5 Crock-Pot Freezer Meals – Easy Weeknight Dinners

Crock-pot Freezer Meals are perfect for easy weeknight dinners. All the ingredients are prepped ahead of time, just dumpย  and go, the crock-pot does all the cooking.

easy weeknight dinners

Now that the weather is getting warmer, I’ve been slacking in the dinner department. There’s been a number of days where I just don’t feel like sitting in the kitchen for an hour prepping dinner or we have plans and don’t get home until 630pm. There’s also days where I simply just don’t know what to cook, and we end up with something unhealthy or eating out, which we’re trying to cut back on.

After finding a few recipes online I decided on 5 easy crock pot recipes that I could freeze. I made a grocery list solely for those crock-pot recipes and on one afternoon I prepped all the meals to put in the freezer.ย  I tweaked the recipes around a little to fit the serving size for our family, each of the meals I placed into two ziplock freezer bags, besides the chili which I put into one.ย  Within an hour I had 9 crock-pot freezer meals prepped.

I can throw one in the fridge the day before, and in the morning empty it into the crock-pot. By dinner time we have a hot home cooked meal ready. I love coming home at 6pm and not having to worry about making dinner, dinner is already made!

5 Easy Crock Pot Recipes

CrockPot Freezer Meals

Make Crock-Pot Freezer Meals on a budget:

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

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.


ย Chicken Broccoli Alfredo:

(Split into 2 bags = 2 meals)

Crockpot Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

Make this easy Crockpot Chicken Alfredo into a freezer meal for an weeknight dinner.

  • 4-6 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 16 oz bag frozen broccoli florets
  • 2 16 oz jars Alfredo sauce (I use light)
  • 1 large green pepper (chopped)
  • 1 4 oz can sliced mushrooms, drained
  1. Split ingredients in half.
  2. Place all ingredients in 2 gallon size freezer bags. Zip closed, and place in freezer.
  3. When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge overnight. Empty contents into crock-pot and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours.

Slow Cooker Black Bean and Corn Salsa Chicken:

(Split into 2 bags = 2 meals)

Slow Cooker Black Bean and Corn Salsa Chicken

  • 2 14 oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 14 oz cans corn, drained
  • 1 1 oz package taco seasoning
  • 4-6 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 3/4 cup water
  1. Split ingredients in half.
  2. Place all ingredients in 2 gallon-sized freezer bags. Zip close, and place in freezer.
  3. When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge overnight. Empty contents into crock-pot and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 7-8 hours.
  4. When finished cooking, shred chicken and serve over rice, with a salad,or in a wrap. Top with cheese, sour cream, avocado, lettuce, tomato.

Slow Cooker Chili:

Slow Cooker Chili
  • 1 lb ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup or chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans
  • 1 packet chili seasoning mix
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  1. Brown ground beef with chopped onion, set aside to cool down. Combine all other ingredients in gallon-sized freezer bag. When the browned hamburger and onion has cooled down, add it to the rest of the ingredients in the freezer bag and zip closed. Place in freezer.
  2. When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge overnight. Empty contents into crock-pot and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 7-8 hours. Top with shredded cheese.

Maple Dijon Glazed Chicken:

(Split into 2 bags = 2 meals)

Maple Dijon Glazed Chicken

  • 4-6 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper (optional)
  1. Split ingredients in half.
  2. Place all ingredients in 2 gallon-sized freezer bags. Zip closed & place in freezer.
  3. When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge overnight. Empty contents into crock-pot and cook on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours.

Chicken Teriyaki:

(Split into 2 bags = 2 meals)

Slow-Cooker Chicken Teriyaki

  • Large bag of baby carrots
  • Red Onion sliced into large chunks
  • 2 Cans of crushed pineapple 20 oz. (un-drained)
  • 4 Garlic cloves
  • 4-6 Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Cup Teriyaki Sauce
  1. Split ingredients in half.
  2. Place all ingredients in 2 gallon-sized freezer bags. Mix together in bag and zip closed. Place in freezer.
  3. When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge overnight. Empty contents into crock-pot and cook on LOW for 6-7 hours.
  4. Serve over rice.

easy crockpot chicken alfredo with broccoli chicken-teriyaki-recipe Slow-Cooker-Chili

slowcooker freezer meals

*Chicken Teriyaki Recipe found at Ring Around the Rosies all others found at Six Sister’s Stuff


  1. courtney b says:

    i think i will try the dijon chicken!

  2. jamie braun says:

    all of these look super yummy. my crock pot is my fave thing in my kitchen~

  3. InezbyDesign says:

    Sorry for the strange question….but, did you put the freezer bags full of goodness into the crockpot or just the goodness!??

    • Kari says:

      I let them thaw out in the fridge overnight and then emptied them into the crock-pot, threw the freezer bag out since it had raw meat inside.

  4. These all sound delicious, I need to get my act together and do something like this.

  5. Chey Wilkerson says:

    The chicken alfredo looks good!

  6. Maryann D. says:

    I do love using my crock pot, especially when I am in a hurry. The summer is great to use it to, and not have to put on the hot oven. These recipes seem terrific.

  7. These are some yummy recipes!! I love the idea too!! I have gotten out of cooking and let my husband do some of it. Very organized and yummy!! I am impressed. I am going to make some of these!! You have inspired me!!

  8. christin says:

    Thanks for sharing. I will be trying these this upcoming week. Look forward to more recipes.

  9. Tara says:

    Do you put the peppers, celery, carrots and onions in uncooked? I didn’t know you could freeze without cooking them! These sound great! And I assume you can use frozen or fresh chicken…

    • Kari says:

      I put them all in uncooked, and you could use either fresh or frozen chicken. I usually purchase ours in bulk at BJ’s Wholesale.

  10. Irene Juppe says:

    Hi! I am the same when it comes to preparing dinners. I saw this and I thought I would give it a try. Also, I have MS and I am very tired by the time I serve dinner to my husband & son. I have crockpots and I want to use them. Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Amy says:

    You said four of the recipes you put in two ziplock bags. Did you divide the posted recipe in two of did you double the recipe??

  12. Stacey says:

    My neighbor used to do this every Sunday for the upcoming week’s meals, but not for the crockpot. she would cook 3-4 pounds of hamburger to use in different recipies, then make some dishes up in the pan and put in freezer or fridge until she cooked them that week. If she was making something with hamburger it was already cooked! She would assemble lasagna, casseroles, etc. Makes it so much easier when you get home from work!

  13. Katherine says:

    This might be a dumb question, but you say you put the recipes in 2 bags….so did you double the recipes? Or do they just make that much and you can have 2 meals out of one recipe…or do you put both bags in the crockpot? Sorry for the flood of questions. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kari says:

      They recipes make enough for two meals for our family of four, 2 adults, 2 young children. (Except the chili I just make 1 meal with.) I use the recipes and split it into two bags. So if it calls of 1/2 cup, I’ll put 1/4 in each. And you can always add more veggies if your family will eat more.

      • Katherine says:

        Awesome, thanks! So it’s really like 9 (not making the chili into 2) freezer crock-pot meals ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad I came across your site. Always needing more “easy” meals to put together ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Jean says:

    I am back for more crock pot recipes! These sound great – please keep them coming. I never thought I would use the crock pot as much as I do, but it makes my evenings so much less hectic. Thank you!

  15. Donna says:

    I was wondering if you ever use an electric pressure cooker? I just bought one and am trying to get used to using it. I think I can adapt your recipes and would like to know if anyone else has suggestions.

    • Kari says:

      We used to have one but I never found myself using it except for ribs, I use our Crock-pot weekly though.

  16. Melanie Siau says:

    This is so so so helpful. I have a daughter in med school and when I do these little packetts up and give them to her…..yep!! It will make life so much easier for her!

  17. Sam says:

    I just made the chili and love it! I do have a question though – I made my own chili seasoning, so how many tbsps do you think are in a packet of seasoning? ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Courtney says:

    Thanks for the great recipes! Already made the maple Dijon chicken, black bean salsa chicken, and teriyaki chicken and they are all repeats in our house! For the chili, do you drain the diced tomato and kidney beans or dump them in with the liquid?

  19. Elena says:

    Great recipes! I would try the Chicken Teriyaki

  20. Courtney says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these very simple and healthy crockpot recipes! I just moved into a new home and have started a new job. So I bought a crockpot this weekend and am hoping that it makes life much easier during the evenings!

  21. Tammy says:

    Wow… with a 4 yr old in school – a husband who works shift work and an infant on the way im going to make 2 of each – to help get through those first few weeks with baby when you don’t have time to pee — let alone cook lol! Thank you so much!!

  22. Jen says:

    I cook in bulk, making large crock pots of chili, cabbage rolls, spaghetti sauce, and beef stew. THEN, i freeze the portions in ziplock bags in my freezer and have many meals to thaw in fridge and reheat for supper whenever.

  23. Brady says:

    OK, might be a silly question but I got burned on one recipe. Do you cook the chicken first or will it cook in the crock? I had one that I thought it would cook in the crock but it didn’t. Then I read the directions a little closer and I was supposed to cook it first. I am looking at these and it appears that you can throw it in raw and it will cook during the time. My wife took a new job and I am doing a lot of the cooking now and the crock pot has become my new friend. I love that I can prep and freeze ahead of time with these. Awesome site – thanks!

    • Kari says:

      Hi Brady, all of my crock pot – recipes with chicken, the chicken goes in raw and gets cooked in the crock pot. I know I have posted a few, like the chili and beef stroganoff that you cook the beef first.

  24. Sharon says:

    Thank you so much ! What a wonderful idea! No more calls at work from husband asking what is for dinner tonight – it is already in the crock pot cooking! Keep recipes coming please!!

  25. Mick Brsbin says:

    I am going to Australia for a few months, leaving my husband and two teenage girls at home. This will be a great way to make up some easy to prepare meals for them to eat. Thanks for such a great idea.

  26. Chelle says:

    I am so happy to come across ur site…can’t wait to try many of these…definately great for the times my hubby and i work our late shifts so we dont have to stop for fast food on the way home!!! Thanks a ton ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. J. Brunk says:

    I’m a Teacher, so the last thing I want to do when I get home from school is COOK! I love my Crockpot! Thank you for the new recipes…can’t wait to try them!

  28. Pat says:

    Definitely want to try some of these. I have a very picky eater at my house but some of these look promising. Will add this site to my Favorites. Thanks for the recipes, keep them coming….

  29. Nikki says:

    I wonder if I could do this with any recipe? I am going to try these as I just changed shifts at work and this would be great to have a weeks worth of meals ready to cook

  30. Barba says:

    Like your chilli recipe. I always crock pot mine, but use raw hamburger in crock pot. It ads a lot more flavor to the broth! Try it.

  31. Michelle Prater says:

    A friend shared your page on Facebook, and I’m so excited! These crockpot freezer meals are brilliant. I can’t wait to try them.

  32. Cassie says:

    I was a little leery about the maple dijon chicken, only because it sounded like an odd combo to me. Turned out AMAZING though. I have 2 picky children ages 3 and 9 who both absolutely loved it and both requested the left overs the next day. Trying a few more recipes this week and hoping they turn out to be just as much of a hit! Thanks for these!

  33. Christy says:

    I love your recipies and they all taste so good! ๐Ÿ™‚ I was wondering if you happen to have the nutritional information on the freezer meals?

  34. LM says:

    The corn and black bean salsa chicken is super awesome with fajita seasoning instead of taco- having tried it both ways, my family prefers fajita, but both batches got eaten!

  35. Stella says:

    Do you already have a list of ingredients for these 5 recipes?

  36. Stephanie says:

    Hi there,
    I’m brand new to your recipes; thanks for sharing them!

    This teriyake recipe looks wonderful – a few questions please – when you say large can of pineapple, is that a 28 oz can? What kind of pineapple; crushed? chunks?. Also, the bags look like you use boneless chicken breasts, not bone-in, right?
    Thanks again,
    Stephanie in Maryland

  37. Diane says:

    I was wondering if “chicken breasts” means boned or boneless or does it not matter? thank you.

    • Kari says:

      I have always used boneless.

  38. Dana Govern says:

    For the maple dijon chicken, I used only 2 chicken breasts (but they were bigger thicker ones) and half the ingredients for the sauce. However, I don’t think I reduced the cooking time enough… I did 7 hours on low. When i got to the crockpot the dish had burned badly and was all charred on the sides, and the chicken was burned as well. It was not edible. I am wondering what you would recommend for only 2 or 3 chicken breasts? How long to cook and what amount of sauce I should use… thank you!!! much apppreciated!

    • Kari says:

      Hi Dana, I have never cut the recipe in half so I’m not sure.

      • Jennifer says:

        Hi Kari,

        I also had the Maple Dijon Chicken burn in my crock pot. The recipe stated that it would make two bags so I divided the 4-6 chicken it called for into two and a half pieces in each bag. With the ingredients divided (like you had said, two make two meals) there didn’t seem to be enough liquid for my 5QT crock pot. I guess I’m wondering why you said to half the ingredients for two bags but now say you never halved it? Should the stated ingredients be for one bag so this won’t burn? I’m was super excited to try this first recipe of your 23 but I am now staring at a very dark sauce and dry chicken….with a rather unpleasant smell. ๐Ÿ™

        • Kari says:

          Hi Jennifer, I split the listed ingredients into two bags and I have made it numerous times without it burning and I know a number of friends who have made it without an issue. Maybe your slow cooker cooks at a higher temp. Maybe try cutting the cook time down to 6 hours. Just like ovens, the slow cooker temperatures can vary.

  39. Kari Childs says:

    Do you dice the raw chicken breast for any of these recipes or put them in the bags, freeze and cook whole? I can’t wait to try these!

    • Kari says:

      I keep the chicken breasts whole.

  40. Dana says:

    Just found mommysfabulousfinds.com thru Facebook…… Love this site! I’m retired and always looking for an easy way out of cooking. And, 90% of these recipes are stuff my husband will eat! Thanks for sharing.

  41. DeeAnn says:

    What size crock pot do you use? I have a 7 quart, but am looking at a 5 quart one…will 5 quarts be big enough? Love your recipes. We Have tried several and love them all so far. Thank you for sharing.

    • Kari says:

      Hi DeeAnn, we have a 6qt crock pot.

  42. Stacy says:

    I made your Slow-cooker Chicken Teriyaki for my sister-in-law who just had a baby and one for my family. I finally cooked it yesterday and just loved it!!! Thank you for the awesome (and so easy!) recipe.

  43. Mb says:

    Thank You so much!
    We have been making these to prepare for baby on the way. Doubling each meal as we good, all have been awesome!!!

  44. Jen says:

    What a great idea! I plan on doing this one shop/prep/freeze method. I can create recipes that will work for our family, organic, low sodium, gluten free but love the prep idea. Thanks!

  45. Shelly says:

    I just want to say thanks for having so many simple and DAIRY FREE options! My son is allergic to dairy and there are so many recipes out there that are not dairy free. I am starting my first week of frozen to crock pot meals next week. Can’t wait to try them!

  46. April says:

    I made the Maple Dijon Glazed chicken. It was so delicious!! I love the simplicity of the recipe yet the zesty from the Dijon and the sweet from the maple makes the taste much more intricate then the recipe leads on. This is a winner!

  47. sherri says:

    I was looking for freezer crock pot meals to make for my neighbors who just had twins. I liked that this gave 2 meals from each recipe. That way I split it up between them and us! Their favorite so far has been the Teriyaki Chicken. I really liked the chili. ( I doubled the chili recipe in order to make enough for both families) — But every recipe has been great! Also, because I found a 20 # bag of Great Value frozen chicken breast at Wal Mart for a little under $20, it really only cost around 5$ per meal. ( $50, total) There were 28 chicken breasts in the bag! More than enough to include a lot of meat in each bag!

  48. Diane says:

    Great Idea ! BUT I can’t seem to print off the recipes. Help!

    • Kmac says:

      Hi Diane, on the top right of each recipe there should be a Print button.


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