One of the best ways to save money at the grocery is to base your menus one what you are able to get inexpensively at the store, instead of making your menu and then heading out.
If you've been following my blog, you know I probably got some free Taco Bell Dinner Kits at Meijer this week. Unfortunately they pulled the coupon from the site so you can no longer use it. I plan to occasionally post recipe ideas for sale items that keep your budget in check and your family happy at the same time, so check back for more recipes if you like this one.
The Taco Bell kit I got had 10 soft taco shells, taco seasoning and a salsa packet.
I was able to use all of it with this recipe- the salsa on the side with chips.
I went looking for a way to use one of the kits in a new way, and this is what I found in my church cookbook. Thanks D.Miller for your wonderful idea!
I substituted a few things and will note that along the way...
1 lb. ground beef (I used ground chuck)
1 15oz can tomato sauce ( I used 1/2 can crushed tomatoes)
1 pkg taco seasoning
soft tacos shells (kit came w/10 & had to use a couple extra from my fridge)
1 can cream of mushroom soup (I used Healthy Request)
1 cup sour cream (I used lite)
1 can chopped cream chillies
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese (I didn't have a full 2 cups so use part cheddar & part mexican mix)
Brown beef and drain (I added a few diced onions I had in my fridge just because), drain beef. Add taco seasoning and tomatoes and simmer for 10-15 minutes (I added a little water and let it cook off) stirr occasionally. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spoon meat mixture onto tortillas, roll them and place them into a 9X13 pan (I used 2 smaller pans)- you might want to grease if using metal pans. In a separate bowl mix together soup, sour cream and chillies, spread mixture onto rolled tortillas and bake for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly.
The chillies won't be spicy hot and you can't taste the mushrooms, so don't let that stop you from trying this one!
I served with refried beans and chips and salsa.