Slow Cooker Recipes That Are Frugal And Easy

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Do you love slow cooker recipes that are frugal and easy as much as I do? If I put dinner in the slow cooker and set it and forget it, I’m a happy girl! My husband loves the smell of something cooking in the kitchen so it’s a win-win for both of us!

Yesterday on Food Storage Moms Facebook page a reader asked if I had any slow cooker chicken recipes not using tomatoes. Yep, I sure do! It’s interesting for the last few years the Instant Pot pressure cooker has been the kitchen appliance people wanted to try. I bought one and gave it away because I preferred my Fagor pressure cooker. Pressure cookers started to be the rage because families could do so many things with them.

We can saute food, use it as a slow cooker, roaster, and more. The funny thing is I still love my slow cooker for my dinners if I’m not in a hurry. If I want really tender meat fast, I use my pressure cooker. I can still remember watching my mom using a stove pressure cooker. They have been around for years. It’s awesome to see families starting to cook in their homes again who got out of the habit for some reason or another.

I’m going to share a few different recipes my family has used for years. One of my readers mentioned she has several different sized slow cookers for entertaining. I love that tip! She makes all the meals and lines up the slow cookers for her guests! This is a great idea for a party!

I must say purple is my favorite color and if someone sold a purple slow cooker I would be very tempted to buy one. Just saying. I have a variety of slow cooker recipes today for you, so let’s get started.

Slow Cooker Recipes:

Corn Bread

5 from 3 votes
Slow Cooker Recipes
Corn Bread by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1-1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
Instructions
  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and make a “well” in the middle of the ingredients. Add the remaining ingredients in the center of the well and stir until just moistened. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease an 8-inch square cake pan. Scoop the batter into the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Beef Stew

Beef Stew by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 hrs
Total Time
10 hrs 10 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. cubed stew meat
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 10-3/4 ounce can tomato soup
  • 1 soup can of water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
Instructions
  1. Get your slow cooker out and start adding the ingredients as shown above. Cover and cook on low 10-12 hours.

Quick & Easy Chili

4 from 1 vote
3 Frugal Chili Recipes Made From Scratch by FoodStorageMoms.com
Quick And Easy Chili by FSM
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 10 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8 people
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 28 -ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 2-8 ounce cans tomato paste
  • 2-16 ounce cans kidney beans (do not drain) or equal amount of freshly cooked beans
  • 4 -ounce can of chopped green chilies
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground beef with the onions and drain the grease. Get the slow cooker out and start adding the browned ground beef, onions, and the remaining ingredients. Cook on low 6-8 hours.

French Dip Shredded Beef

French Dip Shredded Beef by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
7 hrs
Total Time
7 hrs 10 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Ingredients
  • 4 pounds of chuck roast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup of water
Instructions
  1. Combine the ingredients in your slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until tender. Shred the beef towards the end of the cooking time but keep it in the slow cooker to continue cooking. I buy French bread rolls and serve this meat with Au Jus to dip the sandwiches in.

Sweet & Tangy Cranberry Chicken

Sweet And Tangy Cranberry Chicken by FSM
Cook Time
6 hrs
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Ingredients
  • 4 pounds of raw chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup of diced celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 16 ounce can whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in your slow cooker, cover and bake on low for 6-8 hours. This is fabulous with rice.

Creamy Chicken

Creamy Chicken by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 10 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless/skinless chicken breast halves or 8 chicken tenderloins
  • 1 envelope dry Italian dressing mix
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8- ounce package of cream cheese
  • 10-3/4 ounce can cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup
Instructions
  1. Combine the ingredients in your slow cooker, cover and cook on low for about 4-6 hours. Shred the chicken or cut into bite-size pieces and serve over rice or noodles.

Creamy Chicken & Mushrooms

Creamy Chicken And Mushrooms by FSM
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 10 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless/skinless chicken breast halves
  • 12- ounce jar mushroom gravy
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8- ounce package of cream cheese
  • 4-1/2 ounces chopped green chilies
  • 1 package of dry Italian seasoning mix
Instructions
  1. Combine the ingredients in a slow cooker covered for about 6-8 hours on low. This has a bit of a kick to it and I love it!

Soda Pot Roast Dinner:

Soda Pot Roast Dinner
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 10 mins
 
I modified this recipe from a Dutch oven dinner I tasted once. Of course, I had to have the recipe and then I modified it.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Ingredients
  • 3-4 pound chuck roast
  • 10-3/4 ounce can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
  • 16 ounces of soda: Coca-Cola/Pepsi Cola/Dr. Pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine the ingredients in your slow cooker, cover and cook on high for 6 hours.

Harry’s Texas Chili

Harry’s Texas Chili (no beans)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 20 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Ingredients
  • Ingredients
  • 3 lbs. coarse ground beef
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 28- ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 2-8 ounce cans tomato paste
  • 4 ounce can of chopped green chilies
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-8 oz can tomato sauce
Instructions
  1. Instructions

    1. Brown the ground beef with the onions and drain the grease. Get the slow cooker out and start adding the browned ground beef, onions, and the remaining ingredients. Cook on low 6-8 hours.

Final Word

Let me know how often you use your slow cookers, I would love to hear! I love slow cooker recipes so I can set and forget my meals! Thanks for keeping your pantry full for your family. May God bless this world. Linda

Food Storage by Linda

6 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Recipes That Are Frugal And Easy

  • February 15, 2019 at 9:48 am
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    Linda,
    As I have told you before, here in Texas we make real chili that is NOT ruined by containing beans. LOL!!! So, I fixed the chili recipe for you below. Added an extra pound of beef instead of those beans, but also we use coarse ground beef. Of course, I removed the beans from the recipe and added a can of tomato sauce to compensate for the liquid in the can of (ugh) beans. Just making sure that you don’t insult any Texans who might visit you by making chili with beans. We Texans can be an ornery lot at times. Ha, ha, ha!!!

    Ingredients
    • 3 lbs. coarse ground beef
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes
    • 2-8 ounce cans tomato paste
    • 4 ounce can of chopped green chilies
    • 1 cup of water
    • 2 tablespoon minced garlic
    • 2 tablespoons chili powder
    • 2 teaspoons cumin
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon pepper
    • 1-8 oz can tomato sauce
    Instructions
    1. Brown the ground beef with the onions and drain the grease. Get the slow cooker out and start adding the browned ground beef, onions, and the remaining ingredients. Cook on low 6-8 hours.

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    • February 15, 2019 at 10:48 am
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      Hi Harry, oh my gosh, I forgot the TEXAS chili!! I’m adding your recipe with your name to my post. I hope that’s okay. I want this recipe!!!!! My readers would love a printable recipe!!! Thank you so much! Linda

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      • February 15, 2019 at 11:44 am
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        Happy to have it out there for everyone to see how to do it in Texas. LOL!!! I love your work and hope you know that we Texans like to tease folks from other states. That’s why I sent this. Keep up the good work and maybe we will all make it through the next disaster. And, hope it is a small disaster. God bless you.

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        • February 15, 2019 at 4:03 pm
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          Hi Harry, thanks so much for sharing the recipe! My sister lives in Austin, I love Texas! Linda

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  • February 16, 2019 at 2:21 am
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    Hi, Linda. One thing you should include is crock pot liners. I LOVE using these. Makes clean-up so much easier. Love this post. You always do such a great job with your blog.

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    • February 16, 2019 at 4:05 pm
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      Hi Joanne, what??? Do they have crock pot liners?? Oh my gosh, I have got to look into trying some of those!! Thanks for the tip!! I love it!! Linda

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