As a mom of three kids, I know that getting dinner on the table can be tough.
That’s why I love using my crockpot to make easy and delicious meals.
Here are 37 of the best crock pot recipes your kids will love.
From Crock Pot Cheeseburger Sandwiches to Crockpot Honey BBQ Drumsticks, there is something for everyone here.
So fire up your crockpot and get cooking!
37 Best Crockpot Recipes for Kids
The thing is, I’m always looking for new recipes to add to my rotation, and I know a lot of you are too.
So I gathered up some of the best crockpot recipes for kids that I could find.
Most of these recipes are pretty simple and involve minimal hands-on time, so they’re perfect when you need to get dinner on the table quickly.
And most importantly, they’re all kid-tested and approved!
My little ones loves helping me in the kitchen, so I’m sure your kiddos will love these recipes too.
Here are 37 of the best crockpot recipes for kids:
When searching for slow cooker recipes for kids, I was pleased to find this delicious mac and cheese recipe from Trisha Yearwood.
The flavor is rich and cheesy, but not too overpowering for younger palates.
It’s also a fairly easy recipe to follow, with minimal prep required.
The final result is a creamy and comforting dish that can be served on its own or as a side.
I like to add a little extra flavor by stirring in some shredded chicken or crumbled bacon before serving.
If you’re looking for a fun twist, you could also top the mac and cheese with a layer of crushed crackers or bread crumbs before cooking.
Chicken and rice has always been a safe go-to recipe for me when I’m looking for something flavorful, yet relatively simple to make.
This dish is perfect for busy weeknights or when you want to get a little creative with your leftovers.
I like to add other ingredients depending on what I have on hand – mushrooms, peas, and carrots are all great additions.
For a little extra flavor, I’ll sometimes add a splash of white wine or chicken broth.
And, if I’m feeling really adventurous, I’ll add a tablespoon of curry powder to the rice while it’s cooking.
No matter how you make it, chicken and rice is a delicious and satisfying meal.
If your kids are anything like mine, they love anything with barbecue sauce.
This crock-pot recipe for honey BBQ chicken sandwiches is not only delicious, but it’s also super easy to make.
Simply throw all of the ingredients into the crock-pot, set it on low, and let it cook for 6-8 hours.
The chicken will come out tender and full of flavor.
I like to serve this dish on a bed of shredded lettuce, with some chopped onions and pickles on the side.
You can also add some shredded cheese to the sandwiches, if you like.
For a little bit of a twist, you could try using a different kind of barbecue sauce, or even adding some hot sauce to the mix.
There’s not a kid on this planet that doesn’t like pizza.
And what’s not to like?
It’s got cheese, it’s got sauce, it’s got dough.
It’s the perfect food.
But sometimes, you don’t want to deal with the hassle of making dough or dealing with a soggy crust.
That’s where this crockpot crustless pizza recipe comes in.
This dish is so easy to make, and it’s just as delicious as traditional pizza.
The flavor is there, the texture is there, and it’s a cinch to prepare.
Just mix up your favorite pizza toppings, pour them into a crockpot, and let it do its thing.
In a few hours, you’ll have a piping hot pizza that’s ready to devour.
This recipe is perfect for busy weeknights or lazy weekends.
It’s also great for parties, sleepovers, and anytime you want pizza but don’t want to deal with the hassle of making it.
You can even add your own personal touch by adding different toppings or a twist.
The sweet and sour spareribs recipe that I am about to share with you is one of my personal favorites.
It is a dish that is not only delicious, but also relatively easy to prepare.
The ribs are cooked in a crockpot with a sweet and sour sauce, resulting in a dish that is both flavorful and moist.
I like to serve this dish on special occasions, such as family gatherings or parties.
However, it can also be a great weeknight meal.
Additionally, you can add other ingredients to the dish, such as vegetables, to make it even more nutritious.
Finally, if you are looking for a twist, you can try using pineapple juice instead of the vinegar in the sauce.
Pizza is always a hit with kids, and this crockpot casserole is a delicious and easy way to make it.
It’s full of flavor, and the texture is perfect for little ones.
I like to add some extra cheese on top, and you can also add other ingredients like pepperoni or sausage.
This dish is great for a casual family dinner (check out this post for Crockpot Recipes for Two) or a fun weekend lunch.
Yes, you don’t have to go to McDonald’s to get a taste of these!
Crock Pot Cheeseburger Sandwiches are a delicious kid-friendly recipe that I can personally recommend.
I love the flavor of the beef with the cheese and the buns get nice and soft in the crock pot.
The difficulty level is very easy and the texture is perfect.
Here are some tips:
Be sure to use lean ground beef so that your sandwiches don’t end up too greasy.
I also like to add a little bit of garlic powder to the beef while it’s cooking.
And, of course, you can never go wrong with adding some pickles to your sandwich!
I usually make this dish for lunch or dinner, but it would also be great for a potluck or picnic.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even add some sauteed onions or mushrooms to the beef before cooking it.
Most people think of drumsticks as being a little tough and chewy, but when they’re cooked in a crockpot they become meltingly tender.
The honey and BBQ sauce give them a delicious, slightly sticky glaze that kids (and adults!) will love.
This recipe is really easy to throw together – just put the drumsticks in the crockpot and let it do its work.
I like to serve them with roasted potatoes and a simple green salad for a complete meal.
You could also add some carrots or green beans to the crockpot if you like.
For a fun twist, try using different types of BBQ sauce or honey.
I’ve used everything from chipotle honey to mango-lime BBQ sauce with great results.
I still remember the smell of my grandma’s house when she was making her famous shredded beef tacos.
The beef would slow cook all day in the crockpot, and the house would fill with the most amazing smell.
The beef would be so tender and flavorful, and the tacos would be absolutely delicious.
This recipe is one that I can personally recommend.
It’s easy to make and the beef comes out so tender and flavorful.
The tacos are perfect for a quick and easy meal, and the kids will absolutely love them.
I like to add a little bit of shredded cheese and some diced tomatoes to mine, but you can really add whatever you like.
Give this recipe a try, and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Known for its rich and savory flavor, this Slow Cooker Ragu for Kids is a hit with both young and old alike.
It’s perfect for those busy weeknights when you need to get dinner on the table quickly, and cleanup is a breeze.
I like to add a bit of ground beef to mine for extra protein, but you could also add in some Italian sausage or ground turkey.
And for a little extra flavor, try adding in some red wine while the sauce is simmering.
Sliders are great for a few reasons – they’re easy to eat, they’re usually pretty flavorful, and they can be made ahead of time.
This Crockpot Ham and Swiss Slider recipe is one of my favorites because it’s so simple and my kids love it.
The flavors of the ham and Swiss cheese go so well together, and the texture is perfect for a slider.
You can also add other ingredients to the mix, like onions or peppers, and I like to serve this dish with a side of pickles.
In a crockpot?
This dish is not only easy to make, but it’s also kid-friendly.
The slow-cooked applesauce is full of flavor and has a great texture.
Plus, it’s a cinch to prepare.
Just add some cinnamon and sugar to taste, and you’re good to go.
I like to serve this dish on special occasions, like holidays or family gatherings.
But it’s also great for a quick and easy weeknight meal.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can add other ingredients like raisins, nuts, or even some spice.
But the best part about this dish is that it’s so versatile.
So go ahead and give it a try!
Tater tots have been a family favorite in my house for as long as I can remember.
They’re flavorful, easy to make, and kids love them.
This Crock-Pot Tater Tot Casserole is a delicious, kid-friendly recipe that I can personally recommend.
It’s made with ground beef, tater tots, and cheese, and is simple to prepare.
Just add all of the ingredients to the crockpot and let it cook.
I like to serve this dish on busy weeknights or when we have company over.
You can add other ingredients to the casserole, like green beans or corn, and make a twist on it by using different kinds of cheese.
Chicken and gravy equals comfort food at its finest, and this crockpot recipe is no exception.
The chicken comes out tender and juicy, and the gravy is rich and flavorful.
What’s not to love?
This dish is also surprisingly easy to make.
Simply throw all of the ingredients into the crockpot and let it do its thing.
Prep time is minimal, which is always a bonus.
I like to serve this chicken and gravy over mashed potatoes, but it would also be delicious served over rice, pasta, or even just some crusty bread.
It’s also a great meal to make ahead of time and reheat later.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try adding some other ingredients to the mix.
Some chopped onions or mushrooms would be a great addition.
Or, for a twist, try using chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts.
Whoever came up with the idea of cheeseburger soup is a genius.
It’s the perfect comfort food – hearty, flavorful, and filling.
And when you make it in the slow cooker, it’s even easier.
Just brown the beef and bacon, then add all the ingredients to the crockpot and let it do its thing.
I like to add a little Worcestershire sauce and garlic to the soup, for extra flavor.
And if you want a little more of a kick, you can add some diced jalapeños.
For a creamier soup, you can add a can of diced potatoes.
This soup is perfect for a chilly night, or any time you’re in the mood for a delicious bowl of comfort food.
This truly simple macaroni and beef recipe is delicious and kid-friendly.
The beef is cooked until it’s falling-apart tender, and the pasta is the perfect al dente.
I love to add a little twist to this dish by stirring in some BBQ sauce before serving.
It’s the perfect dish for a busy weeknight or a casual get-together.
Sometimes, the simplest recipes are the best. I like to add a little bit of cheese to mine, but you can leave that out if you’re watching your calories.
This soup is also pretty easy to make – just chop up your potatoes and throw them in the crockpot with some water, chicken broth, and seasonings.
I like to use garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.
You could also add in some chopped carrots and celery for extra veggies.
Let it all cook on low for 6-8 hours, and then puree it with an immersion blender before serving.
This soup is perfect for a chilly winter day, and it also reheats well if you have leftovers.
Make sure you don’t use too much chili powder in this recipe – a little goes a long way, especially for young palates.
This turkey chili is hearty and filling, but still has a bit of a kick to it.
I recommend serving it with some shredded cheese and sour cream on top, and maybe some cornbread or tortilla chips on the side.
You could also add in some black beans, diced tomatoes, or green chiles if you want to change things up.
A pot toast that is flavorful and juicy, the Mississippi Pot Roast is a great crockpot recipe to try if you’re looking for something your kids will enjoy, too.
It’s perfect for those busy weeknights when you need to get dinner on the table quickly.
Simply throw all the ingredients into the crockpot in the morning and let it cook all day.
When it’s time for dinner, you’ll have a delicious and hearty meal that everyone will love.
One tip I have for making this dish even better is to add a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce to the pot.
This gives the roast a nice depth of flavor that takes it over the top.
You can also add some chopped mushrooms or onions to the pot if you’d like.
And, if you’re feeling adventurous, try adding a tablespoon or two of horseradish to the pot for a bit of a kick.
Ziti tastes sort of like a cross between macaroni and spaghetti, making it a favorite of both kids and adults.
It’s also a pretty easy dish to make, which is why I love to put it in the crockpot.
The key to making sure the ziti comes out tasting great is to not overcook it – you want it to be al dente.
I also like to add a little bit of garlic to the sauce for extra flavor.
This dish is perfect for a weeknight dinner because it’s easy to prepare and doesn’t take long to cook.
I usually serve it with a side of salad and some garlic bread.
You can also add some extra protein to the dish by adding cooked ground beef or sausage.
For a vegetarian option, you could add some sauteed mushrooms.
If you’re looking for a little something extra, you could try adding a layer of Ricotta cheese to the dish.
Just spread it on top of the sauce before you add the pasta.
It adds a nice creaminess to the dish.
Most people don’t think of Mexican cuisine when they’re looking for a crockpot recipe that the whole family can enjoy.
But this Slow Cooker Enchilada Casserole is delicious and easy to make, and it’s a great option for a busy weeknight dinner.
The casserole has a great flavor, and the enchilada sauce gives it a nice kick.
It’s not too spicy, though, so even the pickiest eaters will enjoy it.
And it’s a pretty easy dish to prepare.
Just layer the ingredients in the crockpot and let it cook.
I like to serve this casserole with a side of rice and beans.
It’s also great with a salad or some sautéed vegetables.
And if you want to add a little something extra, you can top it with some sour cream or shredded cheese.
This casserole is also a great option for entertaining.
It’s perfect for a game day party or a casual get-together.
And it can be made ahead of time, so you don’t have to worry about last-minute preparations.
Ah, sloppy joes…
How could I not love a dish that’s so messy, yet so delicious?
My kids love them, too – and I’m always looking for recipes that I can make in the crockpot that will please them.
This recipe for Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes is one of my favorites.
It’s easy to make, and the flavor is spot-on.
The texture is perfect – not too thick, not too thin.
And you can add whatever other ingredients you like to give it a little twist.
We usually add some shredded cheese and a bit of BBQ sauce.
I like to serve this dish on special occasions, like birthdays or holidays.
But it’s also great for a weeknight meal.
Just add some mashed potatoes or rice on the side and you’re good to go!
My kids love cola, so I was really excited to find a recipe for Coca-Cola Pulled Pork.
This dish is really easy to make and only requires a few ingredients.
The pork comes out really tender and flavorful.
I like to serve it with rice and beans, and my kids love it with some chopped up veggies on the side.
You can also add some other ingredients to the dish, like chopped up onions or green peppers.
If you want to give it a little bit of a twist, you can try using Dr. Pepper instead of Coca-Cola.
Cheese in a slider?
These Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Sliders are delicious, kid-friendly, and easy to make.
The chicken is tender and full of flavor, and the cheese adds a nice touch of creaminess.
The difficulty level is low, making this dish perfect for busy weeknights.
You can prepare the chicken in advance and then just throw everything in the crockpot before you leave for the day.
I like to serve these sliders on game day or when we have company over.
They’re always a hit!
For a fun twist, you can add some chopped green onions or roasted red peppers to the mix.
I LOVE these cheesy potatoes!
They are super easy to make and my kids always gobble them up.
I usually make them for Sunday dinner, but they would be great for any night of the week.
The key to this dish is to get the potatoes nice and soft.
I usually cook them on low for about 6 hours.
You can add other ingredients to the mix, like onions, green peppers, or bacon.
Just make sure to add them in the last hour or so of cooking.
For a twist, you can try using different kinds of cheese.
I’ve used cheddar, mozzarella, and even Swiss with great results.
Just use whatever you have on hand.
Although the name of this recipe doesn’t sound like something kids would enjoy, I can assure you that my own kids love it.
The chicken and dumplings have a great flavor, and the dumplings are nice and soft – not too chewy.
The dish is also pretty easy to make, which is always a bonus.
I usually make this dish on weekends or when we have company over, as it’s a bit of a time commitment.
However, it’s well worth it.
You can also add other ingredients to the dish, like carrots, celery, and potatoes.
And, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even add a twist by using different types of flour for the dumplings.
Children love shells because of their fun shape, and this crockpot dish is a great way to sneak in some extra veggies.
The shells are stuffed with a mixture of ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses, as well as spinach and garlic.
They’re then simmered in a delicious tomato sauce.
This dish is easy to prepare, and the shells can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until you’re ready to cook them.
I like to serve this dish on busy weeknights, or when we have company over.
It’s always a hit!
If you’re looking for a bit of a twist, you can try adding some sausage to the stuffing mixture.
Just be sure to cook it thoroughly before adding it to the shells.
You can also top the dish with some fresh basil before serving.
Speaking of fun shapes, spaghetti is a great one for kids!
This Crockpot Spaghetti Casserole recipe is an easy and delicious way to get your kids to eat their veggies.
It’s packed with flavor, and the pasta is a fun shape for kids to eat.
The difficulty level is easy, and the texture is smooth and creamy.
To make this dish, simply add all of the ingredients to your crockpot and let it cook.
I like to serve this dish on busy weeknights or when I have company over.
You can add other ingredients to this dish, such as ground beef or sausage.
If you want a twist, you can add some red pepper flakes to the dish.
Lasagna is a great family-friendly recipe that can easily be made in a crockpot.
I love how flavorful it is, and how easy it is to prepare.
The texture is perfect for young kids, and the dish can be served on a variety of occasions.
You can also add other ingredients to the dish, like sausage or ground beef, and even make a twist on it by adding spinach or mushrooms.
Honey makes chicken taste so much better!
This recipe for slow cooker honey chicken is easy to make and can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
The chicken comes out moist and flavorful, and the honey gives it a lovely sweetness.
You can prepare the chicken in the morning and let it cook all day, or cook it for a few hours before dinner.
Serve it over rice or noodles, with a side of vegetables.
You can also add other ingredients to the chicken, such as garlic, ginger, or soy sauce.
For a more decadent dish, you can add some cream to the sauce.
Although this dish has a strange name, don’t let that deter you – it’s delicious!
The chicken is cooked in a creamy sauce that’s full of flavor, and the dish is relatively easy to prepare.
The chicken comes out tender and juicy, making it a great option for kids.
You can serve it over rice, potatoes, or even pasta.
I like to add a bit of hot sauce to mine, but you can leave that out if you prefer.
If you’re looking for a heartier meal, you can add some vegetables to the pot. broccoli, carrots, and peas all work well.
As long as you cut these sandwiches into smaller pieces, even the littlest members of your family will be able to enjoy these delicious French Dip Sandwiches.
I like to add a little bit of cheese on top of mine before I dip it into the au jus, but you can leave that off if you’re trying to be healthy (speaking of healthy, check out this post for the best Vegan Slow Cooker Recipes).
These are also great if you’re entertaining because you can make them ahead of time and then just reheat them when you’re ready to serve.
If you want to mix things up, you could try serving them with a horseradish dipping sauce instead of the au jus.
Any kid loves meatballs, and these Crockpot BBQ Grape Jelly Meatballs are no different.
They have a delicious sweet and tangy flavor that will have everyone licking their fingers.
And, they’re super easy to make. Just mix all the ingredients together, form into balls, and then let the crockpot do the work.
These meatballs are perfect for parties, game day, or any other time you want to serve up something tasty and easy.
You can also add a few other ingredients to the mix, like chopped onion or green pepper.
And, for a fun twist, try serving them with a side of ranch dressing or blue cheese dip.
I don’t know about you, but I love finding crockpot recipes that I can make ahead of time and then just let simmer until it’s time to eat.
This Creamiest Homemade Hummus recipe is one of those amazing dishes – it’s flavorful, relatively easy to make, and the perfect consistency for dipping.
I like to add a little bit of cumin and paprika to mine, but you can adjust the spices to your liking.
This dish is perfect for serving at parties or family gatherings, and it’s always a big hit with kids.
Trust me, once you try this recipe, you’ll be hooked!
Delicious? Oh, absolutely.
The Crock-Pot beef stew recipe is one of my personal favorites to recommend because it’s a great all-around option that both kids and adults will love.
The stew has a rich, hearty flavor that comes from browning the beef before adding it to the slow cooker, and the addition of carrots, celery, and potatoes makes it a filling and satisfying meal.
It’s also relatively easy to prepare, and the slow cooker does most of the work for you.
I like to serve this dish on chilly evenings or when we have company over, and it’s always a hit.
If you want to add a little something extra, you can try adding some frozen peas or corn to the mix.
And for a fun twist, try serving the stew over cooked rice or egg noodles.
If you haven’t yet tried this easy and delicious Slow-Cooker Green Bean Casserole, you’re in for a real treat!
I love to make this dish for family gatherings and potlucks because it’s always a big hit with both kids and adults.
The best part is that it’s so simple to throw together – just dump all of the ingredients into the crockpot and let it do its thing!
I love the creamy, cheesy flavor of this casserole, and the fact that it’s not too heavy or greasy.
The beans retain their firmness and have a great texture, even after hours in the crockpot.
And if you want to add a little extra something-something, you can top it with some crispy fried onions for an extra crunch.
37 BEST Crockpot Recipes for Kids
- Trisha Yearwood’s Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese
- Crockpot Chicken and Rice
- Kid-Friendly Crock-Pot Honey BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
- Crockpot Crustless Pizza
- Sweet and Sour Crockpot Spareribs
- Crockpot Pizza Casserole
- Crock Pot Cheeseburger Sandwiches
- Crockpot Honey BBQ Drumsticks
- Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos
- Slow Cooker Ragu for Kids
- Crockpot Ham and Swiss Sliders
- Slow-Cooked Cinnamon Applesauce
- Crock-Pot Tater Tot Casserole
- Crockpot Chicken and Gravy
- Slow Cooker Bacon Cheeseburger Soup
- Slow Cooker Macaroni and Beef
- Crockpot Potato Soup
- Crockpot Kid-Friendly Turkey Chili
- Mississippi Pot Roast
- Crockpot Baked Ziti
- Slow Cooker Enchilada Casserole
- Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes
- Coca-Cola Pulled Pork
- Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Sliders
- Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes
- Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings
- Crockpot Stuffed Shells
- Crockpot Spaghetti Casserole
- Slow Cooker Lasagna
- Slow Cooker Honey Chicken
- Slow Cooker Crack Chicken
- Easy Crock-Pot French Dip Sandwiches
- Crockpot BBQ Grape Jelly Meatballs
- The Creamiest Homemade Hummus
- Crock-Pot Beef Stew
- Slow-Cooker Green Bean Casserole
- Pick your favorite recipe from this list to serve for your children tonight.
- Prepare the ingredients according to the recipe.
- Enjoy in no time!