Crockpot Freezer Meals

Make Ahead Crockpot Freezer Meals in a Bag

10 Easy Slow Cooker Freezer Meals – Dump and Go Crockpot Meals!

Crockpot freezer meals are the perfect easy dinner option for busy weeknights! I’ve got 10 slow cooker freezer meals to share can all be prepped ahead of time, stored in the fridge or freezer, and then dumped into the crockpot whenever you’re ready to cook.

For me, crockpot freezer meals are a go-to easy meal prep dinner option because they let me prepare the food ahead of time, but I still get to enjoy a freshly cooked meal. No leftovers necessary! (Although, these slow cooker freezer meals are perfect for family dinners and feeding a crowd, so they can leave you with some tasty leftovers…)

Plus, make ahead crockpot meals and slow cooker recipes of all kinds are so versatile. You can easily adjust the ingredients and seasonings to make new meals, based on whatever YOU like to eat. So, in the recipes below, don’t be afraid to make substitutions! Swap out the protein, beans, or veggies to use your favorites instead, or whatever you have on hand.

Sheet Pan & Slow Cooker Recipes eBook

You can find all of these recipes PLUS 10 deliciously easy, make ahead sheet pan meals in my Meal Prep Slow Cooker & Sheet Pan Recipes eBook! A total of 20 nutritious, simple weeknight dinners that you can prep ahead of time and enjoy as freshly cooked meals.

Sheet Pan & Slow Cooker Recipes eBook

Or, you can also find all of these crockpot recipes in this post—just scroll down below the meal prep instructions and tips! And, if you’d like to see how I prep and cook these slow cooker freezer meals, you can watch them all in this compilation video.

Dump and Go CROCKPOT MEALS Compilation

How to Prep Make Ahead Crockpot Meals

For meal prep purposes, here’s how to prep these make ahead crockpot meals to store in the fridge or freezer:

  • Add all ingredients to a freezer-safe zip-top bag. (Except any leafy greens or instant-cooking grains—save those to add at the end of the cook time.) You may choose to keep the meat, liquids, or any veggies to add at the end of cooking out of the bag and add at the time of cooking.
  • Remove all air from the bag and seal completely. Label the bag with the prep date.
  • Transfer make ahead crockpot meals to the fridge if you plan on cooking in the next few days.
  • Or, store in the freezer if you plan to store longer, up to 3 months. Transfer slow cooker freezer meals to the fridge to thaw ~24 hours before you plan to cook.
  • When ready to cook, pour the contents of the bag into the slow cooker. (Be sure to add any additional ingredients that you didn’t include in the bag if needed.)
  • Cook as described in the recipe!
  • You can also freeze cooked slow cooker meals after cooking if you have more leftovers than you need.

Tips & Substitutions for Slow Cooker Freezer Meals

Here are a few tips to consider as you prep these make ahead crockpot meals so you can customize the recipes with your favorite ingredients. And, some cooking tips in case you decide to come up with your own slow cooker recipes (or if you don’t want to use a slow cooker). I hope you feel inspired to also get creative with your own ideas!

Substitution Guidelines

  • Swap out whatever protein you prefer. If you have a certain protein on hand, feel free to use it! I will often buy protein when it’s on sale and then freeze it. When I find a slow cooker recipe I want to try, I will use whatever protein I have available at the time.
  • Swap out any beans you prefer. When a recipe notes specific bean varieties, know that the recipe will work with any variety that you prefer or have on hand.
  • Make sure there’s enough liquid if you’re substituting ingredients. If you want a thicker, chunkier meal, add less liquid.
  • Get creative with spices and seasonings, and don’t feel you need to add everything a recipe calls for if you don’t have it accessible.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable adjusting the ingredient amounts but you need more or less servings, consider making the recipe (or doubling it) and then freeze any leftovers.

Cooking Guidelines

  • For meat proteins, cook items 6–8 hours over low heat, or 4–6 hours over high heat.
  • You don’t need to brown the meat before adding to the slow cooker. You can if you prefer, it may add flavor—but it isn’t necessary to safely consume the meat, and cooking low and slow will still provide tons of flavor.
  • For grains, vegetables, beans or soups, cook 4–8 hours over low heat, or 2–3 hours over high heat.
  • You can cook in a pot over the stove if you don’t have a slow cooker—just monitor it and don’t leave it unattended all day!
  • Consider an additional component for serving. Each of the following crockpot freezer meals contains a balance of healthy carbs, protein, and veggies, but you may want to serve the meal with rice, tortillas, pasta, lettuce wraps, etc.

10 Crockpot Freezer Meals – Recipes

Again, you can get all 10 of these recipes PLUS 10 make ahead sheet pan meals—all together in one convenient place—in my Sheet Pan & Slow Cooker Recipes eBook. Or, you can check out all of the crockpot freezer meals recipes below and bookmark this link to come back whenever you want to try a new one!

Slow Cooker Beef Chili

Beef Slow Cooker Chili

Nut Free | Gluten Free | Dairy Free

Holy COW—this beef slow cooker chili is so easy and SO flavorful! Use broccoli rice to pack loads of veggies into this meal (or any crockpot meal that you like) and you won’t even know it’s there. Serve on top of rice, as a sloppy Joe, or stuffed into a sweet potato!

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Slow Cooker Beef Chili

Beef crockpot chili

Crockpot chili with beef, beans, and veggies.

  • Author: Alyssia Sheikh
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
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Ingredients

1 lb (450g) ground beef (or any ground meat)
1 white onion, diced
1 can (10 oz, 280g) diced tomatoes with green chiles
1 can (15 oz, 425g) petite diced tomatoes
2 cans (15 oz, 425 each) beans of choice, drained & rinsed
1 cup (235 mL) beef broth (depending on how much liquid you like in your chili)
2 Tbsp chili powder
12 zucchini, chopped
2 cups (360g) broccoli rice
salt, to taste

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to your slow cooker.
  • Break up the meat using a wooden spoon so it cooks through evenly.
  • Cover and cook over low heat for 8 hours.
  • Make sure meat is broken up and integrated well.
  • Serve with your favorite garnishes or toppings and enjoy!

Yields 6 cups slow cooker chili.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1½ cups
  • Calories: 528
  • Fat: 17g
  • Carbohydrates: 54g
  • Protein: 37g

Fajita Style Crockpot Beef

Crockpot Beef Fajitas

Paleo | Whole30 | Nut Free | Gluten Free | Dairy Free

Skip the skillet and toss your fajita goodies into the slow cooker! Cooked low and slow, you’ll have irresistibly tender crockpot beef and veggies that are LOADED with zesty flavor. Serve over rice, on a salad, or stick with classic tortillas!

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Fajita Style Crockpot Beef

Slow Cooker Beef Fajitas

Slow cooker beef chuck with fajita veggies & spices.

  • Author: Alyssia Sheikh
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
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Ingredients

2 lbs (900g) boneless beef chuck shoulder roast, fat trimmed, cut into strips
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into strips
1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
1 onion, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 limes, juiced
1 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt, to taste

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to your slow cooker and cover.
  • Cook over low heat for 8 hours, until beef is tender.
  • Serve over rice or with tortillas with your favorite toppings!

Yields ~8 cups.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1½ cups
  • Calories: 337
  • Fat: 9g
  • Carbohydrates: 9g
  • Protein: 32g

Coconut Lamb Lentil Slow Cooker Curry

Slow Cooker Curry

Nut Free | Gluten Free | Dairy Free

Get a tasty blend of flavors AND healthy nutrients in this slow cooker curry meal! The lamb offers loads of protein, the slow-digesting carbs in the lentils make this dish SO hearty, and it’s all simmered in rich, creamy coconut milk. Plus, it’s packed with wholesome veggies!

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Coconut Lamb & Lentil Slow Cooker Curry

Crockpot Curry

Crockpot curry with ground lamb, red lentils, veggies & coconut milk.

  • Author: Alyssia Sheikh
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
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Ingredients

1 lb (450g) ground lamb
3 cups (600g) red lentils, uncooked
1 (28 oz, 800g) can crushed tomatoes
4 cups (720g) cauliflower florets
1 cup (110g) frozen peas
1 onion, diced
2 cans (15 oz, 425g each) light coconut milk
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups (475 mL) vegetable broth
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp garam masala
2 tsp curry powder
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp chili powder
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp ginger powder
salt & pepper, to taste
1 (6 oz, 170g) bag spinach

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients except spinach to your slow cooker.
  • Break up the meat using a wooden spoon so it cooks through evenly.
  • Cover and cook over low heat for 8 hours.
  • Add spinach 30 minutes before cooking finishes and stir to combine.
  • Cover and finish cooking.
  • Make sure meat is broken up and integrated well.
  • Serve & enjoy!

Yields ~16 cups.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Calories: 574
  • Fat: 19g
  • Carbohydrates: 66g
  • Protein: 34g

Crockpot Cilantro Lime Chicken

Crockpot Cilantro Lime Chicken

Nut Free | Gluten Free | Dairy Free

Using frozen corn and canned black beans makes this crockpot freezer meal amazingly budget-friendly, and fiber-filled! Plus, it’s deliciously fresh and light, thanks to the cilantro and lime juice. Serve with tortillas, on top of a salad, or with rice as a burrito bowl!

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Crockpot Cilantro Lime Chicken

Slow cooker cilantro lime chicken

Slow cooker chicken breast with corn, black beans, bell pepper, and a citrus twist.

  • Author: Alyssia Sheikh
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
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Ingredients

2 lbs (900g) boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
2 cups (260g) chopped zucchini
1 cup (150g) red onion, diced
1 (16 oz, 450g) bag frozen corn
1 (15 oz, 425g) can black beans
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup (235 mL) broth
½ cup (15g) cilantro, chopped
2 limes, juiced
1 tsp cumin
salt & pepper, to taste

Add your favorite toppings! I love sour cream, guacamole, salsa, cheese, etc.

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to your slow cooker and cover.
  • Cook over low heat for 6 hours, until chicken is tender.
  • Serve with tortillas, on a salad, or as a burrito bowl with rice!
  • Top with sour cream, guacamole, salsa, cheese, or your favorite toppings!

Yields ~6 cups.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 291
  • Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 29g
  • Protein: 36g

Slow Cooker Pineapple Asian Turkey

Slow Cooker Pineapple Turkey

Paleo | Whole30 | Nut Free | Gluten Free | Dairy Free

Make your veggies FUN to eat with this sweet and salty slow cooker turkey! The combination of soy sauce, pineapple, ketchup, and sriracha is AMAZING, with a zesty flavor kick. And you get a yummy crunch from the water chestnuts! Serve on lettuce wraps, a salad, or over rice.

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Slow Cooker Pineapple Asian Turkey

Crockpot pineapple turkey

Crockpot turkey with veggies, pineapple chunks, and Asian-inspired flavors.

  • Author: Alyssia Sheikh
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
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Ingredients

2 lbs (900g) ground turkey
1 bag (10 oz, 284g) shaved Brussels sprouts
8 oz (225g) sliced mushrooms
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 carrots, grated
1 onion, diced
1 can (8 oz, 225g) sliced water chestnuts, drained
34 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup (120 mL) broth
½ cup (120 mL) pineapple juice
3 Tbsp soy sauce or coconut aminos
3 Tbsp ketchup
1 can (8 oz, 225g) pineapple chunks
1 can (8 oz, 225g) pineapple crushed
12 tsp sriracha, optional
salt, to taste (may not need with soy sauce)

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to your slow cooker.
  • Break up the meat using a wooden spoon so it cooks through evenly.
  • Cover and cook over low heat for 6 hours.
  • Make sure meat is broken up and integrated well.
  • Serve with lettuce wraps or on a salad. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy!
  • Yields ~8 cups.

Notes

*For Paleo & Whole30 meals, be sure to use approved condiments & flavorings!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1½ cups
  • Calories: 355
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Protein: 32g

Vegan White Bean Crockpot Soup

Vegan Slow Cooker Soup

Vegan | Vegetarian | Pescatarian | Nut Free | Gluten Free | Dairy Free

Switch up the slow cooker routine with this vegan crockpot soup recipe! Beans are a great plant-based protein substitute, and they soak up SO much flavor in this dish. If you’re not a fan of spicy food, seed your jalapeños to enjoy their flavor WITHOUT the heat!

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Vegan White Bean Crockpot Soup

Vegan crockpot soup

Vegan slow cooker soup with white beans, veggies, and a jalapeño kick.

  • Author: Alyssia Sheikh
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
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Ingredients

1 can (4 oz, 115g) diced green chiles
3 cans (15 oz, 425g each) great northern beans (or cannellini), drained & rinsed
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 carrots, cut into rounds
2 green bell peppers, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow onion, diced
3 jalapeños, diced (seeded if preferred)
4 cups (945 mL) vegetable broth
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp dried oregano
¼ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp crushed red pepper, to taste
1 tsp salt, to taste
¼ tsp pepper
cilantro, chopped (for topping)

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to your slow cooker and cover.
  • Cook over low heat for 6 hours.
  • Serve as a soup, or over rice or pasta for a complete meal with your favorite toppings!

Yields ~8 cups crockpot soup.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1½ cups
  • Calories: 255
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Protein: 15g

Tuscan Chicken Slow Cooker Soup

Tuscan Chicken Slow Cooker Soup

Nut Free | Gluten Free | Dairy Free

Enjoy a classic Tuscan chicken soup—and let the slow cooker do the work! It’s got an extra dose of protein and TONS of fiber, thanks to the beans and artichokes. But, the roasted tomatoes, wine, and lemon keep this hearty dish light and refreshing.

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Tuscan Chicken Slow Cooker Soup

Tuscan chicken crockpot soup

Flavorful crockpot chicken soup with white beans, artichokes, & mushrooms.

  • Author: Alyssia Sheikh
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6-8 hours
  • Total Time: 6-8 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
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Ingredients

lbs (680g) boneless skinless chicken thighs, chopped
1 can (14 oz, 400g) artichokes, drained and quartered
1 can (15 oz, 425g) white beans, drained & rinsed
8 oz (225g) sliced mushrooms
2 cans (15 oz, 425g) fire roasted tomatoes, not drained
½ yellow onion, diced
1 lemon, juiced
½ cup (12o mL) cooking wine, or dry white wine
¼ cup (60 mL) chicken broth
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp ghee (or grass-fed butter, or light olive oil)
1 Tbsp capers
½ tsp fresh thyme, chopped
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 bag (6 oz, 170g) of spinach

basil or parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients except spinach to your slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook over low heat for 6–8 hours, until chicken is tender.
  • Add spinach 30 minutes before cooking finishes and stir to combine.
  • Cover and finish cooking.
  • Serve & enjoy!

Yields 6 cups slow cooker soup.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 318
  • Fat: 9g
  • Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Protein: 28g

Sweet Sesame Crockpot Chicken

Sesame Crockpot Chicken

Paleo | Whole30 | Nut Free | Gluten Free | Dairy Free

Get your fix of savory and sweet in this Asian-inspired slow cooker freezer meal! The honey glaze and savory sesame are an IRRESISTIBLE flavor combo. Add instant rice near the end of cooking for an easy, balanced meal, loaded with veggies and whole-grain goodness!

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Sweet Sesame Crockpot Chicken

Sesame slow cooker chicken

Sweet & savory slow cooker chicken with Asian-inspired flavors.

  • Author: Alyssia Sheikh
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
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Ingredients

2 lbs (900g) boneless skinless chicken thighs, whole
1 small onion, diced
3 cups (540g) broccoli florets
3 cups (540g) cauliflower florets
4 carrots, cut into rounds
2 cups (475g) broth
⅓ cup (80 mL) honey (omit for Paleo & Whole30)
¼ cup (60 mL) soy sauce or coconut aminos
¼ cup (60 mL) ketchup
1 tsp sesame oil
salt & pepper, to taste
1½ cups (285g) instant brown rice, uncooked (omit for Paleo & Whole30)

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients and broth to your slow cooker, except for chicken and rice. Add the chicken thighs on top, reserve rice for later.
  • Cover and cook over low heat for 6 hours, until chicken is tender.
  • Remove chicken from the cooker, add rice and stir to combine. Return chicken to the slow cooker.
  • Cover and let stand 5 minutes until rice is tender. Shred chicken if desired.
  • Stir and enjoy!

Yields 12 cups.

Notes

*For Paleo & Whole30 meals, be sure to use approved ingredients, condiments & flavorings!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Calories: 363
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Protein: 29g

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Paleo | Whole30 | Nut Free | Gluten Free | Dairy Free

Try a new spin on a comforting slow cooker pot roast with chicken thighs! Their nutritious fats also make them more flavorful, so you’re not missing out by not using beef. And you still get to enjoy the hearty meat-and-potatoes combo, with plenty of veggies!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Roast

Crockpot pot roast

Crock pot chicken pot roast with carrots & potatoes.

  • Author: Alyssia Sheikh
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
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Ingredients

1 lb (450g) small potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups (260g) baby carrots
2 cups (360g) broccoli florets
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 cup (150g) frozen pearl onions
(165g) cups frozen peas
2 lbs (900g) boneless skinless chicken thighs, chopped
1 cup (235 mL) broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp light olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to your slow cooker and cover.
  • Cook over low heat for 8 hours, until chicken is tender.
  • Serve as is, with rice, or with your favorite toppings!

Yields ~12 cups slow cooker pot roast.

Notes

*Use compliant Worcestershire sauce for Paleo & Whole30!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Calories: 304
  • Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 26g
  • Protein: 29g

Crockpot Beef and Broccoli

Crockpot Beef and Broccoli

Paleo | Whole30 | Nut Free | Gluten Free | Dairy Free

Health-ify this classic takeout meal and amp up the flavor with your slow cooker! Soy sauce and sesame oil bring the umami, and sriracha adds a kick of heat. You’ll have tender, juicy beef, and TWO servings of broccoli in EACH serving of this dinner!

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Crockpot Beef and Broccoli

Slow cooker beef and broccoli

Slow cooker beef and broccoli with savory sesame and a hint of spice.

  • Author: Alyssia Sheikh
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
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Ingredients

2 lbs (900g) sirloin steak or chuck roast, thinly sliced
1 cup (235 mL) broth
½ cup (120 mL) soy sauce or coconut aminos
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp sriracha, or hot sauce of choice
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 heads broccoli, cut into florets (about 8 cups)
salt & pepper, to taste

sesame seeds and green onion for garnish

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to your slow cooker and cover.
  • Cook over low heat for 8 hours, until beef is tender.
  • Serve over rice or with your favorite toppings!

Yields ~12 cups.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Calories: 322
  • Fat: 16g
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Protein: 30g