25 Budget Friendly Dinner Recipes

Feeding your family on a budget doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality or flavor. A little planning, preparation, and some great budget friendly dinner recipes will help you to have a delicious meal on the table at a cost you can afford. Some simple things like having a meatless meal a couple days out of the week, planning your meals around what’s on sale at your local stores, and buying in bulk can really help you to stretch your grocery dollars.

25 Budget Friendly Dinner Recipes

Some of our favorite budget friendly recipes on About A Mom include: Baked Fish Sticks with ParmesanButter Lemon Garlic PastaImpossible Easy Chicken Taco Pie, and CrockPot Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti. I put the call out to some of my blogging friends and asked them to share their favorite budget friendly dinner recipes, and got an incredible response. All of the recipes pictured above and linked below are low-cost, delicious, and mom approved.

Creamy Spinach and Chicken Penne from Better in Bulk

Arroz Con Gandules – Rice With Pigeon Peas from Better in Bulk

Baked Ravioli from Better in Bulk

Beef Goulash from Random Mommy

Easy Vegetable Fried Rice from Views from the Ville

Quick and Easy Rice and Bean Burritos from Views from the Ville

Baked Potato Soup from Hot Mama in the City

Bacon Avocado Grill Cheese from Hot Mama in the City

Italian Baked Chicken {Only 5 Ingredients} from Jade Louise Designs

Meat Lovers Lasagna on a Budget from Nicki’s Random Musings

All In One Dinner on the Grill from Wheel n Deal Mama

Easy Summer Pasta Salad from Couponing Away Debt

Super Simple Chicken Pot Pie from The Bizy Mommy

Stretch Your Beef Sloppy Joes from Thrifty Jinxy

Meatless Sloppy Joes from Home Cooking Memories

Faux Potato Pancakes made with Zucchini from Mud Pies and Tiaras

Bacon, Steak, Potato, and Cheese Kabobs from Sunshine and Sippy Cups

Eggplant in the Oven from Our Family World

Baked Chicken Parmesan Tenders from Our Family World

Celery Cream Soup from Our Family World

Delicious Apple Salsa from Home and Garden Cafe

What are your favorite budget friendly dinner recipes?

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  1. Great roundup! Thanks for sharing these.

  2. Thank you for including my recipe! I can’t wait to try some of the others. They all look so yummy!

  3. These are great and I am excited to add some of these to my meal plans this week like Super Simple Chicken Pot Pie!

  4. Some great ideas. Looking forward to trying them!

  5. thank you for this great list of dinner i need to make a menu list for this week using this recipes!

  6. Great round up! Thank you!

  7. Thanks for sharing my chicken pot pie! I can’t wait to try out some of these recipes, feeding eight people is expensive so budget friendly meals are my friend!

  8. What a great set of recipes. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. We like goulash – pasta, tomato sauce, spices and cheese – we add ground beef when we have it available.

  10. I love trying new recipes so these will be fun to sort through. I already see a few that need to be recreated over here!

  11. Thanks for including my recipe! I will have to try out some of these others – so many good ones!

  12. So many great looking dinners! This would be great to explore!

  13. Thank you for featuring our recipe! Off to check the others

  14. Thanks for the inspiration! We made a great low-cost meal last night too, that was so easy. New England Pot Roast. It’s a new favorite over here! :)

  15. love your list of low cost dinner ideas… they all sound yummy, can’t wait to try some… thanks for sharing….

  16. Wow! It’s great to have all this info in one place. Thanks!

  17. Excellent!! I am going to bookmark this for easy reference!!

  18. What a great list, thanks so much for putting this together!

  19. perfect list for me!! THANK YOU!

  20. Thanks for adding mine! This is a great list, bookmarking to check every else’s dishes out.

  21. This is a great recipe roundup. Since I have a family of 6, sometimes I have to find budget friendly recipes like this!

  22. This is a great collection. I have been trying to make a collection of low cost recipes.

  23. Awesome round up! Thanks for including one of mine too :)

  24. I may have to try the beef goulash for dinner this weekend. Thanks for the list.

  25. Christina Kelbel says:

    I definitely need to stretch my grocery budget a bit more. This could be helpful, thanks for posting.

  26. Bacon Avocado Grilled Cheese sounds great

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