50 Easy Freezer Meals

Make these EASY FREEZER MEALS ahead of time and pull them out on a busy night for a delicious home-cooked meal. This is a collection of our BEST go-to freezer meal recipes that your family will love.

One of the things that we are most known for are freezer meals!

After we posted our Make 8 Freezer Meals in 1 Hour back in 2012, the post went VIRAL! Thousands and thousands of you had been looking for easy freezer meals and loved the recipes that we shared.

We then went on to share 10 Freezer Meals that you could make in 90 Minutes, which you all loved as well.

Most of those recipes were ones that you could prep the ingredients in a resealable bag and then dump them into your slow cooker when you were ready to use them.

Today we wanted to share 50 of our favorite freezer meals – some are for slow cookers, some are for Instant Pot, some are casseroles, and some are just our favorite foods that you can make ahead of time and stick in the freezer for another day.

What are freezer meals?

Freezer meals are meals that are made in advance and then placed in the freezer to be used at a later date.

This can be done simply by doubling a recipe and freezing half for later or it can be done in bulk and stocking your freezer with a bunch of pre-made meals that only require heating up.

Just like you can buy convenient food in the freezer section of the grocery store, homemade freezer meals are the same idea – pre-made food that you can grab and heat up for a healthy, nutritious, homemade meal in a hurry.


What foods can be frozen and reheated?

Here are some of our favorite types of meals to make to freeze and reheat:


What foods do not freeze well?

There are some foods that do not freeze or thaw well and we would recommend that you avoid them in your freezer meals. Here are the list of foods that you should not try to freeze:

  • Fried foods (they become soggy when thawed)
  • Fully cooked pasta (if you want to freeze pasta, be sure to cook it al dente, otherwise it will be soggy and limp when thawed)
  • Jello or gelatin
  • Sour cream
  • Mayonnaise or mayonnaise-based salads (such as egg salad; it thaws clumpy)
  • Whole eggs, egg whites or hard-boiled eggs
  • Cream based soups/sauces
  • Fresh tomatoes (they thaw slimy and squishy)
  • Rice (when thawed, it becomes mushy)
  • Cheese (the texture will change after freezing and thawing – if you need to add cheese to a freezer meal, do it after it thaws and right before heating up)


How long do freezer meals last in the freezer?

Most foods are good in the freezer for up to 90 days before they start to get freezer burned.

We recommend that you eat your freezer meals within 60 days, just to make sure that it still tastes amazing.

Freezer burn is pretty much inevitable with all frozen foods, but it has a chance of lasting longer if you get as much air out of the package as possible.

We prefer using resealable plastic bags to put our freezer meals in (instead of baking pans or other containers) because you can squeeze or suck almost all of the air out, which will help it to last longer in the freezer.


How do I thaw freezer meals?

Thawing your food is one of the most important parts to making freezer meals!

Most food takes 24-48 hours to thaw in the fridge, so plan accordingly! I usually pull my food out of the freezer at least 24 hours before I plan on cooking it. I place my food in the fridge to let it thaw during that time.

If you don’t have time or forget to pull it out of the freezer, you can also use the “defrost” feature on your microwave to thaw it quickly. However, if your freezer meal is in an aluminum container, you can not put it in the microwave.


Can I cook a frozen meal?

I would recommend thawing it first, but if you don’t have time, you can cook your meal from frozen. In order to cook from frozen, plan on adding about 50% more time of the baking time directed in the recipe.

For example, if a recipe had me cook the casserole for 30 minutes, I would plan on cooking it for at least 45 minutes (maybe longer – you want to make sure that the entire dish is warmed through).


50 Easy Freezer meals:

Slow Cooker Bean Burritos

Homemade Baked Chicken Nuggets

20 Minute Tuscan Pasta

White Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Slow cooker Beef Stroganoff 

Black Bean Taco Soup
(Freeze before or after you cook it)

Million Dollar Casserole

slow cooker chili in small serving bowl with melted cheese

Mom’s Slow Cooker Chili
(Make it then freeze)

Chili’s Copycat Salsa Recipe 
(Make it then Freeze)

Mexican stuffed shells with chicken

Stuffed Mexican Shells

Slow Cooker Black Bean and Corn Salsa Chicken

Baked Ziti

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder
(Freeze after cooked)

Crock pot Pizza Casserole
(Freeze after cooked)

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

Slow Cooker Bajio Chicken

taco soup made with 8 cans in slow cooker

Slow Cooker 8 Can Taco Soup

Chicken Poppyseed Casserole 
(Freeze after cooked)

Ravioli Casserole

Spinach Roll-ups
(Freeze before or after baking)

Easy Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Crock Pot Orange Chicken
(Freeze before or after cooking)

Creamy Chicken Broccoli Casserole

how to make easy chicken cordon bleu casserole

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
(Freeze after cooking)

Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches

Best Cheesy Hashbrown Potato Casserole

Slow Cooker Mexican Haystacks 

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pork Roast

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Melt in your Mouth Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Put everything in a bag and freeze. Put it in the slowcooker and cook all day.

Crock Pot BBQ Hawaiian Chicken

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
(Freeze after cooking)

Slow Cooker Quinoa Chili
(Freeze after cooking)

P.F Chang Mongolian Beef
(Freeze after cooking)

3 Bean Enchiladas

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Baked Chicken Ranch Taquitos

baked spaghetti casserole recipe

Baked Spaghetti
(Freeze before baking)

ground beef casserole made to taste like a cheeseburger

Easy Cheeseburger Casserole
(Freeze before cooking)

Hungarian Goulash made in just one pot

Grandma’s Delicious Goulash

Breakfast Quesadillas

Egg Whites and Broccoli Rice Cups

Slow Cooker Healthy Chicken Fajita Soup

7 Layer Dip Burritos

Homemade Frozen Pizza

Homemade Frozen Pizzas

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Freeze and Bake Chicken Pot Pie

Slow Cooker Italian Beef

Banana Breakfast Smoothie

Slow Cooker 7 Up Chicken and Rice

Slow Cooker Sweet and Tangy Meatballs

watch how to make another yummy breakfast recipe, here:

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These Frozen Breakfast Burritos are so easy to throw together and taste absolutely amazing. They only require a few simple ingredients, and are great for busy mornings. Watch how easy they are to make, here:

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21 Responses to “50 Easy Freezer Meals”

  1. Thanks for this list. I've been trying to find one with recipes for the freezing and this is terrific! We've got big things (or a little thing more like it) coming and I want to have a freezer full of food. Bethany Little Homeschool Blessings http://littlehomeschoolblessings.blogspot.com
  2. This might seem like a dumb question, but are you supposed to assemble all ingredients and then freeze, and follow cooking instructions later? Or are you supposed to throughly cook each meal and then just re-heat from frozen later? i.e.: white chicken enchiladas
  3. I've been looking for easy freezer recipes and came across y'all. I clicked on your site because of the name. I have 6 little girls so I couldn't resist. I start my second year of Bible College night classes in Sept and have been trying to find anyway to make it easier. This is a huge help! Thank you!
  4. Lisa Williams
    So I discovered this neat trick with nice. I think it was in the NYT cooking section, but I wouldn't swear to it. It's called the "quick boil" method, and it was a game changer for me. You simply boil the rice like you would boil pasta (with plenty of extra water), then drain the water and cover while you finish preparing the meal - usually about 10 minutes. The extra water washes away the extra starch (no need for pre-rinsing), and it is perfect every single time. The rice absorbs the water during boiling, and the steam while sitting covered, and there is no guess work! White rice is boiled for 10 minutes, brown rice and some specialty rices take a little longer. You might need to look that up if you want to try it. It might be 20 - 30 minutes, I'm not sure. At any rate, I always make a huge batch, and put butter in during the "steaming" step. I freeze it in pint sized plastic containers and microwave it for me and my husband, and it is always perfect. Just one more thing to add to the "freezable" list - which is awesome btw, and thank you for that!
  5. For the Chicken Enchilada Casserole, do you add the sour cream later since it doesn't freeze well? How would you do that? Or do you make the sauce without it and freeze it separately from the other ingredients and then dump them all in a crock pot? Thank you for your help!!

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