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Fun and Cheap Summer Recipes

 In this article I am going to share some fun, cheap summer recipes.

Summer is a great time to experiment and have some fun as you try new recipes! It’s a perfect time to enjoy cool and zesty summer salads, grilled foods, and simple, no-fuss casseroles.

Find information and links below to 11 fun and cheap summer recipes that you can make for your family!


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11 Cheap Summer Recipes!

These cheap summer recipes are perfect for making tasty salads and other summer-inspired dishes for your family!

Below are 11 easy, inexpensive summer recipes. (Links are in the headings.)


1. Easy cheeseburger quesadillas

These easy cheeseburger quesadillas are a fun and tasty alternative to traditional quesadillas, and they can be on your table in 30 minutes or less! Get dinner on the table in a snap!



2. Chicken Spinach and Artichoke Melts

If you love spinach and artichoke dip (like we do!), you are going to love this chicken spinach and artichoke melt. It is tasty and cheesy and melty and perfect for a lighter summer meal.


3. Classic Sloppy Joes

Sloppy joes are a regular staple at large summer get-togethers and are a perfect cheap summer recipe because they are good-tasting and affordable. When you are looking for a crowd-pleasing, easy-to-make recipe, this is a good go-to entree. When we make sloppy joes at home we usually use regular bread (because that’s something we always have on hand), which makes this cheap summer recipe even more affordable. 

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3.  Easy Black Bean Burgers 

If you feel like eating a burger but want something less expensive and hearty, try these easy black bean burgers! They are flavorful and filling, and are a perfect alternative to the classic grilled hamburgers of summer.


4. Baked Potato Bar

A baked potato bar is another awesome, inexpensive option when you have a crowd to feed. Just bake the potatoes in your oven for about half an hour, and then let people add their favorite toppings like chili, cheese, sour cream, ranch, and salsa. When you are not feeding as many this is also a great option for a summer meal because you can cook them easily in the microwave to avoid heating up the kitchen on a warm day.


5. Sausage, Broccoli, and Rice

This is another crowd-pleasing cheap summer recipe! The broccoli and rice in this dish keep it affordable, and the smoked sausage makes it delicious! You can make this simple one-skillet dish in less than 30 minutes to feed your hungry crew!

6. German Potato Salad

During the summer (or any time, really :)), I love to eat potato salad! I only like potato salad that I make, though; I don’t really care for the store-bought potato salad (too much mustard, I think). But because my traditional potato salad has a lot of mayo, it’s tasty, but also pretty fattening. So for a lighter version, try this German potato salad! Bacon makes this fun variation a real hit! To make this meal even more affordable, use regular russet potatoes (sliced or chopped) in place of baby potatoes. 


7. Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Not too worried about eating a lighter, lower-calorie meal? Then give this awesome bacon ranch potato salad a try! It’s meant to be a side dish, but we sometimes eat it as a main dish. 🙂 (True confession: I don’t wait till my potato salad cools down; I actually love it even more when it’s warm, even in the summer.)


8. Loaded Cauliflower Salad

I love salads during the summer, and this one is another great alternative to traditional potato salad; it’s basically a low-carb version of that delicious dish. This cheap summer recipe is perfect as a side dish or even a light main dish.



9. Easy Creamy Ranch Taco Salad

Taco salad is another summer hit around our house. You can save money by making your own taco salad bowls, like we do (instructions included with the recipe).


10. Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

This is another tasty bacon ranch salad. (It’s hard to go wrong with bacon and ranch, am I right?) This pasta salad takes only about 10 minutes to prepare and is on the table in less than 30 minutes! Top off this light dinner with warm garlic bread, and you’ve got an awesome summer meal.

11. Summer Chickpea Salad

This fairly cheap summer recipe is a tasty salad packed with protein! And it takes only 10 minutes to make! To save money, use chopped  Roma or salad tomatoes rather than grape tomatoes. 



These 11 easy and cheap summer recipes are perfect for those warm summer days! From classic sloppy joes to tasty taco and pasta salads, there is something on this list perfect for every occasion!


What are your favorite cheap summer recipes? What are your favorite summer go-to meals? Leave a comment below and let me know (and share the recipe link :))!


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