13 No-Maintenance Dump Dinners

While its name might sound unappetizing, the "dump dinner" is a thing of beauty: Take ingredients, dump them into your cooking vessel, set a timer, and walk away until the timer goes off. And dinner is served. Plus if you're feeling like spending less time in the kitchen, opt for ingredients that will save you more time on prep — things like a jar of minced garlic, pre-diced onion, herb paste, pre-made meatballs, or cooked rotisserie chicken. Lean into the laziness, guilt-free, with these fabulously low-maintenance dump dinners!

Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Chops
Photo: wannabe chefette
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Six Can Chicken Tortilla Soup

Six Can Chicken Tortilla Soup

Just six cans dumped into the slow cooker, and you have a bright, flavorful chicken tortilla soup. Recipe creator Terryn says, "Throw away the cans and no one will know that it is not from scratch!" Dress it up with your favorite garnishes like shredded cheese or sliced avocado and serve with nice crispy crunchy tortilla chips.

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Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Cece Guzman

This easy and delicious pot roast recipe includes a rich gravy. "It's designed especially for the working person who does not have time to cook all day, but it tastes like you did," says Brenda Arnold. Throw in tiny creamer potatoes, baby carrots, and other favorite pre-sliced or frozen veggies as an easy way to make it an all-in-one meal.

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Slow Cooker Dump and Go Cheesy Chicken

Slow Cooker Dump and Go Cheesy Chicken with ri

Chicken breasts with condensed cream of Cheddar cheese soup, milk, and spices melds into a tender and flavorful dish. "The trick is to not lift the lid while cooking," says Chris Mueller. Enjoy it with microwave-steamed broccoli and your choice of rice, potatoes, or pasta.

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Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs

Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs
Allrecipes Magazine

To skip step one, grab pre-made meatballs from the butcher section of your grocery. From there, it's just putting the meatballs in the slow cooker with a jar of spaghetti sauce, a can of crushed tomatoes, and tomato puree. Serve on spaghetti noodles or on a toasted hoagie as a meatball sub.

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Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

This super-easy turkey chili will become a weeknight go-to and a family favorite. "Top with sour cream, cheddar cheese, chopped onion, green onion, or crushed tortilla chips — maybe even in a sourdough bread bowl!" says lala.

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Slow Cooker Italian Beef for Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Italian Beef for Sandwiches

"This makes a sandwich similar to one I used to get at a local restaurant when I lived in a suburb of Chicago," says MAUREENBURR. "My all time favorite!" Once it's cooked in the Italian spices, pile the succulent beef onto a crusty roll, then top with sweet or hot peppers — just like they do it in the Windy City!

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Slow Cooker Salmon Casserole

Slow Cooker Salmon Casserole

This casserole is belly-warming comfort food. Creamy rice intermingles with dill, lemon pepper, and fresh peas for a plate that will keep you coming back to the slow cooker for more. "I love this recipe because it is quick and easy to throw together, with an end result that is tasty and comforting," says Shannon C.

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Easy Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Shred this simple salsa chicken to add to tortillas or serve atop fresh salad greens or leftover rice. "Great recipe for chicken!" says AnnaDFW, who rates it 5 stars. "We made a bunch of rice in the rice cooker after we got home from work and then we steamed up some green beans. This recipe gave us some tasty leftovers to garner some envy at the office."

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Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Chops

Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Chops
wannabe chefette

It doesn't get any easier than this: layer pork chops and barbecue sauce in a pile in your slow cooker, close the lid, and your work here is done! Serve with your favorite bagged salad and a crusty baguette for a simple and tasty dinner.

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Slow Cooker, Easy Baked Potato Soup

Slow Cooker, Easy Baked Potato Soup

Avoid chopping by using tiny creamer potatoes and pre-minced garlic in this creamy baked potato soup. Topped with cheddar cheese and green onion, it's like a loaded baked potato in warm soup form.

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Pulled Chicken Sloppy Joes (Sloppy Chickens)

Chef John's Pulled Chicken Sloppy Joes
Chef John

Chicken thighs jump into the pot with diced onion and seasonings. "A cross between a pulled pork sandwich and a classic ground beef Sloppy Joe, except this chicken version is way easier than both of those," says Chef John. "And don't let the name fool you, we're not going to need to pull any chicken, since as you'll see, it actually pulls itself. For a wetter, saucier Joe that you eat with a fork, simply cook the chicken covered so the sauce doesn't reduce as much, and/or add more water or broth at the end to adjust the texture."

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Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Beer

a plate of kielbasa pieces and sauerkraut

"My husband would live on this if I let him," says JBBACH. "And our entire family loves it!" Kielbasa, beer, and sauerkraut, it's that easy! Don't slice the sausage beforehand, so you can put the piping hot kielbasa and sauerkraut right onto a bun with mustard.

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Mississippi Pot Roast

Mississippi Pot Roast

Ttender and full of savory and mild spicy flavors, this Mississippi pot roast is so easy to make in the slow cooker with chuck roast, ranch dressing, au jus gravy mix, and pepperoncini peppers. "I made this tonight, and it was incredible," says Ron. "The roast was tender beyond comparison. The mixture of au jus, ranch, and pepperocinni gave it a deep flavor that ends with a little kick."

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