Meals On A Budget

Baked Soft Tacos

Taco Tuesday’s are very important around here! We decided to explore our options a while back with taco night and created Baked Soft Tacos. They are easy, quick, and great on a budget! You will realize why I shop at Aldi! My taste testers ate them up in no time. This meal cost around $18.50 or around $2.30 a person for a family of 8. Plus enough to have as leftovers tomorrow, make as a freezer meal, or individual freezer meals. Will explain below!

Ingredients

2 1/2 lbs Hamburger ($2.19lb Aldi)

2 C. Minute Rice ($1.50 Aldi)

12 Tortillas (Soft Taco Size) (.99 for 10ct. at Aldi)

1 C. Salsa ($1.79 Aldi)

2- 8 oz Shredded Cheese (Any kind for $1.79 Aldi)

2-3 TBSP. Taco Seasoning ($.39 per package Aldi)

1- 15 oz can of Black Beans or Refried Beans ($.69 Aldi)

Sour Cream (.99 16oz container Aldi)

Lettuce ($1.49 Aldi)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray two 9×13 baking dishes

Start by browning the hamburger. While that’s cooking make your rice. I use brown instant rice, but you can totally use white! When hamburger is finished, drain the grease and put back into skillet. Add in the salsa, beans, seasoning, and cooked rice. Stir together. Grab a tortilla and place 3/4 c. of mixture on it, add a handful of cheese, then roll up. Repeat. When tortillas are ready, spread a good amount of sour cream on the tops and sprinkle on some more cheese.

Pop in oven and bake for 15 minutes. When finished you can add lettuce, tomatoes, or more salsa!

For freezer meal, follow same instructions. Instead of adding on the sour cream and cheese cover with foil and place in freezer. I always write the name of dish and the date on it before I take meals to the freezer. To cook, take out of freezer the night before and place in refrigerator. If you forget like I sometimes do, don’t worry. Just place in fridge that morning. Bake 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes, depending on how frozen the tacos are before you place them in oven.

Another option is to increase some of the ingredients. Cook 3 c. rice , 4 lbs. hamburger, 1 1/2 c. salsa and keep everything else the same. After you’ve made your tortillas you can make regular crunchy tacos with the remaining meat mixture or more soft tacos for freezer. Can also plastic wrap each one individually and freeze for a quick lunch or teenageer snack! Unwrap the taco and microwave for 1 -2 minutes.

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