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

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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, there is always appreciation for a simple 3-ingredients (or less) slow cooker recipe.  Yes—3 ingredients or less and cooked in the slow cooker.

We all have those busy days when getting dinner must be simple and fast. And even cheap cuts of meat become oh-so-tender after spending an afternoon with the crock pot!

Chicken breast crock pot recipes? We have ‘em. Here you’ll discover several crock pot recipes chicken lovers will salivate over.

And imagine eating the best ribs, sweet pork chops, beefy meatballs, even kid-friendly desserts like Apple Dump Cake and Peach Cobbler.

Finding tasty dinner ideas for kids and adults just got easier because we’ve rounded up 23 of the best crock pot recipes.

I’m guessing you won’t find any more uncomplicated fare than these easy crockpot recipes. Even if you adore cooking and spending time in your kitchen you’ll appreciate easy, healthy 3 ingredient recipes for quick meals.

(You won’t want to miss this baked spaghetti idea either.)

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1. Crock Pot Philly Sloppy Joes

From Spaceships and Laser Beams

If you’re looking for an easy recipe that tastes like a fancier version of traditional Sloppy Joes, this crock pot Philly Sloppy Joes recipe is great for a weeknight meal or even a gathering with friends.

A few simple steps and 3-4 hours of cook time on low in the crockpot results in a delicious meal featuring chicken, instead of beef!

2. 3-Ingredient Crockpot Chicken Tacos 

From Dan330

These fantastic Chicken Tacos take only 5 minutes to prep. They are so easy and delicious 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. Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Mexican Chicken 

From Tone and Tighten 

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. That’s it! Cook on high for 2-3 hours before using forks to shred the chicken right in the pot.

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4. DIY Rotisserie Chicken 

From Make the Best of Everything 

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. 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Apple Butter 

From Mama Loves Food 

Looking for some comfort food? Put on your sweater and be transported to autumn. 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! You can have this autumn inspired goodness made from large red delicious apples, sugar, and cinnamon in no time.

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6. Easy Slow Cooker Sweet Pork 

From Butter with a Side of Bread 

You’ve tried them all, now try the best. 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 makes for great 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. 3-Ingredient Crock Pot Meatballs 

From Delectabilities

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.

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8. Crock Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork 

From Delectabilities

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? Yeah, this 3-ingredient recipe is a winner.

Add boneless pork butt, liquid smoke, and root beer to your grocery shopping list, and follow the instructions for an easy-to-throw-together meal!

9. Crock Pot Lasagna Soup 

From Raegun Ramblings 

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.

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10. The Best Crockpot Ribs 

From The Typical Mom

Apple Juice 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 apple juice 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.

Practically fool-proof, wouldn’t you say?

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11. 3 Ingredient Crockpot BBQ Chicken Tacos

From The Typical Mom

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? Can I get a “hallelujah”?

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

From Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Simple meals that can be made in the slow cooker rock our world, especially when they are yummy and 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. 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler

From 365 Days of Slow Cooking

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 have you screaming, “Bring on summer!”

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. 3-Ingredient Cheddar Cream of Mushroom Chicken

From Simplistically Living

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. 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Apple Dump Cake

From Money Saving Sisters

The only thing better than how this dessert tastes 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—can of apple pie filling, box of yellow cake mix, and 1 stick of butter.

In four hours’ time, be prepared for slow cooker apple dump cake eating time! Don’t forget the ice cream!

Delicious crockpot salsa chicken - yum!

16. Salsa Chicken

From Jo Cooks

Salsa, chicken and cheese: what could be easier? You’ll love how yummy this south-of-the-border recipe is. And you’ll love being able to “set it and forget it” for 1.5-2 hours while it cooks on high in your slower cooker.

17. 3-Ingredient Chicken Cacciatore in the Slow Cooker

From Shockingly Delicious

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?

Three ingredient chicken cacciatore may just be your winning dinner recipe of choice.

18. 3-Ingredient Soy Sauce and Coca-Cola Crockpot Chicken

From Money Saving Sisters

A little sweet, a little salt and the chicken is falling off the bone. You can even reduce the sauce to be the perfect glaze.

Serve it over rice with a green onion garnish for a perfect family meal that even kids will love! How awesome is that?!

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

19. Crockpot 3-Ingredient Balsamic Chicken

From SkinnyMs

Want a healthy alternative to eating out with only a few minutes of prep time required?

This restaurant quality meal with fewer calories 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. 3-Ingredient Caramel Fondue

From Crème de la Crumb

You had me at caramel. 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… I won’t tell.

3-Ingredient slow cooker cranberry chicken. So tasty.

21. 3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken

From Crème de la Crumb

Juicy chicken and sweet, tangy cranberries make this recipe an easy choice for your next meal.

Slow cooked to perfection and only 3-ingredients; what’s not to love? Add slow cooker cranberry chicken to your weekly menu.

3-Ingredient salsa chicken in a crockpot

22. 3-Ingredient Salsa Chicken

From Living on a Dime

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 means dinner is served without even breaking a sweat.

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23. 3-Ingredient Sweet Pork Chops or Ribs

From Living on a Dime

In 6-8 hours you can have fall of the bone sweet pork chop or ribs! Your family will adore these sweet and (not too) spicy ribs. Just drop them in the crockpot.

They’re perfect for those days when you need something quick, easy and super-yummy.

Dinner time has never been easier with this ultimate list of slow cookers gathered by the crew at Spaceships and Laser Beams…

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Jennifer Carver

As the mother of 4 children, 3 of whom are busy boys, much of Jen's free time is spent at the ball field, brushing up on video game terminology and building Lego towers. Jen is the owner and creative mind behind Banner Events. With a passion for event planning & party styling and an obsession with the little details that take an event from ordinary to extraordinary, Jen wakes up every morning excited to get to work.