crock pot recipes for two

14 Best Crock Pot Recipes for Two that Are Cheap and Easy

It could be date night, Monday night, or any night for that matter, but preparing a meal for your spouse or partner should be fun and easy.

And now it can be, these easy crockpot recipes for two that are cheap and cheerful bring the joy back to cooking, and it is so simple you could do them together.

There is nothing more romantic than standing side by side preparing dinner for that evening with your other half, and now you have two weeks of easy-to-follow recipes to keep the fire burning.

The casual conversations, the tips for each other (even if no one really knows how to cook), and then walk down memory lane as you swap stories back and forth of how you used to help your grandmother in the kitchen with the food.

Now, you have the chance to make your own memorable moments to look back on when you’re old and sitting on the veranda in your rocking chairs, cups of tea in hand.

#1. Crock Pot Beef Stew recipe

Who doesn’t love a hearty, meaty stew in the middle of winter when all you want to do is sit covered on the couch and binge-watch your favorite TV series.

This is a meal that feels like you are getting a big bear hug from your other half when you need it the most, and it always delivers.

Thick, flavorful sauce envelops tender meat and vegetables and goes well with rice or inside a pita pocket as we have come to love.

A cozy meal with your partner and winter can throw anything it likes at you, throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker, and let the rest take care of itself.

Get recipe: smalltownwoman.com

#2. Healthy Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken 

While this recipe does yield 4 portions, who wouldn’t want to eat this again the next night (if you can wait that long, I am thinking lunch the next day perhaps).

It is a simple, slow-cooking meal that offers Asian infusion with home cooking and when sprinkled with fresh spring onion and sesame seeds it is like ordering your favorite takeaway meal.

This healthy crock pot dish not only uses lean meat like chicken which makes it a great summer entrée but is light enough to toss with salad leaves for a warm evening supper when you don’t feel like a full-on meal.

The soy sauce gives a nice balance to complement the sweet teriyaki sauce and it is easy on the pocket so is considered one of the perfect crockpot recipes for two that are cheap and cheerful to suit everyone.

Get recipe: wellplated.com

#3. French Onion Soup

My husband and I love traditional dishes, and then as we get accustomed to the tastes we like to add our own unique touch with either alternative vegetables or spices.

This classic onion soup, however, is as tasty as when it was created by the poorer demographics and has since been a regular attendee on the more upmarket menus.

The onions soak up all the goodness in the liquid as the ingredients simmer away gently for hours, and it goes great with thick chunks of bread to dip into the bowl as you eat.

Sometimes you just need to take a recipe for what it is, good food.

Get recipe: zonacooks.com

#4. Easy Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken 

If you were worried that a cheap meal meant you had to compromise on flavor then this dish will change your mind forever.

A cheerful crockpot recipe for two that delivers on wholesomeness and a nod to your usual Asian takeout restaurant favorite.

Usually, this dish is served with fluffy white rice which welcomes the stickiness of the sauce with open arms and each bite is therefore much more intense and flavorsome.

Simple and quick to prepare, and after dishing from the slow cooker into the bowls or onto the plate you could opt to top the meal with crushed, salted, and roasted cashew nuts (always necessary when it comes to my husband).

Get recipe: zonacooks.com

#5. Mom’s Meatloaf for 2

This is for the most part, at least for all the years I’ve known it, made in the oven but when time is something that is running short a crockpot version is good to have to hand.

Mix the minced meat with the spices and herbs, mold it into the loaf shapes, and put it in the crockpot to cook while you rush around trying to finish errands.

Then when you come home and the smell is drawing you to the dining table all you need to do is serve a loaf with some green vegetables and creamy, mashed potatoes and you will thank yourself for investing in a slow cooker for times like these.

Any liquid left at the bottom of the cooker, whisk in some cornstarch to thicken and serve as a delicious gravy on top or alongside.

Get recipe: tasteofhome.com

#6. Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Bowls

Taco night would be every night in my house if I had my way, but the hubby tends to frown on it when it starts showing up too often.

It is the easiest and quickest to make, and when slow cooker recipes for two that are cheap and cheerful and packed with so much color and flavor, why wouldn’t you want to eat it all the time?

This recipe is simple to throw together, and with a dollop of sour cream and fresh salsa on top when serving I can close my eyes with each bite and be taken back to our summer vacation from a few years ago.

You could have them in a bowl on top of rice or stuff the filling into taco shells or wraps (which I do way too much for lunch boxes).

Get recipe: zonacooks.com

#7. Two Serving Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

A heart-warming meal that is packed with filling ingredients such as beans and chicken, vegetables, and tortillas, is an easy crockpot recipe for two to whip up for any night of the week.

Put everything into the slow cooker before heading out the door to work and when your fiancée walks in the late afternoon he will be hit with a magnificent smell of dinner ready and waiting.

Hopefully, he will have the table set by the time you walk in the door and you can both sit down and enjoy a humble meal that takes no effort and tastes like a million dollars.

Meals can bring people together and when it is just the two of you this slow cooking method means more time away from the stove and more quality time together.

Get recipe: skinnyms.com

#8. Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

On first reading the title of this dish you do not think it is quite a dinner meal, but it is certainly cheap and cheerful and is perfect for weekends when nobody feels like cooking.

Onions and shredded beef in an intense gravy broth sauce, packed full into a fresh brioche bun, and game day lunchtimes just became that much more eventful, and tasty.

The meat is fork-tender and adding a slice of strong cheese and traditional burger sauce and you have yourself a slow cooker delicacy that is sure to be repeated frequently.

Get recipe: zonacooks.com

#9. White Chicken Chili for two

We always assume that when we make a batch of chili it has to feed an army, and it is usually the case in our family, but sometimes you just want a dish that you love without 10 liters of it leftover.

Well, now you can.

This is a great recipe for those nights when your homemade cornbread (from the night before which turned out perfectly) needs something to soak up, and chili is the answer.

An easy crockpot recipe for two that while some people make it in a pot or large skillet, the crock pot is just as effective if not more efficient in that you don’t need to keep an eye on it.

Throw everything into the pot and leave to simmer for several hours, dish into a large bowl, and chunks of bread on the side to dip in as you go.

Get recipe: dessertfortwo.com

#10. Slow cooker BBQ chicken sandwiches for two

When I made these for my husband for lunch one day he came back saying he had to share them with half the team at work because they smelled so good.

He was not happy.

But I did make another batch for him to turn that frown upside down although, I was secretly happy they were such a hit.

Now he will never moan about his lunches for work again.

Topped with crunchy (homemade if you can, I prefer it) coleslaw and a good dollop of chutney if you have it (optional), when you taste these you will understand why he didn’t want to share.

A winner any day of the week.

Get recipe: bakingmischief.com

#11. Slow Cooker Country Style Pork Ribs and Mushroom Gravy

Ok, if you are thinking that there is no way that ribs can be successfully made in the crockpot then you are not alone, I was the same.

What made me try this recipe was that we had a problem with our oven where I usually cook them wrapped in foil, but having already bought them I had to use them.

So I thought, why not the slow cooker, it is so great for thousands of other dishes I have made.

And in doing so I found a cheap crock pot recipe for two that while taking the same time to cook as oven-baked ribs, I didn’t have to turn these or keep an eye on them and they were essentially sacrificing themselves for us when we went to pick them up.

A dinner that surprised us both, but in a great way.

Get recipe: zonacooks.com

#12. Slow Cooker Southern Fried Chicken for Two

I never thought I would see the day when there would be crockpot meals for two that are cheap and cheerful and would taste this amazing.

Fried chicken has been taken to a new level, and my other half can enjoy it just as much as he did when he was not as health-conscious as he is now, by serving it with cauliflower mash.

You crumb them the same as you would regular chicken and breadcrumbs but use almond crushed flakes mixed with whole wheat gluten-free flour, and almond milk rather than cow’s milk.

Place them in the slow cooker to cook through and in the last 10 to 15 minutes take the lid off to get as much crispiness to the chicken as possible.

What makes this so cost-effective is that you don’t need to use superior parts of the chicken where the thighs that some people consider the lower-class cut work beautifully as they bring their own element of fat to the meal making it tastier.

Get recipe: skinnyms.com

#13. Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Date nights can be just as romantic as if you were to sit at the restaurant across from each other and eat a dinner that costs most likely triple that of what you could make it for at home.

This is a delicate and humble dish that ticks all the boxes of flavor and taste, but is easy on the pocket, leaving you some cash to buy flowers (earning points).

Cheap crock pot recipes for two should be a staple in your home when it is just the pair of you, it helps to keep things interesting and not to fall into a culinary rut.

I like to roast cashews in the pan when the meal is pretty much done, and while they are still hot I toss them in a generous helping of pink, Himalayan salt and crush them into smaller pieces to sprinkle over the dinner.

A spoonful of fresh coriander or spring onion will add a nice pop of color too.

Get recipe: recipesthatcrock.com

#14. 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

If you have ever had pulled pork then you will know how satisfying it is when you bite into a homemade sandwich stuffed with pulled pork meat.

And you can never go wrong with BBQ flavor on anything to be fair.

The sweet yet tangy stickiness of the sauce coats and infuses itself with the falling-apart meat and eaten with rice is just as delicious.

My kids used to love the meat in wraps with cucumber sticks for lunch boxes when they were at school and shredded carrot is a healthier option, but nice to look at too.

Get recipe: skinnyms.com

Now that you’ve bought your new slow cooker and have a culinary enthusiasm to get good use out of it, this 2 weeks’ worth of crockpot dinner recipes for two will help to get the ball rolling.

There is something new to try each night and at the end of the trial period you can tick off your favorite or least favorite dishes.

Then go check out our blog to find new versions of crock pot recipes for two people and begin your new adventure cycle all over again. Win-win.

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