10 Easy Crock-Pot Freezer Meals

A couple of months ago I started meal planning with crock-pot freezer meals. They have been a huge help and make dinner time not only easier but stress free. I no longer have to worry about what I am cooking last minute, or run to the store to grab take-out since we have nothing prepped at home. When we come home from sports or other activities, I know there is a warm meal all ready in the crock pot. 10 crock pot freezer meals We recently used up all of our crock pot freezer meals so I decided to compile a new list of recipes to try. I tried to use ingredients that we already had in the pantry or fridge/freezer, and made a grocery shopping list of ingredients that I needed to pick up. I separated all of the ingredients on the counter, got all of the meat and veggies prepped, and prepared all 10 meals at one time. We have already enjoyed the Sweet & Sour Meatballs and Pineapple Chicken Burritos this week, both were a HUGE hit, and I can’t wait to give the rest a try.

Update: I have made all 10 of these recipes on a number of occasions, my son is a huge fan of the Teriyaki Pork Chops and is always requesting it for dinner, in fact we had them again tonight served on top of rice with corn on the cob. I don’t know the estimated cost for all 10 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 get a lot of my inspiration from Pinterest, so if you don’t see any meals you like then head on over there, I’m sure you’ll find some to your families liking.

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. crock pot freezer meals Here are 10 more easy crock pot recipes, you can also view the list of the 23 Freezer Meal Recipes that our family enjoys.

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Savory Pepper Steak
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ lbs round steak, cut into ½ in strips
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4-5 garlic cloves
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 (16 oz) can Italian style tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp beef bouillon
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp steak seasoning
  • 1 tbsp steak sauce
Instructions
  1. Toss steak in salt, pepper, & flour and add to gallon-sized freezer bag. In a med bowl mix together the rest of the ingredients, add to bag. Zip close and place in freezer. When ready to use thaw in fridge overnight. Empty contents into crock-pot and cook on low 8 hours.
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Crock Pot Sweet & Sour Meatballs
 
Ingredients
  • 1 (16oz) pkg frozen fully cooked meatballs
  • 1 onion - diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 (16-18oz) bottle sweet & sour sauce
  • 1 cup pineapple tidbits, drained
Instructions
  1. Place the frozen meatballs, peppers, onions & sweet and sour sauce into a gallon-sized freezer bag. Zip close & place in freezer. When ready to use thaw in fridge overnight. Empty contents into crock-pot and cook on low 4 hours, during the last hour add in the pineapple.
  2. Serve over rice.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6
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Crock Pot Teriyaki Pork Chops
 
Ingredients
  • 4 pork chops, about 1 in thick
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup chicken broth
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Sprinkle salt & pepper on pork chops if desired, place in a gallon-sized freezer bag. In a small bowl mix garlic, brown sugar, soy sauce, and chicken broth together, add to bag. Place flat in freezer, when ready to use thaw in fridge overnight. Empty contents into crock-pot and cook on high 4-5 hours or low 6-7 hours.
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Crock Pot BBQ Cranberry Chicken
 
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs boneless chicken breast
  • ¼ cup dried minced onion
  • 1 (16 oz) can whole cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (I use Sweet Baby Rays)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag. Zip close and place in freezer. When ready to use thaw in fridge overnight. Empty contents into crock-pot and cook on high 3-4 hours or low 6-7 hours.
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Honey Bourbon Crock Pot Chicken
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • salt & pepper
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1 cup honey
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1-2 tbsp cornstarch
  • sesame seeds (optional)
  • ¼ cup Bourbon (optional - I usually make it without)
Instructions
  1. Salt & pepper chicken and place in gallon-sized freezer bag.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together honey, soy sauce, ketchup, oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, onion, (bourbon, if using) and add to bag. Zip close and freeze.
  3. When ready to use thaw in fridge overnight. Empty contents into crock-pot and cook on low 3-4 hours, remove chick then slice into strips
  4. Combine 1 Tbsp cornstarch with 1 Tbsp water. Pour into crock pot & mix, If sauce doesn't thicken, add one more Tbsp of cornstarch and water
  5. Place chicken back in crock pot and stir around to coat
  6. Serve over rice, sprinkle with sesame seeds.
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Crock Pot Pork Carnitas
 
Ingredients
  • 2 lb pork tenderloin roast
  • 1 med onion, diced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 (16 oz) jar salsa
  • 1 (10 oz) can Ro-Tel
  • Tortillas
  • Toppings - cheese, salsa, sour cream, lettuce, avocado ect
Instructions
  1. Place the roast and onion in gallon-sized freezer bag. Sprinkle in cumin, then add salsa & Ro-Tel. Zip close & place in freezer. When ready to use thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Empty contents into crock-pot and cook on low 8-10 hours.
  2. Once cooked, remove roast from crock pot and shred
  3. Drain juice out of crock pot, reserving some in a small bowl. Leave onions & tomatoes in crock pot.
  4. Add meat back int he crock pot & stir
  5. Add some of the reserved juice back
  6. Serve on tortillas with desired toppings.

Not familiar with Ro-Tel? It is diced tomatoes mixed with green chilies & spices. Visit www.ro-tel.com.

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Southwestern Chicken Chili
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ lbs boneless chicken breast
  • 3 cans petite diced tomatoes (14.5 oz each)
  • 2 cups medium salsa
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can corn, undrained
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 pkg ranch seasoning
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning
  • Toppings - cheese, sour cream, tortilla strips ect
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag. Zip close and place in freezer. When ready to use thaw in fridge overnight. Empty contents into crock-pot and cook on low 4-5 hours. Remove chicken from crock pot and shred. Place chicken back in crock pot and stir. Serve with desired toppings.
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Crock Pot Sausage & Peppers
 
Ingredients
  • 12 oz pkg sausage, cut into ¼ in piece (I used Johnsonville Smoked Sausage)
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can Italian diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag, zip close & place in freezer. When ready to use thaw in fridge overnight. Empty contents into crock-pot and cook on low 6-8 hours. Serve over rice.
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Apple BBQ Pork Tenderloin
 
Ingredients
  • 1-2 lb pork tenderloin
  • 1 cup chunky applesauce
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tbsp minced dried onion
Instructions
  1. Place pork tenderloin in a gallon-sized freezer bag, in a medium bowl mix together applesauce, BBQ sauce and onion, add to bag. Zip close and freeze. When ready to use thaw in fridge overnight. Empty contents into crock-pot and cook on low 6-8 hours, or high 3-4 hours. Serve over rice or pasta.
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Pineapple Chicken Burritos
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ lbs boneless chicken breast
  • ½ (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cups medium salsa
  • 5-6 burrito sized flour tortillas
  • 1 (10 oz) cans green enchilada sauce
  • 1 cups shredded cheddar/monterey jack blend
  • 1 cup cooked rice
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken, pineapple, beans, and salsa in a gallon size ziplog freezer bag. Zip close and place in freezer. When ready to use thaw in fridge for 24 hours.
  2. Empty contents into crock-pot and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Remove the chicken and shred. Mix the chicken back into the crock pot with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Mix in the cooked rice.
  4. Fill 5-6 of the burrito tortillas. Place in in a 9×13 pan. Pour 1 can of the green enchilada sauce over the burritos.
  5. Top with 1 cup of the shredded cheese and place under the broiler on the middle rack until the cheese is nice and melted. About 5 minutes.
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 Recipes originally found at – adapted from Apple BBQ Pork Tenderloin, Pineapple Chicken Burritos, Southwestern Chicken Chili, Pork Carnitas, Honey Bourbon Chicken, Sausage & Peppers, Savory Pepper Steak, Sweet & Sour Meatballs.


Comments

  1. Cheryl Holmes says:

    I love all the ideas you’ve posted…..and they would work great for me when I’m home .

    My question is: Can I make the same recipe’s above….pre-cook them…..cool then put in freezer bags and freeze flat so they are stackable? The reason I’m asking is that’s what I’d like to do and them put in freezer of RV for camping…. or would the freezing and thawing damage the recipe?

    I look forward to hearing from someone that can help me with this. Thank you in advance for you time and trouble in this matter.

    Sincerely: Mrs. Cheryl Holmes……..Retired.

    • Although I’m not the author of these recipes, I don’t see how freezing after cooking would negatively impact most of them…anything with dairy and/or potatoes can sometimes be tricky. If you want to save yourself an extra step, after cooking I would pour into those dispoable foil type pans, freeze and you can transfer directly from your freezer to oven in the rv.

  2. Someone had posted a list of all the ingredients together that are required for all of these recipes. Could you repost it again?
    It was so helpful to have a shopping list

  3. Birdiebee says:

    I love your recipes. This is going to be such a time saver for me in the long run. Do you happen to have the shopping list for all of these?

  4. Rachelle says:

    We put together 5 batches of meatballs yesterday. If you have a GFS store in your area, one 5 lb bag of frozen meatballs & two 50 oz cans of sweet & sour sauce are PERFECT for that quantity. My fiance chopped peppers & divided meatballs while I chopped onions & measured out sauce. It took us less than 20 minutes – so quick & easy!

  5. suzanne says:

    These look good. I will have to give them a try. Thanks.

  6. Jennifer (robbins) A. says:

    I am always looking for crock pot recipes, since they are so easy to put together. We have not had a lot of luck with many of the crock pot recipes we’ve found, so I will have to try these out. Thank you for sharing them! : )

  7. ellen beck says:

    We use the crockpot a whole lot. Hubby and his friends have card games and I end up cooking for them and the crockpot os my best friend! I llove the metball recipe, I might have to give that oone and try.

  8. I have been pulling together these types of recipes for a few weeks now. My daughter will be starting her third year of college in the fall and she, along with her two roommates, will be living off campus for the first time. All three girls are on the track team, so I’ll be helping her get the recipes together and frozen before school starts. I think this will be a great way for them to just pull out what they want, toss it in the crockpot, head off to class and track practice and dinner will be ready for them when they get home. Should be a money saving thing as well. Thanks for the tips!

  9. Andy glass says:

    Haven’t tried yet but they all sound great.

  10. jenn huey says:

    Now thats some serious preparation. I need to get this serious and start some freezer meals for my girls so that when they have their babies they can easily throw these in the slow cooker. These are first babies for both girls so I am not sure how they are going to handle all the other responsibilities on top of baby, but this will sure help and most of these recipes are ones they will love

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