7 Make Ahead Freezer to Slow Cooker Meals

Slow Cooker freezer meals are an easy way to simplify dinner time with kids. The dump & go make ahead slow cooker meals help to save time during the busy week and save money for those on a budget. With these 7 slow cooker freezer meals you can come home to a warm dinner every night of the week. No more trying to figure out what to make for dinner.

Make Ahead Freezer to Slow Cooker Meals

To help with the after school rush and busy afternoons I’ve turned to making freezer to slow cooker meals.  As a busy mom, the 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, set the temperate and let slow cooker do the rest.

Make Ahead Freezer to Slow Cooker Meals:

I don’t have to figure out what to make for dinner every night, I can just thaw a slow cooker 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 slow cooker meals, and with two of them already eaten this week, I plan to make another 15-20 to stock the freezer.

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

Tips for Making Freezer to Slow Cooker Meals:

Make ahead freezer to slow cooker 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 slow cooker 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 flavorful family dinner whenever you need i, without all of the work.

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 or boneless thighs.

Make Ahead Freezer to Slow Cooker Meals prep

These slow cooker 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 house prepared for baby’s arrival, you can also stock the freezer with make ahead meals. During your first couple of weeks home, you won’t have to focus on what to make for dinner, you’ll well-stocked freezer with healthy meals. Freezer meals also make a great gift for new moms and dads.

7 Make Ahead Slow Cooker 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
  • Shredded Tex-Mex Chicken – nachos, tacos, chicken enchiladas

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

Scroll down to print the Slow Cooker recipes and make a grocery shopping list.

7 Make Ahead Freezer to Slow Cooker Meals

Slow Cooker Ground Beef Chili:

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Ingredients:

  • ground beef
  • onion
  • garlic
  • can of tomato sauce
  • can of diced tomatoes
  • red kidney beans
  • beef broth
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • salt
  • pepper

Honey Sesame Chicken

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  • Ingredients:
  • chicken thighs
  • honey
  • soy sauce
  • sesame oil
  • olive oil
  • minced garlic & onion
  • crushed red peppers
  • cornstarch
  • water
  • sesame seeds
  • green onions

Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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  • ground chicken
  • onion, red pepper, lettuce, green onions
  • brown rice, water chestnuts
  • garlic, salt, pepper,
  • hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil

Hawaiian Chicken

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  • crushed pineapple
  • barbecue sauce
  • chicken breast

Sweet & Sour Meatballs

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  • red pepper
  • green pepper
  • onion
  • pineapple tidbits
  • frozen meatballs

Chicken Burritos

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  • chicken breast
  • crushed pineapple
  • black beans
  • salsa
  • enchilada sauce
  • shredded cheddar/monterey jack cheed
  • white or brown rice
  • flour tortillas

Shredded Chicken Tacos

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  • chicken breast
  • corn
  • black beans
  • rotel
  • taco seasoning

Printable Grocery List:

Print the grocery shopping list for these crockpot freezer meals.

More Family Dinner Ideas:

Looking for more slow cooker recipes and make ahead meals to freeze for new moms, check out our list of 30 additional crockpot freeezer meals.

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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.