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Woo hoo, another delicious freezer meal perfect for the slow cooker! This one is super easy; you just put everything in a ziplock bag and freeze. When you’re ready, just thaw it, and dump it out in the Crock Pot to cook.

This is perfect to serve over a salad, on tortilla chips, wrapped in a burrito, or over rice.

You can even make up a bunch of batches; prepare one right away and freeze the extras.

Easy Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe - Just add taco seasoning, corn, beans, and salsa - freezes well

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe - just add beans, corn, taco seasoning, and salsa

Slow Cooker Black Bean & Corn Salsa Chicken Recipe

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 lb. uncooked, skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 c. salsa
  • 1 can (15-16 oz.) corn, drained
  • 1 can (15-16 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15-16 oz.) red chili beans in mild chili sauce (do not drain)
  • 1 packet (approx. 1 oz.) reduced-sodium taco seasoning

WHAT YOU DO:

To freeze:

  • Combine all ingredients in a gallon freezer bag. Label with the following:

– Thaw

– Slow cooker LOW for 7-8 hrs (or HIGH for 3-4 hrs)

– Shred before serving

  • Freeze

To prepare right away:

  • Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low for 7-8 hours (or high for 3-4 hrs). Shred with two forks before serving.
recipe adapted from sixsistersstuff.com

Slow Cooker Recipes - perfect for freezer meals

Delicious chicken chimichangas – baked not fried! I used a slow cooker 3-ingredient fiesta chicken for the filling, stuffed with delicious guacamole, and refried beans.

Chicken Chimichangas - awesome slow cooker chicken plus your fave fillings and toppings. Oven baked, not fried.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 lb. uncooked skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 can cheddar cheese soup (don’t add water)
  • 1 16-oz jar salsa
  • 6 flour tortillas (fajita size)
  • ½ c refried beans
  • 1 c guacamole
  • 1 c shredded cheese (cheddar, monterey, jack cheese, etc.)
  • oil or cooking spray
  • optional toppings: additional guacamole, salsa, sour cream, olives, lettuce, jalapenos, green onions, cilantro, lime zest, lime wedges

WHAT YOU DO:

  • In slow cooker, add the soup, salsa, and chicken. Cook 3-4 hours on LOW (or 2-3 hours on HIGH), or until throroughly cooked. After chicken is done, using 2 forks, shred into small pieces.
  • Preheat oven to 425, and spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray, or cover with a thin layer of oil.
  • While oven is heating, lay tortillas out on a flat surface. Spread refried beans in the middle of each.
  • Spread guacamole on top of the beans. Add chicken, then shredded cheese.
  • Roll into a burrito shape, and place on baking sheet. Spray the tops with cooking spray, or brush a tiny amount of oil on each.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the tortillas brown and are crispy.
  • Add optional toppings, and serve.

Oven Baked Chicken Chimichanga - slow cooker chicken plus your favorite fillings and toppings. So delicious. This recipe is a keeper for sure.

recipe adapted from lecremedelacrumb.com

Easy Homemade Flour Tortillas - just 4 ingredients that you probably already have. Awesome for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and gorditas.

Not your Mama's pork chops and mashed potatoes - put a spin on this comfort food with cheesy ranch slow cooker pork chops and lemony dill mustard smashed potatoes.

Skinny Reuben Panini - lightened up with turkey, fat free cheese, and dill mustard instead of dressing.

Roasted Chickpeas - just 5 ingredients but tons of flavor. Perfect for a low fat healthy snack.

Whole Wheat Pasta Tossed with Veggies - the 'no recipe' recipe!

Teeny Tiny Taco Cups – Use won ton wrappers baked in mini-muffin cups for an awesome twist on tacos!

Top with your favorite fixin’s: sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, black beans, tomatoes, etc. Perfect for appetizers, or even your main course.

Teeny Tiny Taco Cups - won ton wrappers & your favorite taco filling & toppers. So tasty!!!

Baked won ton wrappers make awesome taco cups! So easy and delicious. Yum.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 24 won ton wrappers
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 Tbs picante sauce
  • 1/2 c. chunky salsa
  • 1 c. shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, sliced olives, guacamole, shredded lettuce, black beans, chopped tomatoes

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • Press won ton wrappers into a 24-cup mini muffin pan.
  • Brown beef in a skillet over medium-high heat until crumbled and thoroughly cooked. Drain fat. Stir in taco seasoning and picante sauce.
  • Spoon beef mixture into wonton cups. Top with salsa and cheese.
  • Bake for 5 minutes or until the wontons are golden brown and cheese is melted.
  • Garnish with additional toppings (optional) and serve.
recipe adapted from recipe.com

As you can tell from this blog, I looove me some freezer meals. Our basement freezer was almost empty (gasp!) so I made 10 freezer-friendly recipes to stash away for our weekend meals. It took A LOT of time, but I figured it was worth it since I could buy everything at once, make a big mess in the kitchen at once, and then not have to worry about weekend meals for a long time.

Don’t have a lot of room in your freezer? You could always give some of these to families with a new baby, someone who’s having surgery, or even invite some friends over for a prep party. Split up the ingredients so everyone buys what you need, then make a day of making all the recipes (optional: add some wine to your shopping list! 🙂 )

 

shop once make 10 freezer recipes: includes a giant list of all the supplies and ingredients you need. Makes 2 lasagnas, 2 fiesta chicken, 3 brats & kraut casseroles, buffalo ranch chicken, 15 individ burritos, cheesy ranch pork chops, 3 chicken taco soup, 5 loaded baked potato soup, 3 chili, and 2 meatloaves.

Here are the 10 recipes I made (and qty of batches I ended up with):

Creamy Onion Lasagna (2)

Fiesta Chicken (2)

Turkey Bratwurst & Sauerkraut Casserole (3)

Buffalo Ranch Chicken (1)

Individual Cheesy Bean & Turkey Burritos (15)

Cheesy Ranch Pork Chops (1)

Chicken Taco Soup (3)

Loaded Baked Potato Soup (5)

Best Ever “No Recipe” Recipe Chili (3)

Mother-in-Law’s Famous Meatloaf (2)

And here’s the ginormous list of ingredients and supplies I needed.

First I stopped at the dollar store and stocked up on freezer bags, foil pans for the casseroles, spices like chili powder, and a few canned veggies like corn, beans, and tomatoes. Then I went to the grocery store to finish up the rest of my shopping list.

10 Freezer Meal Shopping List

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DAIRY
16 oz cottage cheese
16 oz French onion dip
3 packages of cream cheese
6 c. shredded cheddar cheese
4 c. shredded Swiss cheese
4 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/3 c. milk
1 1/2 c. cream
2 sticks butter
6 eggs
SPICES/SEASONING
Kosher salt
chili powder
garlic powder
1 packet taco seasoning
2 envelopes dry Ranch dressing mix
cornstarch, if needed, to thicken soup

 

PRODUCE
minced garlic in a jar
4 cloves garlic (or just used minced jar)
2 onions
1 bunch green onions
7 large potatoes

 

MEATS
1 lb. ground turkey
2 lbs ground beef
5 turkey bratwursts
4-6 pork chops
approx 4-6 lbs. chicken breasts

 

BOXED PASTA
4 c. uncooked penne pasta
2 pkg no-boil lasagna noodles

 

CANNED GOODS
2 large jars (45 oz each) pasta sauce
1 can corn
1 can diced tomatoes
4 or 5 cans of tomatoes for chili (various types: stewed, diced, chopped, Italian-style, etc)
2 cans black beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can refried beans
3 or 4 cans of beans for chili (variety of black beans, kidney beans, chili beans, red beans, etc)
1 can enchilada sauce
1 can green enchilada sauce
16 oz sauerkraut, drained
1 can (10-12 oz) chicken breast
2 jars (approx 16 oz ea) of salsa

 

SOUPS
2 cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
4 cans Cheddar Cheese soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
11 c. chicken broth (or bouillon cubes to make broth)
2 envelopes onion soup mix

 

FOR STORING/FREEZING/LABELING
permanent marker
two 9×13 foil pans
three 8-in square foil pans
freezer-safe soup containers (I used 11 alltogether)
paper towels (I used 15 individual paper towels to wrap burritos),
roll of heavy duty foil
pop-up foil wrappers (for individual burritos) OR just use roll of heavy duty foil
gallon freezer bags (I used 20 alltogether)
jumbo 2.5 gal storage bags (I used 3 alltogether)

 

CONDIMENTS
2 Tbs. spicy brown mustard
2 Tbs. yellow mustard
12 oz bottle Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing sauce
1/2 c. ketchup

 

MISC
16 crushed saltines
15-20 flour tortillas (8-inch)
slow cooker liners

 

OPTIONAL IDEAS… for when you eat the recipes, so I wait to buy these (or get the non-perishables now and the fresh items later):
Individual burrito toppings: black olives, lettuce, sour cream, salsa, lettuce, shredded cheese, tomatoes
For chili: bread bowls, toppings such as sour cream, crackers, shredded cheese, Fritos/corn chips
For loaded baked potato soup: bread bowls, toppings such as bacon bits, sour cream, crackers, shredded cheese, chives
For buffalo chicken sandwiches: buns, toppings such as provolone cheese, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, Ranch dressing, feta, blue cheese. For buffalo chicken salads: shredded lettuce, Ranch dressing, onions, tomatoes, feta, blue cheese.
Toppings for chicken taco soup: shredded cheese, tortilla chips, hot sauce, sour cream, avocado

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I split the preparations into two groups. The first day I made:

The second day I made:

 

Shop once, make tons of awesome freezer meals. Great variety of lasagna, soups, individual burritos, casseroles, chicken, pork chops, and more.

Have any questions, comments, or suggestions? Feel free to let me know! This was a big project and I’m sure I left out something or need to tweak some instructions, etc! 🙂

Want more freezer inspiration? Here are some other make-ahead recipes:

Individual Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

Braided Pepperoni Pizza

Cilantro-Lime Rice

Lemon Pepper Chicken

Greek Marinated Chicken

Ceddar Ranch Chicken

Ranch Parmesan Chicken

Crock Pot Garlic Ranch Chicken

Crock Pot Chicken Teriyaki

Kickin’ Buffalo Lime Chicken

Crock Pot Citrus Chicken

Crock Pot Garlicky Goodness Honey Mustard Chicken

Cream Cheese Banana Nut Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

French Onion Crusted Pork Chops

Cheesy Pork Chops and Potatoes

3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Ranch Pork Chops

3-Ingredient Cheesy Ranch Pork Chops

Part of my SHOP ONCE, MAKE 10 FREEZER RECIPES project.

Here’s a recipe I used to make some individual-serving burritos. They are great to heat up just one or two at a time. Just heat from frozen in the microwave, and add your favorite toppings!

Cheesy Bean and Turkey Burritos recipe - make then wrap individually so you can freeze. Then heat up 1 (or all) at a time in the microwave.

Cheesy Bean and Turkey Burritos

adapted from tasteofhome.com

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 can enchilada sauce – here’s a recipe for homemade sauce
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 c. black beans, strained and rinsed
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 4 1/2 Tbs. chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 4 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 15-20 flour tortillas (8-inch)
  • Optional toppings: black olives, lettuce, sour cream, salsa, lettuce, shredded cheese, tomatoes, etc.
  • For freezing: 15-20 paper towels (1 for each burrito), foil (I used a pop-up foil wrapper for each burrito), storage bags

WHAT YOU DO:

In a large skillet, brown the turkey over medium heat until cooked; drain.

Transfer turkey to a large pot, then mix in enchilada sauce, refried beans, black beans, water, onions, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and cheese. Heat on med-high, until cheese melts then simmer for 20 mins.

Spoon the mixture on to tortilla shells, then roll into burrito shapes. Wrap each burrito in a paper towel, then in foil. Place in a zipper bag (I used a jumbo 2.5 gallon bag, which held all 15 burritos) and label with a permanent marker. Store in freezer.

To reheat, remove burrito(s) from freezer and remove foil. Heat in paper towel in microwave for 2-3 mins.

Makes 15-20 servings.

Cheesy Bean and Turkey Burritos recipe - make then wrap individually so you can freeze. Then heat up 1 (or all) at a time in the microwave.

 

Cheesy Bean and Turkey Burritos recipe - make then wrap individually so you can freeze. Then heat up 1 (or all) at a time in the microwave.

Cheesy Bean and Turkey Burritos recipe - make then wrap individually so you can freeze. Then heat up 1 (or all) at a time in the microwave

Cheesy Bean and Turkey Burritos recipe - make then wrap individually so you can freeze. Then heat up 1 (or all) at a time in the microwave - from frozen!

Cheesy Bean and Turkey Burritos recipe - make then wrap individually so you can freeze. Then heat up 1 (or all) at a time in the microwave.

 

Cheesy Bean & Turkey Burritos - make a giant batch and freeze individually. Re-heat however many you want in the microwave from frozen.

Homemade Tortillas - just 4 ingredients you probably already have. Great for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more! Want to make your own tortillas? Here’s an awesome recipe!

 

 

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe - so easy and delicious you will never want the canned stuff again!

 

fresh homemade salsa Fresh homemade salsa recipe

We had an impromptu taco night, so I thawed some frozen ground beef and tried out a homemade tortilla recipe. It was fun to roll out the dough and the tortillas tasted great! You could also use the tortillas for quesadillas, burritos, gorditas, or even just to dip in salsa.

Here’s what we ended up with…

Homemade Tortillas - just 4 ingredients you probably already have. Great for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour + more for rolling surface
  • 1/2 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 3/4 c. vegetable oil
  • 3/4 c. warm water

WHAT YOU DO:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine flour, oil, baking powder, and salt.
  • Form dry ingredients into a mountain and make a hole (“volcano”).
  • Pour water and oil in the hole and mix.
  • When dough is firm, gently knead on a flat surface.
  • Break off golf ball sized pieces, and roll into balls.
  • Place dough balls on a floured baking sheet.
  • Cover with a damp paper towel and let sit for 30 mins.
  • Place dough balls on a floured surface and roll out into 6-inch flat circles.
  • Cook on a skillet at medium heat (no oil or cooking spray needed) for approximately 1 min per side (watch for bubbles, sort of like pancakes).

Makes approximately 12-14 tortillas

recipe adapted from hirethestache.com

I can’t wait to make homemade tortillas again and I’m going to serve them in these taco trucks” that I just ordered. Aren’t they cute?!? 🙂 For now we used some fast food tacos…

taco trucks!

 

Homemade Tortillas - just 4 easy ingredients you probably already have. Mix, roll flat, then heat in a skillet for 1 minute on ea side.

 

Homemade Tortillas - just 4 simple ingredients you probably already have. Just mix, roll out, and heat in a skillet for 1 minute on ea side.

 

Homemade Flour Tortillas - just 4 easy ingredients you probably already have. Mix, roll out, and heat for 1 minute on ea side.

 

Homemade Flour Tortillas - so easy you probably already have the 4 ingredients. Awesome for tacos, burritos, gorditas, and quesadillas!

 

Easy Homemade Flour Tortillas - just 4 ingredients that you probably already have. Awesome for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and gorditas.

 

Here is a super easy recipe: Chicken Taco Soup.

Part of my SHOP ONCE, MAKE 10 FREEZER RECIPES project.

You just pour 8 cans into a pan, add a packet of taco seasoning, and heat on low for a couple of hours!

8 can chicken taco soup! Just dump 8 cans and a taco seasoning packet into a pan and simmer! SO easy. Awesome one pot soup.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 can chicken broth – or use homemade
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can green enchilada sauce
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (approx 12 oz.) chicken breast, drained
  • 1 packet (1 oz.) taco seasoning
  • optional toppings: shredded cheese, tortilla chips, hot sauce, sour cream, avocado, etc.

WHAT YOU DO:

Place all ingredients into a large pot or slow cooker then mix together.

Slow Cooker: cook on LOW for 2-3 hours *or* stove top: simmer on low for 30-60 min.

8 Can Chicken Taco Soup

8 Can Chicken Taco Soup - awesome for the stovetop OR slow cooker

Chicken Taco Soup ready for the freezer - just 8 cans plus a pkt of taco seasoning - freezer friendly

recipe adapted from eatthisup.com

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe - so easy and delicious you will never want the canned stuff again!

Here’s a delicious recipe I adapted from inthekitchenwithkp.com: Cheesy Oven Baked Beef and Bean Burritos.

I love a spicy kick so I used jalapeno cheddar burrito wraps, but you can use whatever flour tortillas you like.

jalapeno wraps for cheesy oven baked beef and bean burritos

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 15-oz can refried beans
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 8 oz shredded cheese
  • 1 package flour tortillas
  • 1 small can red enchilada sauce (or homemade sauce)
  • Optional–ingredients for toppings, such as corn, salsa, tomatoes, black olives, jalapenos, additional shredded cheese, sour cream, etc.

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Prepare meat according to the directions on taco seasoning packet. Add onions, refried beans, and stir together.
  • Remove from heat, stir in sour cream and half of shredded cheese.
  • Spoon approximately ½ c. of mixture in center of flour tortillas, then roll up and place seam-side down in a 9×13 baking dish lined with foil and sprayed with Pam.
  • Repeat with tortillas until filling is gone
  • Pour enchilada sauce on top of filled tortillas, coating tortillas lightly then bake for 25-30 mins until filling is heated through and edges of tortillas are crisp.
  • Remove from oven, top with remaining cheese and return to oven for 5 more mins.
  • Remove from oven, allow to sit for 5-10 mins. Before serving, add your favorite toppings.

beef and bean burritos

beef and bean burritos topped with salsa, sour cream, and tomatoes

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe - so easy and delicious you will never want the canned stuff again!

 

Easy Homemade Flour Tortillas - just 4 ingredients that you probably already have. Awesome for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and gorditas. Want to be super fancy and make your own tortillas? Here’s an awesome recipe!

Here is an easy salsa: Mango Salsa. You lika tha Mango? 😉

It has just a few fresh simple ingredients, yet still bursts with flavor. I paired it with tortilla chips, but you could also use it as a topping for a main course such as tacos, fish, or chicken.

fresh mango salsa

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 mangos, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro, stems removed and chopped
  • 1 lime

WHAT YOU DO:

In a bowl, combine mangos, onion, and cilantro. Squeeze the lime juice into the mixture & stir to combine. Chill for one hour to let flavors blend.

recipe adapted from livingwellspendingless.com

fiesta chicken

Here’s a super easy crock pot recipe that I found also freezes well: Fiesta Chicken. It has only salsa, a can of cheese soup, and chicken. I put the 3 ingredients in a ziplock, froze it, and then thawed it before cooking it in the slow cooker. Or, you can skip the freezer and throw everything in the crock pot right away, and cook.

Either way, you end up with tasty, flavorful chicken that is so tender it shreds with a fork. We used it on tacos for lunch, and put the leftovers on top of tortilla chips with nacho fixin’s for dinner.

Part of my SHOP ONCE, MAKE 10 FREEZER RECIPES project.

freezer to slow cooker: FIESTA CHICKEN

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 4-6 uncooked chicken breasts
  • 1 can of Campbell’s Cheddar Cheese Soup (I didn’t add any water)
  • 1 (16 oz) jar of salsa

WHAT YOU DO:

If freezing: combine all ingredients in a gallon ziplock bag and label. Freeze. Before serving, thaw, then cook in slow cooker 6-8 hours on LOW (or 4 hours on HIGH).

If preparing right away: place all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook 6-8 hours on LOW (or 4 hours on HIGH).

3-ingredient fiesta chicken in the CrockPot - add to taco shells then put your toppings on

fiesta chicken nachos

P.S. This is the chicken recipe I use as a filling for Oven Baked Chicken Chimichangas; just place chicken in tortilla shells with your favorite toppings, and bake!

Chicken Chimichangas - awesome slow cooker chicken plus your fave fillings and toppings. Oven baked, not fried.