30 Easy & Delicious Crock-Pot Meals, Most with 3 Ingredients!

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Keep it simple! Make these 2 or 3 ingredient Crock Pot meals and recipes!

cranberry meatballs weeknight dinner in a slow cooker

Make dinner the easy way using these 3 ingredient Crock Pot recipes!

We absolutely LOVE easy, family-friendly Crock-Pot dinner ideas and recipes for busy weeknights. You basically throw a few ingredients into your slow cooker, and just set it and forget it until dinnertime! 🙌

Below are some of our absolute favorite slow cooker recipes, with most requiring just 3 main ingredients – or less! (None need more than 5!)

These 3 ingredient Crock Pot recipes make weeknights easy…

1. Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

bbq chicken

Say hello to delicious and simple BBQ chicken sandwiches! You can also make this yummy 3 ingredient Crock Pot recipe for BBQ chicken using a pork roast instead.

2. Crock Pot Apple Butter

apple butter on toast sitting on a plate

Homemade apple butter is my FAVORITE and you can easily whip it up using one of my Crock Pot recipes!

3. Crock Pot Pork Chops

Easy slow cooker pork chops on a plate with mashed potatoes and asparagus

My favorite part of this slow cooker pork chops recipe is that I often have these ingredients on hand! It requires just a few more pantry staples and also can be thrown in the slow cooker.

4. Crock Pot Ranch Mashed Potatoes

Ranch Mash Potatoes in a bowl next to a slow cooker

Our easy slow cooker ranch mashed potatoes is a winning recipe the whole family will love — we guarantee they’ll rush back for a second helping!

5. Crock Pot Sweet & Sour Meatballs

sweet and sour 3-ingredient crock-pot meatballs

These delicious cranberry chili meatballs are bursting with flavor. They require just a few common pantry and freezer ingredients and take just a few hours in a slow cooker.

6. Chicken Tikki Masala (Just 2 Ingredients!)

Chicken Tikki Masala, one of the easy 2 ingredient crock pot meals
Credit: TheKitchn

Prepare dinner in a jiffy! This tasty dish from TheKitchn is so easy – all you need is chicken breast and a jar of sauce. Visit TheKitchn for the full instructions!

7. Crock Pot Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sliders

buffalo chicken sliders on a plate

Who knew you could make Buffalo chicken sliders in the slow cooker? Awesome!

8. Crock Pot Ham

Making crock-pot slow cooker ham recipe

This easy to make Crockpot ham is perfect for any holiday meal or for a special dinner at home.

9. Chocolate Fondue

Chocolate Fondue Recipe, one of the 2-ingredient Crock Pot Recipes by GoodCheapEats
Credit: Good Cheap Eats

This dessert can be whipped up with barely any effort! All you need is chocolate chips and evaporated milk! Visit GoodCheapEats for the full instructions.

10. Crock Pot Sausage with Onion & Peppers

ingredients for sausage and peppers freezer meal

This delicious sausage with onions & peppers recipe is so simple to make. Just throw it in the slow cooker for an easy dinner idea.

11. Peach BBQ Chicken (Only 2 Ingredients Needed!)

A plate of Peach BBQ Chicken, one of the tasty 2 Ingredient Crock Pot Meals
Credit: Paleo By The Penny

Who said 2 ingredient Crock Pot meals were boring? Enjoy a tasty combination of flavors when you whip up this easy Peach BBQ Chicken. All you need is chicken and peach BBQ sauce. Visit Paleo By The Penny for cook times and instructions.

12. Crock Pot Pot Roast

slow cooker pot roast

Make this easy slow cooker pot roast for an effortless weeknight dinner! Aside from a pinch of water, all you need is just 5 simple ingredients!

13. Kalua Pork

kalua pork in a bowl, one of the scrumptious 3 ingredient Crock Pot meals that you can make

Liquid smoke and Himalayan sea salt give this Kalua Pork such an amazing flavor. Some 3 ingredient slow cooker recipes can be bland, but not this one!

14. Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken

slow cooker fiesta chicken, one of our favorite 3 ingredient Crock Pot meals
Credit: Cutefetti

Honestly, I wouldn’t have ever thought to put these ingredients together, but I really want to try it now! All you need is chicken, Campbell’s Condensed Cheddar soup, and a jar of salsa! It’s one of the easy 3 ingredient recipes to make for dinner. Get the instructions at Cutefetti.com.

15. Crock Pot Banana Cake

piece of banana cake on a plate
Credit: Childhood101

It doesn’t get much easier than this! Just three simple ingredients to make this delicious banana cake in your Crock-Pot! Get the recipe at Childhood101.

16. Crock Pot Applesauce

Slow Cooker Applesauce in a glass jar
Credit: A Clean Bake

Ditch the sugar with this healthy slow cooker applesauce recipe. All you need is applesauce and cinnamon! Visit A Clean Bake for instructions.

If you prefer to use an Instant Pot, check out our version of the recipe instead. It’s tried and true!

17. Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler

slow cooker peach cobbler
Credit: 365 Days of Crock Pot

Oh my goodness, I just LOVE peach cobbler and I can’t WAIT to try this slow cooker version! If you prefer to make this one in the oven, then check out our peach dump cake recipe right here on Hip2Save!

18. Crock Pot Overnight Steel Cut Oats

A bowl of slow cooker steel cut oatmeal

This steel-cut oats recipe is a perfect comforting breakfast idea. Plus, it’s easy to make in your slow cooker!

19. Buffalo BBQ Chicken Wings

pulling out chicken wing from crock-pot slow cooker

These chicken wings taste like they’re from a restaurant, but you can make them right at home with just a few ingredients.

20. Peanut Tofu (Easy 2 Ingredient Crock Pot Meal!)

A slow cooker with Peanut Tofu, one of the easy 2 ingredient Crock Pot meals to make
Credit: The Kitchn

There are easy 2 ingredient Crock Pot meals for vegetarians, too! This comforting Peanut Tofu recipe by TheKitchn is packed with protein and flavor!

21. Crock Pot Chili

slow cooker chili, one of our easy 3 ingredient Crock Pot meals
Credit: Yellow Bliss Road

There’s nothing better than a hearty bowl of chili for dinner! Your entire family will be begging for seconds of Yellow Bliss Road’s yummy recipe.

22. Crock Pot Lasagna

easy slow cooker lasagna on plate
Credit: Slow Cooker Gourmet

Serve this easy to make Crock Pot lasagna for an easy weeknight Italian dinner. Yummmm! Have a few more ingredients on hand? Try my slow cooker veggie lasagna recipe found right here on Hip2Save!

23. Dr. Pepper Pork

pork sandwich on a plate
Credit: KidsActivitiesBlog.com

If you’ve never made pork using Dr. Pepper before, you have to try this Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork. It’s kid-approved!

24. Easy Salsa Verde Chicken

salsa verde chicken on a plate, an easy slow cooker meal idea

This is a regular in our house! We’ve put it in quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas… you can’t go wrong! Get the 3-ingredient recipe here.

25. Crock Pot Hot Chocolate

crock-pot slow cooker hot chocolate recipe

Did you know that your slow cooker can make delicious hot chocolate perfect for serving a crowd!? This sweet and creamy hot chocolate will stay nice and warm in the slow cooker all evening long.

26. Crock-Pot Steak Fajitas

steak fajitas
Credit: Simply Scratch

Make these Crock Pot fajitas for the easiest and yummiest taco night ever!

27. Crock Pot Creamy Italian Chicken

italian chicken on a plate, one of our easy crock pot meals

I bet you have all the ingredients for my slow cooker creamy Italian chicken already on hand! It’s simple, flavorful, and delicious.

28. Crock Pot Beer Cheese Dip

slow cooker beer cheese dip
Credit: Busy Cooks

You can use any kind of beer, including non-alcoholic, to make this tasty 3-ingredient Crock-Pot beer cheese dip.

29. Easy Crock-Pot Refried Beans

slow cooker refried beans in a bowl

These slow cooker refried beans are a perfect side dish for taco night!

30. Slow Cooker Coconut Pecan Fudge

A stack of Coconut Pecan fudge, one of our 2 ingredient crock pot meals
Credit: 365DaysofCrockPot

Finish your meal with a decadent dessert! This may not be the healthiest recipe on the list, but if you’d like a tasty treat, this one couldn’t be easier to make! Visit 365 Days of Crock Pot for the detailed instructions.

Liked our 3 ingredient Crock Pot recipes? Check out our HUGE list of easy dinner ideas!

About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 6

  1. Patricia Goff

    Thank you . This is awesome. There are several my picky family will eat. Love it. Thank you.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome! I hope you all enjoy 😉

    • Shatockia Pervis

      Love the ideas and cooking recipes 😋 also the great deals offered

  2. PJ

    Thanks for these great time saving recipes.

  3. Ke11yB

    I had been on the hunt for a homemade refried beans recipe when you first printed this. This was a keeper and now a family favorite! THANK YOU!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay! Thanks for sharing!

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