Are you looking for easy dinner ideas for busy weeknights? Stock your freezer with crockpot freezer meals!
You can make these 5 crockpot freezer meals in about an hour and then you only have to dump it into your crockpot every day to have a delicious dinner with minimal cleanup!
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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 meals and put together a plan to spend 1 hour in the kitchen assembling 5 freezer bags with easy and delicious dinners that I can just throw in the crockpot! Meal prep will save time and money in the kitchen!
These Crockpot Meals will make your life so much easier!
Here are the 5 Crockpot Freezer Meals:
- Garlic Honey Chicken
- Beef Burritos
- Chicken Fajitas
- Hawaiian Chicken
- Teriyaki Pork Chops.
These dinners feed 4-6 people
Click here for the printable version of this meal plan.
- 2 Lbs London Broil or top round roast
- 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
- Chicken broth
- Peppers (Your choice for the Chicken Tacos)
- Taco seasoning
You will need more ingredients, but you just need the ingredient above to make your bags.
Grab a Sharpie and label the 5 freezer bags. 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 crock pot when it’s frozen. Take them out in the morning and cook according to the instructions.
I think most of these recipes are healthy and can be gluten free. Just make sure you use gluten free soy sauce and other extras like gluten free tortillas.
- 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)
- Add all the above ingredients into a freezer bag.
- 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.
- 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 crockpot 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 – beans, sour 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.
Garlic Honey Chicken
- 1 ½ to 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- ⅓ cup of 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. Optional sesame seeds for garnish. We like to eat this an assortment of veggies.
Teriyaki Pork Chops
- 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.
( 5-6 servings)
- 2 peppers (your favorite colors)
- 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.
- Put all the ingredients in a large freezer bag. (Make sure you label the bag with instructions.)
- 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.
- When it’s cooked, shred the meat and add it back to the pepper mixture and serve on warm tortillas and your favorite toppings.
- 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.
This is such a great idea! 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 dinners and I can’t believe how easy it has made my life. I have a seven-year-old, four-year-old, and 2 years old – so it’s hard to find time to make a good dinner.
We are all looking for easy chicken recipes so each batch of these recipes have mostly chicken crockpot recipes.
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 reduces the mess in the kitchen.
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- 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 Crockpot company via The Today Show, you can safely cook frozen meat in your crockpot. 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.
- If you use chicken breast from the large bag of frozen chicken it has a layer of ice that 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 a 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 freezer bag in the crockpot. Always dump out the contents to prepare your meal.
- When you freeze the bag, make sure the frozen lump (for lack of a better word) will easily fit into your Crockpot.
- 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!
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Thursday 29th of September 2016
Thank you so much for your wonderful recipes! Together with my college son, who lives on campus, we made the first five and he was thrilled. We made one for ourselves and it was delicious. This is a perfect way for my son to eat healthy and not have to 'cook' or spend too much time in the kitchen. Looking forward to making the next round at his request! Thank you!!
Friday 30th of September 2016
Thanks so much for your comment! I am so glad you liked the recipes. My goal is to get up another set in October.
Tuesday 20th of September 2016
These look amazing but especially the teriyaki pork chops. I've been looking for new ways to prepare pork and anything I can throw in the crockpot is awesome! :)