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Dollar Store Food: 14 Frugal Recipes for You

These frugal recipes can come straight out of your local Dollar store!

By: Rachel Bernstein, Editor,
Dollar Store Food

You don't have to shop at a fancy market to make delicious home-cooked meals for your family. Sometimes the best dinner recipes are the ones made with just the basics. In this collection of Dollar Store Food ideas, find 14 Frugal Recipes for you and your loved ones to enjoy without having to worry. Cooking is so much more fun, and so much easier, when you know you're not going to break the bank doing it!

Frugal Recipes for Soup and Chili

Dollar Store Black Bean Soup

There's a reason that soups and chilis are popular budget recipes -- they're inexpensive while still being utterly delicious! These frugal soup recipes taste like they came straight out of a restaurant.

For example, you've just gotta try this Dollar Store Black Bean Soup. Black bean soup is a hearty and comforting dish to enjoy as a main dish or as a starter. This easy soup recipe is great to make especially during the cold weather months.

  • Southwest Chicken Soup

    This recipe for Southwest Chicken Soup is one of the tastiest chicken soup recipes you'll find this side of the Mississippi! This soup is packed to the brim with peppers, shredded chicken, onions, sweet corn, and more.

  • Cowboy Chili

    This hearty bean and beef chili recipe is a mouth-watering one pot meal. A variety of seasonings give it a rich flavor, so if you're looking for a new chili recipe to try out, this one is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Cheap and Easy Casserole Recipes

Dollar Store Cowboy Casserole

Casseroles are one of the best routes for frugal recipes! There's plenty of budget-friendly casserole recipes out there for you to take advantage of.

This Dollar Store Cowboy Casserole is definitely one you don't want to miss out on! If you love the taste of cowboy recipes, you have to try this awesome recipe for a Southwestern-inspired main dish that's chocked full of hearty ingredients like beans, corn, tomato, pepper and more. All we can say about this cowboy recipe is "yum!" 

  • Dollar Store Chicken Casserole

    You can find most, if not all, of the ingredients needed for this easy chicken casserole recipe at your local dollar store. A version of the classic tuna noodle casserole recipe, this chicken version has a great homey flavor that will please everyone at the table!

  • Dollar Store Ranch Chicken Casserole

    Ranch chicken casserole is one of those dishes that we just never get tired of. This version, one of our favorite dollar store food ideas, is a great option for families on a budget because many of the necessary ingredients can be found at the local Five and Dime.

  • Taco Pie Casserole

    Cheesy, beefy and crunchy, this cheap casserole recipe has three great things going for it. If you're a fan of Fritos, this is definitely one of the best easy frugal recipes for you. Don't miss out on this guilty pleasure casserole that so many of our readers love. 

  • Easy Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole

    Served warm and fresh out of the oven, this cheesy chicken casserole recipe is pretty hard to beat.  Add this to your list of great dollar store food dishes because your family is sure to love the combination of flavors in this chicken dinner!

Dollar Store Food Main Dishes

Easy Pantry Tuna Penne

It might sound unbelievable that you can make Dollar Store food main dishes, but you really can! Each of these simple recipes will be so cheap that you won't believe it.

One of our favorites is this Easy Pantry Tuna Penne recipe. As its name suggests, this cheap pasta recipe can be made from items most likely already residing in your pantry at home.  This is one of those frugal recipes that's great because it's inexpensive, but also because it's incredibly fast to make. In just 30 short minutes you'll have a delicious dinner on the table.

  • Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe

    Frugal recipes are great when you need ideas for simple, low-cost weeknight meals. This version of a classic chili mac recipe is easy on the wallet and satisfying for the taste buds. It's a win-win! 

  • Super Easy Cheesy Quesadillas

    With just three simple ingredients, many of which can be purchased at your local dollar store, this cheap and easy recipe for quesadillas is a winner in our book. This recipe for two is one of those frugal recipes you'll want to keep handy because it makes a great lunch, snack or dinner; it's so versatile! 

Frugal Recipes for Sides & Desserts

Dollar Store No Bake Cookies

To finish off your Dollar Store meal plan, check out these frugal recipes for sides and desserts! They'll taste even better knowing how little money you had to spend on them.

Your Dollar Store meal simply isn't complete without these Dollar Store No Bake Cookies. Dollar store food doesn't stop at casseroles and main dishes. If you're looking for a cheap dessert recipe, look no further than these delicious no bake cookies. Made with oats, raisins and jam, this easy dessert recipe proves that frugal recipes can still be rich in flavor. 

  • Amish Cornbread

    This old-fashioned recipe puts a twist on traditional cornbread recipes -- a twist you're going to love.  Don't miss out on this sensational side dish... it's one of our favorite dollar store food ideas.

  • 2-Ingredient Nutella Cake

    This recipe for 2-Ingredient Nutella Cake is rich and full of amazing flavor. All you need are eggs, Nutella, and powdered sugar! Nothing beats a simple dessert recipe.

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I always intend to shop on a budget when I go to the grocery store, but once I head to the register, it usually doesn't end up working out. I plan to make some of these inexpensive meals to cut costs. Thanks for the great collection of recipes!


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