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Cheap Recipes for Ground Beef

Updated on April 5, 2013

Lower Cost Meal Ideas

Ground beef is one of the cheapest meats to buy at the grocery store, so like most families on a budget ground beef is on our dinner table often. The plain boring recipes that is typically cheap to make just does not go well night after night.

So with a little time and patience with the family I am trying to find alternative cheap and easy ground beef recipes that will mix up our meal plan but not break the budget. When looking for recipes I try to find meals to make that are healthy, easy to make and cost less then seven dollars to make for a family of five.

Cheap Italian Recipes

Cheap Recipes For Ground Beef

Just because we have to watch are pennies does not mean we can not eat Italian. When on a budget I never even thought about making lasagna, but I soon found out that you do not have to put all the cheese in a normal recipe and we always serve in season veggies along side it to make it go further.

Speggettti does not have to be a bla bla meal when using ground beef. Instead make meatballs out of your meet and add in filling such as beans to the mix to make your meat stretch. I make the red sauce thick and serve it with lots of noodles. If they want seconds they can always have a serving of noodles and red sauce.

Best Recipe Book For Cheap And Healthy Recipes - Family Recipes For Cheap And Healthy Cooking

Family Feasts for $75 a Week: A Penny-wise Mom Shares Her Recipe for Cutting Hundreds from Your Monthly Food Bill
Family Feasts for $75 a Week: A Penny-wise Mom Shares Her Recipe for Cutting Hundreds from Your Monthly Food Bill

I got this book a few years a go and I still use it on a weekly basis. But really I have used it so much that I usually do not have to look at the cookbook for out family favorites anymore. My favorite ground beef cheap recipe from this book was a stir fry meal with dumplings, onions and ground beef.


Cheap Mexican Recipes

Cheap Recipes For Ground Beef

Mexican food can be great to mix up the meal plan on a tight budget. By adding a little Mexican flair to any meal, you can get a fun meal the whole family will crowd the table for.

Beef enchilada and taco soup is my families favorite. Its still cheap to make but I watch out for black beans and cheese to go on sale to make it even a cheaper meal.

Ground Beef And Noodle Recipes

Cheap Recipes For Ground Beef

While my family does love bakes spaghetti the line between redundant meals have to stop somewhere. The key to making ground beef with noodles without having it seem like the same meal each time, is to use seasoning with smarts and add use different shapes of noodles.

My families favorite is goulash, it is easy to make, only cost a few dollars to make and the kids love it. You do not have to use a lot of meat with goulash and you can add all the veggies you want. I often save back left over onions from meals a few days before to add to the pot.

While hamburger helper is cheap making your own is cheaper when cooking for a large family and it is a lot healthier. With making your own you can control the salt you put into it and do not have to worry about the extra sodium.

Pasta e Fagioli is a soup that I can remember eating at my grandmas house. She had six kids and lived on a farm, she always new how to make cheap meal to feed a lot of people. The soup can be made from a beef broth or have a tomato base, I use what ever I have on hand, Small noodles go best with making the soup go further.

Cheap Pizza Recipes

Recipes For Ground Beef

My Kids are huge pizza lovers but our budget just does not allow us to go to a big pizza place every week, instead we have fun making our own dough. We chop up veggies we have on hand and use ground beef.

I flavor the ground beef with Italian flavoring, add onions and some cheese to make a awesome topping for the homemade pizza crust.

Turn Left Over Ground Beef Into A Meal

Cheap Recipes For Ground Beef

When making meat dishes I sometimes make a little extra to go into the next days meal or we may have a few extra hamburgers left from a Sunday's dinner. I take the extra meat and create cheap and delicious meal.

When I have dry beans on hand and have time for them to soak I make a extra large pot of chili. Chili is great on a cold days and can be frozen for latter. I freeze the extra to make a good potato topping or hot dog topping later.

What Is Your Favorite Cheap Recipe For Ground Beef?

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      5 years ago

      Spaghetti and meat sauce. Everyone loves them and no leftovers! Nice lens with plenty of suggestions. Glad you shared:=)

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      Magrietha du Plessis 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      For me the meatballs are the best. I make them quite often and with mash and a salad they make a very satisfying meal.


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