20 Slow Cooker Recipes You Can Prep in 20 Minutes or Less

Let me paint a picture for you: It’s late at night, and you’ve decided to plan dinner for the next day. You know it’s going to be a busy one, so you decide a slow cooker is just what you need.

You start scrolling through Pinterest and find THE ONE. You know, that one recipe where you actually have all the ingredients on hand, it looks phenomenal, and you’re a million percent positive your whole family is going to love it. #jackpot

You click on the link and scroll through everything and finally get to the recipe, only to discover it will take you 3.4826 hours to actually prepare the recipe before it even goes in the slow cooker. You hang your head in defeat, roll your eyes, and take a hammer to your phone.

Sound familiar? Okay, maybe I’m being *a little* dramatic (it’s what I’m known for) but I have encountered this scenario (minus the hammer to the phone) many times and it is so frustrating!

When I think of slow cooker, I think of a no-fuss, hands-off meal that I can spend minimal time prepping because the whole purpose of the slow cooker is to make life easier!

This collection of recipes will make your life easier because not only are they tasty, but they are ready to go in the slow cooker in 20 minutes or less. Most of these only take about 5-10 minutes of prep. These are the kinds of things that will bring a smile to your face!