5 Easy And Frugal Dump Dinners You Will Love

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Today is a great day to share my 5 easy and frugal dump dinners you will love! I call them dump dinners but some people may call them slow cooker meals. Either way, dinner is cooking while you are working or doing the laundry. Do you love coming home after running errands and you can smell dinner cooking in the kitchen? I know I do and my husband does as well! If you have leftover ham or chicken, cut the meat into bite-size pieces and freeze it to be used later in one of these recipes. I substitute canned meat all the time for fresh chicken in almost every soup or casserole.

This week I am at my daughter’s home and I will be making all of these dinners to give her a break in the kitchen. I checked out her pantry and it looks like I will have to buy very few items to have a dump dinner going every night. Life is good! Let’s get started with my recipes to help every mother save time and money in the kitchen. Grab your slow cooker and you can have dinner cooking in minutes. I have two different slow cookers, one is small: Cuisinart PSC-350 3-1/2-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker. I also have a larger one that I use when my family comes to visit: Crock-Pot Programmable Touchscreen Slow Cooker SCVT650-PS, 6.5-Quart, Silver

Easy and Frugal Dump Dinners

1. Scalloped Potatoes and Ham


I call this my scalloped potatoes but I use frozen hash browns. Easy peasy dinner.

6 cups of frozen shredded hash browns or 6 cups leftover cooked and sliced potatoes

4 cups cubed bite size pieces of ham

1-10-3/4 ounce can cream of mushroom soup

1-10-3/4 ounce can of cream of celery soup

1 onion, chopped

1-2 cups grated cheese (stir in right before serving)

1 cup of milk


Combine the ingredients and place in your slow cooker for 3-4 hours on low or until heated through.

2. Barbecued Ham Filling


1 pound of ham, shredded or cubed

1 can of Coca Cola (sugar-free does not work)

1 cup of ketchup


Combine the ingredients above in a slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours. Serve on hamburger buns. This recipe is great for tailgating.

3. Easy Barbecued Ribs


4 pounds boneless pork ribs cut into serving size pieces

1-8-ounce bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce

1-8-ounce bottle of Cataline salad dressing


Place the serving size pork pieces in the slow cooker. Combine the barbecue sauce and the salad dressing together and pour over the meat. Cook on low in your slow cooker for 6-8 hours.

4. Baked Bean Soup


3 cans of your favorite beans to equal about 38 ounces total

6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled

2 tablespoons of the bacon grease

2 tablespoons of chopped onion

14-1/2 ounce canned diced tomatoes

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon white vinegar

1 teaspoon seasoning salt


Combine the ingredients and cook on low in your slow cooker for 4-6 hours.

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5. Chicken Tortilla Soup

This has a little kick to it, but I love it!


8 frozen chicken tenders

2-15-ounce cans of black beans, undrained

2-15-ounce cans of Rotel tomatoes

1 cup salsa, mild is my favorite

4-ounce can of diced green chilies

1-14-1/2 ounce can tomato sauce


Combine the ingredients above and place in a slow cooker for 8 hours on low. Before you serve the soup, remove the chicken tenders and cut them into bite size pieces. Add the pieces back to the soup. I serve my soup sprinkle with grated cheese, crushed tortilla chips and a dollop of sour cream.

PRINTABLE recipes: Recipes by Linda

Serve with:


Sour Cream

2 cups grated cheese

I hope you enjoy my 5 easy and frugal dump dinners very soon. It always tastes better when we eat at home and we save money by doing this! Let’s teach the world to cook from scratch again. May God bless you in your efforts to save money!

2 thoughts on “5 Easy And Frugal Dump Dinners You Will Love

  • January 28, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Hello Linda, These are all delicious recipes for the slow cooker. I do love my slow cookers. I used to do almost all of my cooking that way and at one time I had 10 of them in different sizes because that is how I would entertain– cook everything in crockpots and then just line them up on the bar. So I was always looking for different recipes. But now I love and teach solar cooking. These recipes all do well in solar ovens. So I am sharing your post with my Facebook readers and telling them to pop over here for these recipes. Regards, Merry | Sunshine On My Shoulder

    • January 29, 2016 at 10:54 am

      Hi Merry, oh how I love to hear that you are teaching solar cooking! You rock! Thanks for sharing and now I’m headed over to your blog! Happy Friday!! Linda


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