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5 Five Ingredient Recipes: Slow Cooker Crock Pot Dinners

Updated on August 16, 2015
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Slow cookers or crock pots make it easy to cook a healthy dinner with a small amount of prep time. Even though the meal has a lengthy cooking time, you will barely have to touch the pot again after you've put all of your ingredients in it. There are a number of excellent slow cooker dinner recipes that only have 5 ingredients. It can't get much simpler than that. Happy cooking!

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Tip: Don't forget to pay attention to the cooking time for a slow cooker recipe, especially for a new recipe. The time may vary from the one specified in the recipe depending on your slow cooker model and size. The time can also vary depending on the quantity of food that you prepare. (For example, the recipe may suggest 4-6 pounds of pork roast, but you are only preparing 2-3 pounds.)

Slow cooker liners make the slow cooker clean up process simple and quick.

Most slow cookers are large, which can make them a bit of chore to clean. If you are interested in skipping this process, think about purchasing slow cooker liners. They are inexpensive, readily available, and make the slow cooker clean up process go much more smoothly.

Introduction to the Slow Cooker

Slow cooker chicken in sun dried tomato sauce.
Slow cooker chicken in sun dried tomato sauce. | Source

Picnic Chicken

Ingredients: chicken thighs, dill pickle relish, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, chicken broth

Variations: Use chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs. Cook the chicken long enough that it shreds easily and serve it as sandwiches.

What else you'll need to serve dinner: A couple classic salads, such as potato salad and fruit salad will complete this meal. A light tossed salad will work well, too.

Asian Meatballs

Ingredients: frozen meatballs, broccoli, onions, peppers, Asian toasted sesame dressing

Variations: Cut the vegetables into smaller pieces and serve the meatballs with toothpicks as an appetizer or snack.

What else you'll need to serve dinner: Serve it with the rice of your choosing. A light fruit side will complete this meal.

Salsa Chicken

Ingredients: chicken breasts, corn, black beans, tomatoes, salsa

Variations: Chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. You can switch up the vegetables to suit your tastes. If you want to add kick up the flavor, go for a spicy salsa and/or add some seasonings.

What else you'll need to serve dinner: This is delicious on its own or as a taco or burrito filling.

Salsa Chicken II

If you really enjoy salsa chicken and are looking for another option, check this out.

Ingredients: chicken thighs, salsa or picante sauce, Dijon mustard, coriander, chili powder

Variations: Chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs. Again, you can adjust the spice level with the salsa and/or the seasonings.

What else you'll need to serve dinner: This version would also be great on its own or as a taco or burrito filling.

Beef Burritos

Ingredients: London broil beef, taco seasoning mix, chopped onion, white vinegar, garlic

Variations: Instead of beef, switch it up with chicken or pork. You can adjust the level of the spiciness with the taco seasoning mix that you buy or make yourself.

What else you'll need to serve dinner: Flour or corn tortillas and toppings of your choice such as lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, salsa, and sour cream. Refried beans, rice, and guacamole with chips all make excellent sides.

Honey Barbecue Chicken

Ingredients: chicken breasts, butter, soy sauce, honey, barbecue sauce

Variations: Chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. People have different taste preferences for barbecue (i.e. more sweet, more tangy, etc.). You can adjust the quantity of the ingredients accordingly.

What else you'll need to serve dinner: Jennifer recommends serving this chicken with potatoes and corn. It would also be delicious shredded and served as sandwiches.

Nacho Cheese Chicken Chowder

Ingredients: chicken breasts, tomatoes, nacho cheese soup, corn, shredded cheese

Variations: Chicken thigh instead of chicken breasts. You can switch up the cheese as you like or simply with what you have on hand.

What else you'll need to serve dinner: Crusty bread or fresh rolls will pair perfectly with a hearty chowder.

Cranberry Chicken

Ingredients: chicken thighs or drumsticks, cranberry sauce, dry onion soup mix, quick cooking tapioca, rice

Variations: If you enjoy chicken recipes with fruit, try experimenting with other fruits or fruit combinations.

What else you'll need to serve dinner: The picture with the recipe includes a simple side of roasted Brussels sprouts.

Beef Pot Roast

Ingredients: boneless shoulder pot roast, mushrooms, bell peppers, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce

Variations: You can experiment with different cuts of meat and can also mix up the vegetables.

What else you'll need to serve dinner: This is a fairly complete meal. Consider serving some fruit on the side.

Meatball and Gravy Sandwiches

Ingredients: onions, meatballs, beef gravy, nutmeg, hoagie buns

Variations: Instead of serving the meatballs in sandwiches, serve them with toothpicks as an appetizer or snack.

What else you'll need to serve dinner: Homemade potato wedges or sweet potato fries make excellent sides.

Easy Chili Recipe - Slow Cooker Chili

Pot roast is a classic slow cooker meal.
Pot roast is a classic slow cooker meal. | Source

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      Anita Hasch 5 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      I used a slow cooker for years. Have not replaced it since my cottage burnt down, a few years ago, with everything in it. Will get one again, after reading these super recipes. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      It's so great to hear that, Kathryn! It took me a long time to start using my slow cooker regularly, but I really love it now. Thanks for the votes and shares! Take care.

      pstraubie, you're right that slow cookers are definitely a great way to prepare all sorts of tasty meals. I'm glad that you enjoyed so many of these recipes.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi I have just bookmarked these...crock pots are an awesome way to prepare luscious meals. These recipes sound so yummy. thank you for sharing them...Pinned

      Angels are on the way ps

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is great! And it is the second or third hub I have read today as a result of Sharyn's shares :)

      I used my crockpot once recently, and forgot how useful it is.

      I like that you have provided several different recipes, as well as some videos, and tips.

      Voted up, sharing, and pinning, as well as posting on Facebook. My mother likes her crockpot, so maybe she'll check it out!

      Thanks for sharing this, and have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      It's great to hear that, Sharon! Thanks!

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      Sharon Smith 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      I'm starting to use my slow cooker more often and love these easy recipes!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, Sarah! Enjoy the new recipes. :)

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      Sarah Chewings 4 years ago from Nottingham, England

      Love these recipes, I've been looking for some that I can just throw in the pot in a morning that are a bit healthier than what we eat at the moment, so thanks for these!!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, IslandBites!

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Very convenient ideas.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      You're welcome, resmyrobin!

      Thanks, pinto! Let me know how that goes. :)

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      Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great recipes! I liked particularly your cranberry chicken and going to give it a try tomorrow.

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      resmyrobin 4 years ago from KERALA, INDIA

      thanks for these recipes...............

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Marissa! That's great. I hope that they enjoy. :)

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for all of these great ideas. I think this weekend will be the perfect time to give one of these recipes a try. Family pops in and out all day and it is nice to have something warm and ready to go.

      Voted up and shared.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Me too. :) Thanks! I hope that you get a chance to try some of these recipes. :)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love, love slow cooker recipes!! This hub has so many ideas. Voted up among others. Must pin this for later! :-)

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, compu-smart. :) Enjoy your new slow cooker!

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      compu-smart 4 years ago from London UK

      Thanks for all these recipes you listed. The main dish looks very appetizing. I will make an effort to get a slow cooker as quick as I can!.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, Kathy! Enjoy the new recipes. :)

      Cyndi, if you click on the link to the right of each recipe description, you'll get the cooking temperatures (high vs. low) and times. It varies for different recipes.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      Quick question: how long do you cook each one? 4 hours you think?

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      Kathy Sima 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love my slow cooker, and I'm always happy to find new easy recipes to try. I made salsa chicken the other day - it was yummy! I'll definitely be trying some of the other recipes. Thanks!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Christy! That's great that your mom uses her slow cooker so frequently. It is always wonderful to smell the food cooking all day.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Good variety of recipes here. My mom has a crockpot and uses it for many meals. I love the smell as the food is working its magic. That reminds me to invite myself over for a dinner invite :) Voting up!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, vespawoolf! I hope that you're able to get a slow cooker again in the near future.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      We had a crockpot for years and after reading all these recipes, I feel inspired to get one again. The cranberry chicken, burrito filling and chili are especially enticing options. Thanks so much! This hub will be great for future reference.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Thelma! Have fun dusting off the slow cooker this winter. :)

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! These are great recipes. It´s been a long time that I have used my slow cooker crock pot. It´s time to do it again. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, Eddy!

      Cyndi, awesome. :) Let me know what you think of those recipes!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      Wow! I'm addicted to my crock pot so of course I'll try these. Great job compiling this. Salsa chicken and the burrito recipes are two that I will have to try first. Thank you so much for enlightening me! :)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Mmm another for my recipe book.

      Eddy.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, eHealer! Enjoy the recipes with your husband. :)

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      I am a great fan of Crockpots for most of my life. I am the worst cook and have found that crockpots are so easy and forgiving. I am going to try this one! My husband will be so stoked!! Voted up!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      pstraubie, that's great that you'll be able to use a number of these recipes the next few months. Enjoy!

      Kelley, awesome! I hope that you get to try one of them soon.

      Robie, that's great. I try to include some non-chicken options in these slow cooker articles, but there are certainly lots of good recipes for chicken thighs here. It is one of my favorite slow cooker meats, too.

      Carol, soup is a good place to start with the slow cooker. Best of luck!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I haven't used my crockpot for years. I was thinking of experimenting with soup for my first meal. Thanks for all these suggestions. Voting UP and bookmarking for future use.

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      Roberta Kyle 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

      What a wonderful variety of recipes for the slow cooker. I use mine all winter long so I am definitely going to try several of them-- I am always looking for variations on chicken thigh crockpot recipes. These are great. Thumbs up.

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      I love the salsa chicken recipe ideas. Sounds yummy! Voted up and shared!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      These look like a great collection of crock pot dinners. And the fact that they are simple makes them even more appealing. These are foods that my daughter's family will enjoy very much. So my crockpot will be getting a work out in the next few months. Thank you so much for sharing these with us. Pinned.

      Sending Angels your way.. :) ps