5-Ingredients (or Less) Slow Cooker Meal Ideas
You know that point in the week where you should probably go grocery shopping, but you weren’t planning to go until tomorrow, so you’ve gotta MacGyver some kind of dinner out of ramen noodles, ketchup, and leftover chicken? That’s today. I’m tired. And I still have to make dinner tonight. Sigh.
So I set out to find some recipes that only have a few ingredients and come together quickly, in hopes that I can make all of our lives easier. Here’s what I came up with!
1. Slow Cooker Crack Chicken
This is my FAVORITE slow cooker dinner, hands down! This recipe requires just four ingredients that you probably already have on hand, and there’s virtually no prep work. We actually use pretzel buns from Costco, but any bread works great! I’ve even added cheese to this…. Oh man, it’s good!
2. Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast
This Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast recipe sounds a little unconventional, but it comes with rave reviews. I LOVE finding new ways to spice up a standard pot roast!
3. Slow Cooker Dr Pepper Pulled Pork
Oh my heavens, this Slow Cooker Dr Pepper Pulled Pork sounds incredible! Just 4 ingredients in this flavor-packed dish.
4. Slow Cooker Creamy Italian Chicken
Our Easy Slow Cooker Creamy Italian Chicken comes together in just a couple minutes, and turns out perfectly creamy every time. BONUS- kids love it!
5. Slow Cooker Coq au Vin
Slow Cooker Coq au Vin is a classic comfort food, made easy! This recipe needs a quick sear before going in the slow cooker, so it takes a few minutes to prep, but it’s worth it for the flavor payoff.
6. Slow Cooker Taco Chili
This Slow Cooker Taco Chili sounds like the mother of all comfort food! Perfect for tailgating, too! Yum!
7. Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Nothing says “Fall” like coming home to the amazing smell of pot roast that’s been slow-cooking all day. Our Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast is the perfect flavorful, classic pot roast for those chilly fall nights.
8. Turkey Shepherd’s Pie
This Turkey Shepherd’s Pie is an easy twist on a classic comfort food. Using almost entirely pre-packaged ingredients, this version comes together in minutes, and the dried thyme gives it a refreshing herbal note.
9. Slow Cooker Smothered Pork Chops
If you’re looking for a true “set it and forget it” slow cooker meal using just a few ingredients, try our Slow Cooker Smothered Pork Chops.
10. Slow Cooker Kalua Pig
4 ingredients. 16 hours. Dozens of comments raving about how flavorful and tender this Slow Cooker Kalua Pig is. Definitely adding this to my meal plan for the week!
By the way, if you’re looking for a slow cooker, I cannot recommend an Instant Pot enough. It’s a 7-In-1 multi-functional cooker (pressure cooker, sauté/browning, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer & warmer). This magical contraption will CHANGE your life. You’re welcome.
Written by Danielle for Hip2Save. Danielle is a proud mom to 5 amazing kids in Utah, who lives for coffee and baking. She’s dedicated to balancing her own interests and passions, while encouraging her children to follow their own paths in life.