Slow cooker drop dinners (or dump dinners, as they’re also commonly known) are exactly what they sound like. These simple dinner essentials ask nothing more of you than dumping the ingredients into the slow cooker, plopping on the lid, and letting the slow cooker do its work. Okay, you might need to chop an onion or measure some broth, but that’s the extent of the upfront prep work. Hours later you’ve got a warm, satisfying dinner.
So, the real question is not if you’re going to make a drop dinner, but what kind of drop dinner are you in the mood for. There’s a lot to choose from: soups, curries, tender shredded beef — even lasagna and whole chicken. Here are 12 slow cooker drop dinners to get you started.