Healthy, Quick, Easy, & Cheap Crockpot Meals: Best Slow Cooker Recipes
Some nights it’s hard to find time to fit in a home cooked meal for your family. So, quick and cheap crockpot meals can be a real lifesaver! Save time in the kitchen with crockpot meal prep & throw it in…you can leave it all day!
Quick, Easy, & Cheap Crockpot Meals
I don’t know about you, but during the school year things are so chaotic! Between getting up on time, making last-minute triple checks and remembering what time the bus comes…. Dinner would be the absolute last thing on my mind.
I also struggle to find things to do on the weekend…but that’s a different story.
How to Spend Less Time Cooking?
Trying to find ways to save time cooking, I fell in love with crockpot meals and slow cooker recipes.
Crockpot meal prep truly makes dinner time much easier…plus they are delicious!
Find Easy Crockpot Recipes for Busy Back to School
We could all use a little less time in the kitchen…
You can also find crockpot freezer meals too.
Simply, throw the food in a gallon baggie, freeze, & thaw to cook whenever you are too busy to make dinner.
Find cheap crockpot meals, easy dinner ideas, and everything in between!
Get out your notepad and start making your list for the store, crockpot meal prep will be your new best friend. Check out the recipes below:
Crockpot Cheesesteak sandwiches
This easy crockpot meal from Lauren Greutman is one of my favorites! I also substitute the beef for chicken at times. All the gooey cheese and veggies are seasoned to perfection and definitely make. Simply toss everything in before you head out to grab the kids and it will be ready right in time for dinner!
2 green peppers, sliced
1 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
2 – 2 1/2 lbs. thinly sliced steak (I used top round)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 envelope dry Italian dressing mix
1 cup water
1 beef bouillon cube
6 slices of provolone cheese
6 hoagie rolls
Classic Pot Roast Crockpot Meal
The pot roast can be used in so many ways with so many different sides. You can make it into tacos, burrito bowls, roast sandwiches and more! This crockpot recipe from Don’t Waste The Crumbs is one of the best! I personally brown my roast before placing it into the crockpot. Place your roast in the pot in the morning… cook it on low for a meal that is sure to please everyone!
1 chuck roast (3-4 lbs)
1 lb baby carrots (or carrots, cut to about 1″ pieces)
1½ lbs potatoes (any variety, cut into about 1″ pieces if necessary)
4 Tbsp homemade dry onion soup mix
1 batch homemade cream of mushroom soup
Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas
Tacos, fajitas and any TexMex really, are pretty much staples in my house lol. Chicken fajitas are one of the quickest to make in my opinion. These slow cooker fajitas from Cooking Classy are great! ( I don’t use the honey in her receipe)
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 red , orange and green bell pepper, julienned
1 large yellow onion , halved and sliced
4 cloves garlic , minced
2 1/2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
3/4 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp pepper
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp honey
Slow Cooker Tikka Masala
Over the past few years, my family and I have fallen in love with more dishes from India, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean. One our favorites is chicken tikka masala! It is one of the cheap crockpot meals and can feed our whole family for practically two days lol! This recipe from Table For Two definitely takes the cake!
8 boneless skinless chicken tenderloins, or about 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3 lbs.) – cut into 1.5″ cubes
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
1: 29- oz can of tomato puree
1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp Garam masala
1 tsp tumeric powder
1 tbsp cumin
1/2 tbsp paprika
2 tsp salt, or to taste
3/4 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1-3 tsp cayenne pepper, depending on your heat preference
2 leaves bay
1 cup heavy cream
3 tbsp cornstarch
Lemon juice from half a small lemon
Chopped parsley or cilantro, for topping
Crockpot (One Pot) BBQ Chicken
Chicken is a go-to meat in our house. It is can be used in just about anything! BBQ chicken is perfect for nights that you just want to chill out and not worry about who is getting messy. This crockpot meal recipe from Family Fresh Meals was one of the first BBQ chicken recipes I tried. Even my husband approved of it!
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 cup BBQ sauce 1/4 cup Zesty Italian dressing 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce salt to taste
Cheesy Chicken Penne in the Slow Cooker
Two words, cheese AND noodles! Do I need to say more? This slow cooker recipe from The Slow Magical Cooker is the perfect dish for kiddos and cheese lovers!
1.5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 (10.5-oz) cans cream of chicken soup (don’t add water)
½ cup chicken broth
¼ tsp. pepper
½ tsp. dried leaf tarragon (can substitute oregano or thyme here)
1.5 cups sliced mushrooms
1 small sweet yellow onion, diced
Add at the end
1 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 lb. penne pasta (cooked according to package directions on the stove-top)
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Nothing is better than getting a bowl of hot soup during the cold months, especially when it’s an easy crockpot meal! Chicken tortilla soup has been my favorite soup for years and I don’t see anything changing that. This recipe from Cooking Classy is definitely what you will see me eating once that frost kicks in! Don’t forget the sour cream and extra cilantro!
2 1/2 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth (4 1/2 cups)
1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
1 1/4 cups finely chopped yellow onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
3/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground coriander
Salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 (14.5 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups frozen corn
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Favorite Crockpot Meal: Chicken Teriyaki
This is definitely my oldest favorite crockpot meals! Anytime I ask the kids what we should have for dinner, Phoenix is pretty much guaranteed to say Teriyaki chicken! This recipe from Rachel Cooks is probably the reason she loves it so much! I make this about once every 10 days… she can’t get enough! I love that it doesn’t require a ton of ingredients!
1 1/2 pounds, or about 3 large, boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons cornstarch + 1/4 cup water
rice or quinoa, for serving
sesame seeds, for garnish
sliced green onions, for garnish
Beef and Potatoes Au Gratin
This definitely is one of a man’s favorite crockpot meals. Meat and potatoes are a classic combo. Add in cheese… well I mean it’s cheese! This recipe from The Magical Slow Cooker is actually on our menu for tomorrow!
1 lb. ground beef (plus a touch of salt and pepper to season)
3 lbs. peeled russet potatoes, sliced a ¼ inch thick (about 7 cups total after being sliced)
1 cup thinly sliced white onion
1 tsp. paprika
½ tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. parsley
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp. pepper
3 cups shredded sharp cheese
½ cup chicken broth (or beef broth
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
Coming across this slow cooker recipe, I was hesitant at first. I’m not a huge pasta fan and my husband doesn’t always trust my Pinterest recipes ( I have failed a lot of them).
I was pleasantly surprised when we enjoyed this crokcpot meal! Once again, it’s noodles so the kids will love it. For mine, I make sure the veggies are chopped really small so my picky eaters won’t object. This recipe from Heather at Passion For Savings has my husband’s favorite pasta dish! Plus it doesn’t require a lot.
The best thing about these meals is that not only can you dump it and go, you can even make them in advance and freeze them! Whenever I am on my P’s & Q’s, I have a freezer stocked full of meals that I can dump in the crock pot and go on with my day.
As you get ready to head back to school, take a load off with these easy meals that will help you get into the swing of things!