11 Easy & Cheap Crockpot Meals Under $5. [PLUS 7 DUMP CROCKPOT MEALS]

11 Easy & Cheap Crockpot Meals

Here are 11 Easy and Cheap Crockpot Meals for under $5. Crockpot recipes are fantastic because you just throw in the ingredients into the crockpot in the morning, and come dinner time, dinner is hot and ready!

One of the best times to do cheap crock pot dinners is Summer because a lot goes on and you don’t have to sweat in front of the stove. Also your house won’t be as hot!

These are cheap and easy crockpot recipes for those who are on a budget, don’t have much time, or just want to finally put their crockpot to use.

  1. Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue
  2. Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos
  3. Slow Cooker Pork Chops
  4. Slow Cooker Saucy Sausage
  5. Crockpot Meatballs & Buttery Noodles
  6. Crockpot Chicken and Rice
  7. Easy Crockpot Chilli
  8. Fast & Easy Crockpot Short Ribs
  9. Crockpot Reuben Dip
  10. Hungarian Goulash Crockpot Recipe
  11. Taco Soup Crockpot

Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue

A tasty slow cooker recipe enjoyed by all. Toss in the chicken breasts frozen, and serve with baked taters. Prep time: 10 minutes | Cooking: 4 hours


What you’ll need:


·         6 frozen boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

·         1 bottle of BBQ sauce

·         ½ cup of Italian dressing

·         ¼ cup of brown sugar

·         2 tbsp of Worcestershire


Place the chicken in the crock pot. In a separate bowl, mix the BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, sugar, and Worcestershire. Pour it over the chicken.

Cover crockpot and cook 3 – 4 hours on highest heat, or 6 – 8 on low.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos

Stop with the plain chicken tacos. Add some cilantro into it with this chicken crockpot recipe. Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook: 4 hours

What you’ll need:

·         One 16 ounce jar of salsa

·         One package of dry taco seasoning (1.25 oz)

·         1 lime (juiced)

·         3 tbsp of chopped cilantro

·         3 lbs of skinless boneless chicken breast

Put the salsa, seasoning, lime juice, and cilantro into the crock pot. Stir to combine.

Add the chicken breasts and stir to get all the salsa mix around the chicken. Cover the slow cooker and set to high heat, cooking until the chicken is really tender for about 4 hours. If you want, you can set it to low and cook for 6 – 8 hours. Shred the chicken and serve.

Slow Cooker Pork Chops

When it comes to easy and cheap crockpot recipes and meals, almost nothing beats this pork chop recipe. Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook: 6 hours

What you’ll need:

·         6 pork chops (boneless)

·         ¼ cup of brown sugar

·         ½ cup of soy sauce

·         1 tsp of ground ginger

·         ¼ cup of ketchup

·         2 cloves of garlic (crushed)

·         Salt and pepper (to taste)

Place the pork chops in the crockpot. Combine all the other ingredients and pour over the pork.

Cook on low heat for 6 hours or until the internal temp reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Slow Cooker Saucy Sausage

One of the most delicious and easiest cheap slow cooker recipes you can find for under $5. You can serve these sausages in sandwiches, over rice, with coleslaw, baguettes and so forth. Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook: 6 hours

What you’ll need:

·         8 Italian sausage links

·         1 jar of spaghetti sauce

·         1 green bell pepper, seeds removed and sliced in strips

·         1 sliced onion

·         6 hot dog buns or your choice or bread.

Put the sausage links, pasta sauce, green pepper and onion into the crockpot. Stir so everything gets nice and saucy.

Cover and set crockpot to Low for 6 hours. Serve how you like.

Crockpot Meatballs and Buttery Noodles Recipe

This had to be added to our list of easy & cheap crockpot meals list. You can serve this over hot buttery noodles and your friends and family will be asking for more. Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook: 3 hours

What you’ll need:

·         2 cans of cream of celery soup (condensed)

·         2 cans of French onion soup (condensed)

·         1 container of sour cream (16 oz)

·         6 lb of frozen Italian meatballs

·         2 packs of uncooked egg noodles (16 oz each)

·         Half cup of butter

In the crockpot, mix both soups and sour cream together. Stir in meatballs and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours.

Bring a pot of water to boil. Add in salt and add pasta. After 8 to 10 minutes or until ‘al dente’, drain out water. In a separate bowl, mix the pasta with half cup of butter. Serve the meatballs and sauce over the pasta.

Crockpot Chicken and Rice

Need some healthy crockpot meals on a budget? This easy and cheap crockpot meal is super delicious and easy. Go to for those who want cheap crock pot recipes to set and forget.

What you’ll need:

·         4 skinless boneless chicken breast (halves)

·         1 can of cream of chicken soup (condensed)

·         1 can of cream of mushroom soup (condensed)

·         1 can of cream of celery soup (condensed)

·         1 cup of white rice

Cut the chicken breast into chunks

Put the chicken breasts, cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, cream of celery soup and rice into the slow cooker. Cook on high for 3  hrs and if you want, low for 4 hrs.

Easy Crockpot Chilli Recipe

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This is a great chilli crockpot recipe that is cheap, easy and you won’t want to put your bowl down. Did we mention it’s a little spicy?

What you’ll need:

·         1 lb ground beef

·         1 cup of chopped onions

·         ½ cup of chopped green bell pepper

·         2 ½ tbsp of chilli powder

·         1 minced clove of garlic

·         1 bay leaf

·         ½ tsp of ground cumin

·         4 tsp of thinly chopped jalapeno chile peppers

·         1 can of diced tomatoes

·         1 can of tomato sauce

·         1 can of chilli beans (not drained)

·         Salt and pepper

In a large pan over medium-high heat, mix the ground beef, onion, and bell peppers. Sauté for 5 minutes until brown. Get rid of the excess fat.

Add the ground beef mix, chilli powder, garlic, bay leaf, cumin, peppers, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and salt, pepper to crockpot. Set on high heat for 1 hour or low for 3 – 4 hours. Serve with rice or toast.

Fast & Easy Crockpot Short Ribs Recipe

5 ingredients and done in 3 minutes. Come back later for a delicious dinner. Add this to your cheap and easy crockpot recipes list for delicious family crockpot meals and a thank you from your wallet.

What you’ll need:

·         3 lb of beef short ribs

·         1 can of French onion soup (condensed)

·         Salt and pepper

·         1 bottle of chilli sauce (12 oz)

·         2 tbsp of fresh rosemary (chopped)

Put the short ribs into your crockpot. Pour over with French onion soup. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour in the chilli sauce over and dress with rosemary.

Crock pot Reuben Dip recipe

We’re not sure if this would fit in the cheap crockpot MEALS category (depending on who you ask), but this one is cheap, easy, and delicious, so we threw it in anyways. Take it to potlucks and mention that sauerkraut is inside after they try it, to surprise them. Just throw everything in and stir. Prep time: 4 minutes | Cook 45 minutes

What you’ll need:

·         1 jar of drained sauerkraut (16 oz)

·         1 pack or container of cream cheese (8 oz)

·         2 cups of shredded Swiss cheese

·         2 cups cooked corn beef (shredded)

·         ¼ cup of thousand island salad dressing.

 Put everything in the crockpot and stir. Cover and set on high heat for 45 minutes if you’re in a rush. If there’s no rush you can set it on low and wait longer. Make sure the cheese is nice and melted. Stir occasionally.

Hungarian Goulash Crockpot Recipe

This Hungarian goulash is great for goulash lovers who love cheap crock pot recipes with steak!

What you’ll need:

·         2 lbs round steak, cut into 1 inch cubes

·         1 cup of chopped onion

·         2 tbsp of all purpose flour

·         1 ½ tsp of paprika

·         1 tsp of garlic salt

·         ½ tsp black pepper

·         1 can of diced tomatoes

·         1 bay leaf

·         1 cup of sour cream

·         7 cups of elbow macaroni noodles

Throw the steak and onion in the crockpot

Mix the flour, paprika, garlic salt, pepper, all in a bowl, then pour over the steak and onions. Stir to get everything stuck to the beef. Add in the tomatoes and the bay leaf.

Start the slow cooker on low heat and cook for 8 – 10 hours until completely tender

Remove throw away the bay leaf. Add and stir the sour cream  in the mixture. Switch to high heat and cook for about 15 minutes until really hot. (Instead of elbow macaroni you can use egg noodles and use 2 cloves of minced garlic and 1 ½ tsp of salt instead of garlic salt.)

Taco Soup Crockpot Recipe

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This is one of the cheap crockpot meals that are good for anyone on a budget and will delight your taste buds. If you’re sensitive when it comes to spicy foods you can adjust the amount of chile. Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook: 8 hours

What you’ll need:

·         1 lb ground beef

·         1 chopped onion

·         1 can of chilli beans, undrained

·         1 can of kidney beans, undrained

·         1 can of whole kernel corn, undrained

·         1 can of tomato sauce (8 oz)

·         2 cups of water

·         2 cans of diced tomatoes

·         1 can of diced green chile peppers (4 oz)

·         1 pack of taco seasoning

In a medium pan, brown the ground beef over medium heat. Drain the fat.

Place the ground beef, kidney beans, tomato sauce, water, diced tomatoes, chilli beans, corn, onion, chile peppers, and taco seasoning into the slower cooker. Mix well and cook on Low heat for 8 hours. Serve with corn chips and Cheddar cheese. Sour cream if you like.

[BONUS] 7 Dump Crockpot Meals For Every Season

Busy weeknights? No time or energy for standing in front of the stove? We get it. That’s why we rounded up 7 super delicious dump crockpot meal recipes for you and your family to enjoy.

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Enjoy a chicken crockpot meal slow cooked in a sweet and tangy Asian sauce. Great for busy weeknights and just takes 10 minutes to prep!


Slow Cooker Creamy Wild Rice Soup with Butter Roasted Mushrooms

Need something to add to the coziness and warmth on a chilly night? Try this creamy crockpot meal with thyme and lemon zestiness.


Slow Cooker Gnocchi Soup Recipe

Need a new comfort food? Try putting pasta in your soup! This recipe will become a family favorite at first bite.


Slow Cooker Red Wine Beef Stew

I love making red wine-based sauces, because they add such a unique flavor that you can’t get from any other ingredient. Stew is something I have not tried yet but the name itself sounds very promising. Just don’t be too generous with the wine!


Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Mexican inspired crockpot meals are always fun to make. The aroma of the chicken, spices, and peppers will make you and your family grow impatient for dinner. Try this crockpot meal when you’re family is urging for Mexican! This is great when looking for crockpot meal ideas for the family. A summer crockpot dinner recipe winner as well, because who doesn’t like spicy soups in the summer? Not me!


Black Bean and Chile Soup

Ran out of crockpot meal ideas for your family? Think you tried all the winter, fall, spring, and summer crockpot meals? Well let’s get that crockpot cooking up again! This dish including, ham hocks, onion, garlic, chile, carrots, oregano and much much more, is something you must try this weeknight. Lighten up the heaviness with some tomato and tomatillo salsa on top.


Tater Tot Casserole Crockpot Meal

Pin this recipe to your easy crockpot meals board, because your hungry hungry kids will love it. Loaded with tater tots, cheese, and ground beef. There’s no way this will NOT make your family happy. Simple dump and cook recipe that’s easy on you and your family. One of the best summer crockpot meals and recipes if you want to dump and go!


Need some more ideas on how to budget and save money? Check out this guide by Jeff Proctor over at Dollarsprout.com.


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