Casserole Recipes Under $3

Eight-Layer Casserole
Looking for a great way to stretch your dinner dollar? Whip up one of these scrumptious, crowd-pleasing casseroles filled with budget-friendly ingredients that add up to less than $3 per serving. You probably already have most of these ingredients on hand so you can skip the store to save time and money all at once!

Two-Bean Enchilada Casserole

Budget dinner price: $1.49 per serving

Beans are a budget cook's BFF. At about a dollar a can, they're one of the cheapest protein sources you can snag at the supermarket. Black and pinto beans are the stars of this warmly-spiced Mexican lasagna. To crank up the heat for about the same price, trade in a poblano for the green bell pepper.

Chicken, Broccoli, and Farro Casserole

Budget dinner price: $2.32 per serving

A pound of chicken breasts is plenty to feed a crowd of six when you incorporate bite-sized pieces of the protein with hearty, fiber-filled ingredients like sliced mushrooms, broccoli, and farro. A carton of Greek yogurt is the secretly-healthy addition that makes this casserole remarkably creamy.

Italian Barley and Sausage Casserole

Budget dinner price: $2.91 per serving

We'll admit it: Animal protein can be pricey. Extend the flavor and satisfaction factor of beef and pork by mixing a small amount with a pile of earthy mushrooms. Combined with barley, tomatoes, cheese and more in these individually-portioned casseroles, you'll swear it's all sausage.

Cheesy Baked Gnocchi with Kale

Budget dinner price: $1.61 per serving

Yes, superfoods like kale can fit in your grocery budget! Stir them into vegetarian meals, like this cheesy Italian gnocchi casserole, and even picky eaters will be kale converts.

Eggplant-Beef Pasta Bake

Budget dinner price: $1.48 per serving

Think of this cheesy pasta bake like a meatier, easy-to-make-ahead take on eggplant Parmesan. Canned tomatoes, multigrain pasta, and ground beef are three key ingredients that keep the cost well within your budget.

Skillet Taco Pie

Budget dinner price: $1.69 per serving

Short on time? Turn to this ground beef skillet casserole that features all of your favorite taco night flavors in one 25-minute, pantry-clean-out package. Stock up on salsa, canned beans, tomato sauce, and crunchy taco shells so you're never more than moments away from a delicious, low-calorie dinner.

Ham and Cheese Brunch Casserole

Budget dinner price: $2.56 per serving

Don't fuss over individual breakfast sandwiches or entrees—this simple ham and cheese casserole bakes up 12 warm portions in one pan. Deli ham and sliced cheese, plus nine eggs, are the cheap components that make this anytime casserole taste like a Denver omelet.

Upside-Down Pizza Casserole

Budget dinner price: $2.08 per serving

No need to fuss with kneading, shaping, and perfectly arranging a crust. This pizza-flavored beef casserole flips the concept and features a biscuit topping instead. With your extra 98 cents, add your favorite toppings like bell pepper, onion, garlic, and/or top with herbs like basil or oregano for a fresh finish.

BLT and Chips Casserole

Budget dinner price: $2.24 per serving

Featuring a mix of kid-friendly items (eggs, bacon, potato chips) and adult-pleasers (arugula, tomatoes, basil), this cheddar-topped casserole is low in cost and low on prep time. Try it for brunch or breakfast for dinner.

Classic Chicken Pot Pie

Budget dinner price: $2.56 per serving

Give leftover chicken and frozen veggies new life in this comfort food casserole. (Don't worry, we included the cost of the precooked meat in the price!) Pies that call for homemade, flaky crust like this one are an affordable option since they require just flour, butter, and salt.

Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole

Budget dinner price: $2.09 per serving

Skip the drive-through and bake up a bubbly, burger-flavored casserole at home instead. This recipe starts with a tomatoey ground beef base and finishes with cheddar cheese soup and crunchy French fries. Everyone will be fighting over the last (low-cost) bite!

Tortilla-Chicken Skillet Casserole

Budget dinner price: $2.08 per serving

This Mexican mash-up meal combines all you love about fajitas and tortilla soup all in one cheap, one-pan package. Amp up the flavor of canned tomatoes and shredded chicken with small amounts of impactful ingredients like fresh cilantro and crumbled queso fresco cheese.

Lemony Shrimp and Orzo

Budget dinner price: $2.39 per serving

Seafood for a steal! A bag of frozen shrimp is the star of this Mediterranean lemon- and dill-scented casserole. Sneak in extra veggies and nutrition by tossing chopped chard to the orzo pasta mixture.

Barbecue Shepherd's Pie

Budget dinner price: $2.41 per serving

White and sweet potatoes are among the most affordable and longest-lasting goodies you can harvest from the garden (or grab at the store). Creamy mashed sweet potatoes are the scrumptious topping to this barbecue ground pork pie.

Zoodle Pizza Casserole

Budget dinner price: $1.32 per serving

Introducing: The cheapest casserole on our list! Not only is it easy on your wallet, but this pizza-flavored dinner is also easy on your waistline (at just 191 calories per slice). The cost and calorie count leave enough wiggle room to add a breadstick or two to the menu, if you like!

Chicken Alfredo Cauliflower Rice Bake

Budget dinner price: $2.43 per serving

Cauliflower rice is trendy and thrifty. It replaces all of the pasta and rice in this chicken Alfredo casserole, which is conveniently made with jarred pasta sauce, rotisserie chicken, and a bag of baby spinach.

Chili Cheese Dog Bake

Budget dinner price: $2.01 per serving

Ground meat and cocktail wieners beef up each serving of this corn bread-topped casserole with 31 grams of protein. A can of chili beans is a savvy way to boost seasoning without a cabinet full of spices.

Make-Ahead Baked Ziti with Three Cheeses

Budget dinner price: $1.84 per serving

A cup of white wine is just the beginning of the creamy sauce that swirls through this vegetarian baked pasta. Since this casserole is so economical, you have our full permission to split the rest of the bottle with your meal—you'll still fall under the $3 per person limit!

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Cheesy Italian Meatball Casserole

Budget dinner price: $1.95 per serving

Convenient items like a box of pasta, jarred marinara, and frozen Italian meatballs streamline the prep for this mozzarella-dolloped dish. Add a side salad and some garlic bread for the full trattoria experience.

Toasted Barley, Mushroom, and Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo

Budget dinner price: $2.76 per serving

Stale bread slices are even better than fresh for toasting and using atop this meatless barley casserole. Toss an entire jar of roasted red peppers into the Alfredo for a vibrant punch.

Chicken Taco Casserole

Budget dinner price: $1.75 per serving

Less than 200 calories and $2 per scoop? Si por favor! For a garnish that's equal parts creamy and crunchy, sprinkle on chopped avocado and crumbled corn chips.

Eight-Layer Casserole

Budget dinner price: $1.49 per serving

Meat and potatoes are good, but you know what's even better? Meat and potatoes combined with pasta and topped with plenty of melty cheddar cheese. 

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