30+ dump and go slow cooker recipes - Real Food Whole Life

30+ dump and go slow cooker recipes

October 1, 2021

collage of four dump and go slow cooker recipes in black crockpots with pink background and navy text

If you’re looking for easy, healthy, dump and go slow cooker recipes, you’re in the right place!

Read on for the best dump and go slow cooker recipes, including chicken, vegetarian, turkey and beef options.

collage of four dump and go slow cooker recipes in black crockpots with pink background and navy text

We love easy slow cooker meals around here, especially chop & drop style crockpot recipes!

They’re the perfect low-effort dinner for busy weeks (or anytime you don’t really feel like cooking).

In this crockpot collection you’ll find chicken, vegetarian, beef and turkey slow cooker options.

As well as some helpful tips for how to easily store & freeze any leftovers for later.

You can click on each one below to go straight to that section:

chicken

vegetarian

beef

turkey

what makes these recipes dump and go?

A dump and go slow cooker recipe is one that doesn’t require browning, sautéing, or cooking ingredients prior to adding them to the crockpot.

Less prep steps, less stress (and less clean up).

do you need to brown meat before adding it to the slow cooker?

While browning can add extra flavor, it’s not always required.

All of the recipes included in this round-up skip the browning step, while still yielding delicious results.

how freeze and store dump and go slow cooker recipes

  • All of these slow cooker recipes will keep well in the fridge for up to 3-4 days, in a sealed container
  • Many of these recipes also freeze well, store in a sealed freezer friendly container for up to 2-3 months

these recipes are all…

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I’ve also included some paleo, whole30, vegetarian and vegan options too – so there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

I hope you’ll make these Dump and Go Slow Cooker Recipes soon.

If you do, be sure to share it on Instagram and tag me at @realfoodwholelife so I can see!

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chicken

Crockpot white chicken chili is an easy prep, dump and go recipe, made with healthy ingredients and deliciously creamy without any dairy. Also includes Instant Pot and Stovetop instructions!

Ingredients: chicken breast, stock, white beans, mild green chilis, salsa verde, onion, garlic powder, cumin, cream cheese (traditional or dairy-free).

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3-Ingredient Crockpot Salsa Chicken Stuffed Potatoes is the easiest, most delicious, craziest simple recipe you’ll find anywhere. What’s more, everything cooks together in the slow cooker, so prep is super fast and cleanup is a breeze!

Ingredients: chicken breasts or chicken thighs, salsa, and russet potatoes

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6-Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili is an insanely simple and totally tasty recipe to throw together any night of the week.

Ingredients: chicken, tomato sauce, chili beans, chunky salsa, cumin, garlic and salt

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Light, healthy, and bursting with flavor, Instant Pot + Crockpot Sunshine Lemon Chicken Chowder makes for an easy weeknight dinner.

Ingredients: chicken breasts (or thighs), baby potatoes, celery, cauliflower, onion, chicken stock, coconut milk, lemon juice, turmeric and other seasonings

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Packed with protein and veggies, this hearty Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken Stew is easy to throw together and makes the perfect one-pot meal. Includes directions for making in your pressure cooker or Instant Pot!

Ingredients: chicken breast (or thigh), stock, potatoes, carrot, celery, onion, fire-roasted tomatoes, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic powder and other seasonings

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Skip the processed ranch packets and make your own to use in this easy, delicious Healthy Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken & Veggies!

Ingredients: chicken breasts, chicken stock, potatoes, carrots, yogurt (traditional or plant-based), mayo, apple cider vinegar, and the easiest homemade ranch seasoning

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Naturally sweet, tangy and oh-so delicious, Slow Cooker Tropical Pulled Chicken is a breeze to throw together and makes for a healthy dinner everyone will love!

Ingredients: chicken breasts or chicken thighs, gluten-free tamari, honey, grated ginger, canned crushed pineapple, tomato paste, garlic powder, onion powder and salt.

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Crave-worthy Buffalo chicken gets a dairy-free makeover! Stuffed inside a tender sweet potato, and done completely in the slow cooker, 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken & Sweet Potatoes is your answer to dinner tonight.

Ingredients: chicken breasts, sweet potatoes, hot sauce, mayo, lime juice, coconut oil and salt

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Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken with 5-Ingredient Peanut Sauce is a crave-worthy dinner that can be prepped in minutes!

Ingredients: chicken, broccoli, bell peppers, peanut butter, garlic, maple syrup, vinegar and other spices

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Bright, tangy, and crazy simple to make, Slow Cooker Lemon Herb Pulled Chicken is a no-fuss weeknight dinner everyone will love.

Ingredients: chicken, lemon juice, dijon mustard, Italian seasoning, garlic

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Packed with chicken and vegetables, Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free) is made with real food ingredients and tastes amazing!

Ingredients: chicken breasts (or thighs), chicken stock, carrots, celery, onion, frozen peas, coconut milk, bay leaf and other seasonings

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5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Chicken is simple to prepare and yields super tender chicken in a sweet and savory sauce that everyone in the family will love.

Ingredients: chicken, apples, apple cider, onion, garlic powder and salt

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Tender, juicy, and incredibly simple to prepare, Slow Cooker Garlic Balsamic Whole Chicken is bound to become your new go-to weeknight recipe.

Ingredients: whole chicken, baby potatoes, carrots, paprika, garlic, garlic powder, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, rosemary and salt.

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Simple to make and bursting with fresh summer flavors, Crockpot Loaded Mexican Chicken Soup is perfect any time of year. A great recipe for all your farmer’s market finds, and paleo and Whole30 friendly, too!

Ingredients: chicken breasts (or thighs), chicken stock, zucchini, tomato sauce, leafy greens, onion, chili powder, cumin and other seasonings

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The perfect recipe for when you’re short on time but still want a delicious, real food dinner, 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Fajita Salsa Chicken is a snap to prep and requires just a handful of ingredients.

Ingredients: chicken, onion, bell pepper, salsa, lime juice and salt

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Slow Cooker Chicken, Kale, and Sweet Potato Soup is packed with protein and veggies and is so easy to make with a short list of simple ingredients. Your new paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, whole30, healthy go-to crockpot recipe!

Ingredients: chicken breasts (or thighs), sweet potatoes, lacinato kale, chicken stock, extra virgin olive oil, Italian seasoning

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This easy recipe for shredded chicken for enchiladas is totally simple, completely delicious and the perfect weeknight crockpot recipe. The chicken recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free, Paleo and Whole30 compliant too!

Ingredients: chicken breast, onion, garlic powder, cumin, lime juice, tomato sauce, chili powder and salt

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vegetarian

This easy crockpot vegetarian chili recipe tastes delicious and is easy to make with basic pantry ingredients, three beans, vegetables, and spices. Gluten free and vegan!

Ingredients: black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, bell peppers, onion, fire roasted tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, lime juice, and other spices

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Made with butternut squash, apple, carrots, cinnamon, turmeric, and coconut milk, this recipe for crockpot butternut squash soup with apple is easy to prepare, and full of healthy, nourishing flavor!

Ingredients: Butternut squash, apples, onion, carrot, turmeric, coconut milk, vegetable stock, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon and other spices.

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5-Ingredient Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili is simple to prepare, totally nourishing, and absolutely delicious.

Ingredients: sweet potatoes, black beans, salsa, vegetable stock, cumin, smoked paprika and salt

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The Best Golden Glow Red Lentil Soup is an easy one-pot meal that’s bursting with nourishment. Simple to make in the Instant Pot, Crockpot, or stovetop, you’re going to love this gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian recipe.

Ingredients: red lentils, coconut milk, tomatoes, onion, lime juice, garlic, ginger, turmeric and other spices

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5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are easy to prepare in the slow cooker and make for a filling, festive and delicious meal.

Ingredients: black beans, sweet potatoes, salsa, garlic powder and smoked paprika.

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Bursting with vibrant vegetables, Slow Cooker Veggie Coconut Curry is easy to pull together and is the perfect dinner, any night of the week.

Ingredients: baby potatoes, carrots, chickpeas, stock, asparagus, peas, coconut milk, red Thai curry paste, lime juice and cilantro

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Made with pantry staples, Slow Cooker Turmeric Lentil Chili is incredibly simple to prepare and is packed with good-for-you ingredients. A vegetarian crockpot meal perfect for any night of the week!

Ingredients: kidney beans, lentils, stock, onion, tomato paste, coconut milk, cumin, turmeric and other spices

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Simple ingredients come together in this easy, warming meal in a bowl. Slow Cooker Creamy Potato Chowder is simple to make, dairy-free, gluten-free, and tastes amazing!

Ingredients: russet potatoes, onion, stock, raw cashews, nutritional yeast and other seasonings

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A simple and delicious plant-based meal, Slow Cooker Butternut Squash, Kale & Quinoa Stew is hearty, nourishing and packed with all the good stuff.

Ingredients: butternut squash, quinoa, kale, tomatoes, broth, onion, garlic, white wine vinegar, cumin, paprika, and other spices

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Slow Cooker Sweet Potato, Apple & Turmeric Soup is a simple chop and drop recipe that yields creamy, nourishing results. It’s a hit with the entire family, plus is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, paleo and Whole30 friendly!

Ingredients: sweet potato, apple, potatoes, stock, coconut milk, onion, garlic, apple cider vinegar, turmeric and other seasonings

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Rich, sweet and comforting, Slow Cooker Creamy Potato Corn Chowder (Dairy-Free) is super simple to throw together and is oh-so-creamy without the cream! And, since you can use fresh sweet corn or frozen, this easy dinner recipe is sure to become a family favorite any season of the year.

Ingredients: russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, broth, coconut milk, onion, garlic, white wine vinegar and other spices

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A simple drop, stir, cover, and go recipe; Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free) is so easy to prepare, tastes amazing, and packs well for lunch the next day.

Ingredients: quinoa, canned black beans, bell pepper, onion, cumin, garlic powder, mild chili powder, tomato sauce, diced fire-roasted tomatoes, green chilis, lime juice and salt

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beef

Sausage, Cabbage & Sweet Potato Stew is a super-simple, ultra comforting one-pot meal that comes together in a matter of minutes. A cozy, delicious gluten-free, dairy-free, whole30 recipe that can be made in the Instant Pot, Crockpot or stove top.

Ingredients: polish beef sausage, stock, sweet potato, purple cabbage, onion, apple cider vinegar

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Slow Cooker Easy Beef & Bean Chili is super fast to prep and yields rich, hearty results every time. Pile on the toppings and have yourself some chili tonight!

Ingredients: beef, kidney beans, onion, bell pepper, fire-roasted tomatoes, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, lime juice and salt

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turkey

These Crockpot Turkey Meatballs combine ground turkey with fresh spinach, basil and marinara for an easy-prep gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo and whole30 friendly recipe!

Ingredients: ground turkey, marinara sauce, basil, spinach, onion, garlic powder, nutritional yeast and salt.

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Crockpot Mini Turkey Meatball Vegetable Soup is hearty one-pot meal that’s packed with the good stuff. A gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, whole30 recipe your family will love.

Ingredients: ground turkey (or ground beef), onion, carrots, celery, zucchini, tomatoes, stock, spinach, Italian seasoning and other spices

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white bowl of crockpot white chicken chili with jalapenos and tortilla chips on top
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30+ Dump and Go Slow Cooker Recipes: White Chicken Chili

Yield 8
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 10 mins

Crockpot white chicken chili is an easy prep recipe, made with healthy ingredients and deliciously creamy without any dairy. Plus 30+ more dump and go slow cooker recipes I know you'll love!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 15-oz cans white beans drained and rinsed (such as Great Northern or cannellini)
  • 1 4.5-oz can mild diced green chilis
  • 1 cup mild green salsa verde (tomatillo salsa), divided
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½-1 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 tbsp cream cheese (traditional or dairy free)

Optional Toppings

  • avocado, sour cream (traditional or dairy-free), crushed tortilla chips, chopped onion, cilantro, fresh lime juice, jalapeno, Monterey jack cheese or dairy-free cheese shreds

Instructions

Slow Cooker Instructions

  • Add the chicken, onion, white beans, green chilis, 1 cup of salsa verde, chicken stock, garlic powder, cumin, and salt to a 6-quart slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
  • Uncover, remove the chicken, and shred with two forks or dice into chunks.
  • Using an immersion blender, blend the bean mixture for 5-10 seconds. Alternatively, carefully, remove ½ to 1 cup of the bean mixture to a blender. Cover, blend on high, then add back to the chili, stirring to combine. Note: blending for just a few seconds will add a creaminess to the creaminess, while leaving the texture of most of the beans.
  • Ladle a few tablespoons of the bean mixture into a medium bowl. Add the cream cheese and stir until well incorporated.
  • Add the chicken back to the slow cooker, along with the cream cheese mixture, stirring to combine. Taste and add additional salt or salsa if desired.
  • Serve with any toppings you like.

Instant Pot Instructions

  • Add the chicken, onion, white beans, green chilis, 1 cup of salsa verde, chicken stock, garlic powder, cumin, and salt to a 6-quart pressure cooker.
  • Cover and set to high pressure for 20 minutes. Allow to naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick release.
  • Follow remaining slow cooker steps 4-6.

Stovetop Instructions

  • Add the chicken, onion, white beans, green chilis, 1 cup of salsa verde, chicken stock, garlic powder, cumin, and salt to a large Dutch oven.
  • Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Cook on medium-low heat, covered, for 40-60 minutes, until the chicken is tender and easily shreds with a fork, stirring occasionally.
  • Follow remaining slow cooker steps 4-6.

Notes

For a spicier chili, use spicy green chilis and spicy salsa verde.
I use Kite-Hill dairy-free cream cheese for this recipe (see link above in ingredients)
See blog post for more recipe notes and modifications.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 860mg | Potassium: 753mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 322IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg
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