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3 Ingredient Recipes: Slow Cooker Crock Pot Dinners

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Did you know that you can make ravioli in a slow cooker?

Did you know that you can make ravioli in a slow cooker?

Slow cookers or crock pots make it easy to put together a healthy dinner with a short amount of prep time. While the meal will take a while to cook, once you have everything assembled in the pot, you won't have to do much else until it's nearly time to eat. There are a number of great slow cooker dinner recipes that only require 3 ingredients. It doesn't get much more simple than that. Happy cooking!

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Slow Cooker Tips

  • Keep an eye on the slow cooker the first time you make a recipe. A recipe will have varying times for different sizes and models of slow cookers. The cook time will also depend on the quantity of food that you are preparing, which may different slightly from the amount given in the recipe. (For example, the recipe may call for 4-6 chicken breasts, and you choose to prepare 2-3 instead.) Check on the food on a regular basis the first time you are preparing a recipe.
  • Do you avoid using your slow cooker because of the clean up required? Consider using a liner. Many slow cookers are large and can be cumbersome to clean. If you hate this process, purchase slow cooker liners. They are inexpensive and make the clean up task so simple.

Tips for Cooking in a Slow Cooker For Dummies

Slow cooker potato and mushroom soup. Click the link for the recipe.

Slow cooker potato and mushroom soup. Click the link for the recipe.

Pulled Pork

Ingredients:

Pork tenderloin, root beer, barbecue sauce of your choice.

Variations:

You can use your slow cooker to make many different types of pulled sandwiches. Chicken thighs work well. There are also a number of variations for this recipe with different beverages, most notably cola and beer.

What else you'll need to serve dinner:
If you're going to eat pulled pork as sandwiches, you'll need some kind of bun. Pull together a few simple sides, such as a fresh green salad or cut up fruit.

Thai Curry

Ingredients:

2-5 cans on coconut milk, 1-2 chicken breasts or thighs, cut into cubes, 1-3 tablespoons of Mae Ploy curry paste

Variations:

Add vegetables such as onions, carrots, and broccoli or cubed potatoes. If you want a vegan recipe, substitute the vegetables for the chicken.

What else you'll need to serve dinner:
Rice to serve with it. Make this process simple with a rice cooker, minute rice, or a microwave rice bowl. If you opt for potatoes, most likely you don't need the rice.

Chicken With Gravy

Ingredients:

4-6 chicken breasts or thighs, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 packet onion soup mix

Variations:

Add vegetables of your choosing. Substitute the mushroom soup for a different cream soup, such as cream of chicken or celery.

What else you'll need to serve dinner:
This is wonderful served over mashed potatoes, rice, or toast.

Sweet and Tangy Meatballs

Ingredients:

1 package of frozen meatballs, 1 jar chili sauce (12 oz.), 1 jar grape jelly

Variations:

I don't have any...yet, but I'm open to suggestions.

What else you'll need to serve dinner:
Rice or noodles to serve with it.

Chicken Tacos

Ingredients:

5-6 chicken breasts or thighs, 1 envelope taco seasoning (or homemade seasoning), 1 jar of salsa (12 oz.)

Variations:

Switch up the chicken for pork. You can up the spice level by adjusting your homemade seasoning, selecting a spicy store bought variety, or adding extra seasoning. Instead of serving this as tacos, make nachos, enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas, etc.

What else you'll need to serve dinner:
Tortilla and/or taco shells and toppings (i.e. lettuce, sour cream, cheese). This will all come together very quickly when you're ready to eat.

Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken

Ingredients:

4-6 chicken breasts, 1 jar of Hawaiian barbecue sauce (look for the Archer Farms variety at Target), 1 jar of pineapple chunks (20 oz, drained).

Variations:

Try it with pork instead of chicken. Switch up the barbecue sauce if that variety isn't to your liking. Kick up the spice with your own seasonings and/or with a spicy sauce. Add chopped green pepper and onion.

What else you'll need to serve dinner:
Rice to serve with it.

Italian Beef

Ingredients:

3.5 lb cut of beef (shoulder, arm, or chuck roast), 1 packet Italian seasoning dressing mix, 3 beef bouillon cubes. You'll also add a cup of water.

Variations:

Switch up the seasonings.

What else you'll need to serve dinner:
If you're making your beef into sandwiches, you'll need buns or rolls.

Buffalo Ranch Chicken

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts, 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix (look for Hidden Valley), 1 bottle Franks buffalo wing sauce (17.5 oz.)

Variations:

If you're serving the chicken breasts whole as an entrée, make sure that they're cooked thoroughly. If you'd like to shred them for sandwiches, cook them until they shred easily with a fork.

What else you'll need to serve dinner:
If you're serving this as an entrée, it pairs well with rice or noodles and a salad or vegetable side. If you're serving this as sandwiches, make sure to pick up some rolls or buns.

Homemade Pastor Street Tacos. Click for the recipe.

Homemade Pastor Street Tacos. Click for the recipe.

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Comments

Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on October 27, 2016:

Love all your recipes! I have a Instant Pot Pressure cooker that is a slow cooker too. It makes everything so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 19, 2014:

Enjoy the new recipes, Hendrika! :)

Hendrika from Pretoria, South Africa on October 13, 2014:

Thank you for these recipes. It will come in handy on days that I am in a hurry. I will make sure to always have the basic ingredients for some of them at hand.

Karen on October 12, 2014:

Variation to meatballs (which I've been making for years and love! Excellent dish to pass for parties (especially super bowl party!). I once forgot the chili sauce so threw in BBQ instead. Turned out to be really good! Though not as good

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 21, 2014:

Thanks, velzipmur, Stephanie, and Sanjay! I'm glad that you found some new ideas here.

Sanjay Sharma from Mandi (HP) India on August 20, 2014:

Thanks for sharing the great recipes.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on August 20, 2014:

Every one of these crock pot recipes sounds great! I'm printing this out so that they'll be handy when I'm feeling lazy. :) Maybe I'll even get hubby to try a few of them...he does like to eat!

Shared and pinned!

Shelly Wyatt from Maryland on August 20, 2014:

voted up! This is a great hub, I love anything to do with the Crockpot. You have provided a good variety of recipes Thanks so much!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 07, 2014:

Thanks, Peg! Enjoy the new recipes.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 07, 2014:

Pulled pork with root beer, now that is a new one. I love the variety of recipes you've shared here. I use my crock pot quite a lot and this will give me some new dishes to try. Thank you.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 03, 2013:

Journey, it can but even pricy meals at home are almost always cheaper than meals out, especially when you aren't feeding a ton of people. Everyone can appreciate a 3 ingredient recipe. I'm glad that you enjoyed this article!

Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on September 03, 2013:

Sometimes cooking can get almost as expensive as eating out when you are working with lots of ingredients:). Gotta love a 3 ingredient recipe. Thanks for this hub. Voted interesting and useful.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 25, 2012:

Thanks so much!

boxxies on November 25, 2012:

Great ideas for making use of my Crockpot.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 20, 2012:

I hear ya, Dolores. Hopefully you'll be able to mix up your cooking routine a little more now!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on November 20, 2012:

Love the recipes! I get so stuck on making the same thing over and over and so often just use my slow cooker for making soup. I really must try the pulled pork! And the Thai curry sounds delicious too!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 26, 2012:

You are very welcome! I'm so glad that this is helpful for you. I agree that you can't beat three ingredients for the cost, preparation, or clean up. Thanks for the votes and shares.

Rosa Marchisella from Canada on October 26, 2012:

THANK YOU!!! I've been looking for easy crock pot recipes to take some pressure off our grocery budget and free up time usually spent preparing, cooking and cleaning up after meals. 3 ingredients!?! I can handle that!! These look amazing. Shared, pinned, voted up, useful and interesting. Did I mention - thank you?? :-)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 26, 2012:

That's great, kitkat! Enjoy the new recipes.

kitkat1141 from Ontario, Canada on October 26, 2012:

I use my slow cooker at least once a week. I really appreciate this collection of 3 ingredient recipes. I will give them a try!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 24, 2012:

That's awesome, Vicki. It is easy, and there is something about the slow cook time that really brings flavors together. You're very welcome for the links!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on October 23, 2012:

I have really gotten into using my slow cooker the last year or two. It makes everything taste so great. And it's easy. I'm pinning this for referencing. I noticed you used two of my slow cooker recipes--thank! Excellent hub!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 03, 2012:

That's great, Prasetio! Thanks for sharing.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on October 03, 2012:

It sound delicious. I love all the recipes here. My favorite is Chicken Tacos, Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken, and Italian Beef. Wow.......Yummy! Thanks for writing and I'll share with my mom. Voted up!

Best wishes, Prasetio

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 02, 2012:

Thanks, Deb! That's great.

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on October 02, 2012:

I love the idea of three-ingredient meals. Thanks for sharing these ideas! I will pin this to my recipe board.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 29, 2012:

That's great, Julie! Thanks.

Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on September 29, 2012:

I'm going to bookmark this hub. Great ideas and I love the crockpot! :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 29, 2012:

Haha I use mine much less frequently than that so no worries. This is a great time of year to start thinking about new slow cooker recipes.

Om Paramapoonya on September 29, 2012:

Nice recipes! I only use my crockpot a few times a month. If it was a human, it would probably feel neglected and totally unappreciated. So thanks for these yummy ideas. Now I might use my crockpot more often.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 28, 2012:

Yes, for sure! Now that the weather is getting cooler, you'll have to get it out again.

A Secret from Somewhere on September 28, 2012:

Crock pots rule! I haven't made a crock pot dish in awhile though.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 28, 2012:

Thanks, Marlene! Enjoy.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on September 28, 2012:

These crock pot recipes are wonderful. Some are quite unusual. I have never heard of putting root beer or cola in a dish. It's different, but I'll try it. I like how you share what else can be served with the dish.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 28, 2012:

You're very welcome! That's great.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on September 27, 2012:

Thank you for these recipes. The slow cooker is great for creamy soups.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 27, 2012:

You're very welcome! Glad that you enjoyed them.

suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on September 27, 2012:

Great recipes - thanks.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 27, 2012:

That's great, Susan! How perfect. :) Enjoy.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on September 27, 2012:

I use my crock pot all the time and I can't wait to try your Buffalo Ranch Chicken recipe. I just picked up some Hidden Valley Ranch dressing last night so I'm good to go :) Thanks for all the great recipes.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 27, 2012:

That's great, teaches! Enjoy the meatballs.

Dianna Mendez on September 27, 2012:

We use our crock pot often and have made pulled pork which makes a really tender meat. Will have to try the meatballs you suggest here.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 27, 2012:

Bill, yes for sure! What did do without slow cookers in our kitchens? Enjoy the pulled pork this winter.

Carol, that's great. Adding a little heat to the kitchen in the winter is perfect. Now that I work from home, I love being able to get a slow cooker meal going in the morning or early afternoon and then not think about it again until we're ready to eat.

carol stanley from Arizona on September 27, 2012:

i love all these ideas especially since cool weather is around the corner and I don't mind a little heat in the kitchen. I do like putting stuff in a big pot and disappearing for the day and coming home to a house scented with wonderful cooking smells.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 27, 2012:

One of the greatest inventions ever made....the crock pot! Great recipes Rose! I love the pork one...with root beer yet! Never heard of that but I'll give it a try this winter.