21 Cheap Eats Recipes

Looking for something easy, cheap, and thrillingly tasty? This round-up goes from snacks to sides, breakfast to after-dinner treats and everything in between. We’ve got all your thrifty bases covered.

Texas-Style Barbecue Sauce

Ridiculously easy to make yet complex as heck in taste. Slightly sweet with only a hint of heat. Kid-tested and adult-approved.
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Homemade Hummus

Let's get clear about what hummus is and what it ain't. Real hummus tastes like nothing but hummus. Not fancy. Just perfect.
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Chilaquiles

Essentially eggs scrambled with chips (or day-old tortillas) and salsa, chilaquiles is equally enticing in the a.m. as the p.m., with a cup of hot joe or a bottle of cold cerveza.
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Curried Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup

The spiciness of red curry paste and the sweetness of sweet potatoes and heartiness of lentils and the tanginess of lime in a single beautiful bowl of deliciousness.
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Easy Pot Roast, Potatoes, and Vegetables

This classic, hearty, homey dish—just like something your grandma used to make but better—is an ideal one-pot meat-and-potatoes meal. Includes oven as well as slow cooker instructions.
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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

This bowl of comfort features all the hearty, stick-to-your-ribs goodness of traditional split pea soup with the added benefit of tossing everything in the slow cooker and walking away.
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Cuban Black Bean Soup

This Havana-style black bean soup is gonna surprise you with just how intensely flavored it is despite calling for inexpensive everyday ingredients.
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Roasted Red Cabbage

So incredibly easy to make it's ridiculous. Perfect for when you KNOW you need to eat your vegetables but desperately want to switch things up a little with something unexpected.
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Carrot Top Pesto

No more tossing those frilly green carrot tops in the trash. Here’s how you can turn those lovely green carrot tops into something to dress up the carrots they came with.
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Braised Radishes

When subjected to gentle heat, radishes' vibrant fire engine red fades to the palest shade of pink and their peppery rawness gives way to a complex nuttiness.
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Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Potato Chip Sandwich

We're giving you permission to lend a little more crunch and a lot more indulgence to the childhood classic.
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Molletes

We may not know how to pronounce this insanely satiating comfort food fix, though we've certainly mastered tucking into it.
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Leftover Mashed Potato Cakes

The answer to the annual post-Thanksgiving glut of leftovers that leaves your fridge door impossible to shut.
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Cornmeal Griddle Cakes

Shirttail cousins to corn bread, these savory cakes wooed and wowed us with their crisped edges, ethereally airy interior, and pantry-friendly frugality.
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Easy Roasted Carrots

Four ingredients and one simple technique that will leave everyone asking—maybe even demanding—you for more. A keeper of a side dish.
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Slow Cooker Applesauce

This recipe is gonna change your mind about store-bought applesauce. And not just because it lets you use your slow cooker and walk away. Wait'll you taste it.
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Homemade Pancake Mix

Homemade buttermilk pancakes can be yours any day of the week thanks to a stash of this handy DIY pancake mix.
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Jim Lahey's Pizza Dough

We know you've always wanted to fling pizza dough like a boss. This recipe from master bread baker (and pizza flinger!) Jim Lahey helps you do exactly that.
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Vegetable Broth

Clobbered by a guilty conscience each time you let vegetables languish in the fridge? Yeah, us, too. Until this recipe.
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Homemade Potato Gnocchi

Four ingredients. Ridiculously easy. Wonderfully inexpensive. And, quite frankly, the best gnocchi we've ever experienced.
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How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter

Make your own homemade peanut butter with ease thanks to a nifty approach. Food processor required.
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