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27 Frugal Fall Dinner Recipes (That You Will Love This Season)

These easy and frugal fall dinner recipes are sure to impress your guests without breaking your wallet.

With autumn quickly approaching, we love trying new fall dinner recipes for the holiday season.

With the weather cooling down, autumn brings out warm and cozy soups cooked in the crockpot, and hearty meals with flavors of apple, pumpkin, cinnamon, and more.

Whether making some fall recipes at home for the family or preparing a meal for a family gathering or potluck, these recipes are frugal and will fit your budget.

Cooking for a crowd can become expensive but we’ve found some of the best recipes for autumn that are frugal and hearty.

We don’t jeopardize taste for cost, and these recipes have all the flavors of fall without a big grocery bill.

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Frugal Soup Recipes for Fall

Slow Cooker Keto Hamburger Soup With Cream Cheese And Rotel from Oh So Foodie

When I think of fall, I think of hearty and cozy soups that warm you up.  This recipe fits the bill and is not only keto but also inexpensive and easy to make.


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Instant Pot Tomato Tortellini Soup from This Old Gal

Instant Pot Tomato Tortellini Soup is the perfect cool-weather comfort food. A dump and push recipe, it’s full of flavor and delicious.


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Butternut Squash Apple Soup from Chisel and Fork

With fresh butternut squash and apples, this butternut squash apple soup is the definition of fall soup that is made even better by a delicious pecan crumble.


cheap and easy pumpkin soup for autumn

Pumpkin Soup from Jack Slobodian

It doesn’t get easier than this to create a delicious and seasonal classic soup.  This is sure to become one of your favorite fall recipes.


frugal fall crockpot soup recipes


This crockpot recipe is so easy to make and your whole family will love it.  With only a few ingredients, it is budget friendly, too.


Easy and budget friendly dinner recipes for fall



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Restaurant Style Slow Cooker Dal Tadka from Cass Clay Cooking

Dal is a soupy Indian dish traditionally served with flatbread or rice. This slow-cooker version is easy to make and keeps for days in the fridge for meal prep!


fall chili recipe

5 Ingredient Instant Pot Chili from The Typical Mom

Who doesn’t love a big bowl of chili in the fall?  This is a hearty meal that will warm you up, and costs less than $10 to make.


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PUMPKIN GOAT CHEESE QUICHE from A Hedgehog in the Kitchen

Goat cheese quiche is a traditional meal in France and this recipe takes it to a new level by adding in the flavors of autumn using pumpkin.  If you are a quiche lover, then this is the recipe for you!


cheap fall crockpot white chicken chili


This Crock Pot White Chicken Chili recipe is an easy dump-and-go recipe that’s perfect for weeknights. It serves 6-8 people and costs $12.40 to make. That’s just $2.07 per serving!



cheap fall recipes pumpkin chili

PUMPKIN CHILI from Food, Folks, and Fun

If you are a lover of all things pumpkin, then this is the fall recipe for you.  Pumpkin Chili is the ultimate fall dish; it’s hearty, comforting, and has just a touch of delicious pumpkin flavor.



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Instant Pot Chicken and Rice from This Old Gal

You are going to want to add Instant Pot Chicken and Rice to your dinner rotation! An old fashion family favorite comfort meal enjoyed by the whole family.



stuffed squash recipes for fall


With only 5 ingredients, this butternut squash recipe is a cheap and easy fall recipe that you can make at home. Loaded with goat cheese, italian sausage, ghee, and quinoa, it’s not only mouth-watering but also healthy.



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This Baked Pork Chops recipe is easy and tastes delicious, especially with apples baked right on top! It serves 6 people and costs just $11.60 to make.



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ZUCCHINI PIZZA CASSEROLE from Marathons and Motivation

This Zucchini Pizza Casserole is a delicious zucchini recipe that is perfect for a family meal. It makes a wonderful side dish, entree or is terrific for a potluck dinner.


cheesy beef and noodle casserole

CHEESY BEEF AND NOODLE CASSEROLE from Marathons and Motivation

This Cheesy Beef and Noodle Casserole recipe is the ultimate comfort food! It is made with ground beef, onions, egg noodles and lots of cheddar cheese. The kids will love this easy to make hearty dish for a delicious family meal.



sheet pan fall recipes apple cinnamon chicken


Nothing says fall like the sweet smell of apples and cinnamon in your kitchen.  We love the ease of sheet pan recipes, as well.  This recipe will be a crowd-pleaser, for sure!

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Sage and apple are a perfect pairing in this quick, easy and delicious pork chop dinner that can be made in under 30 minutes!

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Authentic Canadian Poutine is the perfect choice for a delicious meal with crispy fries, rich gravy, and melty chunks of cheese in every bite!

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One of the ultimate fall recipes, this turkey noodle casserole is a frugal recipe to make for a crowd that is sure to win over their hearts.

cheap and easy cornbread recipes for fall

CORNBREAD CHILI CASSEROLE from Dancing Through the Rain

This recipe takes two fall favorites (cornbread and chili) and creates one flavorful casserole.  This casserole is perfect for a crowd or to warm you up on a cool night at home.



fall sweet potatoes recipe

Healthy Sweet Potatoes – No Marshmallows Needed from Pink Fortitude

If you are looking for a healthy sweet potato recipe for fall that doesn’t have marshmallows, then this is it.  Loaded with thyme, turmeric, and cinnamon, these sweet potatoes not only taste great but are also full of vitamins and antioxidants.



cheap easy fall instant pot recipes

Instant Pot Stuffed Squash + Video Tutorial {Vegan, Keto-Friendly, Gluten-Free} from Recipes from a Pantry

This recipe combines many of our favorite fall flavors using pecans, pumpkin seeds, sweet dried cranberries and pomegranate seeds.  This delicious stuffed squash recipe is a fall recipe that not only tastes great, but also matches that taste with it’s beautiful presentation.



budget friendly squash recipes for fall

Cheesy Butternut Squash Casserole from Two Pink Peonies

With only a few ingredients needed to make this casserole, this butternut squash recipe takes a fall classic and turns it into something amazing.



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Gluten Free Turkey Tetrazzini from Money Savvy Living

This classic fall recipe is budget friendly and can be saved for leftovers to stretch your budget even further.  Perfect for your Thanksgiving potluck or a cool night at home, you can’t go wrong with it.



frugal fall recipes mac and cheese

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese from Money Savvy Living

Macaroni and cheese is a classic side for Thanksgiving, but this recipe can be used as the entrée, too.  Homemade macaroni and cheese is a frugal recipe that is a true fall comfort food.



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Easy Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings from 24 Bite

Chicken and dumplings is a comfort recipe that is perfect to make during the fall season.  This recipe only requires a handful of ingredients and uses the Instant Pot, making it easy and frugal.


keto lasagna cheap easy autumn recipe

Keto Lasagna from Keto Focus

This frugal recipe only calls for five ingredients.  Lasagna is a warm and hearty meal that belongs on your fall menu this year.


Don’t forget to pair one of these fall favorites with a dessert:

32 Easy & Frugal Fall Dessert Recipes


These fall meals are budget friendly and easy to make.  What’s your favorite?

Check out other ways to save money this fall:

24 Frugal Vegetarian Fall Recipes
29 Frugal Fall Decor Ideas on a Budget (Cheap and Easy Ideas That You’ll Love)


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