Top 10 Favorite Freezer-Friendly CrockPot Meals

Posted June 20, 2016 by Lauren Dibble in Recipes / 0 Comments

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Several good girlfriends of mine have recently under-gone major life changes. One’s husband just lost his job and is having difficulties finding employment. Another quit her full time job to homestead and raise their daughter. They both recently asked for my list of freezer-friendly crockpot recipes.

No matter what your personal situation, there will always be days when you don’t have the time or energy to cook dinner. Instead of ordering out, these freezer-friendly meals are a cheap, healthy, homemade and are here to save the day!

1. Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

My top number one favorite. I always crave something a little spicy, and these absolutely hit the spot!

  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • spices:
    • salt
    • cayenne
    • paprika
    • curry powder
    • ground ginger
  • 3 large sweet potatoes, cubed into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup peach or apricot preserves
  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  1. Add all the ingredients to a gallon-sized freezer bag and mix well.
  2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. You’ll know it’s ready when you can pierce the sweet potatoes with a knife easily.
  3. Serve over rice, noodles, or alone.

Recipe modified from

2. BBQ Ribs

Freezer crockpot cooking seriously couldn’t get any easier.

  • Any type, any sized ribs, cut small enough to fit into the crockpot
  • BBQ sauce to cover
    • Homemade:
      • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
      • 1/2 cup brown sugar
      • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  1. Add to a freezer bag and freeze.
  2. Cook in crockpot on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 3-4 hours.

3. Italian Chicken

Another sinfully easy meal. You almost feel like you’re cheating…but that’s okay. I won’t tell anyone. 😉

  • boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs
  • 1 bottle Italian salad dressing
  1. Add to a freezer bag and freeze.
  2. Cook in crockpot on low for 4-6 hours, or high for 3-4 hours.

Recipe adapted from Money Saving Mom

4. Freezer Burritos

While not a crockpot meal, I send these to work with the hubby. A couple minutes in the microwave and they’re a healthy, homemade meal for lunch whenever we don’t have enough leftovers.

  • refried beans (from a can or homemade)
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • taco ground beef, or cooked chicken, or leave out the meat and make a veggie version
  • salsa (again – from a can or homemade)
  • rice (optional — beans and rice make a complete protein, but it’s not essential to this recipe)
  • large flour tortillas (again – from the store or homemade)
  1. Warm up the tortillas either in the microwave (covered with a paper towel, for 1 min) or in a warm oven. Layer the rice (if using), meat (if using), beans, cheese and salsa in the middle of the tortillas. Wrap up the edges, wrap in a paper towel and throw in a freezer bag.
  2. To heat up, microwave for roughly 2 minutes or until warm in the center.

5. Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

These make an awesome, hearty, family-friendly weeknight meal. This recipe fills 4 gallon-sized freezer bags, so it’s perfect for making again and freezing.

  • 10 cups cooked rice
  • 4 cups cooked chicken (from a rotisserie chicken is the easiest)
  • 4 cups chopped broccoli, lightly steamed
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup (or homemade)
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup (or homemade)
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Combine all ingredients well in a large bowl.
  2. Divide evenly into four gallon-sized freezer bags.
  3. To cook: thaw in the fridge the night before, empty into a casserole dish and back at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

Recipe adapted from

6. Whole Baked Chicken

While not necessary a freezer-meal, this is definitely an easy go-to for a hearty feast. Great for cooking for a crowd when you’d rather play hostess than have to babysit the over, or for lots of leftovers.

  • 1 whole chicken
  • spices:
    • garlic salt
    • paprika
    • pepper
    • whatever your heart desires
  1. Ball up small balls of tin foil to lay your chicken on. (You can lay your chicken directly to the bottom of the crockpot, but it tends to get a little mushy)
  2. Lay your whole chicken, frozen or thawed, on top of the tin foil.
  3. Sprinkle whatever spices your heart desires or no spices at all!
  4. Cook for 4-5 hours on high, or 6-8 hours on low or until a meat thermometer reads 165

7. Sweet Garlic Chicken

Another favorite of mine. I can’t get enough of this one. It’s sweet, it’s savory, it’s full of flavor and tastes great over rice.

  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ginger ale or lemon-lime soda
  • 2-3 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  1. Mix ingredients together and freeze in a freezer-bag.
  2. Cook in a crockpot on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6.

8. Pulled Pork

Like the whole chicken, this is a great meal when you’re having guests, or want a lot of leftovers. The shredded pulled pork you’ll have at the end freezes excellently.

  • 4-5 lb pork shoulder or butt, cut to fit in the crockpot
  • 3 Tbsp dark brown sugar
  • spices:
    • ground cumin
    • chili powder
    • oregano
    • pepper
    • cayenne
  • 2 large onions, sliced in rings
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  1. In a small bowl, combine the spices and brown sugar. Place the pork in a large freezer-bag and rub down with the spice and sugar combo. Freeze this.
  2. To cook, add half of the onions and garlic to the bottom of the crockpot, followed by the water and red wine vinegar. Place the pork on top, and add the remaining onions and garlic.
  3. Cook on low heat for roughly 12 hours. Remove the pork and shred. I like to dice the onions afterwards and add to the pork.

Recipe adapted from Fabio Viviana.

9. BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

I like this recipe so much I have it on the blog twice! However, it’s been awhile since I’ve made it…guess I know what we’re having for dinner tonight!

  • 1-2 Tbsp EVOO
  • 4.5 lbs chicken thighs, deboned, with or without skin, cut into 1 1/2 in strips
  • 1 medium white onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 large jalapeno, seeded and deveined, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • A couple squeezes of BBQ sauce
  • A couple squeezes of yellow mustard
  • A couple squeezes of Worcestershire sauce
  • A couple squeezes of rooster, or Siracha
  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken, in batches, and lightly brown on all sides. Season with salt and pepper. With a slotted spoon, transfer to your slow cooker, leaving behind as much oil as possible.
  2. After all of the chicken has finished, add the onion and saute over medium heat until translucent. Add the jalapeno and garlic, and saute, making sure not to let either burn. Add 1/4 cup of water and simmer for 5 minutes, scraping up all the brown bits from the skillet. Transfer all to the slow cooker.
  3. Add the tomatoes and condiments to taste, stirring to combine. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours. Use a potato masher to shred the chicken in the crock pot. Serve on hamburger buns or hoagie rolls.

Adapted from Martha.

10. Beer Braised Brats

Another absolute favorite and incredibly easy! No need to prep this one, as long as you’ve got a bottle of beer handy in the fridge your husband’s willing to sacrifice!

  • 1 package brats – I usually prefer the sweet or apple brats for this recipe
  • 1 bottle of beer – any kind, but an ale works best
  • 1 cup applesauce (optional)
  1. Throw ingredients in the crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours, high for 4-6.

I usually take a couple hours one Sunday out of the month and devote to prepping freezer meals for the weeks ahead. With these 10, you’ll have more than a week’s worth of dinner-saving crockpot meals to rely on in a pinch!

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