Ten Dollar Dinner: Easy Mini Meatloaves

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This is one of my family’s favorite meals and being that it is very inexpensive, quick and easy, it is tops on my list of favorites as well! To boot, this recipe is also very kid friendly, but on the flipside can be dressed up for adults, depending on the sides that you serve it with. These mini meatloaves are a cinch to put away for leftovers or to take to the office for lunch the next day as well.

To make this $10 dinner, you’ll need these 7 ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef ($3.00)
  • 1 package stuffing mix ($1.00)
  • 1 cup water ($0.01)
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese ($1.00)
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder ($0.25)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup barbeque sauce ($0.10)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese ($1.00)

Now, for the directions:

Combine the ground beef, stuffing mix, garlic powder and water in a medium size bowl.


Stir and mix ingredients well to blend the flavors.


Spray 12 muffin cups with cooking spray (or use muffin cups) and fill each muffin tin with about a 1/2 cup of the meat mixture. Make a small imprint in the top of each meatloaf with a spoon.


Put desired amount of barbeque sauce inside each indent (or leave plain).


Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle a small amount of cheese on each meatloaf. Return meatloaves to oven and bake another 5 minutes to melt the cheese.


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This is a guest post from Kate Sorensen of Coupon Cravings She lives in Iowa with her husband and two kids, ages 4 1/2 and 1. She has been a devoted frugal shopper and frugal cook for years. Kate enjoys making dinners that include items that cost less while at the same time, making food that tastes good and is healthy too. Today, she has shared one of her favorite “$10 dinner recipes” with us.


  1. Krista says:

    This is one of my family’s favorite dinners. I’ve been looking for a replacement for the stuffing mix as it’s high is sodium — or something my husband said is bad for us. Also, I don’t add any extra sauce but top with ketchup or a cherry tomato when they’re in season.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Is the stuffing a particular kind? Example, chicken, turkey, etc.?

  3. Ashley b says:

    I’ve made this numerous times, and have used all kinds of stuffing mix. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed a difference in the flavor.

    I have made it with chili powder, salsa, and Mexican cheese, and oregano, pasta sauce and mozzarella instead of the garlic powder, BBQ, and cheddar. All three ways are great!!

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