Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Thrifty Meals Around $5 Or Less - Taco Salad


You can make a taco salad as thrifty or as elaborate as you like.  I've even made them with the tortilla bowls, which are inexpensive to make and quite delicious.  Here is a thrifty version we enjoyed one evening that was more than satisfying.


For the base of the salad I wanted a nice assortment of greens.  I chopped up a third of a head of Romaine lettuce, added a healthy handful of baby spinach leaves and a fourth of a bag of shredded cabbage mix.  I use this as the base for a lot of my salads, actually.


I browned and drained a pound of ground beef with half a diced onion.  Then I added half a packet of taco seasoning with 1/3 of a cup of water.  I stirred it around until the water had cooked off and was left with a lovely pan of seasoned taco meat.



For toppings I served it with half a can of black olives we sliced, a cup of shredded cheddar cheese and a small bowl of tortilla chips to crumble on top.  I also set out a jar of salsa a friend had given us (because she doesn't like the spicy stuff) and some homemade Buffalo Ranch dressing.


Here is the breakdown:

1# lean ground beef - $1.89
Lettuce - $.43
Spinach - $.40
Cabbage - $.24
Onion - $.15
Cheese - $.50
Olives - $.50
Tortilla chips - $.25

Grand Total = $4.36

Everything I used was purchased on sale which helps curb the cost quite a bit.  There was more than enough here for four people or in our case a mom and her two ravenous teenage girls.  In fact everyone had seconds.  I could have added taco bowls and probably still come in under $5.

Good, healthy food doesn't really have to cost a lot.


In some cases costs are approximated.  Groceries prices vary depending on where you live.  I don't include condiments, oils, herbs and spices when I figure the cost of a meal as it would be incredibly tedious to do so.  Plus condiments are subjective as each person uses more or less.






4 comments:

  1. do you mind sharing the recipe for the buffalo ranch dressing? Thanks!

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    1. Literally I add Franks RedHot sauce to homemade dressing. Super simple!

      You can make this creamy Italian dressing and add the hot sauce to it. We use this recipe a lot:

      http://thriftymominboise.blogspot.com/2013/02/homemade-salad-dressings-and-veggie-dip.html

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  2. Isn't is amazing how much food a teenager can eat? Where does it all go? Why are they hungry one hour after eating?
    Nevermind trying to answer. It was rhetorical. I was just wondering out loud...something I do every time I open the refrigerator. Where did all the (fill in the blank) go?
    Jeannie

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    1. Exactly! I've had that conversation with myself many times. They are just bottomless pits. :)

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