Cooking on a budget? From southwest-style eats to Italian favorites and slow cooker meals, here are 10 meals under $10.

1. Southwest Chicken

This recipe combines chicken with black beans, corn, chile peppers and tomatoes. It’s also a low-fat recipe and quick to cook, taking just over 30 minutes to prep and cook.

Get the recipe from All Recipes here: Southwest Chicken

2. Orange Picante Chicken

Packed with sweet and spicy flavors, this recipe from Campbell’s is sure to add a kick to those otherwise boring weekday meals. The picante sauce is the secret. You can put together this recipe in 30 minutes or less.

Follow the Campbell’s recipe here: Orange Picante Chicken

3. Lemony Shrimp Scampi Pasta

This easy-to-make-meal yields four servings and old takes 20 minutes from prep to table. After all of the ingredients are purchased, not including those you may already have in your pantry, this recipe will cost you around $9.

Get the Food Network recipe here: Lemony Shrimp Scampi Pasta

4. Pork Barbecue

Put your crock pot to good use and feed your family some good old fashioned barbecue. Two bottles of barbecue sauce and a five to six pound is what you will need to get started. Throw it in the crock pot and let it cook for six hours. 

Check out the Wise Bread recipe here: Pork Barbecue

5. Crunchy Broccoli Slaw

In the mood for something a bit lighter? Put together an affordable broccoli slaw salad with golden raisins, honey, some bacon and a dash of balsamic vinaigrette. It will cost you about $7 and yields eight servings.

Try the recipe from MyRecipes here: Crunchy Broccoli Slaw

6. Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

This hearty and vegetarian-friendly chili can feed up to four people for about eight dollars. It’s so good they won’t even notice that there is no meat in it.

Find the full recipe on the Serious Eats website here: Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

7. Turkey Sloppy Joe Lettuce Wraps

Not only is this recipe cheap, it’s quick, easy and healthy, too. Best of all it can be made for less than 10 bills.

Check out the recipe from Growing Up Gabel here: Turkey Sloppy Joe Lettuce Wraps

8. Potato and Broccoli Casserole

Casseroles are a great budget-friendly meal. This one can be put together for right around $10 and includes red potatoes, cheddar cheese and broccoli, which make for a filling, hearty, and affordable, meal.

Get the recipe from Health here: Potato and Broccoli Casserole

9. One Pan Orecchiette Pasta

Craving Italian? Whip up some traditional Italian pasta on the cheap. This recipe includes a handful of cost-effective ingredients including arugula, orecchiette pasta shells, parm cheese and chicken broth. Double the recipe to feed a big family.

Try the All Recipes recipe here: One Pan Orecchiette Pasta

10. Spaghetti and Meatballs

This classic meal is a budget friendly alternative to expensive pasta dishes. Its minimal ingredients make for a meal that won’t hurt your wallet. Plus, you can make this meal in the crock pot, which frees up time that allows you to focus on what matters.

Visit Slow Cooker Adventures for more budget friendly recipes here: Spaghetti and Meatballs


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