Back to School Crock Pot Recipes Your Kids Will Actually Eat

Make Back to School meal planning a breeze with these Crock Pot recipes your kids will love! Dinner ideas include: chicken, pasta, meatballs, wraps, pork, soups, tacos, sandwiches, beef, and even super easy baked potatoes! This is your one stop shop for easy, family-friendly slow cooker meal ideas

Back to school is right around the corner, and I’m already thinking about how busy our afternoons and evenings will be. I’m not going to lie, it’s bumming me out.

If you are like me, you’re dreading trying to get back into a routine, and are worried about the responsibility of feeding a family when evenings are quick and bedtimes are early. Well, you guys, I’m here to help with kid friendly Crock Pot meals.

If you are familiar with my Crock Pot Thursday series, you know that I have spent several years testing and reviewing one slow cooker recipe a week with my mother-in-law and a few of my sisters-in-law. Most of us feed children, and all of us feed grown men who are often more picky than the kids. Today I’m sharing the recipes our kids actually ate!

I selected easy, quick, and family-friendly choices, so you can slap the meal together in the time it takes to make lunch. Often, the recipe can be assembled the night before, plopped in your Crock Pot and turned on in the morning, freeing up time to pour yourself one more cup of coffee before the chaos begins.

Feast your eyes on these Back to School Crock Pot recipes kids will actually eat, and click on the picture or the name to go to the recipe page. Enjoy!

Crock Pot Recipes Kids Will Actually Eat!

Crock Pot Mexican Shredded Beef

Instant Pot or Crock Pot Mexican Shredded Beef is perfect for busy families! It is spicy enough to keep the adults happy but not too spicy for most kids. It is easy to prepare and cooks quickly in the pressure cooker or all day in the slow cooker, and is great in burrito bowls, in tacos, on a bun, or on top of a salad!

Crock Pot 40 Clove Garlic Chicken
Don’t let the 40 cloves of garlic scare you. This chicken tastes delicious, and while you’ll be scavenging for the delicious chunks of garlic, your kids will be gobbling up the moist and flavorful chicken.

This Crockpot 40 Clove Garlic Chicken is an amazing dinner recipe your whole family will love. Low carb and healthy, you can't go wrong with this chicken meal!

Crock Pot Bacon Cheeseburgers

These slow cooker bacon cheeseburgers look like sloppy Joe’s and taste like bacon cheeseburgers!

These delicious Crockpot Bacon Cheeseburgers look like a Sloppy Joe, and taste like a bacon burger! This is a fun crockpot sandwich recipe your family will love!

Crock Pot Bacon Ranch Chicken

This Crockpot Bacon Ranch Chicken is quick, easy, and crockpot chicken recipe your kids will love

Beef and Broccoli
If the trick of pretending broccoli is “baby trees” no longer works on your kids, try getting them to eat it by preparing it in an extra delicious way. This recipe should do the trick!

This Crockpot Beef and Broccoli is a quick, easy, and delicious slow cooker recipe!

Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

Casseroles aren’t always on lists of crockpot meals for kids, but when they are it’s because they are topped with tater tots.

My kids went crazy for this quick and easy Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole recipe!

Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff Meatballs

I keep a bag of frozen meatballs in the freezer because my slow cooker and some frozen meatballs have gotten me out of countless dinner jams.

These Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff Meatballs are easy to throw together, and they taste fantastic! If you're looking for an easy dinner idea, my family loves this meatball recipe!

Crock Pot Chicken and Noodles
This recipe isn’t fancy, but kids LOVE it. Sometimes I add peas and carrots to it, because adding extra veggies to kid-friendly dishes is kind of my thing.

It takes less than 10 minutes to assemble this hearty crockpot chicken and noodles recipe! If you're looking for comfort food, this easy recipe is just right!

Crock Pot Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

Crock Pot Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

Crock Pot Braised Beef Ragu

Crock Pot Braised Beef Ragu is beautiful, delicious, and a family favorite!

Crock Pot Chicken Doritos Casserole
This one is an obvious winner, because DORITOS. Your kids will be shocked, in the very best way. “Are these chips? For dinner?” The final product tastes like enchiladas, but without all of the work. Top it with lettuce and tomatoes to make yourself feel better about gorging on Doritos casserole.

Chicken Doritos Casserole1

Crock Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu

Crockpot Chicken Cordon Bleu is a quick and easy way to get big, fancy flavor. Try this crockpot chicken recipe for your next dinner!

Crock Pot Chicken Pot Pie Stew

Delicious and hearty, this Chicken Pot Pie Stew will be loved by all!

Crock Pot Cheesy Tortellini
My family went crazy for this Cheesy Tortellini, and now I make sure I double the recipe. Sometimes I reheat some of the leftovers and throw it in a Thermos for my kids’ school lunches.

My family went crazy for this Crockpot Cheesy Tortellini recipe!

Crock Pot Corn Chowder

This Crockpot Corn Chowder is a delicious and hearty soup you'll love! Try this quick and easy dinner idea today!

Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken

Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken is an easy and delicious dinner the whole family will love!

Crock Pot Cowboy Casserole
It’s no surprise this casserole has been pinned over 10,ooo times! It’s sort of a love child of chili and homestyle potatoes, and the result is delicious. Top it with sour cream and green onions to really bring it home!

This Crockpot Cowboy Casserole is a hearty and family-friendly crockpot meal. My husband loved this slow cooker recipe!

Crock Pot Creamy Beef Stroganoff

This Crockpot Beef Stroganoff recipe is a quick, easy, and delicious weeknight meal! Your whole family will love this beef dinner idea!

Crock Pot Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
What’s a list of crock pot meals for kids without a slow cooker macaroni and cheese recipe? The adults in our family loved this dish, too!

This Creamy Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese is a recipe loved by adults and kids alike!

Crock Pot Herb Garlic Parmesan Potatoes

Kids love a good starchy side dish. Keep these gorgeous potatoes in mind for those fancier dinner occasions when you know your kid will only eat a roll. And now maybe some potatoes.

Crock Pot Creamy Ranch Pork Chops

These Crockpot Creamy Ranch Pork Chops are easy to prepare and will be loved by all. Double this recipe if you expect any leftovers!

Crock Pot Creamy Salsa Chicken

This Crockpot Creamy Salsa Chicken recipe is incredibly easy to throw together, and tastes great! Wrap it in a tortilla or serve it over rice for a quick and easy dinner idea!

Easy Crock Pot Beef Pot Roast
The first thing people think of when they hear “Crock Pot” is soups, stews, and roasts. We rarely makes roasts in our slow cooker, but when we do, everyone’s happy. This one calls for a secret ingredient!

You won't believe the secret ingredient that makes this easy crockpot beef pot roast a family favorite!

Crock Pot Korean Shredded Pork

This delicious slow cooker Korean shredded pork is a little bit sweet, a little bit tangy, and not too spicy for the kids.

A little bit sweet and a little bit spicy, this Crock Pot Korean Shredded Pork is perfect in a rice bowl, in a tortilla, or on a bun!

Easy Chicken Chili

Crockpot Chicken Chili is perfect for a weeknight meal or for feeding a crowd. My family loves this easy chicken recipe!

Easy Crock Pot Applesauce

Don’t tell the kids that this slow cooker applesauce recipe doesn’t have any added sugar.

Crock Pot Applesauce that is easy, sugar-free, and delicious!

French Dip Subs
People went crazy over these subs, and for good reason. A friend’s pre-teen daughter even requested these for her special birthday dinner. They are that good. Make them. Make them soon!

These Crockpot French Dip Subs are a family favorite! If you're looking for an easy crockpot recipe that will be loved by both kids and adults, here it is!

Honey Garlic Chicken

This Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken is a quick and easy dinner idea your family will love! It's one of our favorite slow cooker chicken recipes!

Lasagna Soup

This Crockpot Lasagna Soup is delicious!

Loaded Baked Potato Soup
The most time consuming part of preparing this incredible soup is frying the bacon and chopping the veggies. Do it the night before, and morning you will sing the praises of night you.

This Crockpot Loaded Baked Potato Soup is hearty, delicious, and looks beautiful when the toppings are added! It's one of my favorite crockpot soup recipes!

Crock Pot Meatball Subs

Kids love messy sandwiches, and so do I.

These Crock Pot Meatball Subs are delicious!

Crock Pot Minestrone

This Crock Pot Minestrone recipe is full of delicious veggies! This healthy and hearty dinner idea is a family favorite!

Crock Pot Mississippi Chicken
This chicken looks spicy, but it isn’t! All of the Crock Pot Thursday children (7 kids, ages 8 and under) loved it! This is my all-time favorite chicken. Because butter. And ranch.

Crock Pot Mississippi Roast Sandwich 

This Crockpot Mississippi Roast Sandwich recipe is the most amazing beef to come out of a slow cooker. It is moist, flavorful, and so easy it takes only 5 minutes to prepare. Try this! It will become a dinner you'll LOVE!

Crock Pot Pork Carnitas
The flavors in this recipe are complex enough for the adults to enjoy, and the kids love being able to put together their own tortilla fixings. Throw some barbeque sauce on the leftovers and make tasty BBQ pork sandwiches.

These Crockpot Pork Carnitas are an easy and delicious dinner idea!

Crock Pot Pork Tacos
If your family is like mine, they’ll eat pretty much anything wrapped in a tortilla. These pork tacos taste even better than they look, if you can believe that. I love them, and my kids love adding their own toppings!

The shredded meat for these Crockpot Pork Tacos is also excellent on salads, nachos, and with rice! If you're looking for quick, easy, and versatile dinner recipes, this is for you!

Salsa Verde Chicken

Salsa Verde Chicken from @FunnyIsFamily

Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers

These Crockpot Sausage and Peppers are delicious and super easy to make! Give this dinner recipe a try when you're craving fair food without the cost or the crowds! They are great for parties, picnics, and holiday celebrations, too!

Crock Pot Shredded Chicken
This incredibly easy, super tasty shredded chicken is a dinner saver! I like to whip up a big batch of it, and use it in everything from tacos to pasta to salads. It’s excellent in soups, you can squirt some BBQ sauce on it for BBQ chicken sandwiches, and it can go on top of nachos. Truly, the possibilities are endless, and the spices in this recipe lend themselves to all sorts of dishes.

This recipe is the easiest and most delicious Crockpot Shredded Chicken, and is great in so many dishes! Use it for tacos, soups, nachos, salads, sandwiches, and more! My family loves this quick and easy dinner idea!

Crock Pot Sausage Pizza Pasta

Slow cooker recipes for kids are heavy on the pasta, and this recipe layers on another kid favorite: pizza.

This Crock Pot Pizza Pasta recipe is a quick and easy dinner idea kids and adults will love equally!

Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes
I don’t know if you’ll find an easier Crock Pot recipe, and the kids will love adding their own toppings!

These Crockpot Baked Potatoes don't need to be wrapped in foil, and they turn out perfectly in the slow cooker!

Slow Cooker Lasagna

Classic Crockpot Lasagna is a dinner everyone in my family loves! Give this delicious meal a try for dinner soon!

Slow Cooker Roasted Turkey Breast
This roasted turkey breast is made with the most incredible rub! Don’t wait for Thanksgiving to make this quick and easy dinner. You deserve Thanksgiving quality turkey more than once a year, and the leftovers (if there are any) of this turkey makes fantastic sandwiches.

This Crockpot Roasted Turkey Breast is made with the most incredible rub! Don't wait for Thanksgiving to make this quick and easy dinner. Your family will love it!

Slow Cooked Mashed Potatoes

These Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes are easy and delicious!

Slow Cooked Whole Chicken
A few spices, an onion, and a chicken make up this recipe. This may be the easiest recipe in the entire Crock Pot Thursday lineup, and it’s healthy and delicious.

This Crockpot whole chicken tastes incredible and you won't believe how quick and easy it is!

Crock Pot Smothered Pork Chops

These crockpot smothered pork chops are an easy and delicious dinner idea!

Crock Pot Southwest Chicken Soup

Southwest Chicken Soup

Crock Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs
We love spaghetti and meatballs around here, but we love meatball subs equally. This recipe can be used for either of these family favorites!

This Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe is a family favorite! It's an easy dinner idea that is perfect for company or for a quick weeknight dish!

Crock Pot Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup

Crock Pot Steak and Gravy

Crock Pot Steak and Gravy

Crock Pot Spare Ribs
You will be shocked at how much these Crock Pot spare ribs taste like they came off the BBQ! If you don’t have all day to make fall-off-the-bone ribs on your grill, let the slow cooker do the work for you.

You will be shocked at how much these Crockpot Spare Ribs taste like they came off the BBQ! If you need an easy recipe for fall off the bone ribs, this is it!

Crock Pot Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

This soup may seem like it doesn’t fit on a list of slow cooker meals for kids, but it does if you call it “sausage and rice soup” like I do when I’m pulling a fast one on my kids. My kids hate stuffed bell pepper soup, but they LOVE sausage and rice soup.

Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

Crock Pot Sweet Potatoes

Buttery and a little bit sweet, these slow cooked sweet potatoes are a great kid-friendly side dish.

Don't wait for Thanksgiving to make these incredibly easy Crock Pot Sweet Potatoes recipe! They have the perfect blend of buttery sweetness, and make an excellent side dish!

Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Pork Wraps
These wraps are great for warm evenings, and the cabbage, pork, and cilantro combination tastes amazing!

These Crockpot Sweet and Sour Pork Wraps will knock your socks off! They are a quick and easy dinner idea for hot days, and are a family favorite!

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

This Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken recipe is a quick and easy dinner idea your family will love! YUM!

Crock Pot Tex-Mex Chicken

This Crockpot Tex-Mex Chicken recipe is great in a tortilla or over rice. My family loves this easy dinner idea!

Crock Pot Vegetable Beef Soup

This Crockpot Vegetable Beef Soup recipe is an easy dinner ideas, and a delicious way to eat your veggies!

World’s Greatest Crock Pot Chili
My kids like to top this chili with sour cream, cheese, and if I’m feeling like a fun mom, Fritos. We love chili dogs, too!

This Crockpot Chili is my very favorite chili of all-time. It has both beef and pork in it, and the mix of spices and peppers adds a wonderfully complex flavor. You have to try it!

These kid friendly slow cooker recipes are all tried, tested, and loved by multiple families. Check out the full compilation HERE, make yourself a shopping list, and log some miles on that slow cooker in your kitchen!

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33 thoughts on “Back to School Crock Pot Recipes Your Kids Will Actually Eat

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  2. Can these be frozen uncooked and then just tossed in the crock pot the morning of? I’m looking for frozen crock pot recipes that my kids and husband will actually like.

  3. Can you please post a print option for your crockpot lasagna or just email it to me? I can’t find a printable version anywhere on pinterest. Thank you.

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  7. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I am a single mom and need these easy crock pot recipes more than you know!

    No ad problems for me at all and I so appreciate you taking the time to share these recipes! I look forward to trying my first one this weekend.

  8. Love these recipes and can’t wait to try them! And I had no ad issues either! Thanks for taking time to share these!!

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  9. Great recipes thank you! There are many of us that are busy, working moms that appreciate the time and effort and money that goes into this. Unfortunately there are miserable people that have too much time on their hands and therefore post moronic comments. Its too much for them to do a couple extra clicks of their mouse. Anyways there are us that appreciate what you are doing so thanks again 🙂

  10. I didn’t see the recipe for cinnamon roll casserole. No ad a though LoL. Thank you for your time putting this together and remember you’ll never please everyone ?

  11. How can I subscribe it doesnt seem to let me? I want to print off all those yummy meals kids will eat and I love that its out of the crock pot!!!!

  12. Omg! Thank you so much!! I’m horrible coming up with new dinner ideas!! And I just got out of surgery so I’m not able to eat anything but liquids for a week! ? But these are going to help so much to still be able to feed hubby and the kids!! And not much work for me!! Oh and I’m so glad I read the comments! I completely missed the cinnamon roll casserole!!! That’s waiting til I can eat food again!! I LOVE cinnamon!!! You are such a blessing to us right now!! ? Thanks love!!

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