Slow Cooker Recipes: Pot Roast and Southwestern Chicken Soup

I’ve been saving some serious money by slowing down and heating up my crock pot. The other day I gave you some reasons why slow cooking is good for your wallet, so now I’ll give you some recipes to help you get cooking! These crock pot recipes contain meat – chicken or beef. If you’re more into beans, then just swap the meat for your favorite legume. I’ll post some specific vegetarian slow cooker recipes later for my veggie friends.

Below each recipe I also offer meal ideas for your leftovers. One of the powers of making crock pot meals is finding ways to keep your money-saving leftovers for lunch or dinner.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken Soup

This crock pot recipe is a spicy and delicious chicken soup that can easily serve a family of four. I often make this soup using chicken thighs or chicken found on sale. Feel free to add a dollop of sour cream and a handful of tortilla chips to complete this meal in a fun way. The total cost of this dish was just under $7 – plus I stretched this meal further by using the leftovers to make a simple spicy chicken stew. How’s that for frugal food?

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless chicken (thighs or breast), cut into even pieces.
  • 2 cans (about 14 ounces total) chicken broth
  • 3 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium green peppers, chopped
  • 1 medium red pepper, chopped (optional)
  • 1 can chopped green chilies or 1 teaspoon crushed red chilies
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • handful tortilla chips (optional)

Instructions:
1. Slice chicken and vegetables in consistent and even pieces. My dog Tivo decided to watch carefully as I chopped the ingredients. She looks hopeful, non?

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2. Layer chicken into the bottom of your slow cooker, and then add your veggies on top. Add spices, and then add liquid ingredients. Stir.

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3. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or on HIGH for 4 hours. Stir only before serving.

Leftover Recipe: Southwestern Chicken and Rice Stew

I always have yummy leftovers after serving this meal. To make the most of my dinner dollars I just add whatever is in my fridge. Some ideas include stirring in a few cups of rice, quinoa, or pasta. If you have some extra fresh veggies (like broccoli) try making a spicy chicken stir fry and serve with a wrap.

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In this leftover recipe I added 3 cups of wild rice bought on sale.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Slow cooker pot roast is one of the most common meals to make with a crock pot. My mom used to cook this meal often when I was a kid. This meal can be made in just three easy steps – the trick is to slice the potatoes and carrots in consistent chunks to help the food cook evenly. Finding a lesser cut of roast on sale can save you up to 50% on your grocery bill.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 (3-4 pound) boneless beef roast
  • 2 large carrots, thinly and evenly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 medium potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup water or beef broth

Instructions:
1. Slice vegetables evenly and layer in the bottom of your crock pot or slow cooker.

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2. Salt and pepper meat, then place in pot on top of vegetables. Add liquid.

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3. Cover and cook on LOW for 10 to 12 hours or on HIGH for 5 to 6 hours. Serve with fresh salad to complete the meal.

Leftover Recipe: Crock Pot Beef Wrap

It’s a wrap! If you’ve got leftover slow cooker pot roast then try slicing up your beef and layering it into a wrap. Add some steak sauce, rice, quinoa, hummus, or veggies and you’ve got a yummy lunch or a second family meal. Using your leftovers is an easy way to lower your food costs.

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There you have it! Two easy, cheap, and healthy crock pot recipes for your next family meal.

Got a favorite slow cooker meal to share? Let’s hear it!

Your two cents:

  1. Trevor @ Financialnut March 16th, 2009

    Wow… looks amazing! Thanks for the tips.

  2. Wooly Woman March 16th, 2009

    Mmmmmm yummy! I have a crock pot which doesn’t get used nearly enough, I should try the southwest chicken!

  3. ABCs of Investing March 16th, 2009

    Looks great – I’m going to try one of these this weekend.

  4. Rina March 16th, 2009

    Yum. I love love love my slow cooker!

  5. marian@marianmorgan.com March 17th, 2009

    Thanks to your blog, I now have my first slow cooker purchased at Target which I’m trying out today. For those vegetarian and vegan among us – there are many slow cooker recipes online. I shared my excitement with a coaching client who then turned me on to the Vita-mix which I broke down an ordered online. A bit pricey but again saves time and money – making restaurant quality soups right in the appliance, etc.

  6. Kerry March 17th, 2009

    @Trevor You’re welcome!
    @Wooly Woman The Chicken recipe is my favorite. 🙂
    @ABCs Let me know how it goes. 😉
    @Rina I love love love my slow cooker tooooo.
    @marian I’ll post some vegan recipes for my veggie friends. I would love a vita-mix. 🙂

  7. debtdieter March 17th, 2009

    That soup looks great! I’m working from home tomorrow so will give it a try.

  8. frugal living March 18th, 2009

    Heres a slowcooker version
    2 pounds chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, cut in 1 to 1 1/2-inch pieces
    1 medium onion, chopped
    3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
    1 can (15 oz) white hominy, drained
    1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
    1 can (28 oz) tomatillos, drained and chopped
    1 can (4 oz) mild green chiles
    PREPARATION:
    Combine all ingredients in slow cooker; stir to blend all ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours, or high for 4 to 4 1/2 hours.
    Serves 4 to 6.

  9. Kolla March 18th, 2009

    Ohhhhh, now inspired to dig out never-before-used crockpot and cook away. Love the SW chicken soup and the leftover idea, yum yum.
    The crock pot seems just perfect for those of us that are a little kitchen challenged, thank you Foxy!

  10. Dana March 18th, 2009

    I’m nursing a cold, saw your recipe and decided this chicken soup is a really good idea 🙂 By the way, beef barley also makes a mean crock pot soup. Cheers!

  11. Kerry March 18th, 2009

    @debtdieter Hope your meal turned out awesome!

    @frugal living Your recipe reads divine! Yummylicious!

    @Kolla The crock pot is very easy to use for those culinary challenged. My best meals are due to my slow cooker. 🙂

    @Dana I hope you’re feeling better soon! I too love beef barley soup – a fantastic slow cooked meal for sure!

  12. marci March 18th, 2009

    Received a crockpot 35 years ago, and used it at least once a week up until 2 years ago when I broke it while moving yet again. Replaced it immediately with a garage sale crockpot for $1 and again am using it at least once a week.

    I just love throwing stuff in it in the morning, turning it on, and going to work (well, I don’t love the going to work part…), and then coming home to a great aromic meal filling the house 🙂

    I don’t bother adding broth to any of the meals – just water seems to do the trick fine as I place the meat on the bottom of the crockpot. To save additional monies, the veggies are usually from my garden, as are the dried spices – add clams, fish, or venison, and the meal is practically free 🙂

    Any combo of meat, water, veggies, and carbs (rice, barley, potatoes, pasta), and some herbs, and it ALWAYS comes out great!

  13. marci March 18th, 2009

    Forgot to mention the beans. Beans and barley just tends to add so much body to any crockpot meal.

    Tuesday the corned beef, cabbage, carrots, and red potatoes were waiting for me when I got home from work – nice and delicious 🙂

  14. Sagan March 21st, 2009

    That looks delicious! Such excellent ideas. Love slow cookers and especially love anything that can be transformed into a wrap/sandwich 😀

  15. kim-information exchange March 22nd, 2009

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. Just want to commend you for the great site and I enjoyed visiting.

  16. Jules March 22nd, 2009

    Try ratatouille in a crock pot! I’ve never made a crock pot version, but I’m pretty sure it’d be great.

  17. lindalee March 23rd, 2009

    I think your site has become my new favorite!

    Thanks for the fresh take on crock pots. We primarily use ours as a bread box (it works very well!). But… I will have to try your tips and recipes.

  18. Meaghan March 24th, 2009

    Thanks for sharing! I’m looking forward to trying these (esp. the Southwestern Chicken and Rice) Frugal and tasty, how can you go wrong?!

  19. Saver Queen March 30th, 2009

    I love the picture of Tivo sitting patiently and hopefully. It’s very a familiar look. My kitten loves to perch on the barstools and watch excitedly as I cook. I love her expressions, especially as she sniffs the scents of strong herbs or flavours. So cute!

  20. Rachael April 8th, 2009

    I have one of those slow cookers with a timer setting. I’ve used it for years, and have often wished I had the one without the timer, because the food always cooks more than it used to in the plain type. Anyway, I had never made a pot roast and decided to give one a try, unfortunatley most of it was quite dry. Being a frugal person myself I froze it until I was able to come up with something else to do with it. I like morphing my leftovers into other meals, so this gave me an opportunity to improve the dry roast. I decided to make a gravy and cook it in a pie crust. We had eaten all the delicious veggies the first night so I steamed some chopped carrots, green beans, cubed potatoes, etc.. and mixed it in with the meat (cubed), put it in a pie crust with a light gravy and voila: delicious family-size pot pie! I had enough meat still in the freezer to make another one as well! My boyfriend loved it.

  21. tzuzan August 2nd, 2009

    @Rachael, I love making pot roast whenever I get the chance because it’s so easy for me. Here’s a tip for you if you want the meat to be really tender. I use a can of beer in the crock pot. The beer tenderizes the meat and makes it so smooth like butter LOL. Any light beer will do but I traditionally use Grolsch.

  22. Sherrie May 1st, 2010

    Hi. I used my crock once many years ago….and….well, it didn’t turn out so great. I love your blog and saw your recipe for crockpot roast, and decided to try it again. I purchased a lovely roast and am going to cook it for my family tomorrow. I love the thought of making wholesome meals for my family. Not to mention the time saving and the money too. Wish me luck!

  23. Doug Mackenzie September 8th, 2012

    You can make the easiest and best pulled pork in a slow cooker. Put some boneless pork (seasoned with salt and pepper), cover it in root beer, and cook for 8 hours on low. (You can add an onion, cut in half, under the pork if you like). Remove the pork after it’s cooked, discard the cooking liquid (and the onion) and let the meat rest for 20-30 minutes before shredding.
    Using 2 forks, shred the pork and place the shredded pork back into the now empty slow cooker. Add a bottle or two of your favourite BBQ sauce, stir to mix well, and reheat on high power for 30 minutes. Served the shredded pork on buns.

  24. Ernesto Gallardo January 4th, 2016

    I tried your pot roast and soup recipies and they are awesome, the last one a little too hot for my wife but really really tasty thanks

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