A lot of the cheapest cuts of meat we can already guess -- typically, a ground meat is going to be cheaper than a whole chop, right? But with this exception made, we can say that typically, the cheaper cuts of meat are typically going to be tougher than more expensive cuts. That doesn't mean they can't be delicious -- many tougher, cheaper cuts are very flavorful and tasty, they just need to be prepared a different way than is typical. For instance, flank steak is one of the cheapest steaks on the market. But when it's been marinated for a long time -- or cooked slowly in the slow cooker for a long time -- it's absolutely earth-shatteringly delicious. Another cheap cut featured here: chicken leg quarters, also called the whole chicken leg, are made of both the thigh and drumstick. They can either be cooked whole or separated, and they are the least expensive cut of chicken.
But slow cookers aren't just great for tenderizing tougher, cheaper cuts of meat. We love this roundup of 20 Delicious Crock-Pot Recipes for Fast Fall Dinners, which are full of fall flavors but are actually really great year-round. Similarly, we're also fans of Don't Put Away the Slow Cooker Just Yet: Here Are 20 Recipes That Still Work for Spring, which taste great at any time of year, even if they make the most of spring seasonal ingredients.Then there's 40 Healthy Crock-Pot Meals the Whole Family Will Love, which is such a great way to use the slow cooker to make food that the family will enjoy and is actually good for them. Whether it's summertime or just time for entertaining, we think these 20 Slow Cooker Memorial Day Recipes are a star of the slow cooker game, and 40 Yummy Overnight Slow-Cooker Breakfasts Kids Can Serve Themselves and 6 Crock-Pot Breakfast Recipes That Will Make You Want to Rise & Dine, which are perfect for those busy weekdays so kids can scoop a good, filling breakfast for themselves on the way out the door.
Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Apples
Pork loin roast is just $1.86 for boneless cuts, on average, making it the cheapest cut of pork. We love this Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Apples, which makes great use of this typically fairly tough cut of meat by cooking it in the slow cooker for hours with lots of great spices.
2-Ingredient Crock-Pot Barbecued Chicken Legs
We love a recipe that tastes great and uses as few ingredients as possible -- not to mention a slow-cooker one, which means it basically does the work for us. Check out this perfect 2-Ingredient Crock-Pot Barbecued Chicken Legs recipe.
Crock-Pot Mexican Casserole
We love this Crock-Pot Mexican Casserole, which is healthy, gluten-free, and makes use of either ground turkey or chicken, according to preference. It's packed with black beans and quinoa, making it a great source of tons of protein.
Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef
This recipe for Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef makes use of flank steak, which is a tough cut of beef but a very flavorful one. It's a great way to use this cut, and is delicious with steamed broccoli in a garlic-sauce sauce and rice.
Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
We love this Slow Cooker Turkey Chili, which is healthier and less expensive than a beef chili! While ground beef is the most economical cut of beef, ground turkey is even less expensive -- and has less fat, too.
Slow Cooker Lamb Shoulder
When it comes to cooking lamb, we adore lamb chops, but have to recognize that they're not as inexpensive as some other cuts of meat. The cheapest is lamb shoulder, which is really delicious in the slow cooker! Check out this recipe for Slow Cooker Lamb Shoulder.
Slow Cooker Chicken Quarters with Potatoes & Carrots
This recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Quarters with Potatoes & Carrots creates a whole meal using the cheapest cut of chicken. Potatoes are always inxpensive, and use big carrots chopped up rather than baby carrots to cut costs -- big carrots have more vitamins, too.
Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce With Ground Beef
We love this Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce With Ground Beef, which is rich and delicious, and uses the cheapest type of beef -- ground beef, or in recipes from the U.K., it's often referred to as "minced meat."
Slow Cooker Chicken Leg Quarters With Honey And Garlic
We definitely have all the ingredients in our kitchen Slow Cooker Chicken Leg Quarters With Honey And Garlic except for the chicken leg quarters, which makes this one an absolute winner for us -- simple and no new ingredients needed!
Crockpot Taco Meat
This recipe for Crockpot Taco Meat is such an incredibly easy one -- just set it and forget it, and let folks put together their own tacos (or taco bowls) as they will. And using ground beef is always a good idea because it's so much less expensive than any other type of beef!
Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pork Loin
When it comes to picky eaters, we think this Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pork Loin is one of the best ways to get kids to eat their dinner. Yes, the brown sugar makes it not the healthiest thing in the world, but it's pretty delicious -- and goes great with a big plate of garlic roasted broccoli and baked potatoes.
Slow Cooker Cranberry Meatballs
When it comes to throwing an impromptu party and putting out a dish that everyone will love and won't cost a fortune, we're big fans of these Slow Cooker Cranberry Meatballs. They're tangy and a little spicy -- and also make a great cheap dinner!
Crock Pot Eye of Round with Mushroom & Onion Gravy
Eye of round is the least expensive cut of beef that isn't ground meat. We love this recipe for Crock Pot Eye of Round with Mushroom & Onion Gravy, which takes a tough, lean cut and makes it falling-apart delicious.
Italian-Style Slow Cooker Pot Roast
We love a good pot roast recipe, and this Italian-Style Slow Cooker Pot Roast is absolutely delicious -- and makes the most out of eye of round, the second least expensive cut of beef after ground meat.
Honey Butter Garlic Pork Loin Roast
This recipe for Honey Butter Garlic Pork Loin Roast is so incredibly tasty and a great way to use a pork loin roast -- slow cooking is a very forgiving method of cooking, and cooking on low heat for hours in this super-tasty sauce is a great way to enjoy this cut.
Slow-Cooker Korean Style Barbecue Pork
This Slow-Cooker Korean Style Barbecue Pork is so incredibly tasty and a great way to use an inexpensive cut of meat. It's so good served on top of sticky rice or as part of ramen, or with lettuce wraps or as sandwiches.
Who doesn't love a good rib dinner? These Crockpot Ribs are absolutely falling-off-the-bone tender, and ribs are a really economical cut of meat generally. Serve with garlic mashed potatoes and some roasted vegetables.
Slow Cooker Whole Chicken & Gravy
While chicken legs are the least expensive cut of chicken, an entire chicken is considerably cheaper than buying white meat alone. Check out this great recipe for Slow Cooker Whole Chicken & Gravy, which is delicious.
Slow Cooked Roasted Tandoori Chicken
Want some amazing flavor for very little money? This Slow Cooked Roasted Tandoori Chicken is the absolute best way forward. It's incredibly flavorful and also falling-off-the-bone tender, and we love it.
Slow Cooker Flank Steak Fajitas
We love flank steak, but it needs to either be marinated for a long time to lose its toughness, or cook long and slow, as in a slow cooker. This recipe for Slow Cooker Flank Steak Fajitas is absolutely ideal.