Inexpensive Side Dishes Perfect for Thanksgiving

15 Inexpensive Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

Are you looking for inexpensive side dishes for Thanksgiving? I realized I needed side dish ideas while reading a Thanksgiving book to my children.

We were reading the story of Squanto. My kids and I do research and learn about the pilgrim’s journey to America every year during the month of November. 

What fascinated me was the story of the First Thanksgiving. I had never read the approximate numbers of how many people gathered at that first celebratory meal. 

According to our reading, there were all the pilgrims, Squanto, and 90 Native Americans from tribes in the area. To top it off, they ate and celebrated for three days.

Can you imagine the amount of food they required for such a celebration? Maybe you won’t be feasting for three days and most of us won’t have 100+ guests at our table.

However, if you’re looking for a way to feed a crowd on a budget I’ve got you covered. Here are great options for inexpensive side dishes to feed your loved ones this Thanksgiving without breaking the bank:

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1. Slow Cooker Cheesy Ranch Potatoes Are One of Our Favorite Inexpensive Side Dishes

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If you’re a meat-and-potatoes type person, you’ll love this recipe. It has cooked potatoes, bacon, ranch flavoring, and amazingly melted cheese.

To top it off, this side dish is even easier because it can be made in the slow cooker. On a busy day with a million irons in the fire, toss these ingredients in the crockpot and walk away. 

2. Pumpkin Deviled Eggs is Another Favorite of Our Inexpensive Side Dishes

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Oh, shut the front door! This recipe reminds you that just because you’re trying to be frugal doesn’t mean you can’t be cute.

If you have a love for deviled eggs, you already know they’re cheap to make. Incorporate a few extra steps to transform your deviled eggs into pumpkins.

Need to learn how to peel hard boiled eggs? Let this video help!

3. Inexpensive Side Dishes Must Include These Parmesan Garlic Noodles 

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Don’t ever let anybody tell you that plain noodles with a few seasonings isn’t a side dish. This post just blew that argument out of the water.

You can serve up a side of pasta that has been dressed delicately in butter, cheese, and seasonings. Butter and carbs— a favorite combo in many families.

4. Easy Corn Casserole

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Do you love corn pudding? This recipe is similar with a slight difference in texture. It still includes whole kernel and cream corn.

Yet, you get a different texture because Jiffy cornbread mix is added along with a few dollops of sour cream. This recipe doesn’t cost a bundle, but it sure brings the flavor to your Thanksgiving meal.

5. Loaded Twice Baked Potato Casserole Must Make the List of Inexpensive Side Dishes

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Everyone loves potatoes. They’re tasty, cheap, and easy to transform into a bundle of different dishes. 

When you’re creating a Thanksgiving meal on a budget, reach for this loaded baked potato casserole. Your guests will love the layer of flavors. 

6. Maple Bacon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Sweet potatoes are one of those dishes that you either love or your hate. I hated them for years but recently, I’ve grown to enjoy them.

If you’re riding the fence, consider making this mashed sweet potato dish. It’s coated in maple flavor with crispy, salty bacon. It’s a flavor combo which is hard to resist.

7. Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese Is One of the Traditional Inexpensive Side Dishes

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You can’t have a holiday meal without including macaroni and cheese. It’s a fan-favorite. Plus, it’s inexpensive to make.

If you have pasta, milk, cheese, salt, pepper, and sour cream you can make this amazing dish. Your guests will be glad you did!

8. Roasted Honey Cinnamon Butternut Squash

Thanksgiving can be a difficult day between the expense and the amount of time needed to prepare such a vast meal.

Instead of making difficult and time-consuming dishes, consider roasting vegetables. This recipe will show you how to effortlessly roast butternut squash and add amazing flavors to your meal.

9. Cheesy Ritz Cracker Corn

Would you like to include vegetables at your Thanksgiving, but you also want them to taste amazingly good with cheese oozing from each bite?

Ritz Cracker Corn could be what you’ve been searching for. It all starts with frozen corn, but it ends with cheese, Ritz crackers, cream, and salt & pepper to taste.

10. Honey Roasted Carrots

Okay, I can’t give you inexpensive Thanksgiving side dishes without adding a few healthy vegetables in the mix.

These roasted carrots are easily prepared in the oven. They caramelize and create a sweet tasting dish you don’t have to feel guilty going back for seconds over. 

11. Funeral Potatoes

This recipe may seem a little morbid for the most thankful day of the year, but they’re too good not to share.

Funeral Potatoes are a mixture of frozen hash browns, butter, cream of chicken soup, cheese, salt, pepper, onion, and cornflakes. Yep, not much healthy there, but it sure is good!

12. Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

We’ve already discussed how potatoes are a great option for a frugal Thanksgiving. They’re inexpensive and can be transformed into a variety of dishes.

If you love mashed potatoes but want to make them extra creamy, consider adding creamed cheese to the mixture. It gives the recipe a flavor boost and smoother texture.

13. Creamy Cheesy Cabbage Casserole

I promised you cheap recipes, and I’m trying my darndest to deliver. You don’t get much cheaper than eating cabbage.

The problem is, not everyone is a fan of cabbage. This casserole could change your mind. It contains cheese, Ritz crackers, and cream of mushroom soup. Cabbage casserole could become your new favorite side dish.

14. Mama’s Cornbread Dressing

You want to talk about what’s not cheap at Thanksgiving…buying stuffing out of a box. Even if the boxes are on sale, you need a blue million to feed everybody.

Instead, reach for this recipe where stuffing mix, cornbread, and broth are brought together to make a family-sized portion of dressing.

15. Easy Crockpot Fried Apples

The less you have to actually cook on Thanksgiving, the better off you’ll be. These fried apples are not only delicious, but they come together in the crockpot.

If your family is anything like mine and love the sweet fall taste of fried apples, they’ll be thrilled you found this easy recipe in time for the holidays.

These inexpensive side dishes should help you round out your frugal Thanksgiving. They’re easy-to-make and easy on your wallet too.

Happy Thanksgiving from our crew to yours! 

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