My Favorite Crock Pot Recipes

I love crock pot meals. I think I am just at the point in my life where anything easy AND yummy is a winner in my book. I don’t have time every single night to fix a 10 step meal, so my crock pot comes out at least once a week. We have a few good recipes in our rotation, so I thought I’d share our two favorites!

{P.S. I use the crock pot liners with everything. They are by the foil in the grocery store. They are worth every single penny, because it makes clean up a breeze!}

Trey’s Favorite Crock Pot Chicken {from Krista}

  • 3-4 chicken breasts {can be frozen}
  • 1 can kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 jar salsa {your favorite kind}
  • 1 16 oz block of cream cheese {we use fat free}

Put chicken in crock pot. Pour corn, beans, and salsa over the chicken. Cook on low 6-8 hours. One hour before serving, put in block of cream cheese. Serve inside tortillas or over spanish rice.


Crock Pot Lasagna {This one is a little work for a crock pot meal, but it is worth it!}

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 29 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 12 oz package lasagna noodles, uncooked
  • 12 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 c grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 c mozzarella cheese

In a large skillet over medium heat cook the ground beef, onion, and garlic until brown. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, salt, sugar, and oregano, and stir until well incorporated. Cook until heated through.

In a large bowl mix together ricotta, parmesan and most of the mozzarella, leaving about 1/4 cup for the top.

Spoon a layer of the meat mixture onto the bottom of the crock pot. Layer with noodles, then cheese. repeat the layering of meat, noodles, cheese 3 times, ending with cheese. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese and cook on low 4-6 hours. I usually do 4 hours- sometimes 6 is too long and causes the edges to burn. Also, when serving I get our portions out, then go ahead and put the rest in a container for leftovers. If you leave it in the crock pot turned off, it will continue to cook and get burned on the edges.


I recently found out about Crock Pot Girls but haven’t tried a recipe yet. Have you? Or do you have a crock pot recipe we need to put in our rotation? I can’t wait to hear!


  1. Jennifer

    I LOVE my crockpot. Best invention ever!

    Here’s a couple of things I make in it:

    Pot Roast (make sure you buy beef roast, not pork so it is more tender). This is to die for and I could eat it once a week:

    Tortilla Soup

    Buffalo Chicken Wraps (I don’t put as much hot sauce in so that kids will eat it)

    1. Author

      Yum! Thanks for the recipes! My friend made the Buffalo Chicken Wraps for Labor Day. YUM! Can’t wait to make them myself! And pot roast- I am always scared of that one. But I am going to try it since you like it so much!!!

  2. Lisa Williams

    Mmmm those sound delicious! I always say I need to use my crock pot more. I found out about Crock Pot Girls too and am going to start trying some recipes. I will let you know if I make any that are worth sharing.

  3. heartlandroad

    I love my Crock Pot dearly. I love to do whole chickens in it – rubbed with something oily, like pesto or curry paste (a mild curry paste is our favourite so far) and cooked on a rack or crumpled foil, on High for about 5 hours. I put it on on a Sunday morning and we have it for Sunday lunch with nice bread and salad.

    I also do meatballs. I half-fill the crock with tinned tomatoes, some crushed garlic, a bit of salt and sugar, and if I’m feeling fancy I add herbs, chopped peppers and things, but that’s optional. I let it heat up on High for about half an hour, and meantime I make meatballs my mixing mince (ground beef) with egg and breadcrumbs, roll into balls and drop into the hot sauce. I use 1 egg per half pound of mince and enough breadcrumbs to make it come together. It takes the usual, 5 hours on High or 8 hours on Low, and is great if you’ve got a crowd coming – just serve it in bowls with cheese on top and crusty bread.

    Those are the two that spring to mind, although I’ve used it for all sorts of things – including a turkey! That was amazing, I started it cooking at home, then wrapped the crockpot in blankets and drove for an hour to my brother’s house and finished it cooking there. Brilliant!

    1. Sherry

      Oh thank you for these ideas! YUM!! I can’t wait to try the meatballs- they sound amazing!

      1. heartlandroad

        I hope you enjoy them. If you don’t have breadcrumbs for the meatballs you can use crushed crackers – about 12 large crackers for every egg.

        Best add some salt and pepper to the meat mixture too.

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