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    The 25+ BEST Cheap Crockpot Meals

    Do you want to fill your family’s stomachs with amazing meals without breaking the bank? Crockpot recipes can be a great way to do just that.

    Not only are they surprisingly affordable, but they barely require any effort on your part! Whether you need an easy weeknight meal or something special to bring to a potluck, these cheap crockpot recipes have got you covered.

    From soups to stews and so much more, we’ll show you how easy it is whip up tasty meals that will keep bellies full and wallets happy. So don’t wait another minute – let’s start cooking!

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    Budget Friendly Slow Cooker Meals

    1. Kalua Pork (Hawaiian Style Pulled Pork)

    This Kalua Pork recipe uses minimal ingredients, but ends up super tasty and succulent. It’s perfect for a Hawaiian themed Luau party.

    Utilizing pork shoulder, a very cost-effective cut of meat, you can feed a crowd without breaking the bank.

    Get the Recipe: Kalua Pork

    2. Crockpot Crack Chicken

    Despite it’s funny name, crack chicken is very popular. It’s chicken that’s creamy, cheesy, and so addictive, you’ll definitely be wanting to make it again!

    Go ahead and bookmark this cheap slow cooker recipe, because it’s going to be a favorite!

    Get the Recipe: Crockpot Crack Chicken

    3. Egg Roll Soup

    This quick and easy soup is perfect for busy weeknights. How can you beat anything that tastes super awesome, like classic egg roll, and takes next to no effort?

    It’s one of our favorite cheap crockpot meals!

    Get the Recipe: Egg Roll Soup

    4. Crockpot Buffalo Chicken

    If you’re ready to spice things up, this easy 5-ingredient Crockpot Buffalo Chicken is the way to go!

    It’s the ultimate dump and go recipe, and will be a big hit at all of your get togethers. Plus, it’s one of the most healthy crockpot recipes with chicken you’ll ever make.

    Get the Recipe: Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

    5. Meaty Cabbage Soup

    This hearty, meaty cabbage soup is the perfect one pot dinner. It’s loaded with protein and healthy veggies. How can a simple cabbage and meat becomes so unstoppably slurpworthy? The magic of a crock pot…

    Get the Recipe: Meaty Cabbage Soup

    6. Pork Stew

    Our Pork Stew is the ultimate winter time one-pot dinner, full of flavor and sure to satisfy your hungry crowd.

    Using budget friendly pork shoulder in place of more expensive beef, this twist on traditional stew tastes just as delicious while saving you money.

    Get the Recipe: Pork Stew

    7. Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

    This is the ultimate Slow Cooker Turkey Chili recipe, which will become your new family favorite!

    It’s made with healthy fresh veggies, beans, ground turkey, and other ingredients with the topping of your liking, making it one of the best Turkey Chili bowls ever.

    Get the Recipe: Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

    8. Crock Pot Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken

    This fantastic and effortless recipe is full of your favorite flavors like sweet, tangy, and umami, plus the chicken is super tender and delicious.

    Just a few minutes of hands on time and your trusty crock pot or instant pot does the rest!

    Get the Recipe: Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken

    9. Ham Bone Soup

    Guys, don’t throw out your leftover ham bones, instead make this Ham Bone Soup, you will be glad that you found this recipe!

    This healthy crockpot dish is super easy to make and the end result is just magical. The soup is super customizable, so you can make it as you like it. It’s one of our favorite healthy crockpot recipes.

    Get the Recipe: Crockpot Ham Bone Soup

    10. Cochon de Lait (Cajun Pulled Pork)

    Cochon de Lait is a delicious pulled pork recipe from Louisiana. Traditionally, it was an all day pig roast event for a crowd.  

    It has delicious seasonings and slow cooks to melt in your mouth perfection.

    Get the Recipe: Cajun Pulled Pork

    11. Crockpot Greek Chicken

     This Crockpot Greek Chicken is going to be your new weeknight best friend, bursting with bright flavors.

    With only 15 minutes of hand-on time, it’s easy, versatile and super delicious!

    Get the Recipe: Crockpot Greek Chicken

    12. Cuban Mojo Pork

    For all the Cuban food lovers, here is a very simple and delicious, yet very iconic Cuban dish, Mojo Pork!!

    This is your dump and go, super easy crockpot recipe, using a very cheap cut of pork…

    Get the Recipe: Mojo Pork Recipe

    13. Crockpot Taco Soup

    Wow everyone, with this fantastic Taco Soup. It’s super filling, comforting, and full of delicious flavors.

    This crockpot version is extremely easy to make. Just follow the steps to make it perfect every time. The stove top instructions are also included, if you prefer.

    Relish this delish bowl with your favorite toppings and make it your own. You all will love every spoonful of this soup for sure!

    Get the Recipe @ thegirlonbloor

    14. Crock Pot Pinto Beans

    If you are looking for a recipe that’s easy to make, hearty, and comforting, look no further!

    These ultimate Crock Pot Pinto Beans are super flavorful. Serve these amazing pinto beans over nachos, wrapped in burritos, or with fajitas, the options are endless.

    Get the Recipe @ wellplated

    15. Crockpot Italian Chicken and Potatoes

    Crockpot Italian Chicken and Potatoes is a wonderful family-friendly meal that is loaded with great flavors.

    You just need a few flavorful ingredients to make this classic Italian dish. Just put it all in your slow cooker and wait for the healthy and delectable dish to get ready. You will love it.

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic

    16. Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

    Make a restaurant-worthy dinner at home with this easy Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken recipe.

    Just put chicken breast in your crock with garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and honey, and let the slow cooker do its delicious magic. Serve this delish shredded chicken with rice for a hearty and tasty meal.

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    17. Sloppy Black Eyed Peas

    Here’s a fun and healthy twist on your childhood favorite Sloppy Joes.

    This recipe is made with black eyed peas, veggies and Cajun seasoning. What a fun way to wrap up our list of black eyed pea recipes!

    Get the Recipe @ healthyslowcooking

    18. 15 Bean Slow Cooker Chili

    This 15 (yes, 15!) Bean Slow Cooker Chili is one of our favorite weeknight meals. A quick browning of the meat, then throw everything in the slow cooker.

    You’ll come home to the inviting aromas of this hearty chili.

    Get the Recipe @ spendwithpennies

    19. Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos

    Give your taco nights a delectable twist by making Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos. This easy-to-make recipe is loaded with mouth-watering flavors.

    Once you make this at home, we bet you won’t be ordering tacos from outside any time soon.

    Get the Recipe @ iheartnaptime

    20. Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

    Is there any other soup as classic as chicken noodle soup? This might be the soup everybody grew up on. Now make this happen in your slow cooker.

    Let it cook low and slow… and wait till hour house is full of the wonderful aromas that you grew up with.

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic

    21. Slow Cooker Rice and Beans

    Slow Cooker Rice and Beans is a delicious and nourishing budget-friendly meal that is perfect for those seeking meatless options.

    With just a few simple ingredients and the convenience of a crockpot, you can enjoy a wholesome and satisfying dish that will leave you feeling satisfied and content.

    Get the Recipe @ sweetandsavorymeals

    22. Crockpot Mississippi Chicken

    Crockpot Mississippi Chicken is a lighter version of the famous Mississippi pot roast. It needs only a few minutes of active prep time, and is made easily with 5 flavorful ingredients.

    The rich, tangy, and savory flavors are super addictive. Serve this wonderful dish with mashed potatoes, or enjoy it as a sandwich between the rolls. You will love it…

    Get the Recipe @ littlesunnykitchen

    23. Crock Pot Hamburger Helper

    We got you yet another healthy dinner recipe that will surely go into your rotation, Crock Pot Hamburger Helper!

    This recipe is absolutely easy to make and has used all pantry staple ingredients which makes this meal super comforting and filling.

    You simply need to follow this fantastic recipe and make everyone super happy. Enjoy!

    Get the Recipe @ everydayeileen

    24. Crockpot Potato Soup

    Indulge in the comforting flavors of this delicious Crockpot Potato Soup, a timeless classic that never fails to satisfy!

    Packed with nourishing ingredients and bursting with flavor, this soup is both healthy and cheap to make.

    Get the Recipe @ wellplated

    25. Moroccan Chickpea Stew

    Craving for some delicious veggie stew? Then try this Moroccan Chickpea Stew for a wonderful twist.

    This recipe is absolutely healthy, satisfying, and addictive at the same time. You must try this amazing stew recipe for your family and friends.

    Get the Recipe @ simplyquinoa

    26. Crock Pot Poor Man’s Stew

    Need something budget-friendly yet delicious at the same time? We have one awesome recipe for you, Crock Pot Poor Man’s Stew!

    This one is super easy to make with all the simple ingredients and inexpensive meat. The end result will be so wonderful, that you all will be amazed by this stew!

    It’s a perfect comfort family meal that everyone is going to love!

    Get the Recipe @ eatingonadime

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    There you have it, thirty five easy and delicious budget friendly cheap dinner ideas! Pin or bookmark this collection of great dishes so you always know where to find it.

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    25+ BEST Cheap Crockpot Meals

    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 4 hours
    Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

    This collection of Cheap Crockpot Meals will keep your family fed and your wallet happy.


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