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Tomato herb soup in a mug on a plate with grilled cheese

Tomato Herb Soup

I’m constantly looking for new ways to use my favorite (not) Sun Dried Tomato Sauce in recipes because it’s just SO good. So, the other day I was thinking, “Hmmm, I wonder if I...

Overhead view of roasted vegetable baked penne being scooped out of the casserole dish

Roasted Vegetable Baked Penne

This was actually supposed to be a baked ziti, but it turns out ziti is just about impossible to find in grocery stores right now, so I went with a Roasted Vegetable Baked Penne instead....

Side view of turkey chili smothered sweet potatoes in a baking dish, topped with green onion and cilantro

Turkey Chili Smothered Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes and chili are totally made for each other. The subtle sweetness of the sweet potatoes perfectly contrasts the smoky, spicy flavor of the chili. Add a little creamy cheese on top and...

Chili cornbread skillet with some scooped out onto a white plate beside the skillet

Chili Cornbread Skillet

Some nights you just need something warm, comforting, and easy to help melt off the stresses of the day, like a big bowl of chili. And maybe some cornbread, too, for good measure. This...

Close up of a wooden spoon in the casserole dish full of baked ziti

Classic Baked Ziti

As soon as the weather turns cool, I grab the cozy sweaters and start cooking the comfort food, like this Classic Baked Ziti. It’s rich and gooey with its layers of pasta, homemade red...

Five different bowls full of tomato soup with the soup pot and ladle at the top

Secret Ingredient Tomato Soup

I don’t know if I’ve told you, but I’m a little bit of a tomato soup fanatic. I’ve made several tomato soup recipes for Budget Bytes over the past ten years, but this week...

Two grilled chicken breasts coated in homemade bbq sauce in a dish, one sliced into strips, and a fork dipping a piece of chicken into a bowl of sauce.

Homemade BBQ Sauce (no ketchup)

It’s grilling season, so it’s only natural (and about time) that I make my own homemade BBQ Sauce! This sweet, smoky, and tangy BBQ sauce takes only minutes to make and will take your...

Front view of a bowl of BBQ Beef and Beans topped with cheddar and green onion, and a fork lifting a bite.

BBQ Beef and Beans

It’s been a while since I’ve made something that was just a straight up simple comfort food, and after a super long week comfort food was definitely in order. These BBQ Beef and Beans...

Overhead view of a tempeh burrito bowl with a black fork digging in, an avocado on the side.

Tempeh Burrito Bowls

New day, new burrito bowl! Seriously though, I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of burrito bowls, or run out of fun variations on the burrito bowl theme. This week I made my burrito...

A hand scooping up a spoonful of Vegan West African Peanut Stew with Rice

Vegan Peanut Stew

I had seen recipes for Peanut Stew and all of it’s many variations around the internet for years before I finally gave it a try, and I’m only kicking myself for not trying it...

Bowl of super easy small-batch Rice Cooker Chili

Rice Cooker Chili

I’ve been playing with my rice cooker again! This time I took this classic fall comfort food, scaled it down and scaled it back to make it as easy as possible, and cooked it...

Basic Chili in a bowl being eaten

Simple Homemade Chili

Now that it’s officially fall, I think we could all use a good primer on how to make a basic pot of chili. I have several chili recipes on this website, but this basic chili...

This Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Chili makes a huge batch, is packed with flavor and nutrients, and can be made for only about 5 dollars! Budgetbytes.com

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Chili

Yeah, I know, it’s 90 degrees outside and most people don’t want to be eating chili right now, but I’m a year ’round chili eater. Especially back in the day when I worked in...

If you love bubble up casseroles but don’t love canned biscuits, you’ve got to try this from-scratch Enchilada Bubble Up Casserole. BudgetBytes.com

Enchilada Bubble Up Casserole

Last week I got a message from a reader, Holly, looking for a from-scratch version of a bubble up casserole. If you’ve never heard of bubble ups before, they’re basically a casserole made out...

The plus in Sloppy Joes Plus is lentils! Tender lentils make the perfect addition to ground beef and increase the texture, flavor, and nutrients! BudgetBytes.com

Sloppy Joes Plus

“Plus? What is this ‘plus’ business?” … I can hear it now. Well, the “plus” is LENTILS! *crowd cheers* Yes, these easy Homemade Sloppy Joes Plus have lentils for added fiber and to bulk them...

This Instant Pot Beef Stew is incredibly fast and easy, but is packed with slow-cooked flavor. BudgetBytes.com

Instant Pot Beef Stew

While checking the sale flyers for my grocery stores last week I noticed that Whole Foods had beef stew meat on sale for $3.99/lb. and I was ALL OVER that. I was finally able to...

Tomato Herb Pull Apart Bread combines a rich and tangy tomato sauce, savory Parmesan, and fresh bread dough for an irresistible appetizer loaf. BudgetBytes.com

Tomato Herb Pull Apart Bread

It’s been a long time since I made bread and I the other day I got that itch! This time I decided to whip up a batch of my (not) Sun Dried Tomato Sauce...

Sunday Slow Cooker Beef Ragù - this freezer ready sauce features shredded beef in a deep savory tomato sauce. BudgetBytes.com

Sunday Slow Cooker Beef Ragù

My pasta situation is getting a little out of control. My pantry is starting to overflow with half-full packages of pasta and a girl can only eat Bowties and Broccoli so many times per week....

Weeknight Enchiladas - BudgetBytes.com

Weeknight Bean and Cheese Enchiladas

Why am I calling these enchiladas Weeknight Bean and Cheese Enchiladas? Because they’re basic. Nothing frilly or fancy, just simple, basic enchiladas. But there are three things that, IMHO, turned these very basic enchiladas...

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie - BudgetBytes.com

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

After making (and devouring) my Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes last week, I was really craving some shepherd’s pie. But, because of the strict budget I’m working with, I decided to make a vegetarian shepherd’s Pie....

30 Minute Posole - BudgetBytes.com

30 minute Posole

During my “off” week just after Thanksgiving, I picked up a pork loin and gave it the Chili Rubbed Pork treatment in my slow cooker. It made a TON of pulled pork, so I...

Vegetable Enchilada Casserole - BudgetBytes.com

Vegetable Enchilada Casserole

Enchilada Casserole is such a classic. I’ve seen a million different interpretations of this dish over the years. Why? Because it’s easy and it’s satisfying. So I figured I’d make a vegetarian version, full...

Simmered Skillet Meatballs and Marinara

Skillet Meatballs and Marinara

I think I’ve hit the September Challenge jackpot with this one, folks. When I had my first bite of these Skillet Meatballs and Marinara I literally moaned and let out a quiet “Oh, hell yeah…”...

Chicken Ropa Vieja - BudgetBytes.com

Slow Cooker Chicken Ropa Vieja

It’s hot outside, y’all. Too hot to turn on the oven and make my AC work overtime. So, today I let my slow cooker do all the work and it made me this wonderfully...

Smoky Tomato Soup - BudgetBytes.com

Smoky Tomato Soup

Ahhh, tomato soup. It’s one of the few hot soups that’s light enough to eat during the summer months (it may only be April, but we’ve definitely hit summer weather here in New Orleans). I’m...

This warm and comforting black bean chili is fast enough to pull together on a busy weeknight and soothing enough to make the stress of the day melt away. BudgetBytes.com

Weeknight Black Bean Chili

I’m so over the cold and dreary weather. How about you? With the arrival of this latest arctic blast, I felt myself craving a warm, rich bowl of chili, but I didn’t want to spend...

Saucy Southwest Shredded Beef - BudgetBytes.com

Saucy Southwest Shredded Beef

Slow cooked shredded meat is one of my all-time favorite things. I was craving beef this week, so I decided to make a new version of shredded beef that could be used in burritos,...

Sweet Potato Tortilla Soup - BudgetBytes.com

Sweet Potato Tortilla Soup

Earlier this week I got an email from a reader, Katie, telling me about how she used my homemade red enchilada sauce in her favorite tortilla soup recipe and how amazing it was. That whole...

Beef & Pineapple Enchiladas

Beef & Pineapple Enchiladas

Say what?! Yes, beef and pineapple. A little savory, a little sweet, and a little spicy. Those three things are all you need to make something seriously WOW-worthy. These super simple enchiladas are stuffed...

Chorizo Chicken Jambalaya

Chorizo Chicken Jambalaya

Jambalaya is one of the easiest, filling, and inexpensive dishes you can make. Just ask anyone from Louisiana—we live off the stuff. Flavorful sausage, savory aromatic vegetables, and rice all cook together in one...

Pasta with Eggplant Sauce

Pasta with Eggplant Sauce

Can I talk about anchovies for a second without you running away screaming? K, good. Anchovies have a reputation in the United States as being this stinky pizza topping that nobody really likes, but...

Coconut Vegetable Curry

Coconut Vegetable Curry

I gotta give a big shout out to Neil, whose tweet inspired me to try again with a recipe that I completely failed with the first time around. Neil tweeted about an amazing vegetable...

Chorizo Sweet Potato Chili

Chorizo Sweet Potato Chili

So, it finally got cold here. Like, I actually had to wear a sweater when I left the house the other day! :o  That made me crave chili. Warm, hearty chili… But of course, I...

Overhead view of a bowl full of creamy tomato and spinach pasta, a black fork in the side

Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta

Easy wins again! I’m on day 6 of an 8 day work week, so that means two things: I’m tired and I’m hungry. Quick skillet pasta dishes like this Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta are perfect...

Beef Ragout - Budget Bytes

beef ragout with mashed cauliflower

This is the last installment in the shredded beef series. Although this recipe ended up being something quite different than I intended (thanks to my chronic absent mindedness), it still ended up super delicious!...

These hearty vegan Black Bean and Avocado Enchiladas are stuffed with fresh ingredients and drenched in a homemade sauce for big flavor in every bite. BudgetBytes.com

Black Bean and Avocado Enchiladas

I’ve been eating these Black Bean and Avocado Enchiladas for lunch all week and the fact that I only have one serving left almost makes me want to cry… I might have to make...

Vegan Red Lentil Stew

Vegan Red Lentil Stew

It’s soooo cold here! (read: below 75 degrees) So, I’ve been really into soups lately, if you can’t tell. Earlier this week I got an email from Lindsay with a red lentil soup recipe...

baked spaghetti with sausage

I never really understood the point of baking spaghetti… it just seemed like an extra step that stood between me and eating it. But, there’s something about a hot, cheesy casserole straight out of...

Tangy Tomato Pasta

Tangy Tomato Pasta

If you’re in the need of a super quick and easy side dish, this might be the one for you. I wanted something really fast and easy tonight so I turned to my pantry....

Not Sun Dried Tomato Sauce is a simple, inexpensive, all-purpose sauce with bold flavor. BudgetBytes.com

(not) Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

You know those little jars of sun dried tomatoes packed in delicious herb infused olive oil that cost about $5 a pop? This (not) Sun Dried Tomato Sauce is just like those yummy tomatoes. …Except...

Thick Enchilada Sauce

Easy Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

Enchilada sauce is one of my very favorite things, ever. I love when it soaks into tortillas while baking and makes everything all tangy, spicy, and good. Mmmmm. 🤤 But when the selection of...

Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce

Slow Cooker Marinara

I’ve made a few variations of red sauce for Budget Bytes, but this Slow Cooker Marinara is definitely the best of the best. I don’t like using my slow cooker for everything, but for...

Moroccan Beef Stew

moroccan beef stew

Why am I making stews in the middle of summer? I don’t know. It just sounded tasty… and making hot food in the middle of summer never really bothered me much. So, if it’s...

Make your own Thick and Rich Pizza Sauce at home in minutes using pantry staples. Use the sauce fresh or freeze for later! BudgetBytes.com

Thick & Rich Pizza Sauce Recipe

I’ve made pizza sauce before but I wanted one that was even thicker and richer because I had some big plans to dip things in it (and by “things” I mean pizzadillas). Dipping sauces...

Salsa Poached Eggs & Grits

Salsa Poached Eggs and Grits

Okay, so maybe it’s not salsa poached eggs, but it’s a really delicious homemade salsa-like sauce that cooks and infuses your eggs with flavor, all in one skillet. This breakfast is super easy, really filling...

Homemade Marinara

Homemade Marinara

After being treated to a wonderful Italian dinner at a local restaurant last week, I was inspired to finally try to make my own marinara sauce. I’ll admit, usually I’m too lazy and I’d...