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For things like sloppy joes and tacos that can use a lot of meat we mix cooked rice/meat 50/50 to make it stretch further.
Chicken noodle soup (homemade not canned), hamburger stew (like beef stew but using hamburger instead of stew meat), Beef & noodles (wide egg noodles, hamburger, and beef gravy mix), Potatoes and hamburger gravy, We made chicken spaghetti often because the chicken is cheaper than gr beef, rice a roni type meal with chicken or beef (I mix up the dry ingredients ahead of time so it is like the box mix only much cheaper. I try to keep cooked diced chicken in the freezer so it is easy to put this meal together quickly)
I have found a lot of recipes we use on moneysavingmom.com and hillbillyhousewife.com
Ruth - Wife to Scott - Mommy to 5 amazing kids. #6 due June 2015
Tonight I ended up making sloppy joes. It's funny you mentioned using rice too. I usually do 1/2 hamburger meat and 1/2 black beans, but I had some pinto beans and rice left over from dinner last night so the sloppy joes ended up being 1/2 hamburger meat, 1/4 pinto beans and 1/4 rice. We also added cheese. It was good!
On top of some of what was already said a great way to make a meal go further is biscuits and breads. I make biscuits a lot, really simple and pretty fool proof. For tacos I add diced potatoes, it's more filling then rice and makes the ground beef go a lot further. Sometimes I even make potato tacos, just season them with some taco seasoning and they are amazing. Enchilada soup, classic twist on chicken noodle, add a can of enchilada sauce, serve with crushed tortilla chips (or make your own) and top with a little cheese. Breakfast for dinner, nothin' wrong with pancakes, actually it's the only time I get them because I am not breakfast eater.
I make this odd thing but it taste amazing and happened one night cause my cupboards were bare and it's all I had. I had those multi-colored noodles, some tuna (you can leave this out) some real bacon bits from salads we had a few night before, parmesean and garlic mixed it all together with a little oil to help it hold together and it has now become a favorite.
I'm sure there is more but that is what is coming to mind at the moment.