What's Cooking in the Crockpot? 68 Hands-Off Family Meals
Say goodbye to the dinner rush! Mom may be in a mad dash from work to workout or soccer practice to a PTA meeting, but she still finds time to sit down for dinner. Though a hearty, homemade meal for the whole family sounds like a time-consuming task, it can be simplified with the use of a crockpot or rice cooker. Slow-cooked, low-maintenance entrées not only free up a mama's hands but also give her some time to sit down and enjoy her time with her tots. Check out 68 of our favorite crockpot options that are bound to become household favorites!
Mac and Cheese
When a pasta bake is Mama's best bet, fill the rice cooker with a handful of ingredients to create a creamy, crusty, and quick mac and cheese. Weelicious's Catherine McCord suggests adding tossed greens served alongside to complete the kid-friendly meal!
Crockpot Vegetable Ziti
Whether you're trying to sneak in the veggies or you've got a table full of known veggie lovers, this crockpot vegetable ziti really packs in the nutrients.
Braised Chicken With Tomatoes
Serve some fresh Summer tomatoes on your table with this easy tomato chicken recipe. Photo: Susannah Chen
Pulled Pork Tacos
Dinner is in the palm of your child's hand! Fold some slow-cooked pork shoulder into tortillas for Weelicious's pulled pork tacos, which are a pleasant alternative to the chicken and steak varieties that are popular with tykes.
Chicken Enchilada Soup
If your children love Mexican food, this crockpot enchilada soup is the perfect dinner to serve.
Soup is a yummy way for your kids to enjoy their veggies, and minestrone is a classic! Try this chicken version for a surefire hit.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Parmesan
White-Bean Chicken Chili
The best part about chili is that it gets tastier the longer it sits. Thanks to its long cook time, this overnight white-bean chicken concoction is bursting with delicious flavors that are sure to make this dish a staple on your family dinner table!
Chicken and Pasta Soup
Whether you're feeling sniffly or completely well, chicken noodle soup is a delicious treat. This slow-cooker recipe for the classic soup will be an instant favorite with your kids.
Chicken Parmigiana Sandwiches
This Italian crockpot recipe yields more than six chicken parmesan sandwiches, which is perfect for a large family or kids who love leftovers.
Chicken Caesar Sandwiches
Your kids might not be salad-lovers, but they'll certainly appreciate this slow-cooked chicken caesar dish.
Corn and Potato Chowder
There's nothing more comforting than a thick bowl of potato soup, and this recipe for corn and potato chowder from Mama Loves Food is guaranteed to really hit the spot. Add cooked, shredded chicken for extra protein, or serve with a big salad for a family-friendly Fall dinner.
Beef Stew in the Crockpot
On a cold and windy night, Weelicious's beef stew will warm kids from head to toe!
This slow-cooker salsa chicken recipe can be adjusted to meet your kids' spice tolerance, so don't let the name scare you!
This simple dish will remind you of Chinese takeout, but with a healthy twist. Your kids will love their servings of sweet teriyaki chicken!
Honey Sesame Chicken
Your slow cooker will make this honey sesame chicken tender and delicious to the very last bite. Don't be surprised when the kiddos come asking for seconds!
Hot Cocoa Cake
Who says it has to be Winter to enjoy a decadent mug of hot cocoa? Put your slow cooker to work with this supersweet recipe for hot cocoa cake.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Chili
Stew's on! Give your youngster a heaping helping of protein and nutrients with a piping-hot bowl of Weelicious's chicken chili. A corn muffin or bagel chip is an ideal edible instrument for dipping!
Love lasagna, but not all the prep work? Make it simple by letting your slow cooker do all the work. Simply layer your ingredients and let them simmer all day for an easy lasagna dinner. And you can easily tailor the recipe by adding your family's favorite lasagna ingredients.
Warm up any night of the week with a big bowl of slow-cooker chili. And you can tailor this recipe to fit your family by adding different types of beans, using ground turkey instead of the beef, or going vegetarian for a really healthy dinner! Photo: Katie Sweeney
Whole "Roast" Chicken
Kids love choosing a leg, breast, or thigh from a whole chicken, and now it's an attainable meal! Try roasting a whole chicken in the slow cooker for a delicious dinner.
Simple Italian Chicken
Sometimes, the simple things are the absolute best. This slow-cooked Italian chicken recipe only calls for eight everyday ingredients, but the results will wow both you and your family.
Baby loves them baby back ribs! Your kiddos will be licking their fingers after filling their bellies with Weelicious's juicy slow-cooker ribs.
Shredded BBQ Chicken Sammies
Skip the processed freezer nuggets and serve up Weelicious's BBQ chicken sammies for your wee ones. The shredded meat topped with the tangy sauce is best served between a bun.
Cream Cheese Chicken
With this recipe, you'll get plenty of cream cheese chicken for your buck! While it yields enough to serve eight adults, feel free to halve the ingredients for fewer servings.
Mexican Pulled Pork Shoulder
The secret behind this Mexican pulled pork shoulder recipe is that it can be made weeks in advance. Just freeze all of the ingredients together in a ziplock bag, pull it out when you are ready to cook, and voilà — dinner is served!
This slow-cooked orange chicken is a combination of sweet and savory that your kids will ask for over and over.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup
If chicken parm is a family favorite, try mixing things up a bit with Foxes Love Lemons' recipe for chicken parmesan soup. It has all of the saucy, cheesy goodness of the Italian staple but can be thrown together in the morning and have your whole house smelling heavenly by dinner!
Slow-Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken
Honey, garlic, and soy sauce are the dynamic trio that make Just a Taste's honey garlic chicken your new solution to boring old chicken cutlets.
The Easiest BBQ Ribs
It may not be the purist's approach to BBQ ribs, but cooking them in the crockpot offers up loads of flavor and fall-off-the-bone goodness while allowing you to do just a little bit of prep work before going about your day.
Perfect in a taco shell or atop some steamed rice, Gimme Some Oven's barbacoa is supertasty and supersimple!