What would we do without those go-to three-ingredient recipes? You just got home after a long day only to realize you forgot to hit the grocery store, your pantry is bare and take-out won’t cut it. Don’t panic! Chances are you’ve got what it takes to whip up a quick and easy meal that’s hearty enough to satisfy a hungry family. Start with one of these tasty options. The best part of three-ingredient recipes is their versatility. Substitutions are a snap and you can dress them up with whatever’s on hand.

Easy 3-Ingredient Chili
If you’ve got ground beef, beans and diced tomatoes you’ve got all the ingredients for a super quick batch of chili.

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3-Ingredient Gluten-Free Banana Pancakes
Who knew gluten-free pancakes could be so quick and easy or that three-ingredient recipes could be so delish? Bananas, eggs and pumpkin pie spice make a tasty breakfast treat in no time flat.

Bubble Pizza
With pepperoni this is technically a four ingredient recipe but either way kids will love it. Line a skillet with a tube of refrigerated biscuit dough then top with pizza sauce, mozzarella and pepperoni. Pop it in the oven for 25 minutes and voila!


3-Ingredient Pea Soup
A nice hot bowl of nutritious pea soup is the perfect cold weather lunch. All it takes is a bag of frozen peas, olive oil and a dash of salt.

3-Ingredient Flourless Nutella Mug Cake
If you thought there couldn’t possibly be any gluten-free three-ingredient recipes for decadent cake that take less than 10 minutes, prepare to be amazed! Mix up some Nutella (yum!), an egg and Dutch cocoa powder in a mug; microwave for a little more than a minute and dessert is served!


Mexican Grilled Corn with Cilantro
Street-style Mexican grilled corn is always a tasty snack or side dish. Corn-on-the cob, olive oil and cilantro make a delicious treat to eat on the go.

3-Ingredient Beer Bread
Even if you can’t boil an egg, you can make this homemade bread as long as you’ve got self-rising flour, a bit of sugar and some beer.


Baked Tomato & Egg Cups
This is a simple, healthy breakfast that looks gorgeous on your plate. Halved, hollowed out tomatoes baked with an egg are divine. Toast some of that beer bread to go with them!

Cheddar Broccoli Egg Muffins
It’s all in the title: cheddar, broccoli and egg are your ingredients. Baked in a muffin, they’re like little portable omelets for a breakfast to take with you.

3-Ingredient Mac & Cheese
When you need some comfort food that doesn’t come from a box, require work or a trip to the store, this is the recipe for you. Heavy cream, pasta and cheese make a cozy, satisfying dish.

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