We frugal foodies have unique challenges that normal shoppers don’t. This little segment aims to help by offering:
- Stockpile-cooking ideas
- Clever Casseroles in which to hide your leftovers from the hubby & kids
- Kitchen tips & tricks
- Freezer-cooking recipes & planning
- And really, everything but the kitchen sink!
Our very own “Deal Detective Kim” has generously offered to take the lead on this one (aspiring food writer that she is) – but start thinking up a recipe YOU often turn to, because we’ll be asking for some contributions to keep this new weekly segment running!
And now, I’ll turn it over to you Kim!
- A couple of cups of cooked, shredded chicken–use what you have, it doesn’t matter what part of the chicken it came from.
- Sour cream–about a cup
- Shredded cheese–about 2 cups, divided. If you like it mild, one of the Mexican blend is good, I like to use Pepper Jack inside & mild Mexican blend on the top.
- Diced onion, 1/4 to 1/2 cup. If you want them really soft, cook it for a couple of minutes in a skillet with some oil.
- Chili powder, cumin, and dried cilantro–about a tablespoon EACH. (Or you could substitute one of those envelopes of taco seasoning!)
- Salt, to taste
- A package of tortillas–I prefer the flour ones for this but it’s your food
- A can or jar of enchilada sauce. (These vary widely in taste and thickness. Find what you like and stick with it.)
Make-Your-Own Taco Stand:
- Brown 1 lb. ground beef and 1 medium onion, chopped, in a skillet.
- Drain off any excess grease
- add an envelope of taco seasoning mix, and whatever amount of water the envelope calls for
- Cook it down as you would for tacos. Meanwhile, spray a glass baking dish with cooking spray and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Line the bottom of the dish with tortillas; you can either overlap them or cut to fit.
- When the meat and taco seasoning is cooked down, add a DRAINED can of Ro-Tel tomatoes and stir.
- Spoon half the mixture on top of the tortillas, drizzle taco sauce over it, then shredded cheese–either a Mexican blend, some cheddar, whatever you like/have.
- Repeat the layers and bake until it’s hot and bubbly, about 40 minutes or so.
- The following are optionals you could put in: guacamole, beans, black olives, jalapeno slices. You could crunch up some tortilla chips right under the top layer of cheese.