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5 Five Ingredient Recipes: Slow Cooker Crock Pot Dinners

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Do you enjoy slow cooker recipes with limited ingredient lists? You'll also enjoy three and four ingredient recipes!

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

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Slow cooker chicken in sun dried tomato sauce.

Slow cooker chicken in sun dried tomato sauce.

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.

Unfortunately the original recipe link no longer works so I've linked a couple very similar recipes.

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

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Pot roast is a classic slow cooker meal.

Pot roast is a classic slow cooker meal.

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Comments

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on April 10, 2017:

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.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 05, 2013:

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.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 05, 2013:

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

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on October 05, 2013:

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

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 05, 2013:

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

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on October 05, 2013:

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

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 22, 2013:

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

Sarah Chewings from Nottingham, England on May 22, 2013:

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!!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 20, 2013:

Thanks, IslandBites!

IslandBites from Puerto Rico on May 20, 2013:

Very convenient ideas.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 19, 2013:

You're welcome, resmyrobin!

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

Subhas from New Delhi, India on April 19, 2013:

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

Resmy Robin from KERALA, INDIA on April 19, 2013:

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

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 09, 2013:

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

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on February 09, 2013:

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.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 06, 2013:

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

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on February 06, 2013:

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

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 05, 2012:

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

Compu-Smart from London UK on December 05, 2012:

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!.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 04, 2012:

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.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on December 04, 2012:

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

Kathy Sima from Ontario, Canada on December 04, 2012:

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!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 23, 2012:

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.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on November 23, 2012:

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!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 21, 2012:

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

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 21, 2012:

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.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 21, 2012:

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

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on November 21, 2012:

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.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 21, 2012:

That's great, Eddy!

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

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on November 21, 2012:

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! :)

Eiddwen from Wales on November 21, 2012:

Mmm another for my recipe book.

Eddy.

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

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

Deborah from Las Vegas on November 20, 2012:

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!

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

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!

carol stanley from Arizona on November 20, 2012:

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.

Roberta Kyle from Central New Jersey on November 20, 2012:

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.

kelleyward on November 20, 2012:

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

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 20, 2012:

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