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Affordable Carnivore\Low Carb Delights: 20 Recipes under $20 a Day

Welcome to the world of budget-friendly Carnivore\Low Carb cooking! Contrary to popular belief, eating differently than everyone going on a diet doesn't have to strain your wallet. With a little creativity and smart shopping, you can whip up delicious meat-based dishes without breaking the bank. In this article, we'll explore 20 easy recipes that are not only affordable but also incredibly satisfying. Whether you're a carnivore novice or a seasoned Low Carber, these recipes will inspire your culinary journey without denting your budget. FYI, in my house, I am mostly Carnivore 90% of the time, but my wife is mostly a low carb keto kinda gal. You have to find balance. YOU DO YOU.

Stocking Your Low Carb and Carnivore Kitchen

Essential Ingredients

Building a carnivore-friendly pantry is the first step towards culinary success. Here's a list of essential ingredients to keep on hand:

  • Quality cuts of meat (beef, pork, chicken, lamb)

  • Eggs

  • Salt

  • Butter or ghee

  • Beef tallow or lard

  • Spices (optional)

Strategic Meal Planning

Effective meal planning is key to maximizing your carnivore budget. Here are some tips for planning your meals:

  1. Batch Cooking: Prepare large batches of meat at once to save time and energy.

  2. Portion Control: Divide cooked meats into individual servings for easy meal prep and portion control.

  3. Leftover Utilization: Repurpose leftover meats into new dishes to minimize waste and maximize savings.

  4. Low Carb Friendly for Keto folks, or People who want some veggies.

  5. Dieting should be flexible, not a dogma.

  6. Do what works for you.

20 Easy Carnivore Recipes under $20 a Day

1. Beef Burger Patties

Create delicious beef burger patties seasoned to perfection. Form ground beef into patties and cook on a skillet or grill until golden brown. (top with cheese for a flying dutchman)

2. Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Thighs

Wrap chicken thighs in crispy bacon for a flavorful twist. Bake until the bacon is crispy and the chicken is cooked through.

3. Ribeye Steak

Savor the rich flavor of ribeye steak, seared to perfection in a hot skillet. Season with salt and pepper for a simple yet satisfying meal.

4. Pork Chops

Indulge in tender pork chops seasoned with your favorite spices. Pan-fry or grill until golden brown and cooked to perfection.

5. Meatloaf

Enjoy a comforting slice of meatloaf made with ground beef, eggs, and spices. Bake until golden brown and serve with a dollop of butter.

6. Sausage and Eggs

Start your day with a hearty breakfast of sausage and eggs. Fry sausage links until golden brown and pair with scrambled or fried eggs.

7. Beef Stir-Fry

Whip up a quick and flavorful beef stir-fry with thinly sliced beef and low-carb vegetables. Cook in a hot skillet with butter or beef tallow until tender.

8. Chicken Drumsticks

Enjoy crispy chicken drumsticks baked until golden brown and juicy. Season with salt and pepper for a simple yet satisfying meal.

9. Ground Beef Skillet

Create a delicious one-pan meal with ground beef, some butter. For a (Low Carb Option) add onions, and bell peppers. Cook until the beef is browned and the vegetables are tender.

10. Bacon and Eggs

Start your day with a classic breakfast of bacon and eggs. Fry bacon until crispy and pair with sunny-side-up or scrambled eggs.

11. Beef Liver Pâté

Indulge in a nutrient-rich spread of beef liver pâté. Blend cooked beef liver with butter and spices until smooth and creamy. For a (Low Carb option) Serve with cucumber slices or celery sticks.

12. Beef Bone Broth

Simmer beef bones in water with salt and spices to create a nourishing bone broth. Enjoy as a warm drink or use as a base for soups and stews.

13. Pork Ribs

Satisfy your carnivorous cravings with tender pork ribs. Slow-cook until the meat is fall-off-the-bone tender. Brush with low-carb barbecue sauce for extra flavor.

14. Chicken Wings

Delight in crispy chicken wings baked until golden brown and crispy. Season with salt and pepper for a finger-licking good meal.

15. Beef Skewers

Marinate beef chunks in your favorite spices and grill until charred and tender. Serve with a side of butter for a satisfying meal.

16. Lamb Chops

Indulge in succulent lamb chops seasoned with garlic and rosemary. Pan-sear until golden brown and serve with a side of sautéed spinach.

17. (Low Carb) Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

Wrap fresh asparagus spears in crispy bacon and bake until tender. Drizzle with melted butter for a deliciously decadent side dish.

18. (Low Carb) Chicken Caesar Salad

Toss grilled chicken strips with crisp romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese, and Caesar dressing for a refreshing salad option.

19. (Low Carb) Beef Casserole

Combine ground beef with diced vegetables and bake until bubbly and golden brown. Top with melted cheese for a comforting carnivore casserole.

20. Egg Salad

Mix hard-boiled eggs with mayonnaise and mustard for a simple and satisfying egg salad. Enjoy on its own or stuffed into lettuce wraps for a low-carb meal option.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

  • Are carnivore diets affordable? Yes, carnivore diets can be budget-friendly with careful planning and smart shopping. By focusing on affordable cuts of meat and utilizing leftovers, you can enjoy carnivore meals without breaking the bank.

  • What are some budget-friendly carnivore meal ideas? Budget-friendly carnivore meal ideas include beef burger patties, bacon-wrapped chicken thighs, sausage and eggs, and beef stir-fry. These recipes are delicious, satisfying, and easy on the wallet.

  • Can I save money on carnivore groceries? To save money on carnivore groceries, look for sales, buy in bulk, and prioritize affordable cuts of meat. Additionally, consider buying frozen meats and utilizing leftovers to minimize waste.

  • Is it possible to follow a carnivore diet on a tight budget? Absolutely! With strategic planning and savvy shopping, you can follow a carnivore diet on a tight budget. Look for affordable cuts of meat, buy in bulk, and utilize leftovers creatively.

  • Are there any affordable sources of grass-fed meat? Yes, there are affordable sources of grass-fed meat available. Look for local farms or online retailers that offer bulk discounts or subscription services for grass-fed meat.


Eating carnivore on a budget is not only achievable but also incredibly satisfying. With a little creativity and strategic planning, you can enjoy a wide variety of delicious meat-based dishes without overspending. Experiment with different recipes, embrace leftovers, and savor the simplicity of carnivore cooking on a budget.


Here are some sources for the information provided in the article:

  1. USDA Food Price Database: This database provides information on the average prices of various food items, including meats, which can help in estimating the cost of ingredients for carnivore recipes. Link

  2. Budget Bytes: A popular food blog known for its budget-friendly recipes. It offers a wide range of inexpensive meal ideas, including meat-based dishes. Link

  3. This health and wellness website often features articles on budget-friendly eating and provides tips for cooking affordable meals. Link

  4. Carnivore Aurelius: A website dedicated to the carnivore diet lifestyle, which includes recipes, meal plans, and budget-friendly tips. Link

  5. Eat This Much: A meal planning website that allows users to input their budget and dietary preferences to generate meal plans. Link

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