Budget Dinner Recipes

Looking for Budget Dinner recipes? Find budget dinner recipes for cheap main dishes like burgers, steaks, and more dinner recipes.

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Sweet-Sour Franks

Sweet-Sour Franks

Sweet-Sour Franks

"When I married my husband more than 30 years ago, I asked my mother-in-law for some of his favorite dishes," writes Diane Hendrixson of Wapakoneta, Ohio. "Knowing money was tight, she sent this one that I still make." It remains a bargain at 71¢ a serving.

Hay and Straw

Hay and Straw

Hay and Straw

This recipe is not only quick and easy to prepare, it's pretty, too. This colorful pasta dish combines julienned ham, Parmesan cheese, peas and linguine.—Priscilla Weaver, Hagerstown, Maryland

Chinese New Year Skillet

Chinese New Year Skillet

Chinese New Year Skillet

Chinese New Year Skillet was inspired by a recipe on the back of a rice package in 1957, notes Sherilyn West of Lubbock, Texas. “If you like pork, I guarantee you’ll love this recipe.”

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

"With four small children at home, I need quick yet filling meals," says Leticia Lewis of Kennewick, Washington. This fast family favorite is just 66 cents per sandwich. "For a spicier taste, eliminate the ketchup and increase the amount of salsa to 1 cup," she suggests.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

When there's a chill in the air, nothing beats this stew. Seasoned with thyme and dry mustard, the hearty slow-cooked stew is chock-full of tender carrots, potatoes and beef.—Earnestine Wilson, Waco, Texas

Deviled Chicken

Deviled Chicken

Deviled Chicken

My family has always loved this flavorful, golden-brown chicken. I watch for the frequent sales on leg quarters to keep the cost per serving low. —Linda Trammell, Kingston, Missouri

Hearty Sausage Sandwich

Hearty Sausage Sandwich

Hearty Sausage Sandwich

With its creamy stroganoff-style filling, this flavorful sandwich seems like something special. But at 98¢ a serving, it's an easy and economical choice for a casual weeknight meal. —Jillene Brown, Buckeye, Arizona

Homemade Pizza

Homemade Pizza

Homemade Pizza

This recipe is a hearty, zesty main dish with a crisp, golden crust. Feel free to use whatever toppings your family enjoys.—Marianne Edwards, Lake Stevens, Washington

Meatless Spaghetti

Meatless Spaghetti

Meatless Spaghetti

This chunky sauce is so good you'll think it's loaded with meat. But it actually features a whole bushel of fantastic produce. I can start this sauce early in the afternoon and have it slowly simmer on the stove until dinnertime. It's nice to rely on no-fuss recipes like this on busy days.—Barbara Njaa, Nikiski, Alaska

Garlic Swiss Steak

Garlic Swiss Steak

Garlic Swiss Steak

This favorite beef entree was perfect when our four children were at home. It was simple for me to fix this budget-stretcher, and the kids loved it.—Patricia Hooks, Greenville, Texas

Skillet Chicken Supper

Skillet Chicken Supper

Skillet Chicken Supper

This recipe is a hearty main dish. It's gently spiced with a tasty vegetable medley. Frozen mixed vegetables can be used instead of peas.—Marlene Muckenhirn, Delano, Minnesota
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