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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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Salisbury Steak with Onion Gravy

Salisbury Steak with Onion Gravy

Salisbury Steak with Onion Gravy

This hearty main dish is a favorite at our house. It really warms you up. —Kim Kidd, New Freedom, Pennsylvania

Scalloped Potatoes 'n' Ham Casserole

Scalloped Potatoes 'n' Ham Casserole

Scalloped Potatoes 'n' Ham Casserole

I'm a home health nurse and got this recipe from one of my elderly clients, who had used it for years. Now, it's one of my family's favorites. It will never curdle, thanks to the secret ingredient of powdered nondairy creamer. —Kathy M Johnson, Lake City, South Dakota

Creamy Baked Chicken

Creamy Baked Chicken

Creamy Baked Chicken

"Creamy Baked Chicken is comforting and easy to prepare," says Barbara Clarke of Punta Gorda, Florida.
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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

Chicken Rice Dinner

Chicken Rice Dinner

Chicken Rice Dinner

Everyone enjoys the country-style combination of chicken, rice and mushrooms. Using chicken bouillon adds to this dish's wonderful flavor.—Judith Anglen, Riverton, Wyoming

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

Cajun Macaroni

Cajun Macaroni

Cajun Macaroni

"When I follow my favorite meat loaf recipe, I end up with an extra half pound of ground beef," relates June Ellis. "So I came up with this easy dish to use it up." The Erie, Illinois cook brings this fast family-pleaser to the dinner table at a savvy 76 cents a plate.

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

Great Northern Bean Stew

Great Northern Bean Stew

Great Northern Bean Stew

This thick and hearty stew is sure to chase the winter chills away.—Mildred Sherrer, Fort Worth, Texas

Aunt May's Lasagna

Aunt May's Lasagna

Aunt May's Lasagna

Some people don't like ricotta cheese, traditionally found in lasagna. This is a nice alternative.—Angie Estes, Elko, Nevada

Chicken Spareribs

Chicken Spareribs

Chicken Spareribs

Inexpensive chicken thighs get all gussied up in a zippy sparerib-style sauce that's irresistable. Janice Porterfield of Atlanta, Texas shared the recipe.
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