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
  • 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
  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
  • 2lbs of pork ribs
  • 1½ cups ketchup
  • 1½ Tbsp seasoned salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  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
  • 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)
  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
  • 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)
  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
  • 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)
  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
  • 2-4 chicken breast
  • 1 can Rotel
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  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
  • 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
  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
  • 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
  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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  1. Tracie Shelfer says:

    Gotta try these thank you

  2. Do these have to go through the process of being frozen then thawed or can I make them without freezing them first? Thanks

    • No, you don’t have to freeze them. Instead of adding them to the Ziploc bag, just place the ingredients in your crock-pot.

  3. Has anyone noticed that crock pots are much hotter than they used to be? Much higher wattage. I’ve had 4 crockpots over the past year and all of them have over cooked if not destroyed meals within three hours. If I even entertain the idea of cooking anything for 10 hours in a crock pot now, I’d have the fire department hosing down my house.

    Google it, crockpots are not the same anymore. I’ve been cooking in them since the 70’s, so I am not new to this. On low…they all burned meals, even the fancy one with a probe. The company replaced one I complained about…with one that acted the same way. my husband built a power dimmer but that’s iffy at best.

    • Check thrift stores, I found an old one and I love it. Can’t stand the new ones. Had the same problems.

    • I agree! I also dislike the keep warm function, especially if I’m cooking on high. It traps too much heat and continues cooking. I would prefer a delayed start timer for the recipes that need 4-6 hours. I tend to use those recipes on busy weekend days instead of weekdays.

  4. The pulled pork was so good!! Great recipe and so easy!! Just made all the others and can’t wait to try!!

  5. Looks like a lot of good recipes here. I think I want to start slowly with one or two – which ones are your favorites? Which ones have you had the most success with? I’m pregnant with my second and trying to fill my freezer for the days after the baby comes. :)

  6. I find that the way around the burning problem is to add extra liquid. I usually double whatever the recipe calls for in one type of liquid, depending on what it is. If a recipe doesn’t call for liquid, I usually just add a cup of water.

  7. Hi,I’m interesting in starting crockpot freezer meals,but I leave the house at 630 and sometimes don’t get home till 6-630 at night.I’m just worried the food will be completely burnt by the time I get home.I was wondering if you have any suggestions to prevent burnt/over cooked food.

    • samantha says:

      get a crock pot with a timer on it maybe.

    • Hilary – there are slow cookers available that have timers built in to help with this. If you already have a crock-pot/slow cooker, or if those are on the expensive side, many folks use light timers to set a start and end time for their cooking if they will be out of the home. This should help to prevent the over-cooked concern you have.

    • Courtney says:

      I have a crockpot that is programmable. If I need to only cook it for 3 hours it will automatically turn to a “warm” setting which keeps it hot without overcooking it.

    • It sounds like investing in a programmable slow cooker might be your best option. I have the same problem as you do. I love the programmable Hamilton Beach slow cooker I bought, as I can set it for the time and heat that is required and the cooker will automatically change to “keep warm” once finished. My slow cooker is now used WAY more than before because of this feature. Good luck! :)

  8. I have a Ninja 3 in 1. I’ve noticed things I cook in it tend to burn faster than in my older Crock Pot. I would imagine this is because of the wattage, but it does have a timer so i’m thinking if I cut the usual time down and just set it to warm after it’s cooked it should be just about right.. Gonna give it a try anyway..

  9. All these recipes look so delicious! I want to try the honey garlic chicken recipe first. The ingredients list has a little square for the amount of honey. How much honey does the recipe actually call for?

  10. I’ve made two of your recipes. Bbq spare ribs and orange chicken. Absolutely love the orange chicken so much it’s been added to my weekly meals!


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