Keep your wallet and stomach full with these cheap crockpot meals! Your family will love them and you’ll love how easy they are to make.

Keep your wallet and stomach full with these cheap crockpot meals! Your family will love them and you'll love how easy they are to make.

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Finding meals that are both easy to prepare and easy on the wallet can sometimes be challenging. That is where the crockpot comes into play. The slow cooker is a true lifesaver when it comes to finding recipes that will keep the grocery bill light and the dinner prep easy.

Simple and Cheap Crockpot Meals to Eat

Crockpot meals are always a good idea. They may take some time to cook, but they’re a breeze to put together. The slow cooking of the food makes everything so tasty, with layers and layers of flavor.

Crockpot meals are also super easy on the wallet. Most of the ingredients fall on the cheaper side, so they don’t break the bank. The portions also tend to run large in the crockpot, making for loads of leftovers. It’s really a win-win, no matter how you look at it!

Cheap Crockpot Meals Your Family Will Love

1. White Chicken Chili

Look no further than this white chicken chili for a cheap, easy weeknight meal. The simplicity of the recipe doesn’t carry over into the taste, as this dish has layers of flavor in each bite.

This Easy White Chicken Chili is the perfect slow cooker weeknight meal! Creamy with plenty of toppings, this soup recipe is the perfect way to end the day!
Easy White Chicken Chili
This Easy White Chicken Chili is the perfect slow cooker weeknight meal! Creamy with plenty of toppings, this soup recipe is the perfect way to end the day!
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2. Crockpot BBQ Chicken

Stay within your budget and create a mouthwatering meal with this BBQ chicken from the crockpot. Serve the chicken on sandwiches, wraps, or on its own to make a budget-friendly dinner the whole family will love.

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken
Easy Crock Pot BBQ Chicken needs just four ingredients and is super easy! Let the slow cooker do all the work to turn ordinary chicken into flavorful, tender meat that can be used in so many dishes.
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3. Crockpot Chili

This chili recipe may take several hours to cook, but after one bite, you’ll see that it is truly worth the wait. The 4-6 hour cook time in the crockpot brings out the best in every ingredient!

Image of easy slow cooker ground beef chili with beans in a white bowl, topped with sour cream and fresh scallions. A silver spoon is dipped in the bowl.
Crock Pot Chili Recipe
In just 4 steps and as little as 4-6 hours, you'll have a Crock Pot Chili the whole family can't help but gather around. Ground beef, beans, tomatoes, and the best chili seasoning – Comfort food at its best!
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4. Crockpot Hot Dogs

Who knew you could make hot dogs in a crock pot?! This recipe is a kid-friendly dinner for sure, and everyone will love customizing their dogs with their favorite toppings.

slow cooker hot dogs
Crock Pot Hot Dogs
Crockpot hot dogs are an easy dinner recipe with an abundance of topping options! This easy recipe is perfect for parties to feed a crowd.
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5. Crockpot Pulled Pork

Go low and slow in the crockpot and watch this pulled pork come to life. Serve the tasty pulled pork with coleslaw for the ultimate sandwich.

Crock Pot Pulled Pork
Crock Pot Pulled Pork! A delicious pork loin is slow roasted in the crockpot and topped with a delicious homemade barbecue sauce for an easy meal idea!
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6. Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken

Trick your mind into thinking you ordered take-out with this slow cooker Thai peanut chicken. The tasty chicken is coated in a thick, creamy peanut sauce. Serve the chicken over rice for a cheap and easy meal.

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken
This Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken is coated in the most incredible peanut sauce. Serve it over rice for an easy meal, and garnish with green onions and
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7. Slow Cooker Parsnip and Carrot Soup

The only thing better than a giant bowl of soup on a winter’s day is a bowl of soup that is easy and cheap to make. This slow cooker parsnip and carrot soup fits all of those requirements and more. It will be your go-to recipe all winter long.

Slow Cooker Parsnip and Carrot Soup
This slow cooker parsnip and carrot soup is deliciously healthy and satisfying. It’s a perfect combination of earthy, veg.
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Cheap Crockpot Meals for the Whole Family

8. Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

The secret to getting the bright, citrusy orange flavor in this chicken dish is all in the slow cooker. The slow cook allows the sauce to create a bold flavor that is out of the world. This is a cheap crockpot meal worth every bite.

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken
This slow cooker orange chicken is breaded chunks of chicken tossed in a sweet and savory Asian sauce and cooked in the crock pot. A take out copycat that’s perfect for a busy weeknight!
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9. Crockpot Chicken Tacos

Tacos are always a good idea when you’re looking for a cheap and easy meal. These tacos only require 4 ingredients and couldn’t be simpler to make.

plate of slow cooker chicken tacos
Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos
Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos are one of the best easy chicken meals around!  With just 4-ingredients tossed into the slow cooker, you can't go wrong! 
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10. Crockpot Ravioli Lasagna

Next time you head to the store to buy groceries, pick up some frozen ravioli, jarred sauce, cheese, and ground beef to make this crockpot ravioli lasagna. It’s the easiest way to make lasagna at home!

Crock Pot Ravioli Lasagna
This easy 4-Ingredient Crock Pot Ravioli Lasagna recipe comes together in 10 minutes and only takes 3 hours in the slow cooker. Made with frozen ravioli, jarred pasta sauce, ground hamburger, and mozzarella cheese – this is truly a lazy day lasagna!
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11. Slow Cooker Lentil Soup

Lentils are always on the list when I am looking for filling foods that don’t break the bank. The dish may not look the prettiest, but it is super filling and tasty.

Slow Cooker Lentil Soup
Set and forget vegetarian Slow Cooker Lentil Soup is high in plant based protein, fiber and easy to make in the crock pot.
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12. Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Comfort food dinners don’t always have to be unhealthy! Case in point: this slow cooker red beans and rice. The inexpensive dinner is not cheap in taste and will make your tastebuds feel like a million bucks.

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice
Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice! This vegan red beans and rice recipe is so satisfying and perfect for chilly winter days.
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13. Taco Soup

If you love tacos, but you’re looking for a meal that is on the cozier side, then this taco soup is just for you. The soup has everything you love about tacos, including ground beef, beans, corn, and more. Don’t forget to top it with cheese and sour cream!

taco soup in a white bowl with spoon
Taco Soup Recipe
Taco Soup Recipe! This quick and easy Taco Soup Recipe can be made in the slow cooker or right on the stovetop. Ready in no time, this taco soup is filled with ground beef, beans, corn and taco seasoning. It’s a quick dinner that everyone loves!
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14. Crockpot Chicken and Noodles

It doesn’t get more comforting than cheesy chicken and noodles from the crockpot. The cheap crockpot meal is perfect for an easy winter dinner when you’re craving something cozy.

noodles with chicken on a white plate
Crock Pot Chicken and Noodles
Crock Pot Chicken and Noodles is the perfect winter slow cooker comfort food. Filled with tender shredded chicken and creamy noodles, this easy recipe will be a new regular on your weekly dinner rotation.
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15. Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

Get ready to fall in love with this creamy black bean soup. The hearty soup is a protein bomb that will keep you full for hours on end.

Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup
Packed with vegetables, flavor, protein, and fiber, this ultra-flavorful and low-calorie Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup is an all around winner!
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16. Crockpot Sausage Cheese and Ravioli Dinner

This crockpot sausage, cheese, and ravioli dinner is full of hearty, satisfying ingredients. Sausage is a great meat to use when you’re looking to keep things on the cheaper side, as it is super flavorful but won’t break the bank.

Crock Pot Sausage Cheese and Ravioli Dinner
The Crock Pot does all the work in this hearty dinner.
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17. Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Meatloaf is always a great dinner to make in the slow cooker. This meatloaf is topped with a tangy, sweet glaze to make it stand out from the standard dish.

Slow Cooker Meatloaf
When it comes to easy, flavorful and delicious, this Slow Cooker Meatloaf is it. With a delicious tangy sweet glaze, set it and forget it for the perfect weeknight meal.
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Easy and Cheap Crockpot Meals

18. Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese

Mac and cheese from a crockpot is always better than mac and cheese from a box! One bite from this recipe, and you’ll be on team crockpot for life.

Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese
Perfect for pot-lucks and for making ahead – this Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese is sure to please even the pickiest palette!
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19. Slow Cooker Queso Chicken Tacos

Talk about a true flavor bomb! These slow cooker queso chicken tacos only require 4 ingredients to come together and create a true party of flavors. The chicken is so good you can eat a whole bowl on its own and ditch all the taco toppings.

Slow Cooker Queso Chicken Tacos
Slow Cooker Queso Chicken Tacos – only 4 ingredients! Chicken slow-cooked in taco seasoning, diced tomatoes and green chiles, and Mexican cheese dip.
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Cheap Crockpot Meals For A Crowd

20. Crockpot Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast for dinner is always a hit! Swap around the meals and serve up this breakfast casserole to end your day. The only thing that will feel cheap about this meal is the receipt from the store.

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole
Assemble this Crockpot Breakfast Casserole recipe before you go to bed, turn on the slow cooker, and wake up to a hearty breakfast!
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21. Potato Soup

Stay within your budget and create a meal that the whole family will love with this potato soup. The soup is rich, creamy, and super filling. Top it with corn or bacon for a little extra burst of flavor.

Slow Cooker Potato Soup
This Slow Cooker Potato Soup recipe is thick, creamy, flavorful, and made extra easy in the crock pot!
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22. Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Skip the complicated process of making chicken pot pie and make it into soup instead with this cheap and easy recipe. This chicken pot pie soup basically takes the filling of the chicken pot pie and turns it into a creamy bowl of goodness.

Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Soup
Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Soup is total comfort food! Made in your instant pot, crockpot or on the stove – this yummy soup is paleo, whole30 and SO delicious!
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23. Salsa Chicken

Salsa chicken for dinner is bound to be a hit with family and friends. The simple dinner is super economical, but it doesn’t taste that way! It’s loaded with big, bold Tex-Mex flavors.

If you're looking for a quick and easy meal, try this amazing Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken for a meal the whole family will love!
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken is an easy slow cooker dish that you can make with ingredients you probably already have on hand!
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24. Crockpot Lasagna

Ditch the complicated process of making lasagna and go the simple route with this crockpot lasagna recipe. Cooking this dish in the crockpot takes out all of the complications of making classic lasagna.

crock pot lasagna
Crock Pot Lasagna
Crock Pot Lasagna means no need for an oven! Lasagna noodles, meat sauce, and cheese made all in the slow cooker. A classic pasta dish ready anytime!
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25. Buffalo Chicken Soup

You’ve had buffalo chicken in dip, wraps, and wings, but have you ever had it in soup? Prepare to fall in love with this buffalo chicken soup. It is super easy to make and full of spicy flavor.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup: This soup is lighter than buffalo wings with all the robust flavor and it can also be made on the stovetop!
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26. Cocktail Meatballs

You don’t have to throw a party to whip up a batch of cocktail meatballs. The little meatballs are great for dinner any night of the week. The secret ingredient of grape jelly is a pantry staple!

Cocktail Meatballs
Whether you call them cocktail meatballs or grape jelly meatballs, there’s one word for this recipe: delicious!
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27. Crockpot Turkey Breast

Cooking a whole turkey for dinner is expensive and super time-consuming. Go for the simple version, and cook up a turkey breast in your crockpot instead. It’s much lighter on your wallet and quicker on time!

slow cooker turkey breast with carrots and celery in a slow cooker
Crockpot Turkey Breast
Say goodbye to dry turkey and hello to this juicy Crockpot Turkey Breast recipe! It turns out perfect every single time. So easy too!
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28. Creamy Crockpot Chicken

There is no lack of flavor here with this creamy crockpot chicken. The low and slow cooking in the crockpot allows the chicken to hit its peak both in flavor and texture.

Creamy Crockpot Chicken
This creamy crockpot chicken is easy, delicious, and always a hit with the family! With minimal effort, you’ll get maximum flavor thanks to the slow cooker.
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29. Frozen Meatballs in a Crockpot

Do yourself a favor, and keep a bag of frozen meatballs in your freezer. The simple and cheap dinner will taste as if it sat in the stove all afternoon, thanks to the crockpot.

How to Make Frozen Meatballs in a Crockpot
Wondering how to make frozen meatballs in a crockpot? We’ve got you covered! Here’s what you need to know.
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30. Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

These crockpot chicken fajitas will be a hit with the whole family. The juicy chicken can be topped however you like, making it a win for even the pickiest eater at the table.

Three tortilla shells stuffed with crockpot chicken fajitas.
Crockpot Chicken Fajitas
This crockpot chicken fajitas recipe takes a Tex-Mex favorite and makes it even easier by cooking it in a slow cooker! It’s a kid-friendly dinner that can be customized to your family’s tastes, so everyone will love it.
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31. Crockpot Chicken Alfredo

There is no need to spend all the money going out to dinner when you can create a restaurant-worthy meal in your kitchen thanks to this crockpot chicken alfredo recipe. The rich Alfredo sauce pairs perfectly with juicy chicken that was cooked low and slow. After one bite, you won’t regret your choice about staying in.

A plate of crockpot chicken alfredo with a piece of garlic bread on the side.
Crockpot Chicken Alfredo
This crockpot chicken Alfredo pairs a rich, creamy sauce with juicy slow cooked chicken breast and pasta for a satisfying dinner.
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32. Crockpot Cabbage Rolls

Bookmark this recipe for a cold winter day. These crockpot cabbage rolls will hit the spot with their flavorful filling of rice and meat. The comforting meal will be a wintertime favorite.

Three slow cooker cabbage rolls on a plate.
Crockpot Cabbage Rolls
Hearty crockpot cabbage rolls are the kind of satisfying dinner we all crave on cold winter days! With a rice-and-meat filling and flavorful tomato sauce, this recipe is sure to be a family favorite.
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33. Crockpot Pizza Casserole

The next time you are tempted to pick up your phone and order a pizza, remember that this crockpot pizza casserole recipe exists. The recipe combines the flavor and toppings of your favorite pizza with ziti noodles to make a casserole that is better than any takeout meal!

Crockpot Pizza Casserole
Crockpot pizza casserole is a weeknight dinner your whole family will devour! Tender pasta is combined with ground beef, pepperoni, a zesty tomato sauce, and plenty of cheese for a total crowd-pleaser.
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34. Crock Pot Spaghetti

Sometimes, it is best to keep dinner simple. Case in point: this crockpot spaghetti. The dish is both easy on the wallet and on preparation. Thanks to the low and slow cooking time, the flavors meld together beautifully for a delicious family-friendly comfort food.

Crock Pot Spaghetti
Crock Pot Spaghetti tastes just as good as regular spaghetti but requires way less effort! Simplify your life, and use this quick method to make everyone’s favorite meal with minimal fuss.
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35. Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

Preparing a meal that is easy on the wallet and that the whole family will enjoy can sometimes be a challenge. Luckily, that is not the case when these slow cooker crack chicken sliders are on the menu. The tender chicken is seasoned with ranch flavoring, making it a hit with everyone who takes a bite!

Three slow cooker crack chicken sandwiches.
Slow Cooker Crack Chicken
Slow Cooker Crack Chicken combines tender chicken in a rich, creamy sauce with a savory Ranch seasoning packet, warm spices, bacon, and cheese for an irresistible dinner!
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What is the best thing to cook in a crockpot?

Almost anything can be made in a crockpot! However, recipes with sauces, meats, and noodles tend to cook best. Any of the recipes above will be a hit in the crockpot.

What is the difference between a slow cooker and a crockpot?

The two cooking appliances are basically the same. Some Crockpots have more settings, allowing for a more personalized experience when cooking.

Can you put raw meat in a crockpot?

While you can put raw meat in a crockpot or slow cooker, it is best to sear it first to lock in more of the flavor. Overall, you are best following the instructions for the recipe at hand to see what it recommends for the meat. Just make sure whatever you’re cooking reaches the recommended internal temperature to ensure it’s safe to eat!

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