Easy Recipes for College Students

We all know there are days when you just don’t feel like you can bear another overcooked, under seasoned meal from the school dining hall.

Or maybe you have those strange urges at three in the morning to suddenly cook something in your dorm’s kitchenette.

Whatever the reason, we get that cooking can be fun, and there isn’t much opportunity for it in college. However, cooking can be expensive and time consuming as well, which is why most students get a meal plan in lieu of actually preparing their meals themselves.

Below, we outline 3 easy recipes for college students that are quick to make and won’t break the bank – plus they taste great!

Brownie in a Mug

The new standard for college cooking seems to be “Can I make it in a coffee mug?” If the answer is yes, then you can bet people will be all over it.

This recipe is crazy easy, and can be made in a few simple steps using a microwave and, you guessed it, a coffee mug!


2 tablespoons butter, melted

2 tablespoons water

1 dash salt1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

4 tablespoons all-purpose flour


1. In a standard size coffee mug, mix together the water, butter, vanilla, and salt. Stir it up well.

2. Add the cocoa powder, sugar, and flour, mixing together well after every ingredient.

3. Microwave the concoction for 60 to 90 seconds, making sure the center is still a bit molten.

Let cool for a few minutes, then enjoy! (Top with ice cream or hot fudge if you so choose.)

Taco Dip

This is a must for parties and get togethers of all sorts (can anyone say Super Bowl Party?)

It’s completely delicious, it’s one of those super easy recipes for college students, doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, and it’s much more interesting than bringing a couple bags of half stale chips, or some two liters the next time you have a party.


8 oz cream cheese

8 oz sour cream

16 oz jar of salsa

1 packet taco seasoning

2 cups shredded lettuce

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2large tomatoes, diced

2.25 oz black olives


1. Mix together cream cheese, sour cream, salsa, and taco seasoning in a bowl, and mix together well.

2. Spread the mixture on the bottom of a casserole dish.

3. Top with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, and black olives, and serve with tortilla chips.

Breakfast Burritos

These are wonderful because it’s a really easy recipe for college students, you can make several of them ahead of time, and then freeze them and take them out each day for breakfast or whenever tickles your fancy.

So, it seems like a lot of work and ingredients at first glance, but when you realize that you’re making a delicious and healthy breakfast for yourself for the next couple of weeks, it really evens out.

Plus it’s cheaper and healthier than hitting up McDonald’s every morning for a much less delectable version of the food.


Tortilla shells (they often come in packs of 12)

Scrambled eggs (for information on how to make these in the microwave, check out this recipe).

Shredded cheese

Whatever you want to fill your burritos with (be it sausage, bacon, tomato, lettuce, salsa, or anything else you deem fit. This is more of a personalized recipe.)


1. Make up the scrambled eggs, and anything else in your filling that requires further preparations (like sausage, bacon, or fried potatoes).

2. Heat up the tortillas for a few seconds in the microwave to make them more pliable and more easy to fill.

3. Add your fillings to the burritos, until they look how you want them.

4. Wrap your burritos individually in saran wrap or tinfoil. Pop them in the freezer, and you’re good to go!

This way, when you’re in a hurry in the mornings, you can just grab one out of the freezer, microwave it for a couple minutes, and you’re ready to get out the door and on with your day.

I hope you enjoy these super simple college recipes. If you have any easy recipes for college students, we’d love for you to share them in the comments section below!

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Elizabeth Benson

Elizabeth Benson

Elizabeth Benson is a freshman at Central Michigan University, currently pursuing a degree in Journalism. Elizabeth is a member of the CMU Honors Program, and is a staff reporter at Central Michigan Life, the student run campus newspaper. When she’s not in school, she can usually be found reading, writing, or watching movies, and enjoys traveling and performing in plays.
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