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If you’re looking for the best list of easy crockpot dinner ideas, you found it right here! We love crock pot recipes because they are easy to get on the dinner table for weeknight dinners. Slow cooker recipes can also help you eat at home more and stay in your tight grocery budget. Try one of these easy slow cooker recipes this week and see for yourself how much time and money you can save this month!
We absolutely love a delicious crock pot recipe, but sometimes we completely draw a blank when trying to come up with meal ideas. It’s also nice to change things up a bit when you’re used to the same meals over and over. If you need a last minute crockpot dinner idea, I’ve got you covered with this amazing list!
Most crock pot meals are very inexpensive, and the perfect dinner solution for busy moms on a budget. Crock pot meals are simple, cheap, and easy to “set and forget”, if you know you’re going to have a busy afternoon, making it difficult to get a traditional meal on the table.
Another thing I love about crock pot meals is that you can double, or triple your recipe and make meals that last all week! I rounded up some of my favorite crock pot meals on a budget. These delicious slow cooker meals are all super simple and most are under $10.
3 Ways these Easy Crockpot Dinner Ideas can save you money on Food
Crockpot dinners have been a major budget lifesaver for our family! Here’s how…
You can buy cheaper cuts of meat, because the slow-cooking time of the crock pot will get keep the meat flavorful and tender.
By planning crockpot meals in advance, you can buy ingredients in bulk and reduce food waste. The leftovers can be reheated or repurposed for more meals later in the week!
The one pot nature of the meals means less dishes and less energy costs of running the stove or oven.
Over time these savings definitely add up, and you can have your crock pot to thank! This is our favorite slow cooker that we use over and over each week. Try out any or all of these cheap and easy crockpot dinner ideas this week! Your budget and stomach will thank you!
Easy Crockpot Dinner Ideas (on a budget)
Slow-cooker recipes are a great way to get family favorite weeknight dinners on the table without all the fuss! Keep these easy crock pot recipes close by when you need an a healthy dinner without a ton of prep work.
This crock pot spaghetti is the easiest way to make pure comfort food without having to stand over the stove top! It's a fun way to make one of your family's favorite recipes without having to pay close attention to the meal while it's cooking.
With only two ingredients, this crock pot salsa chicken is an easy meal that will soon be a family favorite! Add the salsa chicken to tacos, tortilla chips for nachos, or burritos and you have the perfect meal without the fuss.
Pasta recipes can be really frugal because you can usually get a pound of noodles for a buck or less! Add some chicken breasts, alfredo, and parmesan cheese and you have a delicious crockpot chicken meal that can feed a large group for less.
Pulled pork sandwiches are so easy to make! We make this pulled pork recipe often on busy nights, and it's on the best slow cooker recipes for a game day weekend or if you have a large crowd to feed. Use the meat to make sandwiches, or you can also use it to top sweet potatoes for a 2nd weeknight meal without adding extra cooking time to your week!
Lemon chicken is one of the best dump and go slow cooker recipes for picky eaters. You only need a few ingredients and can serve it over mashed potatoes or rice with a side of veggies for a complete meal that costs very little and tastes great!
Mississippi Pot Roast is a delicious crock pot recipe that's also very popular! With a little Au jus and ranch seasoning, this pot roast recipe packs loads of flavor and will have everyone in the family running to the dinner table.
If you need a slow cooker dinner recipe that you can set and forget, you'll love these french dip sandwiches. When we started our meal planning journey to eat at home more often, this simple french dip sandwich recipe was frequent on the rotation!
Chicken thighs are usually much cheaper than breasts at the grocery store, and if you're struggling with how to cook them slow cooking is definitely where you should start. This garlic lime chicken recipe will convince you to buy chicken thighs again and again!
Hearty chilis are a great way to get a one-pot meal on the table, especially on chilly nights. This white chicken chili recipe will be very loved around the dinner table year round, but especially in the colder months.
Slow cooker swiss steak will be your best friend when you're on a tight budget. This hearty meal will fill your family up and only takes a few minutes of prep time before dumping it all in the crock pot and heading out.
It's true that when I think of budget meals, I often think of tuna fish...and that doesn't always make my family and I excited. However, this delicious crock pot tuna casserole might just change your mind about it. Try it tonight!
Adding meatless Mondays to your meal plan can help you save money by not having to buy meat. These vegetarian Swedish meatballs will help you enjoy a hearty dinner without adding the extra cost of meat to your grocery budget.
This slow cooker crack chicken just might be the best thing you can make using ranch dressing mix! Add it to buns for sandwiches or top some baked potatoes with the mixture for a delicious recipe that will soon be a family weeknight favorite.
Broccoli cheese soup is a popular crock pot meal for dinner. With the flavors of cream cheese, chicken broth, and topped with cheddar cheese, your family won't be able to resist this meal, and for good reason!
If you're looking for healthy chicken recipes, you can't go wrong with a big bowl of hearty chicken noodle soup! It's not only a family favorite, but also the perfect meal to serve during the cold season.
These pulled pork tacos have been one of our favorite crockpot meals for a long time! Pulled pork smothered in barbecue sauce and topped with a delicious apple slaw...it's way too good to just describe, so go try it for yourself!
In today’s fast-paced world, juggling between work, family, and personal time can be quite challenging. Plus, prices at the grocery store aren’t exactly going down anytime soon! It’s great to have a go to list of easy crockpot dinner ideas that you can turn to when you’re in a pinch and need to get dinner on the table on a busy weeknight.
Finding easy, affordable, and nutritious dinner options shouldn’t add to the stress. These 28 easy crockpot dinner ideas are not only budget-friendly but also delectably satisfying, turning simple ingredients into mouth-watering meals with minimal effort.
Whether you’re a busy parent, a student on a tight budget, or someone simply looking to explore new recipes, these dishes prove that you don’t need to break the bank to enjoy a hearty, home-cooked meal. So, the next time you’re in a dinner dilemma, let your crockpot do the magic and savor the flavors of these budget-friendly feasts.
Do you use your crock pot often to get dinner on the table? Let me know what your favorite easy crockpot dinner ideas are in the comments below, and definitely let me know if you try one of these delicious meals on my list!
I wish there was a printed grocery list for each and every one of these crock pot recipes. Lol I’d love that I have some learning disabilities and add/adhd I have great ideas with pour executions lol
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