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Easy Slow Cooker Recipes For Weeknight Back-To-School Meals

“What’s for dinner?!”
That’s a tough question when you’re not even sure – and it’s 5:30 pm. Be prepared with a simple gesture toward the slow cooker. Check out our favorite easy slow cooker recipes perfect for weeknight meals making your back-to-school routine effortless.

1. Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

It’s a fiesta! Make a batch of shredded chicken in the slow cooker and customize your tacos with all of your favorite toppings. Get the recipe here on Hip2Save.

2. Slow Cooker Wild Rice Soup

Ladle up a big helping of this veggie and herb soup. While the vegetables get a quick sauté in a pan beforehand, all the ingredients are added together to the slow cooker (including the rice) to meld the flavors together as they cook. Get the recipe here on Hip2Save.

Other slow cooker soups to try:

Slow Cooker Taco Soup
Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup
Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup

3. Slow Cooker Stuffed Shells

The most labor-intensive part of this meal is stuffing the shells, which tends to go pretty quickly once you get the hang of it (and there’s no boiling the pasta beforehand)! Scroll through to the bottom of the recipe post to check out the slow cooker instructions for this dish. Get the recipe here on Hip2Save.

4. Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken

With some chicken, salsa, cheese, and spices, you can put together this yummy chicken dish in the slow cooker. Serve it alongside your favorite Mexican sides, like black beans and rice. Get the recipe here on Hip2Save.

5. Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef

Skip the takeout and make your own Chinese restaurant-inspired dish as home. This recipe was originally made in the Instant Pot but can be adapted for the slow cooker with time adjustments. Get the recipe here on Hip2Save.

6. Slow Cooker Creamy Italian Chicken

This creamy dish will put a smile on a kid’s face after a long day at school. Better yet, it tastes like you spent hours laboring over it. Get the recipe here on Hip2Save.

7. Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Burrito Bowls

Who needs Chipotle when you can cook up a burrito bowl at home? Although the chicken is removed from the cooker before the rice is added to round out the meal, all ingredients use the slow cooker, making it just one dish to clean up. Score! Get the recipe here on Hip2Save.

8. Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken

The sweet and tangy glaze coating the chicken in the dish is the true winner here. This versatile shredded chicken can be served on top of rice, lettuce, or even bread for some truly tasty sandwiches. Get the recipe here on Hip2Save.

9. Slow Cooker BBQ Wings

Who wouldn’t love to come home from school to find out that wings are being served for dinner? They couldn’t be easier to make with this simple slow cooking method (with the option to broil in the oven for added crispiness). Get the recipe here on Hip2Save.

10. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Shredded Sliders

These sliders are sure to be gobbled up in no time! The spicy shredded chicken with the cool, crunchy slaw is a flavor combination the whole family will love. Get the recipe here on Hip2Save.

11. Slow Cooker Cowboy Supper

This incredibly hearty dish is also incredibly easy! Brown the beef, layer all ingredients in the slow cooker, set the heat, and let the magic happen. Get the recipe here on Hip2Save.

12. Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Another take on Chinese takeout that doesn’t require a trip to the restaurant. Plus, your kitchen will be fragrant with Asian flavors from cooking while you enjoy this meal. Get the recipe here on Hip2Save.

13. Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Raid your pantry to make use of some common staples to whip up this easy weeknight meal. Ramp up the dish by ladling over rice, potatoes, or a bread bowl. Get the recipe here on Hip2Save.

14. Slow Cooker Vegetable Lasagna

Try out a meatless meal like our vegetable lasagna that layers hearty veggies, noodles, sauce, and cheese to create a decadent, yet very simple, weeknight meal. Get the recipe here on Hip2Save.

15. Slow Cooker Sausage & Pepper Freezer Bag Meal

Make meals even easier by having them prepped and frozen ahead of time. With these dishes, you simply dump the ingredients into the slow cooker, turn it on, and they’re ready to eat a few hours later! Get the recipe (and more like it!) here on Hip2Save.

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