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29 Super Slow Cooker Budget Meals

These slow cooker recipes for a crowd are satisfying and delicious, but won't break the bank.

By: Jamie Garcia, Editor, AllFreeSlowCookerRecipes.com
Updated February 19, 2018
29 Super Slow Cooker Budget Meals

Slow Cookers are great for making dinner while you're out of the house, but what's even better than saving time making dinner at the end of the day? Saving money.

With our collection, 29 Super Slow Cooker Budget Meals, you'll find all the slow cooker budget meals you've been dreaming about, and the best part is, they will help keep your stomach and your wallet full. Try one of these fabulous dinners tonight. You will never want to go to a restaurant again. Our recipes will make your home eating experience amazing.

Next time you're running low on time and cash, use some of the easy, budget-friendly recipes in this collection and take the stress out of preparing dinner. You'll have to plan ahead by buying your ingredients beforehand, prepping your meal and setting your slow cooker before you leave for the day, but when you walk back in the door after a long day, you'll be happy to find a hearty, slow-cooked meal ready and waiting for you.

With these easy budget recipes for your slow cooker, you'll never be at a loss for a great meal, side dish, or dessert recipe. Better yet, they'll help keep your costs low and your spirits high.

Best Budget Meals for Soup

Try some of our favorite soup recipes on a budget. You will be amazed how easy and inexpensive these soups are to make in your slow cooker. Without spending practically anything you will have a starter or even full meal to serve your hungry family. 

These cheap slow cooker recipes are made with affordable ingredients like canned beans, cabbage, and potatoes. You might be saving money on ingredients, but you won't have to sacrifice a satisfying meal.

Any of these soup recipes would make for a comforting meal that the whole family will love!

  • Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup

    This rich and creamy soup uses budget-friendly ingredients like canned tomatoes and canned tomato sauce. A homemade white sauce and Parmesan cheese makes this soup velvety smooth and flavorful.

  • Penny Wise Potato and Ham Soup

    Using leftover ingredients is a great way to save money, and this recipe uses leftover ham. Potatoes, mushrooms, and barley makes this a soup that's as healthy and hearty as it is budget-friendly. You won't want to miss this recipe!

  • Easiest Broccoli Cheese Soup

    A few heads of broccoli, and onion, a few cans of condensed cream soup are the main ingredients you need to make this soup. Melted Cheddar cheese makes this soup even more satisfying. Enjoy a cozy bowl with a slice of French bread for the perfect meal. 

  • Best Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Soup

    Cabbage, rice, and canned tomatoes really help stretch a few pounds of ground meat into a meal that can feed a crowd. This hearty slow cooker soup is comforting and low-maintenance since you don't need to assemble cabbage rolls.

  • All Day Slow Cooker Beef Stew

    This is one of those stick-to-your-ribs comfort meals that will earn a place in your regular recipe rotation. Stew meat, potatoes, carrots, beef broth, and a few more simple ingredients create this wonderfully delicious beef stew.

  • Tasty Tater Tot Cheeseburger Soup

    Ground beef, cheese, tater tots, and canned soup are the main ingredients you need to make this richly satisfying soup. This soup is very filling so it's a great way to stretch your budget. Serve it with a side salad and bread for a complete meal!

  • Slow Cooker 8-Can Taco Soup

    Eight cans and a packet of taco seasoning are the only ingredients you need to make this soup! Plus, this soup only needs to cook for about 3 hours, so it doesn't require a lot of advance planning. Enjoy each bowl with some crispy tortilla chips.

Budget Recipes for the Main Course

We have some lovely recipes to make for your main course at low, low prices that will be very pleasing to your bottom line. These delicious recipes will be adored by guests and you will still have money left over to serve a tasty dessert.

Check out budget slow cooker recipes for hearty casseroles, stuffed peppers, taco bowls, and much more.

Anyone who tries these delicious main dish recipes will never believe how affordable they were to make!

  • Slow Cooker Ham and Cheese Casserole

    Hash browns, ham, and cheese make up this satisfying breakfast bake. This recipe is a great way to turn leftover ham into a brand new delicious dish! Serve it on top of an English muffin or inside of a tortilla for a fun breakfast recipe.

  • Easy Bacon Mac and Cheese

    The noodles for this easy mac and cheese recipe cook right in the slow cooker! For added pizzaz, sprinkle each bowl with crumbled bacon and toasted breadcrumbs. This recipe is sure to be a hit with both kids and adults.

  • Savory Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

    If you like breakfast casseroles with sausage, you'll love this recipe! Cubed potatoes and sausage help stretch this breakfast recipe into a budget-friendly meal. Red bell pepper and a few simple spices make this recipe even tastier!

  • Stuffed Slow Cooker Bell Peppers

    Ground beef, rice, and bell peppers combine in this healthy and satisfying slow cooker recipe. This recipe easily feeds six people using only one pound of ground beef, so it is a money-saving option! The while family will love this recipe.

  • Stupidly Easy Slow Cooker Ravioli

    It doesn't get any easier than this 3-ingredient recipe! Frozen ravioli, pasta sauce, and shredded cheese create this wonderful meal. Enjoy a plate of ravioli with garlic bread and a side salad for a wonderfully easy Italian meal. 

  • Slow Cooker Sweet BBQ Sloppy Joe Casserole

    If you like sloppy joes, you will love this simple slow cooker casserole! Browned ground beef is mixed with a homemade barbecue sauce before it is topped with hash browns. Cheese ties everything together in this comforting meal.

  • Cheesy Slow Cooker Chicken and Noodles

    This creamy pasta dish stretches three chicken breasts into a meal that will feed eight people. A homemade Parmesan cream sauce is tossed with sauteed mushrooms and shredded chicken for a meal that is easy and so delicious.

  • Slow Cooker Budget Taco Chicken Bowls

    These chicken taco bowls are cheaper than some fast food alternatives, and they are so easy to make. A mixture of chicken, salsa, black beans, and corn is spooned on top of rice for a satisfying and flavorful meal.

Easy Budget Recipes on the Side

We have some simple but scrumptious side dishes for you to try without breaking your fragile budget. We have all kinds of tasty side dishes to go with a myriad of menus you may want to prepare.

If you think there's no room in your budget to include a side dish - think again!

Potatoes, cauliflower, green beans, and even corn casserole can transform into these affordable side dishes.

  • Bacon Cheese Potatoes

    These cheesy potatoes are bursting with cheesy, bacon goodness. It's also a simple 5-ingredient recipe, that would be great to take to a potluck. You could easily double this recipe to make enough to serve a larger crowd. 

  • Simply Easy Baked Potatoes

    If you like baked potatoes, this is an easier alternative. Just poke the potatoes with a fork, wrap them in foil, and set them in the slow cooker. You don't even have to turn on the oven. Enjoy one of these baked potatoes with your favorite toppings!

  • Easy Southern-Style Green Beans

    Bacon, onion, and chicken broth makes these beans so flavorful. This would be a great side dish to any meal, especially in the summer when green beans are in season. Plus, bacon makes everything even better!

  • Craveable Cheesy Cauliflower

    This cheesy cauliflower will win over even those who normally won't eat their vegetables. A simple cheese sauce is made from canned cheese soup, shredded cheese, and evaporated milk. It's the perfect complement to the cauliflower.

  • Creamy Cornbread and Bacon Casserole

    If you like corn casserole, you will love this version even more thanks to the addition of bacon! The salty smokiness of the bacon is the perfect complement to the sweetness of the corn. This would be a great recipe to take to a potluck!

  • Slow Cooker Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin

    This is surely one of the easiest vegetable gratins ever! The vegetables are briefly sauteed in a skilled before cheese and crispy breadcrumbs are added. This cheesy broccoli cauliflower casserole will be a hit with anyone who tries it.

  • Slow Cooker Rolls

    Frozen rolls are cooked in the slow cooker to give your oven a break. You can even set the slow cooker to low to help the dough rise, before turning it up to bake them. Fresh baked rolls are always a welcome sight! 

Budget Friendly Meals Perfect for Your Sweet Tooth

Being on a budget does not mean you cannot afford to serve some unbelievable dessert options for family or friends. We have some recipes that may become your favorites when trying to cook on a budget. Try one for your next gathering.

Whether you're craving cake, pie, cookie bars, chocolate fudge, or even cheesecake balls, you'll find all that and more below.

Since you've carefully budgeted the rest of your meal, you deserve a sweet treat. Luckily, you can enjoy these guilt-free since these desserts are also budget-friendly.

  • Slow Cooker Toffee Coffee Cake

    This homemade toffee cake is a great way to bake a dessert without taking up space in the oven. An entire bag of toffee bites gives this cake its decadent flavor. Enjoy a slice of this cake as a snack or for dessert with a cup of coffee.

  • Easiest Ever Red Velvet Cake

    This 4-ingredient cake would be perfect for last-minute company. Boxed cake mix is the base of this simple dessert recipe. Once the cake is done baking, you can top each slice with frosting and serve it with a scoop of ice cream.

  • 2-Ingredient OMG S'mores Cake

    This dessert is so simple you'll want to make it all the time! Boxed cake mix is prepared according to the instructions and then marshmallow fluff is swirled in. Graham cracker pieces add the final s'mores touch to this dessert.

  • Slow Cooker Salted Caramel Cookie Bars

    A layer of caramel bits is sandwiched between two layers of homemade dough. A sprinkle of sea salt tones down the sweetness of the caramel, yet makes it even more decadent. You just have to try these cookie bars for yourself!

  • Easy All-Day Apple Pie

    This low-maintenance version of apple pie is a great recipe to have on hand. Plus, you don't even need to peel the apples! A simple Bisquick dough forms the topping and makes the apples taste even more delectable.

  • Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Balls

    This unique recipe features cheesecake filling that cooks in a water bath in the slow cooker! The filling is then chilled, rolled into balls, and then dipped into chocolate. These bite sized treats would be a fun recipe to make with kids!

  • Creamy Chocolate Fudge with Sea Salt

    This homemade fudge is cheaper and more satisfying than buying it from a store. The combination of milk chocolate and white chocolate chips give this recipe the perfect amount of sweetness. You can also top the fudge with sea salt for richer flavor!

What's your favorite budget friendly recipe?

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I'm always looking for budget-friendly meals! Any low-cost recipes I can make for a potluck or party are helpful to me!

It's great to have so many budget friendly meals in one convenient place. I will definitely refer to these recipes when I'm looking for a low cost, no fuss weeknight dinner.

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