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38 Cheap Dinner Ideas Under 10$ to Feed Your Entire Family

Check out these 38 cheap dinner ideas that will feed your entire family without breaking the bank. From simple skillet meals to pasta dishes that are sure to please, we've got something for everyone!
38 Cheap Dinner Ideas Under 10$ to Feed Your Entire Family
38 Cheap Dinner Ideas Under 10$ to Feed Your Entire Family
Anna at SideChef
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Since we all know that the cost of living is rising, it's essential to find ways to make cheap and delicious meals that will satisfy a family of four.

Cooking for a family can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be. With some creativity and strategic planning, you can put together four delicious and affordable dinners your family will love. And if you want to shop smart, don’t miss out on this 19 Cheap & Healthy Grocery List Tips & Tricks

Here are some of our favorite recipes that can be made for $10 or less! So don't let the budget keep you from enjoying a great meal with your loved ones. These recipes are sure to please!

Note: We calculate each recipe price based on average grocery prices, so you may find local prices may vary. We also assume you have a few staple ingredients on hand, like salt or cooking oil, and don’t include those in the recipe cost.

1. 20-Minute Black Bean Soup

POPULARSOUP

20-Minute Black Bean Soup

SideChef

This easy black bean soup recipe is delicious, hearty, and perfect for a quick and easy meal. You can have it on the table in just 20 minutes!

Estimated cost per serving: $0.64

2. Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

PASTALUNCH

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

SideChef

This cauliflower mac and cheese is a healthier alternative to the classic dish. Cutting the cauliflower up small and mixing it in with noodles and cheese almost melts into the background of this dish - while giving a bit of a texture boost to mac and cheese’s usual silkiness.

Estimated cost per serving: $1.17

3. Gigi Hadid Pasta

PASTAPASTA

Gigi Hadid Pasta

SideChef

The delicious pasta alla vodka recipe was made wildly popular by Gigi Hadid’s Insta story. Who doesn’t love a steaming plate of pasta in creamy tomato sauce? This easy recipe is budget-friendly and simple to make.

Estimated cost per serving: $1.12

4. Potato Leek Soup with Roasted Chickpea

SOUPSOUP

Potato Leek Soup with Roasted Chickpea

SideChef

This easy potato leek soup recipe is perfect for a quick and delicious vegetarian dinner. With only a handful of ingredients, this soup is simple to make and packed with flavor.

Estimated cost per serving: $1.32

5. Stuffed Crust Margherita Pizza

DINNERMAIN DISH

Stuffed Crust Margherita Pizza

SideChef

An easy-to-follow step-by-step guide for the best one-pan stuffed crust Margherita Pizza ever. Everybody's favorite classic pizza flavor is the perfect trio of Italian flavors like fresh tomato, mozzarella, and aromatic basil. Ready in only 35 minutes, it's an excellent option for a quick weeknight dinner and a fun way to surprise your family.

Estimated cost per serving: $1.72

6. One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Spinach Orzo

PASTALUNCH

One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Spinach Orzo

SideChef

This creamy chicken and orzo dish is protein-packed, full of spinach, and surprisingly creamy even without cream, thanks to the starch from the orzo pasta. Who doesn’t enjoy a good one-pot meal? When that one-pot meal also has all of the elements of a delicious, balanced dinner, it’s even better.

Estimated cost per serving: $1.67

7. 5-Ingredient BBQ Chicken Sandwich with Ranch Slaw

SANDWICHLUNCH

5-Ingredient BBQ Chicken Sandwich with Ranch Slaw

SideChef

This easy BBQ chicken sandwich recipe is perfect for any night of the week! With only five inexpensive ingredients and a quick chicken shredding hack, you can have these juicy, flavorful sandwiches on the table in under half an hour.

Estimated cost per serving: $0.97

8. Easy Chicken Flautas

LUNCHDINNER

Easy Chicken Flautas

SideChef

Chicken Flautas is a quick and easy dish for a light, budget-friendly dinner. This recipe only calls for a few ingredients, but you will be surprised by the flavorful result.

Estimated cost per serving: $1.00

9. Easy Sheet Pan Salmon with Rainbow Veggies

LUNCHDINNER

Easy Sheet Pan Salmon with Rainbow Veggies

Tina Sawasdee at SideChef

This sheet pan salmon dinner is not only delicious, but it's also healthy and easy to make. With a rainbow of colorful veggies, this meal is perfect for everyone looking to get more vegetables in their diet. You can easily swap any of the veggies for the ones you find on sale or those currently in season.

Estimated cost per serving: $1.72

10. Easy Kale Pesto Gnocchi

PASTAHEALTHY

Easy Kale Pesto Gnocchi

SideChef

This easy kale pesto gnocchi recipe is a warm, delicious, and healthy weeknight dinner that's ready in only 15 minutes. With only 4 main ingredients, this is an easy meal that your family will love.

Estimated cost per serving: $0.69

11. Gochujang Chicken Stir Fry with Veggies

LUNCHDINNER

Gochujang Chicken Stir Fry with Veggies

Tina Sawasdee at SideChef

This easy Gochujang Chicken Stir Fry recipe is perfect for a quick and tasty Asian-inspired meal. With just a few simple ingredients, you can have a delicious and filling vegetable stir fry on the table in no time!

Estimated cost per serving: $1.32

12. Weeknight Zucchini Lemon Alfredo

PASTAMAIN DISH

Weeknight Zucchini Lemon Alfredo

SideChef

This quick and easy pasta dish with zucchini and creamy Alfredo sauce is perfect for a weeknight dinner. Made with only 4 affordable ingredients, it will become one of your go-to recipes.

Estimated cost per serving: $1.38

13. Easy Baked Chicken Parmesan

POPULARLUNCH

Easy Baked Chicken Parmesan

SideChef

This easy chicken parmesan recipe is healthy, cheap, and delicious. You'll only need 5 ingredients and 30 minutes to make this fantastic meal.

Estimated cost per serving: $0.42

14. One-Pan Juicy Pork Chops with Onions and Apples

LUNCHDINNER

One-Pan Juicy Pork Chops with Onions and Apples

SideChef

Seasoned pork chops are cooked in the perfect way to keep them juicy, tender and goes very well with the balance of sweetness from 2 types of apples plus aromatic thyme and rosemary make this dish the best version of pork chop recipe.

Estimated cost per serving: $2.10

15. Cajun Parmesan Shrimp Pasta

PASTAPOPULAR

Cajun Parmesan Shrimp Pasta

SideChef

Simple shrimp pasta recipe packed with flavor. Cajun seasoning is always the best spice choice for shrimp. Cheap and easy to make, yet so delicious and satisfying.

Estimated cost per serving: $2.04

16. Chipotle Chicken Tacos with Honey-Lime Slaw

DINNERCHICKEN

Chipotle Chicken Tacos with Honey-Lime Slaw

SideChef

Tuesday night is taco night and why not have it a family taco Tuesday with these homemade healthy, yet delightful chipotle chicken tacos. Tender, crunchy, and incredibly satisfying.

Estimated cost per serving: $2.98

17. Teriyaki Chicken

LUNCHDINNER

Teriyaki Chicken

Wok & Skillet

This super easy teriyaki chicken dinner comes together in half an hour! Serve it over some steamed rice and watch it disappear from everyone’s plate right before your eyes.

Estimated cost per serving: $1.14

18. Easy Pork Tenderloin Stroganoff

LUNCHDINNER

Easy Pork Tenderloin Stroganoff

Tina Sawasdee at SideChef

This easy pork tenderloin stroganoff recipe is full of rich, savory flavor without being too heavy - perfect for a warm, comforting dinner meal. You can serve it with some simple veggie salad or any side dish your family likes. We recommend a side of creamy mashed potatoes or some crunchy green beans.

Estimated cost per serving: $2.05

19. Quick Pea and Asparagus Fettuccine Alfredo

PASTAPASTA

Quick Pea and Asparagus Fettuccine Alfredo

SideChef

This variation of classic fettuccine Alfredo is packed with extra flavor and vitamins from crunchy green peas and asparagus.

Estimated cost per serving: $2.39

20. Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

LUNCHDINNER

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

SideChef

Don’t waste your money on greasy Chinese takeout and make your own beef and broccoli that tastes even better. You will be surprised how simple it is to make this classic takeout favorite at home.

Estimated cost per serving: $2.53

21. Mexican Chicken Pozole Verde

POPULARDINNER

Mexican Chicken Pozole Verde

Diego Aceves at SideChef

Pozole is a traditional Mexican soup or stew made with hominy corn. This soup is hearty and satisfying, and not at all difficult to make. If you can’t find white hominy corn, simply replace it with chickpeas and enjoy the fantastic flavor!

Estimated cost per serving: $2.92

22. Grilled Portobello Mushroom Pasta Salad

SALADPASTA

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Pasta Salad

SideChef

Pasta salad with grilled Portobello mushrooms is a perfect vegetarian dinner option for a weeknight family dinner.

Estimated cost per serving: $2.09

23. Garlic Shrimp Vegetable Stir-Fry

HEALTHYLUNCH

Garlic Shrimp Vegetable Stir-Fry

SideChef

Garlic shrimp stir-fry with some healthy vegetables is bound to become your family favorite. A budget-friendly and easy Asian-inspired recipe full of flavor and texture.

Estimated cost per serving: $2.11

24. Shrimp Scampi Pasta

PASTALUNCH

Shrimp Scampi Pasta

SideChef

This shrimp scampi pasta recipe is quick, easy, and delicious. The shrimp simmered in the sauce for a few minutes takes this dish to another level. An inexpensive and quick recipe that can be done in 30 minutes with no hassle or stress!

Estimated cost per serving: $2.29

25. Wild Rice Pilaf with Mushroom and Butternut Squash

LUNCHDINNER

Wild Rice Pilaf with Mushroom and Butternut Squash

SideChef

This wild rice mushroom and butternut squash recipe is a perfect addition to your budget-friendly family dinner rotation. It is delicious and satisfying.

Estimated cost per serving: $2.11

26. The Weeknight Cheeseburger

DINNERMAIN DISH

The Weeknight Cheeseburger

SideChef

Surprise your family with juicy homemade cheeseburgers on a weeknight! Following this simple recipe, you don’t have to wait till the weekend to enjoy this comforting meal. The weeknight cheeseburger only takes 40 minutes to make!

Estimated cost per serving: $2.50

27. Classic Chicken Pot Pie

POPULARDINNER

Classic Chicken Pot Pie

SideChef

A well-made chicken pot pie that satisfies even the pickiest eaters. Homemade chicken pot pie is a comfort food classic and comes together so quickly!

Estimated cost per serving: $2.39

28. Baked Chicken and Rice

DINNERMAIN DISH

Baked Chicken and Rice

Simply Mamá Cooks

This classic family favorite chicken broccoli rice bake is a guaranteed dinner hit. Super easy to make and almost no cleaning required after.

Estimated cost per serving: $2.75

29. Healthy Turkey Chili

DINNERMAIN DISH

Healthy Turkey Chili

Kim's Cravings

You will get rave reviews from your family for this healthy turkey chili! Nothing beats a bowl of comforting and flavorful chili for dinner; it’s even better if it’s healthy and full of nutrients.

Estimated cost per serving: $1.07

30. Sheet Pan Sausage Potato Tray Bake

DINNERBUDGET-FRIENDLY

Sheet Pan Sausage Potato Tray Bake

Cotter Crunch

This easy sheet pan pork bake is proof that making a delicious dinner doesn't have to cost a fortune! All its ingredients are budget-friendly, and it takes no time to make!

Estimated cost per serving: $1.60

31. Cheesy Potato Casserole

DINNERSIDE DISH

Cheesy Potato Casserole

Kim's Cravings

You simply can’t go wrong with a cheesy potato casserole for dinner. It’s almost unbelievable how only four ingredients can make such a yummy and filling meal.

Estimated cost per serving: $0.78

32. Easy Chicken Tikka Masala Meatballs

HEALTHYLUNCH

Easy Chicken Tikka Masala Meatballs

Feed Me Phoebe

This easy chicken tikka masala meatballs recipe is a fantastic dinner recipe idea even for a busy weeknight. It’s flavorful, healthy, and uses yogurt instead of heavy cream.

Estimated cost per serving: $2.30

33. Cheesy Quinoa and Black Bean Casserole

DINNERMAIN DISH

Cheesy Quinoa and Black Bean Casserole

The Picky Eater

A lightened-up, healthy quinoa bake you can enjoy with your family. It’s delicious, slightly spicy, and super satisfying, full of black beans, veggies, and cheesy goodness.

Estimated cost per serving: $1.34

34. Sheet Pan Sweet Sour Cashew Chicken

LUNCHDINNER

Sheet Pan Sweet Sour Cashew Chicken

Tina Sawasdee at SideChef

This sheet pan meal combines two well-known Asian-inspired dishes into a sheet pan to make it easy for you to cook this dish at home. Easy sheet pan dinner recipe with tender chicken and crunchy roasted cashews coated in a sweet, tangy sauce made with applesauce and apple cider vinegar.

Estimated cost per serving: $3.51

35. Easy Chicken and Chorizo Risotto

DINNERMAIN DISH

Easy Chicken and Chorizo Risotto

One Pot Chef Show

Don’t think that risotto is only for weekends. This chicken and chorizo recipe is easy enough to enjoy any day of the week.

Estimated cost per serving: $1.68

36. Spanish Beans with Tomato and Onions

HEALTHYLUNCH

Spanish Beans with Tomato and Onions

Spain on a Fork

This simple yet delicious combo of beans, tomatoes, and onions will surprise you with layers of flavors. It is easy and affordable to make and done in less than 30 minutes. Pair with some toasted bread, or serve over rice for a perfect dinner meal!

Estimated cost per serving: $1.08

37. Potato and Mushroom Enchiladas

DINNERMAIN DISH

Potato and Mushroom Enchiladas

SideChef

Soft tortillas stuffed with cheesy vegetables and topped with a rich, slightly spicy red sauce - fantastic weeknight dinner option.

Estimated cost per serving: $3.32

38. Baked Ziti with Sour Cream

PASTALUNCH

Baked Ziti with Sour Cream

Pip & Ebby

Make a surprisingly quick and budget-friendly baked ziti that's perfect for a weeknight meal with spaghetti sauce, three kinds of Italian cheeses.

Estimated cost per serving: $3.32

We have even more delicious budget-friendly recipes for any meal of the day! So keep your meals exciting and delicious without spending too much money on groceries!

Start browsing our recipes and plan your next delicious, budget-friendly meal! And don't forget to save your favorites so you can come back to them later. We know that cooking at home can be a challenge, but with a little effort and these handy tips, you'll be able to enjoy homecooked dinners that are both affordable and tasty.

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