Keto on a budget

Are you looking to try the keto diet, but are on a budget? Sure, it may sound difficult to eat keto on a budget, but it is possible.

It is reported that 39.6 adult Americans are overweight and the obesity rate has increased in the last ten years (source Jama Network). This staggering number represents just how important it is to eat healthily.

And what better way to eat healthily, then to follow a low-carb diet.  I know several people who have lost weight using the keto diet and improved their overall health including cholesterol and sugar levels. Yet, I am all about saving you money so I found some amazing recipes from some out-of-this-world bloggers that will help you save money and eat well, even though you are dieting.

Frugal Keto

Keto is known for being a pricier diet. People think, meat and cheese, which can take up a huge portion of your food bill. However, there are WAY more options than just meat and cheese and you can eat well on the keto diet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner without sacrificing taste thanks to the recipes below.

Maybe you are already on the keto diet. Whatever the case, below you will find 35 amazing breakfast ideas, lunch ideas, and dinner ideas that will leave you full and satisfied.Yes, you can have your frugal keto diet, and it too!

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Keto on a budget – Enjoy Cheap keto meals

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What is the keto diet?

The ketogenic diet -or keto for short – is a low carb,high-fat diet similar to the popular Atkins or low carb diets. Basically, you are drastically replacing carbohydrates with fats.

Keto gets its popular name because of the state of your body after replacing carbs with fat, you are essentially putting your body in a metabolic state of ketosis.

In fact, several studies have shown the keto diet to benefit health and help with weight loss. Check out this post from Healthline explaining 23 different studies on the keto diet and how the health benefits:

23 Studies on Low-Carb and Low-Fat Diets

What can I eat on the keto diet?

There are many foods you can eat on the keto diet including fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats, fish, and cheeses. Even if you love baked goods, you still have options like the muffins listed below. You just bake them with a different type of flour.

The bottom line is, you can still eat most of your favorite foods, as long as you follow a keto recipe and you can find cheap keto meals to help improve your health and your budget too.

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Keto Cheat Sheet – On a Budget

Can I eat keto on a budget with cheap keto meals?

Many think the keto diet is expensive, however, this doesn’t have to be the case. You can save money on pretty much anything, including the keto diet. If you are on a budget but still want to try the keto diet, the meals listed below are a fabulous way to start.

I find the food bill is one of the easiest bills lower.  With some careful planning, you can save money on your keto grocery bill this week.

What is frugal keto?

If you have tried keto before, you know it can be expensive. Frugal keto means you want to eat a low carbohydrate diet, but now spend a lot of money. In fact, if you are buying prepackaged keto food including pancake mix, fat bombs, keto bread, or keto treats your grocery bill probably has gone up. Yet, if you try to make y our own keto food, you can use frugal keto and save a ton of money.

Tips for saving money on food:

  • Stick to a list to avoid over-spending
  • Create a meal plan to avoid throwing extras in your cart
  • Use coupon apps such as Ibotta (my favorite)
  • Use digital food coupons (such as
  • Follow coupon sites (like The Krazy Coupon Lady)
  • Use what you have on-hand first and then buy more

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35 cheap keto meals for your keto budget meal plan

Cheap keto breakfasts

Easy Keto Pancake Recipe

easy keto pancake recipe

By Simple Yummy Keto

Pancakes with no carbs? Yes, please!

Flax Seed Muffins

Flax Seed Muffins


By Keen for Keto

Start your day off right with flax seed and low carbs. Your body will thank you!

Bacon and Egg Cups

Bacon And Egg Cups

By Dancing Through the Rain

Who knew a keto breakfast could be so easy to make?

Keto Breakfast Pizza

keto breakfast pizza

By Easy Keto Dishes

I will eat pizza for literally any meal so keto pizza for breakfast is a real treat!

German Pancake

Looking for a keto German pancake recipe? These keto German pancakes are spongy and light like a regular puffed oven pancake, but with a healthy, low carb twist! Try this ketogenic Dutch baby recipe today! #ketopuffedpancake

By Keen for Keto

These German Pancakes are to die for and healthy to boot!

Simple Egg and Cheese Quiche

egg and cheese quiche recipe out of the oven

By Simple Easy Keto

Enjoy this yummy budget keto quiche! So easy to make to boot!


Cheap keto lunch ideas

Spiralized Chinese Egg Roll in a Bowl

Spiralized Chinese Egg Roll in a Bowl from

By Everyday Maven

Can I just say, YUM! Anyone can stick to the keto diet when they are eating food like this budget dish!

Bhindi Sabzi (5-Ingredient Okra Stir Fry)

bhindi sabzi in a bowl with naan on the side

By Indian Ambrosia

This looks oh so yummy and healthy too! I love the green colors and simple ingredients.

Spicy Keto Tuna Melt  Muffins

Spicy keto tuna melt muffins recipe. A delicious keto snack that is low carb with lots of protein and fat to keep you full. #ketorecipes #ketosnack #ketodiet

By On and Off Keto

These are yummy and low-mess! Add a little spice to your keto diet! The best part is tuna is a low-cost food!

Greek Tuna Cakes

Greek Tuna Cakes

By Keen for Keto

I love tuna fish and this is the first tuna cake recipe I have tried. It is super and so carb friendly.

Zucchini Tots

EASY to make zucchini tots recipe that your family is going to love - even your picky toddler! These healthy nuggets are ready in less than 20 minutes total and are 136 calories a serving. Low carb and keto recipe! 

By Brooklyn Farm Girl

I used to love zucchini bread as a child! I have a feeling my kids would eat these up!

Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Soup

Chicken Fajita Soup made in the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker. A delicious and healthy soup with tender chicken, lots of veggies and spices.

By Piping Pot Curry

Not only does this look delicious since it is low carb, you will also stick to your keto diet.

Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Soup

Using a spoon to eat low carb unstuffed cabbage roll soup from a white bowl

By Savory Tooth

Cabbage is a healthy, low-cost food and it is carb-friendly! This soup picture says it all.

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers {low carb. keto}

homemade Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

By Homemade Interests

Wish all this yumminess, you will not even miss the bread!

Keto Egg Salad

keto / low carb egg salad

By Simple Yummy Keto

I absolutely LOVe egg salad and this recipe does not disappoint.

Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash Buffalo Chicken (low carb)

Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash Buffalo Chicken (Low Carb) - EL Cooked Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash on Platter with Garnish

By Taste and See

This looks and tastes amazing. You definitely do not sacrifice flavor in this low-carb recipe.

Easy Egg Roll In A Bowl

This Easy Egg Roll In A Bowl Recipe AKA Crack Slaw is perfect quick dinner to make!! Plus it's also keto and low carb as well.

By Cook Eat Go

One of my favorite parts of Chinese food is the egg roll, so why not eliminate the fatty roll and eat the yummy fillings?

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash with Butter and Parmesan – Keto, Low Carb, Vegetarian

Spaghetti Squash With Butter and Parmesan, vegetarian and low carb, delicious dinner dish #healthy #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #healthyeating #cooking #food #recipes #vegatarian #vegetarianrecipes #vegetables #ketodiet #ketorecipes #lowcarb #lowcarbdiet #lowcarbrecipes #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes #maindish #fall

By Mostly Low Carb Recipes

This keto egg salad is perfect for a low carb lunch and it is right up my alley! I love egg salad!

Cheap keto dinners

Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops

Bacon wrapped pork chops on a white plate next to rice

By Dancing Through the Rain

Anything with bacon and pork together is a win in my recipe book.

30 Minute Keto/THM S Cheesy Salsa Chicken With Cauli Rice

Cheesy Salsa Verde Chicken Plated

By Protect Your Pennies

This is filling and tasty.

Easy Dairy-Free Indian Butter Chicken


By Strenght and Sunshine

What a succulent dish!

Keto Breaded Pork Chops in the Air Fryer

Keto Breaded Pork Chops In The Air Fryer

By Recipe This 

The extra crunch gives your pork chops a zesty, mouth-watering yumminess!

Keto Sloppy Joes

By Easy Keto Dishes

This is a budget-friendly keto recipe even my kids would eat.

Cheese Taco Shells for a Low Carb Taco Night

Have a low carb taco night with these cheese taco shells made from baked cheddar cheese formed into the shape of a taco! Stuff your low carb taco with ground chorizo and ground beef cooked in Rotel and topped with diced avocado and sour cream.

By Homemade Interests

Cheesy tacos for Taco Tuesdays! What fun!

Instant Pot Meatloaf + Tutorial{Gluten-free, Keto, Low Carb}

instant pot meatloaf topped with tomato sauce next to a white bowl of sauce

By Recipes From a Pantry

Make it easy with your instant pot and enjoy!

Ground Chicken Crust Pizza (Low Carb, Gluten-Free, Weight Watchers Friendly)

If you're looking for a good keto pizza recipe, try this Ground Chicken Crust Pizza. It's low carb, gluten-free, and Weight Watchers friendly. Get the recipe at

By Drugstore Divas

I’ve tried a few cauliflower crust items and they were surprisingly good!

Easy and Delicious Chili – Paleo + Whole 30 + Keto

Cold winter days, having your friends over for game day, or a party-pleaser recipe to feed a crowd. Chili is always the go-to vat of comfort food. This chili recipe is delicious, super simple to make in your crock pot or slow cooker, and follows the Paleo, Whole30, and Keto protocols. Fall in love with this nutritious and healthy comfort food!

By Pink Fortitude

Chili is one of my favorite foods! It is great I can still eat this cheap meal on the keto diet!

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken | Strength and Sunshine @RebeccaGF666 Grab your slow cooker, it's time for a hot and spicy meal! Thrown together in seconds, but full of flavor, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, and with a secret to the creaminess; slow cooker buffalo chicken is the perfect weeknight dinner recipe!

By Strength and Sunshine

Keep it moist in the slow cooker and enjoy the smell of slow roasting chicken all day!

Shrimp Foil Packets With Zucchini {Keto, Low Carb, Paleo, Gluten-free}

horizontal shrimp foil packet image

By Recipes From a Pantry

Yay! A keto budget meal my kids will eat too! Fun and inviting.

Slimming World Chicken Balti Curry In the Slow Cooker

Slimming World Chicken Balti Curry In The Slow Cooker

By Recipe This

This plate looks amazing!

Easy Low Carb Keto Cheeseburger Casserole Recipe

Easy Low Carb Keto Cheeseburger Casserole Recipe - With common ingredients, this easy keto cheeseburger casserole recipe is a one-dish low carb dinner for the whole family. Check the tips & variations for the best skinny low carb cheeseburger casserole ever.

By  Wholesome Yum

Look at all that cheesy goodness!

Stuffed Bacon Jalapeno Cheddar Burger Bowl | Low Carb Bunless Burger

Bacon Jalapeno Cheddar Burger Bowl 2

By Mom’s Fabulous Finds

What a healthy alternative to a high-carb bun!

Gluten-Free Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

By Snack Rules

Melt in your mouth meatballs? Yes, please!

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs is so simple to make! You will enjoy this easy low carb crock pot spaghetti squash and meatballs dinner! We love this recipe! #spaghettisquash #slowcookerspaghettisquashmeatballs #crockpotspaghettisquashmeatballs #lowcarbslowcooker Low carb spaghetti squash and meatballs

By Simple Happy Foodie

This spaghetti squash looks amazing!

Keto Cauliflower Mexican Rice Recipe

keto Mexican cauliflower rice in bowl

By Smart Fun DIY

Cauliflower is such a low-carb, low-calorie food but soaks up so much flavor.

Keto on a budget conclusion

Eating keto can help you lose weight and be healthy, but it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune like many diet plans. Use the cheap keto meals above to help you save money while on the keto diet and shed debt as you shed weight. Use a meal plan and grocery list to help you save money on food and create a keto budget meal plan each week. After a month, repeat save and repeat your keto budget meal plan to keep it simple and easy.

Do you have a favorite cheap keto meal? Leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you.

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2 Comments on Keto On a Budget – 35 Delicious Cheap Keto Meals

  1. Hi Sarah – What a great roundup of keto recipes. PINNED! Thank you for including my chili recipe. My heart is full of gratitude. Hugs, Holly

    • You are so welcome, Holly! Thank you for the amazing recipe! I hope you found some other budget keto recipes you can use too! Take care and thanks for the visit!

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