Cheap Quick Easy Dinner Recipes

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I have 100 (and counting) cheap quick easy dinner recipes here for your consideration tonight. I wanted lots of variety in these dinner ideas so that there would be something here for everyone, and so when that inevitable question pops up, "What will we have for dinner tonight?" this is the place you can find the answer.

Guess what? Many of the meals on this page can be made faster than you could go get takeout. You've got to love that!

I know you are sick of finding recipes that you don't have the ingredients to make, or they're really too labor intensive, and you're just tired, and all you really need is something to feed the family with ingredients that you already have in your pantry and fridge. I know! I am one of you!

I also understand that you don't always need a recipe. Sometimes you just need an idea, and you'll find those here, too.

What we have here are dinner recipes and that don't require a lot of prep time, a lot of cooking time, a lot of ingredients, or a lot of forethought (other than the slow cooker recipes and a few with longer cooking times). With such a large selection, you're bound to find something to cook without having to make a trip to the grocery store.

Jump down to main categories here: Ground Beef Recipes to see all 100+ dinner ideas categorized by main ingredient.


Ground Beef Recipes


hobo dinners


Hobo Dinners

One of my husband's favorite quick meals. Meat and potatoes with onion all wrapped in a neat foil hobo sack. This is one of our most frequently eaten cheap quick easy dinner recipes.


goulas


Goulash

I used to love it when Mom
made Goulash for supper when
I was a child. This takes me back.



hamburger beef stroganof


Hamburger Beef Stroganoff
This hamburger beef stroganoff
is so easy and so delicious!
Tastes like you spent much more time
cooking than you actually did.
One of the best cheap quick easy
dinner recipes ever!


beef potato stroganof


Potato Beef Stroganoff
Very simple and tasty. Lynnette says
it's a family favorite amongst
her quick meal ideas.




lazy lasagna with meat sauc


Lazy Lasagna Recipe
An easy to make lasagna with meat sauce. It just so happens to taste great, too.




taco


Tacos
Crispy or soft-shelled, sometimes a meal of tacos just hits the spot. They don't require many ingredients, and taste great.




Baked Tacos

If you want tacos that won't fall apart with the first bite, then these are for you.



chalupa


Easy Chalupas
These aren't necessarily
beef, but they can be.
This is one of my "go to"
cheap quick easy dinner recipes.



easy spaghett


Easy Spaghetti
Simple, delicious,
this easy meal idea
is one of our favorite
cheap quick easy dinner recipes.



chil


Easy Chili Recipe
This is the way I do chili
Tastes great on cold winter's night




taco soup

Taco Soup
Another one of our favorite
cheap quick easy dinner recipes
Taco Soup is made with hamburger meat
Ro-Tel, hominy, ranch style beans, and more.



hamburger soup



Hamburger Soup
Submitted by Carron from TX
this yummy and versatile soup can
be made with beef or chicken.



Mom's meatloaf


Mom's Meatloaf
My mom's delicious recipe
with a brown sugar and ketchup topping





Meatloaf Muffins

A huge hit at our house, these muffins are my own recipe and have a brown sugar and ketchup glaze.  Love.



easy hamburger dinner


Easy Hamburger Dinner
A super simple easy hamburger dinner.
Ground meat, hominy, and ranch style
Very easy, very good!




sloppy joe sandwiches


Sloppy Joe Sandwiches
It's easy to make these delicious
messy sandwiches from scratch.
Or if you're really in a hurry buy
the can of seasoning!



hamburger and fries casserole


Hamburger and Fries Casserole
A kid friendly casserole
with ground meat and french fries




mexican casserole


Mexican Casserole
A delicious ground beef Mexican
Casserole made with crescent rolls.




hamburger pockets


Crescent Rolls Hamburger Pockets
Cooked ground meat, shredded cheese all wrapped up in a crescent roll pocket.  What a great idea!




sheppards pi



Beef Potato Pie
Another super easy fast dinner idea
submitted by Allison.




beef tortilla sandwiche


Beef Tortilla Sandwiches
Delicious dinner of ground beef,
ranch style beans,
shredded cheese in a warm tortilla.





Beef Quesadilla Recipe
Shared by my friend
Teri, we make this
a lot. It's easy! It tastes great!




enchilada casserol


Enchilada Casserole Recipe
An easy beef Mexican casserole
Quick and delicious.




doritos casserol


Doritos Casserole
This was a big hit with my husband
He really liked it, and it was
really easy, so that makes me
happy.



smothered burritos


Smothered Burritos
This is a seriously
easy dinner recipe. We loved it!




messy misters bbq cup


Messy Misters BBQ Cups
From our beloved Brittni
who is a big contributor
in meal ideas submitted this.




chinese noodle hamburger casserol


Easy Casserole Recipes
If you are looking for a casserole recipe
for supper tonight, I have a big section
of just casseroles.




taco ring bak



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Beef (other than ground)


Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches


Crock Pot Italian Beef  Sandwiches

Quite possibly my family's new favorite meal.  These were a disappearing act the night I made them! 



beef tips


Beef Tips

Prime time comfort food. This is a delicious recipe with less than five minutes to prep, but a long cooking time.



crock pot beef fajita


Crock Pot Beef Fajitas
Using a roast, a crock pot, and a
few other ingredients, your family
will love these.




crock pot beef stroganof


Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff
An easy slow cooker recipe for
beef stroganoff. Easy & Yummy!




smothered stea


Smothered Steak
This is my sister's easy and
delicious recipe. She makes this
often for her family.




pot roas


Grandma's Sunday Roast
Grandma made it every Sunday, and
it was always so good. Here's how to make
gravy for your roast.




Pressure Cooker Pot Roast Recipe
Thanks to Carrie for
submitting this terrific
FAST way to cook a tender roast.




easy fajita


Easy Fajitas Recipe
Beef or chicken, you can have
a delicious meal of fajitas in
just minutes.




ravioli dinner



Beef (or Cheese) Ravioli Meal
Thanks Stephanie for this
super simple dinner idea!
Sounds delicious.




Simple Corned Beef and Cabbage
Thanks Emily-Katherine!
So simple and so tasty!




corn dog casserole


Corn Dog Casserole
Stephy from TX shared this
with us. I plan to cook
it soon!




corn dog baked bean casserole


Corn Dog Baked Bean Casserole

Similar to the recipe above but made with baked beans instead of creamed corn, our kiddos enjoyed this.



stuffed hot dog



Stuffed Hot Dogs
Thanks Ellen! No doubt
this is a sure fire winner
with the kiddos!




Salsa Pot Roast
Tessa shared her method
for making this salsa pot
roast. Sounds great!




beef tacos


Beef Tacos
I admit I wasn't excited
when I saw this reader submitted
tacos, but then I read it, and
totally changed my mind!



Easy Chicken Recipes



Mexican Chicken

My custom blend of spices and unique way of plating this dish makes it a winner!



chicken avocado pasta salad


Chicken Avocado Pasta Salad

This tasty summer salad is something that my sister came up with the other day!  She said it was delicious and the perfect Summer lunch or dinner.



chicken and ric


Chicken and Rice
Easy to make
and tastes great!
We called this
No Peeky Chicken.





Crock Pot Chicken and Rice

contributed by my sister, this cheap quick easy dinner recipe was a huge hit with her family!




easy chicken pot pi



Easy Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
You just have to
TRY IT!
That's all.



chicken and cabbage wal



Chicken and Cabbage Wa-La
Submitted by 1 of our
featured home cooks, Rhonda
I can't wait to try this!



chicken bundle

Chicken Bundles
Yummy chicken, crescent rolls, cream cheese sesame seeds make up delicious chicken bundles.  A favorite of my quick dinner recipes. A favorite of yours, too!  You all have pinned this recipe more than a quarter million times!


apricot chicke


Apricot Chicken Recipe
I personally didn't
care for this, however
since everyone's taste preference
is different - I'll leave it.



Cranberry Chicke


Cranberry Chicken Recipe
Similar to the Apricot
one above, this is my
friend Kim's signature dish. I loved this one!



creamed chicken and raviol


Creamed Chicken and Raviolis
Rhonda submitted
quick and easy recipe!




chicken delight casserol



Chicken Delight
A sinfully delicious casserole
with cream cheese, sour cream,
cream soups and more.



sour cream ritz chicke


Sour Cream Ritz Chicken
An "absolutely tasty" recipe
submitted by Echo. Prep time was
less than five minutes!




ritz fried chicken


Ritz Fried Chicken
Another ritz chicken, but
completely different from
the one above. Thanks Lynnette!




Monterey Chicken Casserole


Monterey Chicken
Looks & sounds
like a wonderful meal.
Hope to try it soon!





Chicken and Pasta
It doesn't get much easier than this recipe
My toddler likes it, too.





Crispy Baked Chicken
Better for you than the bags of
ready made chicken strips from the store
You can experiment with this one.



crispy ranch fried chicke


Crispy Ranch Fried Chicken
Made with bisquick
and dry ranch, you'll love
chicken strips made from this.




crock pot chicken burrito


Crock Pot Chicken Burritos
Easy, easy, easy!
Tastes great too
Need I say more?




easy sour cream chicken enchilada


Easy Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas
This is a personal favorite of ours!
Compliments of my sister, it's a really
easy dinner recipe for sour cream chicken
enchilada casserole with green chilies!


easy chicken enchiladas



Simple Chicken Enchiladas
Lynnette's family favorite.
Sounds fantastic to me.




chicken enchilada recipe



Chicken Enchilada Recipe
When I tell you this recipe is phenomenal, I mean it.




easy chicken pie



Lynnette's Chicken Pot Pie
Lynnette's version
of this classic dish.




chicken tortilla crock pot sou


Chicken Tortilla Crock Pot Soup
Love this full flavored, hearty,
thick soup! This is one of
the healthy meals on this page.




crispy chicken tenders



Crispy Chicken Tenders
Made with ritz crackers and parmesan
cheese. These are great!




baked ranch chicke


Baked Hidden Valley Ranch Crispy Chicken
In Texas we love our Ranch dressing
on everything! This uses a dry mix to
create a delicious baked chicken.



Swedish Chicken Breast


Swedish Chicken Breasts
Love, love, love this recipe
from my dear friend Cathy!




chicken and broccoli casserol


Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
A great combination, chicken and broccoli come together with egg noodles for a terrific easy dinner.




sour cream chicken breast


Sour Cream Chicken Breasts
An easy chicken
recipe, with sour cream
and cheez-its!




chicken spaghetti casserol


Easy Chicken Spaghetti
Submitted by Kristina, this
quick meal idea is yummy
and very easy and can be
turned into a casserole.



teriyakichicken and rice


Chicken and Rice Teriyaki
Rhonda from Wrangell, Alaska
loves to share her
quick easy recipes and we
love her for that!



chicken tetrazzin


Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe
An easy and delicious
dinner recipe. I think
you'll make this often.





Chicken Noodle Casserole
Brandi submitted this
simple meal idea.
Love it!




chicken taco soup


Chicken Taco Soup

Magic happens when these ingredients come together.  Try it and you'll see!



italian chicken


Zesty Italian Chicken

It's truly easy and tastes great! 

Add a couple veggies on the side and you're good to go.



Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

My high school friend Kim stopped by and shared this yummy soup.




Black Bean & Pineapple Enchiladas

My friend, Teri, made these and said they
were very good, we agree!



oriental chicken stir fry


Chicken Stir Fry Oriental

We love this easy dinner idea submitted by Donna.  My husband likes to make this, and I let him!




More Easy Chicken Recipes

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Pork Recipes


pizza quesadillas


Pizza Quesadilla

My husband created this one evening, and I improved on it and thought, "why didn't I think of this?"  It's so easy and tasty!



bacon onion tomato pasta


Pasta Bacon Onion Dinner

Anything that starts with sauteeing an onion in bacon grease is a winner in my book.



dijon pork chops


Dijon Chops and Potatoes

This crock pot recipe is really tasty!  We'll be making it again.



french onion pork chops


French Onion Pork Chops

This simple way to prepare pork chops was surprisingly delicious and a hit with the whole family.



honey glazed pork chops


Honey Glazed Pork Chops

This reader submitted cheap quick easy dinner recipe was easy to prepare and something that I wouldn't normally do with pork chops.  We've made it several times now.


chops and rice


Chops and Rice

Delicious seared pork chops and rice in one dish





Easier Chops and Rice

I made this up when I didn't have all of the ingredients for the Chops and Rice recipe listed above. Truly a cheap quick easy dinner recipe.



pork chop casserole


Pork Chop Casserole

This was a reader submitted recipe.  I used fire roasted diced tomatoes instead of regular - that was the only modification I made.  It turned out quite nice if I do say so myself.


hoppin johns


Hoppin Johns
Chopped ham sauteed with onions and peppers mixed with with purple hull peas and served over rice topped with sour cream.  Surprisingly delicious!


parmesan butter pork chops


Parmesan Butter Pork Chops

This was an experiment of mine that turned out fantastic and is sure to become a regular around our house.



smothered pork chops


Smothered  Pork Chops

A taste of the South, we grew up loving smothered pork chops!




Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops

Delicious and incredibly easy, you'll want to make this asap.



crock pot pork chops


Crock Pot Pork Chops

So easy, so good.
Submitted by Angela.



skillet pork chops


Skillet Pork Chops
Originally from the back of a Ranch Style Beans can
Brittni submitted this and we love it, too.



Boneless Amaretto Pork Chops
Another easy but different pork chop idea.




Easy Italian Pasta Salad
A quick and easy recipe
submitted by one of our
favorite contributors, Rhonda.



Italian Ham Sandwich
Thanks Terri Jo! Sounds delicious.




Turkey Recipes


kentucky hot brown bake


Kentucky Hot Brown Bake

What a delightful Pinterest find!





Oven Turkey Burger Bake
A super easy meal to make with ground turkey.




Turkey Cheeseburger Bake
Ground turkey and scalloped potatoes
in a single dish layered with cheese.




Enchilada Casserole
A reader submitted meal
Sounds great, but I haven't
made it around to trying, yet.




Turkey Rolls
Mike shared this
super simple dinner idea!



Seafood Recipes


baked salmon


Baked Salmon

With a honey dijon balsamic reduction - yum!



honey dijon salmon


Honey Dijon Salmon

With a pecan and breadcrumb crust that's held on by honey, dijon, and butter, what's not to love about this.



Baked Halibut

Simple and fast.  You can use any whitefish, and it will turn out great!




Shrimp Carbonara with Penne Pasta
Don't let the name scare you into thinking this isn't an easy dinner; it absolutely is!



salmon cakes


Salmon Cakes with Lemon Dill Sauce
Brittany shared this
great meal idea with all of us.





Quick and Easy Tilapia Fillets
We love foil packet meal ideas! Thanks to Jason for this one.




Mediterranean Shrimp
Wonderfully delicious, this shrimp recipe
makes a great main dish.



Salmon Patties Recipe
I loved these when my mom would make them
and my family still enjoys them now.



Tuna Casserole
Tuna casserole has long been one of the best cheap
cheap quick easy dinner recipes to make for your family.



Parmesan Baked Tilapia with Zucchini
5 minutes prep time, and a delicious
meal 40 minutes later. This experimental
quick dinner was a hit.



Shrimp Ceviche Recipe
My husband's yummy recipe! We love
to make a meal out of this.




Curried Shrimp Salad Pitas
Thanks Donna for sharing
this fantastic & easy recipe
with us! Love it.



Shrimp and Asparagus Linguini

This is not the quickest dinner recipe, but it's totally delicious and worth including.




Tuna Burgers

Surprisingly tasty, incredibly easy

Cheesy goodness on a bun.



blackened shrimp alfredo


Blackened Shrimp Alfredo

Oh my!  Maybe one of my most favorite dishes that I've ever created! 




Meatless Cheap Quick Easy Dinner Recipes


cheesy tortellini bake


Cheesy Tortellini Bake

We liked this so much that I've made it twice in the past couple of weeks!




Easy Quesadilla Recipe

This is one of those super easy and super fast dinners that you can throw together
at the last minute, but still tastes great!


meatless lasagna


Easy Meatless Lasagna

I love this lasagna recipe from
my good friend Cathy!




Spinach Lasagna


Spinach, ricotta cheese, and mozzarella
make up this delicious lasagna.



fettuccine alfredo


Fettuccine Alfredo

This can be made with or without chicken
and it's so easy, you won't
believe how great it tastes.



taco pizza


Taco Pizza

Oh how I loved taco pizza from Pizza Hut! 

This was a delicious substitute



pita pizza


Tortilla Pizzas

Use whatever you have to make tortilla pizzas, pita pizzas, or pizza wraps.  These are very quick to make.




Easy Greek Spaghetti

Thanks Molly Lynn for this simple meal idea; we love it!




Mexican Rice Bowl


Mexican Vegetarian Rice Bowl

A reader shared cheap quick easy

dinner recipe that anyone would enjoy.




chilaquiles


Chilaquiles Recipe

Breakfast for dinner?  You bet!  These chilaquiles are both quick and easy!



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