These are all cheap meals with mince
Finding mince recipes that the whole family enjoy isn’t always easy but these 7 simple minced beef meals are under £1 a head.
So if you are in a rush and need to put a healthy meal together for your family then use these family meals. We promise that they will soon become family favourites.
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Cooking from scratch
It can feel quite daunting to start cooking from scratch if you’ve never done it before. Start by picking a few simple mince recipes below to try. You don’t need to buy the sauces when you can make them yourself for so much cheaper!
Many of the beef mince recipes below all use the same tomato or white sauce recipe so once you’ve mastered one you can keep using it!
If you are new to cooking or are looking for new meals to eat for the whole family then have a look at Spicentice.
They send out packets of spices with easy to follow instructions so you can make a meal from scratch.
They are great to use if you are new to cooking from scratch or if you are looking to get your family eating new budget-friendly meals and have no clue where to start.
We used them for a year and have cooked loads of meals including:
Recipes with mince beef
These simple minced beef recipes make great midweek meals that can easily be cooked from scratch. Most of these take under 30 minutes to cook.
If you are looking for more simple recipes that are also cheap and delicious then have a look at our post here called Store Cupboard Meals: 41 Store Cupboard Recipes to Try.
We use mostly frozen vegetables as it means we can use as much as we want and it’s pre-cut which means less chopping. Canned vegetables would work perfect too.
This is the best family-friendly spaghetti bolognese recipe that can be made in the slow cooker or in a wok or deep pan. It’s really easy for beginners to cook and can be made in advance if you are short of time.
Low-calorie cooking spray 5p
1 onion, grated 10p
2 carrots, grated 8p
1 garlic clove, grated 5p
500g 5% lean beef mince £2.59
400g can chopped tomatoes 39p
2 tsp dried oregano 2p
1 beef stock cube 5p
350g dried spaghetti 30p
Total: £3.63 (that’s 91p a head for four people)
Easy Homemade Beef Burgers
Homemade beef burgers are really simple and cheap to make. These one’s taste better than any takeaway and you can add whatever spice or extras to the middle your family like.
500g beef mince meat £1.99
1 onion 8p
2 garlic cloves 6p
1 egg 10p
Pinch of salt 3p
6 burger buns 56p
Cheese slices 35p
4 potatoes 40p
Total: £3.92 that’s 98p for 4 people.
This spaghetti meatball recipe comes in at just 73p per person for a family of four. This spaghetti meatball recipe is so easy to cook and is great if you are a beginner cook looking for something gorgeous that the whole can eat.
500g minced meat £1.99
2 onion 16p
3 glove garlic 7p
1 egg 10p
1 tsp salt 2p
2 tsp low cal spray 10p
1 tin passata 32p
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 3p
Half tablespoon sugar 5p
Half tablespoon salt 3p
210g Spaghetti 8p
Total: £2.95 = 73p a head
Chilli Con Carne
If you are looking for a simple Chilli Con Carne recipe that is also cheap then this is for you. The one thing we love about this recipe is that a lot of the ingredients are kitchen staples so you can rustle this up quickly if you need to.
500g minced meat £1.99
4 onions 32p
3 garlic gloves 7p
300ml chopped tinned tomatoes 28p
400g tinned kidney beans 30p
3 tbsp tomato puree 15p
Half a lime 12p
220ml stock 3p
4 tbsp low cal spray 20p
1 tsp salt 2p
Half tsp sugar 5p
180g Rice 24p
Total: £3.77 that’s 94p for 4 people.
Easy Mince Tacos
Beef mince tacos make a great weekend fakeaway meal that is perfect for the whole family and really cheap to make. Minced beef tacos are really easy to make and can be as spicy or not as you like.
100g mince 75p
175g baby corn 95p
190g frozen red onions 42p
100g red pepper 45p
110g kiwi fruit 60p
115g tomatoes 50p
5g garlic clove 2p
85g red cabbage 20p
Total: £4 that’s £1 a head for four people.
Beef classic lasagne
This is comfort food heaven! You do need to make the white sauce and the tomato sauce first then layer it all up and cook for 20 minutes in the oven until the cheese is cooked.
100g frozen onion 10p
100g carrot, chopped 10p
100g celery, chopped 20p
2 garlic cloves, chopped 5p
250g beef mince 75p
20g tomato purée 15p
400g tin chopped tomatoes 28p
200ml beef stock 5p
10g Worcestershire sauce 9p
9 lasagne sheets 10p
150g cheese, grated £1.50
For the white sauce
50g butter 17p
50g plain flour 5p
500ml semi-skimmed milk 40p
Total: £3.99 that’s 25p for four people.
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This delicious spaghetti mince recipe can be made from items you have in your store cupboard and fridge. Cook the spaghetti first, and while it’s boiling cook the mince until most of it is brown. Then add the chili flakes, garlic, and canned tomatoes. You may have to add some water. Boil it off for around 20 minutes until it is reduced then mix in the spaghetti and grate the cheese on top.
200g beef mince 65p
10g tsp dried chilli flakes 5p
5 garlic cloves, finely chopped 10p
2 x 400g canned tomatoes 56p
200g cheese £2
Total: £3.36 that’s 84p for four people.
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