Mince is the go-to for family dinners for many families around Australia. It’s budget-friendly, and versatile. The options of meals you can make with mince are endless!

What’s for dinner? We hear this question so often, and it can be exhausting. The best way to beat the dinnertime blues if to have a bunch of recipes up your sleeves, and mince in the freezer. You can pull it out and turn it into a delicious dinner in no time.

Most of the recipes below us beef mince, but you can always switch it out for whatever mince you have on hand. Chicken mince is versatile and picks up flavours really well, especially if you’re cooking an Asian-inspired dish. Lamb is fattier, generally, and packed with flavour.


1. Cheesy Spinach, Mushroom and Mince Bake Recipe

All the best recipes are ones that Grandma used to make, and this one is just that. MoM Member Mel shares this recipe for cheesy mince bake that is super budget-friendly. Mel adds, “You could substitute the beef mince for lamb or chicken, if you prefer.”

2. Ikea Meatballs Recipe

Ikea is famous for their delicious meatballs, and now you can make them at home. Made with a mix of beef and pork mince (you can make with just beef mince if that’s what you have). They’re sure to be a firm family favourite.

3. Chicken Meatballs with Chilli Recipe

Chicken mince makes for a really light dinner, and they take on whatever flavour you add to them. This one is for the more adventurous eaters, and also one that adults will love.

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4. Traditional Beef Lasagne Recipe

Have you ever made a lasagne from scratch? You can really taste the deliciousness and the love that’s put into it. This traditional beef lasagne will be requested over and over again after one try. You’ve been warned!

5. Healthy Kid-Friendly Meatballs Recipe

With just six ingredients, this simple meatball recipe is one that you can make with ease, and will be on high rotation for dinners for your family.

6. Easy Savoury Mince Recipe

Our MoM Member who shared this easy savoury mince recipe suggests that this is a great base to other recipes, “Serve with polenta, as a base for shepherd’s pie, in baked potatoes or on its own! A great way to get veggies into the kids, my son loves this!”

7. Barmi Mince with Flat Noodles Recipe

This tasty twist on a standard savoury mince will have the family slurping up their mince-y noodles with glee. With loads of vegetables, bacon and flat noodles, Barmi Mince is a delicious meal for the whole family.

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8. Easy San Choy Bow Recipe

Our MoM Member has shared this recipe that she promises everyone will love, “These mouthwatering bites are sweet and savoury, tangy, fresh, zesty and crunchy – all at once!” San Choy Bow is traditionally mince in lettuce cups. This recipe is a total winner!

9. Magic Mince Recipe

Buy mince in bulk and cook up a few batches of this delicious recipe. It makes a great bolognese, pasta bake, lasagne and even toppings for baked potatoes.

10. Indian Spiced Chicken Mince with Beans

This Indian Spiced Chicken recipe packs a punch of flavour, and will quickly become a favourite among the adults. Throw it in the slow cooker for a delicious dinner.

11. Asian Beef Mince with Rice

Our member Blondie, has shared her family favourite recipe with us. She says, “A super quick and easy asian dish to create when in a hurry!” Serve with rice for a filling meal.

12. Mince Pizza Recipe

This is a super quick and easy dinner idea, and your family can make changes to suit what flavours they like! Want loads of gooey cheese? Throw it on top. If you haven’t tried mince pizza, now is the time!

13. Chilli Dogs Recipe

If your family wants to switch up taco night, this is a great way to do it. Chilli dogs are a fun way to switch up taco mince with the same delicious flavours.

What’s your favourite recipe using mince? We’d love to try it!

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  • Oh I must try the IKEA meatball recipe. I love cooking with mince, it’s such an economical choice and usually results in leftovers to freeze for when I’m in a pinch in the future.


  • Love that mince is so versatile


  • I love a good, easy mince recipe!


  • Some really fantastic suggestions. I am going to try a few of these. They look tasty.


  • These are all great ideas for using mince! So versatile


  • Love the variety of mince recipes


  • I will be trying a few of these out very soon. Thanks for sharing them with us all.


  • Handy recipes here. Mince is one meat that all my kids will eat without an issue so I use it all the time.


  • Mince certainly makes the budget stretch further. Thanks for these ideas


  • Mince is a good meat for the family budget and limitless recipe options.


  • Some really great meals here for the entire family


  • We love mince and use it so often in our cooking. Our NO. 1 is definitely Spag Bol, followed by Taco Tuesday (or Taco Bowls), then Lasagne. Made a savoury mince recently to clear out the veggie tray in the fridge. I love how versatile it is.


  • Mince is NOT cheap – but if you mix it with 50% tender red lentils, it is. It is also healthier and impossible to tell.


  • Mince is cheap and so versatile!


  • Lol we literally got out some mince tonight and debated what to make for ages! I wish I read this sooner so many good ideas! – we settled on pasta sauce but it was a little mundane.


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