35 Back to School Crockpot Recipes

When you think of back to school do you get a little bit stressed out? Busy days, rushing the kids out the door, trying to think of what to make for dinner on top of the 1,000 things you have to get done in a day. I don’t even have kids in school yet and I get stressed out thinking about it! ;) No worries–I am here to help you just a little bit!

Crockpot recipes

As a busy, full-time working Mom I know that easy, quick meals and snacks are the key to a happy, healthy family (and Mom for that matter). I must admit at this point in my life I love my crockpot (I have two!!). Sundays are often spent throwing ingredients into my crockpot so weekly meals can cook away while I enjoy the day. Who doesn’t love an easy meal waiting for them when they get home? Or a delicious, healthy snack (my son’s favorite is crockpot applesauce) that you can pack in your child’s lunch?

Today I am sharing 35 back to school crockpot recipes that will hopefully make your life easier.  A few of these are mine mixed in with wonderful recipes from some of my fellow food bloggers. Click the link to be taken to the recipe. Enjoy!

Turkey Meatballs // A Cedar Spoon 

Ribs // Garnish With Lemon 


Photo courtesy of Garnish with Lemon

Bavarian Roast Pork with Sour Cream // Kalyns Kitchen 

Shredded Beef Tacos // Total Noms 

Tri Tip Tacos // What’s Gaby Cooking   

Applesauce // A Cedar Spoon 

Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Brown Rice // This Mama Cooks!

Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs // I Wash You Dry

Buffalo Chicken // Diethood 

Vegan White Chili // Thrifty Veggie Mama

Baked Potato Soup // Barefeet in the Kitchen

baked potato soup  
Photo courtesy of Barefeet in the Kitchen

Mongolian Beef // Very Culinary

Pizza Lasagna // Lemons for Lulu 

Fat-Free Refried Beans // Rachel Cooks

Savory Citrus Chicken // Miss in the Kitchen

Steak Carnita Meat // Bless this Mess

Pumpkin Chili // Mommy Hates Cooking

Beef on Weck Sliders // Healthy. Delicious.

Rotel Chicken // Eat 2 Gather

Chipotle Black Beans and Quinoa Stew // Tasty Yummies

Chicken Tacos // Smashed Peas and Carrots

Balsamic Roast // Julie’s Eats and Treats


Photo courtesy of Julie’s Eats and Treats

Apple-Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats // A Cedar Spoon 

Barbecued Country Style Ribs // Amanda’s Cookin 

Marinara Sauce // A Cedar Spoon 

Chicken Curry // The Lemon Bowl

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches // A Cedar Spoon 

Quinoa and Black Bean Stuffed Peppers // 365 Days of Slow Cooking

Pulled Pork Chicken // Running to the Kitchen

BBQ Beef Sandwich // Stuck on Sweet 


Photo courtesy of Stuck on Sweet

Nutella Crunch Cheesecake // Snappy Gourmet 

Chickpea Chili // A Cedar Spoon 

Santa Fe Chicken // The Comfort of Cooking 

Tortilla Soup with Black Beans and Corn // Cookin’ Canuck

Pulled Buffalo Chicken Sandwich // Sarcastic Cooking

Cheers to easy meals!



  1. Thanks for this round up, I am always in need of some crock pot meals! Thanks for sharing a link too!

  2. What a great round up — pinning for sure and going to make my way through the list. :) And thanks for including my beans! I always keep a supply of them in my freezer now…never going back to canned.
    Rachel Cooks recently posted..Whole Wheat Reduced-Fat Chocolate Banana BreadMy Profile

  3. Thanks for including us in such a fabulous round up of crock pot recipes. My stomach is grumbling already-I can’t wait to try some of these!
    Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon recently posted..Cheesesteak SandwichesMy Profile

    • Now that I compiled this list I have to start trying a few each week! Thanks for letting me share your wonderful recipe!

  4. Love this round up!!! and not just because you included me in it! xoxox thank you by the way for that ; D My slow cooker is an indispensable kitchen tool for me!

  5. I don’t have a back to schooler but there are recipes here I’m dying to make!
    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef recently posted..Flourless Chocolate CookiesMy Profile

  6. Such a great roundup – I’ve been surviving thanks to my slow cooker! Thanks for including my curry!

  7. All nice recipes. Thank you.

  8. Great collection! Keeping this in my favorites folder!
    BusyWorkingMama recently posted..Green Giant Veggie Snack Chips & $25 Publix GiveawayMy Profile

  9. Aaaaand I’m hitting the print button because I need all of these! It’s a matter of survival! :-D Thank you SO MUCH for including mine!!
    Kate@Diethood recently posted..S’Mores ApplesMy Profile

  10. Mmmm. These are just what we need in our lives :) And thanks for including my steak carnitas! Have a great day :)
    Melissa @ Bless this Mess recently posted..Currently…My Profile

  11. Great ideas Julia!! Love me some crockpot cookin’!
    jessica@stuckonsweet recently posted..Grape SaladMy Profile

  12. I’ve been giving my crock pot the eye lately, so thanks for these great recipes! We are always looking for low sugar/ low carb recipes (or ways to make them lower) and the ribs and pulled pork sound like they will be a hit with the family and can be eaten with/ without the bun!
    Melissa M recently posted..Roasted Cauliflower – Who knew how good it is?!My Profile

  13. Thank you for sharing! That pizza lasagna sounds delicious!
    Kristy recently posted..Slow Cooker Chicken CarnitasMy Profile

  14. Thanks for including my Balsamic Roast!

  15. Everything sounds fantastic, Julia! Thanks for including my Baked Potato Soup. I’m all over the crockpot recipes this time of year, so your timing is great.
    Mary recently posted..The Best Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese FrostingMy Profile

  16. Awesome round up, Julia! I just pulled my slow cooker out and have been on the hunt for some new recipes!

  17. Great round-up! Thanks for including me.
    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking recently posted..Garlicky Kale and Parmesan BruschettaMy Profile

  18. Thanks so much for including my recipe! This is an amazing round up and such perfect timing with the incoming cold weather! I can’t wait to try a few of these!

  19. What a great round up, thanks for including me, pinning!

  20. Easy cooking and busy Mum – that’s me too…In perspective) Backed potato is yummy and looks pretty. No, of course, what I’m talking about. I love the whole round up, as it takes me far from my actual possibilities and cooking abilities)))
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  21. Thanks for including me in your roundup!

  22. Nice collection of recipes — the easy shredded chicken (What’s Gaby Cooking) is not a crockpot recipe, you might want to replace it?

  23. Sounds like a great collection of slow cooker deliciousness, and thanks for including me!
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