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. I am going to give the Crock Pot Teriyaki Pork Chops and Crock Pot Sausage & Peppers a test drive this week. Thanks for sharing, btw I found this blog post in the top three with a Google Search I did looking for crock pot meals for large families! Thanks for sharing these recipes to help make other families lives easier!

  2. I just wanted to thank you for posting all of these wonderful freezer crock pot meal recipes. I now keep in stock in our freezer a rotation of our favourites. It has saved me so much time during the week – time that I now get to spend with my daughter and husband instead of standing in the kitchen for an hour every evening cooking dinner for all of us. Thank You!

  3. We don’t eat much Pork, on rare occasion, however as I looked over the Teriyaki Pork chop recipe I was wondering if you have ever tried it with chicken instead?

    • If you look under the heading 23-Easy Crock Pot Freezer Meals there is actually one for Chicken Teriyaki. I am actually having that one for dinner tonight. First time for this one. I made a slight modification, I used 1 20 oz can of crushed pineapple and 1 20 ox can of pineapple chunks.

    • I did use chicken and we liked it just fine.

    • I have not used the pork Teriyaki on the pork but there are others on here for chicken that have been wonderful!

  4. Made nine of these today. Great ingredient list ! Made it so simple.

  5. I have been doing the freezer meals since right before Christmas and my life is SO much easier! Thank you so very much for sharing these wonderful recipes and the concept. I cannot believe how much stress this takes out of my days. Meals are ready when my family gets home and I don’t have to wonder all through the day what I should make for dinner that evening. I also quite enjoy my cooking days. I usually take one entire afternoon or evening, put on some music and make up a month’s worth or so of meals. It is wonderful! :)

  6. I used the juice drained from Pork Carnitas with minute rice rice for awesome Spanish rice.

  7. Thank you so much for these fabulous meals! For the last two or three Christmases I have made 5 – 6 freezer crock meals for my family as gifts. They love it! Easy and relatively cheap for me and huge bonus for busy families.

    • What a fabulous idea! I am going to do that for next Xmas. Also a great “just because” gift for underemployed/unemployed families in our local community. Would be a great community service project.

  8. Thank you so much for sharing these recipes! We have been dining our way through the list and had Savory Pepper Steak tonight … Another winner! Absolutely delicious. We’ve been enjoying them as family night meals each week. Looking forward to trying the rest!

  9. I thought peppers, onions and veggies in general had to be blanched before freezing. ..is that not the case?

  10. Gwendolyn Campbell says:

    Thanks so much for these great recipes! I thought you might like to know how a group of 5 friends and I are using them. On the first weekend of each month, each one of us picks one (unique) crock-pot recipe and prepares 6, gallon-sized, freezer bags worth. Then, on the following Monday, we get together for an exchange and each one of us goes home to stock our freezer with 6 different meals to enjoy during the month. It’s a great system – making 6 bags of one meal is so much easier than preparing 6 different meals. And, as working women, we love the convenience of having one or two of these meals ready-to-go each week! Please feel free to pass along this idea, if you think it would appeal to your readers. And, thanks again for the wonderful recipes!
    All the best,
    Gwen

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