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15 Slow Cooker Dinners under $10.00

by Kristen

I turn to my slow cooker during the spring. The cost of ingredients is skyrocketing out there! It hurts to go to the grocery store right now! Here are 15 slow cooker recipes that cost about $10.00 each, but don’t skimp on flavor!   Many of these meals are simple, nutritious, and made with pantry staples.   Check out these easy slow cooker dinners that are simple to prepare and won’t break the bank! 

What Kind of Slow Cooker Should I get?

Any slow cooker, new or old, should work for any of these recipes.   I use this casserole slow cooker for almost every recipe I make.

Ingredients to keep in your pantry

Rice, black beans, Pasta, Noodles, potatoes, onions, salsa, corn, barbecue sauce, carrots, tortillas,  chicken broth, and spices such as garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, and onion powder.

Ingredients to keep in your freezer

boneless skinless chicken breasts, chicken thighs, ground beef, ham shanks,  frozen vegetables, meatballs, chopped-up onion, and celery for stews and soups.

Your family will love this collection of slow-cooker meals! Most of these can be made ahead of time in your crock pot.

Slow Cooker Chicken Hashbrown Casserole 

Frozen Hashbrown potatoes are very inexpensive. This crockpot recipe is a crowd-pleaser!

Slow Cooker Pork Meatloaf 

In my area, I often buy ground pork for under $3.00 a pound. This slow cooker pork parmesan meatloaf is most with a few minutes of prep time.

Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros

This Greek Chicken is super flavorful and is one of my family’s favorite easy meals. Slow cooker chicken gryo sandwiches are a great way to switch up dinner time!

Slow Cooker Goulash

Goulash is a traditional poor man’s dish that kids love and turns out super easy!

Healthy Potato Soup 

Potatoes have a ton of nutritional value and are inexpensive, especially if you buy them in bulk.

Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Soup

Turning your favorite dish into soup is a great way to stretch a meal. This cabbage soup is full of nutritious vegetables and tastes lovely.

Slow Cooker Seven Layer Casserole

This Slow Cooker Seven Layer Casserole is made with 1 pound of ground beef, along with pantry staples. I suggest adding cheese or sour cream on top!

Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Chop Sandwiches 

I find thin pork chops at ALDI for a reasonable price. My family enjoys large-batch pork chop sandwiches. We usually have dinner for more than one night when I make this recipe.  You can also make pulled pork using this recipe with pork tenderloin.

Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Chili 

This Chili is filled with veggies, beans, and chicken. It is super flavorful and budget-friendly!

Slow Cooker Poor Man’s Stew

Potatoes and Carrots are filling, nutritious and inexpensive. This tomato sauce slow-cooker stew is a fabulous crockpot recipe. Make a big batch and serve it to your family for multiple days!

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken

This Salsa Chicken makes easy chicken tacos, burrito bowls, enchiladas, and salad. This is the ultimate slow cooker recipe for meal prep! Just a few ingredients, chicken, salsa, and taco seasoning, are inexpensive ways to get your protein!

Tuscan Kale Soup with Lentils 

Eating a meatless dinner once a week can help with your food budget.

Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken and Cornmeal Dumplings

Cornmeal is a budget-friendly ingredient.  This slow-cooker meal is easy to make and super filling!

Sweet Baked Beans Chili 

Chili is a great dish to make if you’re trying to stretch your meat.  This sweet chili using baked beans is a kid-pleaser!

Cowboy Pork Loin Foil Packets

All you need for this recipe is pork, beans, corn, and spices.  You can use parchment paper to make these packets if you don’t have foil.

I feel like everyone’s family has a low-cost meal to make in their slow cooker.  What is your favorite meal to make in your slow cooker?  I would love to know how these recipes turned out for you!  Please comment below this blog post or tag me on social media and tell me how these low-cost slow cooker recipes turned out for you!

Check out my collection of 20 Slow Cooker Casseroles!




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