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19 Easy Crock Pot Recipes for Busy Families

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Now that school has finally started and we are getting back into our fall routine, our schedule gets busy fast!

With two kids in school, our workload has doubled.

Between homework, basketball practice, school functions, and life in general, it seems that dinner has become an after-thought and trying to plan something is a chore.

But, I have found 19 amazing crock pot recipes that are perfect for busy families like us.

These recipes put a new spin on old classics like meatloaf, beef stew, and even lasagna–all cooked in the crock pot.

With some of my favorites on the list like chicken tortilla soup and even bbq pulled pork sandwiches, these recipes are perfect to keep dinner simple but still delicious and not a tedious chore at all.


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Lemon Rice Soup

1. Crock Pot Lemon Rice Soup

From 29 Easy Family Meal Ideas

Crock Pot Lemon Rice Soup is one of my favorite crock pot meals. It is hearty and flavorful, plus it is so much cheaper to make than restaurant versions! You can feel good about serving this meal to your family too because it is made with all simple and natural ingredients. Chicken broth, lemon juice, long grain rice and seasoning come together to make the perfect blend of flavors.

Beef Stroganoff

2. Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

From One Creative Mommy

This Slow Cooker Gluten Free Beef Stroganoff is sure to become a family favorite meal in no time. Beef is seared in a skillet with savory beef broth, thinly sliced shallots, and cremini mushrooms then placed in the slow cooker until tender and flavorful. A delicious sauce made from sautéed mushrooms, sour cream, and Dijon mustard gets poured over top in the last ten minutes for an amazing dish served over a bed of noodles or rice.

Paleo Chicken Soup

3. Crock Pot Paleo Chicken Soup

From My Natural Family

This Paleo Chicken Soup Crock Pot Recipe is packed full of hearty vegetables and tender juicy chicken, nestled in a homemade bone broth that adds a whole new level of nourishment to the dish. The one-pot soup is flavored with the perfect balance of chicken bones, fresh thyme, and roasted garlic. One unique thing about this soup is that you don’t add the vegetables until the last two hours, meaning they stay nice and crisp!

Slow Cooker Meatloaf

4. Slow Cooker Meatloaf

From The Kitchen is my Playground

With this Slow Cooker Meatloaf, you can whip up the classic comfort of meatloaf with slow cooker convenience. Cooking meatloaf in the slow cooker keeps it nice and super moist so your dry meatloaf problem is solved! Mix together the traditional meatloaf ingredients, forms them into the bottom of the slow cooker, and then cook the meat mixture for about 5 or 6 hours. Pour on the sauce topping for the last thirty minutes for moist, tender meatloaf.

Crock Pot Beef Stew

5. Crock Pot Beef Stew

From Cincy Shopper

There is nothing better than slow cooked beef stew in the winter time. Grab your Crock Pot and make this easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew for dinner tonight! You will find it full of amazing flavor beautifully melded together. It is loaded up with lots of lots of tender beef, carrots, onions, and potatoes. The resulting meal is full of tender meat and amazing flavor, perfect for serving with a slice of fresh bread.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

6. Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

From Cincy Shopper

Fans of savory Mexican spice blends will go crazy for this Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup. A delicious chicken broth is loaded with tender shredded chicken, whole kernel corn, hearty black beans, a mix of Mexican spices, and diced jalapenos. Serve a comforting bowl of this hearty soup topped with some corn tortilla strips and plenty of shredded cheese!

Pepper Steak

7. Slow Cooker Pepper Steak

From Cincy Shopper

Pepper steak can get really expensive if you are ordering out, but with this Slow Cooker Pepper Steak recipe you can have all of the delicious flavor for a fraction of the price. The beef is seasoned with garlic powder and then cooked in the crock pot with sweet bell peppers and chopped onions. This Crock Pot Pepper Steak goes great with rice or egg noodles and a big side salad.

Crock Pot Chili

8. Crock Pot Chili with Cocoa

From Architecture of a Mom

Hearty and savory chili has always been one of my family’s favorite winter time meals. This Crockpot Chili with Cocoa amps up the flavor and ease of traditional chili. Experiment by adding some chocolate flavor to the mix for added depth of flavor via some cocoa powder. Leave the ingredients to simmer in the slow cooker all day and then top each bowl with a sprinkle of shredded cheese, a handful of crispy tortilla chips, and a dollop of sour cream.

Chicken Enchiladas

9. Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas

From Eclectic Momsense

Looking for the perfect summertime meal? Check out this flavorful Crockpot Enchilada Chicken that requires just two ingredients to start, doesn’t heat up the house, and no standing over a stove cooking. It is a family favorite recipe that you will definitely be making all season long. Chicken is flavored with enchilada sauce then cooked until tender enough to shred. Spoon onto a soft flour tortilla and top with shredded cheese and green onion.

Chipotle BBQ Ribs

10. Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Ribs in the Slow Cooker

From Penney Lane Kitchen

Get your hands on a big rack of pork ribs to make these Slow Cooker Raspberry Chipotle Ribs in the oven and slow cooker. Fall off the bone tender pork ribs are broiled in the oven and then placed in the slow cooker to infuse the wonderful flavors of chipotle pork rub and raspberry chipotle BBQ sauce. Chipotle brings the heat, raspberry brings the sweet, and it all pairs together with tender caramelized ribs.

BBQ Pulled Pork

11. Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

From Penney Lane Kitchen

Loving BBQ if you are from Texas is probably a given, so you know that this Texan grown recipe is going to rock your world. There is something about smokey meat with just a bit of crispness and some sweet BBQ sauce. The only thing I’m not crazy about is standing over the grill. This delicious Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork has all of the same delicious grilled flavor, without the hot grill required!

Slow Cooker Verde Chicken Enchiladas

12. Slow Cooker Chicken Verde Enchiladas

From Tasty Kitchen

Kona Pork Pineapple Slaw

13. Kona Pork Pineapple Slaw

From Tasty Kitchen

Chicken Nachos

14. Crock Pot Chicken Nachos

From Typically Simple

I love being able to throw a few things in the crock pot, turn it on, and come back in a few hours with a tasty meal for the whole family. Crock Pot Nachos are the perfect example. Pinto beans and shredded chicken are flavored with savory fajita seasoning, then cooked until tender and full of flavor. Add some tortilla chips and top with your favorite toppings like cherry tomatoes, lettuce, and melted cheese.

Slow Cooker Pork Roast

15. Slow Cooker Pork Roast

From Mess for Less

This Slow Cooker Pot Roast is the best meal to go to when you don’t feel like spending lots of time prepping and cooking. Just spend a few minutes adding some ingredients to the slow cooker, pop a lid on it, and forget about cooking until it is time to eat dinner! This pot roast is not only juicy and delicious, but it will free up some precious time in your day. It gets cooked with sweet potatoes and onion, so the whole meal is right in the pot.

Toffee Apple Crisp

16. Toffee Pecan Apple Crisp

From A Little CLAIREification inspired by Pillsbury

Whether you are headed out to a party or maybe just entertaining some family at home there is one thing you can count on. People always want to know what’s for dessert! If you want a delicious and effortless dessert idea, this Crockpot Toffee Pecan Apple Crisp has got you covered. Served with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, it is just perfection on a plate.

Creamy Chicken Saltimbocca

17. Creamy Chicken Saltimbocca

From From A Little CLAIREification

Created as a spin-off for this blogger’s favorite restaurant dish, this Creamy Chicken Saltimbocca is an easy to make recipe that tastes absolutely divine. Chicken breasts are coated in a creamy white wine sauce and then cooked in the slow cooker until perfectly tender. Serve with a side of lemon orzo or pasta and you have a complete meal! It’s a new family favorite, and especially easy when you add the slow cooker into the mix.

Italian Style Chicken Sausage Soup

18. Italian Style Chicken Sausage Soup

From Juggling Act Mama

Italian Style Chicken Sausage Soup can be made in a flash on the stovetop, or can simmer away all day in your slow cooker. Either way it is a hearty and delicious family meal that your kids will be raving about for years to come. Savory chicken broth is loaded with Italian style smoked chicken sausage, sweet onions, diced tomatoes, pasta shells and more. Serve with shredded parmesan cheese and fresh chopped parsley for garnish!

Slow Cooker Meat Lasagna

19. Slow Cooker Meat Lasagna

From Juggling Act Mama

No boiling oodles. No spending hours simmering sauce. This Slow Cooker Meat Lasagna is filled with your favorite traditional lasagna flavors and textures, without all of the hassle! Make the simple meat sauce the night before, then add all of the ingredients to your crock pot in the morning. The finished meal is cheesy with just a hint of garlic and basil, hearty marinara sauce, and perfectly cooked noodles.

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Toni Thomason

Toni is a stay-at-home mom whose life completely revolves around 2 crazy little boys. When she's not defending herself in a light saber battle or saving the day with her little superheroes, she loves crafting and designing things for her house. She loves animals, shopping, traveling and just snuggling on the couch with her family while watching a movie or reading a good book. Catch more of her crazy, hectic life at creativedesignsbytoni.com.