20 Slow Cooker Meals for under $150 at Aldi

Here is a super easy meal plan - get 20 slow cooker meals from Aldi for under $150.00!  This includes printable shopping list, monthly calendar, and recipes for all 20 meals!

A few weeks ago we launched an Aldi Meal Plan where you could make 25 meals for under $150.00.  The response was amazing and within a day, I was already getting emails begging for a second plan!  I am SO excited to provide another Aldi meal plan for you, this time you will make 20 meals at Aldi for $150 and every one of them are Slow Cooker Meals.

Here are a couple of the comments we received from the first plan:

 

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It is HOT during the summer and we don’t really want to use the oven, SO we use our slow cooker a lot!  We thought this would be super easy for you all, this way you can start dinner in the morning and go outside and enjoy your kids this summer without having to stress over dinner!

Keep in mind that prices vary per store, so yours may be a little bit higher or lower depending on the item.  Additionally, meat items like the pork loin, whole chicken, ground beef etc. vary in weight and might not correspond exactly to what we estimated it will cost.  However – the serving sizes are a little larger than the last meal plan, so most recipes will likely feed more like 6 people.

This meal plan includes main dishes, side dish, and vegetables for all 20 meals!

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We priced it out, did our shopping and came in spending $147.63!   You don’t have to get this all in one trip if that doesn’t work for your family.  Many of these recipes you can also make ahead and freeze for a quick meal later on, we have noted that in the printable pack available below.

The one thing that I need to point out is that a couple of these recipes will need fresh ginger root.  Aldi does not sell this, so take some of the money you have left over and head to your local grocery store and buy $1.00 worth of fresh ginger.  Trust me, you will LOVE how these recipes turn out!

Here are the Slow-Cooker meals that you will be making:

Shopping trip ingredients

Here is the shopping list of what you will need:

  • 2 Burmann’s BBQ Sauce – $0.99 each
  • 1 Casa Mamita Salsa, 24 oz -$1.69 each
  • 1 Clancy’s Tortilla Chips, 13 oz -$1.19 each
  • 2 Jiffy Corn Bread Mix 1 box -$0.47 each
  • 1 Tuscan Garden Italian Dressing, 16 oz -$1.39 each
  • 1 Benita Flour Tortillas, 10 ct- $1.19 each
  • 6 Chef’s Cupboard Cream of Chicken Soup, 10.5 oz -0.79 each
  • 2 Chef’s Cupboard Cream of Mushroom Soup, 10.5 oz -$0.79 each
  • 1 Dakota Pride Black Beans, 15 oz -$0.59 each
  • 2 Dakota Pride Kidney Beans, 15 oz -$0.59 each
  • 7 Happy Harvest Crushed Tomatoes, 28 oz -$0.99 each
  • 4 Happy Harvest Diced Tomtoes, 14.5 oz- $0.59 each
  • 2 Reggano Farfalle, 12 oz -$0.89 each
  • 2 Reggano Pasta – any type 12 or 16 oz. – $0.89 each
  • 1 White Rice, 3 lb -$1.59 each
  • 3 Happy Farms Cheddar Cheese, 8 oz -$1.99 each
  • 1 Happy Farms Cottage Cheese, 24 oz -$2.29 each
  • 1 Happy Farms Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, 16 oz -$3.69 each
  • 2 Bakehouse Creations Buttermilk Biscuits, 8 ct. -$0.49 each
  • 1 Little Salad Bar Spring Mix -$1.79 each
  • 2 Avocado -$0.89 each
  • 1 Carrots (whole) -$1.39 each
  • 1 Celery (whole stalks) -$1.39 each
  • 2 Garlic cloves -$0.79 each
  • 2 Green Peppers, 3-pack -$1.89 each
  • 2 Multi-Colored Peppers, 3-pack -$3.49 each
  • 2 Onions- $1.99 each
  • 1 Potatoes, 10 lb -$2.99 each
  • 1 Fit & Active Ground Turkey, 1.2 lbs package -$2.99 each
  • 2 Ground Beef 80% Lean, 2.25 lbs package- $7.75 each
  • 2 Pork Chops, per lb. -$3.99 each
  • 1 Pork Loin, 4 lb.- $11.56 each
  • 1 Whole Chicken, small to medium sized -$4.50 each
  • 1 Kirkwood Chicken Leq Quarters, 5 lb -$5.00 each
  • 4 Kirkwood Chicken, 3 lb -$5.99 each
  • 2 Season’s Choice Frozen Broccoli -$1.09 each
  • 2 Season’s Choice Frozen Corn- $0.95 each
  • 1 Season’s Choice Frozen Green Beans- $1.49 each
  • 2 Season’s Choice Frozen Mixed Vegetables -$0.95 each
  • 1 L’oven Fresh Hamburger Buns- $0.89 each

 

To make this super easy on you, I’ve put together a printable pack for you that includes all the detailed recipes, printable menu planner, and a shopping list. You can get it for all only $2.97!!  You can buy that here.

If you don’t want the printable pack, no problem at all!  You can still do this! You just need to scroll down to see the breakdown of the ingredients listed for each recipe.

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The printable pack includes:

1.) Printable shopping list.

This breaks your shopping list down by aisle so that you can literally go and do your shopping in 20 minutes or less!

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2.) Monthly Meal Planning Calendar.

We made this calendar out so that you knew how to arrange all the ingredients throughout the month. We focused on ingredients that would go bad quickly first, then scheduled out some other ones that can be made in bulk and frozen.

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3.) Printable Recipe Cards.

You can find all of the recipes right here on this site, but the benefit of getting them in this way is that we tell you the portions and sides for each recipe.  We also tell you which ones to make in bulk, which ones to freeze, and what portion sizes for each.

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Here is our grocery cart full of food for under $150.00!

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Here is the breakdown the ingredients in every meal, that way you can figure out how to divide everything among the recipes: 

Cacciatore Chicken Recipe ($8.13 – will make twice):

  • Chicken Leq Quarters
  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Multi-Colored Peppers
  • Onions
  • Farfalle
  • Mozzarella, Shredded
  • Diced Tomatoes

Healthy Stuffed Peppers ($8.93 – will make once):

  • Ground Beef 80% Lean
  • Green Peppers
  • Onions
  • White Rice
  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Cheddar Cheese

Korean Pork Tacos ($8.56 – will make twice – or double the recipe and freeze half):

  • Half of Pork Loin, 4 lb.
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Onions
  • Spring Mix Greens
  • Garlic cloves
  • Carrots (whole)
  • White Rice

Salsa Chicken ($6.45 – will make twice):

  • Casa Mamita Salsa
  • Kirkwood Chicken Breasts
  • Dakota Pride Black Beans
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Instant Brown Rice
  • Avocado

Easy Crockpot Chicken ($7.86 – will make once):

  • Whole Chicken
  • Celery (whole stalks)
  • Carrots (whole)
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Green Beans

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches ($6.23 – will make twice):

  • Jar of Burmann’s BBQ Sauce
  • Kirkwood Chicken Breasts
  • Hamburger Buns
  • 1/4 bag of potatoes
  • Corn
  • Brown sugar (from pantry)
  • Italian dressing of choice (from pantry)

Thai Peanut Pork ($6.84 – will make twice):

  • Pork Chops
  • Multi-Colored Peppers, 3-pack
  • Garlic cloves
  • White Rice
  • Peanut Butter (from pantry)
  • Soy Sauce (from pantry)

Crockpot Lasagna ($9.14 – will make twice):

  • Ground Beef 80% Lean
  • Onions
  • Garlic cloves
  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Farfalle
  • Mozzarella
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Carrots (whole)
  • Celery (whole stalks)

Cheesy Chicken with Broccoli ($7.97 – will make twice):

  • Chicken Breast
  • Cream of Chicken Soup
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • White Rice, 3 lb bag
  • Broccoli, Frozen Bag

Crockpot Chili Recipe ($13.81 – will make a double batch once; freeze half):

  • Ground Beef
  • Green Peppers
  • Kidney Beans
  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Garlic cloves
  • Corn Bread Mix

Easy Chicken Pot Pie Recipe ($6.02 – will make twice):

  • Chicken Breast
  • Cream of Chicken Soup
  • Mixed Vegetables, Frozen
  • Biscuits

To make this super easy on you, I’ve put together a printable pack for you that includes all the detailed recipes, printable menu planner, and a shopping list. You can get it for all only $2.97!!  You can buy that here.

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Comments

  1. says

    Thank you SO MUCH for sharing these two Aldi meal plans. This has come at such a perfect time for us, as we HAD TO come up with a way to shop more at Aldi to save us $$ and lower our grocery bill! These meal plans were the answer to that prayer!

    • says

      Patty – thank you for the feedback! It is helping us as well, we had to lower our grocery budget this month and this has been such a blessing to us as well!

  2. says

    I think this is just so neat! I am really excited to try the crock pot meals. I’ve never shopped at Aldi’s, but with your recipes and shopping lists, I feel I will have a great experience and save the money I am always trying to – but rarely having success with. Thank you!

    • Mark says

      Hi Chris – unfortunately for those who don’t consume much meat, slow cooker recipes usually contain meat. We will be doing a few more of these meal plans; one will be aimed at being low calorie, which will likely include quite a few meatless options.

    • Meghan says

      I just wanted to say that there are THOUSANDS of slow cooker recipes that are meatless.. so the person who claims that there are not many, is incorrect. And we are talking more than just soup, real, healthy, meatless options are out their.

  3. Kathy says

    I love looking at your plans. I don’t get to make a lot of your recipes, but I do make some. My family are not big fans of chicken dishes, so those are usually not options.

  4. Tabatha says

    I seriously love these $150 meal plans! Mine comes to about $160 because I have to replace some of the regular things with gluten free but even still that’s pretty amazing! You are saving me a lot of money! And all of your recipes are plenty for our family of 5 AND still having enough for leftovers for my husband for work! THANK YOU!!!!

  5. Joy says

    I adore Aldi…I just wish a store was closer to me! Approximately how many people will the meals feed? I am definitely going to give some of these a try as we are cutting the grocery budget also. Thank you soo much!

    • Mark says

      Hi Joy. Most of the meals in this plan will feed 6. Some will only feed 4, so you may need to increase the portions on a few of them. But for the most part, they will feed 6.

  6. says

    I bought your last meal plan and have been anxiously awaiting this one. We easily fed 2 adults and 3 young kids on the last one (and usually had leftovers). Well worth the $2 investment!!! My next request: meals for the grill!

  7. Christina Birchmeyer says

    These meal plans are great! Any chance you will be putting one together for Wegmans? I know it won’t be $150 but I practically live next door. I have 2 picky eaters also so I will have to mix and match meal plans.

  8. Renee W says

    Thank you for all of your hard work creating these Aldi meal plans. The timing could not be more perfect!

  9. Jackie B. says

    Hi Lauren! I clicked on the links and paid for both meal plans, but have not received the downloads. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  10. Christina says

    I am so excited about this meal plan!! I love my crock pot, and these two plans will help us so much. My husband works so I gave up my job to be home with our children and to go to college. So this took a HUGE amount of stress away. Thank you so much

  11. Amanda says

    I am very excited about this post, but I do not have an Aldi anywhere near me. Living in the high-priced peninsula of No. CA, I think I can make do at Smart & Final and Safeway. I can work out low-cost brand substitutions, but was wondering if you could add the size/weights to things like the frozen veg bags, bbq sauce etc….or is that written out in the recipe cards?? That just dawned on me, duh! :) If so, I will gladly spend $2 to save a bundle. Thanks!

    • Mark says

      Hi Holly, some ingredients you may want to consider freezing or waiting to purchase about halfway through the month. The peppers, carrots and celery are the ones that I wouldn’t think would last longer than a week or 2. Or you could assemble and freeze – but be careful if prepping and freezing. Slow-cooking is at a lower temperature, so make sure that the food is completely thawed before placing in the slow-cooker to reduce the amount of time that the meat is in the “danger zone” temperature range.

  12. Julianne says

    I bought the Aldi Slow Cooker Meal Plan. Where can I find information about which of these can be made ahead, frozen in a freezer bag, then thawed and put in slow cooker for cooking? Thank you!

  13. Diana Chavez says

    I absoultly love this! Thank you for sending me this!! I have one question-If I purchase it for 2$ am I able to download it to my tablet or phone?? Im just having computer problems.

  14. Holly says

    Would love to see a breakfast/lunch menu to go along with these at some point. Thank you for your hard work!

  15. Jessalyn says

    How does this compare to purchasing at other stores? I don’t have a aldi. I have publix and winn dixie and walmart and sams. I also have a family of 11 so would I need to double most everything?

  16. says

    Are there any issues with cooking and freezing leftovers with any of these?
    Thank you both so much for your hard work and this new segment of your blog. Crazy helpful!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • says

      Cecillia – thanks for stopping by. Aldi meat is actually pretty decent. We get the chicken and ground turkey often. Their center cut pork chops are also great.

  17. Maura says

    What a great menu bundle! Thank you for putting it together. I am making the chicken cacciatore today but noticed that the printable recipe card omits the 2 cans of diced tomatoes. You might want to send a note to everyone who bought the bundle so they know to fix that recipe. Also, if you could include a list of Pantry Ingredients in future menu plans, that would be really helpful!

  18. Krissy says

    A friend of mine posted this on fb and it caught my eye. $150 for 20 meals from my fav grocer?!! Okay! I purchased and downloaded the PDFs cause I have five kids, I need shortcuts in my life. (Can I say I love having it all done for me?! Best $2 spent. EVER.)
    Anyway, we purchased all of the items, plus some toiletries and food for our 4th of July meal for $180. Pretty terrific if you ask me. We just are our 2nd meal from this little project and I am in love! Having supper all ready to eat after busy summer days is lovely. Having them be tasty is even better! So glad I saw this! Thanks for all of your hard work!! I have been blessed!!

  19. Meridith says

    Thanks so much for sharing these! Still working through all the food from the 1st one you put out, since it’s just two of us. I read him the meals for this one and he can’t wait to start this one. Thanks again for putting these together. Very helpful!

  20. Carrie says

    Hi i plan to make the salsa chicken tomorrow but i see corn in the recipe but not on the ingredients list. Also it says 1/2 jar of salsa on the ingredients list and on the recipes says add the entire jar. Thanks!

    • says

      Carrie – I apologize. We updated the printable pack with the correct ingredients. The corn is on the side and the salsa is half the jar.

  21. Amber says

    The spaghetti sauce and chili take 6-28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes. Your shopping list has five. Looking forward to cooking from this plan.

  22. Angela says

    Thank you so much :) this is a lifesaver don’t have to figure out meals and everything will be planned out <3 it. Can't wait for more!

  23. Tara says

    Hi. I am thrilled to have found your site! I have four kids as well (16,9,3 yr old twins) and have just started going back to school. Desperate for easier and money saving recipes. Not really an Aldi shopper but gonna give the slow cooker ones a try. Biggest problem is 2 of my kids are picky eaters but will def let you know how the recipes go over and how much I save. Going to try making your homemade sauce as well which is how I found you! Thanks in advance :)

  24. Wendy Heitman says

    I would love to see an ALDI meal plan with 5 ingredients or less or 30 Minute Meals. The first 2 were GREAT! Thank you for spending so much time putting these together for us!

  25. Lee says

    Is there any way to split this up into 10 meals for $75? Or are there meals on the list that must be prepared together to maximize the best use of ingredients?

    • says

      Kelly – do you have a Trader Joe’s? That may be a good comparison. I had heard from many others that they used this list at their local grocery store and had similar results.

  26. says

    Im super excited to come across your site. We are finally getting aldi in feb. Im waiting patiently. Had them all over in the Midwest but east coast is lacking “the aldi” kick.

  27. says

    Hi! I love the Aldi download pack, I bought one and have purchased all my ingredients! Do you have an rules/suggestions/directions for prep? I didn’t realize there would be so much prep involved in some of the meals so ended up frying hamburger in the wee hours of the morning, any suggestions? Tips? directions?

  28. Chrissy says

    I am goin to Aldi this week to shop for both meal plans. I am goin to be freezing them so we have all ready to go meals. We ride our atv’s a lot during this time of the year so having this is goin to help out a lot. Thank you so much.

  29. Carrie says

    Oh my. Hubby and I just shopped yesterday and the total was shockingly lower than I expected even though we got some breakfast/lunch/snacks as well. Then today we had the Korean Pork Tacos. AMAZING! The only thing I would do different would be that we like things a tich on the spicy side, so I would add more Jalapenos. Thank yo! Can’t wait to try meal #2!

  30. Lindsey says

    Lauren and Mark,
    I have to say I am happy to have stumbled upon this amazing plan… and I Love using my crockpot so thank you. My question is i saw that there was a comment in June that you were working on your 3rd meal plan and I do not see it and wonder if it was my error in locating it or it has not been completed?

  31. Megan says

    I found a link to your web site on Pinterest. I was very excited to pop over here and see this list, but as I started looking thru the recipes, I noticed a lot of ingredients that were not listed on the grocery list. For example, the pork tacos need ginger, sesame oil, brown sugar, jalapeno, and rice wine vinegar. That’s 5 ingredients not listed, and that’s just for one of these meals! If I had only taken the grocery list to the store and bought what was listed, just to come home and try to make one of these recipes and not have everything necessary, I would have been pretty upset! Are these pantry items you had on hand? Do you have a list of these items and their prices?

  32. Kristin McClure says

    Lauren,
    I just bought all the ingred. and the plan. This is great! Question, for the stuffed peppers is the ground turkey cooked or raw when you stuff the peppers? Thanks.

  33. says

    I am a believer, I went to Aldi and purchased everything for about $155, and do far I have made 3 meals and they went over well with the family. Thanks. If you come up with another plan for crockpots, I will definately purchase the plan.

  34. Julie says

    Hi, I’ve stumbled across your plan on you tube. I’m in the UK but I have an Aldi local so I’ll let you know the price comparison :) really looking forward to trying this. Thanks for the hard work!

  35. Mary Ann says

    I wish there was a way that you could combine all your instructions where i could go threw and pick out the ones that my family would/could eat. And the grocery list, etc. would be shown for those recipes. Because i have browsed threw and there are things that i could not cook due to food allergies.. but there are so many that would be great.

  36. says

    I have to tell you how much my family has LOVED these recipes! I have gotten rave reviews from everyone, including my two daughters who are usually less than enthusiastic about food. My 10-year-old son has described so many of the meals as “amazing” that his siblings are teasing him about it! Thank you!!

  37. says

    Can you do a “Kid Friendly Meals and snacks from Aldis” list? I follow a child care owners and directors group on LinkedIn, and the majority say they shop at Aldis for their daycares.

  38. Carriep63 says

    Your “Crockpot Chili” recipe does not link to a slowcooker meal. It leads to the “Easy Recipes – Chili” where you stand and cook it at the stove. Is there actually a chili recipe somewhere for the slow cooker?

  39. Carriep63 says

    Also – your ingredients list says we need instant brown rice for the Salsa Chicken recipe, but it’s not on the shopping list or in the recipe.

  40. debbie says

    I bought this recipe bundle and I am super excited to try them but I was little confused on the slow cooker chili recipe. It calls for 2T of chocolate chips? and 2 28oz cans of water?
    also cinnamon?

  41. Paige says

    Hi! My hubby started a new job, so we now both work pretty late nights. We stumbled upon this when searching for ways to save time and money in the kitchen. Love it! No Aldi here, but Walmart got us pretty close to the $150. We went ahead and adapted all recipes for the freezer and we are so excited, as are our kids who can eat good food, even when we work late. Thanks!

  42. [email protected] says

    Can these all be prepped and put into freezer bags? And then the night before let them thaw in fridge?

  43. Kera says

    This is absolutely AMAZING!!! Thank you so so much for taking time to create such wonderful, helpful meal plans!!!

  44. Marilyn Z says

    Thanks for all your hard work.

    I just wanted to mention about the ginger. While my Kroger sells it for $3 /lb, the India Bazar store down the road sells it for $1 /lb.

    I would think it would be cheaper at most Asian markets even if you do not have the India Bazar store. There are so many other things I can get there so much cheaper. I buy coconut milk in cans for $1 each on sale.

  45. Liz says

    How come when I ordered the 20 slow cooker meals I got something different? Looks like the right shopping list but NOT the right meals. And now I cant even log back into the store. :(

  46. Ali says

    Just an FYI to those planning to try this. Make sure you read the actual recipes before shopping. I didn’t, and have found that pretty much all of the recipes call for ingredients not listed on the main page. I didn’t purchase the shopping list/recipe cards though, so I’m not sure if they are included there. The recipes have been very good though!

  47. Andrea says

    There are some inconsistencies but despite that I think this is a wonderful concept. I came in under $150, even though I had to buy some pantry items. The meals are easy to make and tasty. We even had enough leftovers for additional meals, outside of the 20. My whole family enjoyed them (me, my husband and my son). The price of the full plan is definitely worth it and a great value. Thank you for putting this together. I’m gaining a whole new appreciation for Aldi. I’ve always liked them but I do even more so now that I have these wonderful meal plans.

    P.S. This was the first of your meal plans that I tried out.

  48. Randelle S. says

    I am sooo excited about this meal plan. I work nights, 7 on, 7 off (work 7 days in a row, then off for 7). I really really should be cooking on my time off and refrigerating/freezing for my week on, but this seldom happens. With crock pot meals, I can do a little prep in the morning, throw everything into the crock pot, and when I wake up in the evening have a ready meal for my husband and I. Thanks much!

  49. Gail says

    Hi meal plans look great just wondering if it would be possible for you to post nutritional facts for the recipes? im on a 1200 cal diet so i count everything :)

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