4 Easy Freezer Meal Prep Ideas For Quick & Simple Dinners

All Things Mandy
by All Things Mandy

When it gets busy during back-to-school time, I just want something simple and quick for dinner. I am doing easy freezer meal prep so I can throw items in the crockpot, the Instant Pot, or the oven.

So, come fill your freezer with me with these four freezer-friendly recipes: enchilada soup, white chicken chili, grape jelly meatballs, and meatloaf. I'll be making two portions of each, so in total, all of this will make 8 meals.


I spent about $66 at Walmart for these items (groceries bought in September 2022). I made two of each of these four meals for eight meals total. I also use freezer bags for my meal prep freezer containers so I can be sure there’s no freezer burn. 

Here’s what I bought:

  • 2.25-pound package of ground beef
  • 48-ounce bag of frozen meatballs
  • 4.5-pound package of boneless chicken breasts 
  • freezer bags (to eliminate freezer burn)
  • 2 frozen bags of onions 
  • 2 jars salsa 
  • 2 jars of chili sauce 
  • 4 cans of cannellini beans
  • 2 cans of black beans
  • 2 cans of pinto beans
  • 2 cans enchilada sauce, 
  • 2 Jars of grape jelly, 
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans of green chilies
  • 1 jar minced garlic
  • Eggs
Groceries for the freezer mealprep

Enchilada soup

Ingredients for one bag:

  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • I can corn
  • ½ onion
  • 1 can of green chiles
  • 14 oz red enchilada sauce
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • Garlic and cumin to taste
Writing coking instructions on the freezer bags

1. Prep bags

I’m writing the name of the meal and cooking instructions for this enchilada soup.

To cook from frozen, add 1 cup of water and cook in Instant Pot for 30 mins or crockpot 6-8 hours on low.

Adding chicken to the freezer bags

2. Fill bags with chicken

I’m opening my bags, two at once, and putting in my chicken and all the other ingredients to make the meal. I put one chicken breast in each bag. 

Adding garlic to the freezer bags

3. Add garlic

Add a scoop of minced garlic into each bag.

Adding black beans to the freezer bags

4. Add beans

Add a can of drained and rinsed black beans into each bag. 

Adding undrained corn to the freezer bags

5. Add corn

Add a can of undrained corn to each bag.

Adding tomatoes to the freezer bags

6. Add tomatoes

Add one can of petite diced tomatoes to each bag.

Adding green chilis to the freezer bags

7. Add chilis

Add one can of green chilis to each bag.

Adding enchilada sauce to the freezer bags

8. Add sauce

Add in one can of enchilada sauce (I’m using medium).

Adding cumin to the freezer bags

9. Add cumin

Add a few shakes of cumin or one taco seasoning packet.

Adding frozen onion to the freezer bags

10. Add onion

Add half a bag of frozen onions to each bag.

Easy freezer meal prep

11. Seal the bags

Make sure you get all the air out of the bags before you close them up. Shake the bag, lay it down flat, and that’s how it will go into the freezer. All I have to do is open a bag, put it in the Instant Pot, add a cup of water, and let it cook for 30 minutes.

White chicken chili

Ingredients for one bag:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 cans of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 onion
  • 16 oz salsa verde
  • Garlic, cumin, and cayenne to taste
Writing cooking instructions on the freezer bags

1. Prep bags

I wrote on the bags that I need 4 cups of water when I cook each bag.

To cook, add 4 cups of water and cook in the Instant Pot for 30 mins or crockpot 6-8 hrs on low.

Adding chicken to the freezer bags

3. Add chicken

Put two chicken breasts into each bag. That finishes off the package of chicken. 

Adding onions and garlic to the freezer bags

4. Add onions and garlic

Put half a bag of frozen onions in each bag. Add a heaping spoonful of minced garlic to each bag.

Adding pinto beans to the freezer bags

5. Add pinto beans

Add a drained and rinsed can of pinto beans to each bag.

Adding cannellini beans to the freezer bags

6. Add cannellini beans

Add two cans of drained and rinsed cannellini beans to each bag.

Adding salsa to the freezer bags

7. Add salsa

Add one jar of salsa verde into each bag.

Seasoning the recipe

8. Season

Season with cumin and a bit of cayenne pepper. I’m not measuring, just add to your liking.

Grape jelly and chili sauce meatballs

These are delicious, the recipe only takes three ingredients, and they’re a big hit. 

Ingredients for one bag:

  • 24 oz meatballs
  • 1 jar of grape jelly
  • 1 bottle chili sauce (option: Heinz Chili Sauce)
Writing instructions on the freezer bags

1. Prep bags

We can have them on hand as appetizers or as a full meal with mashed potatoes, pasta, or rice. Cook on low for 4-5 hours in a crock pot.

Adding meatballs to the freezer bags

2. Add meatballs

Split the big bag of meatballs between the two bags. 

Adding chili sauce to the freezer bags

3. Add sauce

Add one whole jar of chili sauce to each bag.

Grape jelly

Adding grape jelly to the freezer bags

4. Add jelly

Add one whole jar of grape jelly to each bag. This sauce is delicious. I filled six bags in about 30 minutes. 



  • 1 package of ground beef
  • Onions chopped 
  • 2 eggs
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dry ingredients
Making meatloaf with ground beef

1. Make the meatloaf mix

Put the entire package of ground beef into a bowl and break it up. 

Adding onions to the ground beef

2. Add onions

I had fresh onion left over that I wanted to use up so I put it in the bowl.

Adding eggs to the ground beef

3. Add eggs

Add two eggs into the bowl. (By the way, the half-dozen eggs were part of the $66 haul.)

Seasoning the meatloaf

4. Season

Add in stone-ground mustard, ketchup, salt, and pepper–as much as you want. It gives it a bit of a tang. 

Adding dry ingredients

5. Dry ingredients

Some people like crackers or Saltines as the dry ingredient in their meatloaf. I’m using oatmeal today. Add just a handful or so. 

Working the meatloaf with hands

6. Work the meatloaf

Use your hands to mix the meatloaf. Don’t overwork the meat or it will get tough. Just work it so it’s sticking together and not too wet.

Putting the meatloaf into small pans

7. Put in pans

I made one regular-size meatloaf and two mini meatloaves. 

Easy freezer meal prep recipes

8. Cover

Cover the pans with tin foil and put them in bags.

Easy freezer meal prep

I hope you’re inspired to try these freezer meal prep recipes. Let me know in the comments below if you tried them and what you thought! Leave me your freezer prep meal ideas in the comments, too! 

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3 of 15 comments
  • Cathy Cathy on Nov 05, 2022

    How long to cook meatloaf?

    • All Things Mandy All Things Mandy on Nov 05, 2022

      I let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator. I bake at 400 for 30 minutes - but check to make sure it's done! Oven times and temps can vary!

  • Jean Reid Jean Reid on Aug 04, 2023

    These sound easy and delicious! You said you made 8 meals. How many servings does each meal make? Trying to figure the cost per portion :)