7 budget beef meals for around $10

It doesn't matter if you're a college student, single professional, parent of young kids or empty nesters, we can all appreciate budget meals that are high on taste and protein. Here are 7 budget-friendly beef meals under $10 that are full of protein and high on taste. 

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easy enchilada casserole 

This hearty Mexican casserole features layers of Ground Beef, beans, vegetables and corn tortillas.

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 (15oz) can enchilada sauce
  • 1 package of twelve 6-inch corn tortillas, cut in half (24 ct)
  • 1 (15oz) can chili beans 
  • ½ pound ground 80% ground beef, cooked and drained 
  • 1 16oz bag frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • ½ cups shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
Instructions  

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch pan or dish. 
  • Spread 1/3 of the enchilada sauce in the bottom of the pan. 
  • Layer 8 corn tortilla halves over the sauce, then ½ of the amount of chili beans, ½ of the cooked beef, ½ of the spinach, and ½ cup of cheese.
  • Layer 8 more corn tortilla halves, 1/3 of the enchilada sauce, the remaining beans, beef and spinach, and ½ cup of cheese.
  • Top with the last 8 tortilla halves, the remaining 1/3 of the enchilada sauce and the last ½ cup of cheese.
  • Cover loosely with foil, and bake until heated through, about 30 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and serve.


ground beef shepherd's pie

Talk about satisfying. Ground beef, vegetables, and gravy are baked under pillowy mashed potatoes. If it's not yet already, this will soon be a family favorite recipe.

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound 80% ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) mushroom or beef gravy
  • 16oz frozen peas and carrots or mixed vegetables 
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  •  2-1/2 to 3 cups prepared mashed potatoes

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450°F. 
  • Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. 
  • Add Ground Beef and onion; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. 
  • Remove from skillet with slotted spoon; pour off drippings. 
  • Return beef to skillet; stir in gravy and vegetables and season with pepper. 
  • Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness. 
  • Spoon beef mixture into 2-quart baking dish. 
  • Top with potatoes, spreading evenly; sprinkle with cheese, if desired. 
  • Bake in 450°F oven 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly and cheese begins to brown.

Hearty Shepherd's Pot Roast Pie

easy asian stir fry

Try this quick and easy stir-fry recipe. Beef steaks with vegetables in your favorite store-brand stir-fry sauce.

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Top Sirloin Steak Boneless, cut ¾ inch thick
  • ¾ cup prepared stir-fry sauce 
  • (16oz) frozen Asian vegetable blend (such as broccoli, carrots and sugar snap peas)
  •  ¼ cup water 2 tsp vegetable oil 
  •  3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice 
Instructions
  • Cut beef steak lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/8-inch thick strips. 
  • Place beef and 1/4 cup stir-fry sauce in food-safe plastic bag; turn beef to coat. 
  • Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes to 2 hours. 
  • Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot; add vegetables and water. 
  • Cover and cook 7 to 8 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. 
  • Remove vegetables; keep warm. 
  • Remove beef from marinade; discard marinade. 
  • Heat 1 teaspoon oil in same skillet over medium-high heat until hot. 
  • Add 1/2 of beef and garlic; stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes or until outside surface of beef is no longer pink. (Do not overcook.) 
  • Remove from skillet. Repeat with remaining oil, beef and garlic. 
  • Return vegetables and beef to skillet. 
  • Stir in remaining 1/2 cup stir-fry sauce; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through. Serve over rice.


one-pan pasta primavera

This Italian-inspired recipe is a one-pot, fun to make and eat dish that combines ground beef, pasta, fresh zucchini and yellow squash. 


Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound 80% ground beef
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can beef broth
  • 1-1/2 cup uncooked whole wheat pasta
  • 16oz  zucchini or yellow squash, cut in half lengthwise, then crosswise into ½-inch slices
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes 
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning

Instructions

  • Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. 
  • Add Ground Beef; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. 
  • Pour off drippings. Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness. 
  • Stir in broth, pasta, squash, tomatoes and Italian seasoning; bring to a boil. 
  • Reduce heat, cover and cook 9 to 11 minutes or until pasta and squash are almost tender and sauce is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
Beef & Pasta Skillet Primavera

easy beef stroganoff

Looking for a faster and easier beef stroganoff recipe? This classic recipe has been tested and perfected just for you!

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound beef Sirloin Tip Steaks, cut 1/8 to ¼ inch thick 
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 4 tsp vegetable oil
  • ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ pound mushrooms, sliced (1/2-inch) 
  • 1 package (3/4 oz) brown gravy mix 
  • 4 cups cooked wide egg noodles
  •  ¼ cup plain, nonfat, Greek yogurt 

Instructions

  • Stack beef Sirloin Tip Steaks; cut lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1-inch wide strips. 
  • Toss with garlic. 
  • Heat 2 teaspoons oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. 
  • Add 1/2 of beef; stir-fry 1 minute or until outside surface of beef is no longer pink. (Do not overcook.) Remove. 
  • Repeat with remaining beef. 
  • Season with salt and pepper. 
  • Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in same skillet over medium-high heat until hot. 
  • Add mushrooms; cook and stir 2 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat. 
  • Add gravy mix and 1 cup cold water; blend well. 
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 1 minute or until sauce is thickened, stirring frequently. 
  • Stir in beef; heat through. 
  • Serve over noodles with a dollop of Greek yogurt.

easy beef stroganoff

easy ground beef ramen

Ramen is the universal budget-friendly guilty pleasure. However, add some vegetables and ground beef and you have a complete meal in minutes. 

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound 80% ground beef
  • 2 packages beef Ramen style noodles
  • 1 bottle stir fry sauce of your choice
  • 1 package frozen veggies
Instructions
  • Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot.  Add Ground Beef; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally.  Pour off drippings and remove from skillet. Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness. 
  • Add veggies and 1/4 cup water to skillet  and steam until tender
  • Add noodles with seasoning packet and 1 1/2 cups water. Cover and cook for 2 minutes
  • Mix in ground beef and stir fry sauce


ground beef ramen

easy hamburger mac

Ground Beef served with macaroni noodles and a cheesy sauce. A favorite for kids and adults alike. Serve with a side of your favorite steamed vegetables. .

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound 80% lean ground beef
  • 1 cup macaroni noodles
  • 6 ounces processed cheese 1 3/4 cup water
  • Salt 
  • Pepper

Instructions

  • Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot.  Add Ground Beef and season to taste with salt and pepper; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally.  Pour off drippings and remove from skillet. Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness. 
  • Stir in water and macaroni; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 9 to 11 minutes or until macaroni is tender. 
  • Stir in cheese cubes. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. 
  • Serve with your favorite steamed veggies. 


Cheeseburger Mac