Cheap Dinners

Everyone's trying to save money these days, and our recipes for dinner-on-the-cheap make it easy. Our budget friendly meals are easy on your wallet -- and don't skimp on nutrition.

See Popular Cheap Dinners Recipes

Cranberry Chicken

Better Homes and Gardens

Whatever the season, savor flavors of a Thanksgiving feast with this easy baked chicken recipe.

Honey-Mustard Barbecue Pork Ribs

Better Homes and Gardens

Super tender ribs begin with a simple blend of seasonings, barbecue sauce, and a jar of honey mustard. The slow cooker guarantees a fall-off-the-bone pork dinner that is hard to resist.

Southwestern Scramble


Use tortilla chips to scoop up any leftovers of the black bean and avocado salad for a Mexican-flavored snack.

Total: 25 mins

Gingered Chutney Chicken: Dinner for $10

Truth be told, what we really need this time of year are more cheap and easy dinners. Healthy, too. Yeah, yeah, we know what the song says: "We need a little Christmas, right this very minute."

Indian Scrambled Egg Bagels

Better Homes and Gardens

A sprinkle of garam masala, an aromatic mix of warm spices, gives these scrambled eggs a taste of India. Serve in bite-sized pieces at your next brunch.

Total: 25 mins

Curried Beef With Peas and Grape Tomatoes


Savory with just a bit of spice, this tasty beef dish showcases a variety of delicious flavors.

Refried Bean Roll-Ups

Old El Paso

Tired of tacos? Roll up seasoned refried beans, lettuce and cheese in soft flour tortillas for an exciting change of pace.

Total: 15 mins

Taco Supper Skillet

Old El Paso

Kathy Saatzer, a Betty Crocker Kitchens test kitchen expert, shares a recipe. A delicious, hearty skillet meal features family-favorite flavors.

Total: 35 mins

Meatless Burritos

Diabetic Living

Everyone likes burritos, and this recipe makes enough to serve a crowd. For easy serve-alongs, pick up a fruit salad from the deli and a package or two of Mexican-style rice mix.

Budget Pot Roast

Better Homes and Gardens

This comfort food sticks to the classic flavors: thyme, onions, and carrots. A little red wine vinegar gives zing to the gravy.

Grilled Taco Nachos

Old El Paso

What's a great party without nachos? Create a really great party with these really great nachos!

Total: 35 mins

Macaroni and Cheese Meat Loaf

Better Homes and Gardens

Meatloaf and macaroni and cheese are like peanut butter and jelly made for each other. Sandwich a layer of mac 'n cheese in between two meatloaf layers for a new take on a classic dinner.

Chicken Enchilada Muffins

Diabetic Living

Turn a classic Mexican dish into portable fare with this savory muffin recipe. This recipe makes twelve, so you'll have leftovers to spare!

Potato-Salmon Croquettes


Turkey doesn't need to be the only protein on your post-Thanksgiving menu. Turn leftover mashed taters into a satisfying meal on the cheap with the help of canned salmon.

Chicken Nugget Tacos

Old El Paso

Kids will love this combination of tacos and chicken nuggets all "wrapped" up in one recipe!

Total: 30 mins

Waffle Tacos

Old El Paso

Blogger Brooke McLay from Cheeky Kitchen shares a favorite recipe. A fun twist on a breakfast classic, these tacos are stacked on a crispy waffle and served with all your favorite fixin's. Use your favorite homemade waffle recipe or pop a few frozen waffles in your toaster. Either way, this recipe makes for one delicious meal!

Total: 20 mins

Alfredo Beef Sandwiches

Family Circle

Make your own breadcrumbs for pennies by simply giving dry, leftover bread a whirl in the food processor.

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