Crockpot Recipes

For most of these meals I put together ahead of time. If I have a lot of chicken or beef, I make up the recipe, put in the freezer for later. I take it out of the freezer the day before to defrost in the fridge. This lets it marinate over night and adds flavor. Other times I usually put together the recipe in the crockpot the night before and let it marinade over night.

Many of these recipes, how to cook in bulk, and more are in my
Cooking Leftovers On Purpose Cookbook.

Crock Pot Chex Mix

    3 c. pretzels
    6 c. Chex Cereals
    1 c. mixed nuts
    1 tsp. garlic powder
    1 tsp. celery salt
    1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
    2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
    1/4 c. melted butter
    2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

Mix pretzels, cereal, and nuts in crock pot. In a small bowl, mix other ingredients. Pour over dry ingredients and stir well. Cook on high, uncovered, for 2 hours, then on low for 2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes.

Kid Friendly Orange Chicken

    1 to 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    12 oz. can orange soda
    1/2 cup soy sauce
    1 tsp. onion powder
    1 tsp. garlic powder
    1 tsp. ground ginger

Place chicken in crock pot. Combine orange soda, soy sauce and spices in medium bowl. Pour over chicken. Cover; cook on low 5 to 6 hours. Serve over rice or chow mein noodles. (Note: I have even served this over Ramen noodles minus the seasoning packet.)

Chicken Taco Filling

    1 packet taco seasoning
    1 cup Chicken broth
    1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Dissolve seasoning into broth. Place chicken in crock pot and pour broth over. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours. Shred chicken into bite sized pieces and serve in tortilla with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.

Pull-Apart Chicken

    3/4 pound bonless, skinless chicken (2-3 large)
    1/2 cup water
    1 tsp. vinegar
    1/2 tsp. onion powder
    1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    1 tsp. Italian seasoning
    1 tsp. sugar
    4 hamburger buns

Place all ingredients (except buns) in the crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. During the last two hours of cooking, use fork to shread chicken.Spoon over hamburger buns and serve. (Note: Also good in a tortilla.)

Crockpot Chicken and Stuffing

    4 bonless, skinless chicken breasts
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    1/3 cup milk
    1 pkg. Stove Top Stuffing
    1 2/3 cup water

Place chicken in crockpot. Combine soup and milk and pour over chicken. Combine stuffing mix and water. Spoon over top. Cook on low 6 to 8 hours.

Chicken and Dumplings

    4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in small chunks
    2 cans condensed cream of chicken soup
    1/4 cup onion, finely diced
    2 cups water
    2 (10 oz) packages refrigerated biscuits
    1 chicken bouillon cube

Combine all ingredients, except biscuits, in crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours. Thirty to Sixty minutes before serving, tear biscuit dough into 1-inch pieces. Add to your crock pot; stirring gently. Cover and cook on HIGH for an additional 30-60 minutes or until biscuits are fluffed up and cooked through.

Crockpot Chicken and Rice Casserole

    4 chicken breasts
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    1 can cream of celery soup
    1 can cream of mushroom soup
    1/2 c. diced celery
    1 c. Minute rice

Mix in crock pot the 3 cans of soup and rice. Place the chicken on top of the mixture, then add the diced celery. Cook for 3 hours on high or 4 hours on low. Makes 4 servings. More rice, about 1/2 cup, and 2 more chicken breasts may be added to make 6 servings.

Scalloped Chicken

    5 ounce package scalloped potatoes plus seasoning packet mix
    4 chicken breast halves or 6 legs
    2 cups water

Put potatoes, seasoning mix, and chicken in slow cooker. Pour water over all. Cover. Cook on low 8 to 10 hours or high 4 hours.

Touch-of-the-Orient Chicken

    6 chicken drumsticks with thighs
    1/2 cup soy sauce
    1/4 cup packed brown sugar
    1 clove garlic-crushed
    1 8 oz. can tomato sauce

Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Place chicken in slow cooker. In a medium bowl, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic and tomato sauce. Pour sauce over chicken. Cover and cook on low about 5 hours. Remove to platter. Serve with rice.

Lemonade Chicken

    4 pieces chicken
    1 can frozen lemonade concentrate (6 oz.)
      * Note: I've always used just plain lemon juice

    2 T. brown sugar
    3 T. ketchup
    1 T. vinegar

Arrange chicken in crockpot. Combine lemonade, brown sugar, ketchup, and vinegar. Pour over chicken and cover. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Serve.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cola

    1 whole chicken
    1 cup ketchup
    1 cup cola

Put all in crockpot and cook for 9 hours.

Chicken Teriyaki

    6-8 chicken pieces
    1 (10 oz.) bottle teriyaki marinade sauce

Place all in crockpot. Cook on low 8-10 hours.

Garlic Chicken

    4 chicken breasts
    1 bottle creamy garlic salad dressing
    minced garlic

Cook in crockpot 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low.

Beef Taco Filling

    1 packet taco seasoning
    1 cup beef broth
    1 pound round steak

Dissolve seasoning into broth. Place beef in crock pot and pour broth over. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours. Shred beef into bite sized pieces and serve in tortilla with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.

Crock Pot Meatloaf

    1 1/2 lb. ground beef
    1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
    1/2 cup tomato juice
    3 T. chopped onion
    1 egg, beaten
    2 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. thyme

Using a fork, mix all ingredients, except ketchup. Shape into loaf and put into greased crockpot. Top with ketchup. Cover and cook high for 1 hour, then low 6-8 hours.

Slow-Cooked Pepper Steak

    2 lb. round steak
    1/4 cup soy sauce
    1 cup chopped onion
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 tsp. sugar
    1/4 tsp. pepper
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. ground ginger
    1-16 oz. can tomatoes, undrained, cut-up
    2 large greeen pepper, cut into strips

Cut beef into strips. Place in slow cooker. Combine the next 7 ingredients; pour over beef. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until meat is tender. Add tomatoes and green peppers; cook on low 1 hour longer. Serve over noodles or rice.

*Note: When I made this I put everything in the pot and cooked on low all day. It's very yummy.

Crock Pot Italian Beef

    4-5 lb. pot roast
    3 cups water
    1 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. pepper
    1 tsp. oregano
    1 tsp. onion salt
    1 tsp. garlic salt
    1 tsp. basil
    1 package Good Season salad dressing
    1 onion (optional)

Place all ingredients in crock pot and cook all day on low. Shread beef and return to broth for 15 min. Serve on buns or over French bread.

Crock Pot Tators

    2 pounds frozen hashbrowns
    2 cans cheddar cheese soup
    1 can evaporated milk
    2 tbs. onion flakes
    salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and put in crock pot. Cover; cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Crock Pot Lasagna


    spaghetti sauce
    uncooked lasagna noodles
    spaghetti sauce
    ricotta or cottage cheese
    mozzerella cheese

in an ice cream bucket or other container that will fit inside your crock pot. (Be careful not to layer too high.) Freeze.

Run bucket under cold water and pop frozen lasagna in crockpot. Cook on high 1 hour and on low for the rest of the day.

Spaghetti Bake

    1 lb. macaroni, uncooked
    1 lb. ground beef, browned
    1/2 cup water
    1 jar spaghetti sauce
    1 lb. mozzarella cheese, shredded

Mix all ingredients but cheese. Put in ice cream bucket and freeze (I freeze the cheese separately in a baggie taped to the bucket).

TO SERVE: Loosen noodle mixture from the bucket by running cold water on bottom. Place in crockpot and top with cheese. Cook on high 1 hour, then on low 4-6 hours.

ANOTHER OPTION: Cook macaroni and mix as described above. Freeze in individual portions. Heat in microwave and serve.

Barbecue Pork Chops

    Pork Chops
    Barbecue Sauce

Place pork chops in crock pot. Pour barbecue sauce on the meat. Cook on low 4-6 hours.

NOTE: This trick works on just about any meat such as chicken or beef. Any sauce can be used, too.

Many of these recipes, how to cook in bulk, and more are in my
Cooking Leftovers On Purpose Cookbook.

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