Feed a Family of 4 for $4–Crockpot Breakfast

I found this recipe on a frugal discussion board I frequent, http://www.frugalmom.net/forums/. The recipe was originally for the slow cooker, but I cook it in the oven. It is great for breakfast or dinner, though we tend to have it for dinner.

Crockpot Breakfast
16 oz bag of frozen hashbrowns .50 (I found a 32 oz bag for $1)
½ lb. cooked bacon or ham (diced)1.25 (I buy the ham at 2.49/lb)
½ onion .20
½ green pepper .45
¾ c. shredded cheese .38 (I bought a 2 cup bag for $1)
6 eggs .29 (I bought 72 for $3.48)
1/2 c. milk .06
Salt & pepper to taste

Layer frozen hasbrowns on the bottom of crockpot, then bacon (or ham), then onion, green pepper & cheese. Beat eggs, milk salt and pepper. Pour over the crockpot mixture, cover and turn on low. Cook for 10-12 hours.

However, I usually place this as directed above in a casserole dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes, until the top is nicely browned and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. (You may need to add a little bit more milk to cover the casserole before it goes in the oven–no more than 1/4 cup.)

This will feed 4 to 6 people. Serve with fruit on the side.

This recipe is linked to The Grocery Cart Challenge and $5 Dinners.


  1. looks great! I love ham, potatoes and cheese together. Can’t really go wrong with that combo! Have a beautiful weekend!

  2. Oh my goodness! What a great recipe to put in the crockpot over night and wake up to!! Thanks!

  3. Elder Family says:

    This sounds great! I’ll be preparing this soon. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I was so excited to make this, but now I see why you do the oven over the crockpot. It was inedible after cooking it in the crockpot. Mushy and just disgusting. I may try the oven another time.

  5. Melissa says:


    Sorry it turned out that way. I always cooked it in the oven out of necessity–first because we had a crockpot that cooked too slowly, and now we have a new one that cooks too quickly. I can tell you in the oven it bakes up nicely and is not mushy.

  6. Thanks! I'm going to try again, in the oven this time. =)

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