40+ Easy Weeknight Crockpot Meals, perfect for busy days!
Easy Weeknight Crockpot Meals
I love my slow cooker, that is definitely no secret. And I am guessing you might just love yours too! In the spirit of “set it and forget it” meals I have compiled a list of some of the best easy slow cooker recipes! I love these crockpot meals because they make it possible for me to come home to a hot meal that I haven’t had to cook!
Some of these recipes are made in an Instant Pot, but they include directions to be made in a slow cooker. These Easy Weeknight Crockpot Meals are the ideal busy night dinner, tasty snacks or even delicious desserts! For even easier clean up, I use these Crock Pot Liners so there is barely any work at all!
Are these Crockpot recipes good for meal prep?
Absolutely! I love to meal prep, and I regularly use my crockpot to do so. Being able to plan my meals out for the week is a huge help in our house, but using a slow cooker on nights I know I won’t have time to cook is a life saver! Using meal prep containers is a big help for keeping us on track!
Weeknight Crockpot Meal Prep Ideas:
- SO MANY of these recipes can be frozen as “dump meals.” To meal prep with VERY little extra effort, simply buy twice the ingredients and then measure everything out twice — Once in the slow cooker for today’s meal, and once in a freezer bag to store for later. Write the time required & any additional steps/ingredients on the bag with a sharpie so anyone can prepare dinner later!
- If you plan to start a slow cooker meal before going to work, it might be best to go ahead and prep the recipe the night before! Simply throw the ingredients you need in the slow cooker (or a bag/bowl), then all you have to do is plug in the slow cooker (or dump the bag/bowl into it). This way even a missed alarm won’t mean you’re dinner plans are ruined!
- When doing long-term meal prepping, use different proteins or seasonings to avoid getting in a rut! Instead of having Salsa Chicken 3 times a month, maybe one could be a Chicken Chimichanga and another a Carnitas night!
Slow Cooker Appetizers & Sides:
Slow Cooker Dinners:
Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna from Kristine’s Kitchen
Slow Cooker Chicken Lo Mein from Life Made Sweeter
Crockpot Pork Carnitas by Live Well Bake Often
Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Chili Mac from The Recipe Rebel
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken from My Sequined Life
Sticky Slow Cooker BBQ Meatballs from Savory Nothings
Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef from The Recipe Rebel
Easy Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Hoisin Blackberry Sauce from The Floating Kitchen
Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken Tacos from Tastes Lovely
Shredded Chicken (great for quesadillas, casseroles, wraps, etc.)
Slow Cooker Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps with a Sesame Cucumber Salad from Sweet Peas and Saffron
Beer Braised Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Honey Pineapple BBQ Sauce from Flavor the Moments
Slow Cooker Chipotle BBQ Ribs from Mariah’s Pleasing Plates
Slow Cooker Honey Soy Asian Beef with Cauliflower Fried Rice from With Salt and Wit
Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken from The Recipe Rebel
Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork from Kristine’s Kitchen
Slow Cooker Desserts: