Potlucks are a meal gathering where everyone brings a dish to share.

You know a potluck is a good potluck when it’s a perfectly balanced mix of main courses, side dishes, and of course, desserts.

So you’ve been invited to a potluck. What to bring?

50 Cheap Potluck Recipes. Click through for all 50 recipes.

This is a compilation of 50 recipes perfectly suited for a potluck. These ideas are hand picked for church potlucks, but many of the recipes will also work for:

  • Office potlucks
  • Friend potlucks
  • Picnics
  • Other get-togethers where everyone brings a dish

I hope you find something you like – and I hope you enjoy your next potluck!

50 cheap potluck recipes. Get all 50 ideas here.

Cheap Main Dishes

Potluck franks and beans: Every potluck needs this!

Perfect potluck baked beans: A real crowd-pleaser!

Chow mein noodle hotdish recipe

 Cheap Side Dishes

Fully loaded Brussels sprouts, a recipe from Cheap Recipe Blog

Dips and Miscellaneous Items

Pickle rollups recipe, from Cheap Recipe Blog

Cheap Salad Recipes

Popcorn salad: Popcorn takes the place of pasta in this picnic and potluck-loving salad.

Lentil, grape, feta, walnut salad recipe

Cheap Bread and Sandwich Recipes

Perfect dinner rolls recipe

Cheap Dessert Recipes

Brown butter and almond brownies recipe

Popcorn cake recipe, from Cheap Recipe Blog

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5 Potluck Dinner Tips For The Budget Cook

  1. Bring ready-to-eat foods: Make sure your dish is ready to serve, as things can get crazy in a shared kitchen.
  2. Bring finger foods: Foods that are easy to grab are great for a potluck. Think finger Jello, a vegetable tray or deviled eggs.
  3. Your crock pot was made for potluck dinners: Keep foods like baked beans, hotdish or scalloped potatoes warm in a crock pot.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

I consider myself somewhat of a potluck expert. 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.

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!