Budget Slow-Cooker & Crockpot Recipes

Find healthy, delicious budget slow-cooker and crockpot recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Slow-Cooker Vegetable Soup

Rating: 4 stars 16
Make a big batch of low-calorie veggie-packed soup with ease in this load-and-go crock pot recipe. After simmering away in the slow cooker, portion it into individual serving containers and store in the fridge or freezer for fast, healthy lunches or an easy, satisfying snack. This weight-loss vegetable soup fills you up without a lot of calories, plus it's an easy way to eat more vegetables.

Slow-Cooker Mediterranean Chicken & Orzo

Rating: 4.18 stars 22
Perk up basic chicken breast and whole-wheat orzo with the vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean, like lemon and olives. This load-and-go recipe makes a complete and satisfying meal; just add a green salad.

Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Rating: 4.75 stars 5
Load the crock pot and go with this stew recipe that's prepped in the morning and simmers all day so you'll come home to a Sunday-worthy dinner (and your house smelling downright heavenly). Tender beef, melt-in-your-mouth potatoes and carrots in a rich broth--this could be the best and easiest beef stew you've ever made.

Slow-Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Soup Freezer Pack

Rating: 2.67 stars 2
Your favorite restaurant soup just got easier and healthier with this freezer-to-crock-pot recipe. If you keep a special bottle of olive oil on hand for stand-out dishes, this is the recipe to pull it out for. The headiness of the fruity olive oil truly elevates the flavors in this Italian meal-prep slow-cooker soup.

Nonna's Spaghetti & Meatballs

Rating: 4.4 stars 7
The meatballs and sauce are cooked in the slow cooker for this traditional Italian spaghetti and meatballs recipe. You could also serve the meatballs over creamy polenta or on a sandwich with melted provolone.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Rating: 5 stars 2
Turn classic chicken parm into meatballs with this easy load-and-go appetizer recipe with a cheesy surprise inside. Making meatballs for a party? Switch your crock pot to warm for serving all party long.

Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna

Rating: 3.89 stars 26
Sure, the slow cooker's great for stews and soups, but it also happens to make a mean lasagna! In this ingenious slow-cooker recipe, all you have to do is chop your veggies, then layer the ingredients (raw) into the crockpot. Serve with: Garlic bread and a green salad.

Vegetarian Pinto Bean Sloppy Joes

Rating: 4.18 stars 8
This vegetarian Sloppy Joe recipe uses pinto beans and a heap of veggies tossed in a sweet, tangy sauce for the filling of a tad messy kid-friendly sandwich you can make in your slow cooker.

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

These easy Mexican enchiladas are filled with flavorful, shredded slow-cooked shredded chicken. Placed on a bed of fresh lettuce, this delicious recipe is sure to be the hit of any dinner occasion.

Vegetarian Black Bean Soup

Packed with protein and fiber, this soup doesn't need meat to be satisfying. Soaking and cooking the beans yourself, rather than opening a can, ensures you'll have wonderful flavor and texture. (And the slow cooker does most of the work!)

Slow-Cooker Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Skip the roasting in this butternut squash soup recipe and let your slow cooker do the work instead. Just load up all the ingredients into the crock pot, set it and forget it for an easy, healthy dinner or packable lunches.

Squash, Chickpea & Red Lentil Stew

Rating: 3.59 stars 22
Modeled on North African stews, this aromatic vegetarian main course can be served over brown rice or steamed spinach.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Healthy Crock Pot Lasagna Recipe
Your slow cooker can make great crock pot lasagna! In this healthy slow-cooker recipe, layer ingredients and let the crock pot cook.
Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Dip
Chicken enchiladas take a new form in this creamy, crock pot dip. Grab the chips, it's fiesta time!
Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows
Rating: 5 stars
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The genius hack in this recipe: topping sweet potatoes with marshmallows while they're still piping hot from the slow cooker yields a baked marshmallow topping that's typical with baked sweet potato casseroles.