Dump and Start Crockpot Recipes

These Crockpot Dump Recipes are incredibly simple to make and require virtually no effort at all! Just the thing for busy weeknights or when entertaining. Save time and stress less with these super easy slow cooker recipes.

Includes dishes that are suitable for vegetarian, gluten free, and low carb diets. Weight Watchers points included in some recipes.


It’s kitchen confession time, friends. crock pot dump meals are pretty much my all-time favorite things to make. Because even on those super crazy busy days, when nothing seems to be going right, you can make crockpot dump dinners happen fast.

Yeap, the beauty of crockpot dump recipes is that they require virtually no effort. Simply add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker, set it, and you’re free to go about your day.

That’s right, the crockpot does all the work for you! #slowcookerforthewin

Just like my Instant Pot Dump and Start Recipes, this collection is what I consider to be the best crockpot dump and start recipes out there! It includes everything from soup, pasta, and versatile side dishes to main courses, desserts, and drinks.

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Friends, armed with these super easy slow cooker dishes, you’ll be well on your way to serving up flavorful meals that are totally fuss-free.

You might also want to check out these Christmas Crockpot Recipes.

Why You’ll Love Slow Cooker Dump and Start Recipes

  • Easy – Making slow cooker dump meals is as simple as adding the ingredients, turning it on, and walking away. And as a bonus: you have fewer dishes to clean!
  • Affordable – Most of these recipes require nothing more than a handful of everyday, inexpensive pantry staples.
  • Versatile – These dishes are just the thing for simple weeknight dinners, taking to potlucks and parties, or including as part of your weekly meal prep routine.

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Super Easy Slow Cooker Recipes

Are you ready to learn just how easy it is to whip up crockpot dump meals? I can’t wait for you to experience this simplicity and ease of fuss-free crockpot cooking without sacrificing flavor!

So, in no particular order, the following are my favorite crock pot dump recipes……

Easy Spiced Crockpot Pinto Beans

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Flavorful and filling, this spiced pinto beans recipe is super versatile and budget-friendly. A true dump and start meal with no pre-soaking required!

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Slow Cooker Whole Chicken


Slow Cooker Whole Chicken recipe you get flavorful and juicy rotisserie chicken with minimal prep and a few pantry staples. Great for everything from weekly meal prep to easy lunches and Sunday suppers.

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Creamy Crockpot Curried Tomato Soup


This rich and creamy Crockpot Tomato Soup is easy to throw together with just 7 everyday pantry ingredients.

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Crockpot Pumpkin Butter

delicious pumpkin butter in a crockpot

Flavorful Crockpot Pumpkin Butter is perfect for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, fall breakfasts, and brunch menus. Makes an awesome edible gift too!

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Crockpot 3 Bean Chili


This tasty three bean chili is affordable, easily made from pantry staples, can be prepped-ahead, and freezer friendly. A hearty and warming crockpot meal you’ll love.

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Easy Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce

spaghetti sauce in a crock pot

Thanks to the slow cooker, making homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch is incredibly easy. This is a rich, meaty, sauce that’s packed with delicious Italian flavors.

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Slow Cooker Sausage and Potatoes

Photo: Meatloaf and Melodrama

This Slow Cooker Sausage and Potatoes recipe is an easy dinner made in the crock pot with kielbasa smoked sausage, baby potatoes and green beans.

Get the recipe here from Meatloaf and Melodrama.

Vegetarian Crockpot Lasagna

the finished easy vegetarian crockpot lasagna
Photo: I Heart Vegetables

Thanks to the crockpot, this easy vegetarian lasagna only requires a few minutes of prep. You don’t even need to cook the noodles in advance!

Get the recipe here from I Heart Vegetables.

Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken Pasta

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Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken Pasta is classic comfort food that will have your family begging for more! An easy and affordable meal that’s super easy to make.

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Easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

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Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas are versatile, budget-friendly, and super flavorful! Spice up your Taco Tuesdays with this easy chicken fajitas recipe.

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Crockpot Steak Bites

Crockpot steak bites recipe
Photo: Easy Family Recipes

These budget-friendly Crockpot Steak Bites are a great way to make the most of inexpensive cuts of beef. Each bite is tender and juicy, and the au jus is full of savory, beefy flavor.

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Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pork Chops

Photo: The Magical Slow Cooker

This teriyaki pork chops recipe only calls for 3 simple ingredients, but the taste will lead you to believe there is so much more to this meal!

Get the recipe here from The Magical Slow Cooker.

Korean Slow Cooker Short Ribs


Korean short ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender, sticky, meaty, and pack a flavorful punch. And the best part? It takes less than 5 minutes of effort to make these delectable ribs in the slow cooker.

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7-Ingredient Slow Cooker Venison Stew

7 ingredient slow cooker venison stew

This easy slow cooker Venison Stew is hearty, satisfying, and full of flavor – even though there are only 7 ingredients.

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Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs

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3 ingredients are all that’s needed to make these family favorite Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs. The perfect appetizer for cocktail parties, game day, and potlucks.

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Easy Crockpot Potato Soup with Frozen Hash Browns

the finished crock pot potato soup with frozen has browns inside the crockpot
Photo: Crock Pots and Flip Flops

This Crockpot Potato Soup with Frozen Hash Browns recipe makes potato soup simple to make using frozen hash browns. No peeling or chopping is needed!

Get the recipe here from Crock Pots and Flip Flops.

Slow Cooker Lamb Shoulder

slow cooker lamb shoulder served with red wine sauce
Photo: Somebody Feed Seb

Slow-cooked, fall-off-the-bone succulent meat with red wine gravy is the ultimate way to enjoy lamb shoulder.

Get the recipe here from Somebody Feed Seb.

Crockpot Green Beans and Bacon

Green Beans with bacon and butter is classic side dish that is perfect for both midweek meals and special occasions. Affordable and flavorful, it’s also incredibly easy to make in the slow cooker. 

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Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Start your day off right with this deliciously creamy crockpot oatmeal that’s easy to make with fresh apples, cinnamon, and maple syrup.

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2 Easy Dump and Start Crockpot Beverages

Whipping up a deliciously warm and comforting beverage couldn’t be simpler, and it’s just the thing for entertaining guests, special occasions, or all-day enjoying!

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

Top down view of hot chocolate and marshmallows in a crock pot

This Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate is rich, decadent, creamy, and so simple to make, you’ll never want to use a premade mix again! 

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Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Juice


A great alternative to apple cider, this easy to make slow cooker spiced pear juice is a delicious seasonal beverage. Just the thing to warm you up on those chilly days.

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  1. These are my favorite kinds of recipes. The venison stew looks amazing for the colder weather right now!

  2. I love anything that doesn’t need prepping when it comes to my slow cooker. There is so much delicious choice here. YUM!

  3. This is exactly the recipe collection I need. I’m so in a rut and need to start using my slow cooker more so I can liven up dinners without breaking the time bank!