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You CAN eat low carb on a budget! With this giant list of Cheap Keto Meals you’ll have lots of new keto recipes to try!

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How to Eat Keto on a Budget

There’s a common misconception that eating healthy or a specialized diet is expensive. And of course, it can be if you’re buying expensive food, supplements, etc. But it doesn’t HAVE to be expensive and you can eat keto on any budget!

Here’s how our family eats healthy, real food…even when we’re trying to save money:

  • Plan Ahead — Meal planning and a detailed grocery list ensures that you already know what you’re going to prepare for the week so you’re less likely to make impulse purchases at the grocery store.
  • Prep, Prep, Prep — Prepping your ingredients or making recipes that have lots of leftovers will help you to have food ready to go, even when you’re short on time.
  • Buy Less Processed Food — Ready made meals and packaged foods usually cost more. Plus they often contain more additives, like sodium. Cooking your own real food will save you money and mean that you know exactly what’s in your dinner.
  • Buy In Bulk — Since many low carb recipes utilize a lot of meat, it helps to stock up when you see a low price and freeze the extra for another time.

100 Cheap Keto Meals

Ok, I’ll be honest…I actually lost count when putting together this collection of budget friendly keto recipes! There are about 100, but I’m not sure the exact number. It’s a LOT!

With all the amazing recipes out there, it can sometimes be hard to choose what to eat on the keto diet. All those options are great, but some require all sorts of hard-to-find, and often expensive, ingredients. Luckily, it really isn’t that hard to eat keto while not breaking the bank!

This list of cheap keto meals will keep your table full of delicious keto dishes at delicious prices! From cheap keto dinner recipes, to easy and thrifty low carb desserts, there are so many options here! You’ll never be bored!

tacos made with cheese shells

Cheese Taco Shells Super crunchy taco shells made out of cheese that are keto and gluten-free. Makes the most craveable tacos ever!

keto garlic bread stick dipping in marinara sauce

Keto Garlic Bread This delicious keto garlic bread is full of flavor and low in carbs! It’s our favorite fathead bread recipe because it goes with just about anything!

keto big mac skillet


Big Mac Salad — Skip the drive-through and make this keto-friendly big mac salad right at home. All you need are a few ingredients to make this delicious meal. 

low carb breaded chicken drumsticks

Keto KFC Chicken Save your hard-earned cash and make these at home.

close up of a seasoned pork chop

Keto Pork Chops – A cheap keto meal that’s ready in under 20 minutes and under $20! Make these juicy chops in the air fryer!

low carb version of a Taco Bell burrito

Copycat Keto Taco Bell — Stop wasting money at the drive-through with this delicious keto homemade taco bell. 

meatballs on toothpick

Keto Meatballs — Ground beef is cheap but can be boring. Make these delicious meatballs and the whole family will be back for more. 

cabbage and sausage in bowl

Kielbasa and Cabbage Skillet — Kielbasa and cabbage is classic Polish comfort food you can eat on the keto diet.

pork chop in low carb gravy

Keto Pork Chops in Parmesan Cream Sauce — These pork chops in rich creamy Parmesan sauce is a budget-friendly keto dinner the whole family will love. 

keto creamed spinach in casserole dish

Keto Creamed Spinach Casserole — Creamed spinach is a steakhouse classic comfort food side dish. This keto version is rich, comforting, & soulful like any great creamed spinach should be.

grain free chicken nuggets with dipping sauce

Grain-Free Fried Chicken Nuggets — A few simple ingredients makes for the best crispy grain-free chicken nuggets. Fry these homemade keto chicken nuggets up & watch the whole family devour them.

risotto made with cauliflower rice

Cauliflower Rice Risotto — Light and fluffy basic Cauliflower Rice recipe used to make delicious gluten-free and low carb sides, risotto, fried rice, salads, soups, burrito bowls, sushi, and more!

curry served on cauliflower rice

Vegetarian Red Curry Stir Fry — Easy and wholesome Vegetarian Red Curry Stir Fry Recipe makes for a nutritious weeknight dinner ready in just 30 minutes! It’s also vegan, gluten-free and paleo, not to mention flavorful and easy to make!

baked egg and sausage squares

Easy Keto/Low Carb Egg Bake — Easy Keto Egg Bake is the breakfast casserole you need to meal prep your way to a keto low carb lifestyle.

chicken salad with herbs

Healthy Homemade Chicken Salad — A nutritious chicken salad that is easy to make and deliciously infused with olive oil and healthy herbs. Enjoy as-is with any side dish, or top it with some add-ons like creamy avocado or roasted veggies for a healthy low-carb chicken salad.

lettuce and ground beef on fork

Keto Big Mac with Copycat Big Mac Sauce — This Big Mac Salad which is Keto friendly is definitely a meal on its own as it has it all: your lettuce, meat, and cheese. This Salad is super easy to put together as well.

low carb cornbread in skillet

Low Carb Keto Cornbread —Easy keto cornbread is the side your chili and soups need! My low-carb almond flour cornbread recipe is made with a secret ingredient that makes it taste like the real thing.

keto cauliflower fried rice with chopsticks

Keto Cauliflower Fried Rice A delicious, easy cauliflower fried rice recipe – all the same flavors, much fewer carbs. Make low-carb keto fried rice in just 20 minutes, with simple ingredients.

corned beef and cabbage in skillet

Corned Beef and Cabbage — Canned Corned Beef and Cabbage is the ultimate budget-friendly keto meal! Bonus: it’s ready in a jiffy! 

sliced egg salad

Egg Salad — Start the morning off right with this nutritious and filling egg salad recipe. Also makes an easy, low-calorie, keto lunch idea.

zucchini noodles with tomato sauce

Keto Zucchini ‘Noodles’ with Creamy Tomato Sauce — These zucchini noodles are a delicious and healthy way to swap out your pasta for something that’s a little more nutritious. 

chicken drumsticks cooked in the air fryer

Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks — Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks are an easy, super family-friendly weeknight dinner choice. They’re ready in under 30 minutes and require a fraction of the oil called for in other methods. 

oven baked chicken bites

Chicken Bites — A clean and easy oven method creates these tasty low-carb Chicken Bites. Load up a sheet pan and pop them in the oven for a meal the whole family will love. 

sliced pork tenderloin

Southwestern Pork Tenderloin — A Southwest seasoning mix and easy stove to oven roasting technique creates this tender, incredibly flavorful Southwestern Pork Tenderloin. This quick method has dinner on the table in about 30 minutes!

dill pickle slices topped with tuna salad

Tuna Salad Boats — Keto-friendly tuna salad on dill pickles! Nothing could be easier! 

chicken topped with cheese sauce

Keto Crack Chicken — This tasty keto crack chicken can be easily made in the slow cooker. Ingredients like chicken thighs, bacon, ranch, cheese and more make this recipe so decadent and delicious. 

layered low carb tuna salad

Healthy Tuna Egg Salad — Made with canned tuna, this healthy tuna egg salad recipe is a super delicious and affordable keto lunch idea that will also look amazing on your table. Rich, with healthy fats and proteins, this easy gluten-free keto tuna with eggs salad won’t leave you hungry. 

mushroom bacon skillet

Mushroom Side Dish with Bacon — It takes just three ingredients and ten minutes of cook time to make an amazing Mushroom Side Dish with Bacon that is full of flavor. This is one of the easiest Keto side dishes you’ll ever make, and it is so unbelievably good.

baked chicken thighs on sheet pan

Baked Chicken Thighs  — A super easy and flavorful chicken recipe that comes out crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. 

cheesecake fluff with strawberries

Keto Cheesecake Fluff — This easy keto cheesecake fluff with 3 ingredients is a soft, light, sweet keto dessert or snack with only 2 grams of net carbs per serving.

keto cobb salad

Keto Cobb Salad — This Keto Cobb Salad Recipe is a healthy complete keto lunch made of chopped romaine lettuce, crisp bacon, roasted chicken breast, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, and Roquefort cheese.

pouring syrup on stack of waffles

Keto Coconut Flour Waffles — The best keto coconut flour waffle recipe with a fluffy texture and ready in 5 minutes for a quick sweet keto breakfast. Bonus, these keto waffles with coconut flour are also dairy-free, paleo-friendly, and contain less than one gram of net carbs per serving.

Thai shredded chicken salad

Easy Thai Chicken Salad With Canned Chicken — Budget-friendly Thai Chicken Salad uses canned chicken. This quick and easy salad is an affordable way to keep you on track.

fried cabbage with bacon

Fried Cabbage with Bacon — Fried cabbage with bacon is an easy, inexpensive, flavorful recipe that you can serve as a side dish or light supper. One serving of this recipe prepared according to the directions contains approximately 2 carbohydrates, making this a very Keto-friendly dish.

pepperoni and cheese casserole in baking dish

Chicken Pepperoni Cauliflower Casserole — Cheesy, saucy, Chicken Pepperoni Cauliflower Casserole is a dreamy weekday meal your entire family will devour. Easy prep, and bakes in less than 30 minutes with only 5 main ingredients!

roasted red raddishes

Loaded Roasted Radishes — Roasted radishes are a delicious, healthy substitute for potatoes: so easy to make and surprisingly mellow and soft. Try them with melted mozzarella and sour cream!

roast tandoori chicken legs

Tandoori Roast Chicken Legs — A foolproof easy recipe for tandoori chicken in the oven, marinated with aromatic spices and yogurt, roasted to reddish-brown perfection with a yummy, healthy twist! Learn how to make tandoori chicken at home!

baked chicken breast with seasoning

Easy Baked Chicken Breasts — The secret recipe for tender juicy oven-baked chicken breasts made with a simple marinade. Quick and easy weeknight dinner with loads of flavor. Say hello to hands-free, no-mess cooking! 

masala chicken with cauliflower rice

Cauliflower Rice With Masala Chicken — Delicately seasoned low-carb cauliflower ‘rice’ with spicy chicken – a healthy wholesome low-carb alternative to rice and also quick & easy. 

carnitas in sheet pan with lime wedges

Crispy Keto Whole30 Carnitas — These Keto Carnitas are easy, healthy, and delicious! Pork butt is a cheap and budget-friendly cut of meat. 

stack of bite sized peanut butter cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies — These peanut butter cookies are tasty, easy to make, and completely budget-friendly. Made with only 3 ingredients that you’re likely to have at home already!

scooping cheesy ground beef casserole, cheese stretching

Easy Low Carb Keto Cheeseburger Casserole — With common ingredients, this easy keto cheeseburger casserole recipe is a one-dish low-carb dinner for the whole family.

sliced meatloaf

Low Carb Keto Meatloaf Recipe — Tender, juicy, delicious, and easy! Is there a better combo for a keto meatloaf?

peppers stuffed with meat and cheese

Cream Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Bell Peppers — These stuffed peppers are filled with bacon and cheese and even though they are low in carbs, they are also a very family-friendly recipe. They’re delicious and easy to make. 

baked eggs and veggies

Sheet Pan Eggs  — Easy sheet pan eggs recipe that makes a perfectly healthy breakfast, brunch, or light lunch. It is a great breakfast meal to cook for meal planning as well as to feed a crowd. 

curried zucchini

Zucchini Curry — Try this zucchini curry cooked in Indian style, a perfect weeknight meal that happens to be vegan, gluten-free, low in calories, and ready in under 30 minutes.

Greek salad in a mason jar

Keto Greek Salad (in a Mason Jar) This easy make-ahead lunch recipe will make sure that you’re getting lots of delicious and healthy vegetables in your diet too!

lettuce, meat, and cheese wrap

Keto Ham and Pimento Cheese Wraps  Crisp lettuce, sweet honey ham, and creamy pimento cheese — these Keto Ham and Pimento Cheese Wraps are the perfect fresh and easy lunch for spring and summer!

bloomin onion made with almond flour

Keto Blooming Onion A low carb and low-calorie version of the steakhouse classic — this Keto Blooming Onion is a guilt-free indulgence! It’s Paleo and gluten-free too!

sliced hard boiled egg

Steamed Eggs Easier to peel than hard-boiled – this steamed eggs trick is genius! 

tater tots made with cauliflower

Buffalo Chicken Keto Cauliflower Tots Crispy, cheesy Buffalo Chicken Keto Cauliflower Tots are guilt-free and totally crave-able! 

baked kale chips in bowl

Crispy Baked Kale Chips Crispy, salty, and a touch of sweet — these Baked Kale Chips are so tasty you might just eat the whole batch!

nachos on keto cheese chips

10-Minute Keto Nachos Keto nachos are a delicious low-carb appetizer or lunch idea that’s fresh, flavorful, and ready in about 10 minutes!

Greek eggplant dip in serving dish

Greek Eggplant Dip Simple and flavorful, this Greek Eggplant Dip shines with hints of lemon and garlic. It’s also keto-friendly and vegan.

low carb jalapeño poppers

Easy Keto Jalapeño Poppers Zesty jalapeños stuffed with melty cheesy goodness — a guilt-free game day or party appetizer!

baked chips made from cheese

Keto Cheese Crisps With only 1g net carbs per serving, they’re so delicious they almost seem too good to be true!

pouring syrup on stack of waffle slices

Keto Peanut Butter Waffle Light and fluffy and full of creamy peanut butter flavor, you won’t believe they’re low carb!

homemade mayonnaise in jar

Homemade Mayonnaise Our keto mayo is also Paleo, no-carb, and gluten-free!!

basket of keto friendly buffalo wings

Keto Buffalo Wings These keto buffalo wings are crispy on the outside and coated in finger-licking good sauce! Just the way you like ’em, but without all the carbs!

scooping cooked enchilalada chicken from Instant Pot

Keto Chicken Enchilada Soup Hearty and flavorful, this Keto Chicken Enchilada soup is a low-carb version of a classic Tex-Mex dish! It’s easier than ever to make in the Instant Pot!

Brussels sprouts with cheese and bacon

Cheesy Brussel Sprouts It doesn’t get more delicious than these low-carb cheesy Brussel sprouts topped with crispy bacon! Even kids will love them! Only 4g net carbs per serving!

keto whipped coffee - a low carb dalgona coffee

Keto Whipped Coffee Cappuccino A low-carb version of the fluffy Dalgona coffee, this keto whipped coffee is a decadent treat that you can enjoy and still lose weight!

salad with grilled chicken breast

Instant Pot Chicken Breast — This method produces flavourful, tender, perfect chicken breasts using fresh or frozen chicken. Excellent for meal prep and make-ahead meal solutions.

Keto Stuffed Tomatoes

Pizza Flavored Keto Stuffed Tomato These Keto Stuffed Tomatoes are packed with pizza flavor…not carbs! An easy 20-minute meal with only 4g net carbs!

cabbage soup in ladle

Easy Keto Cabbage Soup Packed with fresh veggies, it’s delicious AND nutritious! Easy to make and ready in around 30 minutes!

cauliflower "dirty" rice with sausage

Cauliflower Dirty Rice This cauliflower dirty rice is one of the most flavorful keto side dishes you’ll ever try! Ready in about 15 minutes!

crispy low carb chips made from baked chicken skins

Baked Keto Chicken Skin Chips Keto Chicken Skin Chips are the perfect alternative to greasy potato chips! Crispy and salty, these chips aren’t actually chips at all!

white chocolate bark with strawberries

Strawberry Chocolate Keto Cheesecake Bark It’s a decadent treat with less than 2g net carbs per serving!

bowl of keto cauliflower rice with herbs

Cauliflower Rice (Keto Rice) Cauliflower rice is a great low-carb substitute, with only 2g net carbs per serving!

slice of keto taco pie

Keto Taco Pie Ditch the chips and dig into this delicious and filling Keto Taco Pie! All the good stuff and only 4g net carbs per serving!

mocha swirl fat bombs

Keto Chocolate Coffee Fat Bombs Made with real espresso and lots of good fats, these keto chocolate coffee fat bombs are delicious fuel to keep your body in fat-burning mode!

fat bombs coated in cinnamon

Keto Churro Fat Bombs w/ Cinnamon Cheesecake Filling Crispy cinnamon sugar coating wrapped around a smooth cheesecake filling — they’re a delicious way to get the good fats your body needs to stay in ketosis!

bowl of fried keto rice

10 Minute Keto Cauliflower Fried Rice Fluffy and flavorful, it only takes 10-15 minutes to make!

keto fudge squares on wire rack

Easy Keto Fudge Only 3 ingredients and takes just minutes to make — this low-carb chocolate fudge recipe is a quick and easy way to crush those cravings!

chocolate chip cookie skillet

Keto Skillet Cookie A warm, buttery cookie filled with chocolate chips, it’s a real treat, but you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging!

stack of thin pancakes with fresh blueberry syrup

Keto Blueberry Pancakes Easy almond flour pancakes topped with a low-carb fresh blueberry syrup — tastes like a diner-style treat, but way better for you!

pesto mashed cauliflower "potatoes"

Keto Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Only 4 simple ingredients! They’re rich, creamy, and flavorful and take just minutes to make!

sliced low carb sandwich bread

Keto Bread This is the best low-carb version of white sandwich bread we’ve ever tried — it totally beats those expensive, crumbly store-bought breads!

ground beef goulash without noodles

Keto Goulash This Hungarian-inspired beef stew recipe is full of rich traditional flavors and is family-friendly!

Keto Broccoli Salad Sweet, crispy, and full of fresh veggies. Tastes just like the cookout classic, but THIS Keto Broccoli Salad contains no added sugar and only 2g net carbs!

lettuce cups with ground chicken

PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps This spot-on copycat recipe is keto-friendly and ready in only 20 minutes!

creamy roasted red pepper soup

Roasted Red Pepper Soup This rich and flavorful Keto Roasted Red Pepper Soup is a delicious blend of sweet red peppers, onions, garlic, and spices! 

chocolate covered keto ice cream bites

2 Ingredient Keto Ice Cream Bites Cool in both looks and temperature, these Keto Ice Cream Bites are a great bite-size dessert that’s still keto-friendly!

low carb bagel on wire baking rack

Easy Keto Bagel These perfectly chewy Keto Bagels are delicious enough to enjoy on their own, or to make a savory Keto Bagel Breakfast Sandwich!

Keto Crack Dip Dip it, spread it, or just eat it with a spoon, Keto Crack Dip is THAT good! And with only 1 gram net carbs per serving, it’s guilt-free!

lemon pepper seasoned chicken wings

Crispy Baked Lemon Pepper Wings Perfectly crispy on the outside, these baked Keto Lemon Pepper Wings rival any you’d find in a restaurant!

meatballs coated in buffalo sauce

Keto Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Easy, delicious, and less than 1g net carbs per serving!

vanilla latte in clear mug

Keto Vanilla Latte This low-carb latte is so rich and creamy that it tastes like a decadent coffee shop drink, but there are less than 1g net carbs in each cup!

close up of peanut butter cookies

Keto Peanut Butter Cookies All you need are 3 simple ingredients to bake this easy low-carb treat! Only 2g net carbs per cookie!

white chicken chili in bowl

Keto White Chicken Chili This healthy low-carb white chicken chili is also packed with immunity-boosting vitamins and minerals.

scooping out a bite of chocolate mug cake

Keto Chocolate Mug Cake This is one of my go-to low-carb desserts because you only need a few simple ingredients, it’s quick and easy to make, and it’s delicious!

keto chocolate chaffle with chocolate chips

Keto Chocolate Chaffle This decadent Keto Chocolate Chaffle Recipe satisfies both chocolate and comfort food cravings at once!

whipped hot chocolate in mason jars

Keto Whipped Hot Chocolate Smooth, rich, and velvety — this keto whipped hot chocolate is a decadent-tasting treat that’s surprisingly guilt-free!

zucchini boats stuffed with marinara and cheese

Keto Zucchini Boats Our Stuffed Keto Zucchini Boats are quick, easy, and delicious! 

chocolate cookies with chocolate chips

Healthy Avocado Chocolate Cookies These avocado chocolate cookies are unbelievably rich and fudge-y and only about 115 calories each!

cheesy enchilada dip and Instant Pot

Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Dip This quick and easy Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Dip is the perfect keto-friendly game day dip and low carb Tex-Mex appetizer!

pad thai made with spaghetti squash

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai This easy Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai is so flavorful and delicious that you’d almost swear it’s the real thing!

egg omelette cooked in a mug

Keto Microwave Omelette In A Mug This easy Keto Microwave Omelette in a Mug is ready in 2 minutes and is only 3g net carbs!

Bring restaurant-style salad home with this Keto Wedge Salad, guaranteed to take your salad to the next level!

Keto Wedge Salad w/ Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing Crisp lettuce, savory bacon, and creamy homemade blue cheese dressing make this Keto Wedge Salad a restaurant-worthy dish. Even better, it’s low carb and easy to make at home!

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