This is made from inexpensive kitchen staples, like canned black beans and frozen corn, and the sauce calls for spices you probably already have at home. Besides, enchiladas are the MVP of weeknight family dinners, and if you disagree with this, I don't even wanna hear about it.
A great risotto is always impressive and delicious but it doesn't require a ton of ingredients. In this case, peas, pancetta (which you could replace with bacon, or leave out altogether to save some $$), and parmesan give the risotto its flavor.
Sure, meat is often the priciest part of a meal, but if you're looking for a cheaper option, ground meat is the way to go. And on top of being cheap, this meal is also protein-packed, easy to make, and ready in under an hour.