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8 Budget-Friendly Recipes for Ground Beef

Best budget-friendly ground beef recipes!

Save money on food with hamburger and ground beef recipes that won't shred your food budget. These top-rated budget-friendly recipes were taste-tested and overwhelmingly approved by the Allrecipes community.

1. Sloppy Joes II

"This is the recipe my mother used for Sloppy Joes, and it always gets compliments," says Tamara.

Rave Review: "I browned the ground beef, onion, and green pepper. I then put the remaining ingredients into a slow cooker and cooked on low for about 3-4 hours. This recipe was really simple & delicious."-- Brandy Berner

Sloppy Joes II

Sloppy Joes II | Photo by Dianne

2. Melinda's Porcupine Meatballs

"This is, by far, the best recipe for porcupine meatballs I have ever had," says Melinda. "This is a recipe that was given to my mom when she married back in 1970. The recipe also includes cooking directions for stovetop cooking or cooking in the oven. Hope you enjoy as much as our family does." 

Rave Review: "Definitely a 5 star recipe! Easy to throw together, ingredients I always have on hand, and super tasty! Served with salad and garlic bread (a must to soak up all the yummy sauce)." -- Minnesota_Girl

3. Stuffed Peppers

"Green peppers stuffed with ground beef and rice and topped with a seasoned tomato sauce," says BDEGER.

Rave Review: "Loved the recipe but the green peppers need to be blanched before being put into the oven. Put green peppers into boiling water for 1-2 minutes then quickly put in ice water. Then proceed with recipe as is. Green pepper has a much better consistency this way."--mominpa

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed Bell Peppers | Photo by Lillian

4. Slow Cooker Taco Soup

"This is a quick, throw together slow cooker soup with a Mexican flair," says Janeen. "Teenagers love it. Serve topped with corn chips, shredded Cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream. Make sure you adjust the amount of chile peppers if you're sensitive about spicy foods."

Rave Review: I will definitely be making this again! My husband loved it and was craving more the next day. We ate it a spoonful of sour cream and cheese on top, with tortilla chips of course. It's also very good with rolls. Makes great leftovers!

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

Slow Cooker Taco Soup | Photo by Meredith

5. Easy Mexican Casserole

"This is an easy and very tasty dish," says ANDREALF63. "I often substitute ground turkey and low fat dairy products and it is still delicious! Serve with chips, salsa, and green salad." 

Rave Review: "Very easy to prep with ingredients I usually have on hand. Next time I think I may use plain yogurt instead of sour cream and mix it with a little taco seasoning to up the flavor and ease up the calories a little. You could totally add a can of corn or another thing of beans as well and it would be delicious. Thanks for a keeper!"--Jaime

Easy Mexican Casserole

Easy Mexican Casserole | Photo by LYNNINMA

6. Debdoozie's Blue Ribbon Chili

"This is the tastiest, easiest chili recipe you'll ever find," says Deb. "I recommend serving it with sliced jalapeno chile peppers and crackers or cornbread." 

Rave Review: "Even my 7-year-old ate this! I coupled it with the "Absolute Mexican Cornbread" and, needless to say, it was a keeper. I followed the recipe only substituting the dark red kidney beans for pinto beans and added a little bit of fresh jalapenos...other than that it really doesn't need any tweaking!"--Christine

Debdoozie's Blue Ribbon Chili

Debdoozie's Blue Ribbon Chili | Photo by Elin McAndrew

7. Brown Sugar Meatloaf

"This is an easy tasty meatloaf," says tangastar. "It tastes as good as it smells!" 

Rave Review: "This recipe was fabulous!!!! Instead of spreading the ketchup and brown sugar on the bottom of the pan I mixed them together and used it as a glaze on top of the loaf and it came out beautifully. I won't be using any other meatloaf recipe again!"--Aimee

Brown Sugar Meatloaf

Brown Sugar Meatloaf | Photo by Cooking Monster Bryan

8. Shepherd's Pie VI

"This Shepherd's Pie is a layered casserole of beef, carrots, and potato," says Jacquie. 

Rave Review: "This is a fantastic Shepherd's Pie recipe! I made it the first time exactly as written, and the second time I substituted ground turkey for the beef and added a can of creamed corn and some cooked peas over the carrot layer, just to get some extra vegetables in. My husband and I liked it even more with the turkey. Fabulous, quick, and nutritious comfort food!!!"-- Karalyn

Shepherd's Pie VI

Shepherd's Pie VI | Photo by Allrecipes

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