But if you are like us, most of the time cheap meals tend to… well…. Suck….
Add to this that food is one the biggest budget around leads to two things…
1) You eat food that tastes blah
2) You crush you monthly budget eating like a king
I have two growing boys and serving “blah” tasting food is really not an option and we are extremely frugal sooooo there is no eating like kings…
A while back Michelle and I spent a weekend searching for the cheapest meal ideas that actually taste good ( or at least sounded good) so you don’t have too!
Table of Contents
- The Cheapest Meal Ideas
- Cheap Meal Idea 1: Honey Mustard Garlic Shrimp
- Cheap Meal Idea 2: Lemony Tuna and Olive Oil
- Cheap Meal Idea 3: Breadless Tuna Melt in a Tomato
- Cheap Meal Idea 4: Tuna Cakes
- Cheap Meal Idea 5: 3 Ingredient Chili
- Cheap Meal Idea 6: Lasagna Soup
- Cheap Meal Idea 7: Ravioli Soup
- Cheap Meal Idea 8: French Bread Pizza
- Cheap Meal Idea 9: Crock Pot Vegetables
- Cheap Meal Idea 10: Cheesy Beans and Rice
- Cheap Meal Idea 11: Black Bean Quesadillas
- Cheap Meal Idea 12: Ham and Cheese Hash Brown Casserole
- Cheap Meal Idea 13: Ham, Green Beans and Potatoes
- Cheap Meal Idea 14: Oven Tacos
- Cheap Meal Idea 15: Beef Burgundy
- Cheap Meal Idea 16: Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff
- Cheap Meal Idea 17: Baked Spaghetti Pie
- Cheap Meal Idea 18: Creamy Tomato Pasta
- Cheap Meal Idea 19: One Pot Pepperoni Pizza Pasta
- Cheap Meal Idea 20: Homemade Chef Boyardee Beefaroni
- Cheap Meal Idea 21: 5 Cheese Stuff Shells
The Cheapest Meal Ideas
Cheap Meal Idea 1: Honey Mustard Garlic Shrimp
Talk about YUM!
This cheap meal is absolutely delicious and took us less then 15 minutes to cook!
Cheap Meal Idea 2: Lemony Tuna and Olive Oil
Michelle and I really enjoyed this meal. Although we would recommend using a high quality tuna. Some of the reviews indicate that. Even though we want the cheapest meal ideas, spend a little bit on a better tuna.
Cheap Meal Idea 3: Breadless Tuna Melt in a Tomato
A tuna melt that is delicious, healthy and low cost…. Tell me more! This is an absolutely delicious dish that is one the cheapest meal ideas we found.
Cheap Meal Idea 4: Tuna Cakes
Sara at SaraLipoff.com shares a great meal that her and her daughter makes. Not only is this cheap meal idea yummy, but you can involve the little ones in making it.
Cheap Meal Idea 5: 3 Ingredient Chili
If you are looking for the cheapest meal idea for your next playoff football game or if you are planning for the Super Bowl, this chili hits the mark.
Cheap Meal Idea 6: Lasagna Soup
For busy parents on a budget this recipe is not only quick and low cost but it tastes amazing and gives you leftovers for lunch.
Cheap Meal Idea 7: Ravioli Soup
Ravioli soup is one of those EASY cheap meal ideas. This recipe only takes 5 ingredients and 30 minutes to make. The best part is LEFTOVERS!
Cheap Meal Idea 8: French Bread Pizza
This is a DIRT cheap meal idea and one our family absolutely loves to eat. We have added this recipe to our weekly meal plan.
Cheap Meal Idea 9: Crock Pot Vegetables
Maybe you are looking for a cheap and healthy meal for your family… if so slow roasted vegetables in the crock pot will hit the mark.
Cheap Meal Idea 10: Cheesy Beans and Rice
This may be classified as the ultimate BUDGET meal and our family loves it. This cheap meal not only tastes great but is ready to eat in minutes. It’s a great way to use your family leftovers to make a cheap meal.
Cheap Meal Idea 11: Black Bean Quesadillas
We have a joke in our family that quesadillas are just another form of grilled cheese… but the great thing about grilled cheese is that its a quick and cheap dinner idea. This black bean quesadilla recipe brings the quesadillas up a couple notches and are delicious.
Cheap Meal Idea 12: Ham and Cheese Hash Brown Casserole
Are you looking for a meal that you can serve to a large group of people on a budget? Casseroles are great for making meals for large groups. This Ham and Cheese casserole is delish and budget friendly. My 4 year old loves it and always wants seconds.
Cheap Meal Idea 13: Ham, Green Beans and Potatoes
Slow cooker meals are also wonderful for families. Most recipes are budget friendly and they are great because you can start them before you head to work and they will be ready when you come home.
Cheap Meal Idea 14: Oven Tacos
Tacos are one of those foods that are not only loved by almost all families but are also CHEAP meals for your entire family. The reason that we like this recipe is that we can make the tacos in bulk and eat them later in the week.
Cheap Meal Idea 15: Beef Burgundy
Do you want a fancy family meal for cheap? Then try out this crockpot meal. Instead of spending hours making dinner, let the crockpot do it for you.
Cheap Meal Idea 16: Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff
Our goal was to create a list of budget friendly meals that actually tasted good… There is nothing that says comfort food like a creamy pasta dish. This one does not fail to deliver.
Cheap Meal Idea 17: Baked Spaghetti Pie
Whoa… We had never heard of this before but honestly it was delicious! It is such a simple dinner idea and was extremely cheap to make.
Cheap Meal Idea 18: Creamy Tomato Pasta
This super easy ONE pot meal is great for families looking for a tasty meal without the mess. We love this budget friendly one pot pasta dish.
Cheap Meal Idea 19: One Pot Pepperoni Pizza Pasta
Maybe you didnt love cheap meal idea 18 but here is another one pot meal and we thought this meal was amazing! We definitely added this meal to our keeper list. Not only was it a cheap family meal but our 4 year old loved it!!! Parent win!
Cheap Meal Idea 20: Homemade Chef Boyardee Beefaroni
Why buy a ton of processed food when you can simply make this delicious family meal??? The cost of this meal is low and the taste is delicious and cant be beat.
Cheap Meal Idea 21: 5 Cheese Stuff Shells
This meatless meal is a classical Italian dish that my 4 year old and I love!!! This meal takes a little longer to make but it’s worth the wait. This by far one of our families favorite cheapest meal ideas to date.
Hopefully this helps you realize that cheap meal ideas dont have to be tasteless. What we liked the most about many of these budget friendly meals is that it helped us meal plan for the week. Many of the meals made a ton of leftovers which were great for lunch.
Want more cheap meal ideas for when you are broke?