5-Ingredient (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 slow cooker 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! Get the recipe here.
2. Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast
3. Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork
Oh my heavens, this Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork is a juicy, incredible dish that makes me hungry just thinking about it! Plus, there are only four ingredients in this flavor-packed dish. Get the recipe here.
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! Get the recipe here.
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. Get the recipe here.
6. Slow Cooker Taco Chili
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. Get the recipe here.
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. Get the recipe here.
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. Get the recipe here.
10. Slow Cooker Kalua Pig
Four ingredients. Sixteen 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! Get the recipe here.
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.