24 Dump Dinners You Can Make In A Crock Pot

Step one: Dump everything into a slow cooker. Step two: Let dinner make itself.

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1. Crock Pot Chicken Teriyaki

One of the best things about dump dinners is that they’re often freezer-friendly — meaning you can prep (or bulk prep!) in advance, pack away, then use whenever you’re ready. Find this make-ahead recipe along with others here.

2. Root Vegetable Stew

Just slice, dice, slow-cook. Get the recipe.

3. Slow Cooker Sweet Fire Chicken

Even better than takeout — and better for you, too. Get the recipe.

4. Country-Style BBQ Ribs


5. Lemon Garlic Dump Chicken

Garlic + lemon + parsley + olive oil. Get the recipe.

6. Cheesy Enchilada Quinoa

This version uses browned ground turkey — but you can sub in ground beef or pork, or leave out the meat entirely. Get the recipe.

7. Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken


The simple sauce — of garlic, honey, soy sauce, red pepper, and a bit of ketchup — makes all the difference. Get the recipe.

9. Red Beans & Rice

With shredded rotisserie chicken for extra protein. Get the recipe.

10. Three-Ingredient Crock Pot Ranch Porkchops

Get the recipe.

11. Crock Pot Black Bean Soup


This version builds flavor by quickly sautéing the onions and peppers in garlic before adding them to the slow cooker — but feel free to skip if you’re short on time. Recipe here.

12. Crock Pot Split Pea Soup

Peas and carrots? Check. Get the recipe.

13. Slow Cooker Pot Roast


This requires a bit of pre-Crock Pot prep — like browning the meat and cooking the vegetables for a few minutes on the stovetop — but it’s worth it. Get the recipe.

14. White Chicken Chili

Topped with avocado and cilantro. Get the recipe.

15. Beef Bags

Find several freezer-friendly recipes — like beef hash and taco soup — here.

16. Sunday Sauce


The rich, tomato-based sauce is super versatile — and can be used on everything from pasta to pizza to sandwiches. Get the recipe.

17. Vegetarian Red Lentil Curry

Get the recipe.

18. Cilantro Lime Chicken


AKA: A burrito bowl in a bag. Get this recipe and others here.

19. Crock Pot Beer-Braised Chicken

Once the chicken’s done, serve with rice or pile into a pita. Also: Totally acceptable to crack open another beer (or three) while you’re waiting for this to cook. Get the recipe.

20. Slow Cooker Mexican Quinoa


21. Spicy Saffron Chicken

Get the recipe here.

22. Slow Cooker Potato Corn Chowder


Downright hearty. Get the recipe.

23. Honey Soy Pork Tenderloin

Get the recipe.

24. Carne Asada Nachos

For the best flavor, you’ll want to quickly sear the steak before piling it into the Crock Pot. Then cook it low and slow — and crown it with tomatoes, guac, and sour cream. Get the recipe.

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