There are so many tasty recipes out there, however many contain loads of ingredients which can make them quite difficult to make! You don’t need to compromise taste for simplicity though – you just need to know where to look.

Check out these twenty different recipes with 5 ingredients or less… So yummy, yet also so easy to make!

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

I’ll admit I was drooling when I came across this recipe – enchiladas are amazing, but these have just five ingredients! They’re so easy to make, plus you can add pretty much anything extra in that you like. A perfect recipe for a busy day!

Chicken enchilada casserole with 5 ingredients or less

Get the recipe from I Heart Naptime

Beef Taco Ring

This taco ring can work as either an appetiser or a full meal, and it looks so pretty… Almost too good to eat! The beef could easily be substituted for a different filling, and whatever you put in it makes for an easy and exciting dinner.

Beef taco ring

Get the recipe from Princess Pinky Girl

Bacon Pesto Pasta

Pesto is such a go-to ingredient in our household as there are loads of easy recipes you can make with it. This bacon pesto pasta is one of my favourites – just four ingredients in total, plus a gorgeous vegan version as well! (Vegan version contains more ingredients but is still so easy!)

Bacon pesto pasta

Get the recipe from Pages Places & Plates

Penne With Prosciutto & Parmesan Cream Sauce

I’ll never tire of Italian pasta dishes, which are so simple yet flavoursome. It’s one of my all-time favourite cuisines for that reason! This five-ingredient penne dish is served in classic Italian style, with minimal fuss yet gorgeous flavour.

Penne with prosciutto and parmesan cream sauce

Get the recipe from The Seasoned Mom

Chorizo Salmon

Salmon and chorizo are very different meats but work well together. This recipe from Weight Watchers is so healthy and simple, yet requires as little as four ingredients! Taking just 15 minutes to make, it’s the perfect weeknight meal.

Chorizo salmon with 5 ingredients or less

Get the recipe from Pointed Kitchen

Bean Burgers

This has to be the easiest bean burger recipe in existence, and possibly the cheapest! Using just a can of baked beans, an onion, and some flour you can make some really tasty bean burgers in less than two minutes… Who knew!?

Bean burgers

Get the recipe from The Dorky French

Rosemary Chicken

Here’s a great recipe for those who avoid certain food groups or have intolerances. This rosemary chicken is gluten-free, low-carb, keto, and grain-free! It’s full of flavour, and such good comfort food.

Rosemary chicken

Get the recipe from Joy Filled Eats

Alfredo Fettuccine

Alfredo is one of the best pasta sauces going in my opinion, so this is bound to be good! Another recipe that has 5 ingredients or less but still contains lots of flavour.

Alfredo fettucinne with 5 ingredients or less

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Black Bean & Corn Sheet Pan Fajitas

Here’s another great recipe for the vegans, vegetarians, and gluten-free which you just can’t go wrong with! This is a really easy taco recipe that contains so much nutrition despite only having five ingredients.

Black beans with corn fajitas

Get the recipe from Plate With Purpose

Orange Chicken

Here’s a great way to make orange chicken so much easier to cook. This recipe has four or five ingredients, depending on how you make it, and is a wonderful naughty treat for when you just want something that tastes really good.

Orange chicken with 5 ingredients or less

Get the recipe from Dinner Then Dessert

One Pot Sausage, Gnocchi, & Green Beans

If you’ve got an air fryer in your kitchen then this is a really easy recipe to make. Even if you haven’t it’s pretty simple! There are a lovely variety of flavours with little effort needed at all.

One pot sausage, gnocchi, and green beans

Get the recipe from Everyday Family Cooking

Lemon Chicken With Asparagus

I love making these sorts of dishes. So simple, yet you end up with a meal like something you’d order at a restaurant. This chicken dish has five ingredients and is such a gorgeous meal to have in the evenings. Plus it looks great!

Lemon chicken with asparagus

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum

Baked Tortellini

Baked tortellini is one of those meals you can never go wrong with. This one uses minimal ingredients for maximum flavour, and you can use either jar sauce or your own sauce that you’ve made in advance. Another great meal that has 5 ingredients or less.

Baked tortellini

Get the recipe from Passion For Savings

Chicken Pot Pies

Pies are a great dinner option but can sometimes get complicated. These mini chicken pot pies are reduced to as simple as they can get. Plus, it’s a recipe that children will love!

Chicken pot pies with 5 ingredients or less

Get the recipe from Easy Toddler Meals

Easy Cheesy Garlic Broccoli Pasta

This is another recipe that’s great for kids of all ages. The small amount of ingredients mean that it’s not too many flavours for them, but at the same time it still tastes really good.

Easy cheesy garlic broccoli pasta

Get the recipe from Baby Foode

Hibachi Chicken Skillet

Here’s a gorgeous Asian dish that proves just how easy yet tasty the cuisine be. The dish uses chicken, mushrooms, and broccoli with tamari to create the perfect combination of flavours. Would be lovely served with rice or noodles or even on its own if you’re keto.

Hibachi chicken skillet

Get the recipe from Cast Iron Keto

Crispy Garlicky Chicken

Jamie Oliver certainly isn’t the first chef that comes to mind when I want recipes with few ingredients! This is one of the only ones I’ve seen from him that contain 5 ingredients or less. This Crispy Garlicky Chicken is straight from his cookbook and has just chicken, bread, garlic, lemon, and salad in it. You can’t get much simpler than that!

Crispy garlicky chicken

Get the recipe from Good Morning America

High-Protein Instant Pot Chicken Pasta

Instant Pots are the best for easy cooking! They make everything so simple, and you don’t need loads of ingredients to get something good out of them. This five-ingredient chicken pasta is a perfect example of that.

High protein instant pot pasta with 5 ingredients or less

Get the recipe from Carrots ‘N’ Cake

Sausage & Potatoes Skillet

Sausage, potatoes, and cauliflower come together in this wonderfully easy dish that has just five ingredients and uses only one pan. It can’t get much better than that!

Sausage and potatoes skillet

Get the recipe from Busy Cooks

Instant Pot Chili

This is a great recipe for chili con carne! Not only is it super easy because of the lack of ingredients and Instant Pot, but it’s also so cheap! The creator has also added a vegetarian version, so most families can enjoy this one.

Instant pot chili with 5 ingredients or less

Get the recipe from The Typical Mom

also What are your favourite recipes that contain 5 ingredients or less? Share them in the comments and make sure to like and pin! If you liked this article then you’ll also want to check out these 15 easy dinner recipes for busy weeknights, plus this mouthwatering selection of bacon-wrapped recipes.

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4 years ago

All of these look delicious! I love simple recipes that don’t require a million different ingredients the best!

Jenny in Neverland
Jenny in Neverland
4 years ago

The crispy garlic chicken sounds right up my street. I love anything with garlic it in! All these recipes sound delicious!

4 years ago

Wow these all look delish! I really want to make the enchilada casserole and lemon chicken

4 years ago

Wow there are SO many delicious recipes here!! I love cooking and I love it when it’s so simple – I’m adding so many of these to my weekly cooking ideas!

Bethany Jane
Bethany Jane
4 years ago

Wow, I can’t believe you’ve managed to track down so many delicious looking recipes with so few ingredients! I really enjoy cooking but sometimes it can be expensive or overwhelming, but you’ve taken all that out of it which is brilliant! I am definitely bookmarking this page. I’m a huge fan of Mexican food so those first couple of recipes are irresistable, and you’ve included so many incredible looking pasta dishes too! Dreamy 🙂