3 Quick, Easy & Cheap Casseroles That You Can Try at Home

Jaime Bacon
by Jaime Bacon

I love making casseroles because they are super easy to put together. You can feed a ton of people with one cheap casserole, or if your family is smaller, like ours, it leaves you with enough leftovers for the next couple of days, helping you to save money.

Casseroles can be a good combination of protein, carbs, and vegetables, so you get a little bit of everything all in one dish. Today I am sharing three cheap and easy casserole recipes that you can try at home in the near future.

1. Chicken broccoli potato casserole


  • 3 cups cooked and shredded chicken breasts
  • 1 pound Russet potatoes
  • 12-ounce bag of frozen broccoli florets, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons ranch seasoning (Or one packet)
  • ¼ cup bacon bits
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Heat a large pot of water and dice potatoes into small pieces.

2. Boil the potatoes for 5-6 minutes until softened, then drain.

Adding potatoes to the casserole dish

3. Add the potatoes in a greased 9x13 casserole dish. Add butter and ranch seasoning and stir until the butter fully melts.

Layering bacon, chicken, broccoli, and cheese

4. Layer the bacon pieces, shredded chicken, broccoli (chop into smaller pieces if needed), then cheese.

5. Bake for 20 minutes until fully heated and the cheese has melted.

Chicken broccoli potato casserole

This budget casserole is a little dry, but some hot sauce or ranch dressing makes this amazing. You can eat this by itself or serve it with a salad and some garlic bread.


2. Salsa chicken casserole

This one takes a while to bake but is very easy to put together.


  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 15-ounce can corn
  • 15-ounce can of black beans
  • 16-ounce jar salsa
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1 pound chicken breast, raw
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese



1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Drain and rinse the beans and corn, and add them to a greased 9x13 casserole dish.

Mixing rice, salsa, chicken broth, and taco seasoning

3. Add the rice, salsa, chicken broth, and taco seasoning, and stir everything together. Make sure the rice is fully immersed in the liquid so it cooks fully.

4. Slice the chicken into small strips.

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5. Tuck the chicken strips under the rice mixture in a single layer. Bake for one hour until the rice and chicken are fully cooked.

6. Remove from the oven and add shredded cheddar cheese on top, then bake for another 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Cheap and easy casserole

7. Divide and serve with your favorite sides.

Salsa chicken casserole

You can top this with sour cream, extra salsa, and even use it as a dip for tortilla chips. This is full of protein and is probably my favorite budget-friendly casserole.


3. White chicken enchilada casserole

This one has a few extra steps, but it is totally worth it.


  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 4-ounce can of green chiles
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 cups cooked and shredded chicken (no need to fully thaw)
  • 2 cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese
  • 9 fajita-sized flour tortillas



1. For the white sauce, melt butter on medium heat in a medium pot. Add flour and whisk together.

2. Add the chicken broth a little bit at a time and whisk constantly, until it thickens slightly.

Cooking ilk, taco seasoning, and green chilies

3. Add the milk, taco seasoning, and green chilies and continue to cook on low heat and whisk constantly until thickened.

Whisking the sauce

4. Remove from the heat, add the sour cream and stir. The creamy white sauce is ready.

5. In the bottom of the slow cooker, add a bottom layer of tortillas. Then add ⅓ of the sauce, ⅓ of the chicken, and ⅓ of the Pepper Jack cheese.

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6. Continue until all the ingredients have been used up, ending with the remaining cheese. Place the lid on and cook on low for 5-6 hours until completely heated through.

White chicken enchilada casserole

This enchilada casserole was super creamy and delicious.

Quick, easy, and cheap casseroles

I hope you are feeling inspired to try these cheap and easy casserole recipes at home. What are your favorite casseroles to make? What does your family really enjoy? Do not be shy, leave a comment below!

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