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27 Cheap Potluck Recipes that Won’t Break the Bank

These cheap potluck ideas are just what you need for your next get together!

By: Arielle Matlin, Editor, CheapThriftyLiving
Updated October 25, 2018
27 Cheap Potluck Recipes that Wont Break the Bank

Potlucks are some of the best parties to go to in the summertime! There are plenty of dishes to try and great company. Since everyone brings a different recipe, you can try a little of this and a little of that. An important part of attending a potluck is bringing your own dish to contribute, but just because you are low on cash, doesn’t mean you can’t bring a stellar, budget-friendly dish! These cheap potluck recipes ensure that you can bring your own dish that fits your tight budget.

Our friends at RecipeLion and AllFreeCopycatRecipes have compiled this collection of the perfect budget-friendly potluck recipes that are cheap and easy to make. Try bringing one of these homemade potluck recipes and the whole party will be asking you for your recipe.

This guide to summer potluck recipes has inexpensive appetizers, main dishes, and even desserts. Whether you need the perfect picnic recipe or a hearty family reunion casserole, there will be a cheap potluck idea just for you! Find exactly what you've been craving in these cheap potluck recipes below!

1. Deli Style Hawaiian Pasta Salad

This macaroni salad elevates the deli classic! This side dish won't last long at your next potluck!

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Deli Style Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

2. Just Like Chipotle Guacamole

This guacamole tastes just like Chipotle's recipe! Your friends may not believe that you made it from scratch!

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Just Like Chipotle Guacamole

3. Copycat Monte Cristo Party Sliders

These Monte Cristo sliders are the perfect finger foods for a pitch-in! Everyone can grab the small sandwich and enjoy the flavors of ham, turkey, and cheese!

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Copycat Monte Cristo Party Sliders

4. Perfect Potluck Cucumber Salad

Every potluck needs a light dish to provide relief from the various casseroles and carb-loaded entrees! This cucumber salad will provide refreshment from the heavy offerings.

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Perfect Potluck Cucumber Salad

5. Throw Together Fruit Salad

Make this delicious fruit salad for your next pitch-in! Using in-season ingredients will help keep this recipe budget-friendly!

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Throw Together Fruit Salad

6. Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Copycat

What's better than a Red Lobster biscuit? A copycat cheddar biscuit that you can make at home! These will be the highlight of your potluck!

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Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Copycat

7. Throw Together Potluck Salad

Every meal should start with a salad this good! The homemade dressing ties this entire appetizer together and will impress your friends and family!

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Throw Together Potluck Salad

8. Strawberry and Pretzel Dessert Salad

Make an impression at the dessert table with this strawberry salad! No one will pass up this dish of strawberries and cream!

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Strawberry and Pretzel Dessert Salad

9. Classic Egg Salad Sandwich

There's nothing easier than a classic egg salad sandwich! This traditional recipe will be a hit with everyone at the meal.

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Classic Egg Salad Sandwich

10. Potato Salad Bites

How do you elevate a traditional potato salad? By creating stuffed potato salad bites of course! 

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Potato Salad Bites

11. Easy Taco Pizza Recipe

This crescent roll pizza creates a new canvas for the taco. Your guests will love this taco twist!

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Easy Taco Pizza Recipe

12. Ramen Noodle Salad Recipe

Is there a cheaper ingredient than Ramen noodles? This easy salad provides a cheap Ramen recipe that's perfect for a potluck!

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Ramen Noodle Salad Recipe

13. 3-Cheese Buffalo Chicken Casserole Recipe

This buffalo chicken casserole is mild enough for anyone to enjoy! Your fellow potluck attendees will love the combination of buffalo and alfredo sauces!

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3-Cheese Buffalo Chicken Casserole Recipe

14. Crazy Good Tater Tot Casserole

This tater tot casserole is like a pot pie with a crispy potato crust! The turkey and vegetable stew underneath makes this dish a hearty meal!

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Crazy Good Tater Tot Casserole

15. Taco Pie Casserole

This taco casserole takes the components of a "walking taco" and turns them into a warm, gooey dish that kids of all ages will enjoy!

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Taco Pie Casserole

16. Crescent Rolls Pizza Pockets

These homemade pizza pockets will make you say goodbye to frozen pizza! Everyone will love these cheesy pockets at your potluck!

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Crescent Rolls Pizza Pockets

17. 3-Ingredient Cake Mix Cobbler

This fruit cobbler will make your friends' mouths water, and they will have no idea that it only required three simple ingredients to make!

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3-Ingredient Cake Mix Cobbler

18. Slow Cooker Party Meatballs

Every pitch-in needs a good barbecue meatball, right? These slow cooker delights elevate frozen meatballs into delectable hors-d'oeuvres! 

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Slow Cooker Party Meatballs

19. Pancake Casserole

Need an inexpensive dish for a breakfast potluck? This pancake casserole is just what you need for a morning meal!

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Pancake Casserole

20. Irresistible Texas Cheese Fries

These Texas cheese fries will be the perfect side dish for a family reunion! The added ingredients bring a new dimension to the classic side.

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Irresistible Texas Cheese Fries

21. Guinness Chili

This chili recipe uses beer for a flavor that you just can't beat! Chili makes for a great pitch-in dish as it is low-stress and high-flavor!

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Guinness Chili

22. Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad Copycat

This chicken salad is made for summer! The refreshing lightness of the salad is accentuated by sliced grapes and a fluffy crescent roll.

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Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad Copycat

23. Bacon and Egg Breakfast Nachos

Nachos for breakfast? With a shareable recipe this good, you'll never doubt this combo again!

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Bacon and Egg Breakfast Nachos

24. "When The Bishop Calls" Casserole

Don't let the name fool you; this Amish chicken pasta recipe is sinfully delicious!

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25. South of the Border Ground Beef Rice Casserole

This Mexican beef and rice casserole will vary up the standard potluck fare. This hearty dish will steal the show at your next pitch-in!

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South of the Border Ground Beef Rice Casserole

26. Golden Raisin and Broccoli Salad

This broccoli salad was made to be shared! The homemade dressing brings together the flavor and texture of each ingredient!

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Golden Raisin and Broccoli Salad

27. Sour Cream Hash Brown Bake

This decadent dish enhances frozen hash browns for one rich side dish! This is definitely not a recipe for those on a diet.

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Sour Cream Hash Brown Bake

What's your favorite dish to bring to a potluck? Let us know in the comments!

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That fruit salad looks delicious! And the mint is such a nice touch

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