7 Crockpot Freezer Meals

I’m not going to lie, life with three kids can be exhausting at times. To help with the afterschool rush and busy afternoons I’ve turned to crockpot meal prep for easy family dinners.  As a busy mom, crockpot freezer meals have been a lifesaver. Not only do they save money as we eat out less often, but they save time as the ingredients already prepped in freezer bags. All I have to do is empty the freezer bag into the crockpot.

I don’t have to figure out what to make for dinner every night, I can just thaw crockpot freezer meal, empty it into my programmable Hamilton Beach crock pot, set the temperature and timer. I dedicate one afternoon to meal prep when the baby is down for a nap. This past week I made 7 healthy freezer crockpot meals, and with two of them already eaten this week, I plan to make another 15-20 to stock the freezer.

Crockpot Freezer Meals:

7 Crockpot Freezer Meals

Prep healthy crockpot meals for the week or even a month of meals in just a couple of hours. and you’ll have an easy family dinner whenever you need it. When you’re ready to use thaw in the fridge overnight and empty into the crockpot.

When the freezer starts to get low on slow cooker freezer meals, I start getting together another meal plan. I’ll gather meal prep recipes, make a grocery list, and head to the store.

Tips for Making Frozen Crockpot Meals:

Crockpot Freezer Meals save time and money. Follow our tips for a stress free meal prep.

  • Keep an eye on your grocery store sales to stay on budget. I like to stock up chicken breast, pork chops, and ground beef when it’s on sale. I’ll freeze all the meat in individual portions using fold top sandwich bags.
  • Set aside 2-3 hours one day a month and prep every slow cooker meal.
  • Print recipes and make a shopping list.
  • Writing out the name, directions and cooking times on each freezer bag.
  • Chop up all of the vegetables and cook the meat if needed.
  • Start filling the bags. – If you don’t have an extra set of hands, these bag holders are amazing and hold the ziploc bag open

You can prep healthy crockpot meals for a week or even a month of meals in just a couple of hours. By preparing all of the meals ahead of time you’ll have an easy family dinner whenever you need it. When you’re need an easy dinner, thaw the freezer bag the fridge overnight and empty into the crockpot.

When the freezer starts to get low on slow cooker freezer meals, I start getting together another meal plan. I’ll gather the meal prep recipes, make a grocery list, and head to the store. Some of our favorite freezer meals are beef stew, and slow cooker chicken recipes. Since chicken is budget friendly and usually on sale, I tend to make a lot of recipes with chicken breast.

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These crock pot dump meals are ready when I need them whether it’s before a sports practice, in between or after a game, or on a day when I don’t feel like spending time preparing dinner. It’s such a nice feeling coming home a warm cooked meal after spending the afternoon at the hockey rink or soccer field.

Freezer Meals for New Parents:

When you’re getting the nursery prepared for baby’s arrival, you can also prepare make ahead meals to freeze. During your first couple of weeks home, you won’t have to focus on what to make for dinner, you’re freezer will already be stocked. Freezer meals also make a great gift for new moms and dads.

Make Ahead Meals For Busy Moms

7 Crockpot Freezer Meals:

  • Chili
  • Honey Sesame Chicken – served with steamed green beans
  • Asian Chicken Wraps
  • Hawaiian Chicken
  • Pineapple Chicken Burritos
  • Sweet and Sour Meatballs- serve over brown rice
  • Tex-Mex Chicken – nachos, tacos, chicken enchiladas

*Tip: Make cleanup a breeze with these freezer friendly meals by using a crockpot liner. Crockpot liners make cleanup as easy as 1-2-3! Simply take the liner of of the crock pot and toss it in the trash. No scrubbing involved.

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Crockpot Freezer Meals

Slow Cooker Chili

Slow Cooker Chili
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 onion dices
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 can 15 ounce tomato sauce
  • 1 can 28 ounce diced tomatoes
  • 1 can 15 ounce red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
Instructions
  1. In a skillet, cook ground beef until no longer pink ground beef. Drain & set aside and let cool.
  2. Once ground beef is cooled, add all ingredients into gallon-sized freezer bag.
  3. Zip the bag close & place in freezer. When ready to use thaw in fridge overnight. Empty the contents into crock-pot, stir together and cook on low 6-8 hours.

 

Honey Sesame Chicken

Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs chicken thighs
  • 1 cup honey
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • tsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp minced onion
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • sesame seeds
  • green onions thinly sliced
Instructions
  1. Mix together honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, olive oil, garlic, onion and crushed red pepper. Add along with chicken into gallon-sized freezer bag.
  2. Zip close & place in freezer. When ready to use thaw in fridge overnight. Empty contents into crock-pot and cook on low 3-4 hours.
  3. Remove chicken from crock pot, pour sauce into a saucepan and heat on stove on medium heat. Mix together cornstarch and water, and add into saucepan. Stir constantly for a couple of minutes until thickened.
  4. Remove from heat and place back into crock pot with chicken.
  5. Serve over rice, and top with sesame seeds and green onions.

 

Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Wraps

Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Wraps
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs ground chicken
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 red bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 8oz can sliced water chestnuts, drained & rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • Romaine lettuce or wraps
Instructions
  1. In a skillet, cook ground chicken and garlic until no longer pink, drain liquid and set aside to let cool.
  2. Add green pepper, onion, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, salt and pepper into gallon-sized freezer bag. Add chicken once cooled and mix around.
  3. Zip close & place in freezer. When ready to use thaw in fridge overnight. Empty contents into crock-pot and cook on low 2-3 hours.
  4. Stir in water chestnuts, cooked rice, green onions, rice vinegar, and sesame oil. Cook for additional 5 minutes.
  5. Serve wrapped with Romaine lettuce, taco shells or wraps

Hawaiian Chicken

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken
Ingredients
  • 1 can crushed pineapple
  • 1 bottle bbq sauce
  • 4 boneless chicken breast
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients into gallon size ziploc bag. Zip close & place in freezer. When ready to use thaw in fridge overnight. Empty contents into crock-pot, stir together and cook on low 6-7 hours.

 

Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Sweet and Sour Meatballs in the crockpot are an easy game day appetizer, You can also serve the sweet & sour meatballs on top of brown or white rice for an easy family dinner.

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Keyword: Crockpot, Meatballs
Ingredients
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 med onion chopped
  • 1 16-18oz bottle sweet & sour sauce, or homemade
  • 1 cup pineapple tidbits drained
  • 1 16oz pkg frozen fully cooked meatballs
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.

 

Pineapple Chicken Burritos

5.0 from 8 reviews
Slow Cooker 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 ziploc freezer bag. Zip close and place in freezer. When ready to use thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Empty contents into crock-pot and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
  2. 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.

Tex-Mex Chicken (Tacos, Salads, Nachos)

5.0 from 8 reviews
Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken
 
Ingredients
  • 2-4 boneless chicken breast
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 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 6-8 hours.
  2. Spread chicken over tortilla chips, tacos, burritos, or salad and top with your choice of toppings including shredded cheese, green onions, black olives, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and salsa.

Printable Grocery List:

Print the grocery shopping list for these crockpot freezer meals.

More Family Dinner Ideas:

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Comments

  1. rochelle haynes says:

    This is a nice idea

  2. June S. says:

    (Crockpot Freezer Meals) This is such a smart thing to do during the week. Then it’s raedy to go once you get home from a crappy day at work-

  3. desiree says:

    i need to start doing that for my winter i do not cook lot and then i do the lasgna and then put it in container for meal easy way to re heat

  4. Brenda Haines says:

    The crock pot Hawaiian Chicken sounds great, I need more freezer meal ideas.

  5. Rosie says:

    These are good ideas, and I’m looking into getting a crock pot now for the holidays. I can’t believe I don’t have one!

  6. Julie Lundstrom says:

    These are some good recipes and ideas. I want to try this freezer meals.

  7. Laurajj says:

    Oh this is really what I need to do also! Dinners some nights are so hard when you are so busy. I would love to have meals in the freezer ready to put in the crock pot in the morning! So much better than making the quick not very good for you stuff!

  8. Dandi D says:

    I’ve never done freezer meals before, but these look like some great ideas!

  9. Dandi D says:

    I’ve never done freezer meals before, but these look like some great ideas!

  10. Christina A. says:

    I love this idea and have wanted to spend a day doing this for quite some time–perhaps soon!

  11. Tamra Phelps says:

    This is a really good idea. If you have busy schedules, this could be a big time saver.

  12. Regina Wright says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. I could use this for this winter break.

  13. Lynne B says:

    I’ve always wanted to try freezer meals. Crockpot freezer meals are even more appealing! I think I’ll try the chili. That’s always a favorite.

  14. hannah says:

    I’ve been looking for some new freezer recipes, so will have to give some of these a try. Freezer meals are such a lifesaver!

  15. Nancy says:

    Freezer meals are smart, economical, and easy to make and use. These look like some super recipes to try!

  16. Mary Gardner says:

    This is such a great idea! The Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken sounds delicious and the Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken couldn’t be any easier! Thanks for the recipes.