10 Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in Less Than 90 Minutes!

I am all about quick, simple, and easy dinners, especially when they are slow cooker dinners that I can just throw in the slow cooker on a busy day. Here are 10 Slow Cooker Freezer Meals that you can make in less than 90 minutes.

Our first freezer meal post (8 Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in 1 Hour) was such a success and we have had so many requests for another post, so we wanted to share 10 more meals that you could make in about 90 minutes.

We also gave you more side dish suggestions for an easy way to complete the meal.

We included another recipe sheet and shopping list that can be printed off (scroll down to the bottom and you will find them).

Here are the 10 recipes that I used:

Slow Cooker Black Bean and Corn Salsa Chicken
2 (14 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed

2 (14 oz) cans corn, drained
1 (1 oz) package taco seasoning
1 lb chicken breasts
1 cup salsa
3/4 cup water
Place all ingredients in resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Mix together in bag and zip closed.
When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 7-8 hours.
When finished cooking, shred chicken and serve over rice, with tortilla chips, over a salad, in tortilla shells, or wrapped in a soft tortilla (this meat is so versatile). Garnish with cheese, sour cream, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and hot sauce.
Side dish idea:

Slow Cooker BBQ Cranberry Chicken
2 lbs chicken breasts
1/4 cup dried minced onion
1 (16 oz) can whole cranberry sauce
1 cup barbecue sauce

Combine all ingredients in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag and zip closed.  When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 6-7 hours.

Side dish idea:
Baked potatoes and a side of stuffing

Slow Cooker Beef and Mushrooms
3 lbs stew meat, cubed
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
2 (4 oz each) cans mushrooms, with liquid
1/2 cup apple juice
1 (1 oz) packet dry onion soup mix

Combine all ingredients in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Zip closed.
When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on HIGH for 6 hours or LOW for 10 hours.
Serve over rice.

Side dish idea:
Oven-Roasted Vegetables

Slow Cooker Pineapple Glazed Ham
4 thick slices of boneless ham, fully cooked (I cut mine about 3/4″ thick)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple (do not drain)
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard (optional)

Mix together brown sugar, pineapple, and mustard in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Place ham slices inside and zip bag closed.
When ready to eat,  remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 5-6 hours.

Side dish idea:
Cheesy Potatoes

Slow Cooker Sweet and Tangy Meatballs
1 (12 oz) jar chili sauce
1 (16-18 oz) jar grape jelly
1 (2 lb) package frozen meatballs

In a bowl, combine chili sauce and grape jelly until smooth. Place meatballs in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Pour in the chili sauce mixture and mix together in the bag until thoroughly combined. Zip bag closed.

When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on HIGH for 1-2 hours or LOW for 3-4 hours. Serve over rice or with toothpicks (makes a great appetizer too!).Side dish idea:
Broccoli Salad

Mom’s Slow Cooker Chili

1 lb ground beef (you could also use ground turkey)
1 onion, diced
2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1/4 cup ketchup or chili sauce
1/4 cup water
1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon sugar
Brown ground beef with chopped onion. While they are browning, combine all other ingredients in resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. When the browned hamburger and onion has cooled down, add it to the rest of the ingredients in the freezer bag and zip closed.
When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 7-8 hours. Top with shredded cheese and crackers or Frito’s corn chips.
Side dish idea:

Slow Cooker Sweet Teriyaki Chicken
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 onion, chopped
1 1/2 lbs chicken breasts

Mix together soy sauce, sugar, garlic salt and chopped onion in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Place chicken breasts inside the bag and zip closed.
When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 7-8 hours.
Serve over rice.

Side Dish Idea:
Honey Roasted Carrots

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches
3 lb bottom round beef roast
2 (1 oz each) packages dry Italian salad dressing mix
1 cup water
1 (16 oz) jar pepperoncini peppers (can substitute milder, sweeter peppers if desired)

Mix together salad dressing mixes, water, and peppers in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Add the roast and zip the bag closed.
When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on HIGH for 7 hours or LOW for 10-12 hours.
Serve on your favorite kind of buns.

Side dish idea:
Baked Potato Wedges

Slow Cooker Creamy Salsa Chicken
1 lb chicken breasts
1 (16 oz) jar chunky salsa
1 (10.75 oz) cream of chicken soup

Mix together salsa and chicken soup in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Add chicken breasts and zip closed.
When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 6-7 hours.
When finished cooking, shred chicken and serve over rice, with tortilla chips, over a salad, in tortilla shells, or wrapped in a soft tortilla (this meat is so versatile). Garnish with cheese, sour cream, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and hot sauce.

Side dish idea:
Easy Guacamole or Skillet Queso Dip


Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes
1 1/2 lbs pork chops, boneless (about 4-6 chops, thick sliced)
6-8 medium potatoes, chopped into large pieces
2 (10.75 oz each) cans cream of chicken soup
2 (1 oz each) packages dry Ranch dressing mix
1 cup milk
Dried parsley to sprinkle on top (optional)

In a bowl, mix together the soups, milk, and ranch dressing mixes and pour into a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Combine all other ingredients together and zip closed.
When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 6-7 hours.
Use the extra sauce in the slow cooker as a gravy for the potatoes and the pork chops. Sprinkle with dried parsley if you want.

Side dish idea:
5 Cup Creamy Fruit Salad

And to help make your life easier, I included the shopping list.
 (The side dish idea ingredients are not included in the shopping list). Putting the meals together is actually pretty fun.
The first thing that I did was label all my bags with what was going inside and how long to cook them in the slow cooker.
I then placed all the meat inside each bag (I don’t really like handling raw meat, so I figured that I would just get it over with).
I then printed off the recipes and just added the ingredients called for to each bag.
You might find it easier to chop and prepare all your produce and other items, but I like doing it one recipe at a time. Just do what works best for you.
And less than 90 minutes later, I had 10 freezer meals all ready to go.

(This picture is actually from the first 8 Freezer Meals that I put together- you can find those recipes and shopping list HERE).

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Do you cook these meals before you freeze them?
The only thing that I cooked was the ground beef in the chili meal. Everything else was raw. I know that some people worry about using raw meat mixed with other ingredients, but I have never had a problem and I have been doing this for years.

2. How many people does each meal feed?
Each of these meals makes enough for my family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids), plus 2 more servings for myself and my husband the next day (so about 6 servings). However, my kid servings are smaller than my adult servings, so keep that in mind.

3. Do I need to blanch the vegetables to keep them from going soggy?
I have made these recipes many times and frozen them many times and have never had a problem with soggy or mushy vegetables.

Other tips and suggestions:

  • Don’t forget to add Ziploc gallon-sized freezer bags to your shopping list.
  • All of these recipes can lay pretty flat, making them easy to stack in your freezer (they really won’t take up much room).
  • They seem to work best in the slow cooker if you can let them thaw in the fridge for about 24 hours before serving them. If you are not able to thaw them beforehand, plan on them cooking for a lot longer in the slow cooker.
  • Slow Cooker Liners will make clean up a breeze.
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89 Responses to “10 Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in Less Than 90 Minutes!”

  1. I love my crock pot and am always looking for new recipes! Thank you for sharing!

    Thank you for your visit to my chocolate blog, Once Upon a Chocolate Life! The Joy the Baker brownies are fabulous!

    I wish I had been able to attend the blog conference, will you be doing an ebook with the information from the conference for thos of us who were unable to make it?

    I am fascinated by your growth and look forward to learning more about it!
    • I have lots of food sensitivities, so I found recipes for taco seasoning, dry onion soup, chili seasoning, Italian salad dressing mix, ranch dressing mix, cranberry sauce, and cream of anything soups. It seems like a sizable list but actually only added about 30" to the prep time. We liked all of the recipes but especially the meatballs.
  2. Thanks for the recipes. I am new to freezer cooking and a fairly poor cook, in general.

    I made the Beef and Mushrooms. The flavor of the beef was great, but the sauce was a thin liquid with a lot of floating particles. My 18-month-old loved the meal over rice. She hardly eats anything, so I'll make it again.

    Do you have any suggestions for the sauce? Did I do something wrong?
  3. ya but these are awesome for when your husband is working late and u can't eat as a family. i just put stuff in the slow cooker then when i come home it's already done then when he comes home at like 11 or 12 at night he can still have a hot dinner waiting for him. i love it and thanks so much for posting these on here. i look forward to seeing more.
  4. What do you think about slicing up fresh mushrooms for the beef and mushrooms recipe? I've never frozen fresh mushrooms and then cooked them, but I prefer fresh over canned. Good or bad idea? Love all your recipes btw! I've made the 8 freezer meals before and it is just the most fabulous thing to pull a home-prepared meal out of the freezer!
  5. Out of desperation last month, I quickly scanned a few websites for freezer meals and found this one. I printed off the grocery list, sprinted to the store and later that night...had a freezer full of meals!! Bulk meat prices were good, so I stocked up. I had enough ingredients to make FIFTEEN meals for my family of 5. One evening: 15 meals. I love you, sisters. I really, really love you. Oh...my family does too! :)
  6. Sarah
    I am gone from home 9+ hours a day. If I put these into my crock frozen, and cook on low, would that work? I tried out this method using recipes from another site last year, and while I liked the process I didn't much care for the food. These look more like foods we would actually eat!
    • Janene S.
      I have the same issue -- being gone from the house for a long time, much longer than the cooking time on crock pot recipes. I found that using an electrical outlet timer (like the kind you can use for your lights when you go out of town) is a great solution for that. I assemble everything in the crock pot the night before, put it in the fridge overnight (or thaw it in the fridge overnight, if it was frozen previously), and then in the morning I turn the crock pot on low but then set the electrical outlet to turn on at whatever time will give me the cooking time I need. :o)
  7. Thanks so much for sharing these recipes. They are EXACTLY what I have been looking for. I have been terrible at dinner for so many years and recently tried making freezer meals in advance. I really like this method except that I felt so scattered while I was making them - I had crock-pots going, stuff in the oven, raw food going straight to the freezer, three or four pots on the stove... After that, I tried slow-cooker meals, which I love but just don't have time to make before work every morning. And so, when I found this web-site, I knew that it is exactly what my family needs. Thanks again. I can't wait to try some of these recipes!
  8. PharmLisa
    Thank you sisters. Your freezer meals are all great and have single handedly decreased the overall discord in our house. Knowing that supper is waiting in the crockpot when I get home takes a lot of stress off my shoulders. I eagerly await the next set of recipes. Lisa
  9. Do you use condensed soups for the cream of chicken and mushroom? Can I used condensed and just add water to it before freezing? Just want to make sure I do it right! :) I am making my list with the online shopping guide and I know condensed it cheaper. Thank you for your website!
  10. Sisters, I tried the Ranch Pork Chops and I'm not sure if/what I did wrong. It did not turn out well. :-( I followed the recipe but when I cooked it, I don't think it was right. I made the ranch, milk and soup mix and poured it in the bag. I cut the potatoes and added them and the pork chops to the mix (all in the same bag, raw). I thawed it 24 hours before cooking. Some of the pieces of potato were black and mushy??? I pulled them out and cooked it. Some of the potatoes were still very raw, and others were just mush. My pork chops shriveled up (I did use boneless, maybe this was why) and curled. It was all rather bland as well. I wouldn't have minded the bland flavor, but the textures of the meat and potatoes just really turned me off. Any suggestions??
    • i've been making freezer meals for a while (haven't tried these ones just yet) but it goes straight from my freezer to the crockpost (without thawing) it seems like thawing it would make everything turn mushy? also, i would recommend using red potatoes over russett because russett just go mushy no matter what!
  11. Just wanted to thank you guys for the recipes. My co-worker's spouse fell and broke her upper arm and suddenly he's responsible for all the meals/shopping, etc... on top of a lot of changes and demands at work. I'll be using several of these recipes to take in for him to help ease the burden a little bit.
  12. Love your recipes. I am a very busy studying Mother and my slow cooker is a life saver. I live in Australia and find some of the ingredients a bit of a puzzle. e.g. what is "Liquid Smoke"? also in your "Hearty Beef Stew" what do you consider a can of tomato sauce? Could it be passata? Or maybe a tomato pasta sause?
  13. Just wanted to say I absolutely love your site and especially love these freezer meals! I first found them when I was pregnant (the 8 meals in an hour) and made them for after baby was born. It was the best gift I could have given myself! Now I tell anyone who will listen about your site and these fast crock pot meals. You guys obviously live in the real world and have such practical recipes. I love it!
  14. I'm in nursing school so I am SUPER busy and not home to get meals ready for my family...which means I've been scouring the internet for awesome, easy, freezer meals. I've been making your freezer slow cooker meals for a couple months now and LOVE them!!! This is the first time I've really used my slow cooker, and now I use it almost exclusively! AND I've come up with a few recipes of my own. :D THANK YOU for doing these recipes and making my life so so much easier!!!! Really appreciated.
  15. I made these meals when I was "nesting" prior to the birth of my son. They were a LIFESAVER while tending a newborn and not having the time/energy for cooking. Prep was easy and super quick. Here are my reviews for the ones we've made so far. 1) Beef and Mushrooms. Paler brown than shown, but extremely delicious. Would make again. 2) BBQ Cranberry Chicken: overcooked. Low for 7-8 hours got stringy, mealy, dry chicken. This is a quirk of my own slow cooker, not the recipe. Loved the flavor though. Would do again with a much shorter cook time. 3) Pineapple glazed ham: Tasted weird. This is more likely my own taste than the recipe itself. The ham turned out tender and very nice. I would try this recipe again with different flavor profile. 4) Sweet and Tangy Meatballs: WAY too sweet for my preferences. But it was still pretty good. Would try again without the grape jelly. Maybe some tomato sauce instead? 5) Mom's Slow Cooker Chili: Tasted like ketchup soup. I used chili sauce instead of ketchup, but with the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce, it just lost its real "Chili" taste for me. HOWEVER. I am from Texas, and I have a strong idea of how chili should taste to me. I'd still try it again. The browning/prepping process was great and I would totally apply it to my own chili recipe. 6) Sweet Teriyaki Chicken: I really liked this. The chicken took on an unsavory brown/maroon color, but it tasted great. I would definitely make this again with a shorter cooking time (apparently, my slow cooker NUKES chicken on low over 7-8h). 7) Italian Beef Sandwiches: Absolutely delicious. 8) Creamy Salsa Chicken: Kind of soupy--which is how I think the recipe was intended. Tasted really good. I did not expect to like it as much as I did. 9) Ranch Pork Chops: Would trim the fat off first and cook less (potatoes were really mealy). The sauce was REALLY salty to me. This is likely due to the ranch mix I chose. Might not make this one again. Overall, I was THRILLED with these recipes. Even though I didn't love some of them, it was obvious that this was due to my own personal taste preferences. I loved learning the method/portioning and I am excited to adapt these recipes to my own style. Thank you, Six Sisters!!!
    • Courtney
      Something I do is use a christmas light timer (you can find these at Walmart) and plug the slow cooker into that. I can then tell it when to turn on and when to turn off so I don't have to worry about it cooking too long and I can time it so that it's done right as I'm getting home!
  16. Love your website. I have a question. Do I have to brown the ground meat before placing it in the slow cooker? This morning I placed the frozen ground beef in the slow cooker with 1 cup of salsa and 1 cup bbq sauce. I put in a few seasonings and set the slow cooker on low in hopes when I get home today from work it would turn into something good.
  17. Nicci Du Preez
    Been using your recipes for a while, makes life soooo much easier. Got some allergies, so substitute things like onion, but would like to share some other tips... 1. I bought a plug-in timer for 15 bucks. If I leave home early in the morning I dump the frozen meal in the slow cooker and set the timer for the apropriate switch on time - thought this would be helpful to others. 2. For meats that need browning - I pack the meat seperately from the veg, switch slow cooker to high, spray with oil, add meat only, then place my imitation Flavorwave lid on the slow cooker to brown the meat. When it is suitably browned I add the rest of the ingredients. You can tell I'm a short-cut kind of girl, can't you? Thanks for the recipes xxxxxx
  18. Has anyone tried putting everything in the slow cooker liner then a ziploc, then freeze? I'm going to try these slow cooker meals for my elderly grandparents and the less moving from place to place the better. I'm thinking pull from the freezer, thaw, pull the liner out of the zip and plop it in the slow cooker. I'm not sure if those liners can hold up in the freezer though.
  19. Monique
    Was wondering if you had any freezer/slow cooker recipes to share that have more fresh ingredients/sauces vs. canned or packaged items which my husband is not too fond of (and are usually pretty high in sodium). I love how easy all your recipes are and I looked them over to try and modify them so as to not use so many canned items, but don't really see that it would be too easy to modify them. Any thoughts/suggestions/recipes are appreciated!! :)
  20. Gwendolyn Campbell
    Thanks so much for these great recipes! I thought you might like to know how a group of 5 friends and I are using them. On the first weekend of each month, each one of us picks one (unique) crock-pot recipe and prepares 6, gallon-sized, freezer bags worth. Then, on the following Monday, we get together for an exchange and each one of us goes home to stock our freezer with 6 different meals to enjoy during the month. It?s a great system ? making 6 bags of one meal is so much easier than preparing 6 different meals. And, as working women, we love the convenience of having one or two of these meals ready-to-go each week! Please feel free to pass along this idea, if you think it would appeal to your readers. And, thanks again for the wonderful recipes! All the best, Gwen
  21. Pat Davison
    Being rather new to Pinterest and associated information sites, I would not usually offer a comment. However, your last response, Cyd, was on my daughter's birthday. I am motivated. I love the sound of your recipes - simple but tasty, and it seems many others agree. Living mostly alone means some are overabundant but I am quite content to repeat meals and once cooked they can be refrozen. My slow cooker may be in for shock. Cheers, Pat.
    • Hi Pat, Thanks so much for your sweet comment. With our last daughter leaving for college in the fall, I am definitely going to have to cut back or do a lot of freezing of leftovers. My daughter will often come home from school and eat leftovers for an after school snack. Life is always changing, but it's fun to see our families grow up and make good choices. Have a wonderful week and thanks again for stopping by our blog and good luck with your slow cooker!! :) Cyd
  22. Juanita in OH
    WOW, I am sooooooooooo excited. I found you on a Pinterest page and consider you my find of the week! Being able to do these meals will make my life so much better. I have a few serious health issues that prevent me from moving around much other than in my Jazzy chair and they cause pain. Believe me when I say your recipes are a God send. TFS.
  23. Ashley
    I've been stressing about how my husband and son would be eating after the arrival of our twins. We're expecting a c section situation plus NICU time so this will be so helpful in keeping my family fed while I'm out of commission! Thank you!
  24. Janene S.
    Most of the recipes I've tried have been really good -- the Teriyaki Chicken and the Dijon Maple Chicken (which I don't see posted here anymore?) both turned out good, but something went wrong with the Cranberry BBQ Chicken. When I assembled the ingredients, the sauce smelled so amazing I thought I might need a few moments alone with it... :o) But after the recommended time in the crock pot, it was as if all the flavor had completely cooked out of the sauce and it was all watery. The chicken itself was moist, but the resulting flavor after cooking in the crock pot was nowhere near as delicious as the sauce smelled before I started cooking. I would like to try making it again, but I'm not sure what happened.
  25. I found this on Pinterest quite some time ago and am just now getting around to it. =) However, when I printed the shopping list I thought something was missing from when I read through all of the recipes. I went back and double checked and there are several things missing from the list. One was cream of chicken soup. 3 cans total are needed, but none listed...? There were a few other things as well. I don't know if this is too "old" to change, but I thought I'd bring it up. I'm so excited about trying these recipes. I've been wanting to do freezer meals for a long time and just never have!! Once I do these I'm going to check out the "8 Meals" that people are talking about on here!! =) Thanks for the kitchen help!!! Some of us need it WAY more than others (me). I'm so marking your page as a favorite in my list!!!
    • Camille (Six Sisters Stuff)
      Hi Karen! I just wanted to make sure that you got both pages of the shopping list? The 3 cans of cream of chicken soup are listed on the second page (along with the other ingredients that you thought might be missing?). I hope that this helps! Have a great day! Camille
  26. Tayla Gonzalez
    My husband and I recently made your 8 freezer meals in one hour. Our family has made four of them so far - with GREAT reviews!!! This was our first attempt at slow cooker freezer meals and has been a wonderful experience. We enjoyed prepping together and the overall convenience of not having to "think" about "... what's for dinner?..."! It has been nice just deciding what we are craving and TA-DA!!! We can't wait to add these to our rotation!!! Thank you for making our lives easier!!!
  27. I've tried the 8 freezer meals and loved them. Just found these 10. I usually never leave comments wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the time spent on this website in these meals and that they're free. I especially love the printable shopping list. Makes things so much easier. Thanks so much for sharing.
  28. Teresa B.
    I'm so excited to try these for my postpartum meals! And I've always made meatballs with chili sauce and grape jelly. That's the BEST way! And so good! Thanks for putting together the shopping list as well. It makes it really easy especially for us new mommies who tend to forget things....... :)
  29. Michelle
    People have asked about needing to thaw the meals prior to cooking. Ideally a 24hr thaw time is best. I did want to offer an alternative. I'm not known for planning ahead. Knowing this I cut the chicken breasts into smaller pieces. That moves the thaw/cooking process along significantly when you start from frozen vs full sized chicken breasts (many of which get shredded anyway). This only works if you're not using frozen chicken breasts. I also find it's easier to split portions according to appetites when you have smaller sizes so instinctively I've always done this since the kids were tiny (now all grown). Thank you for sharing these amazing recipes. Although we are empty nesters now freezer cooking still works for us. A single recipe feeds us two nights, with a lunch or two to take to work. After feeding an army for years I never adjusted to 'just two'. If I'm going to cook I might as well just cook and have something to show for it. The end result is far less time in the kitchen and a full freezer. :-) Blessings.

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