20 Cheap Casserole Recipes for Families on a Budget

These budget-friendly casserole recipes are just what you've been craving!

By: Emily Racette, Editor,
Updated January 18, 2023
20 Cheap Casserole Recipes for Families on a Budget

Dinner on a budget doesn't have to be stressful! Cheap casserole recipes provide hearty meals at frugal prices! They’re typically easy to make, they’re basically a hug on a plate, and they’re practically entire meals in one dish. How can you not love them?

Weeknight meals don't have to break the bank! One way to keep dinner on a budget is to simply use few ingredients. These cheap casserole dinners not only require just a few ingredients but take little effort from you. That's a win-win! You'll have more time to focus on what you love as your home is filled with the aroma of your enticing entree.

These great casseroles also make delicious leftovers that can become an easy lunch for work!

1. Comforting Retro Tuna Noodle Casserole

This tuna casserole is the definition of comfort food! This recipe elevates frozen mac and cheese for a warm, hearty dish.

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Comforting Retro Tuna Noodle Casserole

2. Grandma's Spaghetti Casserole Recipe

This budget-friendly pasta dish only requires five ingredients for a spaghetti casserole! Vary your weekly dinner with this pasta reinvention.

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Grandma's Best Comfort Casserole

3. Savory Shipwreck Casserole

This beef casserole can be made out of items you likely have at home! This frugal recipe creates a savory dish perfect for the whole family!

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Savory Shipwreck Casserole

4. Pancake Casserole

Who says casseroles have to be for dinner? This fluffy pancake casserole will create one breakfast that won't make you stay at the stove flipping pancakes.

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Pancake Casserole

5. Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

This Philly cheesesteak casserole is the perfect weeknight dinner! It is easy on the ingredients, can be prepared in under an hour, and can be frozen for quick leftovers!

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Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

6. One Pot Easy Goulash

This ground beef goulash recipe is a hearty and comforting way to end any day on a great note. Made in the traditional Hungarian style with paprika, this delicious one-pot meal will have your taste buds excited at first bite. 

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One Pot Easy Goulash

7. Easy Pizza Casserole Recipe

If you love Italian food, why not combine two staple dishes? This pizza pasta casserole gives you the best of both worlds!

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Easy Pizza Casserole Recipe

8. 3-Cheese Buffalo Chicken Casserole Recipe

This cheesy casserole combines Buffalo chicken and alfredo pasta for a rich and hearty dinner! This budget-friendly meal is mild enough for even your kids to enjoy!

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3-Cheese Buffalo Chicken Casserole Recipe

9. Sinfully Easy Baked Pierogi Casserole

What's better than elevating frozen ingredients? This pierogi casserole adds a creamy sauce and toppings to create an indulgent dinner!

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Sinfully Easy Baked Pierogi Casserole

10. Ultimate King Ranch Casserole

You just haven't had a great casserole until you've tried the Ultimate King Ranch Casserole! This is one of those simple recipes that will make dinner delicious and one that everyone looks forward to.

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Ultimate King Ranch Casserole

11. Crazy Good Tater Tot Casserole

This tater tot casserole is a filling meal for the family! Adding a lean protein like turkey and vegetables turns these tater tots into a weeknight dinner dish.

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Crazy Good Tater Tot Casserole

12. Ground Turkey Cabbage Casserole

Ground Turkey Cabbage Casserole is a hearty and delicious cabbage casserole recipe that will please even your toughest critics.

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Ground Turkey Cabbage Casserole

13. Cowboy Skillet Hash Brown Casserole

This hash brown casserole uses frozen potatoes for a vegetarian-friendly casserole! Elevated with cheese, vegetables, and seasoning, this dinner will fit in your budget!

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Cowboy Skillet Hash Brown Casserole

14. Italian Crescent Casserole with Ground Beef

This Italian casserole is a real pizza pie! The ground beef and tomato filling adds richness to the browned crescent roll exterior!

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Italian Crescent Casserole with Ground Beef

15. Four Can Mexican Casserole

What better way to elevate canned goods than with a Mexican casserole! This budget-friendly recipe uses quinoa to tie together the Mexican ingredients!

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Four Can Mexican Casserole

16. Cheesy Spinach Baked Chicken Casserole

Made with creamy Mozzarella cheese, bowtie pasta, fresh baby spinach, and boneless chicken breasts, this is one of the easiest casseroles you'll ever make.

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Cheesy Spinach Baked Chicken Casserole

17. Great Depression Casserole

This casserole highlights a much-maligned meat: bologna! By using a variety of thrifty ingredients, this casserole will fill your family on a small budget!

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Great Depression Casserole

18. Ground Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Craving something simple to make, filling, and budget-friendly? This ground beef stroganoff recipe is all that and more. 

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Ground Beef Stroganoff Recipe

19. Baked With Love Zucchini Casserole

This zucchini quiche tastes like it came from Grandma's kitchen! Bring the garden to your oven with this simple bake!

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Baked With Love Zucchini Casserole

20. Baked Potato Breakfast Casserole

Start your day right with a filling breakfast casserole complete with protein and potatoes! This easy-to-make dish will ensure you're full until lunchtime!

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Baked Potato Breakfast Casserole

What's your favorite low-budget casserole? Let us know in the comments!

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