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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First of all, they might be called Breakfast Burritos, but they can be eaten any time of day. We usually have them for lunch. In fact, we have these for lunch on average of once per week – they are inexpensive, filing, relatively healthy, and a family favorite. So here is our family’s recipe for Breakfast Burritos.
8 to 10 Tortillas
6 cups Hash-browns
10 to 12 pieces Turkey bacon or Turkey sausage
6 to 8 Eggs
Condiments: Salsa, ketchup
Add oil to medium heat and cook hash-browns until cooked / browned.
In another pan, start cooking the turkey bacon or sausage until cooked through.
When hash-frowns or bacon/sausage is done, remove from pan and cook eggs (scrambled).
Heat tortillas if you would like.
Make the burritos by putting 1 – 2 pieces of bacon or sausage, a couple of tablespoons of hash-browns, a couple of tablespoons of eggs into a tortilla and add condiments.
Seriously, this recipe is that easy! Some variations include adding fresh tomatoes or avocados, adding southwestern seasoning, adding cheese or using diced potatoes instead of hash-browns.
What is your favorite, comforting, easy to make recipe?
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.