There aren’t many meals that I can think of that are as inexpensive as bean burritos, especially if you are making your own tortillas (although I confess that I am not). If you add some lettuce and tomato, or other veggies, they are a super healthy meal, also. The addition of cheese does increase the cost a bit, but I have a hard time enjoying them without the cheese. So without further commentary, here is the super simple recipe.
8 to 10 Tortillas
4 cups beans (cooked) – black, pinta or combine them
Salt, pepper, chili powder
Tomatoes and/or Salsa
If using dried beans, cook according to package directions.
Take the beans and add salt, pepper, and chili powder to taste and cook for a few minutes.
Assemble burritos – 1 tortilla + 1/4 to 1/2 cup beans + a pinch or two of cheese + a pinch or two of lettuce + tomatoes and/or salsa.
Yes, they are really that quick and simple. We have a couple of children that like them with ketchup! These are the kinds of meals that we have in our monthly meal rotation. You could also add re-fried beans and/or Spanish rice as either a side dish or add them directly into the burrito.
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I originally learned this recipe from a frugal family of 12. They especially like to serve this to guests, as it is easy to make, allows people put their own combinations together to suite their own tastes, and is inexpensive.
Tortilla Chips (2 bags)
2 tbl oil
1 onion (optional)
1 lb ground meat
8 to 10 cups cooked beans (black, pinta or 1/2 and 1/2)
If you went for the optional onion, dice it, then heat oil on medium and saute the onion for a few minutes.
Add the 1 lb ground meat and brown it over medium heat.
Add the 8 to 10 cups cooked beans and stir. Add salt, pepper, and chili powder to taste.
Cook until meat is cooked and beans are hot.
Shred lettuce, dice tomatoes, shred cheese, set out salsa, ranch dressing, and tortillas.
Serve by setting a base of tortillas on a plate. Add a scoop or two of the meat and bean mixture. Top as wanted with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, ranch, etc…
Should make 3 meals for a family of 5. Stretch to 4 meals by serving Spanish rice and/or re-fried beans as side dishes.
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I love Ethnic foods. I love themes. And I love to save money. So what better way to put it all together, than a themed, ethic meal plan with the goal of the total groceries costing less than $60 for the week!
What follows is the menu, the shopping list, the estimated cost of the shopping list, and links to recipes, including a few of my own.
Spanish Week Menu
The numbers at the end are the amount of times you should be able to serve the meal during the week if you are a family of 5. The links will take you to recipes – some of mine here on my blog and some found on great food sites.
Quesadillas – 3 – Cheese + favorite veggie
Haystacks – 4 – Recipe + sides of Spanish Rice and Re-fried Beans should last 4 meals.
Meal Planning! Love it, hate it, run from it, eventually you will have to deal with it, especially when one of your little ones come up to you and ask: Mom, what’s for lunch? or your husband asks: hun, what’s for dinner?
I used to avoid meal planning, but after a couple of years of winging it with 2 (and now 3) children, I decided I had to start learning and trying. Fast forward a few years, and I now have a pretty easy time putting together a menu.
One thing that helped me was to develop a philosophy of eating: Simple, Healthy, Cheap. This guides me as I pick recipes and plan for each week. Also, we have occasional themed weeks, in which I stick to a budget, like $50 or $60. I have written about a couple of these menus and plan to write a couple more:
My challenge this month is for you to send me a weekly meal plan / weekly menu. I will then select a few menus per week to post on my blog and I will make suggestions on how to:
Make some changes to save money
Make some changes to improve the healthiness of the menu
Make some changes to simplify the menu
Send me your menus / plans through FB or contact me with the form below and I will write you back with my email address (please no spam). Follow my blog so that you can see each weeks menus and suggestions. I even plan on learning a thing or two!
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