Are you looking for easy and cheap crock pot recipes for college students? If so, this is the perfect article for you!

Finding the time, energy, and money to make meals as a college student can be HARD. Meet your new best friend as a college student – the crock pot. Using a crock pot is an easy and cheap way to make DELICIOUS meals while you are on the go!

Don’t waste your money on fast food when you can enjoy a dinner that is actually tasty with your roommates. Below are the perfect crock pot recipes for college students – whether you like chicken, soup, or are vegetarian, these recipes will have you feeling like your own personal chef! Throughout the article, I link ingredients from Target and Walmart – showing you that the ingredients for these crock pot recipes are cheap and easy to find!

Chicken Crock Pot Recipes
Soup Crock Pot Recipes
Meatless Crock Pot Recipes

When packing up for the semester to go off to college, including your crock pot is a must! Cooking could never be made easier – just throw everything in the crock pot in the morning, and you have a delicious meal to eat by night. The reason a crock pot is perfect for college students is because of its convenience. As a college student, you are constantly on the go, running to and from class, work, the library, etc., and don’t have the time to be standing at the stove for hours making a meal.

The crock pot allows you to quickly throw everything together in the morning before heading out for the day, and return home to a delicious meal. Plus, most crock pot recipes are super easy and cheap. They often require minimal prep, and you get your bang for your buck with the quantity of food these recipes make – perfect for leftovers! Here are some crock pot options worth investing in before heading off to college:

$10 2-quart crock pot – perfect for small serving sizes!
$20 6-quart crock pot – perfect for you and your college roommates!

Keep scrolling to check out some of the easiest and cheapest crock pot recipes for college students!

Chicken Crock Pot Recipes

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Cooking chicken in the crock pot couldn’t be easier! These chicken crock pot recipes for college students are EASY, CHEAP, and not to mention, FLAVORFUL.

3 Ingredient Mexican Shredded Chicken Recipe

3 Ingredients??? It can’t get any easier than this for college students! This easy meal is perfect to make tacos, salads, rice bowls, and more. Let the chicken cook while you’re in classes for the day and come home to a meal that is to die for!

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: HIGH for 3-4 hrs/LOW for 6-8 hrs
Number of Ingredients: 3

Ingredients:
2.5-3 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cups salsa (choose your favorite!)
1 packet McCormick Original Taco Seasoning

Tuscan Garlic Chicken Thighs with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipe

Tuscan chicken is one of my GO TO recipes. Though this recipe does require a little more prep and ingredients, it is totally worth it. After a long day as a college student, this is the perfect meal to indulge in. This recipe will have you forgetting about your hefty to-do list and upcoming assignments/exams.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: HIGH for 3-4 hrs/LOW for 6-8 hrs
Number of Ingredients: 10

Ingredients:
6-8 skinless, bone in chicken thighs
1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
6 cloves garlic (or garlic powder)
1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup chicken broth
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
2 cups spinach

Creamy Ranch Crock Pot Chicken Recipe

This recipe is perfect for college students! Quickly throw everything into the crock pot, and you will have lots of leftovers to last you through your busy college week. This recipe only uses 5 ingredients, and is a great meal option when you’re on a tight budget!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: LOW for 5 hours
Number of Ingredients: 5

Ingredients:
1-1.5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
8 oz. cream cheese
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 packet ranch seasoning mix
6 oz. noodles

Soup Crock Pot Recipes

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Soup is a great go-to meal to make in the crock pot as a college student. Oftentimes, the leftovers can be frozen and saved for a later date with ease! These crock pot soup recipes below are some of my favorites and so easy to make.

Potato Soup Recipe

Potato Soup is one of my absolute favorite crock pot recipes. This is a great recipe for when you’re looking for a hearty meal, and is perfect to come home to after a cold day outside on campus.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: HIGH for 3-4 hrs/LOW for 6-8 hrs
Number of Ingredients: 12

Ingredients:
10 slices cooked bacon, chopped
3 cups chicken broth
2 lbs Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced
1 medium yellow onion, diced (or onion powder)
6 cloves garlic minced (or garlic powder)
1 tablespoon dried parsley
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk/half and half/heavy cream
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
Salt and pepper to taste

White Chicken Chili Soup Recipe

This white chicken chili soup recipe is great for those who don’t love the traditional chili flavor with a tomato base. Don’t have time to pre-cook the chicken? You can buy pre-cooked shredded chicken from Target, Walmart, or most likely your local grocery store.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: LOW for 5-6 hrs
Number of Ingredients: 5

Ingredients:
6 cups chicken stock
3-4 cups cooked shredded chicken
2 (15 oz.) cans beans of your choice
2 cups salsa verde
2 teaspoons ground cumin

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Talk about the perfect Fall meal! This soup recipe takes only 10 minutes to make and is one of the best crock pot recipes for college students – specifically those looking for a healthier meal option.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: HIGH 4 hrs/LOW for 6-8 hrs
Number of Ingredients: 11

Ingredients:
1 large butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes
1 white onion, diced (or onion powder)
4 cloves garlic, minced (or garlic powder)
1 cup chopped carrots
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon chili flakes, optional
4-5 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup coconut milk or cashew cream
Salt and pepper to taste

Meatless Crock Pot Recipes

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Are you a vegetarian? No problem! There are plenty of crock pot recipes for college students that don’t require meat. Below are some must-try recipes for the vegetarian college student.

Mac ‘n’ Cheese Recipe

Mac ‘n’ cheese was always my favorite food to eat as a child. Who says you can’t still love it as a college student? Try out this recipe when you’re craving mac ‘n’ cheese – I promise, it’s better than the boxed mac ‘n’ cheese you usually buy – but is still an inexpensive meal, especially when you consider how much it makes (9 servings).

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: LOW for 2.5-3 hrs
Number of Ingredients: 8

Ingredients:
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1 can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 large eggs
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Eggplant Lasagna Recipe

Eggplant lasagna is a delicious meal, and this recipe is perfect for college students on the go! This recipe is sure to make your hectic week at school much easier, without requiring you to resort to food that’s not as tasty as this.

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: HIGH for 2-2.5 hrs/LOW for 4-5 hrs
Number of Ingredients: 12

Ingredients:
1 lb. eggplant
8 oz. lasagna noodles (no bake)
15 oz. ricotta cheese
1 egg
4 cups marinara sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoon basil
3 cloves garlic (or garlic powder)
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Quinoa Taco Recipe

Feeling super lazy but don’t want to waste your money on a meal that isn’t satisfying? This is one of the easiest crock pot recipes for college students – and it costs under $10!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: HIGH for 2.5-4 hrs
Number of Ingredients: 8

Ingredients:
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup chicken stock or vegetable stock
2 cans black beans
1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 can enchilada sauce
1 1/2 cups frozen corn
1 packet taco seasoning
Corn or flour tortillas

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Give these crock pot recipes for college students a try while you’re about to take on a busy week of schoolwork! Cooking delicious meals doesn’t have to be hard, and can be cheap too!

Thank you for reading, and I hope you feel inspired to cook these easy and cheap crock pot recipes. You won’t be disappointed, I promise!