Food & Recipes

The 12 Best And Easiest Crock-Pot Freezer Meals

From Orange Honey Tilapia to Ginger Peach Chicken, these meals are delicious - and oh so easy to make.

We’ve all been there—we like to cook, but then work, homework, and life take over. Who has the time? Well, if you put together these Crock-Pot meals ahead of time and freeze them, all you have to do is pop one into the pot before you go to work.

That way, there’s a home-cooked meal waiting for your family when you get home. It’ll be so good, it’ll seem like you slaved for hours, when the truth is, the Crock-Pot did most of the work.

I know, you still get credit for grocery shopping and doing the prep work. And some grocery stores even deliver now, like Hy-vee, so you have no excuse to not go grocery shopping!

Here are some of my favorite Crock-Pot recipes that are not only easy, but super delicious. Just mix all the ingredients together in a freezer bag, get all the air out, and affix a label (specifying what it is, the date and/or use by date, the ingredients, and directions), and you’re all set!

So start planning that dinner party now! Or just treat your family! You can even join (or begin!) a Freezer Club, a group of you and your friends that make freezer meals together each month.

1. Short Ribs

Yes, let’s start out with some good old-fashioned tender beef. Who doesn’t like a good stew, especially as winter gets here? Yum! You can find the recipe here.

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Photo by jeffreyw

2. Pot Roast (With Green Beans)

Not in a short ribs mood? Well, nothing’s wrong with making a simpler version of an old favorite with just four key ingredients: beef chuck shoulder roast, green beans, onion soup mix, and water. Who knew a tasty dinner could be so easy, right? Check it out for yourself!

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Photo by diettogo1

3. Vegetable Stew

Yes, I know not everyone eats red meat (though it seems to be gaining in popularity again), so here’s a great veggie option.

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4. Grandma’s Vegetarian Chili

Another vegetarian crowd-pleaser is this chili (sans meat, of course). Combine all the ingredients here into gallon-sized freezer bags and then take out when you’re ready for some chili! (Of course, don’t forget to factor in the chili-cooking time.)

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Photo by stevendepolo

5. Chicken Teriyaki

Who doesn’t like chicken teriyaki?! Well, even if you didn’t before, you will now!

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Photo by ocean yamaha

6. Salsa Chicken Tacos

Yes, it takes just like it sounds! Once thawed, you can make tacos, nachos, add the spiced-up chicken as a side dish to a veggie dish, you name it.

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Photo by jeffreyw

7. Pulled Pork

Like the salsa chicken tacos, pulled pork is great as a main course or in addition to another course, so get to the butcher shop and then make this recipe!

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Photo by ginnerobot

8. Cranberry Pork Chops

As we all get in the Fall and Thanksgiving spirit, these cranberry pork chops will do the trick… and they’re so easy to make!

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Photo by AmySelleck

9. Maple Salmon

This is so so so simple to make! Here’s how!

Maple Salmon photo
Photo by AmySelleck

10. Orange Honey Tilapia

Now you can make fish without the entire house smelling like a tilapia air freshener! Just freeze these ingredients, then pop them into your Crock-Pot when ready. Yum!

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11. Tex-Mex Chicken

Good Life Eats shares this amazing Tex-Mex chicken recipe. It’s basic to make but tastes absolutely heavenly. Bonus: You can also prepare it in a pressure cooker.

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12. Ginger Peach Chicken

Hello Glow has a fun and easy to make recipe: Ginger Peach Chicken. It takes about 4-5 hours on high, and the results are worth the wait.

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