If moving into an RV has taught me anything, it’s how to make things easy on myself. Cooking in a crockpot is my favorite way to cook. It’s simple to use, there is little food preparation and the food comes out delicious every time.
It is easy to fall into the old “cheese burgers” rut, so we always look for more interesting recipes to keep things lively when planning our camping meals. We also look for recipes that have few ingredients, minimum prep work, and that taste great.
What is better than dumping ingredients into a slow cooker, pressing a button and coming back 4 hours later and dinner is done. I’ll take that any day of the week.
Sounds good right? A quick and easy dinner recipe for your slow cookers, that the family loves, and saves you a ton of time.
Before we get started pulling out your crockpot, did you know these slow cooker liners existed? I didn’t for the longest time! These will save you so much time on clean up. I always buy 2 so I never run out.
A lot of you are probably using the Instantpot – I failed that class. I read all the reviews and listened to other RVers who raved about it, we even went so far as to buy one but there were too many instructions and directions and I got so confused .
With the crockpot, you press a temperature HIGH/LOW, decide how long it needs and that’s it.
I like being able to remove the lid and find out if the meal is done or not. The Instapot seems way more complicated than that. You have to let it cool down before opening in case you come in contact with white hot steam, blistering and scarring you for life!
Seriously, no thanks, I’ll stick with my crockpot all the same.
Here Are My Top 5 Reasons For Cooking With a Crockpot.
- There is only one pot to clean and using slow cooker liners, the clean up is ridiculously easy. Meal planning is a breeze.
- I can do other stuff while it is cooking, like riding my bike around the campground with the kids.
- The food turns out really well.
- It fills the RV with really good smells.
- It is SO easy to use – put food in, press a button, close the lid and walk away.
15 Insanely Delicious Crockpot Dinner Recipes
We like to get up early and get out before the crowds and before the heat. This means we are home sometimes by lunchtime. These are the days when I will get dinner in the crockpot so I can relax outside with the family.
Every time I shop at Sams and pick up some turkey mince, I cook a meatloaf. I make a big batch and freeze some for later. One of those great super easy RV camping recipes that gives you leftovers for days!
2) Lentil Curry
I love anything to do with curry, so I always have these ingredients in the rig. I usually prefer meat in my meals, but this recipe is surprisingly good sans meat. An easy recipe for some nice comfort food on a cold day.
5) Baked Ziti
I like to make this the day before travel day so then I have some for leftovers and I know everyone will eat them. Sure to become a family favorite. We like to substitute some sausage for spice and maybe a few chopped bell peppers for color. A wonderful stick to your ribs pasta dish!
I make up a batch of shredded chicken that we can eat on tacos over rice with veggies.
Slow cooker chicken recipes are some of our favorites, It is so easy to drop in some chicken breasts or thighs with other ingredients and come back later to a completed meal. The best!
This recipe consists of 5 ingredients, all of which you throw in the crock pot and let them cook together. One of my favorite camping crockpot meals! Leftovers are great for wraps or rice dishes!
11) BBQ Pork Ribs
This is perfect for one of those lazy days when you are hanging around the campsite chillaxing. One of the absolute best slow cooker recipes we have found. Whip up some mashed potatoes and you are ready! Here’s a great tip: After the ribs are fully cooked, I like to give them a quick finish on the grill for that crispy outside.
12) Beef Chili
You will see that they mention browning the meat in a saucepan first. I am lazy and don’t always follow directions so I just throw everything into the crockpot and close the lid, plus I don’t want another pot to clean.
I am constantly making up a batch of spaghetti bolognese. It’s handy to have some in the freezer so if we end up coming home later than we thought, I can pull one out and heat it up easy enough.
So that’s it folks, these easy camping crockpot meals should help to cut down the amount if time you spend in your RV kitchen, and get you outside chilling and hanging with your family. Try one or two on your next camping trip- you will definitely be a happy camper!
Do you have a favorite recipe to share with us?