Java Talk: What Is Your Favorite Budget Crock Pot Recipe?

In these economically difficult times when food prices are constantly rising and the packaging is getting smaller, I will be relying on my crockpot for cheap and nutritious meals.

So let's talk crockpot recipes today. If you have a favorite slow cooker recipe, let's share.

Here's my cheap recipe:

Easy Crockpot Potato Soup

6 large potatoes
3 Carrots
2 Stalks Celery
1 Cup Chicken Broth 
4 Cups Water
Salt & Pepper To Taste
1 (12 Oz.) Can Evaporated Milk
1 Cup Shredded Cheese
  1. In the morning, place the diced potatoes, carrots, and celery in the crockpot.
  2. Add in the chicken broth and water, salt and pepper
  3. Cook 6 – 8 hours on low.
  4. One hour before serving, add in the can of milk and the shredded cheese.
  5. Stir in together and let cheese melt.


  1. Looks great! What I have going into the crockpot in a few minutes is: Scrubbed potatoes and scrubbed carrots, garlic and onion, then a beef roast laid on top, and 1/2 c. chicken broth poured on top. It will make a great tasting supper. Maybe not so cheap, but sure is easy! :-)

    1. Well, you'll likely have several meals out of it. Sounds delicious to me!

  2. My favorite is a roast beef also but a little different. Get a small or big roast - or several on sale - cheap cuts work great - and put in the crock pot with a can of Golden Mushroom soup spread over it. add some pepper and garlic. I do not add salt as soup is usually full of sodium. Put on low and cook for 8 hours - about half way through cooking time add potatoes and carrots cut in large chunks - place veggies under the roast and cook another 4 hours or so, check for tenderness of veggies so they don't cook too much. Depending on size of family and how much you put in the pot it can be for several meals - sometimes leftovers in my house get changed over to making a beef stew or soup for a second meal by adding beef broth and more veggies.

  3. as you know there are only 2 of us here, so anything I make in the crock pot has to be easily divided and frozen -- to make running the crock pot worthwhile..
    I make chicken stew once every couple months and having it in servings that allow it to be one weekly meal works out well.
    1 whole cut up chicken- I brown it under the broiler then add to the CP
    2 carrots -large chunks
    4 potatoes ""
    1 large onion ""
    2 stalks celery ""
    2 bullion cubes
    3 cups of water
    salt n pepper
    cook 6 hours on medium
    remove chicken-- take off all skin and remove all bones--place back in CP
    3 cups bisqick mix-according to package directions
    then turn up to high-wait for broth to bubble/boil
    add by spoonfuls bis mix - stir frequently- cook approximately 15 mins more,,, turn off - let sit 10 min. DONE::) its yummy-- fairly cheap and you get the extra scent of it to fill your home all day lol.. enjoy

  4. I love to do ribs in the crockpot....they fall apart that way, though I've not cooked them for ages. However when I do I just douse the heck out of them with Emeril's seasoning, the regular one, and lots of coarse ground black pepper.

    Another one is our New Years Dinner...kielbasa and kraut in the crockpot with some brown sugar, onion slices and then I cut up an apple or two and add that in as well. This can be done with a pork roast as well.

    1. I've never tried either of these. I think I want to now though. I love sauerkraut.

  5. Hi Brenda,
    I use my crockpot a lot this time of year! Today I am making shredded chicken. I love to create all kinds of soups that simmer all day. A budget friendly beef vegetable soup is cooked hamburger, frozen vegetables, and a can of tomato juice. Hope you are staying cozy.
    Lori from LL Farm

    1. I keep wanting to bring in one of those rotisserie chickens from the grocery, but I know the scent would drive the dogs crazy. So this would be a better way for me.

  6. I'm copying these suggestions and want to try all of them. They all sound delicious.

    Brenda, send some of your warm weather to my house Please ! It's cold and windy here today..
    Thanks for all of the ideas.

    1. Our good weather won't stay long. I was going to paint today. But being on the step ladder filling holes have about done me in. Plus Kay and I went out yesterday. My first day out with the brace and sneaker. Off topic, I know. I'm going to write these down myself.

  7. I don't use my crockpot nearly enough. Usually for a roast but I love your recipe for potato soup which I'm going to try. Love the banner change!!

    1. I changed the banner because readers were clamoring for photos, so I of course gave it to them! I haven't been using mine enough either. That is going to change.

  8. One of my favorites is Taco soup with lots of beans and gr. turkey. One other saver I do is a cheaper cut of pork like a butt or shoulder when on sale. I put in slower cooker for at least 9 hours with chicken broth & seasonings. I them shred it. I can freeze various serving sizes and use it for several dinners, from pulled pork sandwiches, to making a gravy from left over juice adding pork over rice. You can really stretch that out for several meals.

    1. I use ground turkey when I use anything. I do wish I had more freezer space.

  9. I do not use my crockpot nearly enough. But I have used the insert more for baking no knead bread and it comes out divine. (But you still have to have an oven for that) I like a good pork roast in the crockpot. So many uses for pulled pork from burritos to pulled pork po boys to asian lettuce wraps. It goes a long way and it freezes so well.

    1. But I have the Breville smart oven, and I bake cakes and casseroles, so I imagine I could bake bread. I haven't tried the pork roast.

  10. I love my crockpot and your soup sounds delicious. I think it must be lunchtime, because I am suddenly feeling very hungry. xo Laura

  11. It's not really a recipe but the easiest meal to come from my crockpot is some kind of meat and one of those Campbell's Crockpot Sauce packets. Serve over rice, pasta, or even cooked cabbage. I've not found one that isn't good.

    Grace & Peace

  12. I'll add another vote for Crock-Pot pork roasts since I make these a lot. There are seven of us, and I can still get a week's worth of dinners by using leftovers in tacos, burritos and sliders. I have to say that Deb's kielbasa sounds good, though! :)

    1. Oh, all these recipes sound great to me! So glad we're sharing.

  13. The soup sounds yummy. I've used it to make roast and beans, but that's not too creative.

  14. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs with several cloves of chopped garlic, a cup of salsa and 2 TB of chiptole peppers in adobo sauce. High for 5 hours, low for 8...use as an entree or shred for tacos, burritos, on top of a so so good!

  15. This looks like it would be good. I love using our crock pot and I love potato soup. I may try this! Thanks for the recipe.

  16. Great recipes so far but I do not eat meat so your potato crock pot recipe sounds delicious, substitute chicken stock for vegetable stock. I will have to give it a try.

    I like your new header but, I like the other headers also. I like changing up my headers as you do because I get tired with the same old look and like to change things up.

  17. Someone can't get the comments to work. Here is her white chili recipe...

    1 lb of chicken breast cut up into bite size pieces
    1 tbs of flour
    1 tbs minced garlic
    1 tbs cumin
    1 tbs dried oregano
    1 tbs black pepper
    pinch of crushed red pepper
    2- 4oz cans of green chiles
    1/4 cup minced jalapeno
    1 pound of dried navy beans ( or other white bean you like)
    5 cups hot chicken broth ( heat on stove prior to adding)
    1/4 cup of chopped onion
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Mix cut up chicken with flower until coated and put in the cooker
    Mix all spices together and add to the chicken
    Add Green Chiles, jalapeño, and onion
    Add hot chicken broth

    Cook on low for 8-9 hours

  18. This looks yummy, Brenda! I make a lot of things in the crock pot, but I think that sauce is my favorite. It's so much easier to let it simmer in the pot on its own, than it is to stir and stir and stir! Sometimes I add meat, but it's just as good without! I don't really have a recipe, I am more of a wing it kind of's not my favorite thing to do!

    1. I wish I was a "wing it" cook. It takes a creativity I do not possess!

  19. Fun post. I got this recipe from a good friend years ago - its called Galumki (stuffed cabbage rolls) - she got the recipe from a old Nesco cookbook. I do have a Nesco cooker but I think one could adapt this easily to a crock pot. The recipe sounds plain and simple, but its really good.
    1 large head of cabbage - cut out the core and simmer whole head in big pot of salted water until leaves begin to separate & soften a bit, drain leaves on a clean dish towel.
    Mix up in a large bowl - 2 - 3 lbs raw hamburger, 2 cups cooked white rice, 3/4 c fine bread crumbs, 2-3 eggs, s&p.
    Melt 1 stick of butter (yes) in the cooker or crock pot, make the cabbage rolls and lay in cooker, pour over 1 can tomato soup - not juice - soup. Add about half or less can of water and pour over. Add a few more pieces of butter. Do another layer just like this one, finish with more butter pieces - for a total of 2 sticks. You will use approx. 3 cans of tomato soup. You will probably end up with about 20 or more small to med. rolls - cut the big leaves in half.
    In the Nesco it cooks for 2 hours, in a crock pot on high I'd 5-6 hours???

    Yes, its simple, yes lots of butter - the butter here makes a huge difference in taste so maybe don't skimp, yes it makes a ton, and its surprisingly good! Keeps for a few days in fridge - leftovers are good and easily heated in microwave. I don't know how this would freeze - might be OK. This makes many servings so if you look at this way, the butter is not so bad!

  20. I just posted a chocolate peppermint green split pea soup recipe on my blog. I make mine on the back of my wood stove but that is because I don't have enough electricity for a crock pot as I live off- grid. I do think that this recipe would turn out great in a crockpot. It is vegetarian and uses simple ingredients as I try to avoid msg.

  21. 1 -1 1/2 pounds stew meat....1 can Campbell's French onion soup, 1 can golden mushroom soup
    Brown beef in skillet, add to crock pot, add soup (do not add water). Set on low and cook all day. Serve over eg noodles.
    Be sure you use Cambells golden mushroom soup and not cream of mushroom soup.

  22. Here is a recipe we have a lot at our house, and for our household of two we get several meals out of it. I'm a wng it cook so don't have exact measurements for you...

    Cheesey Potato & Ham Soup

    Mix together in crockpot or slow cooker
    I bag of frozen diced hash browns or you can add regular potatoes peeled and diced instead
    One small pkg. of diced ham
    2 cans of Campbell's cheddar soup
    3 cans of milk measured in the empty soup cans
    Add a little garlic salt, black pepper, and minced onion. Add more later after tasting if you would prefer it more seasoned.
    Cook on high in the crockpot for the first two hours, stir, then cook on low for a few hours until potatoes are cooked through.
    You can also add broccoli, carrots, or any veggie you like. I prefer small broccoli florets in mine.

  23. I like to put a pot of beans on. Here's the latest:
    Beans and the rock pot are a match made in heaven!

  24. Your potato soup sounds delicious. Going to try it during the next cold spell.

    This was my favorite crockpot recipe before beef became so expensive...

  25. Try making candy in your crockpot! Kitty (at Kitty's Kozy Kitchen) published an adaptation of Trisha Yearwood's Crockpot Candy at Christmas. It was the hit of the holidays at my house! It took three hours and made a ton. I used salted pecans instead of peanuts. Kitty added some dried cranberries to hers.

  26. Here is my favorite, enjoyed by family & friends. In the bottom cut up onion, carrots & celery. On top of that place a whole chicken. Optional-add cut up potatoes.. Add 1/2 cup of either water, white wine or chicken broth. Add your favorite seasoning (basil or thyme work well), Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Take chicken out and remove skin & bones-it will be falling apart so this is easy. If you didn't add potatoes, serve over rice otherwise serve chicken & vegetable with potatoes. Heartwarming!

  27. My fastest recipe is: Spray crockpot or use liner. Add 3 or 4 frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts. Pour some green sauce (chilies) over (at least 4 oz.) Put the lid on and turn on low for about 6 hours or high for 4 hours. Shred the chicken and add some more of the green sauce. Great for soft tacos or making burritos. We have also used it for a taco salad.

    Love all the recipes!

  28. I have been using my crockpot for making shredded pork or beef. Just throw a roast in there for eight hours with a bottle of barbeque sauce (or any flavored sauce) and in 8 hours you can shred it up and serve it on rolls.

    I'm going to check to see if I have the ingredients for the soup. Can you use red potatoes?

    Jane x

  29. I don't use my crock pot much, I used it more when I worked. I am going to try your potato soup though, it sounds delicious. And I am going to throw a ham hock with Great Northern beans in this week. My friend gave ma a ham hock from Christmas with loads of ham on it, I can smell it cooking now!

  30. Great post. I don't have room for appliances in my garage kitchen.
    I used to have a crock pot when I had a normal kitchen and loved it
    I liked to make a chicken, rice with mushrooms and broth recipe.
    I love all these recipes everyone is so clever
    I like the new header.

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