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12 Cheap Meals to Cook Tonight

By: Jordan Sward, Editor,

The best meals are the ones that feed an entire family but don't cost a lot to make. Slash your grocery bill this week with these budget-friendly recipes for chicken, beef and other delicious ingredients. Turn to this list of 12 Cheap Meals to Cook Tonight when you need a recipe that is quick and easy to make, and only requires a few inexpensive ingredients. Chicken bakes and beef casseroles are great cheap meals to cook any night of the week, so you can save money without sacrificing taste.

We love budget meals because they often require just a couple ingredients that you might already have in your pantry. These recipes are especially great because they also taste amazing, so the whole family is sure to love them. Plus, just think about what you'll be able to save up for when you're not spending all your cash on dinner!

12 Cheap Meals to Cook Tonight

Crispy Honey Mustard Pretzel ChickenJohn Wayne Layered Casserole


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Cheap Chicken Recipes for Dinner

Easy Ground Beef Budget Meals

Other Cheap Meals to Cook


Cheap Chicken Recipes for Dinner

Super Easy Chicken and Dumplings

  1. Super Easy Chicken and Dumplings (shown) - This Bisquick recipe is an easy, comforting meal that is sure to satisfy.
  2. Shortcut Chicken and Noodles - Creamy and ready in just 25 minutes. Don't you just love a shortcut recipe?
  3. Poor Man Oven Fried Chicken - A cheap meal to cook after church that tastes like fried, but without all the greasy clean-up!
  4. Crispy Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken - The pretzels stay crunchy and the chicken bakes to perfectly moist and tender.

Easy Ground Beef Budget Meals

Bingo Night Beef Bake

  1. Bingo Night Beef Bake (shown) - With ground beef, creamy sauce and tomatoes, it's hard not to love a dinner like this one.
  2. Lazy Day Hamburger Hot Dish - A hearty cheap meal to cook on those busy weeknights when you just want to be lazy.
  3. John Wayne Layered Casserole - Ground beef, biscuit mix, pepper and onion make up this budget bake that readers love.
  4. Beefy Slow Cooker Tater Tot Bake - It's your favorite tater tot casserole, but in an even easier slow cooker recipe.

Other Cheap Meals to Cook

Crowd-Pleasing Tuna Noodle Casserole

  1. Crowd-Pleasing Tuna Noodle Casserole (shown) - This cheap meal is comforting and feeds about 8, so invite the neighbors!
  2. Crazy Easy Ritz Casserole - A broccoli corn casserole with a crunchy Ritz cracker topping that's super simple to make.
  3. 4-Ingredient Skillet Cabbage Dinner - Buttery cabbage and noodles make up this one-pot meal. Fast, easy and frugal!
  4. Ma's Broccoli Casserole - This broccoli cheese casserole can be used as a side or main dish, either way you'll love it.



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