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30+ Dump and Go Slow Cooker Recipes (Easy Crock Pot Dump Meals)

These Dump and Go Slow Cooker Recipes require no cooking or browning beforehand — simply throw it in and walk away! Easy crock pot dump meals for busy weeknights and back to school! Chicken, beef, pork, or vegetarian — there’s something for everyone!

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Table of Contents
  1. Why do we love the crockpot?
  2. What are the best things to cook in a slow cooker?
  3. Can you put raw meat in the slow cooker?
  4. My favorite crockpots and slow cookers!
  5. Slow Cooker Soup and Stew recipes
  6. Dump ‘n’ Go Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes
  7. Slow Cooker Pork and Beef recipes
  8. Slow Cooker Side Dishes

Because we love slow cooker recipes here at The Recipe Rebel!

Honestly, sometimes I wonder if the slow cooker is the most popular kitchen appliance.

It seems like there are at least 3 gifted at every bridal shower, and it’s one of the first small appliances that adorns the kitchen counter in a new place. They are just so incredibly versatile!

I really got into the habit of using mine all the time after we had kids. Kids have a habit of soaking up every minute of the free time you had before, right?!?

Believe me, I wouldn’t change a thing. But you just get used to not having 2 hours to make dinner every night.

I know how hectic things can be in the morning trying to get out the door with kids in tow (or even without!).

So I wanted to come up with a collection of dump and go slow cooker recipes — things that you can just throw in and leave. No remembering to brown the meat, cook the sauce, cook the pasta, etc.

Set it and forget it.

Why do we love the crockpot?

Because we love easy slow cooker recipes!

Cooking dinner in the crockpot means that we don’t have to stand over the stove for 30 minutes or an hour before dinner, prepping or chopping or stirring.

Slow Cooker meals are great for those days when you have more time to make dinner earlier in the day.

If the kids are in school and you have time to cook dinner at noon but not at 6pm, slow cooker dinners are for you.

If you work long days out of the house or you get back just in time to eat but not in time to prep, slow cooker recipes are for you.

If you love a slowly simmered soup or ultra moist roast, the slow cooker is for you.

What are the best things to cook in a slow cooker?

Our favorite things to cook in the slow cooker are things that we like extra juicy and tender and can benefit from a long cook time, or recipes with quite a bit of moisture, like these Crockpot Soup recipes.

These are the types of recipes you can start early in the day and let them cook for a long time without sacrificing flavor or texture.

We also love quick slow cooker recipes! These are dinners that we can put on and cook for 2-3 hours if we just need to step out of the house momentarily but will be back to eat dinner.

Recipes like this Slow Cooker Chicken Breast or Crockpot Mac and Cheese are good examples of quick slow cooker recipes we love!

Can you put raw meat in the slow cooker?

Absolutely!

It’s actually very rare that I will sear meat before adding to the slow cooker.

One of the biggest exceptions is ground meat, which really does need to be cooked in advance for the recipe to work well.

As far as different cuts of chicken, roasts, steaks, etc. — these can all be added as is!

There are times you may want to sear the meat first to build flavor, like in this Slow Cooker Pot Roast (which is delicious!), but it’s a step you can skip if you need.

My favorite crockpots and slow cookers!

  • Most often, I’m using a 2.5 quart casserole style crockpot that I love. It is wider and shallow, so you don’t have to stack everything up and it cooks more quickly. It is the perfect crockpot for someone cooking for 1-4 people and not doing large meals.
  • I also have a 4 quart crockpot that I use when I want to do a larger cut of meat, like a pot roast, or a big batch of soup. It’s everything I love about my 2.5 quart in a slightly bigger size.
  • I do have a 6 quart Hamilton Beach slow cooker that is great for cooking for a large group of people, but I do find it’s a little cooler and sometimes large chunks of meat have to be cut down into smaller pieces for it to cook by dinnertime.

Slow Cooker Soup and Stew recipes

Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken Stew
This Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken Stew is bound to be your new favorite winter comfort food! It’s hearty, creamy, cheesy and loaded with vegetables! The crockpot makes it an easy weeknight meal.
Check out this recipe
slow cooker with garlic parmesan chicken stew in it and a metal ladle
slow cooker with garlic parmesan chicken stew in it and a metal ladle
Honey Balsamic Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe + VIDEO
This Honey Balsamic Slow Cooker Beef Stew is full of flavor and couldn’t be easier — just throw everything in and let it cook! Loaded with veggies and thick honey balsamic sauce. Step by step recipe video.
Check out this recipe
This Honey Balsamic Slow Cooker Beef Stew is full of flavor and couldn't be easier -- just throw everything in and let it cook! Loaded with veggies and thick honey balsamic sauce. Step by step recipe video. | slow cooker recipe | easy dinner recipe | healthy dinner recipe | fall food | soup | make ahead
This Honey Balsamic Slow Cooker Beef Stew is full of flavor and couldn't be easier -- just throw everything in and let it cook! Loaded with veggies and thick honey balsamic sauce. Step by step recipe video. | slow cooker recipe | easy dinner recipe | healthy dinner recipe | fall food | soup | make ahead
Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup Recipe + VIDEO
This Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup is an easy crockpot meal perfect for fall or winter! Loaded with vegetables and tender chunks of beef. Includes step by step recipe video.
Check out this recipe
overhead image of beef barley soup with spoon in bowl

Skip the browning of the meat to make this soup recipe a dump ‘n’ go slow cooker meal!

overhead image of beef barley soup with spoon in bowl
Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Taco Soup
This Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup is made with just SIX ingredients in the slow cooker! With 5 minutes prep, it's an easy healthy dinner idea for busy weeknights.
Check out this recipe
creamy chicken taco soup being scooped out of slow cooker
creamy chicken taco soup being scooped out of slow cooker
Easy Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
The easiest Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup — gets thick and creamy, unlike those recipes that just add milk or cream. Perfect for a chilly day!
Check out this recipe
slow cooker creamy chicken noodle soup scoop

Use frozen, chopped veggies to make this soup even easier!

slow cooker creamy chicken noodle soup scoop
Creamy Italian Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
This Creamy Italian Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup is even better than the original! With garlic, spinach, roasted red pepper and a touch of cream and Parmesan it is hearty and flavorful!
Check out this recipe
creamy slow cooker chicken noodle soup in white bowl
two bowls of crockpot chicken noodle soup
Slow Cooker Creamy Vegetable Soup + RECIPE VIDEO
This Slow Cooker Creamy Vegetable Soup is a hearty, healthy meal in one — made so easy with the crockpot! It’s low in calories but BIG in flavor! Includes how to recipe video
Check out this recipe
slow cooker creamy vegetable soup being pulled out of crockpot in metal ladle

Although this recipe has some chopping involved, it can be prepped the night before and refrigerated. In the morning, simply throw the crock in the slow cooker and turn it on!

slow cooker creamy vegetable soup being pulled out of crockpot in metal ladle
Chicken Barley Soup
This Chicken Barley Soup is hearty, healthy and made with 6 ingredients! Easily customizable and you can make it stovetop or slow cooker!
Check out this recipe
chicken barley soup close up

Normally made stove top, this recipe includes slow cooker instructions in the post as well.

chicken barley soup close up
Slow Cooker Potato, Corn and Jalapeno Soup
This vegan slow cooker potato corn soup is an easy and deceptively healthy. Easy to prep ahead and re-heat for easy lunches.
Check out this recipe
slow cooker potato corn chowder with jalapeno in crockpot with ladle
Slow Cooker Greek Lemon Chicken Soup
Slow Cooker Greek Lemon Chicken Soup {Avgolemono}, is a lightened up classic Greek soup made even easier in the slow cooker!
Check out this recipe
slow cooker lemon chicken soup in white bowl
slow cooker lemon chicken soup in white bowl

Dump ‘n’ Go Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

Slow Cooker Chicken Breast
This Slow Cooker Chicken Breast recipe comes out perfectly juicy and seasoned every time! Learn my tips for getting the best crockpot chicken breast, perfect for salads, sandwiches or an easy dinner.
Check out this recipe
crockpot chicken breast on blue plate
slow cooker chicken breast in crockpot
Slow Cooker Honey Lemon Chicken Recipe + VIDEO
This Slow Cooker Honey Lemon Chicken is a little sweet, a little tangy and perfect over rice or noodles! It’s an easy crockpot meal for those busy days! Includes step by step recipe video.
Check out this recipe
close up image of crockpot lemon chicken in slow cooker
close up image of crockpot lemon chicken in slow cooker
Sweet & Spicy Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos Recipe
These Sweet & Spicy Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos are an easy, healthy, weeknight dinner! Just dump everything in the crockpot and forget about it. Step by step recipe video.
Check out this recipe
slow cooker chicken tacos in taco shells on plate piled with toppings
slow cooker chicken tacos in taco shells on plate piled with toppings
Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
This easy Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken is made with store bought barbecue sauce and a couple secret ingredients! Make it with chicken breasts or thighs.
Check out this recipe
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close up overhead image of slow cooker bbq chicken with tongs
Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs
These Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs are perfectly seasoned with garlic and herbs, cooked until they easily pull from the bone! The juiciest, most flavorful crockpot chicken thighs!
Check out this recipe
bone in slow cooker chicken thighs with crispy skin in white crockpot
bone in slow cooker chicken thighs with crispy skin in white crockpot
Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken
This Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken is SO easy and flavorful, you wouldn't believe it only has a few ingredients! The perfect easy dinner recipe!
Check out this recipe
slow cooker creamy tomato basil chicken in a white crockpot
slow cooker creamy tomato basil chicken in a white crockpot
Crockpot Whole Chicken
This Crockpot Whole Chicken is incredibly moist and flavorful, thanks to a coating of seasoned garlic butter and the slow cooker! The perfect make ahead weekend dinner, great for meal prepping!
Check out this recipe
crockpot whole chicken broiled on white plate with lemon and parsley
crockpot whole chicken broiled on white plate with lemon and parsley
Crockpot Orange Chicken
This Crockpot Orange Chicken is a healthier, homemade version of one of our favorite takeout meals! It has the most flavorful sauce!
Check out this recipe
crockpot orange chicken with rice
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Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Sandwiches
A SUPER simple, flavorful meal with just a few ingredients! These Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Sandwiches are perfect for summer picnics, busy weeknights, or serve the chicken and sauce over pasta for a hearty meal! Gluten free and paleo options.
Check out this recipe
slow cooker italian chicken sandwiches on a white bun with shredded mozzarella
Slow Cooker Ginger Peanut Chicken
This Thai-inspired slow cooker ginger peanut chicken is so easy to throw together. It cooks along with baby potatoes, green beans and carrots for a complete meal!
Check out this recipe
black crockpot with slow cooker peanut chicken and vegetables in it
black crockpot with slow cooker peanut chicken and vegetables in it
Crockpot Bourbon Chicken
Crock Pot Bourbon Chicken is easy and delicious! Tender juicy chicken is cooked in a rich bourbon ginger sauce for a delicious meal.
Check out this recipe
black crockpot full of bourbon chicken
black crockpot full of bourbon chicken

Slow Cooker Pork and Beef recipes

Crock Pot Pulled Pork
This Crock Pot Pulled Pork recipe is so easy and so flavorful! It starts with a garlic herb rub and hangs out in the slow cooker until it’s fall apart tender. 
Check out this recipe
crock pot pulled pork sandwich
crock pot pulled pork sandwich
Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin with Honey Balsamic Glaze
This Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin is covered in an easy garlic herb rub and drizzled with a honey balsamic glaze! Everything cooks together in the crock pot with minimal effort and maximum flavour. It is moist, tender and perfect over pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes!
Check out this recipe
square image of slow cooker pork tenderloin sliced in sauce
slow cooker pork tenderloin slice in crockpot with honey balsamic glaze
Slow Cooker Pork Loin
This easy Slow Cooker Pork Loin recipe includes a flavorful garlic herb rub, and is slow cooker in apple juice for extra flavor! It is fall apart tender with minimal effort!
Check out this recipe
slow cooker pork loin in crockpot
slow cooker pork loin in crockpot
{Slow Cooker} Mongolian Beef
This Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef is so quick and easy — throw everything in the crockpot and let it cook! Tender strips of steak, covered in a rich, dark sauce full of Asian flavours with a touch of sweetness.
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This Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef is so quick and easy -- throw everything in the crockpot and let it cook! Tender strips of steak, covered in a rich, dark sauce full of Asian flavours with a touch of sweetness. #slowcooker #crockpot #beef #mongolian #aisain #chinese
Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs
These Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs couldn’t be simpler! They have a homemade spice rub and are slow cooked until they fall off the bone, then you can slather them in any barbecue sauce you like!
Check out this recipe
overhead image of meat falling off of bones of slow cooker ribs on sheet pan
overhead image of meat falling off of bones of slow cooker ribs on sheet pan
Sweet & Sour Slow Cooker Smokies Recipe + VIDEO
These Sweet & Sour Slow Cooker Smokies are an easy holiday appetizer or weeknight meal! Just a few minutes prep and let them cook away in the crockpot. Includes step by step recipe video.
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Easy Crockpot Carnitas
These easy and delicious pork carnitas are made right in the Crockpot. Perfect for an easy dinner during the week!
Check out this recipe
white plate filled with crockpot pork carnitas and lime wedge on side
crockpot pork carnitas on white plate with fresh cilantro and lime
Slow Cooker Beef on Rice
Savory Slow Cooker Beef on Rice with flavorful gravy, beef slow cooked to tender perfection, and served over a warm bed of rice.
Check out this recipe
chunks of slow cooked beef and sauce over white rice with fork stuck in rice
Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork
Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork is a new take on pulled pork that is sweet and sour! This dark, thick syrup-like sauce is incredible — a must-try!
Check out this recipe
pile of honey balsamic pulled pork on white plate with basket of buns in the background
Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Pork with Beans
This Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Pork with Beans is lean, flavorful, and versatile! Serve it over rice or rolled into tortillas for an easy, satisfying meal.
Check out this recipe
slow cooker mexican pork
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Slow Cooker Side Dishes

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
These Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes are just as rich and creamy as stove top mashed potatoes with less of the work! The perfect hands-off side dish for any holiday dinner!
Check out this recipe
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close up image of mashed potatoes with melted butter and chives on top
No Cream Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
No Cream Slow Cooker Creamed Corn is an easy holiday side dish!
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This Slow Cooker Creamed Corn is so easy -- just mix it together and throw it in! It has no cream and is a healthier, dairy free option that tastes just as good!
Slow Cooker Pineapple Glazed Carrots
These Slow Cooker Pineapple Glazed Carrots are the perfect side dish for Christmas, Thanksgiving, or any dinner! They are perfectly sweet and tender with a punch of flavor from balsamic vinegar, and they are so easy with the help of the crockpot!
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These Slow Cooker Pineapple Glazed Carrots are the perfect side dish for Christmas, Thanksgiving, or any dinner! They are perfectly sweet and tender with a punch of flavor from balsamic vinegar, and they are so easy with the help of the crockpot!

Meet Ashley

My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Mary Benefeito says

    Hi Ashley, I would like to try your chicken verde enchilada bake, but the link in the 29 shredded chicken recipes goes to a different recipe.
    Could you please send it to me? Thank you!

  2. Lynn B. says

    With being home bound for the past two weeks and running out of meal ideas, I can’t wait to try some of these!

  3. Suhana Morgan says

    Hello Ashley,
    Thanks for your wonderful recipe. This is a delicious recipe that gives my family comfort and tasty the holidays.

  4. Basit M Abbas says

    I love to take soup in my meal and the soup recipe you’ve shared is looking delicious. I will surely try Slow Cooker Creamy Vegetable Soup soon!

  5. Jan says

    I was excited about the Enchilada Chili until I saw the sodium content. I can’t in good conscience feed my family something that has 2,324 mg of sodium per serving, especially when I know my husband would probably have two or three servings. That’s a lot of sodium!

    • Stacey says

      Then omit the season salt or use very little. Use a can of kidney beans instead of chili beans and add more chili powder. Make sure you use reduced sodium chicken broth. These modifications should reduce the amount of sodium tremendously!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      I’m not sure — are you trying to sign up for email updates? You are on my list already just today but unconfirmed, so if you get an email confirmation you’ll just have to click to accept

  6. Stacey @ Bake Eat Repeat says

    Love this round-up! Dump and go slow cooker recipes are my favourite kind, so much better when you don’t have to do anything except throw everything in the slow cooker and run out the door! Thanks for including my French Dip Sandwiches!

      • Laura Christensen says

        Hey Ashley haven’t been on the computer for a few days so I am running behind on things but these slow cooker recipes are going to be awesome. the weather has cooled down quite a bit the past couple of days which means its slow cooker time and oven time. Thanks so much for all the great recipes you post. I have printed out quite a few since joining but have not made a lot of them yet. Thanks a bunch.

        • Ashley Fehr says

          Thanks for your comment Laura! It means so much to me that you’re enjoying the recipes you see! If you do try any, I’d love to hear about it! Have a great weekend 🙂

  7. Kelsey Callahan says

    This is awesome! I’m a college student, so I can throw these in the crock pot before class and have an easy meal by the time I get back. Just wanted to say thank you for sharing!

  8. Marcie Bidou says

    I hear you on not having the time to spend hours on dinner, and I’ve come to lean heavily on my slow cooker over the years since my kids came along! I can’t wait to try so many of these recipes, and thank you for including my soup!

  9. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says

    This is seriously the BEST title for a post ever!!! “dump-and-go-slow-cooker-recipes”. . I LOVE this!!!! This post will speak to so many people!!! and oh my gawd, I have got to make the Slow Cooker Louisiana Ribs!!! holy cow!!!!

  10. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says

    The slow cooker is definitely one of my fav kitchen appliances… next to my stand mixer and food processor. I mean, you just have to love any gadget that allows you to be lazy. Right?! 😉 I LOVE all these ‘dump and go’ recipes, Ashley! You have quite the line up going on here! I’ll take them ALL! So MUCH Yum! Cheers, chicka!

  11. Kelly says

    Haha yes, I definitely started using my slow cooker after having the kiddos. Love this collection! Dump and go recipes are the best for those busy weeknights! Adding a few of these to our menu!

  12. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Ashley! I love my newest slow cooker and I can’t decide which of these recipes to try first! The beef on rice, the minestrone, the ribs…..choices, choices!

  13. Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl says

    The slow-cooker is really the only ‘cooking’ I do! It is undoubtedly my favorite appliance! It’s a wonder that I only have one. I need to get MORE of them.

    The Greek Lemon Chicken soup and the Teriyaki Chicken… omgeeee, those looks awesome.

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