15 Appetizing Dinners on a Budget


Make a delicious meal and save money with this list of appetizing dinners on a budget. Inexpensive doesn’t have to be boring! 

Who isn’t looking for ways to save some money these days?

You want to provide flavorful, healthy meals, but feeding your family can be expensive. There’s no need to sacrifice flavor when you’re counting every penny. Check out this list of 15 Appetizing Dinners on a Budget. Save that money or spend it on something else!

appetizing dinners on a budget dutch oven chicken breasts

Dutch Oven Chicken Breasts and Vegetables

This dutch oven chicken breast recipe is juicy, simple, and creamy, too! Grab some boneless chicken breast and make this one-pot dinner!

appetizing dinners on a budget coconut chicken bang sauce

Coconut Crusted Chicken with Bang Bang Sauce

Coconut crusted chicken with homemade Bang Bang Sauce is easy and delicious, and makes for a healthy low-carb dinner in less than 30 minutes! 

appetizing dinners on a budget tater tot casserole

Easy Tater Tot Casserole

This tater tot casserole is a one-dish meal of classic comfort food that will become an instant family favorite and satisfy even your picky eaters. This great recipe is the epitome of a family friendly weeknight meal that the whole family will cheer for!

appetizing dinners on a budget vegetarian spaghetti bolognese

Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese

This vegan Bolognese is gently simmered with classic Italian herbs, garlic, and tempeh “meat” that is sure to become your go-to vegan pasta sauce that comes together in just 20 min!

appetizing dinners on a budget summer pasta

Summer Pasta with Vegetables

This is a lazy summer pasta dish that’s quick, easy, delicious and budget friendly. You could easily eat this one once a week it’s so good!

appetizing dinners on a budget hamburger potato casserole

Hamburger and Potato Casserole

A nostalgic and hearty Midwestern casserole featuring ground beef and green beans, surrounded by cheesy mashed potatoes and crunchy French fried onions.

ham and cheese ravioli

Ham and Cheese Ravioli

This classic combination of ham and cheese puts a new spin on ravioli. Made with leftover ham and all in one dish, it’s perfect for a weeknight meal.

appetizing dinners on a budget tuna noodle casserole

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Ready in under 45 minutes, this classic and comforting casserole features tuna, onions, mushrooms, peas and cheese in a creamy sauce topped with more cheese and crunchy French-fried onions! So flavorful, and sure to satisfy the entire family!

appetizing dinners on a budget instant pot dal curry

Instant Pot Dal Curry

Instant Pot Dal with green or brown lentils simmered in bold aromatic broth is balanced out by the creaminess of coconut milk for an unforgettable taste explosion. A gluten free, vegan, 30 minute, one pot meal!

appetizing dinners on a budget pesto pasta bake

Pesto Pasta Bake

This creamy pesto pasta bake is extra creamy and cheesy, made in one baking pan, and doesn’t require kitchen skills!

appetizing dinners on a budget olive garden fettuccine

Copycat Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo

This Copycat Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo recipe takes just 30 minutes to make and is incredibly delicious. It serves six and costs about $5.96 to make. That’s just $0.99 per serving! 

appetizing dinners on a budget chicken waffle tacos

Chicken and Waffle Tacos

These Chicken and Waffle Tacos are an easy weeknight dinner that is some serious comfort food. It’s an easy recipe that even kids can make! For about $9.96, you can make six servings of these chicken waffle tacos. That works out to be just $1.66 per serving. 

appetizing dinners on a budget southwestern chicken rice

Instant Pot Southwestern Chicken and Rice

Throw everything in the instant pot and walk away. You’ll have a delicious, satisfying, healthy dinner 30 minutes later! 

appetizing dinners on a budget pork tenderloin with cilantro mint basil sauce

Pork Tenderloin with Cilantro Mint Basil Sauce

This juicy Pork Tenderloin is crusted with an easy dry rub of brown sugar, salt, and other spices, and topped with a flavorful, herbaceous sauce! It’s easy, affordable, and done in just 30 minutes!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

This Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is about as easy as a crockpot recipe can get. You don’t have to chop, peel or dice anything. You don’t even have to remember to thaw out the chicken! Just open packages, dump in, and collect the compliments at dinner time.

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