Short on time and money? Crockpot dinners are your new secret weapon. Requiring only a few minutes of prep, these dinner recipes can be left in your slow cooker and ready to eat when you are! These fifteen crockpot recipes are easy, low cost and full of flavor your whole family will love.
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Crockpot Stuffed Shells with Ground Beef
When it comes to budget meals, anything with pasta is a good start. These delicious, meaty stuffed shells from the Spruce Eats are loaded with seasoned beef and cheese, cooked in marinara and topped with a crispy layer of parmesan. Serve with a quick salad for a tasty homemade dinner even the pickiest eater in your family will love.
Slow Cooker Creamy Sausage Tortellini Soup
The entire recipe for this indulgent, creamy Italian soup contains only six ingredients! Made with flavorful Italian sausage, tomatoes, spinach and tortellini, this soup from Instrupix gets its rich, creamy texture from its secret ingredient… cream cheese. Add in a bag of frozen tortellini and you have an easy, well-balanced meal for six!
Crockpot Baked Potatoes
It’s hard not to love potatoes, especially when they’re covered in melted cheese, bacon and sour cream! In this recipe from Well Plated, you can serve up a hearty main dish for up to six people with only a few ingredients and ten minutes of prep. All you need to do is pop your potatoes in the slow cooker for 8 to 10 hours, slice and decorate with all your favorite toppings. It doesn’t get easier than this!
Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese
If you’re over mac and cheese from a box, you’ll love this easy slow cooker recipe from Dinner at the Zoo. This is the ultimate comfort food, using evaporated milk as the secret to an ultra-creamy texture. For a money saving tip, stock up on cheese when it’s on sale and make this recipe in bulk. You can freeze extra mac and cheese for up to 3 months for a quick and easy freezer meal on busy nights.
3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
That’s right, only three ingredients! The Kitchn uses only pork shoulder, root beer and barbeque sauce to pull off perfectly tender pulled pork. Load this onto rolls for an easy pulled pork sandwich and serve with your favorite barbeque sides. This versatile dish can be incorporated into multiple dinners during the week including loaded pork nachos, a zesty southwest salad or paired with rice in homemade burritos.
Easy Springtime Crockpot Minestrone
Are you looking for something low cost and diet friendly? If so, you’ll want to check out this easy minestrone soup recipe from How Sweet Eats. Chock full of veggies like carrots, peas and tomatoes, this hearty soup also includes beans for added protein. Don’t forget the pasta and just enough grated romano to satisfy our carb and cheese cravings.
Slow Cooker Honey Apple Pork Loin
Entertaining on a budget is easy with this impressive apple stuffed pork loin from Dinner Then Dessert. Sliced apples are nestled in a decorative pattern on top of pork seasoned with cinnamon and honey. Slow cooked with tart apples and onions, this easy recipe requires only five ingredients (other than salt and pepper) and is elegant enough to star in your next holiday dinner.
Crockpot Caesar Chicken Wraps
When you’re on the go, these easy wraps from Moms with Crockpots are life savers. Requiring only 5 minutes of prep time and five ingredients, these creamy wraps can be served at the table or grabbed on the run. Not only is this a quick and easy family dinner recipe, but the leftovers make a great lunch for work or school.
Vegetarian Chili Mac
Combining two family favorites, chili and mac and cheese, it’s no surprise that this recipe from Kristine’s Kitchen is one of our favorites. Loaded with low cost canned beans, tomatoes and pasta, this chili and macaroni combo is topped with melted cheddar cheese. As the pasta cooks, it soaks up the delicious chili seasoning for a blast of flavor with every bite.
Crockpot Meatball Subs
Using mainly prepared ingredients, this basic four ingredient recipe from Daily Appetite gives you the options to add additional toppings such as parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. Layering marinara coated Italian meatballs over toasted rolls with melted mozzarella creates an easy, portable family dinner for busy weeknights. As a bonus, you can take extra sandwiches for lunch or use meatballs for a spaghetti dish later in the week.
Crockpot Turkey Breast
For an easy holiday main dish, this recipe from Spend with Pennies makes it easy to prepare the perfectly juicy turkey breast in the crockpot. With just some broth, veggies and spices, all you need to do is prep, wait and serve! You can also make a delicious homemade gravy simply by using the flavorful juices leftover from cooking.
Crockpot Smothered Beef Burritos
Who says Tuesdays are only for tacos? With this cheese smothered burrito recipe from Cooking on a Dime, whipping up a Mexican dinner has never been easier. Using low-cost stew meat and canned beans, enchilada sauce and chiles, this dinner can be prepped in only 10 minutes.
Easy Crockpot Lasagna
This variation of a classic, comforting lasagna comes from the Crockpot Ladies who have whittled down the recipe to only 5 ingredients. Using two types of cheese (mozzarella and cheddar), this lasagna is full of rich flavor. Layered with ground beef and your favorite marinara sauce, the oven ready lasagna noodles can be added directly into the pot without the need for pre-cooking.
Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie
Using canned cream of chicken soup, this chicken pot pie from Delish has a thick and velvety sauce. Full of four types of veggies and chopped chicken, this easy dinner recipe has everything you need for a balanced meal. Serve with buttermilk biscuits to help soak up every last bite.