Preparing healthy meals for your family can take time, planning, and a lot of effort. One way to make it easier for yourself is to create delicious, satisfying, and make-ahead meals using your slow cooker.
These crock pot dump-and-go meals will cut your cooking time and prep by half and ensure that your family enjoys flavorful, satisfying meals every week.
This is classic Midwestern comfort food that sticks to your ribs. Rich and flavorful, this family favorite recipe is affordable and easy to prepare in the slow cooker!
Easy to make and with no marinating required, these slow cooker chicken fajitas turn out both tender and juicy. The chicken breasts are cooked with bell peppers and onions with flavorful fajita seasoning and completed by serving with flour tortillas.
This is an easy “dump-and-go” recipe – a flavorful and fall-apart pork shoulder roast slow cooked to perfection with barbeque sauce and spices. Shred your pork after it’s cooked and make it into a delicious crock pot BBQ pulled pork recipe. Serve on sandwiches or tacos for a complete dinner or take it to a picnic!
It takes only 10 minutes of prep in the morning and the roast is then simmered in a rich and divine sauce all day in the slow cooker. Add some vegetables to the crock pot and you’ll have a perfect weeknight meal with a delicious built-in gravy.
This Trisha Yearwood-style crock pot mac and cheese is rich and creamy, plus easy to make. It’s pure southern comfort food that always gets rave reviews!
This is not only easy to make but healthy too!! It’s a tender and flavorful Italian chicken dinner recipe made in a slow cooker. Simply simmer the chicken thighs or chicken breasts in mouth-watering cacciatore sauce, absorbing all the delicious flavors! Your house has never smelled so good!
It’s hearty comfort food you can easily make in a crock pot. Tender and melt-in-your-mouth beef is simmered in a rich and divine sauce with carrots, onions, and potatoes.
Probably the easiest and most delicious soup you will ever make! This is a comforting and nourishing meal that takes just 10 minutes of prep and the crock pot does the rest.
With succulent chicken thighs, vegetables and a finger licking, sticky honey garlic sauce, this slow cooker honey garlic chicken is nothing short of easy. With just 15 minutes of prep, your slow cooker will do the rest!
Slow Cooker Pork Chops are tender, juicy and smothered in a mouthwatering gravy! This budget-friendly dinner is so satisfying, plus it’s easy to make with pantry ingredients. You only need 10 minutes of prep for crock pot pork chops everyone will love!
A clear broth soup, this chicken tortilla soup is warm enough to enjoy during those cold nights and light enough to enjoy in warmer weather. Squeeze some lime on top, and serve with a nice cold drink!
I think I can sum up this recipe with a few factual points. First of all, it’s absolutely delicious. Now add to that it’s gluten- and dairy-free, and paleo-friendly and I think it’s a win-win for everyone!
All the creamy, cozy flavor of the classic recipe, lightened up with a few healthy ingredient swaps and made easier in the crock pot.
Chicken, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing and some spicy buffalo sauce combine together to make your new favorite dip. All put into the crock pot, you’ll have the perfect creamy dip in just a few hours. Bring it to a party and you may just have people begging you for the recipe.
Chili is one of those dishes that is perfect to eat on a cold night or on Sunday afternoon game days. This hearty version is full of protein-rich beans, veggies and seasonings, and will fill your home with delicious aromas all day.
A healthy meal that will certainly appeal to any picky eater! Crock pot chicken and potatoes is a classic recipe that anyone and everyone will enjoy! Simply combine the chicken, carrots, Italian seasoning, and lemon in the crock pot, and your 15 minutes of prep will turn into 5 hours less cooking on the stove.
Here’s a protein-rich soup that’s sure to satisfy the biggest appetite. Healthy quinoa and sweet potatoes are the stars of this soup, and fresh spinach is a last-minute ingredient that adds a wonderful flavor and a hit of color.
A whole dish in one, crock pot chicken and stuffing is a hot dish for those seeking a hearty meal. It has meat, starch, and veggies all in one dish! You’ll certainly be saying that this is the perfect comfort food once you’ve finished your plate!
This is one of those recipes that the crock pot was made for. Low and slow for an easy pasta sauce and homemade dinner that will disappear quickly.
A versatile dish that your whole family will love! Slow cooker ranch chicken can be served by itself or in meals like tacos, pizza toppings, salads, sandwiches, wraps and so much more. Makes enough to feed a large crowd and only takes 5 minutes of prep!
This rich and creamy soup has the flavors we love on loaded baked potatoes! When it’s ready to serve, top it with shredded cheddar, a dollop of yogurt, and chopped crisp bacon. Serve with a crisp green salad for a filling and nutritious meal.
Tender juicy chicken cooked in a creamy homemade sauce with pasta in a slow cooker. Can you say, sign me up?! One of our most popular dishes, and you’ll soon find out why.
Tender, juicy, chicken that’s a little bit smoky. Intrigued yet? And you can serve it up with or in whatever you want! A great recipe for leftovers as well.
Homestyle comfort food at its finest! Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings are made easy. If you love traditional chicken and dumplings, you’ll love this easy crock pot chicken recipe! Plus, you may just enjoy making each dumpling by hand!
The combination of warm curry flavors and coconut milk adds the perfect amount flavor and moisture to the lean chicken breasts in this chicken curry recipe. Plus, you’ll love that this is an authentic one-pot dish!
Best Dump and Go Crock Pot Beef and Noodles Recipe
- Crock pot (6-quart)
- Cutting Board
- 2-3 pound chuck roast or similar cut (see note)
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 cups beef broth low-sodium recommended, or water
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 pound egg noodles dried, fresh or frozen
- 1 cup mushrooms sliced (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
- ½ cup heavy cream or 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water (optional)
- Optional: Brown the roast. Place a skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add 1 tablespoon canola oil and the beef. Fry for 1-2 minutes per side until slightly browned.
- Place the beef in the crock pot along with the broth, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and Italian seasoning. Seal the lid and set to cook for 6-7 hours on Low or 4 hours on High, or until the meat is tender.
- Use two forks to shred the beef into bite-size pieces in the crock pot. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Then add the noodles.
- Cover and set the crock pot to cook on High for 10-20 minutes until al dente (Note: the time will vary based on the noodles you’re using).
- To thicken the sauce, stir in the cream or cornstarch slurry. Let it bubble for a few minutes until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. The gravy will thicken more as it cools. Serve warm.
- Beef: Chuck roast is an ideal cut, but you can also use top round, eye of round, sirloin tip rump roast or even stewing beef (beef tips).
- Make Ahead: You can easily make this dish ahead of time. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.
- Instant Pot version: Follow the recipe above, using the Instapot in Sauté mode to brown the beef and a Manual High pressure cycle for 60 minutes with a natural release. Cook the noodles separately and add at the end.