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.



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.


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.


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.


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

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
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 Recipe

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

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