How to Make Cheap Recipes

There are many tips if you are learning how to make cheap recipes. These will often help to save on your food budget. First, every family likes to have some form of bread in the kitchen. Have you noticed the price of bread lately?

This Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake is a Cheap RecipeThis Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake is a Cheap Recipe

Learn to make it at home; it is much cheaper. There are other breads like biscuits, pancakes and muffins which are very easy and quick to make. By combining your own biscuit mix, making biscuits are a lot faster. Homemade mix is even cheaper than buying the packaged mix at the grocery.

If you are learning how to make cheap recipes, the best way is to create them from simple basic ingredients.  Most of us already have these ingredients in our kitchens. Not only are these simple recipes the cheapest but most often they are the best  tasting ones. Everyone in my family started learning how to make cheap recipes with potatoes. Fried potatoes and onions were a staple in my family when growing up. Saved bacon fat was melted in the big old iron skillet. Add a little at a time as needed during the cooking to keep from sticking; it gives great flavor to the potatoes and onions. The skillet was filled with peeled and sliced potatoes and peeled and sliced onions. Use about one third as many onions as potatoes; slice all about the same size and sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Cover with a lid and cook on medium low until very tender stirring frequently.

Everyone gets hungry for a good dessert from time to time and everyone seems to love chocolate. One of the best cheap recipes for a dessert I can remember when growing up was a chocolate mayonnaise cake. We never had chocolate (it was too expensive) but we always had a can of Hershey's cocoa powder; it was cheaper and lasted forever. We always seemed to have a jar of mayonnaise; back then it was about fifteen cents a quart jar. This recipe requires no eggs or shortening but only basic ingredients. This cake is very moist; it is good dusted with powdered sugar or your favorite frosting.


Chocolate Mayonnaise CakeChocolate Mayonnaise Cake
  • 1 ½ Cups mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ Cups water
  • 6 Tablespoons dark cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 Cups flour
  • 1 ½ Cups sugar
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • 3 Teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Combine and blend mayonnaise, water, cocoa and vanilla.

Combine dry ingredients; add to mayonnaise mixture and blend well.

Pour into a greased and floured 9 X 13 inch baking pan.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until tester comes out clean.

NOTE: To make the Q cake I used One and half recipes and baked in a 12 inch round pan. I cut out the center and shaped the tail of the Q. I chose to frost with a caramel frosting.

BISCUIT MIX RECIPE (adding baking powder)

  • 7 Cups flour
  • 1 ½ Cups nonfat dry milk
  • ¼ Cup baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 1 Cup solid shortening

BISCUIT MIX RECIPE (using self rising flour)

  • 7 Cups self-rising flour
  • 1 ½ Cups nonfat dry milk
  • 1 Cup solid shortening

For either recipe that you choose, mix all ingredients together well. Put mix into clean dry jars. Puts lids on tightly and store on shelf until ready to use. Use the mix in the following recipes.


  • 2 Cups mix
  • 1 Cup water

Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.

Put mix and water in a bowl. Stir until blended. Dough should be soft. If needed add a little more water. Turn dough out on a floured surface and knead until smooth. Roll dough out to ½ inch thick. Cut biscuits into circles and lay on a greased sheet pan. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown

TO MAKE SWEET MUFFINS a cheap recipe

Cheap recipes can be made with biscuit mix recipes; experiment by adding different fruits in the muffins.

  • 2 Cups mix
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2/3 Cup water

Preheat oven to 375F degrees.

Line muffin tin with paper liners.

Combine mix and sugar in a bowl. Add the eggs and water. Stir until the mix is wet and blended but batter still has some lumps. Spoon batter into muffin tin ½ full. Bake for 20 minutes or until pick inserted comes out clean.

HOW TO MAKE FRUIT COBBLER a favorite cheap recipe

  • ¼ Cup melted butter
  • 1 Cup mix
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1 Cup water
  • 2 Cups canned fruit with juice

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Melt butter in the bottom of a square baking pan. Add the fruit and juice into the pan. Blend the mix, sugar and water until smooth and pour the batter over the fruit. Bake for 1 hour.


How to Make Cheap RecipesHow to Make Simple Pancakes
  • 3 Cups mix
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 ½ Cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon oil

Blend together the mix, eggs and water until smooth. Drop by ¼ Cup into hot grease on a hot griddle. Brown on both sides.


  • 2 Cans (4 ounces each) mild whole green chilies drained
  • 2 Cups chopped tomatoes
  • 2 Cups shredded Cheddar cheesed
  • 1 Cup baking mix
  • ½ Cup sour cream
  • ½ Cup milk
  • 3 Eggs

Preheat oven to 375F degrees; grease 8X8 inch square pan.

Remove seeds from chilies; arrange chilies in a single layer in baking dish.

Sprinkle with tomatoes and cheese.

Combine and beat remaining ingredients until smooth; pour over top.

Bake uncovered about 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.


  • 1 ½ Cups baking mix
  • 1/3 Cup hot water
  • ¾ Pound pork sausage
  • 2 Cups grated potatoes
  • 1 Cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 Cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (Or similar)

Preheat oven to 450F degrees; place rack on lowest position.

Cook sausage and potatoes stirring until sausage is thoroughly cooked; drain and set aside.

Combine and mix baking mix and hot water until it forms a dough ball.

Knead dough on floured surface; press dough into a metal 12 inch pizza pan or circle on cookie sheet.

Spread sausage potato mixture over dough; sprinkle with cheeses.

Bake until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted and bubbly; 12 to 15 minutes.