10 Crock Pot Freezer Meals – Easy and Inexpensive Meal Prep

All of these crock pot recipes look so good, and they can be made in less than 2 hours. What a great way to stock up your freezer for busy weeknights.

When I get ambitious, I love to spend a couple of hours prepping food to use during meal times on busy weeknights.  This is certainly not a weekly occurrence for me, or even monthly for that matter, but maybe a handful of times throughout the year.

I’ll cook up a bunch of ground meat with onions and garlic, or cover my grill with chicken breasts to dice up for meals, or make a 10 pound pork butt in the crock pot and freeze the pulled pork into dinner size portions.

But, my all-time favorite time saver in the kitchen is to create a large amount of prepared meals that I can just throw in the crock pot on a busy day.  It seriously doesn’t get any easier than that.

10 Crock Pot Freezer Meals

I pulled together 10 crock pot freezer meals over three years ago, and that post is still living strong on my blog.  (All of the rest from that time get zero pageviews, or I have simply deleted because they were that bad.)  But this one people seem to like.  I’m back to give the people what they want.  10 MORE crock pot freezer meals!

I’ve included a free printable shopping list for everything you need to make all ten of these meals.  I spent about $80 on everything, but I’m a bit of a bargain shopper and went to two different stores.

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All of these crock pot recipes look so good, and they can be made in less than 2 hours. What a great way to stock up your freezer for busy weeknights.

After getting all the ingredients, it’s time to prepare everything.  There is a lot of dicing, and a little bit of pre-cooking, but I promise it will be worth it in the end.  I always pre-cook my ground meat before putting it in my freezer bags.  You can definitely put it in raw, but then as it cooks in the crock pot the fat has nowhere to go and it’ll get incorporated into the meal.  It’s definitely personal preference, though, so you do it how you want to do it!

All of these crock pot recipes look so good, and they can be made in less than 2 hours. What a great way to stock up your freezer for busy weeknights.

After everything is chopped, diced, opened, and pre-cooked, it’s all downhill from there.  I write on each bag the name of the dish, any cooking instructions, and other ingredients that need to be added to the crock pot before or during cooking.  (You’ll see all of those instructions listed in each recipe below.)

Updated:  The cooking times are based on putting the contents of the bag in when still frozen.  I freeze my bags flat in the freezer to save space, but that means that the blocks don’t completely fit in my crock pot when frozen.  To fix this problem, I take the bag out of the freezer the night before and put it on a plate in my fridge overnight.  In the morning, it is thawed enough to break apart slightly and fit in my crock pot.

Enjoy!

White chicken chili crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.

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White Chicken Chili
White chicken chili crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.
Course Crock Pot Freezer Meal
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cubed
  • 2 cans great northern white beans drained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces canned green chilies drained
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 32 ounces chicken stock (not needed until ready to cook)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (not needed until ready to cook)
Course Crock Pot Freezer Meal
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cubed
  • 2 cans great northern white beans drained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces canned green chilies drained
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 32 ounces chicken stock (not needed until ready to cook)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (not needed until ready to cook)
White chicken chili crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients (except chicken stock and cheddar cheese) into a ziplock bag and freeze.
Recipe Notes

Write on bag:  Add 32 ounces of chicken stock and cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Add cheese and stir until melted.  Garnish with salsa, sour cream, and cilantro.


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Turkey Macaroni
Course Crock Pot Freezer Meal
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 10.75 ounces cans of tomato soup
  • 12 ounces frozen corn
  • 1 small onions, chopped
  • 6 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups dry macaroni noodles
Course Crock Pot Freezer Meal
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 10.75 ounces cans of tomato soup
  • 12 ounces frozen corn
  • 1 small onions, chopped
  • 6 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups dry macaroni noodles
Instructions
  1. Cook macaroni noodles for about 4 minutes (noodles should still be firm).
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet and cook ground meat and onions. Let cool.
  3. Add all ingredients into a ziplock bag and freeze.
Recipe Notes

Write on bag:  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.


This chicken and broccoli alfredo crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.

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Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo
This chicken and broccoli alfredo crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.
Course Crock Pot Freezer Meal
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts butterflied in half
  • 16 ounces frozen broccoli
  • 2 10.75 ounce cans of cream of chicken soup
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 package Italian dressing mix
Course Crock Pot Freezer Meal
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts butterflied in half
  • 16 ounces frozen broccoli
  • 2 10.75 ounce cans of cream of chicken soup
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 package Italian dressing mix
This chicken and broccoli alfredo crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in a ziplock bag and freeze.
Recipe Notes

Write on bag:  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Serve over pasta.


This beef stroganoff crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.

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Beef Stroganoff
This beef stroganoff crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.
Course Crock Pot Freezer Meal
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef chuck roast, cubed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 12 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 10.75 ounce can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt (not needed until ready to cook)
Course Crock Pot Freezer Meal
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef chuck roast, cubed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 12 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 10.75 ounce can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt (not needed until ready to cook)
This beef stroganoff crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients (expect sour cream) into a ziplock bag and freeze.
Recipe Notes

Write on bag:  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Add 1 cup sour cream/Greek yogurt and stir.  Cook on high for 10 minutes. Serve on top of egg noodles.


This beef barley and lentil soup crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.

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Beef Barley Lentil Soup
This beef barley and lentil soup crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.
Course Crock Pot Freezer Meal
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 potato diced (boil for 4 minutes and let cool)
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup dry lentils
  • 1/4 cup pearl barley
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans of stewed tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 32 ounces beef broth (not needed until ready to cook)
  • 2 cups water (not need until ready to cook)
Course Crock Pot Freezer Meal
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 potato diced (boil for 4 minutes and let cool)
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup dry lentils
  • 1/4 cup pearl barley
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans of stewed tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 32 ounces beef broth (not needed until ready to cook)
  • 2 cups water (not need until ready to cook)
This beef barley and lentil soup crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.
Instructions
  1. Brown onion and ground beef in a skillet. Let cool.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a ziplock bag and freeze.
Recipe Notes

Write on bag:  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.


This Chicken Fajita crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.

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Chicken Fajitas
This Chicken Fajita crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.
Course Crock Pot Freezer Meal
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts butterflied in half
  • 3 bell peppers
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 lime, juiced
Course Crock Pot Freezer Meal
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts butterflied in half
  • 3 bell peppers
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 lime, juiced
This Chicken Fajita crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.
Instructions
  1. Slice peppers and onions into large strips.
  2. Place all ingredients into a gallon ziplock bag and freeze.
Recipe Notes

Write on bag:  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.


This beef pot roast stew crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.

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Beef Pot Roast Stew
This beef pot roast stew crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.
Course Crock Pot Freezer Meal
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef chuck roast, cubed
  • 1 envelope dry onion mix
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced (Boil for 4 minutes and let cool)
  • 6 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 8 ounces frozen peas
  • 8 ounces frozen corn
Course Crock Pot Freezer Meal
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef chuck roast, cubed
  • 1 envelope dry onion mix
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced (Boil for 4 minutes and let cool)
  • 6 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 8 ounces frozen peas
  • 8 ounces frozen corn
This beef pot roast stew crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a ziplock bag and freeze.
Recipe Notes

Write on bag:  Add 6 cups of water or beef broth.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Combine 4 tablespoons cornstarch with 5 tablespoons water.  Add slurry to crock pot and stir.  Cook for approximately 1 hour more on high.


Sloppy Joe crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.

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Sloppy Joes
Sloppy Joe crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.
Course Crock Pot Freezer Meal
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
Course Crock Pot Freezer Meal
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
Sloppy Joe crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.
Instructions
  1. Cook ground beef and onions in a skillet.
  2. Combine ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, barbecue sauce, and water in a small bowl.
  3. Combine beef mixture and sauce in a ziplock bag and freeze.
Recipe Notes

Write on bag:  Cook on low for 6-8 hours and serve on top of hamburger buns.


This Chicken and Mushroom Stew crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.

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Chicken and Mushroom Stew
This Chicken and Mushroom Stew crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.
Course Crock Pot Freezer Meal
Prep Time 4 people
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 10.75 ounce can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
Course Crock Pot Freezer Meal
Prep Time 4 people
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 10.75 ounce can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
This Chicken and Mushroom Stew crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.
Instructions
  1. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Stir together soup and water.
  3. Add all ingredients to a ziplock bag and freeze.
Recipe Notes

Write on bag:  Cook for 6-8 hours on low.  Serve on top of rice or egg noodles.


Southwest chicken crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.

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Southwest Chicken
Southweast chicken crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.
Course Crock Pot Freezer Meal
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts butterflied in half
  • 2 green peppers
  • 8 ounces frozen corn
  • 1 can black beans drained
  • 16 ounces salsa
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (not needed until ready to cook)
Course Crock Pot Freezer Meal
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts butterflied in half
  • 2 green peppers
  • 8 ounces frozen corn
  • 1 can black beans drained
  • 16 ounces salsa
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (not needed until ready to cook)
Southweast chicken crock pot recipe is easy and delicious. It can even be frozen for a busy weeknight.
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to ziplock bag (except the cream cheese) and freeze.
Recipe Notes

Write on bag:  Cook on low for 6 hours.  Serve on corn or flour shells with taco toppings.


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35 thoughts on “10 Crock Pot Freezer Meals – Easy and Inexpensive Meal Prep

  1. Omgosh these all look incredible! I absolutely love Crock Pot freezer meals because they are so easy. I can’t wait to add these to our next meal plan. Thanks for sharing your recipes with us at Merry Monday this week!

  2. I love this! I’m retired, but I think this is a great idea for retirees as well as working moms! And, I have been thinking recently about Crock Pot meals, but didn’t think of ones that would be made in advance and frozen. Great idea!

  3. Well, I for one am glad that you came back with more croclpot recipes! These looks delicious! I LOVE crock pot recipes! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I just pinned your awesome Crock Pot Freezer Meals. You have some great recipes that I will sure try! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  5. In the turkey macaroni the recipe calls for 1/12 pounds of ground beef. Is this a misprint or a trick? I think it would be delicious either way.

  6. You hit the bull’s-eye with this! What I find amazing is the fact that my family will actually eat all of these meals. So many meals I have tried freezing for the crockpot are items my family did not like. Thanks for helping out this working mama with a 2 hour commute!

  7. What great meal ideas. The chicken broccoli was sounding perfect for dinner. I used to do things like this also when I worked and it really is a lifesaver. I m retired now, but to seem to be just as busy doing things wit my grandchildren. I think I will do some for my husband and I, but I also think I will prepare some for my daughters as they work outside of the home and have active families. Maybe each week I could alternate doing some deliveries to them.

  8. Thanks so much! I’m going to put some of these together for my son who is living off campus at college! One question I have is for the Beef Pot Roast Stew- is there no liquid that goes into the crockpot?

    1. Hi Kellie. Boy am I glad you noticed this! Yes, it should definitely have liquid – 6 cups of it in fact. Yikes, I totally forgot to add that to the instructions to write on the bag. I am off to update the recipe and recipe document right now. Thank you SO much!

    1. Quite a few people have asked, so it’s definitely not a dumb question at all! The cooking times are based on putting the meal in frozen. However, if I lay the bags flat in my freezer, they don’t quite fit into my crock pot if frozen solid. So, I pull them out of the freezer the night before and put them on a plate in my fridge. Then, in the morning they are thawed enough to break apart and fit in the crock pot. Thanks for asking!

  9. These look wonderful. I do have one question, and I apologize if it is an obvious one…do I need to thaw them out before I put them in the crockpot, or they go right from freezer to crockpot?

    Thank you !

    1. Not a stupid question at all, and one I need to address in the post because quite a few people have asked. The cooking times are based on putting the meal in frozen. However, if I lay the bags flat in my freezer, they don’t quite fit into my crock pot if frozen solid. So, I pull them out of the freezer the night before and put them on a plate in my fridge. Then, in the morning they are thawed enough to break apart and fit in the crock pot. Thanks for reading!

  10. I too am retired, and having some ideas , as well as meals prepared, would allow more time to enjoy my retirement!

    One question, do you thaw these meals prior to placing in the crockpot; or, are the cooking hours included allowing for cooking from the frozen state?

    Thanks for the recipes and for sharing your time and work!

    1. Hi Ann. Great question, and one I need to update in the post. The cooking times are based on cooking from frozen. The only problem is that if I freeze them laying flat, they don’t quite fit in my crockpot. I usually take the bag out of my freezer the night before, put it on a plate in the fridge, and then in the morning it’s slightly thawed to break apart and fit in easily. I hope that helps. Thanks for the question!

  11. When you say a can of something you don’t say whether you drain it or not. Also you take the bags right from the freezer and put them in. No defrosting?

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I updated the two recipes with beans to add that I drained them; great suggestion. As for the question of whether to defrost or not, the cooking times are suggested for cooking from frozen. However, sometimes the large block doesn’t fit in my crock pot, so I pull them out of the freezer the night before and let them defrost just a bit overnight. Thanks again for your questions.

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