The Best Crockpot Recipes for Simple Living

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Check out these three favorite delicious crockpot recipes!  Find simple, healthy, slow cooker recipe ideas to save time this summer!

Meal planning in the summer months just seems more challenging.  Am I the only one?

I like to have a lot of flexibility so we can have some spontaneity.  And if possible, time for some extra fun and relaxation too!  Easy crockpot recipes are this mom’s best friend!


While I could enjoy a delicious summer salad (find some of my favorites HERE) for my dinner, my kiddos are always famished after a day at the beach or swimming in the pool and playing outside.  And if it happens to be a rainy summer day, like we get here in Florida, they are ready for a hearty, hot meal.

Mom, over here, is ready for a simple recipe that I can get started in the morning…so it’s ready no matter what we end up doing for the day!

Simple Crockpot Recipes to the RESCUE!!!


I don’t even have a fancy, pretty crockpot to show you in this post.  I am still using the one we received for a wedding gift…18 years ago now, believe it or not!

Good news?  These simple recipe meals taste amazing in our 18-year-old crockpot and are family favorites for all 5 of us!


Before sharing these super simple crockpot recipes with you, I should add a disclaimer.  I don’t like recipes where I have to measure or be too precise.  I also just use what I have on hand! 

But after experimenting with these crockpot recipes over the years, and knowing they are sure to be loved by our whole family, I do keep ingredients on hand! 

So feel free to use what you have on hand, add and take away flavorings that you know your family loves, but most of all, just get some inspiration to grab your crockpot and enjoy a simple dinner! Use that extra time to do something fun instead!


Easy Crockpot Taco Chicken



  • Chicken breasts
  • Black beans
  • Taco seasoning
  • Garlic powder
  • Garlic salt
  • Minced onion
  • Tortilla chips or flour tortilla shells
  • Shredded cheese
  • Optional: Rotel
Taco chicken recipe ingredients

I always spray my crockpot with a little bit of cooking spray before adding all of my ingredients.  It helps with the clean up and I don’t worry about stirring throughout the day to keep things from sticking on the sides!

I add two packets of the mild taco seasoning.  You can add more or less for the amount of chicken and beans you are cooking.  I generously cover the chicken with garlic powder and garlic salt. 

If I have minced onion, I usually add a little of that for flavoring.  We also like the Rotel sauce.  I get the mild so that it isn’t too hot for anyone.  One can is great for some extra flavor.

I let the chicken taco dinner slow cook through the day.  I prefer the 8 hours for any crockpot recipe, whenever possible.

Taco chicken recipe ingredients

I put the black beans in first, undrained.  I do 4 cans for our family, or 2 of the larger cans.  This is a meal that makes great leftovers, so I always make some extra! 

After putting the beans in, I add chicken breasts.  I try to always keep a bag of frozen chicken breasts on hand for easy crockpot meals.  For our family, I do 6-7 (of the large ones) so that we have enough left for a second meal. 

Of course, you’ll just add the amount of beans and chicken to suit your family!

Taco chicken recipe ingredients

The chicken will really fall apart, which I love.  We enjoy the chicken served over the beans, with a side of tortilla chips or flour shells.  You can add a variety of toppings.  My kiddos like it more simple, so I sprinkle the top with shredded cheese and if I have tomatoes, add a few of those.

It is a reasonably healthy, low-calorie, easy crockpot meal that tastes wonderful!  I also love that it uses simple ingredients that are easy to keep on hand.  It warms up really well for leftovers, so I love that too.

Taco chicken recipe ingredients

Simple Crockpot Zesty Italian Chicken



  • Chicken breasts or tenderloins
  • Baby carrots
  • Zesty Italian dressing
  • Garlic powder
  • Minced onion
  • Lemon pepper
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Taco chicken recipe ingredients

As with all of my crockpot recipes, I start by spraying the crockpot with cooking spray.  For this recipe, I fill my crockpot about 1/5 of the way with water and then add my chicken.  This recipe works great with chicken breasts and sometimes I like to use the chicken tenderloins as well.  They are a nice size for our kids, especially.

I season the chicken before adding the carrots, as I want the seasonings to really soak in on the chicken!  I use one bottle of zesty Italian dressing over the chicken, followed by generous amounts of the garlic powder and lemon pepper.  I add a little bit of minced onion.

Taco chicken recipe ingredients

Lastly, I add the baby carrots and sprinkle them with regular salt and pepper.  All the flavorings really soak in, but I do like to give those a dash as they begin cooking.

If possible, I let this slow cook for 8 hours.  Our whole home smells AMAZING within a few hours.  It’s a great way to get everyone excited for family dinner!

Taco chicken recipe ingredients

I usually serve this with some rice or pasta, though sometimes we just add a second vegetable (which is a lot healthier anyway!). 

Any chicken that is left, I like to shred and refrigerate.  It is great to add to some chicken pasta for lunches or even a refreshing dinner!  You can find my favorite chicken pasta recipe HERE.

Taco chicken recipe ingredients

Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken


Clearly, we eat a lot of chicken around here!  But, it’s relatively inexpensive, healthy, and easy to keep on hand!


  • Chicken breasts or tenderloins
  • Baked beans
  • BBQ sauce (we like the honey BBQ, but you can substitute this with your favorite BBQ flavoring)
  • Garlic powder
  • Lemon pepper
  • Minced onion (or finely chop up a fresh onion if you have one on hand)
Taco chicken recipe ingredients

First thing I do?  You got it!

After spraying my crockpot with cooking spray, I add the baked beans.  I prefer the Bush’s brand, but that is just personal preference.  Next, I add the chicken breasts or tenderloins and BBQ sauce.  Usually, I use a whole bottle for the amount of chicken and beans I am cooking.

I generously top it all with garlic powder, a little lemon pepper, and a bit of minced onion.  After a couple of hours, your whole family will be asking “How long until dinner?!” 

Or if we are gone for the day, I always look forward to being greeted with that welcoming aroma of dinner cooking!

Taco chicken recipe ingredients

We enjoy this dinner served with steam fresh sweet corn or fresh corn on the cob.

Again, a healthy meal choice that is filling!  Shredding the leftover chicken and using it for BBQ chicken sandwiches for lunches or a second dinner is another win for a busy day!

Taco chicken recipe ingredients

I know these are all extremely simple and you’ll notice repeated ingredients.  My preference is  to not keep a huge stock of food and ingredients and since I know these are my go-to flavorings, it keeps me from having a lot of stuff that gets wasted! 

You won’t find gourmet cooking going on around here, but at the end of the day, a simple recipe that our whole family enjoys is always a win!

I’m linking up some more crock pot inspiration from some of my blogging friends!  There are so many mouth-watering, easy, slow cooker recipes here.  I can’t wait to try them myself!!!

These recipes from My Home and Travels  look amazing and I love the breakfast ideas.  Perfect with school starting next month!

Ahhhh.  Simple, staple recipes are the best for those on-the-go days!  This one from Exquisitely Unremarkable looks amazing.  I can smell it through my computer, I think!

My Family Thyme posted this slow cooker chili recipe!  Save it for fall!!!

The ultimate comfort food in this crockpot recipe from Zucchini Sisters.  Don’t miss this one either!

I love a good chowder!  This crockpot chowder recipe is going to be a must-try for me!  Check it out from Karin’s Kottage.

Who does Taco Tuesday?  Here is a new spin on it from Back Porch Bliss!

This easy slow cooker turkey chili is another delicious looking option to tuck back for fall (though chili is perfect for a rainy summer night too!) Love the healthy, easy option of this recipe from Cottage on Bunker Hill!

Enjoy!  And most of all, I hope by falling back on a simple crockpot recipe, you’ll have a little extra time to spend with the people you love the most!

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