16 Cheap Dinner Ideas

1. Taco Salad

Ingredients:

  • Hamburger meat $6
  • Lettuce $2
  • Tortilla Chips or doritos $3
  • Taco Seasoning $2
  • Mexican cheese $3
  • A Tomato $2
  • California French dressing $2

Total: $20

  • Cook 1 lb hamburger meat with seasoning
  • Dice tomato
  • Add lettuce, tomato, 2 cups of cheese, dressing and crushed tortilla chips (you can crush them in the bag)
  • Mix in hamburger and serve

2. Speggetti

Ingredients:

  • Speggeti noodles $2
  • Speggeti sauce $3
  • An onion $2
  • Garlic bread $2
  • Parmesan cheese $3
  • Hamburger meat $4

Total: $16

  • Cook half a pound hamburger with the onion diced (add italian seasoning, salt, and pepper)
  • Drain the meat
  • Cook noodles and drain them
  • Add Speggeti sauce to the pasta and stir
  • Stir in meat & onions
  • Bake the garlic bread and serve on the side of speggeti

3. Chinese Food

Ingredients:

  • Pork stew meat $5
  • White rice $2
  • Medly veggie mix $8
  • Soy sauce $2

Total: $17

  • Cook veggies down a bit (10 mins)
  • Add pork stew meat to the veggie mix
  • Cook all about 10 minutes with a lid
  • Cook 2 cups of white rice
  • Serve with soy sauce & salt

4. Encheridos

Ingredients:

  • Hamburger meat $6
  • Taco shells $3
  • Refried beans $4
  • Enchilada sauce $2
  • Mexican blend cheese $3

Total: $18

  • Cook 1 lb hamburger meat
  • Open beans & enchilada sauce. Warm the beans in a bowl in the microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds & stir
  • Spread thw beans on the shell
  • Sprinkle hamburger meat on the beans
  • Fold into a burrito
  • Pour enchilada sauce on top
  • Sprinkle shredded cheese
  • Microwave for 1 – 2 mins until cheese melts

5. Soy Sauce Cheeseburgers

Ingedients:

  • Buns $3
  • Hamburger meat $6
  • Condiments $4
  • Swiss cheese $2
  • Soy sauce $2
  • Garlic & onion powder $2

Total: $19

  • Put 1 lb hamburger on a plate
  • Sprinkle tbsp of onion powder & tbsp of garlic powder & drizzle soy sauce on (2-3 tbsp)
  • Blend it all in
  • Make patties & cook them
  • Add swiss cheese and serve on choice of buns

6. Pork Chops & french mashed potatoes

Ingredients:

  • Pork chops $7
  • Yukon gold potatoes $4
  • French onion dip $2
  • Parsley & chives $4
  • Butter $3

Total: $20

  • Season pork chops & bake
  • Dice potatoes with skin
  • Cover them in water and boil the potatoea until soft
  • Mash potatoes ~ Add half a cup french onion dip, a half cup butter, 1.5 tbsp chives, 1 tbsp parsley and salt & pepper
  • Serve mashed potatoes on side of pork

7. Breakfast Dinner

Ingedients:

  • Eggs $3
  • Bread $2
  • Shredded hash brown $4
  • Veggie oil $2

Total: $11

  • Cook hash until brown
  • Add 2 eggs to the skillet and cover
  • Toast bread
  • Eggs should be cooked just until the top gets a little white
  • Salt & pepper all of it and slide onto plate with toast cut in half

8. Tater tot casserole

Ingredients:

  • Tator tots $4
  • Cream of celery soup $3
  • Hamburger $6
  • Mexican cheese blend $3
  • An onion $2

Total: $18

  • Cook 1 lb hamburger with the onion diced
  • Mix in cream of celery soup after draining meat
  • Spread mixture on bottom of casserole dish
  • Sprinkle tator tots evenly over top
  • Sprinkle a cup of cheese over top
  • Bake for 20 – 25 mins @ 350°F until tots are done (refer to bag)

9. Taco pasta casserole

Ingredients:

  • Taco seasoning $
  • Hamburger meat $4
  • Pasta shells $2
  • Mexican cheese blend $3
  • An onion $2

Total: $13

  • Cook half pound hamburger with diced onion and taco seasoning
  • Cook and drain pasta shells
  • Mix the shells with the meat & 2 cups of cheese
  • Spread into casserole dish
  • Bake 20-25 mins @ 350°F and serve

10. Tuna casserole

Ingredients:

  • Egg noodles $2
  • Big can of Cream of musheroom soup $2
  • 2 drained cans tuna $2
  • Can of peas drained $1

Total: $7

  • Cook egg noodles
  • Mix in cream of mushroom soup
  • Mix in peas & tuna fish
  • Serve

11. Chili

Ingredients:

  • 5 cans beans of choice $5
  • Hamburger meat $6
  • An onion $2
  • Can of tomato juice $2
  • Can of stewed tomatoes $3
  • Saltine crackers $2

Total: $20

  • Cook 1 lb hamburger with diced onion
  • Drain the meat
  • Add drained beans and stewed tomatoes crushed up
  • Add tomato juice and bring all to a boil while adding seasonings ~ Chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, & pepper

12. Mac N cheese with broccoli & hot dogs

Ingredients:

  • Box of mac n cheese $2
  • Broccoli flourets $5
  • Mexican blend cheese $3
  • Butter $3
  • Pk of bar s hot dogs $2

Total: $15

  • Cook mac n cheese adding the broccoli when you add the macaroni
  • Drain the macaroni & broccoli
  • Heat up sliced pack of hot dogs in microwave for 1 minute
  • Add butter, milk, and 2 cups of cheese, salt, & pepper
  • Stir in hot dogs and serve

13. Hot dogs & Noodles

Ingredients:

  • Pack of hot dogs $3
  • Buns $2
  • Confinements $3
  • Chicken & broccoli noodles $3

Total: $11

  • Boil hot dogs
  • Cook noodles
  • Serve hot dogs on a bun with noodles on the side

14. Chicken parmesan

Ingredients:

  • Pack of chicken breasts $7
  • Marinara sauce $3
  • Parmesan cheese $3
  • Panko bread crumbs $2
  • Eggs $2
  • Motzerella cheese $3

Total: $20

  • Slice chicken breasts in half
  • Put each cutlet in flour, then the eggwash, then a the mixture of a cup of parmesan and cup of panko bread crumbs and put breaded chicken on baking sheet
  • Bake 25 – 30 mins @ 375°F
  • Top them with marinara sauce & sprinkle motzerella on
  • Bake them an additional 7 minutes

15. Ham n cheese sliders

Ingredients:

  • Hawiian buns $4
  • Pack of ham or home cooked $4
  • Sliced cheddar cheese $2

Total: $10

  • Cut open buns
  • Stuff with ham & cheddar cheese
  • Put on baking sheet & bake them for 7-10 minutes @ 375°F

16. Pizza on bread

Ingredients:

  • Bread $2
  • Marinara sauce $3
  • Pepperoni slices $3
  • Motzerella cheese $3

Total: $11

  • Place 6 slices of bread on a baking sheet
  • Lightly spread marinara sauce on each slice
  • Add motzerella cheese
  • Top with 5 slices pepperoni

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