Frugal Meal Friday- Taco Soup

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Taco soup is one of the easiest and cheapest meals we make at our house. If it wasn’t so delicious I would be embarrassed to admit that I “cook” it because it takes next to no cooking skills what-so-ever! :)

 

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Servings: 8

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef or turkey
2 Tbsp. homemade taco seasoning (or 1 packet)
1 can of tomato sauce
1 can of diced tomatoes (not drained)
1 can of sweet corn (not drained)
1-2 cans of kidney or pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
2 cups of water (more if you want it soupy verses near chili-thick)
1 cup of salsa
1/3 cup ketchup
2-3 Tbsp. hot sauce
Optional toppings: sour cream, grated cheese, chives, jalapenos, crumbled tortilla chips

 

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Steps:

  1. Brown ground beef in pan or soup pot if it is non stick. Drain grease. Add 1 Tbsp. taco seasoning mix and heat for 2 minutes.
  2. Add all ingredients to cooking pot
  3. Cook on low-medium heat with a slow simmer until heated thoroughly.

Yes, it’s that easy! Like I said embarrassed that I “cook” this recipe. But these ingredients are on my “stock up” list and so they are always in my pantry/fridge.

When we had a garden I would freeze tomatoes. I would substitute the can of tomato sauce and can of tomatoes for a quart size bag of frozen tomatoes. I have also used frozen corn from the garden. Makes this recipe incredibly cheap to prepare!

 

FREEZER DINNER

Also, it is very easy to double (meat doesn’t necessarily need to be doubled, there are plenty of beans you won’t notice) and then freeze half of the left overs in a freezer bag. When you are ready to have it for dinner, place it in the refrigerator throughout the day to thaw and then heat it up on the stove. Dinner is ready in less than 10 minutes! :)

Price Break Down

$2 – $3          1 lb. ground beef or turkey
$.05 – $.10   2 Tbsp. homemade taco seasoning (or 1 packet)
free – $.50   1 can of tomato sauce
free – $.50   1 can of diced tomatoes (not drained)
free – $.50   1 can of sweet corn (not drained)
$.20 – $.50  1-2 cans of kidney or pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
free                2 cups of water (more if you want it soupy verses near chili-thick)
$.05 – $.25   1 cup of salsa
$.10 – $.20    1/3 cup ketchup
free – $.15     2-3 Tbsp. hot sauce

Cost Per Serving: $.30 – $.71

Low prices are based on couponing/gardening and high prices are based on sale prices/generic brand.

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