15 Budget Friendly Family Dinners Made With Mince


Mince is a favourite meat for kids because it tastes great and is easy to chew. Coincidentally, mince is usually ultra affordable and quick to cook, making it a favourite for parents on a budget.

Like most family cooks, mince is one of the first things I throw in my trolley when I hit the meat section of the supermarket. After all, as long as you have mince in the freezer, you’ve got a meal ready to go.

Here’s 15 of our most loved budget friendly family dinners using mince meat!  From beef, to lamb, chicken to turkey and pork too – they’re all here. Just choose your kids’ favourite and let’s cook!

1. Rissoles

My boys’ favourite. Pair rissoles with vegetables, salad or when the weekend rolls ’round and you’re looking for a quick fix, grab a bag of potato wedges and throw them in the oven. Delicious!

easy rissoles and sweet mash potato recipe

2. Beef sausage rolls

Great for lunch or dinner, these beef sausage rolls are just as tasty cold as they are hot. Awesome for lunch boxes and they freeze magnificently.

easy sausage rolls recipe

3. Meatloaf

Bacon wrapped pork meatloaf with mango chutney – hooley dooley! Talk about budget friendly family dinners! Not a fan of pork? Switch out the pork for beef or chicken!

easy meatloaf recipe

4. San Choy Bau

A fun dinner if ever there was one, delicious pork san choy bau! The kids will love loading up lettuce cups with tasty savoury mince.

san choy bau recipe

5. Lasagne

Always a favourite family dinner, lasagne will fill up little (and large) appetites. Just construct and bake, easy!

lasagne family dinner recipe

6. Noodles

A DIY takeaway meal and on the table in 15 minutes, flavour packed chicken rice noodles will be loved by all the family.

easy chicken noodles recipe

7. Meatballs

Italian meatballs! Eat them on their own covered in their delicious tomato sauce or with slurpy spaghetti, either way they’re sure to go down a treat. Don’t forget the extra cheese!

easy meatballs recipe

8. Chicken sausage rolls

Kids love chicken? Try these chicken sausage rolls with added vegetables. Cut into small sausage rolls, they’re perfect for kids to dip in their favourite sauce!

chicken sausage rolls recipe

9. Tacos

But of course, tacos are ALWAYS popular! We often switch out beef mince for turkey and the kids love it!

tacos recipe

10. Swedish meatballs

No need to head to Ikea for creamy Swedish meatballs when you can make your own at home. No allen key required!

swedish meatballs

11. Meatball subs

You’ll be winning all the family chef awards with meatball subs for dinner! Budget friendly family dinners don;t come any easier.

meatball sub

12. Chilli con carne

Packed with beans and delicious mince beef, chilli con carne makes for a tasty dinner. Serve with crusty bread or a handful of corn chips and the kids will barely be able to wait to tuck in.

chilli con carne recipe

13. Sloppy Joes

It doesn’t get much easier than sloppy Joes. You can hide a whole lot of vegetables in this mince and the kids are none the wiser. Serve with super fresh bread rolls, yum!

easy sloppy joes mince recipe

14. Spaghetti bolognese

An oldie but a goodie. Stick to traditional style spaghetti bolognese or check out these seven ways to tastily amp it up!

spaghetti bolognese recipe

15. Shepherd’s pie

Finally, who can resist a delicious crunchy tipped, soft potato mash topped shepherd’s pie? Not many that’s for sure.

shepherd's pie recipe

There you have it, 15 winning ways with mince meat, guaranteed to get mouths watering. Be sure to check out our budget friendly recipes for more money saving meals. Bon appetit!

Avatar of Lexi Klaebe

South Australian mum and self proclaimed foodie, Lexi can most days be found in the kitchen, apron tied firm and armed with a whisk or wooden spoon!

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