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25 Easy 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Recipes

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We absolutely LOVE easy, family-friendly dinner ideas and recipes for busy weeknights. Well, it really doesn’t get any easier than these awesome 3-ingredient slow cooker recipes! Here are 25 of our absolute favorites.


1. Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

slow cooker barbecue chicken

Say hello to delicious and simple BBQ chicken sandwiches! You can also make this yummy 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken using a pork roast instead.


2. Easy Slow Cooker Creamy Taco Chicken Recipe

slow cooker creamy chicken tacos

There are also bonus recipes at the bottom for using the leftovers of this delish Creamy Taco Chicken, so you can even stretch it out for a few days. Easy peasy!


3. Slow Cooker Apple Butter

making apple butter in the Crock-Pot

Homemade apple butter is my FAVORITE! You’ve got to try this easy 3-Ingredient (+ Spices) Slow Cooker Apple Butter.


4. Slow Cooker Pork Chops

3-ingredient slow cooker pork chops

My favorite part of this 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Pork Chops Recipe is that I often have these ingredients on hand! We also posted this Smothered Pork Chops recipe on Hip2Save. It requires just a few more pantry-staples and also can be thrown in the slow cooker.


5. Easy 3-Ingredient Sweet & Sour Chicken

Easy cooker sweet and sour chicken

This Easy Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Chicken uses frozen, pre-cooked chicken to make things even easier!


6. 3-Ingredient Sweet & Sour Meatballs

bowl of meatballs and broccoli

These 3-Ingredient Meatballs are made in a very similar way to the sweet & sour chicken recipe above. This is a great example of how flexible you can be with customizing/substituting recipes.


7. 3-Ingredient Chicken Cacciatore

slow cooker Chicken Cacciatori

Who knew you could make Chicken Cacciatore in the slow cooker?? Awesome!


8. Cheddar Cream of Mushroom Chicken

cheddar cream of mushroom chicken

This 3-Ingredient Cheddar Cream of Mushroom Chicken would be delicious served over rice.


9. 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Apple Dump Cake

slow cooker apple dump cake

Three-ingredient slow cooker dessert?? Yes, please! Get the recipe HERE. Want to throw this in the oven instead? Check out our recipe on Hip2Save.


10. Slow Cooker Beef Tacos

3-ingredient slow cooker beef tacos

These Slow Cooker Beef Tacos are a perfect weeknight meal. Taco Tuesday, anyone?


11. Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy

slow cooker 3 ingredient chicken and peas

I typically make this with a pork roast and throw in some herbs, but it’s delicious both ways. Get the recipe HERE.


12. Kalua Pork

slow cooker kalua pork

Smoked Hawaiian sea salt gives this Kalua Pork such amazing flavor.


13. Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken

slow cooker fiesta chicken

Honestly, I wouldn’t have ever thought to put these ingredients together, but I really want to try it now! Get the recipe HERE.


14. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

slow cooker buffalo chicken sandwich

This would be a great dish to serve at your Super Bowl party! Get the recipe HERE.


15. Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler

slow cooker peach cobbler

Oh my goodness, I just LOVE peach cobbler and I can’t WAIT to try this slow cooker version! Get the recipe HERE.


16. Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken

slow cooker cranberry chicken

This classic recipe is always a hit! Get the recipe HERE.


17. Root Beer Honey BBQ Wings

slow cooker root beer wings

I think I’ll make these Root Beer Honey BBQ Wings for football watchin’!


18. 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Chili

easy 3-ingredient slow cooker chili

Can’t wait to try this hearty 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Chili!


19. Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

3 ingredient slow cooker turkey breast

Serve this savory 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with mashed potatoes. Yummmm!


20. Dr. Pepper Pork

slow cooker pork dinner recipe

If you’ve never made pork using Dr. Pepper before, you have to try this Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork.


21. Easy Salsa Verde Chicken

salsa verded chicken with beans and rice on plate

This is a regular in our house! We’ve put it in quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas… you can’t go wrong! Get the recipe HERE.


22. Slow Cooker Ranch Mushrooms

slow cooker ranch mushrooms

Rave reviews on these Slow Cooker Ranch Mushrooms! These make a great side dish or topping for steak. Delish!


23. Crock Pot Swedish Meatballs

3 ingredient slow cooker swedish meatballs

Basically zero prep time with these Crock Pot Swedish Meatballs! So easy!


24. Slow Cooker Creamy Italian Chicken

fork with creamy italian chicken

OK, so this 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Creamy Italian Chicken isn’t exactly 3-ingredients, but it’s so worth trying and you likely have all the ingredients on hand! It’s simple, flavorful, and delicious.


25.  3-Ingredient Crock Pot Beer Cheese Dip

slow cooker beer cheese dip

You can use any kind of beer, including non-alcoholic, to make this tasty 3-Ingredient Crock Pot Beer Cheese Dip.


Check out our HUGE list of easy, family-friendly dinners! 

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Comments 15

  1. Ms

    Thanks for sharing. How do you save this post? In the past, there was a heart icon in the app to save into HipList but it’s no longer there. I tried the website as well even after login, click on cookbook, it doesn’t seem to do anything. There was no option for adding to HipList either. Please help. Thanks.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there! That feature will be available again in the New App! Be sure to stay tuned. If on your desktop, be sure to login and you can add this to your “Cookbook”. That option still works for me in Chrome on my laptop. Hoping that helps!

      • Ms

        Hi Amber, once added to cookbook on the web, how do I access the article? Is cookbook a separate app or is it within Hip2Save like the HipList? Thanks.

        • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

          Yes! When logged in, be sure to head to the top right of the site where you see your account. There you will find a drop box when you hover over your account icon. You can then click on your “cookbook” and your saved items will be listed. Hope that helps!

          • Ms

            Thanks, Amber. Unfortunately, I don’t see cookbook under my account on the web, only HipList. Not exactly sure what’s going on. I’m using safari on my iphone.

            • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

              Oh darn. You’re welcome, Ms. Maybe try again on a desktop if possible.

  2. Tonya

    I have made the kalua pork several times with a couple small changes and it is sooo good! I slice a whole banana (peel and all) in half lengthwise and lay on top during cooking. Remove before shredding. Also, the recipe I have says to cook on low 16-20 hours. So tender when its done! I serve this on Hawaiian buns!!

  3. Karensv

    I saved it to my Pinterest
    Click on the box next to the comment icon
    There’s many options there

  4. Sara

    The BBQ chicken recipe doesn’t specify the size of the can or bottle of root beer/Coke/Dr. Pepper.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Sara! For that you can use “1/2 bottle or can of root beer “. They will be 12 oz. Hope that helps!

  5. MJ

    Thank you 😊I was just thinking today I need to crockpot more!!

  6. FosteringLove

    Thank you! Hubby and I are learning how to cook, neither of us were really taught growing up. Now that we’re about to foster and have a bigger family, we need to make bigger dinners, we figured easy crock pot recipes were the way to go. We’ve only learned 3 so far so this was super helpful! I bought the ingredients needed to make a couple of these to try out over the next couple of weeks.

  7. T

    I had found a recipe that makes the pork chops better, you could also use chicken. But it uses more ingredients of course.

    You put the meat in the slow cooker. Sprinkle paprika over them. I use a good coating for myself. Then sprinkle the package of ranch seasoning over them then 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Cook on low for 4 hours.

    After 4 hours melt 1 tablespoon butter along with minced garlic, recipe says 1/4 teaspoon but I use about a tablespoon or more, in a saucepan.

    Add 1 can cream of chicken(have also used cream of mushroom and we love both)

    8 oz cream cheese
    1/2 cup chicken broth
    1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

    Stir until mixed over medium heat, pour over mixture in slow cooker cook for an additional 1 and a half to 2 hours.

    Can serve over mashed potatoes, rice or egg noodles.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      yum – thanks for sharing! That sounds great!

    • Alicia

      How much pork or chicken do you use please? TY

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