Amazon Student Prime Membership: 6 Month Free Trial

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School is out for some parts of the United States for the summer, while other parts are still in session – at least for the next couple of weeks.

You might be headed to 1 or more graduation parties this year but what gift can you give the graduate that everyone else won’t be giving them? Or…

In just a few short months you’ll be packing up the car, or a rental truck and moving your child to campus. If you remember what the campus book store was like (or you’ve been told), and trying to buy anything on campus the week before or the week of the start of school you’ll remember the lines and the prices (most especially the textbooks!!!)!!

I’d like to introduce you to the…

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The benefits to having this are great, plus give the graduate an opportunity to earn some money by referring his/her friends, too!

Now you won’t have to worry about what to get the graduate – this takes care of it all! 😀

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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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(This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure policy here. This recipe is slightly adapted from Bill Echols. Source: Pelsen1961).

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