Bargain Meal of the Week: Frugal Taco Salad


Each week, I post a Bargain Meal idea, based on our local New Seasons Market ad of the week. Even if you don’t have a New Seasons near by you, these recipes can give you “quick & easy” meal ideas to stretch your budget.

This week’s meal is a recipe for “Frugal Taco Salad.” If cheese isn’t on sale, I often skip it in this “nacho style” dish, and just add some extra dairy/protein in the form of yogurt. (I cut costs further by using homemade corn tortilla chips and homemade yogurt, along with some home-grown lettuce, but I am listing the store-bought prices in this meal.) Sale prices are listed in red.

Frugal Taco Salad
3/4 lb. dry Black Beans (bulk at $1.49/lb) = $1.12
6 oz. Plain Yogurt (Brown Cow on sale for $0.69/6 oz) = $0.69
1 bag Tortilla Chips (Garden of Eatin’ on sale for $2.50/bag) = $2.50
1-2 Tbl. Mexican Seasoning, to taste (Fiesta Chili Powder on sale $0.55 each) = $0.25
1 head of leafy Red or Green Lettuce (on sale for $1.50 each) = $1.50
4 oz Salsa (Green Mountain Gringo on sale $2.99/16 oz) = $0.75
Salt & Pepper, to taste

Cook beans until done (see cooking instructions here). Stir in mexican seasoning and salt & pepper into the beans (to taste). Wash and tear lettuce into bite sized pieces. Assemble salads; place a layer of lettuce onto each plate, and top with slightly crushed tortilla chips, black beans, and a dollop of yogurt. (You can serve this while the beans are still warm, or chill them and serve later.)

Total Cost: $6.81 for four servings (A bit high; try to cut the cost with homemade/grown items, if possible!)

Visit $5 Dinners for more Bargain Meal ideas, based on the sale ads in your area! Contributors update weekly, to keep you updated with fresh ideas.

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