50 Cheap Potluck Recipes
Everyone loves a good potluck. Especially a potluck that is perfectly balanced, with sufficient main courses, side dishes, and of course, desserts.
I consider myself somewhat of a potluck expert, although humbly. I grew up in rural Minnesota and attended a Lutheran country church in South Dakota. Potlucks were – and still are – common occurrences. In fact, we look for excuses to have potlucks. Because they’re fun and highly anticipated. You never know what dishes will show up.
I decided to compile a list of 50 recipes for a potluck, combing cheap recipes from some of my favorite blogs. These ideas are hand picked for church potlucks, but many of the recipes will also work for:
- Office potlucks
- Friend potlucks
- Other get-togethers where everyone brings a dish
I hope you find something you like – and I hope you enjoy your next potluck!
Cheap Main Dishes
- 3-bean hotdish
- Ring bologna hotdish
- Church supper spaghetti
- Cheesy bacon green bean casserole
- Cheesy scalloped potatoes and ham
- Bacon cheeseburger casserole
- Chili mac casserole
- Homemade mac & cheese
- Chow mein noodle hotdish
Cheap Side Dishes
Dips and Miscellaneous
- Cold vegetable pizza
- Refrigerator pickles
- Savory cheddar cookies
- Seven layer dip
- Layered crab dip
- Pickle rollups
Cheap Salad Recipes
- Cornbread salad
- Chicken spaghetti salad
- Zesty dill pasta salad
- BLT salad
- Potato salad (Japanese-style – try it!)
- Buffalo chicken salad
- Snickers and apple salad (sweet)
- Strawberry pretzel salad (sweet)
- Broccoli and grape salad
- Lentil, Feta, grape, and walnut salad
Cheap Bread and Sandwich Recipes
- Egg salad sandwiches
- Cheesy tomato SPAM-wiches
- Baked ham sandwiches
- Ham salad sandwiches
- Italian-style pull-apart bread
- Open-faced ham, apple, and cheddar sandwiches
- Pimento cheese sandwiches
- Perfect homemade dinner rolls
Cheap Dessert Recipes
- Fruit pizza
- Bite-sized chocolate cupcakes
- Brown butter-almond brownies
- Peanut butter and pretzel cake bars
- Brownie trifle
- Homemade oatmeal creme pies
- 3-ingredient Nutella brownies
- Wild rice cookies
- Yogurt-dipped strawberries
- Easy apple crisp
- Strawberry-rhubarb crumble
- Raspberry Jello cake
- Basic cakes (5 recipes in this post)
- Popcorn cake
5 Potluck Dinner Tips For The Budget Cook
- Bring ready-to-eat foods: Make sure your dish is ready to serve, as things can get crazy in a shared kitchen.
- Bring finger foods: Foods that are easy to grab are great for a potluck. Think finger Jello, a vegetable tray or deviled eggs.
- Your crock pot was made for potluck dinners: Keep foods like baked beans, hotdish or scalloped potatoes warm in a crock pot.
- Use pantry staples: Choose dishes that have a base of beans, pasta, rice or other pantry staples. This will keep the cost of your dish down.
- Know what foods to avoid: Avoid bringing soup, stew or chili – unless you are providing bowls for your guests. Also, avoid messy, sticky, and sloppy dishes. It’s also best to avoid new and exotic, spicy, or unfamiliar dishes. Crowd-pleasing dishes are your best bet.
And there we have it, 50 cheap potluck recipes. Please feel free to add your own favorite potluck ideas below. I would love new inspiration for my next potluck!