Easy Crock Pot Meals for the Sports Mom (or any busy parent)

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Do you like a good “dump it and forget it” meal? With school and sports and all the things starting up again, I'm being jolted out of my lazy “let's just wing it in the kitchen” method of meal planning that's been my strategy over the summer. Crockpot meals are a busy parent's salvation.

Updated 9/4/2023.

This is a great and varied list – I hope you find a new favorite meal or two.  Try one of these crock pot meals for summer, the busy back-to-school season, or any time you need something easy that you don't have to stand over.  

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Easy Crock Pot Meals for the Sports Mom (or any busy parent)

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This post was updated on 9/3/2023.  

I've prepared this handy list of awesome crock pot meals for the sports mom in the interest of giving my fellow sports equipment carting warriors a list of go-to recipes that fill the bellies, taste great, and get you out of the kitchen and on to the sports fields in record time. Crock pot meals offer a simple meal solution for busy families and with the fall routine getting ready to go into full-blast mode,  we all need easy, right?

No matter what your family's taste buds are, you're sure to find several things on this list that will make your meal planning just a little easier.

I'm currently using the Instant Pot Slow Cooker. I also have this one, which is more basic but still gets the job done. 

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25 Crock Pot Meals for the Sports Mom

These easy dinners are perfect for busy weeknights when it feels like you're being pulled in 10 different directions. Sometimes it's tempting to grab fast food because you're too busy or too tired to cook but the great thing about crock pots and slow cookers is that they make preparing an easy, healthy meal very easy. 

You don't have to be a mom or a parent to get excited about these recipes. They're for anyone who wants a good, balanced meal on the table that's set and forget. 

1. Slow Cooker Texas Mex Meatball Soup| Ripped Jeans and Bifocals (that's me!)

This is an easy soup that can be dressed up with a variety of toppings or served plain. 

2. Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup| Ripped Jeans and Bifocals

This easy recipe uses canned enchilada sauce. 

3. Crock Pot Chili| Ripped Jeans and Bifocals

This is our family's chili recipe. We make it at least once a week during fall and winter. 

4. Crock Pot Chicken Verde Tacos| Ripped Jeans and Bifocals

Use this zippy chicken verde recipe in tacos or to make enchiladas. 

5. Slow Cooker Shredded Italian Beef | The Chunky Chef

Serve this delicious, tender, beef in a bun or roll or atop a baked potato. 

6. Crock Pot Gumbo with Sausage, Chicken and Shrimp | Tamilee Tips

This is a great starter gumbo recipe – it's very easy to make. 

7. Easy Slow Cooker Sweet Pork | Butter With a Side of Bread

If you're looking for a simple pork recipe, this uses just three ingredients. 

8. Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken with Veggies | Super Healthy Kids

This delicious and crispy chicken recipe is a healthy, quick meal solution. 

9. Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken | Joy Food Sunshine

Serve this tangy chicken recipe with a side of rice and veggies. 

10. Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Bowls | Super Healthy Kids

These chicken enchilada bowls have all the flavor of enchiladas made the easy way. 

11. Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken | It's a Keeper

This chicken thigh recipe seamlessly goes from an easy weeknight dinner to a football party. 


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Hey girl. Did you know these crock pot/Instapot decals were a thing?

12. Super Easy Fall Off the Bones Slow Cooker Ribs | When's My Vacation

Make these delicious ribs when you're craving the taste of BBQ but don't want to fire up the grill. 

13. Slow Cooker Balsamic Pot Roast | Joy Food Sunshine

The tangy flavor of balsamic vinegar is what gives this pot roast recipe a true wow factor. 

14. Chipotle Barbacoa Copycat Recipe | Wholesome Yum

If you love Chipotle's barbacoa, you'll love this copycat recipe

15. Slow Cooker Cran-Apple Pork Roast | Super Healthy Kids

This six-ingredient sweet/savory pork roast recipe is a winner at our house. 

16. Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana | The Chunky Chef

This creamy, savory, spicy soup is one of my favorite soup recipes. 

17. Honey Sriracha Chicken Spring Rolls | The Bewitchin Kitchen

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These are crock pot stickers for your meal planner…aren't they cute?

This zingy, zippy, chicken recipe is gluten-free. 

18. Slow Cooker Creamy White Chicken Chili | The Chunky Chef

If you want something different than traditional red chili with beef, this white chicken chili is delicious. 

19. Slow Cooker Lasagna | It's a Keeper

This slow cooker lasagna has all the deliciousness of a traditional lasagna with none of the effort. 

20. Slow Cooker Pollo Tacos Al Pastor | The Complete Savorist

Although traditional Al Pastor tacos are made with pork, we love putting these chicken tacos in our Taco Tuesday rotation. 

21. Slow Cooker Pork Roast | Butter With a Side of Bread

This simple but delicious roast pork recipe can also be made in an Instant Pot. 

22. Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup | Joy Food Sunshine

I love chicken pot pie and I love soup so finding a delicious recipe that combines them is pretty exciting!

23. Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak and Onions | This Mama Loves

There's just something about Salisbury steak that is pure nostalgia for me. 

24. Slow Cooker Beef Stew | The Bewitchin Kitchen

This rich beef stew is made with red wine and smells amazing while it's cooking. 

25. Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli | Low Carb Yum

This beef and broccoli recipe is super-easy and doesn't require you to brown the meat.

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Isn't this fun? Does your crock pot sit out on the counter all the time?

26. Slow Cooker Turkey Pumpkin Chili | Low Carb Yum

This healthy chili can also be made in the Instant Pot.

27. Crock Pot Portobello Chicken | Cutefetti

This chicken and portobello recipe has just three ingredients and is perfect for a night when you really need easy. 

28. Slow Cooker Pepper Steak | Joy Food Sunshine

This colorful pepper steak recipe takes almost no time to prepare. 

29. Slow Cooker Cajun Chicken Alfredo | Midwestern Moms

Chicken Alfredo is always good but adding the extra Cajun zip is what makes this slow cooker Cajun Chicken Alfredo recipe so good. 

30. Slow Cooker Cabbage and Sausage Recipe | Simplify Live Love

This warm and comforting casserole has potatoes and carrots – you'll crave it all year!

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