Make It Yourself: Tortilla Bowls Recipe

Make It Yourself Tortilla Bowls

The Tortilla bowls recipe makes for a cool and fun way to serve taco salad, dips and more! While you won’t need to use a plate or bowl for your taco salad, you’ll still need one to put these babies on! (so unfortunately, there will still be some dishes/bowls to wash.)

You will also save money with this tortilla bowl recipe by making them instead of buying them. (there’s never a guarantee that none will be broken when you buy them either!)

I am going to show you how to make these in two different ways in this quick and easy presentation!

You’ll have to decide which way you prefer once you are finished.

You’ll need a muffin/cupcake tin. All I have are jumbo muffin tins so yours will probably look better than mine.

This does not work with flour tortillas, so be sure to buy corn tortillas for this recipe. You can use your flour tortillas for other things such as: burritos, tacos, enchiladas, etc.

Tortilla Bowl Cost Breakdown


8 6-inch Corn Tortillas = $0.30 (Walmart sells an 80-count package for $3)
Cooking Spray = $0.02 (maybe a couple of cents?)
Total Cost $0.32

Tortillas are more pliable when they have been warmed up, so be sure to follow the instructions for warming them first otherwise they may tear when trying to make the tortilla bowls.Make It Yourself Tortilla Bowls

The Tortilla bowls recipe makes for a cool and fun way to serve taco salad, dips and more! While you won’t need to use a plate or bowl for your taco salad, you’ll still need one to put these babies on! (so unfortunately, there will still be some dishes/bowls to wash.)

You will also save money with this tortilla bowl recipe by making them instead of buying them. (there’s never a guarantee that none will be broken when you buy them either!)

I am going to show you how to make these in two different ways in this quick and easy presentation!

You’ll have to decide which way you prefer once you are finished.

You’ll need a muffin/cupcake tin. All I have are jumbo muffin tins so yours will probably look better than mine.

This does not work with flour tortillas, so be sure to buy corn tortillas for this recipe. You can use your flour tortillas for other things such as: burritos, tacos, enchiladas, etc.

Tortilla Bowl Cost Breakdown


8 6-inch Corn Tortillas = $0.30 (Walmart sells an 80-count package for $3)
Cooking Spray = $0.02 (maybe a couple of cents?)
Total Cost $0.32

Tortillas are more pliable when they have been warmed up, so be sure to follow the instructions for warming them first otherwise they may tear when trying to make the tortilla bowls.

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Make It Yourself: Tortilla Bowls Recipe
A fun way to serve taco salad, or a dip for chips and veggies!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Warming tortillas in oven: Wrap stack of 8 corn tortillas in foil; place in a 375°F oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Warming tortillas in microwave: Wrap a stack of 8 corn tortillas in a barely damp, clean kitchen towel (or barely damp paper towel); microwave on High for 30 to 45 seconds.
  3. Tortilla Bowl Method 1: Spray warm corn tortillas with cooking spray and carefully place/mold tortillas inside muffin/cupcake tin. Bake until firm and starting to brown* - about 15 minutes. (Watch carefully as they can go from brown to burnt very quickly!)
  4. Tortilla Bowl Method 2:Spray warm corn tortillas with cooking spray and carefully place each tortilla on an inverted (upside down) muffin/cupcake tin (each tortilla on its own cupcake mound tucking the sides down gently). Bake until firm and starting to brown* - about 15 minutes. (Watch carefully as they can go from brown to burnt very quickly!)
  5. Make It Yourself Tortilla Bowls
Recipe Notes

*It's important that the Tortilla Bowls are firm and brown because if they are not cooked enough they will be rubbery and chewy and not a pleasant eating experience.

You can make more as they keep pretty well for about 2 days in an air-tight container or storage bag. Which is great if you want to serve the leftover Taco Meat for lunch the next day or another dinner!

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Taco Meat Recipe (for taco salads, burritos & more!)

Taco Meat Recipe

I thought I would leave the name as is…Taco Meat because it then becomes the ingredient you have on hand. Beef, pork, chicken, turkey, or lentils (lentil recipe coming soon).

This taco meat recipe is wonderfulicious and a pound of meat goes a really long way in this dish, especially when you add the rest of the ingredients that really help to make it stretch.

Even better, if you don’t have an entire pound of meat, I would think you could still make this taco meat recipe and it will still be wonderfulicious! You can add other vegetables (or substitute) to this dish also (if you have leftovers in the refrigerator that need to be used soon – this would be a good place to use them!)

Taco Meat Recipe Cost Breakdown:


1 lb. 80% ground beef = $2.49
2 tbsp taco seasoning
2/3 cups water = $free
8 6-inch Tortilla Bowls
1 15.5 oz can black beans = $0.33
1 medium onion = $0.20
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp Salsa = $0.22
1 cup carrots = $0.15 (I didn’t have any this time around)
4 cups lettuce = $0.62
1 tomato = $0.30
2 tbsp Mayo = $0.03
1/2 tbsp flour = $not even 1 cent
Total Cost $4.34 Makes approximately 10 – cost each $0.43Taco Meat Recipe

I thought I would leave the name as is…Taco Meat because it then becomes the ingredient you have on hand. Beef, pork, chicken, turkey, or lentils (lentil recipe coming soon).

This taco meat recipe is wonderfulicious and a pound of meat goes a really long way in this dish, especially when you add the rest of the ingredients that really help to make it stretch.

Even better, if you don’t have an entire pound of meat, I would think you could still make this taco meat recipe and it will still be wonderfulicious! You can add other vegetables (or substitute) to this dish also (if you have leftovers in the refrigerator that need to be used soon – this would be a good place to use them!)

Taco Meat Recipe Cost Breakdown:


1 lb. 80% ground beef = $2.49
2 tbsp taco seasoning
2/3 cups water = $free
8 6-inch Tortilla Bowls
1 15.5 oz can black beans = $0.33
1 medium onion = $0.20
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp Salsa = $0.22
1 cup carrots = $0.15 (I didn’t have any this time around)
4 cups lettuce = $0.62
1 tomato = $0.30
2 tbsp Mayo = $0.03
1/2 tbsp flour = $not even 1 cent
Total Cost $4.34 Makes approximately 10 – cost each $0.43

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Taco Meat Recipe (for taco salads, burritos & more!)
Wonderfully delicious taco meat served in a tortilla bowl, in a burrito, taco, a casserole, or made into a quesadilla - however you like it you will love this!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
taco salad tortilla bowls
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
taco salad tortilla bowls
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground meat with the carrots and onion in a large skillet. While meat is browning, tear up your lettuce and chop up your tomatoes placing them together in a large bowl.
  2. When meat has finished browning, drain grease into a bowl (for discarding later when it congeals). Return meat, onion and carrot to pan. Combine taco seasoning with flour and mix thoroughly. Sprinkle taco seasoning all over meat mixture, add 2/3 cup of water and mix thoroughly. Cook on medium low and let the sauce thicken a bit and simmer down (reduce).
  3. Once it’s reduced to your liking, add ½ cup of salsa, and the black beans and mix thoroughly. Turn off heat, put cover on for a couple of minutes to heat up the black beans. While the beans are heating up, mix the mayonnaise and 2 tbsp salsa together and add to the bowl of lettuce and chopped tomatoes, mix thoroughly so that it’s uniformly coated with the dressing.
  4. Grab your homemade Tortilla Bowls and put the lettuce and tomato (salad) on the bottom, then put some of the seasoned meat mixture on top with a sprinkle of shredded cheese, and optional add-ins of avocado slices and a dollop of sour cream.
  5. Taco Salad in Tortilla Bowl
Recipe Notes

This taco meat makes more than 8, but I only prepared 8 Tortilla Bowls, so if anyone is still hungry, you can wrap up the filling and salad burrito style , or you can freeze the filling (not the salad) for another time.

You can also serve this over baked potatoes!
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Make It Yourself: Taco Seasoning Recipe

Make It Yourself: Taco Seasoning

This Taco Seasoning Recipe is without a doubt – a keeper! You will never go back to the packaged stuff after you taste this taco seasoning (unless of course you want to).

I didn’t do a cost breakdown for this Taco Seasoning Recipe, but I can tell you that it’s pennies (when you have Bulk Spices on hand) compared to the packages that run $1.00 or more. I have gotten the packages for free from time-to-time, and even half off, (both when pairing a coupon with a sale) but if you compare the ingredient list on the package to the ingredient list in this recipe, you’re saving a lot more than just money.

I always try to make as many things that I can at home – it helps keep the artificial ingredients out of our bodies as much as possible, and really helps to bring the cost down.

Now, you may be wondering why I am posting this recipe with nothing to go with it.

Right?

I actually have a Taco Meat Recipe to go with it. 😀Make It Yourself: Taco Seasoning

This Taco Seasoning Recipe is without a doubt – a keeper! You will never go back to the packaged stuff after you taste this taco seasoning (unless of course you want to).

I didn’t do a cost breakdown for this Taco Seasoning Recipe, but I can tell you that it’s pennies (when you have Bulk Spices on hand) compared to the packages that run $1.00 or more. I have gotten the packages for free from time-to-time, and even half off, (both when pairing a coupon with a sale) but if you compare the ingredient list on the package to the ingredient list in this recipe, you’re saving a lot more than just money.

I always try to make as many things that I can at home – it helps keep the artificial ingredients out of our bodies as much as possible, and really helps to bring the cost down.

Now, you may be wondering why I am posting this recipe with nothing to go with it.

Right?

I actually have a Taco Meat Recipe to go with it. 😀

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Make It Yourself: Taco Seasoning Recipe
Mildly spicy, this fresh taco seasoning pairs wonderfully with beef, chicken, pork and lentils.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
tbsp
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
tbsp
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes (optional), oregano, paprika, cumin, sea salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container. Mix again before using. ( makes 2 ½ tbsp.)
Recipe Notes

This is hotter than the package taco seasoning, so if you don't like spicy, I would recommend omitting the red pepper flakes altogether.

I double this recipe so that I have some on stand-by for another meal.

Would be great with shredded beef, chicken and pork, too!
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Books That Have Helped Me On My Frugal Journey

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Books That Have Helped Me On Frugal Journey

These are some of the books have helped me on my cheap & frugal journey:

Miserly Moms: Living on One Income in a Two-Income Economy

America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money

The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half: The Strategic Shopping Method Proven to Slash Food and Drugstore Costs by Nelson, Stephanie (2009) Paperback

I personally own these three and I refer back to them quite often.

There are a few others on my ‘wish list’ that would be handy reference books to have around the house:

The Complete Tightwad Gazette

And then there’s this category of books: Make A Mix.

I checked out a few at the library (one several times) but I don’t remember the names of the books. I’ll have to speak to one of the librarians and ask if they can give me a copy of my history there, and I’ll come back and update this post. Some of them are actually going to be moved to my ‘wish list’ because the information those books provided is priceless!

I always recommend checking them out at your local library before you purchase any book – make sure you love it enough to own it, otherwise you are tossing your money out the window of a moving car.

What books helped you on your frugal journey? Please share in the comments section below – thanks!

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Cheap Meals Using Rice

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Cheap Meals Using Rice

Cheap meals using rice can be made even cheaper if you buy in bulk. Normally, the bigger the bag of rice, the cheaper it is per pound. I score cheaper prices on these mostly when they are on sale and more significantly when I have a coupon to go along with the sale. I have found that white rice is the main coupon I usually find in the supplements and in my area are the cheapest.

Here are some ideas for cheap meals using rice:

• Spinach & Rice

• Rice, Beans, Stewed or Seasoned Tomatoes – cook rice in broth for more flavor. When rice is finished cooking add beans and tomatoes to heat.

• Sushi

Cheap Meals Using Rice

• Fried Rice w/mixed veggies – doesn’t have to be authentic (like you can in a restaurant), great for using up leftover rice, veggies, and some meat. Season with some soy sauce, a tiny bit of ground ginger and when the dish is really hot scoop it to one side of the pan and scramble an egg or two on the other. Once the egg/s are cooked, combine with the rice and serve.

• Casserole w a cream of _____ (whatever you have on hand), cooked rice, veggies, meat, and about a cup of shredded cheddar.

Cheap Meals Using Rice

• Add to soup for more filling meal and to stretch it.

• Add cooked rice to homemade meatloaf or meatball mix to stretch the ground beef further.

• Make Your Own Rice-A-Roni.

• Make a crust out of already cooked rice for your favorite quiche

So unless there is a great sale on the other grains, I don’t normally buy them. However, if I need a certain amount for a recipe and I happen to be in the area where our closest Whole Foods is located, I have been known to go in there and buy a cup of bulgur (because that’s all I needed), but I do know that contacting the mfg. of a brand of grain you like, could gain you some coupons for other things such as quinoa, barley, etc.

Cheap Meals Using Rice




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