50 Delicious and Easy Freezer Meal Recipes (Simple and Affordable)


Make these EASY FREEZER MEALS ahead of time and pull them out on a busy night for a delicious home-cooked meal. This is a collection of our BEST go-to freezer meal recipes that your family will love.

50 Delicious and Easy Freezer Meal (Simple and Budget-Friendly) Recipes

We love a good freezer meal, so we compiled a list of 50 Easy Freezer Meal Recipes we know you will love. One of the things that we are most known for are freezer meals! Once you see this list, you will know why.

After we posted our Make 8 Freezer Meals in 1 Hour back in 2012, the post went VIRAL! Thousands and thousands of you had been looking for easy freezer meals and loved the recipes that we shared.

We then went on to share 10 Freezer Meals that you could make in 90 Minutes, which you all loved as well.

Most of those recipes were ones that you could prep the ingredients in a resealable bag and then dump them into your slow cooker when you were ready to use them.

Today we wanted to share 50 Easy Freezer Meal Recipes – some are for slow cookers, some are for Instant Pot, some are casseroles, and some are just our favorite foods that you can make ahead of time and stick in the freezer for another day.

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What are freezer meals?

Freezer meals are meals that are made in advance and then placed in the freezer to be used at a later date.

This can be done simply by doubling a recipe and freezing half for later or it can be done in bulk and stocking your freezer with a bunch of pre-made meals that only require heating up.

Just like you can buy convenient food in the freezer section of the grocery store, homemade freezer meals are the same idea – pre-made food that you can grab and heat up for a healthy, nutritious, homemade meal in a hurry.

What foods can be frozen and reheated?

Here are some of our favorite types of meals to make to freeze and reheat:

What foods do not freeze well?

There are some foods that do not freeze or thaw well and we would recommend that you avoid them in your freezer meals. Here are the list of foods that you should not try to freeze:

  • Fried foods (they become soggy when thawed)
  • Fully cooked pasta (if you want to freeze pasta, be sure to cook it al dente, otherwise it will be soggy and limp when thawed)
  • Jello or gelatin
  • Sour cream
  • Mayonnaise or mayonnaise-based salads (such as egg salad; it thaws clumpy)
  • Whole eggs, egg whites or hard-boiled eggs
  • Cream based soups/sauces
  • Fresh tomatoes (they thaw slimy and squishy)
  • Rice (when thawed, it becomes mushy)
  • Cheese (the texture will change after freezing and thawing – if you need to add cheese to a freezer meal, do it after it thaws and right before heating up)

All the foods in our list of 50 Easy Freezer Meal Recipes freeze and thaw great!

How long will my 50 Easy Freezer Meal Recipes last in the freezer?

Most foods are good in the freezer for up to 90 days before they start to get freezer burned.

We recommend that you eat your freezer meals within 60 days, just to make sure that it still tastes amazing.

Freezer burn is pretty much inevitable with all frozen foods, but it has a chance of lasting longer if you get as much air out of the package as possible.

We prefer using resealable plastic bags to put our freezer meals in (instead of baking pans or other containers) because you can squeeze or suck almost all of the air out, which will help it to last longer in the freezer.

How do I thaw freezer meals?

Thawing your food is one of the most important parts to making freezer meals!

Most food takes 24-48 hours to thaw in the fridge, so plan accordingly! I usually pull my food out of the freezer at least 24 hours before I plan on cooking it. I place my food in the fridge to let it thaw during that time.

If you don’t have time or forget to pull it out of the freezer, you can also use the “defrost” feature on your microwave to thaw it quickly. However, if your freezer meal is in an aluminum container, you can not put it in the microwave.

Can I cook a frozen meal?

I would recommend thawing it first, but if you don’t have time, you can cook your meal from frozen. In order to cook from frozen, plan on adding about 50% more time of the baking time directed in the recipe.

For example, if a recipe had me cook the casserole for 30 minutes, I would plan on cooking it for at least 45 minutes (maybe longer – you want to make sure that the entire dish is warmed through).

50 Easy Freezer Meals Recipes:

root beer pulled pork freezer meal

1. Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches Freezer Meal

bbq chicken chili freezer meal

2. BBQ Chicken Chili Freezer Meal

Homemade Baked Chicken Nuggets can be frozen

3. Homemade Baked Chicken Nuggets

20 Minute Tuscan Pasta freezer meal

4. 20 Minute Tuscan Pasta

beef sirloin tips made into freezer meal

5. Beef Tips and Gravy Freezer Meal

Intsant Pot Beef and Bean Taco Soup with chips and cheese

6. Beef and Black Bean Taco Soup Freezer Meal

Spinach and Cheese Lasagna

7. Spinach and Cheese Lasagna Freezer Meal

(Freeze before cooking and pull out of freezer when ready to eat!)

slow cooker chili in small serving bowl with melted cheese

8. Mom’s Slow Cooker Chili

(You can freeze this after it’s cooked OR freeze it before by browning beef and then adding all the ingredients to a gallon-sized resealable bag. When ready to use, dump contents into slow cooker or Instant Pot and cook).

9. Easy Freezer Salsa

Mexican stuffed shells with chicken

10. Stuffed Mexican Shells

(Prepare shells and then place in a freezable container. Remove from freezer to thaw when ready to use, then cook as directed.)

Slow Cooker Black Bean and Corn Salsa Chicken

11. Slow Cooker Black Bean and Corn Salsa Chicken

Baked Ziti as a freezer meal

12. Baked Ziti Freezer Meal

baked pancakes as freezer meals

13. Baked Pancakes

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken that can be made into a freezer meal

14. Salsa Verde Chicken

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas that can be frozen and cooked later

15. Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

(Freeze before cooking and then when ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw, then cook as directed.)

Slow Cooker Bajio Chicken that can be made into a freezer meal

16. Slow Cooker Bajio Chicken

taco soup made with 8 cans in slow cooker that can be a freezer meal

17. Slow Cooker 8 Can Taco Soup

cinnamon apple pancakes that can be frozen

18. Cinnamon Apple Pancakes

(Cook and then freeze in resealable freezer bags. When ready to eat, you can microwave them or stick them in the toaster.)

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos freezer meal

19. Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Assemble taquitos and then freeze before baking. I like to put them all rolled up in a gallon-sized resealable freezer bag. They will last up to 90 days. You can cook from frozen in the oven – you might have to add a few minutes onto the cooking time to make sure they are cooked all the way through.

ham and pineapple sandwiches freezer meal

20. Ham and Pineapple Sandwiches

(Dump all the ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag and freeze. Dump frozen food in your slow cooker or Instant Pot and cook).

plated hawaiian bbq chicken tacos ready to serve with toppings of pineapple, cilantro, and onions that can be a freezer meal

21. Hawaiian BBQ Tacos

Easy Ricotta Stuffed Shells for freezing

22. Easy Ricotta Stuffed Shells

You can freeze these after assembling them – I like to put them in an aluminum foil pan and then freeze. Pull them out and cook from frozen. You might have to add a few minutes onto the cooking time to make sure they are cooked all the way through.

bagel breakfast sandwiches for freezing

23. Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches

cheesy hashbrown potatoes freezer meal

24. Best Cheesy Hashbrown Potato Casserole

You can freeze this casserole after assembling them – I like to put them in an aluminum foil pan and then freeze. Pull them out and cook from frozen. You might have to add a few minutes onto the cooking time to make sure they are cooked all the way through.

Freezer Meal Scrambled Egg Breakfast Muffins

25. Scrambled Egg Breakfasts Muffins

These are also great for snacks and any meal!

baked beef taquitos as a freezer meal

26. Baked Beef Taquitos

Assemble taquitos and then freeze before baking. I like to put them all rolled up in a gallon-sized resealable freezer bag. They will last up to 90 days. You can cook from frozen in the oven – you might have to add a few minutes onto the cooking time to make sure they are cooked all the way through.

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pork Roast

27. Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pork Roast

(Dump all the ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag and freeze. Dump frozen food in your slow cooker or Instant Pot and cook).

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

28. Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

(Dump all the ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag and freeze. Dump frozen food in your slow cooker or Instant Pot and cook).

29. Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

(Dump all the ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag and freeze. Dump frozen food in your slow cooker or Instant Pot and cook).

30. Baked Strawberry Oatmeal Cups

31. Bean and Rice Burritos

32. Ravioli Casserole

chicken gyros made into a freezer meal

33. Greek Chicken

34. Country-Style BBQ Spare Ribs

freezer breakfast burritos that can be individually wrapped

35. Freezer Breakfast Burritos

36. Hawaiian BBQ Sandwiches

(Dump all the ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag and freeze. Dump frozen food in your slow cooker or Instant Pot and cook).

37. Hawaiian BBQ Meatballs

(Dump all the ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag and freeze. Dump frozen food in your slow cooker or Instant Pot and cook).

38. Shredded Mexican Chicken

(Dump all the ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag and freeze. Dump frozen food in your slow cooker or Instant Pot and cook).

39. Chicken Bacon Ranch Taquitos

Assemble taquitos and then freeze before baking. I like to put them all rolled up in a gallon-sized resealable freezer bag. They will last up to 90 days. You can cook from frozen in the oven – you might have to add a few minutes onto the cooking time to make sure they are cooked all the way through.

ground beef casserole made to taste like a cheeseburger

40. Easy Cheeseburger Casserole

41. Citrus Pork Tacos

(Dump all the ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag and freeze. Dump frozen food in your slow cooker or Instant Pot and cook).

42. Three Envelope Pot Roast Sliders

(Dump all the ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag and freeze. Dump frozen food in your slow cooker or Instant Pot and cook).

43. Fall Apart Pot Roast

(Dump all the ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag and freeze. Dump frozen food in your slow cooker or Instant Pot and cook).

bbq ribs that can be made into a freezer meal

44. Boneless BBQ Ribs

Dump all the ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag and freeze. Dump frozen food in your slow cooker or Instant Pot and cook.

45. Homemade DIY Frozen Pizzas from Momables

meatballs in sweet sauce over rice on a white plate

46. Slow Cooker Sweet and Tangy Meatballs

47. Kalua Pork

Dump all the ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag and freeze. Dump frozen food in your slow cooker or Instant Pot and cook.

48. Beef Stew from Pinch of Yum

49. Chicken Broccoli Bacon and Potato Bake from Kylee Cooks

50. Cilantro Lime Chicken from Damn Delicious

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