Affordable Crock Pot Recipes for Fall

Posted on 09/20/2011

Fall is a great time to dust off the slow cooker, throw in some hearty ingredients and come home hours later to a home cooked meal. Wondering what recipes you can make without spending a crock pot full of cash? Here are a few of the best on the web

Slow Cooker Potato-Zucchini Soup - This recipe is not only easy; it’s also friendly for finicky eaters. It’s gluten free, dairy free, sugar free and soy free according to You’ll probably already have several of the ingredients stocked in your kitchen, but everything else is very affordable. You’ll need broth, potatoes, a large zucchini, a sweet onion and a few other spices.

Slow Cooker Brownies - Did you know you can use your slow cooker for sweets? Use it to whip up a surprisingly healthy batch of brownies—and they’re shockingly cheap too. This recipe for Slow Cooker Brownies from is made up mostly of things you’ve probably already got hiding in your pantry.

Chicken Mac with Mushrooms Recipe - With the main ingredients for this dish being a can of Healthy Request Cream of Chicken soup, sour cream, chicken breast, mushrooms, onion and elbow macaroni you should be able to whip this up for a buck or two per serving. And surprisingly this Chicken Mac with Mushrooms Recipe from is low on calories too with only 263 per serving.

Crock Pot Chili - swears by the slow cooker as a way to cut food costs. While they offer several cheap crock pot concoctions the Crock Pot Chili is probably one of the easiest. Combine a large can of tomato sauce, ground beef, kidney beans, chili powder and diced onion for a frugal fall meal.

Crock Pot Beans and Rice - For those trying to save money, beans and rice are budget-friendly stapes. This recipe from A Year of Slow Cooking features both of those cost-effective ingredients plus a few other things you may already have in your pantry. Cook it on low for six hours or on high for three or four and you’ll have a tasty meal for a couple bucks.

By Alison Storm

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