5 Compliment Worthy Crockpot Recipes for Busy Moms
If you’re like me, cooking a fancy meal that wows a crowd sounds like a wonderful idea
A wonderful, time-consuming, possibly stressful and unrealistic idea with my two kids running around and begging for peanut butter sandwiches. But, don’t give up hope! It is possible to create a meal that tastes like you slaved away in the kitchen all day while in reality, you got work done, ran errands and folded 200 pairs of tiny socks.
Let me introduce our favorite kitchen friend: The Crockpot.
If you are new to this glorious invention, or even if you just haven’t solidified your go-to Crockpot meals yet, this list is for you. Below are my most compliment-earning crockpot meals, taste-tested and crowd approved.
Two must-haves before we start:
- You’ll want a pretty large Crockpot (mine is 6 quarts), the dinky little guys just do not cut it for a full family meal.
- You also want these Reynolds Crockpot Liners, only $3.97. Once I discovered these, I liked crockpot cooking a whole lot more, because you literally just fold it up and throw it away after dinner! Easiest. Cleanup. EVER.
Without further ado, I present to you the 5 crockpot meals I get the most oooh’s and ahh’s over!
My husband requests this meal ALL the time and bonus, my kids (ages three and five) LOVE it! With only 5 ingredients, it will take you less than five minutes to get this meal cooking.
- 3-4 chicken breasts
- 15oz jar of salsa
- 10oz can of cream of mushroom soup
- 1 packet of taco seasoning
- 8oz sour cream
- Add chicken, salsa, cream of mushroom soup and taco seasoning to crockpot and stir.
- Cook for 4-6 hours on low, and then add the sour cream the last 30 minutes of cook time. Serve over rice.
Pot Roast & Veggies
People are always amazed at how simple this recipe is! I love that you can throw everything in at once and not touch it until you’re ready to serve.
- 1.5-3lb chuck roast
- 1.5lbs small golden potatoes (whole, no cubing necessary)
- 10oz pearl onions (or regular onions, sliced, if you prefer)
- 16oz baby carrots
- 10oz can beef consommé (or beef broth)
- 1 package Lipton Beefy Onion Soup
Toss all ingredients in your crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours. That’s it!
The only tricky part to Crockpot recipes is that if you forget to start it early enough, you may miss the window for the recipe to be finished cooking by dinnertime. That’s why I LOVE this recipe! You can set it up as little as 2 hours before serving time and it will be completely ready.
- 1lb ground beef
- 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup corn kernels
- 1 cup salsa
- 4.5oz can of chipped green chiles (I use Old El Paso)
- 2tsp taco seasoning
- 10oz can mild enchilada sauce
- 8 8-inch flour tortillas
- 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese, divided
- *optional toppings for serving: Avocado, roma tomato, & cilantro leaves
Originally made by the cooking queen herself, Paula Deen, you can’t go wrong with this easy potato soup recipe. Perfect for chilly winter days! I like to add corn kernels to mine to bring a little bit of sweetness and crunch to the mix.
- 1 bag of frozen hash brown potatoes (squared, not shredded)
- 1/3 cup chopped onion
- 2 cans of chicken broth
- 1 can of cream of chicken soup
- ¼ tsp of ground black pepper
- ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 8oz cream cheese
- *optional: 1 can of cork kernels and bacon bits
- Add hash browns, chopped onion, chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, shredded cheddar cheese and pepper to crock pot (also corn, if you want it). Stir, cook on low for 4-6 hours.
- Add in the 8oz block of cream cheese for the last 30 minutes of cooking, stirring occasionally.
- Top with shredded cheese and bacon bits if desired (which you will).
Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs & Veggies
This may take the cake in the “fancy foods I didn’t work hard on” category. Friends are always impressed with this meal and I’m always impressed it only took me 10 minutes of work total.
- 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
- 16oz baby red potatoes, halved
- 16oz baby carrots
- 16 oz green beans, trimmed
- 2tbs chopped parsley
For the sauce:
- 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper