Top 10 DIY Homemade Dog Food Recipes

As a Golden Retriever owner, we know this dog breed can be a picky eater and likely to have skin allergies due to a bad diet.

I’ve to carefully take good care of her diet. I started making homemade dog food to avoid intestinal issues, sensitive stomach.

Most importantly, is to observe how your pups doing before making any total change of their diet or consult a veterinarian.

Here are the Top 10 DIY homemade dog food recipes and you can easily make it at home.

1. Make-Ahead Doggie Stew Recipe

Make-Ahead Doggie Stew Recipe

Your pups deserve a nutrient-rich meal. This stew recipe is made with rich protein ingredients, without additives, coloring, sodium.

Recommend to add cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash into these recipes as vegetables are work for antioxidants.

  • 3 pounds boneless and skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup chicken livers
  • 2 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup frozen green beans
  • 1 apple cored, seeds removes, and cut into quarters
  • 2 to 3 cups water
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  1. Slow cooker method: Add all ingredients, except peas, parsley, and olive oil, to the slow cooker. Use just enough water to cover ingredients. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours or high 4 to 5 hours. About 15 minutes before turning off the slow cooker, add peas and parsley.
  2. Stove top method: Add all ingredients, except peas, parsley, and olive oil, in a large pot. Use enough water to cover ingredients. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook on low 1 hour or until carrots are tender and chicken cook through. About 15 minutes before turning off, add peas and parsley,
  3. Allow ingredients to cool slightly. Using a slotted spoon, add ingredients, and olive oil to a mixing bowl and either, mash with a fork, potato masher, or use a food processor, depending on the consistency preferred. I like to use a food processor and pulse about 3 to 4 times so that it's the consistency of canned dog food. Allow to cool completely before dividing into freezer safe ziplock bags or containers.
  4. MAKE-AHEAD: The dog food mixture can be divided up and stored in individual freezer safe ziplock bags. Frozen baggies should be defrosted in the fridge overnight. The serving size will depend on the size and breed of your dog. If you're unsure of how much to feed your dog, check with your vet first.

Get the recipe at Skinny Ms.

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2. Store-Bought Ingredients Homemade Dog Food

Store-Bought Ingredients Homemade Dog Food

This recipe's ingredients can be easily store-bought. It using Balance IT chart to plan for any dog's nutrition needs.

This recipe has a balance of 50% protein (ground turkey), 25% veggies (peas, zucchini, carrots, and spinach), and 25% grains (brown rice).

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 pounds ground turkey
  • 3 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 cup peas, canned or frozen
  1. In a large saucepan of 3 cups water, cook rice according to package instructions; set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the turkey as it cooks.
  3. Stir in spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas, and brown rice until the spinach has wilted and the mixture is heated through about 3-5 minutes.

Get the recipe at DamnDelicious.

3. Turkey & Veggie Dog Food Recipe

Turkey & Veggie Dog Food Recipe

This recipe is made with 100% natural, human-grade ingredients with ground turkey, carrots, broccoli, and zucchini without any preservatives.

  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons chicken liver finely diced
  • 2 medium carrots coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup green beans diced
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  1. Add 1 1/2 cups water to a double boiler, place vegetables in a steam basket over the pot and cover. Heat until boiling, reduce heat to a low-boil, and steam until veggies are tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, add the turkey and liver to a large skillet and cook on medium-high heat until done. Drain off any fat and discard. Chop veggies or pulse in a food processor. Add veggies to cooked turkey.
  3. Add the olive oil and toss with turkey & veggie mixture. Allow cooling before dividing into freezer-safe containers.

Get the recipe at Skinny Ms.

4. Ground Turkey Homemade Dog Food Pasta

Ground Turkey Homemade Dog Food Pasta

I personally recommend this recipe as all nutrition that needed for a dog to consume are all been cater.

It uses ground turkey protein, whole grain pasta, pumpkin, coconut oil that follow the guideline of feeding a dog

  • 3 lbs ground turkey (or any protein)
  • 1 cup uncooked millet (or any other whole grain: quinoa, rice, pasta)
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 1 squash, shredded
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1 tbs calcium powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (canned or homemade)
  1. Bring 1 cup of whole-grain to boil in a pot of water. I overcook it so that it’s soft and easily digestible. Drain.
  2. While that’s boiling, shred/chop the veggies.
  3. Cook ground turkey with olive oil and drain excess juices.
  4. Mix everything together! No need to cook the veggies. The cooked turkey and whole grain will warm them up a bit.

Get the recipe at Wheresthefrenchie

5. Vegan Dog Food

Vegan Dog Food

This Recipe for dog food is completely vegan. The ingredients that use are bananas, peas, sweet potato, and quinoa. A Meat-only diet will affect your pup's health. Try this homemade vegan dog food

Get the recipe at Veganie

6. Homemade Dog Food In Instant Pot

Homemade Dog Food In Instant Pot

This instant pot recipe is carefully crafted the used ingredients for dogs easily absorb healthy fat with coconut oil, white basmati rice, apple cider vinegar, ground meat, beef liver, veggies, and bananas. 

  • 3 cups white basmati rice
  • 3 cups pure water
  • 3 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar or Whey
  • 3 pounds ground meat beef, chicken, turkey, venison, or bison
  • 1 pound pastured beef livers or chicken livers (optional, but preferred)
  • 36 ounces veggies various fresh, can use frozen
  • 1 1/2 cups bananas or blueberries (optional)
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons ground flax seed
  1. Soak the rice in water with whey or apple cider vinegar for several hours
  2. Strain, measuring the amount of water left after soaking.
  3. Press the Saute button on the Instant Pot.
  4. Add the ground meat and break it up and the liver, if using.
  5. Cook the meat and liver until they are about half-way browned. You don't want them to brown completely because you still have to cook the rice and veggies in the Instant Pot, and the meat will burn if fully cooked.
  6. Once the meat and liver are half-way browned, add the soaked rice and water, according to the directions in this post.
  7. Stir the meat, rice, and cooking water together.
  8. Add the veggies on top, but do not mix in.
  9. Place the lid on the Instant Pot, making sure it is locked and the vent is sealed.
  10. Change the setting to Manual and adjust the time to 12 minutes.
  11. When the Instant Pot beeps, carefully turn the vent to release the pressure. You may want to place a towel over the steam to protect yourself and your kitchen from any sputtering steam.
  12. Open the Instant Pot and add the fruit (if using) and the coconut oil.
  13. Stir everything together, mixing completely.
  14. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freezer for up to 3 months.

Get the recipe at GNOWFGLINS

7. Homemade Dog Food

Homemade Dog Food

This recipe uses a lot of veggies and fruits like apples, carrots, sweet potatoes, blueberries. Yes, you hear me right blueberries! Who doesn't like it?

  • 2 lbs ground pork
  • 2-2.5lbs ground beef
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 large apple, cored
  • 2 carrots (or 8 baby carrots)
  • 1 c. kale
  • 1/2 c. blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 c. rice
  • 1 1/2 c. water
  1. Put the ground meats in a 4-6 quart crockpot.
  2. Peel and chop the potato, apple, and carrots into 1″ pieces.  Chop the kale.
  3. Add all of the fruits and veggies to the crockpot and mix with the meat.
  4. Cook on HI for 3-5 hours or on LOW for 5-7 hours until the meat is browned. 
  5. When the meat mixture is close to being done, cook up the rice with the water on the stovetop
  6.  When the rice is done, mix into the meat mixture.


8. Homemade Dog Beef Stew

Homemade Dog Beef Stew

This recipe is very straightforward to make and provide rich nutrients with ingredients ground beef, chicken, turkey, sweet potato, diced, carrot, and peas.

  • 1 lb ground beef, chicken or turkey
  • 1 large potato or sweet potato, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • water
  1. Saute the meat in a large pot until no longer pink. Don't drain the fat because that's a good fat for your pooch! If you choose leaner meat like chicken or turkey, add in a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil for some fats.
  2. Add in the potatoes and carrots.
  3. Pour in just enough water to cover the vegetables. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are cooked.
  4. Stir in the frozen peas. I also add a little bit of sea salt into it for some flavor.
  5. Allow cooling before serving. Refrigerate or freeze extra portions.

Get the recipe at LifeAtCloverHill

9. Easy Crockpot Dog Food

Easy Crockpot Dog Food

This dog food is easy to prepare where to put every ingredient like ground beef, brown rice, kidney beans, drained, butternut squash, carrot inside the slow cooker, and cook on low heat for 5-6 hours or high heat for 2-3 hours.

  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped butternut squash
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup peas, frozen or canned
  1. Stir in ground beef, brown rice, kidney beans, butternut squash, carrots, peas and 4 cups water into a 6-qt slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low heat for 5-6 hours or high heat for 2-3 hours, stirring as needed.

Get the recipe at DamnDelicious

10. Crockpot Chicken Homemade Dog Food

Crockpot Chicken Homemade Dog Food

Thinking of making homemade dog food? This is a good place to start. It has clear instructions and the ingredients can just sit inside the slow cooker and cook under low heat.

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 lb. green beans, broken into segments
  • 1 medium sweet potato, raw, cut into medium-sized chunks (leave skin on)
  • 3 carrots, sliced into about 1″ thick rounds
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts (with or without skin)
  1. Put all ingredients into the crockpot in the order given (layer, don’t mix).
  2. Cook on low for about 8 hours, on high for about 5 hours.
  3. When done, stir, breaking up the chicken into small pieces. Everything will be quite soft.
  4. Let cool and serve
  5. Refrigerate unused portions and keeps up to three days.

Get the recipe at DogVills

Which Top 10 DIY Homemade Dog Food Recipes are your favorite choice? Let me know and share your thought in the comment below.


  1. What a great idea to add blueberries! I'm gonna try that.

    1. Blueberries good for your dog's health too. It has fiber and antioxidants for dogs

  2. How much do you usually feed your dog if these recipes ? Do you go by the same guidelines as regular dry dog food ?

    1. Buy dry food for your dog is easier than homemade dog food. But when you homemade own dog food is a way to show love to them. And also you can take care of what ingredients that your dog intake

    2. dry food has it benefit too like it keep your dog's gum and teeth healthy with the friction of chewing. I personally have bough dry food but i'm not always gave my dog eat dry food. sometimes they get bored

    3. I mix in the homemade with dry so they are getting some of each. I use the guidelines for dry to figure how much to feed them. If you're giving them 2 cups at each meal of dry, then I'd start with 1 1/2 cup dry to 1/2 cup wet and slowly increase to make sure they tolerate these well.

  3. What kind of apples do you use

    1. Red & Green apples is suitable for dogs. Make sure remove the core and the seeds, because the seeds contain bits of cyanide. Which not good for dog

  4. This is the first time I've seen these receipts and I try one and Duke (that my dog) and he's waiting for me to get done. Lol. Thank you

  5. What do you suggest to supplement healthy gums and teeth when on a soft diet?

    1. I would suggest get regular dental checkups or give your dog dental chews

  6. It seems that you used peas for all recipes; is it possible to mix other varieties of choices besides peas and carrots?and what about pastas, or spaghetti sauces, cheeses, hard boiled eggs??

    1. You can mix with pastas, cheese and hard boiled egg. Try to minimize the consumption of egg yolk. I don't recommend spaghetti sauces as it will contains spice which toxic to dog

  7. You know there's a major organ to bone ratio each dog and breed needs for a well balanced diet right? Like for proper nutrition they get the bones ground up. Cooked chicken skins aren't that great for dogs. And there's a whole difference of nutrients that your food is missing that dog foods should have because they're not humans.

    1. What nutrients and what foods do you get them from?


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