Despite the unfortunate name, dump dinners are a lifesaver when it comes to meal prep. All you have to do is prep your meals and add them to a crockpot, casserole dish, pan, and more. No pre-sautéing or searing necessary.
This is great for meal prepping or when you need to feed a crowd. We’ve put together some of the best, easiest, and more importantly, nourishing dump dinners on the internet. From hearty slow cooker Cuban beef to a rich coconut curry butternut soup, this list has everything you need for a cozy dinner at home.
Slow Cooker Pumpkin BBQ Pulled Pork
This pulled pork is sweet, rich, and uber-nutritious thanks to the addition of pumpkin. Simply mix up your barbeque sauce and throw it in a slow cooker with a pork roast.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Slow Cooker Pumpkin BBQ Pulled Pork
Freezer-Friendly Whole30 Beef Stew
It doesn’t get much easier than this! While some recipes on this list may require a step or two before you freeze your ingredients to dump, this recipe simply requires you to throw everything in a bag and go.
Recipe: Physical Kitchness | Freezer-Friendly Whole30 Beef Stew
Garam Masala Chicken
To make this Indian-inspired dish a dump dinner, combine everything but the crushed tomatoes and coconut cream. Throw it all in a skillet, then make it creamy in the last few minutes with that coconut cream and tomatoes.
Recipe: Life Made Full | Garam Masala Chicken
Pineapple Salsa Verde Chicken
This spicy-sweet chicken is perfect for Paleo tacos or burrito bowls.
Recipe: Mangia Paleo | Pineapple Salsa Verde Chicken
The Easiest Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
This hearty chili is warm, simple, and comforting on a cold day. Tender chicken gets slow cooked in a simple tomato sauce for an easy weeknight meal filled with flavor.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | The Easiest Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
Paleo Buffalo Chicken Casserole
Slow cooker and Instant Pot recipes abound in the dump dinner world, but there are some great dump and bake casseroles out there, like this creamy and spicy buffalo chicken casserole with cauliflower rice and ranch dressing.
Recipe: 40 Aprons | Paleo Buffalo Chicken Casserole
Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew
This Southwest chicken stew is packed with vibrant veggies that are oh-so-good for you. Leave out the garnishes until the very end, of course.
Recipe: PaleoPlan | Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew
Crockpot Chicken and Cauliflower Rice Soup
This simple chicken and cauliflower rice soup is warm, comforting, and easy to make. Throw everything but the cauliflower rice in the crockpot, then add it in the last 20 minutes.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Crockpot Chicken and Cauliflower Rice Soup
Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Tacos
These easy salsa chicken tacos come together quickly in the Instant Pot, and all you have to do is douse some chicken with your favorite Paleo salsa and seasonings.
Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo | Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Tacos
Paleo Instant Pot Mexi-Meatloaf
To make this quick dinner, simply form your meatloaf, wrap it in foil, and let the Instant Pot works its magic!
Recipe: Predominantly Paleo | Paleo Instant Pot Mexi-Meatloaf
90 Minute Kalua Pork
Richly-flavored Kalua pork usually takes all day to cook, but this Instant Pot recipe proves that doesn’t always have to be the case.
Recipe: Zenbelly | 90 Minute Kalua Pork
Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs with Cauliflower Rice
Form the meatballs, then dump them in the slow cooker when you’re ready—leave the cauliflower rice side dish out, though. Just cook that up quick while the meatballs cook.
Recipe: PaleoPlan | Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs with Cauliflower Rice
Slow Cooker Thai Chicken and Butternut Soup
This Thai-inspired soup is super easy to prep and cook. Simply combine all the ingredients in a slow cooker. Opt for cauliflower rice or skip the rice altogether in the last few minutes of cooking.
Recipe: One Lovely Life | Slow Cooker Thai Chicken and Butternut Soup
Slow Cooker Curried Chicken and Butternut Squash
This slow cooker chicken and squash is full of Indian flavor and is easy to make for a dump dinner. Just dump it all in the slow cooker!
Recipe: PaleoPlan | Slow Cooker Curried Chicken and Butternut Squash
Crockpot Barbeque Pork Chops with Apples and Onions
These sweet and savory pork chops will leave your whole family satisfied. You’ll be amazed at how sweet and succulent these pork chops turn out when all you had to do was dump them in the crockpot.
Recipe: A Clean Bake | Crockpot Barbeque Pork Chops with Apples and Onions
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
This recipe has a “dump and go” option, meaning you can enjoy Indian-inspired Paleo butter chicken just in time for dinner.
Recipe: One Lovely Life | Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Casserole
This stuffed cabbage casserole is quick and easy to prep; all you have to do is add it in the slow cooker and go.
Recipe: Bowl of Delicious | Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Casserole
Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup
This butternut squash soup is uber-easy to prep, making it an ideal dump meal. Just dump the squash, apples, oil, salt, and shallots in the slow cooker. Throw in the coconut cream, curry powder, and water at the blending stage.
Recipe: A Clean Bake | Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup
Old-Fashioned Slow Cooker Stew
While you can sear the meat before adding it to this stew, it’s not an essential step, so go ahead and skip it if you’re in a rush!
Recipe: PaleoPlan | Old-Fashioned Slow Cooker Stew
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