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1 Hour + 1 Mess = 5 Slow Cooker Meals! (Freezer Meals)

Slow Cooker Meals

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We are all very busy people. We have jobs, kids, baseball practice, etc. Because of our busy lives we don’t get to eat dinner together very often. I took 5 of my favorite slow cooker recipes and put together a plan to spend 1 hour in the kitchen assembling 5 freezer bags with dinners that I can just throw in the slow cooker! Slow Cooker freezer meals will make your life so much easier!

With this list below you will have Garlic Honey Chicken, Beef Burritos, Chicken Fajitas, Hawaiian Chicken, and Teriyaki Pork Chops. These dinners easily feed our family which consists of 2 adults and 3 kids.

Click here for the printable version of this meal plan.

Shopping List

  • 2 Lbs London Broil
  • 5-6 Lbs Chicken
  • 4 Pork Chops (about 1 inch thick)
  • Brown sugar
  • White sugar
  • White vinegar
  • Garlic cloves – 12
  • Soy sauce
  • Large can of pineapple chunks
  • Onions 1 large or 2 small
  • Whole peppercorns
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • 16 oz plain tomato sauce
  • 1 chipotle pepper (you can buy a small can and freeze the leftovers)
  • Chili Power
  • Ketchup
  • Honey
  • Chicken broth
  • Peppers (Your choice for the Chicken Tacos)
  • Taco seasoning
  • Paprika

You will need more ingredients, but you just need the ingredient above to make your bags.

First take 5 large freezer bags. Grab a Sharpie and label each bag. You should also write the instructions on the bag. Cut up the onions – half slices and half diced, cut up the peppers, and peel the garlic (You can dice the garlic as you fill up your bags).

Go through and add all the meats to the bags. Then go back and add the rest of the ingredients. (You can fill them up in any order, this was just my preference.) Freeze the food and make sure the food will fit in your Slow Cooker when it’s frozen. Take them out in the morning and cook according to the instructions.


Hawaiian Chicken

Hawaiian Chicken
(4-5 servings)

  • 2-3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½  cup white sugar
  • ½  cup vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½   cup of pineapple juice (use what’s in the can)
  • ½  can of large pineapple chunks

Add all the ingredients to the bag. Cook 4-5 hours on high or 6-7 hours on low. Serve it over rice and enjoy. While I am cooking the rice I  like to shred the chicken and put it back in the juice before I serve it.

Beef Chipotle Burritos

Beef Burritos
(6+ servings)

  • 1 London Broil or top round roast (about 2 lbs)
  • 1 diced onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons whole peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce – Use just 1 pepper!! (It’s in a can.)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon chili powder (you can adjust this according to your taste)
  1. Add all the above ingredients into a freezer bag.
  2. When you are ready to cook the meal, dump the contents of the bag into the Slow Cooker and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-7 hours.
  3. When the meat is cooked, you will need to strain the juices and add the juice back to the slow cooker. (You want to remove the peppercorns and onions.) Shred the meat and add back to the juice in the slow cooker for about 30 minutes. This is one of our favorite recipes. My kids eat it as long as we have leftovers.


* If you like the taste of chipotle but not the spiciness, you can remove the seeds.

You will also need:

  • 16 burrito sized flour tortillas
  • Anything else you like on burritos – cream, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.

We also like to add Cilantro Lime Rice to our burritos. All you need to do is make some white rice and add lime juice, cilantro, and salt.


Honey Garlic Chicken

Garlic Honey Chicken
(4-5 servings)

  • 1 ½  to 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ⅓ cup  soy sauce
  • ⅔  cup ketchup
  • ¼  cup honey

(Feel free to double the sauce if you like extra sauce)

Add all the ingredients to a freezer bag. Cook 3-4 hours on high or 5-6 hours on low.  We like to eat this with mashed potatoes and a veggie.


Teriyaki Pork Chops

Teriyaki Pork Chops 
(4 servings)

  • 4 pork chops, about 1-inch thick
  • Salt and pepper to taste (you can sprinkle them before you add them to the bag.)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup chicken broth

Add the pork chops, garlic cloves, brown sugar,  soy sauce, and chicken broth to the freezer bag. Write the following instruction on the bag –  Cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 6-7 hours. We ate this with mashed potatoes.

Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Fajitas
( 5-6 servings)

  • 2 peppers (your favorite)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 1/2 pound chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • taco seasoning packet
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt

You will also need tortillas, cheese, cream, etc.


  1. Put all the ingredients in a large freezer bag. (Make sure you label the bag with instructions.)
  2. When it’s time to cook it, dump it all in your slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 5-6 hours.
  3. When it’s cooked, shred the meat and add it back to the pepper mixture and serve on warm tortillas and your favorite toppings.
With the leftover you can make this delicious Chicken Fajita Casserole!

That’s it! I actually did this in about 45 minutes! Since we also like to eat rice with a few of these dinners, I like to make a large batch at the beginning of the week and heated up what we need. Some of these meals make enough food so you can eat them for leftovers. We used the leftover chicken fajita meat to make fajita quesadillas.

I have made all these dinner and I can’t believe how easy it has made my life. I have a seven year old, four year old and 2 year old – so it’s hard to find time to make a good dinner. I put the stuff in my slow cooker when my  2 year old naps and when it’s dinner time I just have to think about side items. This really reduce the mess in the kitchen.

Additional notes:

  • My slow cooker cooks at a high temperature, so please check your food to make sure you have the proper cooking time.
  • According to the official Crock Pot website, you can safely cook frozen meat in your crock pot. If you still don’t like the idea, you can put the bag in the fridge the night before and it should be defrosted by the morning.
  • I use chicken breast from the large bag of frozen chicken. This type of chicken has a layer of ice which melts and can dilute the flavor of your meal. You will not have this problem with fresh chicken.
  • If your slow cooker has a hard to remove layer of gunk on it, try soaking it with a half a sheet of fabric softener. It will wipe right off!
  • Never put the plastic bag in the Slow Cooker. Always dump out the contents to prepare your meal.
  • When you freeze the bag, make sure the frozen lump (for lack of a better work) will easily fit into your Slow Cooker.
  • One reader suggested putting the dinners into Slow Cooker liners and then into the freezer bag.

Click here for the printable version of this meal plan.

So what do you think? Do you like this idea? If so, I can test out a bunch of recipes and get another 5 recipes together to share. I loved this. It really was a huge help in the kitchen!

You can also check out my Batch Cook Day!

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451 Responses to “1 Hour + 1 Mess = 5 Slow Cooker Meals! (Freezer Meals)”

  1. Samantha Anderson February 5, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

    These are great!

  2. stacy February 5, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

    I like ability to make easy meals with a crock pot.

  3. Dana Rodriguez February 5, 2014 at 6:55 pm #

    Great recipes!

  4. krista grandstaff February 5, 2014 at 8:33 pm #

    I LOVE this idea – I usually take my Sunday afternoons and try to cook for the week, so these are some extra awesome ideas to use – and thanks for including the shopping list, that is a HUGE help!

  5. Chevy Reid Roper February 5, 2014 at 10:06 pm #

    I love this idea! Makes for quick and easy meals every day of the week. Cuts down on time needed to prep daily and allows to use that extra time somewhere else. Love the recipes and will definitely be using some of them. Thank you so much!

  6. Jasmine P February 5, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

    This is so awesome! Makes meal planning so easy!

  7. Anne Marie Carter February 6, 2014 at 1:00 am #

    I like the fact that it takes a minimal amount of time to prepare almost a weeks worth of meals!

    Thanks for the ideas and the recipes.

  8. Jennifer February 6, 2014 at 7:14 am #

    Love these. I already love my crock pot (have 2)but these are get ahead meals.

  9. Dawn February 6, 2014 at 7:17 am #

    I love Crock Pot Freezer Meals. Saves me so much time and indecision when it comes to dinner!

  10. Maria Marcotte February 6, 2014 at 7:37 am #

    Thank you! I.love crock pot cooking! Always lookingfor.new recipes!!

  11. Rhea Chladek February 6, 2014 at 9:00 am #

    Ooh, when I get a bit more grocery money, and some time on a Saturday, I sooo want to try this!

    :) Rhea Chadek

  12. Susan Willard February 6, 2014 at 9:03 am #

    Great idea. I feed 3 adults and 2 teenagers 3 or 4 times a week so I am always looking for quick easy meals.

  13. crystal lane February 6, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    These look so yummy and I always need ways to make dinner just a little faster.

  14. RICHARD HICKS February 6, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    Yes, I would say 1hr prep time is a great tradeoff for the meals you will have done and ready to eat!

  15. debbie campbell February 6, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    I have just started looking for slow cooker recipes, so thanks for all the great ideas!

  16. Matthew Tully February 6, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

    mmmmmmm. these look awesome. Definitely will try some out.

  17. ShelleyG February 6, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    I really need to get my act together and do this! Thanks!

  18. Tabitha Cagle February 6, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    I love love love the crock pot and all the different meals that can be made so easily! Thank you got these recipes!!!!!!!!

  19. mary ortiz February 6, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    Love these recipes and will try some at home.

  20. Lisa Kerr February 6, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

    You have no idea how much this post is going to make my life so much easier! I just love that you put the step by step, all the way down to the shopping list! Thanks so much for sharing your crock pot recipes with us!

  21. Katti Ostertag February 6, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

    These are such great ideas. Time saving and money saving. Love the Hawian one. Thanks for the ideas.

  22. sharon shafran February 6, 2014 at 7:49 pm #

    only way to go when you work full time

  23. Cori Westphal February 6, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

    This would be great for those busy nights! Could you come to my house and cook some for me? :)

  24. Sue Hull February 7, 2014 at 12:30 am #

    Great idea! Yummy recipes :) I live by myself so I could have food for months.Thank you for sharing :)

  25. alena svetelska February 7, 2014 at 5:21 am #

    planning meals makes life so much easier.those recepes will goes to my cookbook,thanks

  26. amanda Whitley February 7, 2014 at 7:30 am #

    i love this idea. i feel like the only reason i don’t have quality meals is because i am always rushed at night but this would help me with that.

  27. Lucy February 7, 2014 at 8:20 am #

    Great recipes. Thank you

  28. Tooth Fairy February 7, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    Wow, what an organized way to think and prepare ahead for delicious slow cooker meals! I really need to use my crockpot more and use the slow cooking option instead of the faster one!

  29. Stacy Ferrell February 7, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    Mmm…Garlic Honey Chicken sounds delicious. Love using the crock pot! Thanks.

  30. Betty Baez February 7, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

    I love this! We’re going away for a few days in a few months and this would be great to leave the babysitter with she could just pop them right in the crock pot!

  31. Susan Ryan February 7, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    Delicious and easy!

  32. Laura Castellanos Rivera Rocha February 7, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    Love these recipes and will try some at home.

  33. Trameka Wilson February 7, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

    I love freezer meals and always looking for new recipes. I will be using these ones. Thanks!

  34. Amanda A February 7, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    This is so cool. Great ideas! I’ll have to try!

  35. Amanda A February 7, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    This is awesome! Great ideas!

  36. Susan Johnson February 7, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    Thanks for the recipes! I know some people who will love these. I, unfortunately, have very little freezer room, so I’d have to do only some at a time.

  37. Brenda Penton February 7, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

    This is great! I think I’ll do this since I just got a new freezer. This will save a lot of time and money in the long run.

  38. Seiko February 7, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

    These look yummy!

  39. Seiko February 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

    I need to try this :)

  40. amy m February 7, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

    great ideas for dinner!!

  41. Judy Mitchell February 7, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

    awesome I really need to start doing freezer bags like this I buy meat in bulk and vaccuum pack and freeze it but this would be great to have meals on hand

  42. Sandra Crispo February 7, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    I do not have a crock pot yet but if I get one will defiantly try some of these recipes!!

  43. Janell February 8, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    It will save you so much time! Plus make yummy dinners!

  44. Janell February 8, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    Good idea!

  45. Tobi March 7, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    I’ve used several of these recipes and LOVE them. Thank you for making my life easier! I’ve recently posted a series of dinner ideas. One of the posts includes how I use the Crock Pot to help me prepare meals. I’ve included a link to this site and credited your blog by name. I hope that’s ok with you, but please let me know if you prefer that I remove it. Thanks again for the inspiration!


  46. Janell March 7, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    Thanks so much for your comment. I am so glad you have enjoyed my recipes. Thanks for sharing! I will have to check out your recipes.

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  49. Naya August 5, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    I love you.

  50. Janell August 5, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

    Aww thanks! I hope it saves you time and money in the kitchen!


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