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Dump and Go Dinners: 36 Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas + 4 Bonus Dump Desserts

These dump and go dinners will save you time and energy!

By: Jamie Garcia, Editor, RecipeLion
Updated July 31, 2018
Dump and Go Dinner Recipes

We live in a busy world and getting dinner on the table every single night can be a trying task. When schedules are hectic and you're pressed for time, turn to these easy weeknight dinners for help. These simple dinner ideas are just what you need to get a delicious meal on the table without having to spend all day in the kitchen chopping, stirring and preparing.

Whether you prefer tasty slow cooker recipes that simmer all day or comforting casseroles that bake in under an hour, any one of the dump recipes below will save you time and hassle at the end of a busy day.

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Check out this amazingly delicious dump and done chicken casserole by watching the video below! 

Dump and Go Beef Recipes

Dump and Go Italian Meatball and Rice Casserole

There's nothing better than dumping some ingredients in a dish and throwing them in the oven or slow cooker. If you're a fan of beef casseroles, goulash, meatloaf, and more, this section is for you. These dump dinners are perfect for saving you time, and they're so delicious no one will know just how easy they were to make!

For example, you simply have to try out this stunning Dump and Go Italian Meatball and Rice Casserole. This dump and go meal tastes better than any of your favorite Italian restaurants, and it's just too easy to make.

  • Dump and Go Chinese Beef and Broccoli

    The best thing about this Dump and Go Chinese Beef and Broccoli is its tender beef and mouthwatering sauce. Forget about the takeout and make this instead!

  • All Day Hungarian Goulash

    Make this traditional Hungarian goulash minus all the effort in the kitchen with this simple slow cooker recipe. Give this classic stew a shot, and you'll love it!

  • Dump & Go Beef Stroganoff

    This Dump & Go Beef Stroganoff lets the magical slow cooker do the work! Leave it alone for six and seven hours and forget about it -- until it's time to eat!

  • Lazy Frito Chili Pie

    This Lazy Frito Chili Pie is packed with Cheddar cheese, and, of course, Fritos. Give this dish a try and you'll never go back to boring beef again!

  • Magic Slow Cooker Meatloaf

    This Magic Slow Cooker Meatloaf comes out super moist and full of flavor! Top it all off with a homemade ketchup mixture.

  • Dump-and-Bake Sloppy Joe Casserole

    Tthis 10-minute Dump-and-Bake Sloppy Joe Casserole is a simple, one-dish meal that brings the family together around the table! Doesn't everyone love a good Sloppy Joe?

Dump and Go Chicken Recipes

Dump-and-Bake Smothered Chicken with Bacon

Our dump dinners chicken section is where we really shine. There is so much you can do with chicken and we've covered almost all of the bases. From Italian and Mexican-inspired chicken casseroles, to rustic cowboy chicken, and comforting dishes like chicken pot pie, you won't soon tire of these tasty dump dinners.

Your dinner table absolutely needs this Dump-and-Bake Smothered Chicken with Bacon, pronto! You only need five minutes of prep, five ingredients, and one dish for this easy dump-and-bake meal. This tender, juicy Ranch-seasoned chicken with Alfredo sauce, cheese, and crunchy bacon will make everyone in your family smile.

Dump and Go Side Dishes

Dump and Bake Overnight Macaroni and Cheese

Below, we've listed a few easy side dish recipes that you can dump and bake or dump and assemble, and get on the table quick. Easy side dishes will make your entire meal come together in a flash, and when there are hungry people waiting, you know how valuable saving a few minutes can be. Dump these sides on a plate and grab a fork!

Plus, this Dump and Bake Overnight Macaroni and Cheese is to die for. This is an easy side dish for any potluck or dinner. Anyone will be thrilled with these gooey, cheesy macaroni dish!

  • Melt-In-Your-Mouth Slow Cooker Potatoes

    These cheesy slow cooker potatoes practically melt in your mouth! You've absolutely got to make this addictive, easy side dish.

  • Cowboy Layered Salad

    This Southwestern salad is great to bring to a party or potluck. Toss together the layers and enjoy. It's that simple, really!

  • Too Easy Chicken Salad

    This chicken salad recipe will spoil you because of how easy it is. Totally picnic-worthy, this will be your new favorite chicken salad!

  • Dump and Go KFC Coleslaw Copycat

    Forget spending money at KFC! This copycat recipe is so easy that it can't be resisted. It tastes just like the restaurant kind!

BONUS! Dump Desserts

Easy Hawaiian Dump Cake

What dinner is truly complete without a little dessert to satisfy that sweet tooth? In case you thought you could only dump and bake your dinners, think again. Dump desserts are widely popular and for good reason -- they're easy as cake! In fact, a enjoy a few dump cakes from the list below to end your meal on a sweet note.

You can imagine that you're on a tropical vacation with this scrumptious Easy Hawaiian Dump Cake. Your family and friends will request this recipe year after year!

  • Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Dump Cake

    This Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Dump Cake needs just six ingredients and hardly any prep time! This heartwarming fall dessert will be a new favorite.

  • 4-Ingredient Banana Bread Dump Cake

    This yummy 4-Ingredient Banana Bread Dump Cake is totally a dream come true. Also, it only takes 30 minutes in the oven! Wow.

  • Texas Cobbler

    This dump cake Texas Cobbler is perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top. Bring it to your next potluck!

  • Dump & Go Chocolate Cake

    This Dump & Go Chocolate Cake is baked in your slow cooker rather than your oven. This is the gooey-est chocolate cake out there, trust us!

  • 3-Ingredient Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Dump Cake

    This 3-Ingredient Chocolate Covered Strawberry Dump Cake is a rich and fudgy dump cake for any occasion — no baking skills required! Pair it with ice cream or champagne.

  • Strawberry Pineapple Cake

    Top this Strawberry Pineapple cake with shredded coconut and you'll have a cake that's just begging to be eaten.

  • The Best Chocolate Spoon Cake

    This Best Chocolate Spoon Cake is a real decadent treat. Dare we say that it's even better than the cakes your grandmother makes?!

  • Lazy Lemon Spoon Cake

    This Lazy Lemon Spoon Cake is bursting with fresh, citrus flavor. Best of all, it takes care of itself in the slow cooker. No stress, no fuss!

  • Almond Crusted Creamy Pudding Cake

    This chocolate pudding cake is as easy as it is delicious! Throw the ingredients together and make your evening special. Yum!

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So many great ideas for quick and easy dinners! I love low-prep recipes that don't require a ton of work or dishes.

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