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Best Budget-Friendly Meals – Southern Bite

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Budget-friendly meals that help you stay on budget while not skimping on delicious flavor!

I am so excited to share with you some of my most popular budget-friendly meals! I get it – sticking to a budget, especially during these crazy days of inflation, can be a challenge. What if I told you that you could still cook delicious and hearty meals without breaking the bank? It’s possible! 

I have compiled a list of some of my favorite recipes that don’t land you with a hefty grocery bill. Trying to avoid the constantly growing grocery prices doesn’t mean giving up on delicious flavors. In this post, I’ve rounded up some wallet-friendly meals that are not only easy on your finances but also packed with mouthwatering taste. Forget the idea that affordable food has to be boring – I’m here to show you that cheap eats can be downright yummy. 

Get ready for a journey of budget-friendly bites that won’t break the bank but will definitely make your taste buds happy!

Best Budget-Friendly Meals

Budget-friendly meals that help you stay on budget while not skimping on delicious flavor!

Indulge in this ultimate breakfast dish – Bacon & Eggs Tater Tot Casserole. The layers of crispy bacon, tater tots, eggs, cheese, and green onions are the perfect blend of flavors. Not to mention, this breakfast meal is super easy to make and sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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Simple Ham and Swiss Brunch Bake is the perfect recipe for a stress-free morning or a breakfast-themed dinner! This easy-to-make dish features layers of crescent roll dough, smoked sliced ham, Swiss cheese, and eggs. It’s a hearty and flavorful breakfast or brunch option, ideal for feeding family and guests on a budget.

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This Easy Egg Salad combines simple ingredients like eggs, mayo, mustard, celery, and pickle relish to create an amazingly delicious spread that’s perfect to make egg salad sandwiches, wraps, or even serve on crackers.

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You will love the comforting flavors of this Super Simple Broccoli Cheese Soup. It’s an easy recipe that requires minimal ingredients but delivers maximum taste. It’s a rich and savory soup that won’t break the bank but it sure will leave your family with happy, full bellies. Quick to make, it features frozen broccoli, making it a convenient and delicious option for a cozy meal.

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You only need 3 simple ingredients and about 20 minutes to make one of the best plates of pasta you’ve ever had! This 3-Ingredient Tomato and Boursin pasta is quick, easy, and the recipe can be served as a side or add some grilled chicken and you’ve got a complete meal! It’s the perfect recipe for a busy weeknight!

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Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff is an easy, affordable, and delicious dish that has the crockpot doing the heavy lifting! Budget-friendly ingredients, such as tender chunks of beef, simmer in a velvety sauce made with sour cream, beef broth, and seasonings. Serve it over buttery egg noodles, fluffy rice, or mashed potatoes for a versatile and satisfying meal.

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Discover the simplicity of this easy and delicious Sheet Pan Lemon Chicken recipe. This one-pan meal features simple ingredients and amazing flavor of decadently seasoning chicken, potatoes, and Brussels sprouts. It’s a well-balanced, tried-and-true meal that leaves you with very minimal dishes to clean up and no stress on the wallet. It’s a win all around!

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This delightfully simple Pecan Chicken Salad is a classic recipe that features chopped cooked chicken, hard-boiled eggs, celery, onions, and toasted pecans. Add that all together and toss it in a savory dressing of creole mustard and mayonnaise. Enjoy the perfect blend of flavors and textures, making this Pecan Chicken Salad a delicious addition to your meal rotation.

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This quick and easy recipe for Hamburger Steaks is a family favorite! It is simple, super delicious, and perfect for a busy weeknight! Better yet, it doesn’t take a chunk of your grocery budget to put this hearty and yummy entree together. Put it over a pile of mashed potatoes and enjoy!

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This classic and super easy 7-can Taco Soup recipe is simple and full of flavor! Serve over rice or with corn chips, topped with cheddar and sour cream!

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This super easy Cheesy Hamburger Skillet is a delicious homemade version of Hamburger Helper and is sure to please the whole family – even the picky eaters. Kids LOVE it, and it all cooks in one skillet!

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This quick and easy beef enchilada recipe only calls for 5 ingredients. It’s the perfect main course for a busy weeknight! But don’t let those 5 ingredients fool you! This dish is filled with tons of amazing Mexican flavors. Your family and guests will never know this dish was done in less than an hour and with minimal cost!

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If you find yourself craving the delightful flavors of Chinese cuisine but you don’t want to pay the restaurant price, here’s a perfect solution. Try my Skillet Orange Chicken. With only 7 ingredients, this dish is a quick and easy fix that will be on your table in less than 30 minutes. The convenience doesn’t sacrifice flavor though — it’s truly mouthwatering.

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Transform your dinner with this mouthwatering Slow Cooker Pork Tips recipe. A 3 to 4-pound boneless pork loin roast becomes amazing pork tips, slow-cooked to perfection. Combine cream of mushroom soup, pork gravy mix, chicken broth, onion, and bell pepper for a decadent gravy. Serve over rice or mashed potatoes for a quick and easy family supper.

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This Skillet Chops with French Onion Gravy recipe showcases tender bone-in center cut pork chops perfectly seared and cooked up with mushrooms, beef broth, onion soup mix, and a hint of vinegar. Ideal for a quick and filling family dinner, serve atop rice or mashed potatoes.

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