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23 Quick & Easy 3-Ingredients (or Less) Crockpot Recipes

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Table of Contents
  1. 1. Pizza Sloppy Joes
  2. 2. Crockpot Chicken Tacos 
  3. 3. Mexican Chicken 
  4. 4. DIY Rotisserie Chicken 
  5. 5. Apple Butter 
  6. 6. Slow Cooker Sweet Pork 
  7. 7. Crock Pot Meatballs 
  8. 8. Crock-Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork 
  9. 9. Crock Pot Lasagna Soup 
  10. 10. Coke-a-Cola Crockpot Ribs 
  11. 11. BBQ Chicken Tacos
  12. 12. Creamy Chicken Verde Tacos
  13. 13. Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler
  14. 14. Cheddar Cream of Mushroom Chicken
  15. 15. Apple Pie Dump Cake
  16. 16. Salsa & Cheese Chicken
  17. 17. Chicken Cacciatore 
  18. 18. Soy Sauce &Coca-Cola Chicken
  19. 19. Crockpot Balsamic Chicken
  20. 20. Caramel Fondue
  21. 21. Cranberry Chicken
  22. 22. Salsa Chicken
  23. 23. Sweet Pork Chops or Ribs
  24. Check out more great quick and easy recipe ideas
  25. Plus, don't miss these 29 Crock Pot Recipes

Love your crock pot for easy meals? These three ingredient slow cooker recipes will make dinner even easier. No matter how much you love cooking and spending time in your kitchen, one can always appreciate the simplicity of a 3-ingredient (or less) slow cooker recipe. We all have those busy days when getting dinner must be simple and fast., and even inexpensive cuts of meat become “oh-so-tender” after spending an afternoon in the crock pot.

Here you’ll discover several crock pot recipes chicken lovers will salivate over along with the best ribs, sweet pork chops, beefy meatballs, and even kid-friendly desserts like Apple Dump Cake and Peach Cobbler.

A bunch of different types of food, with Crock and Slow cooker


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1. Pizza Sloppy Joes

If you’re looking for an easy recipe that tastes like a fancier version of traditional Sloppy Joes, this crock pot Sloppy Joe’s recipe is great for a weeknight meal or even a gathering with friends. A few hours in the crockpot results in a delicious meal.

2. Crockpot Chicken Tacos 

These fantastic Chicken Tacos take only 5 minutes to prep. They are so easy and delicious that you’ll be sure to add them to your regular menu. You literally place chicken breasts in your slow cooker. Dump in a packet of taco seasoning and a jar of your favorite salsa and walk away. Yes, really. This might be the easiest 3-ingredient slow cooker recipe ever.

3. Mexican Chicken 

The beauty of this tasty chicken recipe is its versatility. Use the resulting chicken for tacos, burritos, nachos, enchiladas, or salads. It’s a perfect fit for healthy dinners. You’ll need these 3 ingredients—boneless, skinless chicken breasts, taco seasoning, and a can of diced tomatoes with green chilis. Cook on high for 2-3 hours before using forks to shred the chicken right in the pot.

A bowl of food, with Cook and Chicken

4. DIY Rotisserie Chicken 

This recipe will have you wondering why you ever bought those smaller, overpriced rotisserie chickens from the grocery store. After a few quick and simple steps, you’ll have chicken that is falling off the bone and right onto your plate. All you need is olive oil, Greek Seasoning, and your whole chicken, plus 5 hours of slow cooker time (on high).

5. Apple Butter 

Looking for some comfort food? Apples and cinnamon make this butter so tasty you’ll be spreading it on every piece of bread you can find. Nobody will believe that you made this in your slow cooker or it only required 3 ingredients and a few hours. You can have this autumn-inspired goodness made from large red delicious apples, sugar, and cinnamon in no time.

A plate of food, with Slow cooker and Pork

6. Slow Cooker Sweet Pork 

This is a pulled pork recipe that stands above the rest. The recipe is perfect for those busy days when you want a delicious, home-cooked meal without the fuss. The pork is great in salads, sandwiches, or pork tacos. You’ll need brown sugar, a jar of salsa, and a 2 lb. boneless pork roast for this mouth-watering sweet pork.

3-Ingredient crock pot meatballs - delicious and easy.

7. Crock Pot Meatballs 

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of these meatballs. They are as tasty as they are easy, and work great as an appetizer or as a meal served over rice. The steps for making them are as short as the ingredients list. Grab a 32 oz. bag of your favorite frozen meatballs and add them to a mixture of grape or plum jelly and a container of chili sauce. Three hours on high in your slow cooker and you will have arrived in crockpot meatball heaven.

A close up of a sandwich on a plate, with Slow cooker and Pork

8. Crock-Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork 

A new twist on an old standard, this pulled pork is both sweet and smoky and has a great taste the entire family will love. How many tried and true recipes do you have that involve sticking three ingredients in the crockpot and returning 8 hours later to a fully cooked dinner? Add boneless pork butt, liquid smoke, and root beer to your grocery shopping list, and throw it in your crockpot for an easy and delicious meal.

9. Crock Pot Lasagna Soup 

Whether you’re looking to feed your family or a small army, this simple yet delicious recipe allows you to eat it all now or save some for later. You’ll love the ease of this semi-homemade creation that utilizes a store-bought frozen lasagna, chicken broth, some seasoning, and an optional sprinkling of mozzarella cheese. Find out last minute that company is coming to dinner? No problem. Just keep a frozen lasagna in your fridge and you’ve always got a go-to dinner option.

A plate of food with meat and vegetables, with Slow cooker and Pork

10. Coke-a-Cola Crockpot Ribs 

Soda pop isn’t just for your kids’ sippy cups. It is the special ingredient that makes these ribs an instant family favorite. Your mind will be blown by how easy this recipe is. Insert ribs into your crockpot. Pour the Coke on top to cover. Following the stated slower cooker cook time, you’ll also put the ribs in the oven to crisp them up a bit.

A plate of food on a table, with Cook and Chicken

11. BBQ Chicken Tacos

This is the tastiest toss-and-go chicken recipe ever. You don’t have to cook over a hot grill to enjoy great BBQ flavors. Would you believe this recipe only requires a can of chunk pineapple, a bottle of BBQ sauce, and chicken? You’ll be singing praises every time you make this easy 3-ingredient recipe. Serve up the BBQ chicken over rice or in tacos.

These creamy chicken verde tacos are astonishingly easy. Put it in the crock pot, and you're done!

12. Creamy Chicken Verde Tacos

Simple meals that can be made in the slow cooker rock, especially when they are yummy and need only 3 ingredients. This recipe is so delicious you won’t be able to help but go back for seconds or thirds. It’ll have the whole family saying, “More please!”

13. Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler

Do you want a hot, sweet dessert but don’t want to turn on the oven? Look no further than this Peach Cobbler recipe that will satisfy your cravings. Is there anything better than fresh peach cobbler, effortlessly made in a slow cooker? We think not!

3-ingredient cheddar cream of mushroom chicken is a simple but delicious dinner.

14. Cheddar Cream of Mushroom Chicken

Do you lose interest in cooking during the hot summer months? Keep your stove and oven off, and try making this 3 ingredient cheddar cream of mushroom chicken. This recipe is so simple that all three ingredients are in the name. Put in the crockpot and you have easy comfort food with minimal prep. Add a salad and the meal is done!

15. Apple Pie Dump Cake

The only thing better than how this dessert taste is how it looks in your bowl. It’s a delicious golden brown crumble with chunks of apples. You may even have all of the ingredients in your pantry right now—a can of apple pie filling, a box of yellow cake mix, and 1 stick of butter. Dump it all in the slow cooker and be ready to eat in four hours. Don’t forget the ice cream with your dump cake!

Delicious crockpot salsa chicken - yum!

16. Salsa & Cheese Chicken

Salsa, chicken, and cheese: what could be easier? You’ll love how yummy this south-of-the-border recipe is. And you’ll enjoy being able to “set it and forget it” 2 hours while it cooks on high in your slower cooker.

17. Chicken Cacciatore 

This 3-ingredient pasta dish is so simple you barely need the recipe. It simmers while you work, and then it is ready to feed any size group. After all, who doesn’t love a simple, comforting chicken and pasta dish with a spicy red sauce?

18. Soy Sauce &Coca-Cola Chicken

A little sweet (coke), a little salt (soya), and a few hours in the crockpot will have your chicken falling off the bone. You can even reduce the sauce in a pan to create the perfect glaze. Serve it over rice with a green onion garnish for a perfect family meal that even kids will love.

Delicious 3-ingredient balsamic chicken, made in a crockpot.

19. Crockpot Balsamic Chicken

Want a healthy alternative to eating out with only a few minutes of prep time required? This low-calorie restaurant-quality meal will be waiting for you when you return home from work. Balsamic chicken has never been easier to fix.

3-ingredient caramel fondue. Did you know you can make dessert in your crock pot?

20. Caramel Fondue

This is a rich, gooey sauce perfect for dipping apples, pretzels, cookies, crackers, strawberries, bananas, and marshmallows. With only 3 ingredients (soft caramels, heavy cream, and mini marshmallows), this may just be the easiest dessert you’ll ever make. Invite your friends over for a caramel fondue party, or keep it all to yourself.

3-Ingredient slow cooker cranberry chicken. So tasty.

21. Cranberry Chicken

Juicy chicken and sweet, tangy cranberries make this recipe an easy choice for your next meal. Slow cooked to perfection with only 3-ingredients, what’s not to love? Add this tasty slow cooker cranberry chicken to your weekly menu.

3-Ingredient salsa chicken in a crockpot

22. Salsa Chicken

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or fairly new in the kitchen, you will be surprised how simple and tasty this recipe is for salsa chicken. Only 3 ingredients and 1.5 hours of crockpot cooking time mean dinner is served without even breaking a sweat.

3 Ingredient Sweet Pork Chops or Ribs

23. Sweet Pork Chops or Ribs

In 6-8 hours you can have fall off the bone sweet pork chop or ribs. Your family will adore these sweet and spicy ribs. Just drop them in the crockpot. They’re perfect for those days when you need something quick, easy, and super-yummy.

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