Easiest-Ever Dump Dinners

Some days you can make a multi-course meal, but other times? It's a hassle to even place an order for takeout. Enter the dump dinner. If you're unfamiliar, dump dinners are exactly what they sound like: Dump all of the ingredients into a casserole dish, slow cooker, sheet pan or pot, and dinner is just about done.

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Alfredo Shrimp Scampi Dump Dinner

Just dump a box of pasta, bag of shrimp and a few other pantry staples into a dish and bake. Right before serving, stir in the heavy cream and top with grated cheese and fresh parsley for a rich and creamy weeknight dinner in a flash.

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Slow-Cooker Freezer-Pack Brisket Chili

Long simmering makes this tough cut turn tender and yielding. Keep a batch of this hearty chili in in the freezer for easy weeknight meals or game day entertaining.

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Chicken Tortilla Dump Dinner

All your favorite Tex-Mex flavors in a comforting casserole that's fast and easy to throw together.

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One-Pot Caprese Pasta

This dish tastes just like your favorite summer salad, only heartier. If you haven't tried a one-pot pasta yet, do: It's a great timesaving trick. Place all the ingredients in the pot together, add enough water and simmer. The noodles and sauce cook together, which means this dinner is ready in just 15 minutes. Stirring in the fresh mozzarella after the pasta is cooked creates an almost instant cream sauce, coating each noodle with a hint of cheese.

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Slow-Cooker Chipotle Chicken Stew

This chipotle stew has the makings for a perfect Mexican-inspired dish. Simply add chicken, sprinkled with cumin and salt, along with onion, tomatoes, chipotle and adobo sauce, and oregano in your slow cooker. Come home to tender chicken stew — all you have to do is add in frozen corn, stir and serve with some warm tortillas.

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Sheet Pan Fried Rice

Baking rice on a sheet pan guarantees more of the crispy, crunchy bits that make fried rice the perfect food. For this recipe, the older and drier the rice the better. If you must start with freshly cooked grains, spread them out on a sheet pan to dry out in the refrigerator first.

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5-Ingredient Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

We love multi-purpose kitchen gadgets that make life easier, so that's why the Instant Pot (a slow cooker, pressure cooker and stove-top stand-in, all in one) is a go-to for quick meals. Especially this creamy kid-friendly mac and cheese, which cooks up in no time. And after it's been gobbled up, you'll only have one pot to clean!

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Slow-Cooker Ropa Vieja

Ropa vieja is a traditional pulled beef and vegetable stew, popular in Cuba and Puerto Rico. This slow-cooker version is perfect way to try it on a weeknight. All you need to do is combine the ingredients (tomatoes, ketchup, vinegar, garlic, cumin and jalapeno) with the steak, bell peppers and onions and in 8 hours, you’ll have a delicious and savory dinner that required almost no hassle whatsoever.

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Mississippi Pot Roast

This pot roast is so simple: simply "dump" the ingredients into the slow cooker and leave it alone for 8 hours. No stress, no hassle and no complicated cleanups. Just some good pot roast.

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Slow-Cooker Freezer-Pack Gumbo

This shortcut gumbo eliminates the (sometimes tricky) step of cooking a roux to thicken the liquid. Instead, a small amount of rice cooked low and slow gives the stew just the right amount of body. With a bag of prepped ingredients in your freezer ready to go, you can serve this crowd-favorite even on a weeknight.

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Slow-Cooker Barbecue Brisket

As it turns out, you can have a good classic brisket without the hassle of a grill or smoker. Served with potato salad and cornbread, this recipe will give you a delicious summer BBQ meal during even on the busiest weeknights.

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Salmon Baked in Foil

Giada gives baked salmon a classic Italian touch. Once these fillets are topped with a tomato mixture, just wrap them in foil and bake. In about 25 minutes, you’ll have a delicious salmon dinner, ready to serve.

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Slow-Cooker Freezer-Pack Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry

Quartering the cauliflower, rather than cutting it into florets, allows this vegetarian meal to simmer all day in the slow cooker without it becoming mush. Stow a few bags of this pre-assembled meal in the freezer to keep on hand for busy nights.

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Pork Carnitas

Standard pulled pork gets a makeover with the addition of oregano, cumin, jalapeno, and an orange. Just crisp up the pork in a pan before you eat, and dinner is done. Bonus? You'll have plenty of leftovers to store.

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Tomato Vegetable Casserole

Casseroles are a great way to get tons of flavors into one dish. Giada’s tomato vegetable casserole is a great example: Each vegetable is spread throughout the pan in a way that allows you to taste each ingredient individually. The best part, however, is that once you’re done, you only have one pan to wash!

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Sheetpan Sausage Supper

This is the recipe that takes "throwing something together" to the next level. Ree Drummond’s sheet pan sausage dinner involves placing your seasoned veggies onto a baking sheet with some Italian sausages and putting the whole thing in the oven. Dinner? Done.

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Slow-Cooker Indian Butter Chicken

One of our favorite things about slow cookers (aside from the convenience) is that there is no limit to the cuisines you can make in it. We bet making this butter chicken is even easier than ordering takeout.

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Pot Roast with Baby Vegetables

You don’t have to be a pro to pull off this hearty meal. Seasoned beef chuck is simmered in broth and Worcestershire sauce surrounded by a medley of baby vegetables, which makes for a simple dinner with complex flavor.

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Chicken Ramen Noodle Casserole

Low maintenance and packed with flavor, this creamy casserole transforms dorm-friendly ramen noodles into a satisfying casserole for a crowd.

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Slow-Cooker Freezer-Pack BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Chicken thighs are the ideal slow-cooker meat because they emerge tender and juicy, even after hours of cooking. The sauce is a guaranteed kid-pleaser: rich, sweet and low on spice and tang. Make a couple of batches to keep in the freezer for busy weeks when you know you'll have limited time for meal prep.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Chicken chili is always a winner and making it in the slow cooker ensures a no-stress weekday meal that everyone will love. Not only is dinner ready with just one pot, cleanup is hassle-free as well!

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Rosemary-Garlic Pork Chops with Chickpeas

Sheet pan dinners, like these rosemary-garlic pork chops, are perfect for a no-hassle dinner that can be ready in no time. Simply season pork chops, toss them with chickpeas, garlic and roasted red peppers, and put the whole thing in the oven. You’ll have a full meal in less than 20 minutes!

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Slow-Cooker Moroccan Turkey Stew

This stew utilizes turkey thighs to make a delicious and savory Moroccan-inspired feast. This recipe yields enough to make for guests or if you have leftovers, they are perfect to use to make Moroccan Burritos.

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Slow-Cooker Barbecue Beans and Sausage

A flavorful pot of beans topped with chicken-apple sausages that require little to no effort? You can count us in on this simple slow-cooker recipe. The best part: You’ll have leftovers that you will actually want to eat.

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