When out on the road it can get pretty costly stopping into truck stops to buy food. The prices are all inflated, plus there are the lines and not to mention the lack of decent options in many areas. One great way around all of that is to cook on the truck. Here are a few of the best crockpot recipes and microwave recipes for truck drivers that we’ve found.These will save you money and fill your cravings for great home cooking.
Furthermore, you will surely find your favorite easy crock pot recipe for truckers and there are plenty of great microwave recipes so you will never run low on ideas. Below are some recipes that are not only easy, but quick to make so you can make your delivery or pick up on time. Let’s dive right in!
An Easy Slow Cooker Recipe for Truckers – Meatball Subs
What’s not to love about this one? Delicious meatballs in a delicious marinara sauce then topped with cheese on a fresh hoagie roll. This is one of my personal favorite crockpot recipes!
- 1 Bag of frozen Italian meatballs
- 1 Bag of frozen onion and peppers
- 1 Jar of your favorite marinara sauce
- 1 Bag of Italian blend cheese, 2 cup size
- 1 Package of hoagie rolls
Line the crock pot with a disposable liner. You will be happy you did, as the clean up is a breeze. Just toss the liner and wipe off any condensation.
Add in the bag of meatballs, onion and peppers, and the jar of sauce.
Place on the lid and set to medium or high depending on when you plan to be stopped for the night or for a break.
Allow at least 2 hours cooking time to be sure the meatballs are heated through.
Once it it bubbling, top with the bag of cheese and let it melt.
To serve, pile on the meatballs, sauce, and cheese on the hoagie roll and enjoy!
Bonus Crockpot Recipe For Truckers – Loaded Mashed Potatoes Stuffed Meatloaf
That’s right! Loaded mashed potatoes tucked right inside a savory meatloaf. This may sound a lot more difficult than it really is, but give this crockpot recipe for truck drivers a try then kick back and relax like you would at home.
- 1 Pound of 80% ground beef
- 1 ¼ Cups of seasoned bread crumbs
- 1 Packet of meatloaf seasoning
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Bottle ketchup
- 1 Box of cheddar mashed potatoes
- 1 Cup of water or milk
- ½ Cup sour cream (add more water or milk sparingly if still a bit too thick)
- ½ Cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Bacon bits to taste
First, in a bowl mix together the ground beef, bread crumbs, seasoning packet, and eggs until combined. Set this aside for the moment.
Next, in another bowl mix together the box of potatoes, the water or milk, sour cream, cheese, and bacon bits. If the mixture is still a little thick, slowly add a bit more water or milk to reach the desired consistency.
Then, line the crock pot with a liner and put half of the meat mixture in the bottom.
Next, lightly even it out on and top the layer with the potato mixture. Spread evenly.
Then, add the rest of the meat mixture on top and seal in the sides by pressing the edges all the way around.
Turn on the cooker to high and cover with the lid.
Cook for 2 hours then top with the desired amount of ketchup.
Last, cook on medium for at least another 2 hours or until the ground beef is cooked through. Delicious!
How About Microwave Recipes for Truckers – Chopped Beef Baker
Who doesn’t love a great baker! This quick recipe has it all, BBQ beef, cheese, sour cream and of course, bacon bits.
This easy recipe is sure to keep you satisfied however long your trip is.
- 1 Large baking potato (or more if you want to make several ahead)
- 1 Cup of BBQ chopped beef
- Butter or margarine
- Sour cream
- Bacon bits
- Green onion
- Salt and pepper
Rinse off the potato(es) and poke some holes.
Then, microwave on high for about 3 to 5 minutes depending on the size of the potato.
Next, flip over and cook another 3 to 5 minutes.
Once soft to the touch, remove and let cool to handle.
Then, cut in half long ways and fluff the inside with a fork.
Top with the desired amounts of butter, cheese, salt and pepper, and the cup of chopped beef.
Place back in microwave to heat the beef and melt the cheese.
Lastly, top with sour cream, bacon bits, and green onion. Easy Peasy!
Bonus Microwave Recipe For Truck Drivers – Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Casserole
This recipe will satisfy that craving for enchilada goodness without having to spend valuable time rolling each one up.
- 2 Cups of diced deli rotisserie chicken
- 1 Small diced onion
- 1 Can of evaporated milk, 15 ounce can
- 1 Can of cream of chicken soup, 10 ounce can
- 1 packet of taco seasoning
- 1 Bag fiesta mix shredded cheese, 2 cup size
- Flour tortillas
- Black olives
- Sour cream
- Diced tomatoes
First, combine the first 5 ingredients in a bowl with half the bag of cheese.
Then in a microwave safe dish place 1 tortilla in the bottom them spread some of the mixture on top.
Repeat the process until you get to the top of the dish.
Then, top with the remaining cheese and heat on high until the cheese is melted and the filling is bubbling around the sides.
Lastly, top with any of the optional ingredients and serve with tortilla chips or microwave rice and re-fried beans. Perfect!
Final Thoughts for Cooking Over The Road
Therefore, with these recipes for truckers you will be eating like you are at home while on the road, and saving money. Once you get started you will find your favorite recipes and modify them to your liking. With a short shopping list and a quick stop at a truck-friendly grocery store, you will be able to break free from truck stop food and waiting in lines.
Additionally, you can also modify any recipe to be healthy as well. This works great for anyone on a low sodium, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, or any other special diets. You can even make breakfast microwave recipes for truckers that will get your day started right.
For example, you can do a slow cooker oatmeal and add toppings like fresh fruit, berries, Greek yogurt, granola, or honey. The possibilities are endless on what you can make while over the road. Be safe out there and enjoy!
Whether or not you’re making a crockpot recipe or a microwave recipe you’re sure to be eating like you never left home in the first place.