Quick easy meals for busy moms or families with hectic lifestyles are crucial when we have kids with full schedules. Fast crockpot meals or meals that take little time to put together can make your life so much easier, especially when you are on the run all day. Some of these are recipes that you can throw into the crockpot and leave, and they will cook themselves and be ready when you get home.
It can get very expensive to eat at restaurants or drive-thru’s all the time, and not to mention that those aren’t always the healthiest options. I’ve put together a few quick and easy crockpot recipes and other ideas for things you can make that kids will love and won’t take hours to put together.
First you need a good slow cooker. This is the newer model of the one I have which I love, available on Amazon.com. It’s not the largest size available, but I can double most recipes with it and it’s easy to store. It’s programmable so I have options to cook for a specific time or use the temperature probe.
Hamilton Beach 33969A Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker, 6-Quart
If you have a big family or just like to have extra to store or freeze, this 8.5 quart slow cooker gives you tons of options. It’s also programmable, so you can set it for a specific time and it will switch to warm after the cook time is finished.
Elite MST-900D Elite Platinum Stainless Steel Digital Slow Cooker, 8.5 quart, Stainless Steel
Paula Deen’s Crockpot Potato Soup
This recipe is my kids’ favorite and they ask me to make it for them every week. It’s probably the easiest recipe that I make and I usually double it because I have a large crockpot, and we love to have leftovers. It’s even better the next day. Make sure to get oyster crackers or saltines to go with it. You can also top it with some crumbled bacon or chives.
Slow Cooker Chilli
Another favorite meal that everyone likes. This is a recipe that you can tweak to add your own flair to your family’s liking. My kids don’t like super spicy food, but you can add some jalopeño peppers, green peppers, hot sauce, or many other ingredients to spice it up. You can also add other types of beans if you like.
Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken
This recipe gets great reviews on the Betty Crocker page. I haven’t made it myself yet, but if anyone tries it, please feel free to post your results in the comments below. A couple of commenters said they put a small amount of liquid in with the recipe since the instructions didn’t call for any, and the results were great.
Crock Pot Chicken Taco Meat
Another extremely easy meal to make in the crock pot for later is this crock pot chicken taco meat. My friend makes this all the time and her kids absolutely love it. It takes very little time and effort to have delicious, mouth-watering chicken for your tacos, and you can put whatever you like on them.
Slow Cooker Beef Brisket
This is such a wonderful meal to come home to after a long day at the fields. When you cook the brisket for several hours, it just falls apart. When my kids were little they used to call it “string meat”. The potatoes and carrots get infused with the flavor of the meat and onions and it’s extremely delicious. You can even cook the meat by itself and serve with some mashed potatoes. Yummy!
Pasta with Meat Sauce
You don’t need a recipe for this one. This is probably the easiest fast meal you can make if you’re not doing it ahead of time and you need something quick. Just get a 1 – 1 1/2 lb. pack of ground turkey, (or ground beef if you prefer), a large 67 ounce jar of Prego brand sauce, and a box of pasta. My kids love the rotini style noodles. Brown the meat in a large skillet, add the sauce, cook the noodles, and Voila! You have a pasta meal.
This is an extremely easy side dish to make if you are grilling burgers, making some chicken or other meat, or just want a yummy potato dish. I frequently make this and take it if I need something for a pot-luck get-together, and I get more complements on this dish than any other dish I make. You may even want to get a casserole dish with a carrying case to take it places. People love it!
I would love to hear from you if you have more ideas for easy, quick meals. Baseball parents everywhere will thank you!
Very awesome dishes that are recommended This brings me back to the days when i used to play baseball and come home to a fresh cooked dinner. And do I miss those days. Thanks for the awesome recipes and the many memories that this post gave me. Keep up the good work.
Thanks for visiting my page JP. Nice to hear that you used to play baseball. I know I’ll miss the days of my kids playing when they’re over. It is really nice to come home to a good meal that’s been cooking all day. 🙂
I looooove my crockpot. It i s a life saver when my schedule is full. These recipes sound absolutely delicious. I personally have made Paula Deen’s Potato Soup before. It is delicious an so easy in the crockpot.
I will definitely be trying out the chili and taco meat recipes. Thank you so much for sharing these!
Brandy, thanks for visiting my page. Isn’t the crockpot the best? I love walking in the door and smelling delicious food cooking and knowing I don’t have to be on my feet in the kitchen after a long day of baseball games. Good luck with your crockpot adventures! 🙂
I enjoyed your website very much, being a single guy with Celeac Disease I am forced to do my own cooking. I am always online searching for slow cooker recipes to try, your recipe’s sure look very tasty to try. Will you be having any gluten-free recipes in the future on your website I can try? I will check back another time, thank you for a great experience.
Thanks so much for visiting my website. Well, you’ve given me a very good idea. I will look for some gluten-free recipes as well as some vegan ones so I will have something for everyone. 🙂
I actually do have a slow cooker, but I have hardly used it and I really do want to change that. I really like the slow cooker recipe you have on there as I’ve always wanted to make chili, but have never gotten around to it. It actually doesn’t look to hard there and so I might just have to give that a try some time. I also like some of the other recipes you’ve got on there and will also have to give those a try some time soon. I think my slow cooker may have found new life! 🙂
Hi Brian. Get it out of that cupboard…you won’t be sorry. And try making the potato soup. You will be addicted. 🙂
I totally agree that crock pot meals are the best! They are so easy to make but taste so delicious. That potato soup recipe sounds really good, I will have to try it some time. I have also been meaning to make chili in our crock pot and haven’t gotten around to it.
Hi Christina. Yes, it sure is nice to walk into the house and have something yummy cooking. Thanks for visiting my page. 🙂
I tried the Chili and it was totally delicious! Thank you for the recipe!
Great! Yes, I love that recipe…it comes out perfect every time. 🙂
I love meals cooked in a slow cooker. You can put practically anything in them and it comes out delicious, not to mention the succulent aromas that permeate the home. They are also safe to set and forget while you’re out.
I love the sound of the chilli recipe. Slow cooked chilli beef….yum!
After being overseas for a spell I actually don’t own a slow cooker at the moment, so I’ll definitely check out your suggestions as I’m in the market for one.
Thanks for visiting my page, Darren. For anyone who’s busy, whether you have kids or are just a person who is out and about a lot, a slow cooker is an awesome thing to have. I love coming home to a warm meal. :
These are great! We’re huge fans of slow cookers in our family too. Especially in the winter and fall when the weather is cold. It’s nice to have a tasty hot meal waiting for you when you return home for the day. The chili recipe and that potato soup recipe in particular look fantastic. I’ll be trying them out!
Hi Mike. For sure, you HAVE to try the potato soup recipe. It’s the bomb and my kids ask for it every week! 🙂