20 Dump Dinners to Make In Your Slow Cooker

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Lazy Crock Pot Chicken With Mushrooms

The Spruce Eats

Get on board the dump dinner train with easy crockpot recipes that require little preparation and cook all by themselves with no stirring or fussing. Simply add the ingredients in the morning and go about your day. These foolproof recipes are so easy, even novice cooks can make them. They freeze beautifully, making them life-savers for busy families.

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    Long Cooking Pot Roast

    Long Cooking Pot Roast

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    You only need eight ingredients (that includes the meat and vegetables!) to produce an impressive pot roast dinner for a crowd. Potatoes and carrots go right into the crockpot, along with potatoes, carrots, red wine, onion soup mix, and spices, for a one-and-done meal that you can get cooking in the morning and forget until supper time.

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    Lazy Crock Pot Chicken With Mushrooms

    Lazy Crock Pot Chicken With Mushrooms

    The Spruce Eats

    Whether you're feeling lazy or just have lots to do, at least dinner can be easy with this simple recipe with only seven ingredients. Load up the slow cooker in the morning with chicken breast halves, canned sliced mushrooms, cream of mushroom soup, and dried spices and come home to a comforting meal. Serve on top of rice or hot cooked noodles for soaking up the creamy sauce.

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    Slow Cooker Asian Beef Short Ribs

    Slow Cooker Asian Beef Short Ribs

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    Craving something warm and tasty when you get home? With only five ingredients and tons of salty-sweet flavor, these succulent beef short ribs are a fantastic option for busy weekdays. It takes only minutes to prepare the ingredients for the slow cooker and the appliance does the rest.

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    Slow Cooker Pulled Ham

    Slow Cooker Pulled Ham

    Diana Rattray

    Slow cooker pulled ham is a savory change from the usual barbecued pulled pork and it's amazingly easy to make in your slow cooker. Enjoy it in sandwiches, slathered with the included recipe for a spicy Carolina mustard or your favorite store-bought sauce or dressing.

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    Slow Cooker Barbecue Brisket

    Slow Cooker Barbecue Brisket

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    You don't need an outdoor grill for this unbelievably tasty barbecue-style brisket that comes out of your crockpot perfectly juicy and fall-apart tender. The recipe includes less than 10 ingredients and cooks by itself in nine or 10 hours, while you spend the day doing everything else.

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    Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes with Salmon

    Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes with Salmon

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    Crockpot scalloped potatoes is rich and creamy and are made with eight ingredients that you probably have stocked in your pantry, including canned salmon, condensed soups, and dried seasonings. Serve them directly from the crockpot at potlucks and buffet parties and watch them disappear!

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    Slow Cooker Italian Beef and Beer

    Slow Cooker Italian Beef and Beer

    Diana Rattray

    Believe it or not, you only need four ingredients to cook up enough Italian-style beef to feed a dozen people at your next tailgating party. Beef chuck roast goes into the crockpot with beer, dry Italian seasoning, and jarred pepperoncini peppers to cook for eight to 10 hours in this super-easy recipe.

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    Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

    Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

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    Budget-friendly chicken breasts or thighs are combined with sliced mushrooms, garlic, tomato paste, and simple seasonings to create this rustic recipe. It makes a satisfying weeknight meal served over the hot cooked pasta of your choice. Seasoned cubed sirloin tip is added to the crockpot with red wine, beef broth, diced tomatoes, garlic, onion, and baby carrots, for a filling stew that kids and adults alike will love.

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    Crockpot Black Bean Chili

    Crockpot Black Bean Chili

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    Healthy and delicious vegetarian black bean chili makes a protein-rich weeknight meal and it's unbelievably easy to prepare in your crockpot. Just load up the ingredients in the morning, leave them to cook all day, and come to a stomach-warming dinner. Top with Mexican-style additions for serving if you like, such as cheddar cheese shreds, or crushed tortilla chips.

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    Crockpot Beef Stew

    Crockpot Beef Stew

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    Make a healthy beef stew in your slow cooker that's full of flavor without having to stand over the stove and stir the pot. Cubed beef, loads of veggies, and canned tomatoes cook low and slow in a saucy cooking liquid made with beef broth and red wine.

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    Crock Pot Chicken, Sausage, and Shrimp Jambalaya

    Crock Pot Chicken, Sausage, and Shrimp Jambalaya

    Diana Rattray

    Chicken breasts, sausage, and sweet shrimp mingle in the crockpot with cooked rice, bell pepper, tomatoes, white wine, and Cajun seasoning for an easy, no-fuss way to enjoy Louisiana-style jambalaya. Serve with crusty French or Italian bread or cornbread for dipping.

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    Crockpot Meatball and Potato Stew

    Crockpot Meatball and Potato Stew

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    Store-bought frozen meatballs are the secret to this rich and creamy meatball and potato stew that cooks all day in the slow cooker and makes a satisfying dinner for six people. Serve with a tossed green salad for a complete, filling family meal.

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    Slow Cooker Island Barbecued Turkey Legs

    Slow Cooker Island Barbecued Turkey Legs

    Diana Rattray

    Travel to the Caribbean without a passport, when you throw together this easy island-inspired crockpot dinner of turkey legs cooked in a mouth-watering sweet and sour barbecue sauce with pineapple. Enjoy with coconut rice and steamed vegetables for a nice change from the usual weeknight meal.

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    Crockpot Sesame Country-Style Ribs

    Crockpot Sesame Country-Style Ribs

    Diana Rattray

    Country-style pork ribs are cooked low and slow until the meat is super-tender in this delicious Asian-style recipe. The ribs cook right in a tasty sauce made with honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, ketchup, and vinegar. Add some red and green pepper chunks along with the other ingredients for extra color. Sprinkle the cooked ribs with sesame seeds for a pretty presentation.

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    Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

    Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

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    You never knew beefy Italian-style stuffed peppers could be so easy to make— with only seven ingredients! Whole bell peppers are stuffed with ground beef, onion, cooked rice, and seasonings, then covered with store-bought spaghetti sauce to simmer on low heat for six to seven hours until the peppers are tender and the filling is piping hot.

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    Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken Thighs

    Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken Thighs

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    Boneless chicken thighs are easy on the grocery budget and come out tender and full of Tex-Mex flavoring in this tasty recipe. Serve with Mexican rice and a simple tomato salad for a healthy, easy family dinner any night of the week.

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    Crockpot Chicken and Stuffing with Swiss Cheese

    Crockpot Chicken and Stuffing with Swiss Cheese

    Diana Rattray

    Holiday-style chicken and stuffing dinner that you can set and forget? Yes, please! Condensed soups add plenty of creamy, rich flavor and the stuffing mix goes right into the slow cooker with the other ingredients for a truly effortless dinner. Add some cooked ham if you like for a "cordon bleu" meal experience.

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    Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew

    Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew

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    Vegetarian families will enjoy this colorful vegetable stew that cooks in 5 to 7 hours in the slow cooker. Tweak the flavor to your preference by adding any other vegetables you like, such as cauliflower, peas, or green beans, and your favorite dried herbs, with the other ingredients at the start of cooking.

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    Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork

    Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork

    Diana Rattray

    Pulled pork with Mexican seasonings, salsa, barbecue sauce, and bell peppers combine to form a savory filling for warm flour or corn tortillas. The recipe calls for a pork loin, but feel free to use inexpensive pork butt or shoulder. If you like things spicy, add some crushed red pepper flakes or a few shakes of Tabasco sauce at the start of cooking.

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    Slow Cooker Chicken With Creamy Dijon Mustard Sauce

    Slow Cooker Chicken With Creamy Dijon Mustard Sauce

    Diana Rattray

    Only four ingredients are called for in this simply delicious recipe that smothers chicken breasts in a creamy, tangy sauce made with Dijon mustard and canned cream of mushroom soup. It cooks on the low setting in the crockpot in about six hours for ladling over hot cooked rice or egg noodles.