6 Easy Crockpot Freezer Meals


Crockpot freezer meals
On Friday night after R went to sleep, I spent my evening making some crockpot meals! I made 4 freezer crockpot meals and prepped 2 additional crockpot meals for the coming week.

From start to finish (not including grocery shopping, which I had done the day before) this took about three hours to make six meals, and that includes getting everything out of the fridge, organizing, chopping, cutting meat, and all the cleanup. I don't know if that's slow or not, but this is real life, people.

For all the ingredients, I spent about $70. So that's just over $11.50 per meal! Jordan and I will at least be able to eat each meal twice, so that's a minimum of 4 servings for each meal, which means less than $3 per serving.

I wanted to share the meals I made with you. Hope you enjoy!

ranch chicken and swiss crockpot meal

1. Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken & Swiss Sandwiches from Bev Cooks. Get the recipe here.

2. Slow Cooker Beef Roast and Carrots from New Leaf Wellness. Get the recipe here.

3. Cilantro Lime Chicken (not sure where this recipe came from, so I've copied it below)

1 1/2 lbs chicken breast (uncooked)
Juice from 1 lime
1 bunch chopped cilantro
1 (16oz) bag of frozen corn
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp cumin
salt & pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a gallon freezer bag. Mix together and zip bag closed. When ready to eat, thaw in fridge 24 hours, dump entire bag into crockpot. Cook on low for 8 hours. Serve in tortillas with your favorite toppings!

4. Taco Soup (recipe from a friend of mine)

2 chicken breasts (uncooked)
Chopped onion as desired (I use about half an onion)
Chopped cilantro as desired (I use 1/2 cup to 1 cup)
1 can corn, undrained
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 or 2 cans kidney beans, undrained
1 tsp garlic (or 1-2 minced garlic cloves)
1 packet taco seasoning or 1 Tb homemade seasoning
32 oz chicken broth (will add this later)

Place everything in a freezer bag. When ready to eat, thaw 24 hours. Dump bag into crockpot and add the chicken broth. (You can add the broth to the bag initially, but I've found that the bag gets too full, so I like to avoid a potential spill and just add the broth later.) Cook on low all day (8 hours or so). Shred chicken and serve in a bowl as a soup. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and other toppings as desired.

5. Slow Cooker Paprika Pork from Bev Cooks. Get the recipe here. 
Photo below via.
*I didn't serve the pork over polenta. I served it with rice and a veggie side.

6. Mexican Chicken and Black Bean Soup (got it from a friend, who copied it from an unnamed cookbook)

4 chicken thighs (the recipe actually calls for 4 bone-in chicken thighs with skin removed, but I used boneless)
1 cup chopped onion
14 oz chicken broth
1 can Rotel
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen corn
1 can (4 oz) mild green chiles
1 T chili powder
1 t. salt
1 t. cumin

Add all ingredients to a freezer bag. When ready to eat, thaw 24 hours and cook on low for 8 hours. Shred chicken and spoon into bowls. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and other toppings as desired.

p.s. You can also check out more crockpot meals that I have Pinned on my crockpot board.
Rachel Emily said...

YES to freezer and crockpot meals! I can never get enough ideas! That ranch and swiss chicken sounds awesome!

Michelle said...

Thank you for this! I'm always on the lookout for more recipes. Especially crockpot recipes :)

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

I love a good make-ahead meal! The ranch and swiss chicken looks delicious!

Rebecca Jo said...

I wish I put my crock pot to use more. I'm always afraid it'll catch on fire while I'm gone #weirdOCDmoments

Erin LFF said...

Love these! Thanks for sharing! :) My crockpot is my favorite!

Kayla MKOY said...

I used to be so scared to use my crockpot. Now I love it!!!! I'm saving this for future ideas ;) thanks for sharing!!!

Carolann Chambers said...

Thanks for sharing these. I'm always looking for meals that I can make in big batches. Cooking isn't my favorite, so crock pots are awesome for me!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

i was just looking for more freezer meals the other day so thank you! pinned this. it's just so nice to come home and not have to cook.

Ali said...

Yum! That paprika pork sounds really good. Have you had polenta before? I haven't, but I'm thinking it's probably good with that pork.

Danielle said...

I love cheap, easy, delicious meals!! Thanks for sharing.


Kristen Skelton said...

Me! I'm cilantro-lime chicken!! http://miloandmolly.blogspot.com/2016/01/cilantro-lime-chicken-slow-cooker.html Thanks for posting that- I forgot it was tasty and easy.

Beka @ Sunshine to the Square Inch said...

You go girl! That's awesome! I think three hours is good and that is a good price for all those meals.

I checked out The Pioneer Woman's newest cookbook out from the library a while back and she had a really helpful section on freezer meals. The one that stood out to me the most was freezer meatballs. She made like 150 of them which sounds like a lot but if you make a big batch then you could have a bunch of meals. That might be a good resource if you need one. Plus, she is just so darn funny. =)

Rach said...

Cilantro lime chicken is one of the most popular freezer meals for my friends here in Memphis. Every time we do freezer meals together, that one is a staple. :) These look yummy, friend!

Julie @ Just the Joy's said...

Yummy! I really wanted to make some freezer meals before we moved into our camper but that of course hasn't happened! I'll be pinning this for someday!