Last year, the average 30-second Super Bowl commercial cost $4 million, and the average party cost $63 per game-day viewer. Yeowza!
Don’t blow your budget on a football party. You can entertain fans and have fun with a party that is as delicious for your pocketbook and it is for your guests.
Here are 10 incredible crockpot recipes that will help you save cash without scrimping on fun and flavor. By using inexpensive ingredients (think beans, rice and ground meats), you can save a big wad of cash on your Big Game party.
Beans & Weenies (A Coupons.com exclusive recipe!)
Traditional cocktail sausages are fun to serve out of the crockpot, but a single package can cost nearly $4. Rather than completely cutting the cocktail-sized snackers from your menu, add them to inexpensive beans and you’ll bulk up your menu offerings without beefing up your budget. This recipe is easy to make for a crowd—simply double or triple each ingredient, then serve it alongside other classic barbecue favorites like homemade sliders and kettle potato chips. Total price per serving: about $0.30.
Crockpot Baked Beans and Weenies
2 cans pork & beans
1 (14 ounce) package cocktail sausages
1 cup honey barbecue sauce
Place all ingredients in a 2-3 quart crockpot. Cook on low for 3-4 hours. Serve as a side dish with your favorite picnic, party, and barbecue fare. Enjoy!
Bean and Cheese Queso
A quick, simple nacho-inspired dip that will feed a crowd for about $12. Serve this dip with tortilla chips and you’ll have everyone glad it’s game day.
Creamy Hot Sausage Dip
This delicious, creamy dip costs about $7 per batch and is a satisfying way to celebrate your favorite team without breaking the bank. Look for store brand potato chips, or save up favorite coupons to make the brand ingredients in this recipe cheaper than ever.
Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
Mix up a batch of this easy chili in minutes, then let it simmer in your crockpot until kickoff. Filled with inexpensive ingredients and tons of flavor, swapping in ground turkey doesn’t just cut calories, it cuts cost.
Crockpot Chicken Tacos
One of the best ways to save money on party menus is to make meat a small star instead of the main attraction. In this easy recipe for Crockpot chicken tacos, chicken is slow-simmered until tender, then served with inexpensive flour tortillas, chopped lettuce, and a sprinkling of cheese for a cheap dish that everyone will cheer about.
French Dip Sandwiches
Less expensive cuts of meat work great in slow cooker recipes because the long cooking time tends to make them tender and savory. This recipe takes beef brisket and turns it into a delicious recipe for French Dip sandwiches. Perfect for the slow cooker, even better for saving money!
Crockpot meatballs are a favorite way to serve a crowd. But this recipe takes traditional sauce-covered meatballs and turns them into a gourmet looking dish! Serve a top a $1 box of pasta for a rich, satisfying party treat that doesn’t break the bank.
Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Dip
Why spend a whole day making dinner when you can put dinner into your dip? This brilliant Crockpot Cheeseburger Dip is a fun way to serve up game day appetizers that are hearty and filling, so you don’t have to do a full dinner for party guests.
Crockpot Lava Cake
An inexpensive box cake mix is transformed into a slow cooker cake that’ll have everyone’s eyes on their plates, instead of on the game. This simple chocolate lava cake is so good, you’ll wish you were eating out of your slow cooker every night.
Crockpot Apple Crisp
Apples are one of the least expensive winter fruits, so why not grab a bushel and save a bundle with this gorgeous recipe for Crockpot Apple Crisp. Spoon it up with ice cream and serve it as you watch the game. This delightful recipe is sure to add a sweet surprise—no matter how well your team is playing this year.
Brooke McLay writes from high in the mountains of Colorado, where she lives with her four fab children, and works as a freelance recipe developer, food writer, food photographer, and cooking show host for Babble, General Mills, Good Cook, and other sundry companies. Her blog Cheeky Kitchen, has garnered praise for its colorful photographs, wholesome cooking, and lyrical musings. Her first cookbook is scheduled for release in 2013.