3 Ingredient Recipes

Whether your pantry is looking empty, or you just need something simple, these 3 Ingredient Recipes will surely come in handy! This collection contains simple recipes for breakfast, dinner, side dishes, and treats.

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“Mom, I’m hungry” 

“What’s for dinner?”

“Can I have a snack?”

“What are we having for lunch?” 

These are phrases that happen ALL DAY LONG and can drive even the most seasoned parent bonkers. Even worse is when you go to the pantry and find there is not a lot in there. Take a deep breath, because we have got you covered! These easy recipes only have 3 ingredients or less, saving you time and sanity!!

This collection doesn’t just contain simple recipes for dinner, but breakfast, side dishes, and desserts as well!

Close up of 3 ingredient grape jelly meatballs

Why we love 3 ingredient recipes

With only 1-3 ingredients, even those with bare cupboards should be able to scrounge up enough items to whip up something delicious!

Many of these recipes also store well. Often I will double the recipe just so I can put the extra in the freezer to have on hand for another day. 

Another aspect that I like about these recipes is how different seasonings and cooking methods can change even the most basic of ingredients into a completely different dish; for example, a simple potato can be baked, fried, roasted or mashed. 

Shredded meats, like beef chicken or pork, are other great basic/versatile ingredients. If you make shredded meat, you can use some of it in tacos, add it to a soup or casserole, mix it with BBQ sauce to put on a bun, and more. 

Note: See the individual posts for more storage information as well as other recipe tips.

Also, I do want to note that in some recipes there may be more than 3 ingredients listed. Either the extra ingredients are optional and are not required in making a completed dish, or they are kitchen staples like salt and oil. 

Look at all the supplies you have on hand and be creative. I think you’ll be surprised at how many options you have with just a few ingredients.  

3 Ingredient Breakfast Recipes

3 Ingredient Breakfast Recipes

Eggs and potatoes are great breakfast staples to have on hand for recipes like this. You’d be surprised by how many ways you can do an egg, just by the way you cook it or the way you dress it up by pairing it with seasonings or other ingredients!

Check out some of our favorite breakfast recipes that only need 3 ingredients:

Crescent Roll Sausage Bake Recipe
Crescent Roll Sausage Bake - only 3 ingredients!! It has a crispy crescent outer layer filled with your favorite sausage and cream cheese. It's the perfect breakfast recipe!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Hash Brown Recipe
A breakfast just isn't complete without a delicious side of golden hash browns! Never made them? Read this post for the easy how-to!
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Breakfast Potatoes Recipe
Hot and steamy potatoes, seasoned with a handful of simple seasonings, and baked to crispy perfection!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Toad in the Hole Recipe
Toasted bread with an egg cooked into the middle - This Toad in the hole recipe is a breakfast classic that is simple and perfect for any morning.
5 from 6 votes
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Scrambled Eggs Recipe
Easy and delicious scrambled eggs never go out of style! This recipe is fluffy, filling, and flavorful and perfect for breakfast or fillers in breakfast tacos and burritos!
Total Time: 9 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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3 Ingredient Dinner Recipes

3 Ingredient dinner Recipes

I know it sounds unbelievable, but it IS possible to prepare a dinner with only 3 items (give or take a few pantry staples like oil or seasoning).

Every single one of these recipes is substantial enough that it will fill your family’s bellies, and they taste great too! Be sure to let us know any other meals you love to make that only take a few ingredients so we can give them a go!

Baked Ravioli Recipe
Easy Cheesy Baked Ravioli - a quick, simple and delicious dinner recipe that the whole family loves! It's so cheesy and so tasty!
Total Time: 21 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Kalua Pork Recipe
This Slow Cooker Kalua Pork is a classic Hawaiian favorite made easily in your slow cooker with just a few ingredients. Eat it on it's own, or in tacos or sliders.
Total Time: 9 hours 5 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Hot Dog Nuggets Recipe
Hot Dog Nuggets - it's the family's new favorite recipe! It's simple, delicious and is perfect for lunch, dinner or even a party!
Total Time: 18 minutes
4.7 from 13 votes
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Grape Jelly Meatball Recipe
Delicious 3-ingredient Grape Jelly Meatballs. They take just minutes to prep and are the perfect dinner or appetizer for any party or get together.
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Tostada Recipe
Open face tostadas topped with all of your favorite Mexican ingredients! These tasty tostadas are a frequent meal in this house!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Chicken Taco Recipe
Delicious restaurant-style Chicken Tacos that are fried and perfect for any Mexican Meal.
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.94 from 15 votes
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Pulled Pork Recipe
This Delicious and Easy Pulled Pork Recipe is one that is made in the slow cooker and takes just minutes to prep. Use the pork for any recipe, including Pulled Pork sandwiches, and you'll love just how simple and tasty it is.
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
4.92 from 12 votes
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3 Ingredient Side Dish Recipes

3 Ingredient Side Dish Recipes

I’ve already mentioned it before, but potatoes are a great staple to have on hand! Especially for side dishes.

There are a few different sides in this list made from potatoes, and they don’t require more than a little oil and some salt. In fact, most of these side dishes are made from vegetables with the addition of oil and a little seasoning. Super simple!

Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Recipe
Delicious and Healthy Baked Parmesan Zucchini. These spears are crusted in Parmesan cheese and baked to perfection, making them a great side dish for any meal. 
Total Time: 16 minutes
4.86 from 7 votes
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Caramelized Brussel Sprouts Recipe
Fabulously sweet and a little crispy, these caramelized Brussel sprouts are one of our favorite side dishes! Even your pickiest eater will enjoy this recipe.
5 from 8 votes
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Crock Pot Baked Potatoes Recipe
The crock pot takes all the guess work out of baked potatoes. Simply prep and wrap your potatoes, throw them in the crock pot, and they come out perfectly ready to be topped with all your favorite fixings!
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Roasted Brussel Sprouts Recipe
Oven roasted brussel sprouts have a perfectly crispy outside, and a melt-in-your-mouth center. With only 5 minutes of prep time, you'll want to make this delicious and healthy side dish every night!
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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Deviled Egg Recipe
Nothing better than a smooth deviled egg appetizer! You'll be surprised with how easy these are to make. Tons of flavor, super delicious and perfect for parties and holidays.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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Roasted Red Potatoes Recipe
Oven roasted red potatoes are the perfect addition to any dinner! This crispy, seasoned side dish will add flavor and color to your meal.
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Roasted Green Beans Recipe
Roasted Green Beans are the easiest and most delicious healthy side dish that goes perfect with any dinner. Plus, they're quick and great for holiday meals too.
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Baked Potato Recipe
With crispy, seasoned skin, a tender inside, and all the best toppings - baked potatoes are a reliable dinner choice, and great for feeding a crowd!
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Hard Boiled Eggs
How to boil the perfect egg - this simple tutorial shows you how to get the perfect hard boiled eggs that are easy to peel and have no gray rings!
Total Time: 11 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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3 Ingredient Treat Recipes

3 Ingredient Treat Recipes

Even if your pantry is looking a little bare, that doesn’t mean you should have to go without a treat!

Here are a few of our favorite desserts that pride themselves on using just 3 ingredients. And believe me, they really do taste good despite their simplicity!!

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
Quick, easy and delicious 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies. They take just minutes to throw together and are so easy the kids can make them!
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.93 from 13 votes
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Easy Shortbread Cookie Recipe
These easy Shortbread Cookies only have three ingredients, and require just a few minutes of prep time. You will love how they melt in your mouth!
Total Time: 48 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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A bowl of Oreo truffles coated in chocolate.
Oreo Truffles Recipe
These easy Oreo Truffles - AKA Oreo Cheesecake Balls - are a delicious, no-bake treat. With only 3 ingredients - they're perfect for any occasion!
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe
Frozen Hot Chocolate only takes 3 ingredients and a few minutes to make! Top it off with whipped cream and chocolate curls for a real treat.
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.82 from 11 votes
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Peach Dump Cake Recipe
Quick, simple and tasty Peach Dump Cake is always a hit. This cake mix based treat is filled with peaches and butter and is the perfect dessert to make when you don't have much time to prep but want a warm, delicious cake. 
Total Time: 55 minutes
4.9 from 28 votes
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Applesauce Recipe
Homemade Applesauce with no sugar added that is delicious and simple. Make it chunky or smooth, but it's a guaranteed hit with the entire family.
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Funfetti Cookies recipe
These Funfetti Cookies are quick, simple and a kid-favorite! They are made using funfetti cake mix and can be topped with canned frosting or homemade frosting along with every kids' favorite - SPRINKLES!
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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