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12 Cheap Southern Recipes

These cheap Southern recipes put the "soul" into "soul food!"

By: Amy Jackson, Editor, RecipeLion.com
12 Cheap Southern Recipes

There's nothing quite like Southern cuisine. Cooks from the American South truly know how to use seasoning and flavor, often because these Southern recipes have been passed down for generations. Soul food is known across the world, so it's no wonder that so many of us peek at Southern recipes for Southern meal ideas.

Luckily for you, Southern meals can also be some of the least expensive around, since so much of the flavor relies on ingredients that you probably already have hanging around in your spice cabinet. Everyone loves finding recipes for cheap, easy meals on a budget, and these quick soul food recipes are sure to hit the spot. We've collected our favorite 12 Cheap Southern Recipes here, so you too can enjoy these simple Southern meals.
 

Classic Southern Side Dishes

Texas Cowboy Beans

Although everyone loves good Southern recipes for dinner, Southern side dishes are just as important. After all, fried chicken is nothing without coleslaw, and barbecue is nothing without baked beans! These classic Southern side dishes are extremely inexpensive to make, using simple, traditional ingredients.

Of course, no Southern dinner table is complete without a good helping of these Texas Cowboy Beans. It's a good thing that canned beans are so cheap, because you'll want to make this quick and easy Southern side dish again and again.

  • Southern Fried Cabbage

    Southern cabbage is a deceptively delicious dish. This recipe turns the humble, inexpensive cabbage into something ridiculously savory and delicious. This recipe is a classic for a reason!

  • Southern Grandma's Corn Pudding

    This Southern Grandma's Corn Pudding came straight from Grandma's recipe box. This subtly sweet side dish is cheap comfort food at its best.

Southern Recipes for Dinner

5-Ingredient Southern Fried Catfish

When it comes to cheap, easy meals on a budget, these simple soul food recipes won't steer you wrong. These cheap Southern recipes will fill your belly and put a smile on your face. They are all truly great examples of Southern cuisine.

And what is Southern cuisine without catfish? This recipe for Southern Fried Catfish only requires five ingredients! The crispy cornmeal crust goes perfectly with the flaky fish inside. If you've never fried fish before, don't be nervous. This recipe is so easy that a beginner can easily make it and so inexpensive that anyone can enjoy.

  • Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken

    No purely southern meal is complete without a little bit of classic crispy fried chicken. No one in your family will want to go out to a restaurant for fried chicken ever again after you make this awesome easy Southern fried chicken recipe!

  • Simple Chicken Fried Pork Chops

    When it comes to Southern recipes for dinner, these good old-fashioned Simple Chicken Fried Pork Chops are the definition of comfort food. Topped with a mustard sauce, they're simply delicious.

Southern BBQ Recipes

Down-Home Easy Barbecue Pork Rolls

Southern recipes have truly perfected the art of barbecue. Thankfully, there are plenty of Southern BBQ recipes at our disposal to replicate that feat. You can enjoy the sweetness and tang of these simple soul food recipes in the comfort of your own home. Your family and the guests at your cookouts will thank you for giving these cheap Southern BBQ recipes a try.

One recipe that's truly perfect for any outdoor party is Down-Home Easy Barbecue Pork Rolls. This North Carolina-style pork sandwich recipe only requires five ingredients, so there's no need to dig deep into your wallet for this Southern meal!

  • Slow Cooker Country Ribs

    This easy Slow Cooker Country Ribs recipe lets the slow cooker do all the work for you. With a homemade bbq sauce poured over ranch seasoned pork ribs, these melt-in-your-mouth ribs are full of flavor.

  • Beer-Battered Onion Rings with Southern BBQ Sauce

    Cooking with beer and delicious dipping sauces are staples in Southern cuisine. This tangy homemade barbecue sauce is so good you could drink it from a bottle.

Southern Dessert Recipes

Simple Southern Apple Pie

Southern dessert recipes are truly peerless. Using simple ingredients and time-honored traditions, these sweet Southern treats are the perfect end to any meal--and honestly, what's better than a good cheap Southern dessert?

Naturally, king among dessert recipes is the Simple Southern Apple Pie. What's the base of this pie? Apples and cinnamon--that's it. This easy apple pie recipe can probably be made with ingredients that are already in your fridge. You'll love this sweet taste of the South.

  • Southern Chocolate Chess Pie

    Southern Chocolate Chess Pie is a classic Southern dessert recipe that has been around since the dawn of time. If you want to impress your family but don't want to spend hours in the kitchen, then this is the dessert for you.

  • Alabama Lane Cake

    Passed down and tweaked for generations, this Southern dessert recipe has three layers of homemade yellow cake each topped with a raisin, pecan, coconut mixture. If you want a gorgeous dessert that has an old-fashioned, country feel, then this is the cake for you.

What are your favorite foods from the South? Let us know in the comments!

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