Save time and money with these delicious, inexpensive slow cooker meals
Cost per serving: $1.77
Lean turkey gives these meatballs plenty of protein without a lot of excess fat—but they’re so saucy and flavorful, you won’t miss it.
See recipe: Turkey Meatballs
Cost per serving: $1.94
Take the chill out of a cold day with this filling soup. You can vary this recipe by using leeks in place of the onions for added flavor, or substituting orzo, rice or even diced potatoes for the barley.
See recipe: Lamb and Barley Soup
Cost per serving: $1.46
By choosing turkey bratwurst instead of pork, you save about 100 calories and 14 grams of fat per link.
See recipe: Slow-Cooker Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and Apples
Cost per serving: $3.48
Put away that take-out menu—make these sweet and savory pork ribs at home, in your slow cooker.
See recipe: Sticky Pork Ribs
Cost per serving: $2.43
Rich, flavorful lamb makes this stew feel extra-special, and it's good for you too! The cinnamon helps circulation and aids in regulating blood sugar.
See recipe: Savory Lamb Stew
Cost per serving: $1.37
If you're craving comfort food, this recipe is sure to hit the spot! For extra flavor, sprinkle the top with additional Cheddar before the final 10 to 15 minutes of cooking time.
See recipe: Turkey Chili Cheese Pie with Cornmeal Crust
Cost per serving: $3.23
In this slow-cooker recipe, cooking a whole turkey breast yields enough meat for the tacos, plus leftovers (about 3 cups). Wrap and refrigerate the extra meat for use in sandwiches, salads and soups.
See recipe: Slow-Cooker Turkey Tacos
Cost per serving: $1.57
Serve this stew with couscous, rice or whole-grain rolls to absorb the delicious juices.
See recipe: Curried Chicken and Chickpea Stew
Cost per serving: $2.16
This recipe calls for duck or plum sauce, but if you can’t find it in the grocery store, substitute apple butter.
See recipe: Tangy Asian Meatballs
Cost per serving: $2.70
Make this dish with an assortment of different-colored bell peppers for a pretty presentation. You can save money that way, too—green peppers tend to be the cheapest, followed by yellow and orange. Red are usually the priciest.
See recipe: Turkey Stuffed Peppers
Cost per serving: $1.05
Serve this chili over spaghetti and sprinkle with grated Cheddar for authentic Cincinnati flavor.
See recipe: Cincinnati Chili
Cost per serving: $1.47
Make dinnertime special with this memorable meal. You will need a larger slow cooker for this recipe, such as a 7-quart. If the ham is slightly too big, trim it until it fits. The meat will shrink as it cooks.
See recipe: Red-Currant-Pomegranate Glazed Ham
Cost per serving: $3.45
Serve this hearty stew over buttered egg noodles, accompanied by a salad or green vegetable.
See recipe: Hungarian Beef Goulash
Cost per serving: $1.96
A great take on traditional chicken and dumplings, this dish uses chopped fresh herbs to add a burst of flavor.
See recipe: Chicken with Herbed Dumplings
Cost per serving: $1.43
You can give the sauce even more flavor by stirring in ¼ cup chopped fresh basil or sprinkling with grated Parmesan.
See recipe: Slow-Cooker Eggplant Tomato Sauce with Pasta
Cost per serving: $1.39
Get your meat-and-potatoes fix the easy way with a classic shepherd’s pie made in the slow cooker. Lean ground beef, a frozen veggie mix and potatoes blended with just a touch of milk and butter make it a well-balanced meal.
See recipe: Slow-Cooker Shepherd’s Pie
Cost per serving: $1.31
This is a tasty vegetarian meal, but you can please meat eaters by cooking a few slices of bacon until crisp and crumbling them into the slow cooker with the beans before warming.
See recipe: Easy Mexican Black Bean Casserole
Cost per serving: $2.37
A family-pleasing dish like this is a great place to sneak in some extra vegetables. If you have leftover cooked carrots, zucchini, spinach or broccoli, chop up finely and add to the sauce. You can also prepare this dish with whole-wheat pasta for added fiber and other nutrients.
See recipe: Slow-Cooker Baked Ziti
Cost per serving: $2.95
Prepare a pot roast in your slow cooker and then use the meat in this lively entrée. Two jars of salsa cook right into the roast, and you can serve more salsa on the side as a topping.
See recipe: Chili-Beef Soft Tacos
Cost per serving: $2.64
This dish makes a good light main course with a salad on the side. Or top it with a poached egg or some crumbled feta for a heartier meal.
See recipe: Red Quinoa Pilaf with Tomato, Spinach and Pine Nuts
Cost per serving: $1.96
A whole chicken works well in this simple, delicious recipe because it costs less than pre-cut pieces. If you prefer the convenience of chicken parts and are watching your budget, try chicken leg quarters, which are easy to handle but still less expensive than breasts.
See recipe: Lemon-Rosemary Chicken
Cost per serving: $1.31
Take advantage of fall produce with this tasty, super-cheap recipe that incorporates apples. Use Granny Smith apples instead of Golden Delicious to add a tart bite, or use one Golden Delicious and one Granny Smith.
See recipe: Braised Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Apples
Cost per serving: $3.22
Red peppers add a shot of nutrition and color to this slow-cooker supper, and capers add a salty zing. Prepare it in the morning and add the capers right before serving.
See recipe: Beef Stew with Peppers
Cost per serving: $1.89
Throw chicken into a slow cooker, top with our savory sauce and dinner is done! After 5 hours you'll have the base for a kid-pleasing, healthy dinner the whole family can enjoy. Serve with a mixed green salad or quick cole slaw to round out the meal.
See recipe: Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
Cost per serving: $1.99
You know it as a topping for pizza, but pepperoni can also add zing to a weeknight meatloaf. Using a slow cooker will help keep the loaf moist.
See recipe: Meatloaf with Mozzarella, Mushrooms and Pepperoni
Cost per serving: $2.25
A hearty one-dish meal starts off in the skillet and finishes in the slow cooker. Fresh lemon juice and parsley bring a bright flavor to traditional chicken and rice.
See recipe: Lemony Chicken Breasts with Rice
Cost per serving: $1.58
Hominy is a delicious, grainy (and very budget-friendly!) ingredient that adds heft to any meal. Here it’s paired with pork shoulder in a sauce made with canned tomatoes and―would you believe it?―a bottle of beer.
See recipe: Pork and Hominy Stew
Cost per serving: $1.38
Love Thanksgiving flavors? This dish definitely delivers them thanks to the turkey meat and the cranberry glaze. Continue the theme by serving with mashed potatoes and gravy.
See recipe: Turkey Meat Loaf with Cranberry Glaze