Dump recipes save you not only time but loads of money! The term dump recipes refers to recipes that you will literally dump all of the ingredients in a bag, baking pan, or slow cooker and then cook as directed. These recipes are perfect for busy parents, because you can make them before work and then come home and have dinner already prepared. Oh – and these are AMAZING. Not your average slow cooker dump recipes!
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No pre-cooking. Just dump the ingredients and go about your day. For a busy mom like myself, that's my kind of recipe! One of my favorite dump recipes is my homemade spaghetti sauce. You can either make it as directed, or just throw all the ingredients in a pot and cook it.
I've tried many dump recipes… and some are ok, some are flat-out awful, but if you do it right, some are pretty amazing. So I've complied a list of my favorite dump recipes. Trust me – these all fall to the side of “pretty amazing”.
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I split these up by the type of meat, so you can easily find what you're looking for depending on what ingredients you have. Without further ado – Here we go!
Texas Roadhouse Pot Roast – this is the absolute best pot roast you will ever have. And this isn't just me saying that, I've gotten literally hundreds of emails using that exact phrase! It's so good.
Slow Cooker Korean Beef Tacos – This might be the ultimate sweet, savory, a little spicy, super rich meal. My neighbor just made it for the first time a couple weeks ago. He came up to me and said, “Lauren. Those Korean Beef Tacos. Holy Cow. They've changed my life.” And I'm pretty sure that he meant it in a good way.
Slow Cooker Shredded Black Bean Chili – Looking for a chili that's a bit different from your standard hamburger based chili with kidney beans? This one is outstanding. In fact… now that I'm writing this, I think I have all the ingredients for this dump recipe in my kitchen… I guess I just figured out dinner for tonight! YUM!
Ropa Vieja – Don't be scared off by the name! This cuban dish is absolutely PACKED with flavor. Shredded beef in a tomato base with cumin, peppers, onions, peas… serve it over rice and watch your family devour this!
Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef – Inspired by my favorite dish at PF Changs, this version uses a chuck roast, and is SUPER EASY and tastes amazing. When this is in my crock pot, I am literally salivating all day. It's one of my favorite dump recipes!
Slow Cooker Balsamic & Honey Pot Roast – I LOVE pot roast, and this recipe is such an awesome take on it. It's so different from the Texas Roadhouse Pot Roast above, but it's just as flavorful. Sweet, savory, and everything you need from a good pot roast.
Cuban Beef Sandwiches, Food Truck Style – Have you ever gotten a sandwich at a food truck that was just so perfectly packed with flavor? And you couldn't even put your finger on what made it taste so good? You will fee that way with this recipe. Serve with mayo and avocado and that's all she wrote! No one will ever believe that it was one of your simple and easy dump recipes!
Slow Cooker Beef Ragu – I absolutely LOVE the chuck roast. And I also love red sauce over pasta. And when you combine the two, amazing things happen. This beef ragu sauce is fantastic.
Spicy BBQ Sirloin Steak – This one is awesome because you can either throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker like a dump recipe, or you can separate them and grill the steak (there's instructions for both). To be honest, I've tried this both ways, and I kinda like it in the slow cooker better. Serve it over mashed potatoes and the sauce becomes an amazing gravy!
Hamburger can work GREAT in the slow cooker. You can use it loose, or prepared as meatballs or a meatloaf. I've got great examples of these below.
Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs – Oh man. This dump recipe… it is creamy, perfectly seasoned, and filling. This is my kind of meal when the weather is cold.
Slow Cooker Meat Sauce – I love me some pasta sauce. And when meat cooks in it, its just makes it taste that much better. This is one of the true dump recipes in the sense that you dump the ingredients, and literally do nothing. You might have to break up the hamburger a bit, but that's super easy.
Slow Cooker BBQ Meatloaf – Meatloaf in a slow cooker? Yup. Ok, so maybe this one isn't quite a “dump” recipe as much as some of the others. After you “dump” the ingredients in a bowl, it has the added step of mixing them together with your hands and making a loaf to stick in the crockpot. The flavors are outstanding in this meatloaf!
Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs – This is the absolute PERFECT meatball recipe. This is the meal that when I ask my kids “what should have for dinner?” they answer “spaghetti and meatballs!!!!” Every time. Don't be afraid of just tossing the meatballs in the slow cooker raw. It works. Trust me.
Slow Cooker Chili – Who doesn't love chili? And it's even better when it's so easy to put together. This dump recipe version of chili is seasoned just perfect!
Before I get to the recipes, as a general rule, chicken breast seems to work best in the slow cooker when it cooks for 3-4 hours on high. You can definitely cook it longer, but it kinda shreds a bit too much.
Here are my absolute favorite chicken breast dump recipes.
White Chicken Chili – yup – I'm starting with this one. It's just fantastic. My friends rave about this recipe. The texture, flavors and seasoning are just perfect. Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream, cilantro, maybe some avocado – whatever you want!
Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken – I LOVE this one. A little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, and a great texture. I usually get seconds (or thirds) when I make this for dinner!
Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Chicken – I got the inspiration for this from an amazing spinach and artichoke dip recipe. I thought, what if I added chicken, and served it over pasta? Welp… the results were even better than I had envisioned. One of my favs.
Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan – Trust me, this one works. The key to a good chicken parm is the chicken, a salty crunchy crust, melty cheese and an amazing sauce. This has all of that! To get the crunch, you just gotta do a 5 minute step at the end.
Slow Cooker Zesty Orange Chicken – Just like the name says, it's very zesty. It gets the orange flavor from some orange juice concentrate. And after adding some garlic, ginger and sugar, this tastes just like something you'd get for chinese takeout!
Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie – This has all the creaminess and richness of that perfect filling of a chicken pot pie that you'd envision. And it's super easy to make prepare because you will just use a bag of frozen mixed vegetables – which are already chopped to the perfect size! Serve it with some biscuits and enjoy.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos – These chicken tacos couldn't be easier. Chicken breast, spices, and just a little bit of water. Close the lid, and a few hours later just serve them up in taco shells and top as you normally would. My kids prefer these to the tacos made with ground beef!
Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Stew – This recipe blew me away the first time I made it! It was also the first time I used a roux as a thickener once the recipe was completed. SOOO good.
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken – Just as the recipe would have you believe, this one is sweet and garlic-y! What's not to love? It's so good over rice.
Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Casserole – I don't know what's gotten into this recipe, but it's been pinned like almost 100,000 times. I mean I do understand why, cause it's amazing. This one takes a tip from the chicken parmesan above and uses a crunchy breadcrumb topping to get that perfect texture! One of my favorite dump recipes!
Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken – The creamy and tart sauce is what makes this recipe. I mean the chicken is good too, but with the creamy sauce on top? Holy cow. Serve this with either rice or pasta. Yum!
Slow Cooker Creamy Garlic Chicken – It's like comfort food that you didn't have to do any work to prepare. It is heavy on the garlic, but that's one of the things that makes this so good!
Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Chicken – I've got a few Asian inspired ones on this list, and this recipe is among the best! If you want to up the heat, add more red pepper flakes! But be careful, they tend to become more pronounced as they cook in the slow cooker… one of the spicier dump recipes on this list!
Chicken thighs are my favorite way to prepare chicken in the slow cooker… especially for dump recipes. Unlike chicken breasts, the dark meat doesn't dry out. It stays moist and tender. But make sure to take the skin off first, or buy them skinless in the store. No one likes chicken skin in the slow cooker!
Slow Cooker Lemon Awesome Chicken – It was so hard to come up with a name for this recipe. It was creamy, lemony and just AWESOME. So that's what I named it. I think you'll agree! This one is best served over rice – it soaks up all the yummy sauce.
Slow Cooker Asian BBQ Fusion Chicken – Of all the dump recipes on this post, this is in my top 5. The ingredients are all over the place – ginger, BBQ sauce, garlic, soy sauce, tomato sauce… it's kinda nuts but, oh man do these flavors work well together! Trust me. Just make it.
Slow Cooker Verde Chicken – Verde means green. So this one is kinda green. It's from the tomatillo salsa. That's also one of the reasons this is so easy. Chicken, salsa, cilantro, and a few spices. That's it. So much flavor in this one.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup – So I just made this 2 nights ago. I got the inspiration for this recipe from a chicken tortilla soup that they serve at Ruby Tuesday that I love. This version is actually better!
Caribbean Citrus Chicken – I absolutely love the flavors in this dump recipe! It calls for just drumsticks, but you can use skinless chicken thighs as well. Citrus from lime juice and orange juice plus garlic and onions make this recipe super tasty!
Slow Cooker Paprika BBQ Chicken – when I was creating this recipe, I wasn't sure how it would turn out. Loads of paprika, plus a bit of BBQ sauce to add some sweetness. After you add the sour cream in at the end, this dish just is just out of this world good! One of my favorites.
Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup – No need to make a stock from scratch to get an amazing homemade Chicken noodle soup. The chicken thighs do all the work for you as they cook in the slow cooker. It's crazy that a dump recipe can produce such an awesome chicken noodle soup, but it does!
Pork works GREAT in dump recipes. The list below has recipes that use both pork loin, and pork shoulder. Both work great in the slow cooker… and also have their pros and cons. Overall, I like recipes using the pork shoulder better. Because of the fat content in the pork, the meat is much more tender and juicy. But the drawback is that you have to take out the meat after it's done cooking to remove the excess pieces of fat. A step that's worth it in my opinion.
Pork loin works great too! It's not as juicy as a shoulder when it cooks in the slow cooker, but it's WAY easier. Once it's done cooking, either shred it or slice it. Either way, these recipes are delicious.
Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Basil Cream Sauce – I haven't really mixed the flavors of basil with pork and cream before. I usually use basil in just red sauces… but it shines here. Big time. The sauce in this dump recipe is so good.
Apple Cinnamon Pork Loin – If it's fall weather outside, then you need to make this right now. This is just one of those perfect sweet and savory dishes that works so well over mashed potatoes. You'll love this.
Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas – Right here, this recipe is one of the top 5 on this list. Orange juice, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, garlic – c'mon there's some BOLD flavors in here!
Crockpot Pulled Pork – This recipe has been pinned over a MILLION times. While I do prefer a smoked pulled pork, this slow cooker version comes pretty close. And since it's a dump recipe, it's WAY easier!
Slow Cooker Ribs – The flavor profile of these ribs are pretty similar to the pulled pork above. Just a great BBQ flavor. In my opinion, ribs just work perfect when they are cooked on high for 4 hours. This way, they are tender, but not to the point where they just fall completely off the bone when you pick them up.
Chili Lime Pork Loin – Similar to the BBQ sirloin steak, this one can be grilled or cooked in the slow cooker. The cumin, chili, and lime juice are so perfect in this. Slice it up and serve it with any kind of potato!
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