Casserole Recipes Under $3

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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    Our Best Casserole Recipes

    Make one of these hearty casserole recipes ahead of time to reheat for a quick and easy weeknight meal, or serve one for Sunday dinner with friends and family. With recipes like gooey macaroni and cheese, classic chicken casseroles, bubbly breakfast casseroles, and more, there's a casserole recipe for every occasion.
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