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Crockpot Freezer Meals (Part 2)

I love preparing Crockpot Freezer Meals on the weekend.  I have plenty of time to prepare everything and get ready for the week.  Having meals prepared prevents us from eating out as much and we always have a healthy, home cooked meal ready every night!

This weeks Menu includes:

Slow Cooker Meatloaf
Honey Sesame Chicken
White Chicken Chili
Beer & Beef Stew
Beef Stroganoff

Crockpot Freezer Meals
 
Welcome to Part 2 of my Crockpot Freezer Meals series!!!
 
Crockpot Freezer Meals
 
 
Crockpot Freezer Meals
 
You can find Part 1, Part 3 & Part 4 here:
 
 

Crockpot Freezer Cooking Part 4

Crockpot Freezer Cooking Part 5

 

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Chop and prepare all vegetables and set aside.    Label all bags with recipe title, date, additional ingredients, cook times, etc.

All meals will cook fine from frozen, but be sure not to add cold/frozen meals into a hot crockpot as it can crack. Many people have concerns about putting frozen food in the crockpot, but I have never had an issue. It is my understanding that once the food reaches a certain temperature, it is fully cooked and safe. If you have concerns, just thaw in the fridge the night before.
 
Cook times will vary depending on your crockpot. It may take you a few tries before you get used to how long things take. In general 6-8 hours on low will do the trick. If all ingredients are pre-cooked, 3-4 hours will work. There are a lot of different crockpots out there. Mine is from the middle ages, has no temperature gauge, only low and high. I have burnt things many times:) It’s a learning process, but you will perfect it with practice. Now get crockin!

Meatloaf
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup bread crumbs or crushed butter crackers
1 package onion soup mix
2 eggs
1/4 cup ketchup
3 T. worcestershire sauce
2 T. steak sauce (A-1 sauce)
1/4 cup chopped onions

Combine all ingredients for meatloaf and form into a round loaf.  Pack it really well to ensure the meatloaf is firm and not mushy.  Place into a freezer bag and freeze.  When ready, place meatloaf in bottom of crockpot.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Honey Sesame Chicken
1 lb chicken tenders
3 T olive oil
1 cup honey
2 T sesame seeds
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper

Place all ingredients in freezer bag, toss to coat and freeze.  When ready, place in crockpot and cook on low for 4-5 hours.  Remove chicken & shred, then return to sauce. Serve over hot cooked rice.

White Chicken Chili
2 T. olive oil
1 T corn starch
1 medium onion chopped
1 can chopped green chilis, drained
2 cans white beans (drained)
2 t. cumin
2 t. chili powder
1 lb chicken tenders
2 cups chicken stock
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper
Place all ingredients except chicken stock in large freezer bag, toss to coat and freeze.  When ready, place ingredients in slow cooker, add chicken stock and cook on low for 4-5 hours.  Remove chicken, shred & return to crockpot.  Serve with warm cornbread.

Beer & Beef Slow-Cooker Stew
2 lbs. stew beef
2 T olive oil
2 T butter
2 celery stalks chopped
2 large carrots chopped
1 lb. potatoes chopped
2 garlic cloves chopped
2 bay leaves
1 T parsley
1 cup dark beer
1 cup beef stock
1 can tomatoes with green chilis (Like Rotel)
2 t salt
1 t pepper

Season beef with salt & pepper.  Place all ingredients in large freezer bag except beer and beef stock.  When ready, place stew mixture in crockpot, add beer and beef stock and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Beef Stroganoff
1/2 cup minced onion
1/4 cup butter
1 lb. stew beef
1/8 t paprika
2 cups chopped mushrooms
3/4 cup sour cream
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup cream cheese
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper

Mix sour cream, cream cheese and mushroom soup in small bowl.  Add all ingredients to a large freezer bag, toss well to coat and freeze.  When ready place ingredients in crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Serve over hot noodles or cooked white rice.

If you don’t have a dutch oven, I highly recommend this set from Pampered Chef.  You can brown the meat on the stove and transfer directly to the warming piece.  Then directly to the fridge.  This thing is seriously amazing and saves a ton of time on dishes.

I also recommend these knives for preparation.  The best knives I’ve ever used

SHOPPING LIST:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • bread crumbs or crushed butter crackers
  • 1 package onion soup mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ketchup
  • worcestershire sauce
  • steak sauce (A-1 sauce)
  • 3 onions
  • 2 lb. chicken breast or tenders ( I use tenders)
  • honey
  • sesame seeds
  • soy sauce
  • sesame oil
  • 1 can chopped green chilis
  • 2 cans white beans or cannelini beans
  • cumin
  • chili powder
  • chicken stock
  • 3 lbs. stew beef
  • 1 lb. butter
  • 1 bag celery
  • 1 bag carrots
  • 1 lb. white potatoes
  • garlic cloves
  • bay leaves
  • parsley
  • 1 can dark beer
  • beef stock
  • 1 can tomatoes with green chilis (Like Rotel)
  • paprika
  • 1 package mushrooms
  • sour cream
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • corn starch
  • cream cheese
  • Shopping List:
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • bread crumbs or crushed butter crackers
  • 1 package onion soup mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ketchup
  • worcestershire sauce
  • steak sauce (A-1 sauce)
  • 3 onions
  • 2 lb. chicken breast or tenders ( I use tenders)
  • honey
  • sesame seeds
  • soy sauce
  • sesame oil
  • 1 can chopped green chilis
  • 2 cans white beans or cannelini beans
  • cumin
  • chili powder
  • chicken stock
  • 3 lbs. stew beef
  • 1 lb. butter
  • 1 bag celery
  • 1 bag carrots
  • 1 lb. white potatoes
  • garlic cloves
  • bay leaves
  • parsley
  • 1 can dark beer
  • beef stock
  • 1 can tomatoes with green chilis (Like Rotel)
  • paprika
  • 1 package mushrooms
  • sour cream
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • corn starch
  • cream cheese

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134 Comments

      1. I couldn’t figure out how to leave a comment without replying to something else so here i am..I’ve only made your Beef Stroganoff and I have to tell you you’re a genius! I did make one change and swapped the sour cream for greek yogurt and I only had smoked paparika but it was fantastic!! I have the world’s pickiest husband and he had 2 helpings. Thank you so much for this recipe, I’ve already shared it with about 8 people!

    1. I agree, Danielle! I like pictures!!! It helps me have something to look forward to and to get an idea of what it is.

  1. I made the beef stew today (with all beef broth instead of beer and a little more of the veggies). My husband loved it! I don’t think he’s been this excited about a recipe in the 13 years we’ve been married. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Your recipes look great, can’t wait to TRY them. I have 3 adults in my family…will this feed that many or do I need to change amounts in your recipes for the CROCK POT freezer?

    1. They’re the perfect amount for a family your size! We are a family of 4 (2 teenagers) and some of the meals I have to add a little extra side dish to stretch, and some meals leave me with a good sized leftover for lunch for 1 the next day… go for it! You won’t regret it!!

  3. Do you have any suggestions for 10 plus hours of cooking? I have a programmable crockpot that goes to warm when done, but everything is always over cooked, sitting in loads of juice/sauce but dry as a bone.

    1. I recommend getting a slow cooker with a time delay start. I want one badly, but for now, I come home on my lunch break and turn the crock pot on.

    2. You could buy a timer that you plug the crock pot in so it comes on at the right time. They sell timers for christmas lights that I use many times for my crock pot.

  4. I’ve never seen diced bagged potatoes in the deli section in my grocery store. Could you just buy a bag of raw potatoes in the produce section and dice them? Are the deli potatoes already cooked a little or is there any difference? Thanks.

  5. Do you find that the meatloaf makes the potatoes really greasy? I’d like to try this one, but I wonder if everything will end up in a pool of grease. Can anyone comment that has made it?

    Also, I thought it was not food safe to put frozen meat in the slow cooker since it does not come to the required temperature quick enough. Would it be safer to defrost in the fridge overnight?

    Thanks for any comments, I look forward to trying these meals!

    1. I’m a cook for a living and I thought the same thing at first, but as long as the meat reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees F (165 for chicken) it will kill any bacteria that might grow during the cooking process.

    2. Did you get an answer to the greasy potato question? Did they turn out greasy if you put them around the meatloaf as it cooks?

  6. May I just suggest that you start wearing a cape? Seriously, you are a life saver, hero of a woman!! These recipes/weekly planners have been such a God-send for my family! Just knowing at the end of the day when my family of 4 comes home from work and school to a yummy smelling house and the question of “what’s for dinner” is already in the pot (literally!) has made life so much less chaotic, and makes coming home even more rewarding! Today I am printing out our 3rd shopping list and can’t wait to see what tasty treats you have in store for my family this week! Not only are the recipes easy and quick to prepare, they are soooo yummy and have added much needed variety to our table. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with the world. I am one grateful mamma!!

    1. I just highlighted, then right click and printed the parts that I wanted a copy of. My dear husband is a very finicky eater and most of these recipes he wont eat, but I love them all. Thank you for Baked in the South !

  7. These sound great! Weather is starting to cool off (a tiny little bit) down here in OZ, so I’ll be pulling the slow cooker out soon. 1 Question though, I just want to confirm… a “T” in the recipe is for tablespoon and “t” is for teaspoon, correct? We use different abbreviations here so I want to be sure!

  8. I just made the sesame honey chicken and the broccoli was really mushy after all that time in the slower cooker (4-5 hours) – am i missing something? also, is the consensus to thaw in the fridge overnight, or can we put them straight in the slow cooker frozen? i am trying three more of these this week!

  9. I have made make-ahead freezer bag meals several times before, and I agree with above replies to comments–if the meat is done, it’s DONE. If the interior of the meat is sufficiently cooked, that means the bacteria cooked off as well. Has anybody out there touched food fresh from the CrockPot, or accidentally wrist-grazed the pot during cooking? It’s HOT. Don’t be fooled by the “slow” in “slow cooker”–these machines pack power. Thanks for these recipes–I haven’t tried any yet, but they look way more my style than the first recipes I came across for this style of slow cooking. My plan for this week is to make a round of bags to have on hand. So excited!

    My one suggestion to readers is to add the raw meats to the bags as the LAST step. This avoids cross-contamination when working hands might graze parts of the bags that were touched by raw meat. I’m a total germaphobe, so I prefer to feel free to touch everything until that last, careful round of cutting and bagging.

  10. The only suggestion I have is to freeze the bags sitting somewhat upright. I couldn’t fit the frozen meal (which I froze like you pictures- flat )into my crock pot until I thawed it out in the micro. for a few minutes. OR… should I have let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight?? Not sure on that one…

  11. Just wondering why you use chicken tenders? And could this be replaced for regular breast?

    Thank you! Excited about this one.

  12. Just wondering, can you freeze potatoes, and sour cream, and cream soups? I always thought thoses were no-no’s when it came to freezing? If it works, I’m loving it!!!

  13. Just finished making these! I am so excited and I loved that I had most of this stuff on hand. Thanks so much for sharing these.

  14. I just made black bean chili and it was good, my question is. I took it out of the bag and it was a solid frozen block and wouldn’t fit into my crockpot until I microwaved and chipped at it to make it into smaller pieces? I would rather be able to pull them out frozen the morning of instead of the night before..any suggestions?

    1. I would suggest trying to freeze it in a better shape. I stood the bags on end rather than flat so that they go in kind of kittywhampus but I can close the lid with it totally frozen

  15. I am wondering if your have any ideas for diluting the sweetness of the honey sesame chicken? I made two batches of this. My husband wasn’t crazy about how sweet it was when we ate the first one and I hate to waste the second meal!!! If you can suggest a way to dilute the sweet taste I would appreciate it. Thanks for posting this blog. Freezer cooking has been great for our family!

    1. Make another batch without the honey and add it to the first in the crockpot. You may have leftovers, but you will then have yet another meal.

  16. Yum! I am trying to figure out the amounts for a family of 8 or more :). I might just double and use two crockpots…

  17. I made the meatloaf and potatoes today. The meatloaf came out great, and was actually less greasy than oven-baked meatloaf! But the potatoes?? I did just as instructed, left the potatoes in kind of big chunks, coated with olive oil and rosemary and froze in a separate bag. When I got home today, most of the potatoes were BLACK! They were spongy and really gross. There were a few down lower in the pot that we ate and they were okay…but most of the potatoes were totally ruined. Now I wish I had not pre-frozen the potatoes.

  18. I made the chicken chilli yesterday and bagged up the rest up them. Today we are having the meatloaf. The ingredients were very cheap to buy and it was super easy putting everything together. The chili was great! Thanks for putting this together. Can’t wait to look at the other recipes

  19. Question- if I have the meat for these recipes frozen already, do I thaw them, make the recipes and then re-freeze? I was always told not to refreeze meat of any kind once it’s been thawed, so I just thought I would check. Thanks.

  20. I found this site on Pinterest and was very excited to try these recipes since they aren’t what my family normally eats. I had the Sesame Honey Chicken the first night and though it was decent, by the time the chicken was done the brocolli had turned brown. Last night we tried the meatloaf and I wasn’t impressed at all. In fact, I couldn’t even finish my plate. The meatloaf was way too wet and the potatoes didn’t get done very well (even with adding an extra hour on high). They were also pretty greasy from the fat off the meat even though I used lean beef (93/7). Tonight we are trying the stew and while it seems better than the meatloaf the potatoes still aren’t cooking right. I believe this has something to do with them being frozen. It’s also very greasy. When I tasted the broth to see if it needed anything my mouth was greasy. I’m not really looking forward to the other recipes unfortunately due to the issues I already had. I absolutely love this concept and looking at the good reviews and comments you have I don’t see what could have gone wrong.

  21. Yay! Always looking for more freezer/crock pot meals. These are going to come in handy after my baby is born! Thank You!

  22. I am going to make ahead the white chicken chili for a beach trip. I will need to feed 6 adults….anyone who has made this, shoud I double the recipe?

  23. ok so my stress level just went way down. I have a 1 year old and 3 year old who just want mommy and food when they come home from daycare. I mean, who has time to chop vegetables every night? Thank you for adding years to my life as I’m sure the “eating out” and fast 20 minute meals were not healthy. Not to mention dealing with the crying while i made them! I’m so happy to have delicious meals that make everyone happy, including my husband! (its really shocking to have recipes work as I do not have a great track record with cooking tasty food) thank you thank you thank you

  24. Thank you! We have such a busy schedule with dance and sports, I love this! This is my “Easy” button! Woohoo!

  25. I Found you via Pinterest. I just bagged up several of your recipes. I can’t wait to try them. Thank you so much for the great post!!

    1. I “crocked” up several of the recipes throughout last week. The White Chicken Chili is by far my most fave!!! Thanks again!

  26. Thank you. I made your Crockpot Freezer recipes part 2 and they were great. Thumbs up from the whole famly. So this time I decided to make part 1 and part 2 at the same time. Takes a little longer to prep but it will save me a ton of time later.

  27. I have prepared these freezer meals for the crockpot to help save time on dinner, however, I have a hard time getting the frozen flat square of food into my crockpot. Any suggestions besides thawing it the night before?

  28. All three of the kids LOVED the chili. I’m sharing your page to several friends who must have the recipe if three kids loved something. I did the honey sesame earlier this week and it was horrible, but my sister made it and it was great. I must have done something horribly horribly wrong. Any hints on what I might have done wrong?

  29. Thank you for these recipes! I am making the beef stew and it seems really watery with the beer and beef stock. Will it thicken up or should I add something?

  30. I put a few chicken meals in the freezer last night and checked them today and realized the ones on bottom hadn’t freezed all the way. :/ Is that safe?

  31. Thank you…I have been looking for something like this for months. I am Nanny to my 2 grandsons and try to have dinner ready when mom and dad get home from work.
    I want to use the crock pot as much as possible and these recipes will really stramline the whole process. Thanks again.

  32. THANK YOU!!!! We just printed out Part 2 & 4 then doubled the amount of everything and headed to the store. I plan on making double of each recipe with one going directly in the crock pot and the other going in the freezer. That will give us dinner for the next couple weeks and 10 stocked in the freezer in preparation for baby #3 due next month. My goal is 30 but this is a good start to make things easier after baby is born. I can’t wait to try them out and hopefully keep this up after baby comes.

  33. Where is the information on the potatoes that go with the meatloaf? I see people mentioning them, but do not find the info on how to prep and cook those with the meatloaf.

  34. YOU ROCK!

    Quick Q? For the beef stroganoff do you cook the stew meat beforehand or just put it in the bag raw?

    Thank you for your wonderful recipies!!!!

  35. I love the meatloaf recipe! I linked it to my blog where I list a few freezer meals. The meatloaf is one of our favorites!

  36. Hi! I am just curious if you have nutritional facts listed anywhere on the site for your freezer recipes? Thank you!

  37. Your post-it-notes on each freezer bag..are those on outside of freezer bag on inside? Why not use freezer tape and put on outside of ziploc bag? My Ziploc freezer bags have a space for you to write what the contents are and date if you want to.
    What’s your secret to getting the air out of the bag so they will freeze flat,so they don’t take up so much room?

  38. Your website and freezer meals are amazing! I can’t wait to stock my freezer before my next baby arrives. So thankful to have found your site!

  39. These meals are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. As a single mother of four kids and working two jobs this makes dinner time way less time consuming and makes more time for spending with my family. You have helped so much, thank you again!

  40. I was just wondering what you would suggest for using the oven instead of the crockpot? Would they all work okay, or would recipes like stews need to be cooked stovetop? Or any other advice you have about using oven instead.:)

  41. Couple of notes: meatloaf from thawed didn’t turn out very well, but we have a second meatloaf freezing right now that we hope will hold up a little better. It just kind of fell apart when it was all thawed, so we will try again. I absolutely loved the white chicken chili, we made a few small adjustments due to our taste preferences, we added some tonys cajun spice, and a little more onion salt. Turned out delicious. Beef and beer stew also turned out really well, but with some adjustments, it seemed a tad bland at first, but adding a few spices and it was perfect. The beef stroganoff was great as is, but the butter and creams seemed to curdle a little? Still it tasted great, but the leftover just look a little funny with some of the oils floating on top. Still, it tastes great and no added spices which is a huge plus for me!!! We are having the honey sesame chicken tonight, mixing it with some jasmine rice and stir fry vegetables. So far the chicken tastes great, and we will add spices if needed to the rest of the stir fry to enhance the flavor of the chicken. I’m loving these freezer meals though, and it takes me about an hour to make them, freeze them and then I can throw them in the crock and have a great dinner later after work. It saves me time, and money. I’m usually exhausted when I come home, so don’t want to cook, and the best part is I’m not asking the hubs to pick up fast food because we are both too tired to cook after we get home. Thank you soooo much for posting these recipes. We are trying part one as of tomorrow with the brunswick stew, and trying part 3 this weekend. I can’t wait, thank you thank you thank you!!!!!

  42. Hi! I love your website! I also need to thank you because your article on freezer meals for the Crockpot, it inspired me to prepare for an entire month of dinners. I hope you don’t mind, but I print your meals plans out with your website on it, and give it to my friends so that they can start enjoying stress free dinners! I only print them your part two and send them to your website to read part 1, 3 & 4.

    Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  43. Can anyone point me to the rosemary potato recipe? It was originally with the meatloaf, but it disappeared. We loved it and didn’t have black or mushy potatoes, it came out perfectly. Any help would be appreciated!!!
    Thank you!

  44. I’m trying these crockpot meals for the first time, Starting with the meatloaf. I hope someone gets back to me in time. I followed the recipe to a T, my question is do I need to add some type of water or broth, will my meatloaf burn freezer to crockpot?

    Marie

  45. WOW!!! This recipe is awesome. I used the dark beer and everyone loved the full flavor. I also used bread flour, which makes for a better texture. I highly recommend putting a pan underneath while baking to catch the run off of butter. I did not see this to be a problem at all cause the pan caught the little bit that ran over. This bread has the best flavor and is so very easy to make. I have never had beer bread before and now have a simple, inexpensive, wonderfully delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  46. I made the Honey Sesame Chicken crock pot freezer meal along with a lot of others. I took it out of the freezer one morning to put in the crock pot, but the sauce wasn’t frozen. The chicken in it was frozen and everything else in my freezer was frozen….just wondering if this is OK to eat? Does the oil and honey not freeze? And if not, would that affect the chicken?

  47. Thanks for this awesome tutorial. I was just wondering though, what size freezer bags do you use? 1 gallon? And approximately, how many servings will these recipes yield?

  48. We’ve made these all. They are all great. Part 2 are our favorite set. The only thing was that our Honey Soy chicken burned both times we tried it. The Beer and Beef and the Beef Stroganoff are AMAZING!

  49. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for posting these recipes & grocery lists. I just had my first baby recently & they have been a life saver! I made the meals before my daughter was born & went into this thinking, “well if they are just ok recipes it’s better than nothing”. Everything has been delicious! Thank you for “giving” us a home cooked meal to counteract all those sleepless nights.

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