We love our crock pots – especially in the summer when we don’t want to waste a lot of energy in the kitchen. But you know what’s better than making yummy meals in the crock pot? Making yummy meals in the crock pot out of leftovers! Take a look at some meals that you can create in the crock pot without much fuss using leftovers and ingredients from your pantry:

1. Vegetarian Chili Shepherd’s Pie

Use leftover chili, leftover mashed potatoes and a few other simple ingredients to make an easy and filling crockpot meal.

2. Fried Rice

Use leftover rice, leftover frozen or fresh veggies (whatever kind you have), leftover meat, and egg and some easy seasonings to make a meal that satisfies the whole family.

3. Beef Stew from Leftover Roast

Cut your leftover cooked beef into cubes and combine with some leftover veggies you have in your fridge (like carrots, potatoes and onions) and cook with some other pantry ingredients on low for 8 hours or so. You’ll have a delicious and hearty stew that will last for several meals.

4. Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Peppers

Use leftover chicken, leftover cooked rice, and other pantry ingredients to make some yummy stuffed peppers with a southwestern flair.

5. Leftover Hambone Soup

If you make a ham one night, use the bone to make a delicious soup for many nights to come.