 3 & 5), and there is always leftovers for lunch the next day. Cooking times may vary depending on your type and size of slow cooker.

8 Easy Crock Pot Recipes:

Crock Pot Orange Chicken

4.7 from 15 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. Empty contents out of bag and into crock pot. Cook on low 4-6 hours. Serve over rice.

Crock Pot BBQ Spareribs

4.7 from 15 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. Empty contents out of bag and into crock pot. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours.

Crock-Pot Cheesy Chicken Potato & Broccoli

4.7 from 15 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. Empty contents out of bag and into crock pot. Cook 6 hours on low. Add cheese and cook on high for additional 5 minutes. Stir.

 

Crock-Pot Honey Garlic Chicken

4.7 from 15 reviews
Crock-Pot Honey Garlic Chicken
 
Ingredients
  • 2-4 Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. 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 freezer bag. Seal bag and place in freezer. Thaw overnight in fridge. Empty the contents out of the bag and into crock pot.. Cook on high for 3-4 hours.

 

Crock-Pot Beef Stroganoff

4.7 from 15 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 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • packet of onion soup mix
  • chopped mushrooms (optional)
  • egg noodles (to serve over the day you cook)
Instructions
  1. Cook beef in skillet over med heat until no longer pink, set aside and let it cool. Once cooled, add all ingredients to a gallon size freezer bag except egg noodles. Seal bag and place in freezer. When ready to use thaw in fridge overnight. Empty the contents out of the bag and into crock pot. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Serve over egg noodles.

 

Crock-Pot Nacho Chicken

4.7 from 15 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 bag and place in freezer. When ready to use thaw in fridge overnight. Empty the contents out of the bag and into crock pot. 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

4.7 from 15 reviews
Crock-Pot Chicken Sweet Potatoes
 
Ingredients
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup peach preserves OR apricot preserves
  • 3 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • ½ cup chicken broth or water
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
Instructions
  1. Coat 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. Empty the contents out of the bag and into crock pot. 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

4.7 from 15 reviews
Crock Pot Pulled Pork
 
Ingredients
  • 4-5 lbs Pork Butt/Shoulder
  • 1 Tbsp. ground black pepper
  • 1-2 tsp.s cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 4 Tbsp. paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 large onion - thinly sliced
  • 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. Empty the contents out of the bag and into crock pot. 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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Additional Crock-Pot Recipes:

Don’t forget to check out our list of 33 crock-pot recipes.

 
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.

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Comments

  1. I need to really start doing this every week. Cooking meals and putting them in the freezer. We are getting into the bad habit of eating out a lot because we work full time and have a busy schedule. Thanks for all these recipes!!

  2. Wow, these look super good. Thanks for sharing. I love my crockpot and am always on the lookout for yummy recipes that can be thrown in the pot for a great meal. I will definitely be giving these a try soon!

  3. rosie m says:

    I have been wanting to try doing this I have a crockpot that I barely use these are some great recipes thanks

  4. Oh my, these are spectacular recipes – I can’t decide a favorite! I’m printing this out and keeping it for fall when crockpot is just perfect!!!! I plan on trying all of them!

  5. Carissa Joslyn says:

    I love this! and I really need to start doing it. we are trying to take red dye #40 out of our diet, and i need to stop being lazy! im single with two kids, and by time supper rolls around im exhausted! but if i did this i think it would make it a little easier!

  6. Sarah Hayes says:

    All of these sound so yummy! I dont use the crockpot much but these make me want to. I think the chicken sweet potatoes would be the best

  7. OK, you are now my hero. I have been searching for easy, tasty slow cooker recipes all weekend and I hit the mother lode with this post. Thank you, thank you.

  8. Both husband and I are looking forward to these great dinners. Thank you for doing this. A big help.

  9. I prepare meals in my crockpot often. It is nice to have some new ones to try & I LOVE the idea of prepping them in the gallon freezer bags for ease! I just made my grocery list & amazingly for all 8 recipes I only need 13 items! Will start using these this week as school starts this week! Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. I bet you could even freeze the ingredients in the slow cooker liner bags too (it would have to be tied) and I would still bag it in a Zip lock when freezing but using the liners makes cleanup so much easier.

    • I always forget about those liner bags, I’m going to have to pick a box up next time I go to the grocery store.

    • Elizabeth Windsor says:

      I’ve never heard of crock pot liner bags – anyone know if these are available in Canada?

      And thank you for the original post with recipes – Fall is a great time to haul out the crock pot and fill the house with warmth!

      • these used to be available at Sobey’s and Walmart…..haven’t been able to find them for a while! They are made by Reynolds wrap. They are on my “have to buy” if we go to the States. I think turkey oven bags would work(not sure if too expensive to do it that way)

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