5 Protein-Packed Slow Cooker Recipes For Muscle Building

Slow cookers are magical. If you’ve yet to use one, you’re missing out on some excellent culinary experiences.

A slow cooker is the perfect tool for making a meal for a large group of people, or simply for whipping up a week’s worth of meals for yourself to portion freeze.

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There are many crockpot recipes that are healthy and encourage muscle building. Try one of these amazing recipes and see for yourself.

1. White Chicken Chili

Loaded with protein and fibre, this delicious chili will satisfy your cravings and help you increase your muscle mass. It’s easy to make in a slow cooker, and you’ll have enough for a meal every day of the week. 


  • 1.5 lbs. boneless and skinless chicken breast
  • 20 oz. white beans, drained
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-2 jalepenos, diced
  • 2 poblano peppers, diced
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • salt and pepper
  • limes, serve with dish

Combine onions, garlic, jalepeno, poblanos, cilantro, cumin, oregano, and two cups of broth in a blender. Pour the resulting mixture into the crock pot, then add the chicken, beans, and remaining broth. Cook for four hours on low heat, then remove the chicken and shred it. Mix the shredded chicken back into the chili and serve. Find the original recipe here.

2. Slow Cooker Chana Masala

Whether you’re a vegetarian, trying to save a bit of money or simply just love Indian food, try whipping up this delicious Chana Masala dish. It’s a delicious and hearty meal that will be a big hit with your friends and family. Eat it after a workout for a regenerating boost.


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1-2 jalepenos, diced
  • 1 tbsp coriander
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 14 oz diced tomatoes
  • A” cup vegetable broth
  • 20 oz chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • lemon juice, serve with dish

Melt butter in a large skillet. Add onions and cook until translucent, then add the garlic, ginger, and jalepenos. Cook until fragrant. Add the coriander, cumin, paprika, garam masala, and tumeric, then cook for another 30 seconds before adding the tomatoes. Pour everything into the crock pot and add chickpeas, broth, salt, and pepper. Cook on low for six hours. Serve with lemon juice. Find the original recipe here.

3. Beef Encebollado

A popular dish in Latin American countries, beef encebollado is a simple and savory meal made with beef and onions. Steak is always a great protein source, so it makes a perfect muscle building meal.


  • 2 lbs lean beef roast
  • 2-3 onions, sliced
  • 2-4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper

Put the beef in the crock pot and season with salt and pepper, then cover it with onions and garlic. Combine the broth, vinegar, and oregano in a bowl, then pour over the beef and onions. Cook on low for eight hours. Follow the original recipe here.

4. Spicy Braised Beef

For a beef dish with a little kick, try this recipe. It’s perfect for building meals throughout the week, because the beef is extremely very versatile and can be served in many ways. You can wrap it in a tortilla to make a quick taco on the go or serve it with rice. 


  • 2 lbs lean beef eye round
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1-3 jalepenos, chopped
  • ¼ cup beef broth
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 tbsp Wocestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp coriander

Put the beef in the crock pot, then season with salt and pepper. Add the onion, red pepper, garlic, and jalepenos on top. Combine the beef broth, tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, lime juice, cumin, oregano, and coriander in a large bowl, then pour into the crockpot. Cook on low for eight hours, then shred the beef and cook for an additional 30 minutes before serving. See the original recipe here.

5. Vegetarian Chili

This is another vegetarian dish that you’ll love, even if you’re not vegetarian. It’s packed full of healthy veggies that will give you the energy you need and help you build muscle. You may even like this recipe better than your standard chili.


  • 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen lima beans
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp minced jalepeno
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp oregano
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • A“ cup couscous
  • ½ cup shredded cheese
  • …A cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Salt and pepper

Combine everything except the couscous, shredded cheese, cilantro, and salt and pepper. Cook on low for eight hours. 10 minutes before serving, add couscous. Serve with salt and pepper, shredded cheese, and cilantro. Find the original recipe here.