You have heard it before–one way to get dinner on the table with no fuss is to use a crockpot. If you're not sure where to start, or your slow cooker still sitting in the cabinet unused, now is your chance! These 5 beginner crockpot meals are the best way to start.
With simple meals like this, you'll gain the confidence to feed your family easily and frugally. Then you can move on to all kinds of slow cooker meals.
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Are these easy slow cooker meals for beginners?
Yes! One of the best ways to start using your slow cooker is to find super-easy recipes like these. Some only have 2-3 ingredients. Plus, they're all “dump” recipes, which means you just load the crock with the ingredients, stir, and turn on the heat.
5 Beginner Crockpot Meals
It doesn't get any easier than this! Combine 2 lbs of boneless chicken or pork with a jar of salsa (or a can of tomatoes w/green chiles), and cook on low all day for 6-8 hours.
Turn off the heat and use two forks to shred the tender meat. Serve with tortillas or over rice along with your favorite taco toppings: tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream, and black beans.
Again, choose from 2 lbs of boneless chicken or pork, and combine with a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. If you prefer to avoid processed foods, you can make your own (rather than simmer as in that recipe, just mix in the crockpot before adding your meat).
Cook on low for 8-10 hours, then use two forks to shred the meat. Add extra sauce if desired, then serve on buns alongside a salad or your family's favorite veggie.
Chicken or Pork Teriyaki
This time, combine chicken or pork with a bottle of teriyaki sauce or teriyaki marinade (if you prefer homemade or need gluten-free, make your own). Cook on low 8-10 hours, and use two forks to shred.
Baked Potato Bar
Not just for parties, my family loves this meal, too. Wash as many baking potatoes (we like Russets) as you need, and prick each with a fork. Wrap individually in foil, then place in crockpot and cook for 8-10 hours on low.
Serve with an assortment of baked potato toppings like cooked broccoli, shredded cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, chives, or even chili.
Just two ingredients again–a 3 lb beef roast (such as chuck or bottom round) and a 16oz jar of pepperoncini peppers. Cook on low for 8-10 hours, then shred. Serve over mashed potatoes, in a sub roll, or even on top of a salad. Delish!
Whether you're a beginner crockpot cook or a veteran like me, easy time-saving recipes are key to getting a healthy meal on the table on busy nights.
Want more slow cooker and crockpot meals?
Follow my Slow Cooker & Crockpot board on Pinterest. Then, try these:
- Ground Turkey Crockpot Recipes
- Summer Slow Cooker Meals
- 40 Crockpot Meals for Back to School
- 7 Crrockpot Soup Recipes to Make this Week