These easy crock pot recipes can be prepared in 5 minutes or less! Slow cooker recipes like these make busy back to school days so much easier and are a great way to use up your pantry canned food staples. These crock pot main dish and side recipes make it easy to throw together a home cooked meal in a snap for your family to enjoy for dinner after a busy day.
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Crock Pot Recipes Using Canned Goods
Cris here. Whether you are stuck at home or find yourself very busy juggling all the things, pantry cooking can help put dinner on the table quick and easy.
Below is a post we did with Cans Get You Cooking a while back when they asked me to share with you a little about how my pantry helps me feed my family on busy school days. I thought it might come in handy for those of us that are trying to cook through things we might already have on hand.
Cans Get You Cooking
I have always been a big fan of the convenience canned food offers me. By maintaining a well stocked pantry, I have a lot of options even when I do not have a lot of time. Aside from convenience, I also love the kind of flavors you can add to a dish straight from the can. Substituting chicken broth for water will almost always take the flavor up a notch in any crock pot recipe. Additionally, there are many canned beans, tomatoes, corn, etc. that have delicious additions like garlic, onion, basil, peppers, chilies and more already added into the can.
I love using these kinds of ingredients to make a nutritious home cooked meal for my family even when our schedules are crazy. But how does the nutritional content of canned foods stack up to their frozen and fresh counterparts? Studies conducted by researchers at Michigan State University, UC Davis and Oregon State University all concluded that canned foods have similar (or better) nutritional profiles as their fresh or frozen equivalents.
Main Dish Recipes Ready to Cook in 5 Minutes or Less
These crock pot main dish recipes are some of our go-to recipes that are super easy to throw together.
Easy Side Dishes for Busy Back- to- School Days
Truth be told, side dishes are often an afterthought in this house. I LOVE it when my slow cooker can help me not only put together a fantastic main dish but has my back with my side dishes. Here are some great side dishes that we love to crock!
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Chris, I just love your recipes and get a good laugh whenever I watch your Mikey cooking!! I haven’t watched all of them yet but they’re really good! My printer won’t work if I click on your “print” button so I have to write them down since I can’t copy and paste them. It will only copy from a letter. Go figure. A royal pain in the neck for sure! I even bought a new printer a couple of weeks ago and still have this problem…guess it’s the Windows 10 that did it. 🙁
I made your Cowboy Beans last week and OMG they were so good. My son and DIL loved them too. It’s a keeper. And for my daughter’s birthday last Sunday I made the Crock Pot Vanilla Sour Cream Cake…WOW I couldn’t believe it turned out so well and we all loved it including the birthday girl! Honestly I don’t think you can tell by reading the ingredients just how really good it is. And BTW we cooked it for 2 1/2 hrs in my slow cooker, but I think I’ll do 2 1/4 hrs next time. Thank you so much for this recipe!
Now as far as which canned staples we keep on hand… Cream of Mushroom soup, Cream of Chicken soup, Tomato soup, canned milk, tomatoes, kidney beans, pork and beans, white beans, kidney beans, re-fried beans, blackeyed peas, Ro-Tell tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, chicken and beef broth, canned chicken and canned tuna, green beans, spinach, corn and creamed corn.
Thanks for your great website. Also wanted to also thank Aunt Lou.
Susan Hagemann says
I always have canned tomatoes and canned black beans on hand in my pantry.
I would like to try the Fiesta Slow Cooker Pork Chops!
Amy Haynes says
I try to keep canned chicken it makes AMAZING chicken salad! I’d like the Mac and Cheese or
Crock Pot Italian Pot Roast
Jamie Griffin says
Rice and beans..must have’s. Also a variety of brownie and cake mixes
WENDEE-LEE HOLMAN says
Black beans are always kept on hand. Can’t wait to try FIESTA SLOW COOKER PORK CHOPS.
Anna Igl says
CREAMED CORN is my favorite vegetable. It can be used as a soup, add milk; as a gravy over potatoes; and just as a side dish!
I like the Spanish Rice! Now, I am hungry, thank you. LOL
I’d like to try the Crock Pot Catalina Chicken Thighs…looks yummy…thanks!
I always have cans of fruit in my pantry. Pineapple and peaches in juice are always great for a quick fruit salad or to add to cottage cheese for a quick side dish.
Vickie Burns says
I have creamed soups, canned chicken, tomatoes of all kinds, beans of at least 4 kinds, and many different sauces in my pantry.
I saw many recipes I want to try. One of the most interesting is the chicken and stuffing recipe.
I always have cream of (fill in the blank) soup and condensed French onion soup. Canned diced tomatoes are a must!
I look forward to trying the green beans. Farmers Market – here I come!
raymond a bauer says
We have canned pie fillings on hand for the consistency and the ease of use. So easy to prepare.
I always have can goods on hand. Fiesta Pork chops look extra good to me. Can’t wait to try. Love your recipes and website.
Mandy Palma says
I would love to own this. But I would love to be able to give it to my busy busy daughter for Christmas.
Roxanne Jenkins says
I always have in my pantry, canned tomatoes,tomato sauce,canned spaghetti sauce, canned milk,sweet condensed milk, spam, cream of mushroom soup, and cream of chicken soup, beef, chicken, vegetable stock,beans all kinds of canned beans, nalley’s chili, mushrooms, vegetables, corn, green beans, spinach, mixed, beets, carrots, mixed veggies,green chilies, so many it’s hard to type these are just a few. I have tried your homestyle pork chops in my slow cooker a couple of weeks ago, so easy and yummy! My next recipe I want to try is the cheesy scalloped potatoes, or saucy potatoes, they both sound very good and pretty easy to make. I use my crock-pot at at least once a week or more.
My husband cannot have a lot of salt due to a medical problem. I always keep salt-free broth, salt-free bouillon cubes and various vegetables like canned potatoes, corn and items like that that can be rinsed off.
I always have canned tomatoes on hand. I would love to try a recipe for stroganoff in the crock pot.
Italian Chicken were doing tonight and I have a variety of canned vegetables .
I always have canned tuna, canned chicken, instant mashed potatoes, peanut butter, dehydrated potatoes, canned corn and green beans, and a bag of pasta. Gives me enough to make something in a pinch.
I would like to try the beans and wienies. Sounds good.