19 Dump Dinner Recipes for Easy Slow Cooker Dinners
Barbecue Chicken Macaroni and Cheese
When you’re craving grilled food but the weather isn’t cooperating, this dump chicken slow cooker recipe is a solution. Tender chicken thighs, sweet-tangy barbecue sauce, and salty bacon team up for a meal reminiscent of one from a backyard barbecue. No-boil pasta is key to trim down on prep work. Your only task after slow cooking is to stir in cheese and top with barbecue sauce, bacon, and green onions.
Slow-Cooked Pork Carnitas
Calling all who follow a low-carb eating plan: While many slow cooker suppers center around starches, such as potatoes, rice, or pasta, this dump dinner recipe relies on succulent pork roast and vitamin-rich veggies as the base. Scoop the shredded meat into lettuce wraps, and each serving will only add 8 grams of carbohydrate to your daily tally.
Texas Beef with Butternut Squash
Spicy Spring Picnic Pork
Slow Cooker Cajun Mac and Cheese
The next time you want cheesy pasta, bypass the box and try this slow cooker dump dinner. A spoonful of Cajun seasoning, a dash of hot sauce, and some andouille sausage help transport your taste buds to Louisiana. Drop everything in the slow cooker, cook for the afternoon, then finish with enough cheese and milk to reach your desired consistency.
Salsa Verde Beef Taco Salad
A lot of slow cooker dump meals lack fresh ingredients, but not this taco salad. Pour ground beef, pinto beans, and salsa (homemade, if you please!) into your slow cooker to simmer throughout the day. For a fresh finish, serve on top of a bed of lettuce with other vegetable toppings like chopped tomatoes.
Maple-Mustard-Sauced Turkey Thighs
You'll have plenty of time to make a side salad while this meat-and-potatoes dump dinner slow-cooks. Prep for this dish is faster than nearly any other recipe on this list. Why? You need to layer only five ingredients (just like in these healthy five-ingredient-or-less dinners!). If you can’t find or don’t love turkey thighs, try the same ratios with chicken thighs instead.
Mexican Meatball Stew
You may not think Mexican flavors and meatballs go together, but one taste of this rich stew will convince you otherwise. To toss together this dump dinner recipe with almost no prep time, start with frozen meatballs and corn. For a fresh topper, sprinkle on fresh oregano and crushed tortilla chips just before serving.
Pitmasters tend their flames overnight, but you don’t have to touch a thing after you get this dump dinner started! Tender, juicy brisket is a prime candidate for cooking low and slow all day for dinnertime. You can serve slices of meat on rolls for easy sandwiches, but we won't judge if you savor this brisket all on its own.
Italian Pork with Sweet Potatoes
When the smell of this tender pork roast fills your kitchen, you'll have to resist the temptation to take a peek. Look for bags of precut sweet potatoes in your grocery store’s produce department—then you won't have to do any chopping to complete this dump dinner recipe. Or for a yummy fall swap, substitute diced butternut squash for the spuds.
Cajun-Seasoned Vegetarian Gumbo
Zesty Cajun seasoning turns a blend of okra, sweet peppers, tomatoes, and black beans into a spicy gumbo-style slow cooker dump meal. To make this vegetarian dinner even heartier, serve over hot cooked rice—and with a piece of buttery corn bread to soak up every last drop.
Lamb Birria with Barley and Dried Plums
Indulge a little tonight. This spicy lamb stew simmers in chicken broth and red wine with a spiced blend of ground ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Just before the slow cooker dump meal hits your table, top each hearty serving with crispy tortilla strips, tomato, and parsley.
Japanese Cabbage Stew
DIY an Asian-style dump dinner with pork, bok choy, red sweet peppers, and a blend of spices and seasonings. The cabbage stew takes only a few minutes of prep before it simmers for the day. This is one of the easiest Asian cuisine options to toss together in the morning on your way out the door.
Dijon Beef Stew
Start this dump dinner recipe in the morning, and you'll have a warm, hearty bowl of beef stew waiting for you at the end of the day. Tender beef and veggies spend the day simmering in broth and a blend of garlic and spices to create this homey, comforting meal.
Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs
French Chicken Stew
Julia Child would be proud! This French-theme dump dinner recipe has a long ingredient list, but there's no time-consuming prep when you add everything to your slow cooker. The combination of chicken, veggies, and spices develops rich flavors in this stew while it simmers throughout the day.
Saucy Ravioli with Meatballs
Spicy Chipotle Chicken Lentil Stew
Quinoa with Sausage and Peppers
Looking for more ways to add quinoa to your meal plan? It doesn't get much easier than this slow cooker dump-and-go recipe. Cooked alongside chicken sausage and sweet peppers, this dinner is a super easy (and delicious) way to introduce the protein-packed grain to your dinner.