Crockpot Recipes For Working People

Looking for crockpot recipes for during the work week. I leave the house at 7 a.m. and return at 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. So these delicious sounding recipes that require you to cook 4 hours and then do or add something else and cook another 4 hours don’t work for me. I want something I can throw in the crockpot in 10 min or less in the morning (or put together the night before and refridgerate) plug it in in the morning and have supper when I get home. The less meat the better. THANKS!!!

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Gina - September 29, 2010

There are usually recipes that come with your crock-pot.
But a one that I can think of off the top of my head would be soups. I make a vegetable soup in the crock pot. Just buy whatever frozen veggies you like throw it in the crock pot and use whatever broth you like as the liquid. Serve with a green salad and bread.

Mara - September 29, 2010

-White Chicken Chili- serve over rice
-3 Bean Chili-serve w/cornbread
-White Bean soup w/kale and sausage- (throw in kale when you get home)-serve w/warm bread and butter
-Any Roast, just make sure there is plenty of liquid, brown sides before throwing in,great for pulled pork sandwiches w/bbq sauce
-Posole (serve w/tostada shells)
-Tortilla Soup (serve w/tortilla chips/salsa)
-White Bean Soup w/Tomatoes, stir in frozen pesto cubes when you get home

Just look up standard recipes for these online and conform to your budget/taste. Something that is of tremendous help when you’re busy is to make a big batch of plain rice and batches of plain beans (white, black, kidney, pinto) on Sunday during the day. They will store in your fridge all week and you can use them in all kinds of recipes, or you can just throw them in a tortilla and have a quick burrito, or throw into a big salad. Versatile, cheap, healthy, and I buy organic dry beans so even better! (no toxins or bpa to flavor my soups thank you very much!)

Also, leftover rice is yummy for breakfast and sweet snacks, just put some milk, cinnamon, sweetener, and I like to add some seeds for texture. Microwave together for a cheap healthy snack.

Good luck!:)

Stephanie - September 29, 2010

2-3 Frozen Chicken Breasts
1 can black beans drained
1 can corn drained
1 jar salsa – poured on top
8 oz cream cheese

Cook on low 8 hours, add sour cream last 20 mins. Stir to break up chicken, Sprinkle with cheese and serve over rice or chips. Left overs can be made into burritos or a chip dip. Kid friendly.

You can doctor anyway you choose (onions, olives, peppers, etc).

Enjoy! Really is yummy.

    Sue - September 30, 2010

    Question on the recipe: is it cream cheese or sour cream? Either way, it sounds yummy.

Ally - September 30, 2010

look for other recipes that have 10+ hours of cooking or look for a cooker that can sit “idle” for 2 hours before turning itself on.

Susan - September 30, 2010

I don’t have a recipe handy but here’s a tip: I see you’re away from home 10-11 hours. If you have a recipe that needs to cook for 9 hours you can gain a little time with one of those timers you’d use for a lamp, etc. while you are on vacation. Just put your food in the crockpot just before you leave, set the timer for about an hour later and plug the crockpot into the timer. If you need to you can also set the timer to end before you get home and the food will stay warm in the crockpot for a while. Food can safely be out of refrigeration for up to two hours before you cook it, but to err on the safe side I’ve never set the timer for more than an hour after I leave in the morning.

Sherry - October 2, 2010

Crock Pot Chicken Lasagna

2 (10.5 oz) cans condensed reduced-fat cream of chicken
1 package frozen chopped spinach (10 oz) thawed, drained and squeezed
1 (9 oz) package frozen diced cooked chicken
1 (8 oz) carton reduced fat sour cream
1 cup 1% milk
1/2 cup (4oz) Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
9 uncooked lasagna noodles
Cooking Spray
1 cup shredded part skim mozzarella

Combine first 10 ingredients in large bowl and stir well. Coat CP with spray and place 3 uncooked lasagna noodles in bottom of cooker. Break noodles in half as necessary to fit. Spread 1/3 spinach mixture over noodles; sprinkle with 1/3 cup mozzarella. Layer 3 more noodles, half remaining spinach mixture, and 1/3 cup mozzarella. Top with remaining noodles and spinach. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover with lid; cook on high 1 hour and reduce to low 5 hours or until done.

Sally - October 6, 2010

I use my crockpot a lot, usually to have dinner hot and ready when we get home from church on Sunday afternoon, or for those days when I have to be out of town until dinnertime.
Our two most favorite recipes are:

Taco Soup
1/2 lb ground beef, browned
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 onion, chopped
2 cans corn
1 can black beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 can Rotel with jalapenos (or you could throw in salsa)
some beef boullion if you like
Throw it all in the crockpot, set on low and let it go for at least 6 hours, and I’ve cooked it up to 12 hours with excellent results. Serve with tortillas, corn chips, or whatever you like.

Mushroom pork chops
1 pkg pork chops, or some other cut of pork.
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1/2 onion, chopped

Layer meat, onions and mushroom soup in the crockpot. Set on low and let it cook for 8 hours or so. It becomes extremely tender, falls apart when you lift the pieces out of the crockpot. Serve over rice.

limecloud - October 6, 2010

I second the Taco soup recipe above – I make it all the time and it’s so good! If you need some more ideas you should check out this blog- it’s from a woman who spend 365 days cooking from a crock pot every day- I’ve tried some of the recipes and they are really good and easy (most of her recipes are also wheat free due to her kid’s allergy).

I love my crock pot and use it as least once a week, don’t be afraid to try a few if these recipes- Good luck :)

    Glenda - October 7, 2010

    I want to second the recommendation from that site. I’ve used a number of recipes from her and they’re great.

Carla - October 8, 2010

Although it would involve a bit more work, what about cooking dinner in the slow cooker overnight right before you do to bed, putting it in the fridge in the morning when you get up, and then heating it up for dinner? When I was working outside the home, I rarely got more than 6 hours of sleep a night, which might work better with some of the 6-8 hour recipes.

Susan - October 9, 2010

Use frozen ingredients-it’ll take longer to cook. Love the idea about the timer, too!

jeanna - October 13, 2010

I leave my house at 7AM and don’t get home until 5:30 or 6, so I know what you mean! We are starved by the time we all get home and having something almost ready is the way to go!

A few things I make regularly:


I take those frozen boneless, skinless breasts. Put them frozen in my crockpot. Dump on a can of cream of chicken soup and one can of water. Cook on low all day (at least 8-10 hours). Then when I get home, I remove the insert of my crockpot with the chicken cooked inside. Top with canned biscuits and put that in the oven on around 350 degrees until the biscuits brown. We serve this over mashed potatoes or rice or noodles.


Take thawed (not frozen this time) chicken breasts or whatever pieces your family prefers, or pork steaks, pork chops, etc. Put in the crockpot. Cover with some BBQ sauce, or cream of chicken soup, whatever you’re in the mood for. Place a square of foil over the chicken/sauce (a barrier). Then place foil wrapped unpeeled potatoes on top of that foil square -sitting on top of the chicken. Cook all day (8-10 hours at least). This way, you have two items ready to go. But, DON’T use frozen meat (make sure it is thawed – even if you have to thaw it a few minutes in the microwave) because cold meat will not allow for the potatoes to heat up in time to cook in the crockpot. Make sure to cook this a full 8-10 hours.


Put some pieces of round steak or cube steak in the bottom of the crockpot. However many you usually serve your family.

Add: 1 can diced tomatoes
1 can mushrooms, (stems & pieces are cheapest)
1-2 sliced bell peppers (red or green)
1 T. onion powder or 1 packet Onion soup mix
2 T. A1 or other steak sauce.
Salt & Pepper

Cook all day on low.

Serve over rice. This is a terrific dish. Loved it the whole time I was growing up!


Wrap as many boneless, skinless chicken breasts as you desire with one piece of bacon each. Place in crockpot.

Combine 1 can cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom soup with 8 oz of sour cream.

Pour over chicken.

Cook all day. Serve over noodles or rice! The bacon gives the chicken a nice smokey flavor. We love it!


I place a whole thawed chicken in the crockpot. If the lid doesn’t fit well, just cover the crockpot tightly with foil. Cook on low all day. We eat it that way until we are tired of the meat. Eat it for sandwices, etc. Then I remove what chicken I want for freezing for later. Put the carcas back in the crockpot, cover with water, cook all day or overnight for broth for freezing in 2 cup containers.

I probably have tons more I could add….


Lilly - October 14, 2010

You can also just make a basic stew or roast in the crockpot. Take your choice of meat, add potatoes, carrots, onions, whatever, seasonings of your choice & set the temp for low. By the time you get home, it’ll be finished & ready to eat! I buy the mini carrots (already peeled & cut=bonus!) & cut the taters in large chunks–no peeling (more nutrients). I even use crockpot liners, making clean up a breeze!

Amy - October 14, 2010

You can also use multiple crock pots to make a meal if you don’t want an all-in-one meal. You can salt and pepper a whole chicken a crock pot it for 5 hours on high or about 10 hours on low. In another crock pot put your potatoes and carrots. Maybe put some southern cream peas in another crock pot. Then if you have a bread machine, get that going and you will have a whole army of appliances working for you during the day. I have done this on Sunday morning when we go to church. You can also cook a corned beef in a crock pot all day. The longer you cook a corned beef, the more tender it will be. You can do desserts too. My MIL told me you can put in a can of pie filling (any flavor), topped with 1/2 a cake mix, topped with some nuts. Several hours in the crock pot and its done. Hope this helps!

jeanna - October 14, 2010

One more crockpot tip. If you want to use a crockpot liner but can’t find any “official” ones, you can use a turkey cooking bag. They work just fine and are a little more available than the crockpot liners in or small town grocery stores.


Lorriedel - January 13, 2011

…Here are a few more tips and ideas for you, Denise. When you are cooking frozen foods in a crockpot, you need to cover the bottom of the pot with liquid or it may crack. I usually use broth, but water is okay to use. I sometimes fill several different cooking bags (I buy the turkey bags on sale after the holidays) with different foods and put all of the bags in the crockpot.

Crockpot Meal Formula: meat + vegetable + sauce.

…Variety is the spice of life, so don’t eat the same meals over and over again. Experiment and encourage your family to come up with new recipes by combining favourite ingredients in unusual ways.

The meat can be chicken breasts, cut up beef stew meat, lamb chops or
whatever meat you have available.
The vegetables can be chopped onions, potatoes, turnips, etc.
Frozen or canned vegetables should be added when you
get home and cooked for 1/2 hour or until everything is
The Sauces are usually the easiest ingredients to find. Use a bottle
of bar-be-que sauce, spaghetti sauce, or salsa. Almost
any canned soup makes an instant sauce. I have even
used juice as a “sauce.” Turkey or brisket cooked in
orange juice is awesome!

Good Luck with your cooking! Lael

anika - January 13, 2011

I love to put skinless chicken thighs ( i take the skin off myself and buy them in bulk when on sale)

seasoned with a little garlic, paprika and oregano in a .5 cup of water or low sodium chicken broth mixed with a little bbq sauce and cook on low for hours ( I leave around 6 20 am and get home 6 30 pm) they are soft and juicy

I also like to put in country ribs seasoned with garlic poweder, black pepper, paprika, bbq seasoning and whatever else you enjoy cut up potatoes and onions and place on bottom with a .5 cup of water and splash of bbq sauce and let slow cook for hours i use bone in or boneless

Lisa - January 13, 2011

In the Crockpot Cooking Guide from this website it says that you should not put a whole chicken in a crockpot.

Cindy - January 13, 2011

If you and your family like pizza,
1 box of curly pasta
1-1 1/2 lbs of hamburger
1 jar spag. sauce
Mozz. cheese
and anything else you would have on a pizza. I put pepperoni.mushrooms, onions, sausage. What ever sounds good to you. Cook the pasta about half way, then cook hamburger crumbled and drained. Then in you crockpot start with spag. sauce and layer everything over and over until you get to the top and finish off with the cheese. The longer this cooks the better it gets. 6-8 hours on low (If you can wait that long we never make it.) I serve with garlic bread and a side salad.

Barbara Speidel - September 29, 2011

This recipe is great for families and potluck functions.

Craig Beyer, Jacksonville, FL

MAKES: 12 servings
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes
SLOW-COOK: 4 hours on high or 7 hours on low

2 tablespoons olive oil
3 medium-size onions, diced
2 pounds lean ground turkey or ground meat
2 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes
2 cans (15 1/2 ounces each) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (28 ounces) baked beans
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
4 cups frozen corn, thawed
¼ cup chili powder
½ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Optional….1 pkg. cooked Egg-Free Extra Wide Ribbons pasta

1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Cook onions for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until nicely browned.
Crumble in turkey or ground meat; cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until it cooks through.

2. Place turkey or ground meat mixture in a 6-quart slow cooker.
Stir in the following: diced tomatoes…kidney beans…baked beans…tomato sauce…corn…
…chili powder…salt and pepper.

3. Cook 4 hours on high or 7 hours on low (crock pot/slow cooker).

4. Serve with tortilla chips, if desired.

Craig Beyer, Jacksonville, FL …..“This is my mother’s recipe. We lived in the country and she always made it with fresh vegetables. I substituted canned and frozen, which tastes pretty close to the original. This recipe makes a lot, but it seems to vanish before we get tired of it.”

THIS IS GREAT and FREEZES WELL. I use ground meat. My crock pot is 5.5 qt. capacity.

Source: FAMILY CIRCLE…….January, 2007

jan - October 1, 2011

I’ve put a whole chicken or pieces in crockpot in the morning covered with a jar of salsa or BBQ sauce, it cooks all day and then I prepare a salad/vegetable or pasta to complete the meal. I try to get chicken in the crockpot and on HIGH for about an hour before leaving the house and then switch to LOW for the day.

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